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Lifeline law message slow to get out

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When state legislators passed the Lifeline Law two years ago, the goal was to encourage minors to call for help by giving them immunity from being prosecuted for certain crimes, including underage drinking. Getting the law passed was only half the battle, though. Making sure …

Clancy wins Dem nod for treasurer in Porter County

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PORTAGE — Porter County Democrats selected Michelle Clancy on Saturday to serve as the county’s next treasurer. “I will work my hardest,” said Clancy, of Portage Township. “I’m going to make sure no one regrets their vote. I will see you in the treasurer’s office.” …

New Valpo bus station part of bigger plan

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VALPARAISO — The site that the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority is considering for a new bus station and its parking is slightly larger than two blocks. However, it’s part of a much bigger plan for the area south of downtown, a major transit-oriented development …

Porter County Fair: Kids put miniature horses through their paces in event judging

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VALPARAISO — “Isn’t this just the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen?” gushed Steph McCollough, 4-H miniature equine superintendent at the Porter County Fair, on Saturday. And it was, as two kids, both 9, took turns trotting out their miniature horses for the start of …

Valplayso timetable announced for park rebuilding

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VALPARAISO — The city’s parks and recreation department is $150,000 short of its goal to raise $800,000 by Aug. 5 to rebuild Valplayso Park. The department would like to attain the goal to make sure everything’s in place when volunteers come to rebuild the park …

Burglary confession nets 8 years of probation

VALPARAISO — A Chesterton man who confessed to police about a December 2012 burglary to clean up his life will spend eight years on probation, minus 31 days credit jail time. Robert Avonte Edward Lewis, 19, received the sentence Friday for his July 1 plea …

Porter County will wait for Blount appearance

VALPARAISO — A Porter County warrant held Carl Le’Ellis Blount, 25, until Lake County charged him in the homicide of Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, but Blount won’t face those Porter County charges anytime soon. Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford, whose court is assigned the …

Porter Township rooster finds something to crow about

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VALPARAISO — Kara Krause has something to crow about. Her rooster, Feisty, crowed 51 times during half an hour Friday at the Porter County Fair’s annual rooster crowing contest, coming quite close to hitting the 56-crow record set several years ago. “I didn’t think I …

Porter County Dems to elect new county treasurer

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VALPARAISO — Porter County’s Democratic precinct committeemen will choose between two candidates at a caucus Saturday to select the county’s next treasurer. The candidates are Michelle Clancy of Portage Township, who worked as a chief deputy in the treasurer’s office for three years, and Robert …

Work pays off as 4-H animals sold at auction

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VALPARAISO — There were ducks dressed as prisoners in black-and-white stripes and wearing leis. Also, chickens looking like hula girls and patriotic cheerleaders. It was all part of the 4-H Celebration Sale on Thursday at the Porter County Fair, the payoff after months of hard …

Mom denies son guilty in Gary cop shooting

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While a Portage woman who claimed to be Carl Blount’s mother defended him, it was an outstanding Porter County warrant that allowed Lake County law enforcement to detain the accused shooter of a Gary police officer for more than 72 hours without charges. “All I’m …

Porter County $1.3 million behind in insurance payments

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VALPARAISO — Six weeks worth of unpaid health insurance claims, totaling nearly $1.3 million, is putting Porter County’s discounted rates from providers at risk, Board of Commissioners President John Evans, R-North, said Wednesday, the day after the County Council learned Auditor Bob Wichlinski has not …

Valparaiso panel nears recommendation on fluoride in water

VALPARAISO — A recommendation on whether the city should continue to fluoridate its drinking water will come in two to three weeks. The Valparaiso City Utilities Fluoride Commission will make a decision at its fifth meeting and formulate a report on it for the City …

Autopsy results pending in trampoline death

CHESTERTON — A representative from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday it could be two weeks before a conclusion is reached on why a 2-year-old Chesterton boy died after a fall from a trampoline. The Chesterton Police Department was called to assist the …

Veterans look back on a decade of 4-H in Porter County

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VALPARAISO — Joel Johnson has spent the last 10 years of his life in 4-H. That comes to an end with the Porter County Fair this week. Wednesday, he and other 10-year 4-H’ers prepped their livestock for the beef cattle show, and reflected on what …