Bishop objects to Notre Dame gay marriage policy

FORT WAYNE — A northern Indiana Catholic bishop said he believes University of Notre Dame leaders should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to … Read More


Horror can hide in Gary’s empty houses


Abandoned buildings attract crime. Police know this. Neighbors too. Suspected serial killer Darren D. Vann allegedly confessed to strangling women and dumping their bodies under piles of rubbish in abandoned and forgotten houses. It’s still unclear where his trail of death leads or ends. Gary has an estimated 8,000 vacant buildings, making it tough on the financially strapped city and police force to fight crime that has thousands of places to hide in the dark, hollowed-out houses lining many of the city’s streets.

Jackson, Hatcher headline Civil Rights Hall of Fame fundraiser


GARY — The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act and “Freedom Summer” opened a floodgate of memories for the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and his longtime friend, former Gary mayor Richard Hatcher, prior to the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame …

Drowning deaths investigation remains incomplete in Hobart


HOBART — As the police department awaits one final report needed for its investigation into the drownings of two Gary brothers in a water-filled pit in June, the owner of the property is completing work to bring the pit to ground level. Police Chief Richard …

Gary man found not guilty of murder charge


A Lake Superior Court jury deliberated about 90 minutes on Friday before acquitting a Gary man of murder in a September 2013 shooting.

Jerode D. Cursey, 23, was cleared in the death of DeWayne Young, 39, who was shot multiple times in his Chevrolet Blazer, …

Runway expansion project at Gary airport gets green light

The runway expansion project at Gary/Chicago International Airport got the green light on Friday.

The airport board approved several easements and agreements at a special meeting before officials drove to Chicago to sign the agreements with Canadian National railroad.

Interim airport director B.R. Lane and …

16-Plus group fighting to keep casino admission tax

SCHERERVILLE — Opposition is mounting among Lake County communities to possible legislation that could reduce or eliminate money they receive from the admission tax collected at casinos.

The 16-Plus group that encompasses all 19 communities in Lake County on Friday unanimously voted to adopt a …

Lake Station mayor: ‘I do not’ intend to resign


LAKE STATION — Dozens of family members, friends and strangers marched outside City Hall on Friday morning, protesting longtime police Sgt. Bill Taylor’s firing this week.

Each person interviewed named a laundry list of complaints against Mayor Keith Soderquist, calling for his resignation, a demand …

New judge for criminal case at center of excessive force lawsuit against Hammond PD


The criminal case that sparked an excessive force lawsuit against the Hammond Police Department will be transferred to the Lake County Superior Courts. Jamal Jones was supposed to make his initial appearance before Hammond City Court Judge Jeffrey Harkin on Friday morning, but Harkin recused …

Gary blight that hid victims also lures filmmakers

GARY — The city’s blighted neighborhoods that have come under scrutiny following the discovery of six slain women in abandoned homes aren’t just breeding grounds for crime. Those dilapidated buildings also draw Hollywood directors who’ve used the bleak settings as backdrops for horror and action …

Griffith could secede from Calumet Township after budget flap

GARY — Calumet Township is facing state intervention and a possible defection by the town of Griffith after township officials failed to reach an agreement on a budget Wednesday, township Trustee Mary Elgin said. Elgin issued a statement Thursday, saying the three-member township board rejected …

Door may be open for Griffith to secede

GARY — Calumet Township is facing state intervention and a possible defection by the town of Griffith after officials failed to reach an agreement on a budget Wednesday, Trustee Mary Elgin said. Elgin issued a statement Thursday saying the three-member township board rejected her proposed …

Funeral home owners step up to help murder victims’ families


Two area funeral home owners have reached out to the families of two of Darren D. Vann’s alleged victims to provide comfort and services for them. Camellia Ridgell-Robinson and Calvin Pennington, proprietors of Smith-Bizzell Funeral Home in Gary and Golden Gate Funeral Home of Chicago, …

Long-awaited road to Gary casino complex completed


GARY — Beginning early next week, Majestic Star Casino patrons will have a direct route to its parking garage.

On Wednesday, officials snipped the ribbon on the $9.4 million glistening asphalt overpass and access road leading into Buffington Harbor where two Majestic Star gaming boats …

Hunt for evidence continues in suspected killer’s dumping ground


GARY — Investigators from the Lake County Coroner’s Office gathered evidence Thursday to assist in determining the identities and time of death for two of suspected serial killer Darren Vann’s seven victims. A board-up crew from the city planned on sealing up the front entrance …

Law & Order: Gary woman injured when fight turns violent

A 47-year-old Ambridge-Mann woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when an argument turned violent, police said.