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Public Eyesore No. 1, the Sheraton coming down

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GARY — Early in his first year as mayor of Gary in 1968, Richard Hatcher’s phone rang at 1 a.m. Holiday Inn was calling. An executive with the national chain told Hatcher it planned to erect a hotel at 461 Broadway, just south of City …

Semi crash delays I-65 traffic

A semitrailer that slid off southbound Interstate 65 near Lowell caused delays on the highway Saturday afternoon as workers removed the truck from the ditch. A spokesman for the Indiana State Police Lowell District said police were forced to close the highway intermittently between 4 …

Gary church hit by pickup truck

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A pickup truck crashed into the front of a Gary church early Saturday.

The truck drove through the exterior wall of the Northlake Church of Christ, 1000 E. 21st Ave.

The driver’s current condition is unknown.

Calls to the Gary Police and to the church …

Payoff ends Gary’s pricey parking lot saga

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GARY — The city finally is free of a pricey deal that cost more than $1 million for the use of a downtown parking lot it never needed. The Redevelopment Commission approved a $425,000 settlement Wednesday with Broad Ridge LLC, of South Bend, the developer …

Severe thunderstorm watch issued until 9 p.m.

Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. as a severe system of storms makes its way through the region.

Bill Nelson, observation program leader with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois, said the severe weather is …

As need grows, mental health agencies ask Lake for funding help

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CROWN POINT – County officials plan to extend a helping hand to two local mental health agencies strapped for cash as they see demand for services continue to increase. Lake County Council President Ted Bilski, D-Hobart, said Thursday during a budget session he was approached …

Panel OKs contracts to raze Gary homes, fund city programs

GARY--The impact a multi-million dollar state demolition project will have on Gary continued to take shape at last week’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. The board also approved a string of grants to city run programs, awarded two contracts and accepted the contract …

Gary, EdisonLearning urge state to make school turnarounds smoother

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GARY — The 2011 removal of Roosevelt High School from the Gary Community School Corp. seemed like a hostile takeover, members of a State Board of Education committee learned Friday.

“It was very clear the district felt indicted by our very presence,” said Thom Jackson, …

Hours of freedom bring new charges for Gary escapee

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GARY — The list of criminal charges against Darius Polk keeps getting longer, and he added more this week while he was in police custody. On Wednesday, Polk, 21, of 3666 Jefferson St., was charged with contempt of court after police learned he allegedly had …

Lowest paid workers get salary bump  to $20,000

CROWN POINT — Eighteen of the county’s lowest paid workers will all see their salaries climb to $20,000 a year before other county workers may get their first raise in eight years in 2015. The workers, all cooks, cleaning personnel and security officers in the …

Agreement would allow cop to avoid prosecution

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A Lake Superior Court judge on Friday accepted a pretrial diversion agreement for a 10-year veteran of the county sheriff’s police on a charge of conversion. Samuel Orlich Jr., 43, of Crown Point, can have the misdemeanor charge dismissed if he commits no criminal offense …

$80K study will assess housing potential around South Shore stations

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District are undertaking an $80,000 study to examine housing possibilities around South Shore stations in Hammond, Gary, East Chicago, and Portage, as well as the Munster-Dyer area. The RDA and NICTD will each provide …

Firm sues school  district  over bids

A Chicago company is suing the School City of Hammond, claiming the school district gave a competing business an unfair advantage in a bidding process this summer. Illinois Mechanical Sales filed the lawsuit Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Hammond. A representative with the …

Reckless homicide plea ends with 4-year sentence for Gary man

A Gary man facing a murder charge was sentenced Friday to to four years in prison for reckless homicide in a 2010 killing. Berry Hunter IV, 25, made no statement before Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez imposed the sentence outlined in Hunter’s plea agreement …

Restaurateur gets 6-month sentence, $50K fine for illegal fireworks sales

A federal judge denied a local restaurateur’s request for home confinement in exchange for pleading guilty to illegally selling fireworks without a license but did leave open the possibility that he might not serve any time in prison. U.S. District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen on …