Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Judge OKs gag order in cop killing case; Blount arraigned ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas granted a motion filed by accused cop killer Carl Blount’s attorney on Friday that prevents attorneys involved in the case, law enforcement officials, court personnel and the coroner from releasing any information to the public, aside from what is discussed in open court. It is not uncommon for a judge to impose a gag order in a high-profile murder case. Public Defender Robert Varga, representing Blount, also filed a motion to extend procedural deadlines, which is set for a hearing before Cappas on Wednesday. Early Friday, Blount, 25, who was charged … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:33:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Weinberger enters Florida halfway house; civil lawsuits remain ]]> Lead story image

Mark Weinberger, the former Merrillville nose doctor who pleaded guilty to faking surgeries on 22 patients to defraud their insurance companies, is a step closer to freedom. According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Weinberger is now under the Residential Reentry Management field office in Miami, a halfway program for federal inmates close to the end of their sentence. Weinberger was previously held at a federal prison in Coleman, Fla. U.S. District Judge Philip Simon sentenced Weinberger in October 2012 to seven years in prison. Weinberger had already been in in prison for about three years at that point. His … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:27:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ 55 Gary streets to be repaired in $6.4 million contract ]]> Lead story image

GARY — City officials Thursday awarded a $6.4 million contract to repair potholes and street damage at 55 different sites throughout the city. The city will pay Reith-Riley $2.7 million this year and next and $1 million in 2016 for the project out of city funds. Also, Reith-Riley will subcontract the milling work to Day’s Asphalt, a Gary company, and employ Gary residents on the job. The announcement comes after a rough winter, on top of years of wear and tear, decimated city streets earlier this year, Public Works Director Cloteal LaBroi said. “This is a priority for (Mayor Karen … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:03:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Firefighter seeks to withdraw plea in money laundering case ]]>

A Gary fire lieutenant is trying to take back her guilty plea to money laundering for a drug dealer after she discovered she would lose her job and pension because of it. Lt. Sandra McGuire, a 19-year veteran, says in her motion to withdraw her plea, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond, that she should be allowed to change her guilty plea because she didn’t know what would happen to her job when she reached the agreement with federal attorneys, which would render her plea involuntary. McGuire pleaded in October 2012 to one count of money laundering in … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:02:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary, EdisonLearning tout new ‘shared vision’ at Roosevelt ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Water finally is flowing again at Roosevelt College and Career Academy, and officials attributed the breakthrough to a new “shared vision” between the school district and EdisonLearning Inc. The two previously bickered in court and in the media over the operation of Roosevelt College and Career Academy, taken over by the state in 2011. On Thursday, both sides issued a joint press release announcing the new partnership. “Over the past two weeks, we have talked by phone and met in person, representing our respective organizations — and agree that we are not just concerned about the nearly 8,000 … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:02:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former nightclub to become Brazilian steakhouse ]]>

MERRILLVILLE — A new restaurant, Gaucho’s Brazilian Steakhouse and Seafood, plans to open in the building that until recently housed the Voltage adult nightclub. The board of zoning appeals granted a zoning exception for the restaurant, 1506 E. 83rd Ave., which will be dine-in only and will have seating for 220 and 35 to 40 employees. The owners are Keith and Ken Louis. “The restaurant will take up 6,000 square feet on the east side of the building. ... If all goes well, they will occupy the west side as a banquet hall in the future,” zoning director Dorinda Gregor … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:02:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Work pays off as 4-H animals sold at auction ]]> Lead story image

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 work by 4-H’ers who take the time, energy and patience to see their animals through the season. It’s also big money. As potential buyers filled the seats and bleachers in the livestock arena, Martha Sharp, the sale’s coordinator, said the event generates more than $300,000 in sales in four hours. Last year’s auction garnered $350,000. … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:07:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Briefs piling up in gay marriage case ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that’s before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including several filed Wednesday. Virtually all of the briefs stand up for the states. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state’s gay marriage probation in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit court combined the cases. Hundreds of same-sex … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:08:21 -0500