Obama flies into Gary/Chicago Airport


GARY — The jet’s landing was smooth and uneventful, but the large contingent of media and law enforcement present indicated that something out of the ordinary was happening Wednesday evening at Gary/Chicago International Airport.

Shortly after 7 p.m., President Barack Obama arrived aboard Air Force …

Amtrak trains to keep rolling on Hoosier State route


DYER — A day past the deadline on which Amtrak’s Hoosier State route was supposed to be taken over by a different operator, Amtrak on Wednesday rolled through with new amenities.

Its president and chief executive, Joe Boardman, and several other dignitaries stopped at stations …

Storage building destroyed in Calumet Township blaze


CALUMET TWP. -- A fire that began on the roof of a storage building at Stash Construction Wednesday afternoon drew a platoon of area fire departments because of a lack of fire hydrants along 45th Avenue.

Lake Ridge Fire Chief Patrick Booth said no one …

Gary boy’s death ruled a homicide; charges expected


GARY--”Everybody’s talking about that poor baby,” one veteran officer said Wednesday morning about the death of 22-month-old Brandon Dillon.

He was found dead at his parent’s fourth-floor Horace Mann Homes apartment late Tuesday morning.

His parents, ages 37 and 26, are in custody and expected …

Illinois man charged in break-in at ex’s Hammond home

A South Holland, Ill., man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with burglary, robbery and strangulation in a Hammond break-in.

Delvin Alexander Hawkins, 27, of the 15800 block of Dante Drive, is charged with breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s residence in the 2900 block of …

Pair charged in Gary homicide

Two 19-year-old Gary men have been charged in Lake Superior Court with murder in perpetration of a robbery in a Saturday shooting that left one man dead.

Sher’mon L. Darden and Davonte Hodge are charged with killing DeShelon Hicks Jr., 20, who was found face-down …

Trespassing charge brings year of probation for Hammond man

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Hammond man to one year on probation for misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Raheen Maczeal Williams, 32, admitted in court Aug. 5 that he went to the residence in the 6900 block of Walnut Avenue in Hammond and …

Officials decry lack of information on Illiana plans


LOWELL -- State Rep. Rick Niemeyer said he is tired of getting the runaround from state officials on some key facts concerning the proposed Illiana toll road and now he wants answers.

Niemeyer, R-11th, was joined Wednesday by Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong, R-Crown Point, …

Gary cop killer suspect gets access to jail’s law library


Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas gave his permission Wednesday for a Gary man charged in a capital murder case of a Gary police officer to use the law library in the Lake County Jail.

Cappas agreed he would issue an order that would allow …

Munster, Chesterton schools named national Blue Ribbon winners

Frank H. Hammond Elementary in Munster and St. Patrick School in Chesterton are among nine Indiana schools named Tuesday as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The schools will be recognized at a ceremony Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. Each school will receive a plaque and …

NASA astronaut thrills young fans at book signing


CROWN POINT— Future potential spacewalkers stood in line for almost an hour Tuesday for a chance to meet NASA astronaut Jerry Ross and have him sign a copy of his new children’s book, “Becoming A Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars.” Myles Kiechle, 6, of …

Coroner: 22-month-old’s death a homicide

GARY — The Lake County Coroner’s office has ruled that the 22-month-old boy found dead in a Gary apartment is a homicide.

Police summoned to a disturbance at a Horace Mann Homes apartment Tuesday morning found a child dead.

In a press release Wednesday, the …

Lake County assessor candidates meet in debate


MUNSTER — More than 50 people came out to Munster High School Tuesday night to see the two candidates for Lake County assessor face off in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters Calumet Area.

Assessor Jolie Covaciu and her Democratic challenger, Lake …

Law & Order


Gary Two teens charged in armed robbery Police arrested two teenagers who they say robbed a Glen Park man as he walked home Sept. 24 from the Family Dollar store at Ridge Road and Broadway. Jariel D. Patterson, 18, of 825 E. 45th Ave., is …

Obama’s Chicago visit to start with Gary airport landing


President Barack Obama is scheduled to land Wednesday evening at Gary/Chicago International Airport.

He will be greeted by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson around 6 p.m. before heading to Chicago for a fundraiser for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. On Thursday, he will speak on the economy …