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Bond sale for Gary bank project OK’d

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GARY — Praising the project as another sign of hope for revitalizing the downtown area, the city council has unanimously approved selling $2.8 million in revenue bonds for the renovation of the former Gary State Bank building at 504 Broadway. The council’s action at a …

Merrillville plans crackdown on speeders

MERRILLVILLE — The town council wants tougher traffic enforcement in two areas of town, one to curb speeding and the other to improve traffic flow. Jarrett Jordan, a resident of The Preserve subdivision, off Mississippi Street and south of Southlake Mall, asked the council for …

Lake County targets dilapidated properties

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Efforts to demolish unsafe properties throughout unincorporated Lake County are ramping up in 2014. More than 20 homes and buildings that have been deemed unsafe have been identified and the list continues to grow. Work is underway to bring as many as possible through the …

Hammond man convicted of cocaine dealing

A Lake Superior Court jury convicted a Hammond man of dealing in cocaine. John Portis, 35, faces six to 20 years for selling cocaine to a confidential informant on Jan. 30, 2013, on Calumet Avenue near Thornton Street in Hammond. The jury deliberated about five …

Woman sued for taking late mother’s benefits

The federal government is suing a Merrillville woman for more than $150,000 because she allegedly kept taking her mother’s Veterans Affairs benefits for about three years after the woman died. According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Rose Marie Kindred …

Law & Order: Rowdy driver fights with Gary cops

A Portage man was charged with battery and resisting police after officers found him either asleep or unconscious early Wednesday in his parked car on U.S. 20 near Old Hobart Road.

Ex-Lake Ridge official admits embezzling funds

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The former business manager for Lake Ridge Schools is admitting he embezzled more than $134,000 from the school district during the same time it had to close an elementary school because of a $1.7 million budget shortfall.

Along with the theft charge, James Huddleston, 41, …

Walker raising funds for Lincoln Highway group, charity

Jeff Blair, president of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, will stop at the Merrillville Historical Society, 13 W. 73rd Ave., at 2 p.m. Friday as part of his 10-day walk along the Indiana portion of the transcontinental highway. Blair is walking from April 25 to …

Internet meeting leads to robbery charges against pair

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A Cedar Lake woman and a Hammond man have been charged with two felonies after they allegedly robbed a man who was visiting the woman. According to a news release from the Indiana State Police, the victim, a 29-year-old man from Lafayette, met Amber L. …

Gary killer’s warning: Divorce ‘not going to be pretty’

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Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to Lake Superior Court records. On Monday afternoon, Remanard Castro shot and killed his estranged wife outside their 14-year-old son’s Catholic school in Griffith while their son and 16-year-old daughter watched, Griffith police said.

Neighbors, co-workers remember Nina Castro

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GARY — The white framed house with blue shutters was undisturbed in the quiet Ambridge-Mann neighborhood Tuesday morning, giving no indication of the violence Monday, including a suicide there, that has shattered the family that lived there until recently. Neighbors remembered Nina Castro as a …

Lake County drug stores report bomb threats

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State, county and local police responded to a series of bomb threats called in to local drug stores in Lake County on Tuesday night. “They were all called in minutes apart,” Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said. The county’s bomb-sniffing dogs were dispatched to the …

Scott could lose seat on Gary City Council

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GARY — City Councilman Ronier Scott leaves for prison May 6 and the City Council will vote to strip him of his seat May 13, council president Kyle Allen said Tuesday. Scott, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion in February and received …

Murder-suicide victim mourned at vigil

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GRIFFITH — If Kim Arthur ever thought she was lax in reporting domestic violence in her medical practice before, she vows it will never happen again. More than 75 friends, co-workers and strangers gathered in St. Mary Catholic Church’s Sunken Garden on Tuesday night to …

Lake County: Two seek open seat in Democratic primary

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A political newcomer and a two-term Calumet Township Board member want to replace Lake County Councilman Jerome Prince in the council’s 3rd District. Ron Matlock, chairman of the township board, and Jamal Washington, a first-time candidate for office, will face off in the May 6 …