Law & Order: Porter County

DUI driver blames child for bad driving

A Valparaiso woman was arrested for drunken driving and driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop Thursday night at Ozark and Springwood drives, east of Lakes of the Four Seasons, Porter County sheriff’s police reported.

Teresa …

Fest shows art as an aid in addiction recovery


CHESTERTON — Brandi Arcuri’s artwork at the third annual Hooked on Art Festival attracted passersby, who stopped to look at her paintings and occasionally ask questions.

Arcuri, 33, is in recovery from addiction, and has been involved in Frontline Foundations’ recovery program for four months. …

$159M hospital proceeds key in 2nd District Commissioners race


VALPARAISO – The county’s financial challenges and investing proceeds from the 2007 sale of the county hospital are part of the discussion in a race for the Center District seat on the Porter County Board of Commissioners.

Democrat Sylvia Graham, an at-large member of the …

Kouts girls team up to get iPads for town’s autistic kids


KOUTS -- An plan to buy iPads for autistic students was realized recently for Olivia Birky, a senior at Kouts High School, and Megan Gauler, now a sophomore at Valparaiso University.

Eleven iPads were recently presented to Kouts special education teachers as hundreds in the …

Heart-scare survivors walk to help others


CHESTERTON — When Brad Sult was 25, he started getting tired all the time, couldn’t sleep, was vomiting, retaining water and losing weight.

“Nothing added up,” said Sult, now 44 and living in Portage.

After three months, he went in for an X-ray and found …

County sets deadline for foundation committee applicants

VALPARAISO — Anybody who wants to apply to be on the committee that will lay the groundwork for a foundation for the proceeds from the sale of the county hospital has a little more time to apply.

The Porter County Council voted unanimously to extend …

War vet, 27, charged in July shaking death of Chesterton 2-year-old


VALPARAISO – After months of denial, Felix Duron told poice what really happened to Bentley Mihal.

The 27-year-old Afghanistan war veteran was charged late Thursday in connection with the 2-year-old’s July 19 death.

When his fiancee’s son, Bentley, woke him around 8:30 a.m. July 18, …

Valparaiso accident victim dies from injuries


VALPARAISO – One of the two women hit by a car while walking in downtown Valparaiso has died, and the woman facing charges in the incident may face increased felony charges.

Lindy Wilson, 64, of Chesterton, died Thursday at South Bend Memorial Hospital, where she …

Valparaiso awards bids for $6 million Central Park expansion

VALPARAISO -- The cost and scope of the Central Park expansion was decided Friday as the Board of Works awarded the contract ahead of Monday’s planned groundbreaking.

Berglund Construction of Chicago and Chesterton was chosen for its low bid of $5.901 million. Nine contractors submitted …

Youth get history lesson in farming at festival


VALPARAISO –- The sound of steam engines and heavy machinery resonated through Sunset Hill Farm County Park Friday.

One corner in the park was relatively quiet, and that’s where Ken Hough, a member of the Northern Indiana Historical Power Association, showed groups of fourth graders …

Portage Realtor announces plan to run for mayor

PORTAGE — A longtime Portage businessman has announcd his intention to run for his party’s nomination in the 2015 primary. Leo T. Hatch Jr., 53, said it’s never too early to get the word out. Hatch, who has never run for office, intends to run …

New coalition hosts education documentary Saturday

MERRILLVILLE — A new Northwest Indiana coalition, whose aim is to support funding for traditional public schools, is sponsoring a viewing of “Rise Above the Mark,” a documentary about public education in Indiana and the U.S. at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Merrillville High auditorium. …

Auditor gets wish in funding influx from County Council


VALPARAISO – Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski got some of what he wanted from the County Council Thursday, but not all of it.

With consternation over how the money from the auditor’s non-reverting fund is being spent, the council voted 7-0 to allocate another $75,000 …

Motorists charged with drug offenses after Portage traffic stops


PORTAGE – Portage police officers patrolling the Indiana Toll Road Wednesday afternoon arrested two men on felony drug charge after a traffic stop.

One of the drivers, Robert Cusick, 25, of Arkansas, was allegedly transporting multiple containers of marijuana from a Colorado dispensary. The other, …

Few protest proposed Porter County tax hike


VALPARAISO – County residents told a hearing officer with the state’s Department of Local Government Finance they don’t want to see the tax rate for the county’s cumulative capital development fund go up during a remonstrance hearing Thursday in the county’s administration building.

Residents said …