Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Gary firefighters battle abandoned building blaze ]]> Lead story image

GARY - Gary firefighters are investigating a suspicious fire that gutted an abandoned building Wednesday afternoon in the Glen Park neighborhood. The fire broke out shortly before 4:20 p.m. at the two-story, red building at 4395 Broadway. Smoke from the fire was visible from Merrillville and the building was fully engulfed, with flames were pouring out of the windows and doors when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported. Four engines battled the blaze more than an hour. Capt. Erik McDaniels said they were doing “surround and drown” to ensure it didn’t spread to the nearby houses. Fire investigator Mark Cohill … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:24:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge: Pence contradicted himself on gay marriage ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge says Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana’s gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but he put the order on hold as a federal appeals court is taking up his earlier decisions on the issue. The state appealed the latest ruling Wednesday. Also in the Tuesday ruling, Young said that on June 26, a … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Couple allegedly harass Legion leader; face felony charges ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Two women who celebrated their same-sex marriage on the front page of the Post-Tribune in June are back in the news for less happy reasons. Ginger M. Geary, 45, and Jeanne McCarthy, 50, both of 7301 Locust St., are charged with felonies related to alleged acts against the commander of the American Legion post in the Miller area. They are out on bail — $25,000 for Geary and $65,000 for McCarthy — and have an initial court hearing Sept. 3, court records state. Both women are charged with stalking. McCarthy is also charged with attempted battery by means … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:30:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Chicago, schools reach agreement over $1 million bus tif ]]> Lead story image

EAST CHICAGO — Mayor Anthony Copeland and School City of East Chicago Superintendent Youssef “Dr. Joe” Yomtoob have resolved a financial dispute — totaling more than $1 million — that nearly led to the district’s buses being banned from using the city’s bus barn. Neither Copeland nor Yomtoob would reveal the terms of the settlement because it is still subject to approval by the district school board at its Thursday meeting. In June, city attorneys informed the school city that it owed $1,037,000 under a February 2009 lease agreement, which charged the district $42,000 per month to use the bus … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ivy Tech eyes expansion into former EC elementary school ]]>

EAST CHICAGO — The former Field Elementary School will likely be brought back to life as part of Ivy Tech Community College’s East Chicago De La Garza campus expansion. Pending the results of a feasibility study, Ivy Tech officials and Mayor Anthony Copeland envision the building, which closed three years ago, as the ideal spot to relieve overcrowding at the college’s Columbus Drive location. Copeland identified the school for this role two years ago in his State of the City address and he aggressively lobbied Ivy Tech Northwest Chancellor Thomas Coley with the idea. “When I took an aerial tour … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:11:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ School placed on lockdown as police search for wanted man ]]> Lead story image

CALUMET TWP.--Officials placed Longfellow Elementary School on lockdown briefly Wednesday morning while police searched for a suspect who fled from them as they attempted to serve a warrant. Lake County warrant division officers were in the 1400 block of East Elm Street about 11:20 a.m. to arrest Michael L. Maldonado, 21, of East Chicago, who failed to appear in Lake Superior Court on charges of battery, theft and battery resulting on bodily injury, spokeswoman Patti VanTil said. Maldonado ran from police, who called for a helicopter to assist in the search. Police asked Longfellow school officials to secure the school … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Neighbors not overjoyed with new Valparaiso subdivision plan ]]> Lead story image

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 of the 146.3 acres from single-family changed the area they moved into. When the process began at the Planning Commission and City Council, about 250 residents overflowed Council chambers and spilled out City Hall’s doors. “They listened to us and went in a completely different direction,” said Jonathan Bull, a resident of Pine Creek Estates … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:04:01 -0500