Coroner candidates want to speak on the dangers of drugs


VALPARAISO -- Both candidates for the Porter County Coroner are licensed funeral home directors with years of experience and with additional qualifications and certifications.

Republican incumbent Chuck Harris is running for his second term against Democrat Chuck Scheuer.

For both, the big issue for the …

Recorder candidates set goals in race


VALPARAISO -- In the Porter County Recorder’s race, Republican incumbent Jon C. Miller faces Democrat Scott Williams.

Miller has lived in the county for more than 50 years and prior to becoming the Recorder in the last election, Miller worked 28 years for the Porter …

Liberty Township man beaten by his former drug dealer

VALPARAISO – A 47-year-old Liberty Township man was treated at Porter Regional Hospital after his former drug dealer reportedly beat him up over a $30 debt.

The injured man told police that about 9:42 a.m. Wednesday, a man he bought marijuana from approximately eight or …

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 one  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 …

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


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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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


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


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 …