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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 …

Letter writer implores judge to keep ex-pastor in prison

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Another person has written to a federal judge to protest former First Baptist Church of Hammond Pastor Jack Schaap’s attempt to reduce his prison time. The writer, Muriel F. Lennstrum, argues in the letter, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond and addressed to …

Lake precinct consolidation plans due Aug. 1

CROWN POINT — Democrats and Republicans on the Lake County Board of Elections will decide Aug. 1 if they can come to terms on a plan to consolidate precincts in the county with fewer than 500 voters. The decision has been mandated by Senate Bill …

Lake County Courts: Charges filed in EC homicide

An East Chicago man has been charged with killing another city resident in a shooting early Sunday in the city.

Plans to upgrade Highland theater in the works

HIGHLAND – The show can go on in the Town Theater, and the town is close to funding its cost should it decide that’s the direction it wants to go. Members of the Highland Redevelopment Commission and ad hoc group Highland Main Street presented a …

Hostage situation diffused in East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO -- An East Chicago man is in the hospital after he threatened to kill himself and poured gasoline all over his family’s home Monday night. East Chicago officers were called to the 5100 block of Reading Avenue about 5 p.m. after receiving a …

Councilman called out for Facebook comments

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LAKE STATION — A city councilman stood by his social media remarks late last week, while another described the Facebook comments racist. The flap came just days after Todd Rogers, D-3rd, posted a response to the following comment by a poster calling himself “The Revolution,” …

Teen killed in motorcycle crash

HOBART — A Lake Station teenager was killed Monday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a Jeep at Colbourne Street and East 37th Avenue, near Interstate 65, according to Lake County sheriff’s police. Diamond Cody Cooper, 19, was driving a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle about 2:30 …

National softball tournament starts in Crown Point

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CROWN POINT — Thousands of girls and their families descended on the city this week for the start of the National Softball Association’s Class B Fastpitch Girls World Series. This year, 236 teams in age groups from 8 and under to 18 and under traveled …