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Jerry Davich

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Jerry Davich: Frontline hits front lines to combat drug addiction

After being tucked away in a hard-to-find location for five years, Frontline Foundations Inc. is now front and center on the main drag in Chesterton. It’s a timely transformation because Frontline’s services are needed more than ever in the small, sleepy Duneland town. Frontline is …

Jerry Davich: Think it’s easy being a female cop? Think again

Chesterton Police Cpl. Jamie Nale-Copollo knew it wouldn’t be easy working in a field dominated by men and shielded by machismo. Her rookie year was hell, with some of the older cops taking old-school hazing to new lows. She would return from work some days …

Jerry Davich: Blackboard connects residents to city, events and alerts

It’s called Blackboard Connect. No, it’s not a school kid’s latest video game. It’s a high-tech mass-notification system used by several municipalities across Northwest Indiana, most lately Portage. “I researched several (systems) and I like the features of Blackboard the best,” said Joseph Calhoun, the …

Jerry Davich: Protesting the effectiveness of union pickets

Dario “Chief” Llano shook his head in disgust when I asked how things were going. He didn’t have to say a word. In mid-March, Llano stood outside Neo Industries in Portage alongside his union brothers, Mike Briggs, Shawn Himo, Robert Schnick and Duane “Bubba” Jones. …

Jerry Davich: Day in the life of a 911 police dispatcher

Amanda Gulley has heard it all over the past several years. As a 911 police dispatcher, the 30-year-old mother of two from Lake Station has received too many calls that still rattle in her head like broken pieces of glass. “Some forever echo in my …

Jerry Davich: Soldier’s death 10 years later: ‘We will never forget’

Rebecca Amos Andree couldn’t suppress her emotions any longer while standing atop her kid brother’s grave site. “It’s been a very rough road these past 10 years without J.D.,” she said through a fierce wind at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso. “I’ve come to realize just …

Jerry Davich: Pastor passionate against same-sex marriage

Pastor Ron Johnson took the stage to confess he was more nervous than on election night. “Five minutes until D-Day,” joked Johnson, a conservative Republican who ran and lost twice for state representative, in 2000 and 2012. On this Saturday evening, more than 100 parishioners …

Jerry Davich: 911 dispatchers want to be heard too

The woman frantically called 911 during breakfast. Her husband went face-first into his bowl of oatmeal. He was dead. She begged the 911 police dispatcher for an ambulance while coming to grips that her husband of several decades was gone. She even gathered his medications …

Jerry Davich: Yes, it matters where you choose to live

Where you choose to live matters more than you may think. We are reminded of this by the fifth annual County Health Rankings, which lists Lake County at No. 77 (out of 92) in terms of healthiest counties to live in Indiana. A total of …

Jerry Davich: Urban exploration: ‘It frees my soul’

It’s called “urban exploration,” and it’s rising in popularity in this region. Also known as urban spelunking, or “urb-ex,” it’s the adventurous exploration, inspection and photo documentation of abandoned ruins and buildings, especially in Gary, considered ground zero in Northwest Indiana. It can be dangerous, …

Jerry Davich: Indiana slam dunks Hoosier Hysteria

The teenage boys appeared oblivious to the biting wind that slapped down their basketball before it hit the bent hoop. They also ignored the remaining snow near the makeshift three-point line on the cracked driveway. They didn’t let the missing net, an apparent casualty of …

Jerry Davich: Successful Vietnamese refugee samples the American dream

Sanh Tran barely broke stride from behind his Maki of Japan counter while answering my questions in between customers. “Nood-os or rice? Nood-os or rice?” he politely asked patrons while handing out countless samples of bourbon chicken on toothpicks. Tran has been doing this for …

Jerry Davich: Parents, don’t consent to concussions

The consent form looked like any other perfunctory paperwork for a parent to sign, allowing their high school student to play team sports. And, I’m guessing, most parents casually glanced it over, signed it and handed back to school officials without a second thought. This …

Jerry Davich: Unheralded service groups deserve publicity, too

Luis Molina unloaded several boxes of household items and basic toiletries, not having a clue who will receive them. “It doesn’t matter to us,” Molina said with a shrug. “We just want to help.” Molina is vice president of the Asociacion Benefica Hijos de Borinquen …

Jerry Davich: St. Mary Parish struggles not to perish

Tina Evans prays for the future of her church. After returning to St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in the Miller section of Gary, she couldn’t help but notice that its membership is nothing like it used to be. As a kid, Evans attended …

Jerry Davich: How should we feel about Fred Phelps’ death?

The Rev. Fred Phelps didn’t hide his hatred when I first talked with him in 1997. “I hate gays and so should you,” said Phelps, who has preached against homosexuality since he was ordained at age 17. “It’s a disgrace that in the heart of …

Davich: Funeral Honor Guard: ‘It’s all about the honor’

The stone-faced Funeral Honor Guard members stood like statues while watching the flag-draped casket slowly pass. On this chilly Monday morning, the military veterans waited more than an hour to honor the life, death and military service of World War II and Korean War veteran …