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Singleton quarry opponents renew concerns over dust, soil damage

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HEBRON — Residents opposed to the planned Singleton quarry in south Lake County learned Tuesday that, by law, a state air quality permit must be issued if the petitioner meets all the filing requirements.

However, the comments they submit in writing to the Indiana Department …

Cops: Woman with 2-year-old in back seat intoxicated

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GARY — A Northwest Indiana woman who was arrested for DUI after she crashed her vehicle into a concrete barrier on the Borman Expressway on Sunday morning had her 2-year-old daughter in the back seat, police said. Tandriel Hollinquest, 23, of Gary was driving a …

Hobart mayor can have role in cop’s discipline

HOBART — The presiding officer at Wednesday’s hearing to determine if police officer Kirk Homoky will remain on paid leave for another eight months has denied an attempt to disqualify Mayor Brian Snedecor from the decision-making process in the case.

Gary attorney Jame Meyer also …

Gary leaders applaud start of building demolition program

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GARY — As the crane tore down the back porch of a three-story house on Virginia Street, Gary and state officials cheered the city’s first demolition Tuesday funded by the Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program. At least 10,000 houses sit abandoned and derelict …

Education discussed as key to Gary revitalization

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GARY — Neighborhood revitalization and blight elimination efforts are bright spots on Gary’s horizon, according to Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, but creating an effective education system is paramount to the city’s future success. “Nothing happens until we have an education system that meets the needs of …

GE says ex-employee stole major client

General Electric is suing a former employee whom the company claims stole ArcelorMittal as a client while he was still working for GE. Aaron Massow, of Portage, worked for GE starting in 2006 as a lead field engineer, and his duties involved installing and caring …

Law & Order

Man stabbed in robbery attempt GARY — A 38-year-old Midtown man told police he was stabbed late Monday night as he walked near downtown, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said. Danny Hayes told Patrolman Kevin Campbell he was at 6th Avenue and Adams Street about …

Hammond, Gary school board candidates waiting for signature review

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CROWN POINT – Two hopeful school board candidates whose nomination petitions were rejected for lack of enough qualified signatures are questioning the statute and the process that got them kicked off the ballot. The concerns were valid enough to cause the county’s Board of Elections …

Police: Illinois driver more than 6 times over legal limit

CROWN POINT — A Naperville, Illinois, man with a blood-alcohol level nearly than six times the legal limit is facing multiple charges after deliberately crashing into two squad cars last week. Police say Kevin R. Dodge, 26, was arrested after a drunken cruise down U.S. …

Death penalty sought for suspect in Gary cop killing

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Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter is seeking the death penalty for a Gary man charged with murder in the July 6 shooting of Gary police Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield. An entry in the online docket shows Carter filed an amended information Tuesday for a death sentence …

Lake Station man sentenced in power tool thefts

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray sentenced a Lake Station man on Tuesday to 30 months in an alternative sentencing program for theft. Bobby A. Warrick, 42, of Lake Station, admitted in court that on three occasions he selected Dewalt power tools from Sears at …

With up to 100 years on the line, defendant to represent himself

A former East Chicago man told the judge he wants to represent himself on two high-level felony cases charging him with child molesting. Antione Montey Brown, 32, of Richton Park, Illinois, was given permission to do so Tuesday during a hearing before Lake Superior Court …

Man faces credit card fraud charges

An Illinois man who was a passenger in a car stopped by a Hobart police officer for traffic violations now faces federal charges connected to possessing more than 100 tampered credit and debit cards. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in U.S. District Court …

Hammond man enters plea in shooting death  of his 10-year-old son

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A Hammond man facing a murder charge in the 2011 death of his 10-year-old son pleaded guilty but mentally ill Tuesday to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter. Jason Lee DeGroot Sr., 35, faces at least 32 years in prison and up to 50 years …

Valparaiso woman admits role in insurance fraud ring

A Valparaiso woman will plead guilty to her role in an automobile insurance fraud ring that was run out of Michigan City, according to plea agreement. According to the agreement, filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Roberta Butler, 31, will plead …