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Man and woman found dead in South Haven

SOUTH HAVEN – Investigators Thursday were trying to determine what caused the death of a man and woman in the 700 block of Pittsburgh Avenue in South Haven.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said his office was called to the scene to investigate the deaths. …

Law & Order

PORTAGE Man accused of battering wife A Portage resident has been charged with attacking his wife Tuesday night in a drunken rage, according to police. Roy Green III, 35, is charged with domestic battery, battery, strangulation and interfering with the report of a crime. Police …

Mom-to-be arrested for endangering unborn son

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HEBRON – A woman with an admitted addiction to huffing was arrested Wednesday for felony neglect of a dependent – her unborn son. At 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, a Porter County Sheriff’s Department’s officer went to Mariah Warner’s home, in the 100 East block of Bates …

Everybody Counts criticizes outreach

PORTAGE — Several disability advocates spoke Thursday during the public comment portion of the of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission meeting to criticize NIRPC’s efforts to communicate with stakeholders. Everybody Counts executive director Teresa Torres said NIRPC’s stakeholder list is “incomplete, generic and disorganized.” …

Retirements slowing INDOT

PORTAGE — INDOT is still busy repairing much of the damage winter wrecked on local roads, deputy commissioner Bob Alderman told members of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. “The emergency repair contracts started in St. Joseph County and are moving west,” Alderman said Thursday. …

Mayor: Cline Avenue toll bridge announcement coming

PORTAGE — East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland announced Thursday that FIGG Engineering Group plans to make an announcement in the next two to three weeks about the proposed Cline Avenue toll bridge. The topic came up Thursday at a meeting of the Northwestern Indiana Regional …

County, Valparaiso to work on development around airport

VALPARAISO – The Porter County Redevelopment Commission will move forward in the coming weeks to work with the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission on possible plans for an economic development area around Porter County Regional Airport. Robert Thompson, the county’s planning director and a member of the …

Neighbors not overjoyed with new Valparaiso subdivision plan

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VALPARAISO — City officials touted last week’s groundbreaking for The Lakes of Valparaiso as good for the future, but neighbors think otherwise. SBJZ Holdings made concessions because they presented plans in 2011 for the luxury apartments and business park, but many residents feel the rezoning …

Death at campground in Portage ruled drowning

PORTAGE — Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris ruled Wednesday that a Portage man died after drowning at a lake in a local campground. The body of Charles Gritton, 52, was recovered Tuesday afternoon by dive teams with the Portage, Chesterton and Porter fire departments after …

Portage man drowns at campground lake

PORTAGE — A Portage man drowned Tuesday in Lake Minnehaha at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort on the city’s north side, authorities said. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris identified the man as Charles Gritton, 52, and said he will conduct an autopsy and toxicology …

Police defend use of old military equipment

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While law enforcement personnel use former military vehicles to patrol the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and body armor-clad police officers launch tear gas and smoke canisters into demonstrators and rioters, local police officials said it is better to have military grade equipment and not need …

Porter County insurance to get consultant review

VALPARAISO — Porter County’s health insurance costs are going to get another set of eyes. The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to hire Steve Brady of the Heritage Advisory Group, in a contract not to exceed $5,000, to review the county’s coverage and benefits and …

Local patients also victims in hospital information theft

A criminal attack targeting Porter Regional Hospital’s parent company did steal some personal information for local patients, according to the hospital. Community Health Systems Inc. announced Monday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the attack, believed to have taken place …

Law & Order: Man accused of harassing wife, her boyfriend

A Lake Station man has been charged with violating a protective order after he contacted his estranged wife on Saturday and aggressively followed her boyfriend in his vehicle earlier that day and threatened to harm him, Porter County sheriff’s police said.

Resale shop, medical   offices to fill building

VALPARAISO — The former Calumet Avenue home of Home Mountain Printing is getting some development after being dormant for years. Part of it will be medical offices built on empty ground on the south side. New Creation Men’s Center, which plans to turn the old …