Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Indiana Toll Road operator files for bankruptcy, lists more than $1 billion in debts ]]> Lead story image

Unable to recover from the drop in transportation during the economic recession and a debt load of about $6 billion, the company that manages the Indiana Toll Road filed for bankruptcy protection Monday morning. ITR Concession Company maintains, however, that life will continue as normal for drivers on the Toll Road and that it remains a profitable asset. The company, part of a Spanish/Australian business consortium, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, reorganization. However, according to a plan that has already been approved by a majority of secured creditors, ITR will seek to sell “substantially” all of its assets, including the … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:00:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man found shot to death in alley: cops ]]> Lead story image

GARY ­— A man was shot to death Monday afternoon and discovered moments later lying in an alley off a quiet street in Brunswick. The victim did not have identification on him when Patrolman Anthony Boleware arrived on the scene shortly after 3 p.m. Police spoke to residents in the neighborhood who reported hearing gunshots, then seeing the man collapsed near some bushes just off 3rd Avenue east of Calhoun Street. Investigators Sgt. Dan Callahan and Detective Alexander Jones obtained information about the man’s possible identity, but declined to elaborate. Lake County police crime lab detectives collected spent shell casings … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:02:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary dumps trash hauler, Waste Management ]]>

GARY — The city is dumping its trash service, Waste Management, because of mounting service complaints, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Monday. At a special meeting, the Sanitary District Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to terminate the five-year contract, signed in 2012. The city is expected to bid out the service and retain a new trash hauler in the next few weeks. Jewell Harris Jr., the district attorney, said the contract allows the city to terminate it with a minimum of seven days notice and a maximum of 30 days. He said Waste Management officials were unaware of the district’s action … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:00:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ UAW officials praise newly approved Lear Corp. contract ]]>

A new contract approved by workers at Hammond-based Lear Corp. will allow all union employees to earn up to $21.58 an hour and eliminate the existing two-tiered pay structure. United Auto Workers Local 2335 president Jaime Luna hailed the deal as a major victory for the plant’s 760 union employees, who make automotive seats to be used in the Ford Explorer and Taurus at the Chicago Assembly Plant. “This four-year agreement will abolish the unfair system that locks hundreds of employees into making less for the same work,” Luna said. “This shows what happens when workers stick together.” Union members … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Front-line employees honored with annual ROSE award ]]> Lead story image

SCHERERVILLE — Wendy Binner, event manager at Jak’s Warehouse, did not expect her Friday afternoon to wind up quite the way it did. She was working the counter at the business around 2 p.m. Sept. 5 when Bethany Randolph, special events manager with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, arrived to surprise her with a red rose. Randolph and fellow SSCVA team members spent two weeks making the rounds to deliver the news with a rose and invitation to the Sept. 24 dinner to each of the 31 ROSE nominees and nine RISE nominees. The flower is a symbol … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:01:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local Scotswoman disappointed Scotland voted against independence ]]> Lead story image

Anne Sharp has been an American citizen since 1985, but Thursday’s vote by her former countrymen on whether to become an independent country had the Chesterton woman glued to the news stations. Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom by a 55 percent to 45 percent vote. Sharp, a Chesterton High School English and theatre arts teacher, was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. She moved to America in 1981 after marrying her husband, a retired member of the U.S. Navy. They lived in Norfolk, Virginia, for 17 years before moving to Chesterton in 1999. They have two sons … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:03:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Taco tradition a boon for church ]]> Lead story image

HIGHLAND — Highland Custard Shop devotees and First Presbyterian Church members alike got a taste of nostalgia Saturday night. Tom Porter, a culinary expert who developed the Highland Custard pork tacos into the legendary treat they became from 1982 to 1996, came out of retirement and brought 170 pounds to the church for a fundraiser. The church had food for 300 people plus taco meat in pints and quarts for those who needed the delicacy on the run. Not that there was much of a chance of them running out of food for anyone who wanted some. “I’m pretty sure … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:01:45 -0500