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Man’s told to drop his girlfriend in Porter County drug sentencing

VALPARAISO -- A Valparaiso man’s sentence to Porter County’s Drug Court Therapeutic Community came with a unique stipulation: Drop your girlfriend. Bryan Scott Johnson, 27, was told he can’t have contact with his girlfriend, Rachel Elizabeth Love, 27, who pleaded to her heroin charges a …

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CHESTERTON Drunken man found injured along road Police are investigating an incident Monday afternoon in which an intoxicated and barefoot man was found lying along County Road 50W with a head wound and his feet in the street. Robert Sufana Jr., 47, had a blood-alcohol …

New panel settles on $10 fee; will send plan to Porter County Council

VALPARAISO — Porter County’s Storm Water Management Board proposed a monthly stormwater fee of $10 per “equivalent residential units” Tuesday, setting in motion a formula that, while complicated, could raise $4.7 million a year to tackle projects in the county, including heavy flooding in South …

Porter County salt facility cost blamed on rising steel prices

VALPARAISO — The rising cost of steel is driving up the cost of a salt storage facility at Porter County’s highway garage in Hebron. David James, interim director of the highway department, told the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that he received one bid for …

Trial date set for Valparaiso man charged in wife’s death

VALPARAISO -- The Valparaiso man accused of killing his wife in a July 4 drunken driving accident is expected to go to trial in January. Dwayne Eugene Johnson, 67, faces up to 12 years in prison on the two highest felony counts against him, both …

East Porter schools chief questions TIF partnership

VALPARAISO — East Porter School Corporation Superintendent Rod Gardin is concerned that a partnership between Valparaiso and Porter County for a special taxing district around Porter County Regional Airport could result in that revenue being spent elsewhere.

Gardin also said the city’s suggestion that the …

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Cassandra Brown, 23, of rural Hebron, was arrested for felony identity deception after, while reportedly checking Facebook, police said, she drove into a ditch and partially submerged her car at about 1:03 a.m. Monday. Still in the ditch at when police arrived, Brown allegedly offered two different fake names, but the arresting officer recognized Brown from previous encounters. She was ticketed for driving with a suspended license.

East Porter schools chief: ‘Was it just a ploy?’

VALPARAISO – East Porter School Corp. Superintendent Rod Gardin is concerned that any partnership for a tax increment finance district around Porter County Regional Airport between the city of Valparaiso and Porter County could result in that revenue being spent elsewhere. He also said the …

Porter County faces TIF odds in airport area development

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VALPARAISO — A tax increment finance district around Porter Regional Airport, put together by the county’s redevelopment commission, is in a holding pattern, but county and Valparaiso officials hope to come up with a plan they can land that would be beneficial to all involved. …

Duck Creek residents say flooding worse, want fix

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Three weeks after heavy rain caused flooding to the streets and some homes in the Duck Creek subdivision, about 40 residents Thursday peppered Portage Township and Porter County officials with questions and concerns as they seek a fix to an ongoing drainage …

Old Valplayso time capsule shows what life was like in 1994

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VALPARAISO -- It was children talking to children across decades as they opened up one time capsule Thursday and sealed up another. The time capsule replacement is part of the 20-year revision of Valplayso, the park that was built in 1994 by volunteers and donations …

Portage schools chief: I’m listening

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PORTAGE — Residents who attended the first “Coffee with the Superintendent” at Portage High School were far outnumbered by school staff and teachers. “I think this is great,” Superintendent Richard Weigel said. “You never know if you’re going to get a lot or a few.” …

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PORTAGE Police say DUI driver feared vampires A Lake Station man was charged with drunken driving and possession of marijuana after he ran into a tree early Thursday and then got upset when police would not let him leave the scene, saying he had to …

Trio arrested with marijuana plants at Porter County home

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While assisting U.S. marshals in looking for a man with a history of trafficking heroin, Porter County Sheriff’s Police found two people removing two large marijuana plants from a rural Porter Township home. The 65-year-old homeowner, her two grown sons, their girlfriends and a granddaughter …

Valparaiso woman’s cries end with her arrest

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VALPARAISO – A 21-year-old woman was arrested for felony criminal confinement and misdemeanor battery early Friday after a fight with her boyfriend. At about 2 a.m. Friday, a 911 caller told police she heard a female scream “rape” several times, and it sounded like it …