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Porter County employees face hefty insurance cost hike

VALPARAISO – A new health insurance plan for Porter County employees, though still self-insured, reaps a savings of $2.1 million for the coming year but comes with higher expenses for those on the plan.

The Board of Commissioners heard a report Thursday from Stephen Brady, …

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VALPARAISO Man flees caretaker, attacks another A mentally ill resident has been charged with battery after escaping Monday from his caretaker and attacking a second caregiver who came to help calm him, according to police. They said Jerry Geary, 33, is a client of Dungarvin, …

Men’s center, resale shop to relocate to former printing facility

VALPARAISO -- A building that’s been vacant since 2006 will soon be the site of the expansion of two city enterprises.

The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a lot-size variance Tuesday that will allow New Creation Men’s Center and its Campbell Street resale shop to …

Law & Order: Cash stolen from motorcycle store in Portage Township

The owner of Thomas Honda and Kawasaki told sheriff’s police that he had $6,159 stolen from a file cabinet in his office.

Mail fraud charges added against Valparaiso man

A Valparaiso man already charged with stalking a California woman who sued him for embezzling the money she invested with him now faces a new count connected to the embezzlement.

William D. Cantrell Jr. was charged last week in the U.S. District Court in Hammond …

Portage Township candidates eye South Haven flooding problem

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP -- The race for Portage Township Trustee is between business owner and Democrat incumbent Brendan Clancy and Realtor and Republican Jim Thompson.

The office’s duties are to take care of township parks and three cemeteries, run the fire department and provide emergency financial …

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PORTER COUNTY

Woman allegedly tried to stab mom, brother

A Washington Township woman faces criminal charges after she tried to stab her brother and her mother, who is in a wheelchair, with a knife on Sunday and damaged the inside of a police car, Porter …

Contactor building truck garage in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO — A local construction contractor is building a truck storage building to keep its vehicles warmer and protected in bad winter. The 54-by-90-foot building at 1351 Joliet Road won’t mean new jobs at G.E. Marshall, Clint Marshall said at Tuesday’s Site Review Committee meeting. …

Hebron severance agreement with former chief removes termination

HEBRON — A confidential severance agreement between former Hebron Police Chief Steven Sibbrell and the town of Hebron notes that, as part of the agreement, the town will “delete any reference to termination or any accusations of wrongdoing” in Sibbrell’s personnel file.

Sibbrell also asked …

Indiana lawmakers spend $343,490 on travel

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers took 188 trips during the past 26 months costing taxpayers a total of $343,490 during a time when Gov. Mike Pence has already said he plans to eliminate some state programs as he develops a proposed two-year budget.

Most of …

Autumn’s Army helps in fight against cancer

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VALPARAISO — Autumn’s Army was in full force Sunday, with many in the 16-member brigade wearing pink shirts that said, “Fight like a girl” on the front. The group was on the courthouse square to support Autumn Degard, 35, of Portage, during the annual Making …

Democrat Urbanik in 2nd bid to top Wichlinski for auditor

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VALPARAISO — Democrat Vicki Urbanik, candidate for Porter County auditor, said she would bring bipartisanship, better communication, and greater accuracy and responsibility to the office if elected. Urbanik, the County Council’s budget and finance specialist for the past year and a half and a former …

1850s-era Valparaiso building in line for upgrdes

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VALPARAISO — The building that houses Tommy B’s restaurant is scheduled to get some improvements this year, and the city’s facade improvement grant program may help fund it.

Charlie McGill, owner the building at 13 E. Lincolnway, presented his application for the grant at last …

Hunter with a plan promotes deer cull on county land

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VALPARAISO — Bryan McFadden has a plan. He would like to help control the deer population on public land in the area, including property owned by the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department, and, through grant money, have the deer that are killed by bow …

Visclosky and Leyva vie again in round six

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Contrasting political views are crystallized in the 1st District U.S. House race between 15-term Democrat Peter J. Visclosky, and six-time GOP candidate Mark Leyva. Donna Dunn, of Hammond, is the candidate of the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The district includes Lake and Porter counties and …