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Lake Station set to flip its first house

LAKE STATION — The city’s foray into flipping houses it already owns claimed a success Friday after the Board of Works agreed to sell a property city workers fixed up to put on the market earlier this year. The board expects to sell a home …

Lifeline law message slow to get out

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When state legislators passed the Lifeline Law two years ago, the goal was to encourage minors to call for help by giving them immunity from being prosecuted for certain crimes, including underage drinking. Getting the law passed was only half the battle, though. Making sure …

Excise police cite businesses near Pierogi Fest

State excise police were busy this weekend at the Pierogi Fest and nearby areas, including citing five businesses. According to a release, police also arrested or ticketed 20 people. Of those, seven charges were for minor possession of alcohol and five were for open container …

Coroner: Griffith man’s death ruled homicide

A Griffith man died Sunday morning in what the Lake County Coroner’s Office has called a homicide. Carlos Ponce, 41, was pronounced dead at 8:52 a.m. Sunday at Community Hospital in Munster from blunt force trauma. The Griffith Police Department said on its Facebook page …

Mother, two daughters shot during robbery in Hammond

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A mother and her two girls were shot during a robbery Sunday morning in Hammond, police said. Hammond Lt. Rich Hoyda said that around 11:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Morris Street, two men tried to rob a woman, who is 41 and from …

Generations revved up for return of Blue Top drive-in

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HIGHLAND — Hot rods, hamburgers and happy people. It could have been any Friday night in Anytown, USA, a throwback to a simpler time before smart phones and social media, when people parked their muscle cars at the local drive-in restaurant, munched on burgers and …

Hammond man, 18, found shot to death in EC

EAST CHICAGO — Police are investigating the second fatal shooting in the city in three days after an 18-year-old Hammond man died early Saturday in the 3800 block of Alder Street. The two shootings are not related, East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said. Saturday’s …

Training of new Gary officers to be delayed

GARY — A year ago, the city was processing new police officers, and Police Chief Wade Ingram was urging officials to hire more. With 10 approved for the police academy, Ingram told the Police Civil Service Commission then that he was still short 12 officers. …

Man admits fraud scheme

A Merrillville man pleaded guilty for the second time to defrauding his home insurance company after his first attempt earlier this year to do so was dismissed by a federal judge. Darian Lyndon Brown pleaded guilty without an agreement in place with federal attorneys to …

Lake Station asks for help in cleaning up waste site

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LAKE STATION — City officials are looking for a little help cleaning up the mess at its compost site in order to comply with IDEM complaints about the facility. Todd Rogers, town council president, appeared before Lake County Solid Waste Management District officials to ask …

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 …

West Side reunion event will help refurbish school track

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GARY — For a West Side High School reunion event, the inaugural Cougar Run was a bit smaller than, say, the annual picnic where at least 1,000 people descend on Roosevelt Park to catch up with old friends. But the 100 or so West Side …

Demolition of long-abandoned Gary hotel begins

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GARY — A demolition crew took the first major step in tearing down a 30-year eyesore Saturday. A skeleton crew from Michigan-based Homrich Inc. tore down the pedestrian walkway between the long abandoned Sheraton Hotel parking garage and the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center in the 400 …

Car washes set to help ailing Hobart coach

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HOBART — Residents are coming together to help Steve Balash, teacher and multisport coach of 42 years, and they’re asking the greater community to join them. A car wash will be held Saturday to offset medical expenses, and an online fundraiser will continue through Saturday …

Mr. Pierogi: Real story revealed at Whiting parade

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WHITING — Working with Mr. Pierogi, the annual star of the Pierogi Fest parade, can either be as smooth as butter or as lumpy as two-week old dough, according to sources close to perhaps Northwest Indiana’s best-known food character. Mr. Pierogi’s main sweetie, Miss Paczki, …