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Convicted murderer’s father files for bankruptcy

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The father of a Porter County man who is serving 60 years in prison for murdering Amanda Bach has filed for bankruptcy protection. Joseph McCowan, an officer with the Crown Point Police Department, filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which is when debts are reorganized, earlier …

Hospital funds focus of GOP hopefuls

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VALPARAISO — The two Republican candidates for the District 3 seat on the Porter County Council point to the $159 million in proceeds from the sale of the county hospital and better cooperation between elected officials as two of the issues facing the council. Incumbent …

Law & Order: Shoplifter blames cut in assistance

Bertha Qualls, 30, of Portage, was arrested for felony theft at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday at Wal-Mart, 6087 U.S. 6, police said.

How to help your neighbors this weekend, and get a free T-shirt

About 7,000 Chicago-area folks are expected to do some good in their neighborhoods Saturday during the annual Comcast Cares Day. The event is the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event, drawing Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, but it’s also open to the public — who will …

Law & Order: 2 girls face pot, trespass charges

Valparaiso police arrested two teen-age girls after they were found smoking marijuana in an empty house shortly after midnight Monday.

No raises for auditor employees, Porter County Council says

VALPARAISO — Auditor Bob Wichlinski again approached the Porter County Council to ask for raises at Tuesday’s meeting and received the same answer he did in late February. The council voted 5-2 against the salary increases for the remaining 14 members of his staff — …

Hospital, Porter County near terms on assessed value, tax abatment

VALPARAISO — Porter County appears to be inching closer to an agreement on the assessed value of Porter Regional Hospital.

The figure is crucial as the County Council also wrangles with a 10-year tax abatement for the facility, which hinges on whether the assessed valuation …

Valparaiso groups pitch in to help fire-ravaged namesake city in Chile

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VALPARAISO — To assist their namesake city in Chile after forest fires destroyed much of it, the Valparaiso city government, the Valparaiso YMCA and Valparaiso University plan to raise $120,000 for relief. At a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Mayor Jon Costas, Valparaiso Family YMCA …

Valparaiso unveils early plans for Central Park pavilion, plaza

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VALPARAISO — The city has presented preliminary plans for the new pavilion that will extend Central Park west of Lafayette Street for a half-block. Lafayette Street, between the current Central Park Plaza and the planned ice rink and activities center, will remain open and will …

Four busted in I-94 drug stop

Four people were arrested on felony drug charges, including possession of heroin, after a traffic stop about 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 near Chesterton, according to Chesterton police. An officer assigned to a regional drug enforcement unit made the arrests, …

NWI environmental groups mark Earth Day

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The quality of Northwest Indiana’s environment has improved in some ways — demonstrably lower levels of air and water pollution — since the first Earth Day in 1970, but challenges from the area’s industrial legacy still exist for citizens and activists. Groups throughout Northwest Indiana …

Porter Regional Hospital assessment questioned

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VALPARAISO — Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski said Monday that Porter Regional Hospital has been receiving a property tax bill based on the value of its land, which is $1.7 million, instead of the value placed on the building and the land, which Assessor Jon …

Hospital to appeal tax ruling; abatement hangs in balance

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VALPARAISO — Porter Regional Hospital is appealing its assessment to the Indiana Board of Tax Review, this time for 2013. The move comes as the Porter County Council is scheduled to discuss a 10-year tax abatement given to the hospital at a meeting Tuesday. The …

Valparaiso eyes online utility billing fee schedule

VALPARAISO — Residents may be able to pay their water and sewer bill online if the Utility Board can agree on a fee structure. Costs would be 45 cents per online transaction plus processing fees of $2.28 per credit or debit card if the city …

South Haven EMS partners with Porter Health

SOUTH HAVEN — The South Haven Fire Department’s emergency medical services division is now in partnership with Porter Health System. The division has been with St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart for the past six years and St. Mary will continue to train rescue personnel …