Indiana education split plays out in No Child request

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INDIANAPOLIS — A new critique of Indiana’s efforts to maintain its exemptions from the No Child Left Behind requirements, written by top staff to Gov. … Read More


Fatal motorcycle crash ties up traffic on ramp to I-65 south from I-94 east

GARY — Eastbound Interstate 80/94 at the southbound Interstate 65 ramp was down to one lane Wednesday night after an accident involving a semitrailer and a motorcycle that left the motorcycle driver dead. A spokesman with the Indiana State Police said the right lane of …

Former Bears players coach kids


CROWN POINT — Young football players from around Northwest Indiana had the chance Wednesday to run drills with a couple of former Chicago Bears during the first Indiana Chicago Bears Youth Football Camp. Former linebacker Mickey Pruitt and defensive tackle Anthony Adams headlined the camp, …

Merrillville considers jailing no-show property owners


MERRILLVILLE — Owners of blighted property who fail to attend unsafe building/blight hearings when summoned could end up in jail, under an ordinance being considered by the Town Council. Attorney Michael Deppe, who represents the town during the monthly hearings, recommended the hearing officer be …

Sewer district may face penalties

A new court filing hints that Gary and the Gary Sanitary District could be held at least partly responsible for violations at the district when it was under the management of a private company. The government filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to …

New leaders at Gary’s Thea Bowman charter school

GARY — Two new leaders will take over as principals at two Thea Bowman Leadership Academy charter school campuses on Friday. Charles Williams, the school’s assistant principal, was elevated to the principal’s job at the middle/high school at 3401 W. 5th Ave., and Clara Thigpen, …

Franciscan Medical Specialists’ newest building receives blessing


The Franciscan Medical Specialists’ newest facility was blessed and dedicated on Tuesday with the Rev. Gregory Holicky performing the blessing. The building, at 759 45th St., Munster, opened on June 23 and houses five physicians and five physical therapists who practice orthopedic, podiatry and physical …

Law & Order: Gary teen arrested after fleeing

Police arrested a Gary teen who ran from them Monday afternoon after they tried to speak to him about loitering.

Two charged in shooting of woman, daughters in Hammond


HAMMOND — Two men have been charged with shooting an Addison, Illinois, woman and her two daughters who drove to Hammond to purchase cellphones on Sunday. Alan Lavelle Ross Jr., 17, of Hammond, and Joseph Alonzo Pleasure, 20, of East Chicago, are each charged with …

Lake County Courts: Charges filed in Cedar Lake shooting

A Lowell man faces criminal charges for allegedly shooting a man in the leg during a disturbance Sunday night in Cedar Lake.

Body found on beach ID’d as man missing since May

A man pulled from Lake Michigan near Whiting on Monday has been identified as a Chicago trader missing since a May boating accident that killed two other people. Orest Sopka, 30, of Chicago, was pulled from the lake near Whiting Beach a few minutes before …

Daughter charged in Crown Point mom’s death


GARY--Police arrested the 17-year-old daughter of DeCarol Deloney Cain on Wednesday, just as she was charged with killing her mother. Alyssa Barrett is charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. Barrett’s boyfriend, Damarius Rashard McGriggs, was already charged with killing the Crown Point flight attendant July 7 and leaving the woman’s body in the trunk of her car on a vacant wooded street on the city’s east side. Police said the pair plotted to kill DeLoney Cain because she wanted her daughter to have an abortion. Detective Richard McClelland arrested Barrett at the Public Safety Facility after

Blount enters not guilty plea in killing of Gary cop


CROWN POINT — A Gary man charged with murder in the shooting of Gary police Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield had a brief appearance in court Wednesday to formally enter a not guilty plea. Carl Le’Ellis Blount, who turned 26 on Tuesday, waived the reading of the …

Attorney: Minor scam tried to set up Lake Station mayor


LAKE STATION — Mayor Keith Soderquist’s attorney says someone tried to make it appear that his client, who’s under federal indictment for allegedly stealing public funds, made a private purchase recently at a retail store using city funds. Scott King said Tuesday that Soderquist was …

Bank robber blames drug use, sentenced to 12 years in prison


A Michigan man who went on a bank robbing spree, including hitting one in Munster, in 2012 will serve almost 12 years in prison for three of those crimes. Beaver Bernard Russell, 50, of Benton Harbor, Michigan, apologized for his crimes during his sentencing hearing …

Guardrail on Taft Street set


MERRILLVILLE — The Indiana Department of Transportation will install a guardrail to prevent motorists from landing in a ditch off Taft Street that town officials have deemed dangerous. INDOT spokesman Matt Deitchley said agency representatives have discussed with town officials the installation of a guardrail …