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Indiana teen killed, dad missing trying to set flight record

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific … Read More

 

EC man’s shooting death ‘shocking’ to cop who’s a family friend

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EAST CHICAGO — A 22-year-old man was found dead of a gunshot wound in an alley Wednesday afternoon. Officers responded to a dispatch call of shots fired at 3:10 p.m. in the 1100 block of West 151st Street, East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said. …

Hobart eyes solutions for business parking

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HOBART — City staff is looking for a way to solve a business owner’s need for more parking spaces without making the traffic situation near the East Third Street bridge any more precarious. Lana Wuest, owner of Brickies Gyros at 431 E. Third St., asked …

Lake County Courts: Gary man sentenced in shooting death

A Gary man has been sentenced to 81/2 years in prison in connection with a shooting death of a man a year ago in the city.

Griffith residents warned after West Nile virus found

GRIFFITH — Residents are being strongly urged to take precautions against mosquitoes because West Nile virus has been found in town. The Lake County Health Department alerted town officials that a sample of mosquitoes taken from an area around Colfax and Main streets has tested …

94 teaching cuts blamed on enrollment drop

GARY — Struggling with a budget deficit and declining enrollment, the school district has laid off 39 teachers and 55 paraprofessionals, who assist teachers in the classroom. The school board approved the reduction in force recommendation Tuesday. “It’s not a good day,” said Joseph Zimmerman, …

Lake County judge strikes down right-to-work law; Zoeller to appeal

A Lake County judge struck down Indiana’s right-to-work ban on certain union fees in a second legal blow to the contentious law passed in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras determined the law violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to …

Car washes set to help ailing Hobart coach

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HOBART – The City of Hobart is coming together to help Steve Balash, teacher and multisport coach of 42 years, and asking the greater community to join them. A car wash will be held Saturday to offset medical expenses, and an online fundraiser will continue …

Loose tire kills Schererville woman in Bishop Ford crash

A Schererville woman was killed early Wednesday when a tire struck the windshield of her car on the Bishop Ford Freeway in Chicago. A green 1997 Chevrolet Blazer was southbound on Interstate 94 near 130th Street when its tire came off about 6:10 a.m., according …

Gary school to be renamed for Michael Jackson

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GARY — A city school will soon be renamed in honor of Michael Jackson, Gary’s most famous native son. It hasn’t been determined which school will bear the Jackson name, said Gary Community School Corp. Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt. The school board set the plan in …

Chicago man dies in wrong-way crash

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A Chicago man died Sunday after his vehicle was going the wrong way and crashed and caught on fire on Indianapolis Boulevard near Calumet Avenue in Hammond, according to police. Jerry D. Iterlien, 36, was speeding southbound in the northbound lanes of Indianapolis Boulevard about …

Chairman, officers selected to Methodist board

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The Methodist Hospitals board of directors recently elected Mamon Powers Jr. as its new chairman, along with three other board officers. They will oversee the search process to hire a permanent president/CEO for Methodist Hospitals over the next four to six months. Dr. Michael Davenport …

Mom sues ex-correctional officer over road-rage killing of her son

CHICAGO — The mother of a Northwest Indiana man fatally shot during a road rage confrontation in 2013 is suing the former correctional officer convicted of killing her son, as well as the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Adrienne Moss filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday …

Infant fights to overcome rare disorders

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GRIFFITH — The first thing you notice about Adrian Mata is not his extremely small stature but his giant brown eyes. The 6-month-old baby grins and gazes lovingly at his mom, Alexis Mata, who rarely puts him down. Some might say it’s her fierce love …

Federally aided program aims to revitalize Gary

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GARY — Technical experts from across the country offered input Tuesday on a federal initiative geared toward making Gary a vital city. The first day of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities symposium focused on economic development, transportation, public health and housing. The Obama administration named …

Gary board hears fire department retiree’s overtime complaint

GARY — Retired fire Capt. Roger Reese waited months to present his case to the Gary Fire Civil Service Commission, and his hearing finally began on Tuesday. Reese, who left the department in March, filed a complaint last year alleging that Chief Teresa Everett unfairly …