Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Gary plotting new trash strategy ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Just who will be picking up trash the final two months of the year is still a mystery, but the city expects to have its next trash hauler under contract by the beginning of 2015, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. The Gary Sanitary District terminated the city’s contract with Waste Management Sept. 20, citing poor service. Waste Management was expected to pick up trash for about 30 days from the contract cancellation. Freeman-Wilson said an interim contractor will pick up trash for the remainder of the year. “We’d like to start the new year with whatever operator is under … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:02:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hammond man killed at his birthday party; suspect arrested ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — A resident was charged Monday with killing a 44-year-old man at the victim’s birthday party in the city on Saturday night. Jimmie Earl Jacobs, 38, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Lonnie Williams, who was gunned down about 10:20 p.m. in his garage in the 1000 block of Bauer Street. Family members are in disbelief that Williams — described as a fun-loving motorcycle enthusiast — could be killed by a man whom he considered a friend. “They rode together all the time,” Williams’ girlfriend, Cynthia Love, said. “There’s even photo of them hugging on Saturday … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:03:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Three lanes of Dan Ryan closed after outbound crash ]]>

Most express lanes of the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway will remain closed through the evening rush following a chain-reaction crash that left one person injured. READ MORE … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:10:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point clerk/treasurer won’t seek fourth term ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Three-term Clerk-Treasurer Patti Olson announced Monday she is retiring at the end of her current term and will not seek re-election. Olson, a Republican, has worked in the clerk-treasurer’s office for more than 19 years and will complete 20 years before her term expires at the end of December 2015. Eight of those years were spent on staff, where she rose to the rank of chief deputy. She will have served as clerk-treasurer for 12 years after being elected in 2003. “It’s bittersweet that I am announcing I will not be running for re-election in 2015,” an … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:03:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bikers salute vets with Victory Ride ]]> Lead story image

HIGHLAND — The mass of motorcycles congregated on Wicker Memorial Park’s east side was impressive enough. And those were just the riders at the tail end. The rest of those participating in the 15th annual Victory for Veterans Memorial Ride late Sunday morning snaked all the way around the park to its west side, creating a formidable wall of bike riders and their machinery. In all, at least 2,100 riders came out on 1,700 bikes — the annual trek’s largest participation numbers since its 1999 start. The splendid weather no doubt played a big part in such a grand turnout, … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:02:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Flight delays to continue after arson ]]> Lead story image

Flight delays were expected to continue through the week at Chicago’s two airports as workers toiled around the clock to replace communications and radar equipment at an air traffic control facility in Aurora that was damaged Friday in an arson attack. The fire, allegedly set by a contract employee who then tried to tried to commit suicide, destroyed 23 of the facility’s 29 computer racks, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday after he was briefed on the situation by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The computer network is being completely replaced in a separate part of the facility, the FAA said … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:14:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kids Power fest benefits animal shelter ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Rainie Galanos brought her three daughters to the Kids Power Fun Fest fundraiser Sunday for the Porter County Animal Shelter because of what the festival had to offer. “It’s all the fun activities, for the kids to play,” she said as her daughters checked out a dog available for adoption by the shelter. The third annual Fun Fest featured a new location but lots of festivities, including a bounce house, pony rides, games, live entertainment and a canine demonstration. It’s been held at the animal shelter in past years, but the event moved to Positive Experience Training School … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:59:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Legislators propose downsized school board in Gary ]]>

GARY — Local lawmakers are considering legislation to downsize the Gary School Board from seven to five members, with two appointed by the mayor. State Rep. Charlie Brown, fellow House member Vernon Smith and Sen. Earline Rogers are seeking input on the proposal in preparation for the coming session of the General Assembly, which convenes in January. The Gary lawmakers have already appeared at two meetings in the first and third council districts to pitch the plan. Brown said under the proposal, three members would run for election at-large and two would be mayoral appointees, possibly with recommendations from a … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:01:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man shot to death in Gary ]]>

GARY — A 20-year-old man was killed and a second man was hospitalized in separate shootings Saturday night in the city. An acquaintance found DeShelon Hicks, Jr., 20, inside Hicks’ apartment in the 2200 block of East 19th Place about 10:30 p.m., according to releases from Gary police and the Lake County Coroner’s Office. He had been shot multiple times and was declared dead at Methodist Hospitals Southlake at 10:50 p.m. Police did not know of any possible motive nor was there a suspect in custody as of late Sunday afternoon. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Ed … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:03:22 -0500