Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ 1 dead, 1 critical in Loop workplace shooting  ]]> Lead story image

A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building Thursday morning and shot the company's CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said.  ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:08:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lawsuit filed to stop Lake precinct consolidation ]]> Lead story image

A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing the Lake County Board of Elections from taking action Friday on the small precinct consolidation plan mandated by Senate Bill 385. Clay Patton, attorney for Lake County Democratic Committee Chair John Buncich and seven other plaintiffs, this afternoon secured a temporary restraining order in Lake County Circuit Court preventing the county elections board from adopting a resolution consolidating precincts as required in the Lake County-specific legislation. A hearing on the matter is set for Aug. 8. Developing. … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:16:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teen’s murderous ‘mistake’ brings 61-year sentence ]]>

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced an 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison Thursday for murder and robbery. Johnte Crawford, who was 17 at the time, apologized to the family of Shaqwone Ham, 19, whom Crawford shot in the back as Ham was running away after Ham’s brother was shot and killed by Crawford’s co-defendant, Donnell Dontrell Wilson, 17. “I’m not a bad person. I just made a mistake I wish I could take back,” Crawford said. Crawford’s grandmother, Margaret Crouch, said her family and Ham’s family have been close for years. “I’m just here to apologize … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:59:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hiring schedule set for E-911 consolidation ]]>

CROWN POINT – Interviewing for the new dispatchers and supervisors for Lake County’s consolidated E-911 dispatch center begins in August. Deadline for applying for one of the 30 part-time and 100 full-time dispatcher positions open in the initial round of hiring is Aug. 8, said Brian Hitchcock, E-911 director at the Thursday meeting of the E-911 commission. The department will continue to accept applications after that date for future open positions. So far the county’s E-911 department has received about 300 applications for dispatchers. Charlie Scott, chairman of the E-911 commission’s human resources subcommittee, said. Scott said a large number … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame might appeal contraception case to US Supreme Court ]]>

SOUTH BEND (AP) — The University of Notre Dame might appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in its challenge to part of the federal health care law that forces it to cover contraceptives in its health insurance for students and employees. The South Bend Tribune reported Thursday that recently filed court documents indicate the Roman Catholic university might ask the Supreme Court to review a decision from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that denied an exemption to a provision that it must cover contraceptives. Catholic doctrine bars most forms of contraception. A three-judge panel of the appeals court … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blount enters not guilty plea in killing of Gary cop ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — A Gary man charged with murder in the shooting of Gary police Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield had a brief appearance in court Wednesday to formally enter a not guilty plea. Carl Le’Ellis Blount, who turned 26 on Tuesday, waived the reading of the charge through his attorney, Robert Varga, as he stood shackled before Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas with extra security officers present. Blount’s omnibus hearing is Sept. 17. Deputy prosecutors David Urbanski and Monica Rogina are prosecuting the case. Blount is charged in the July 6 shooting of Westerfield, 47, whose last radio traffic at … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:02:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fatal motorcycle crash ties up traffic on ramp to I-65 south from I-94 east ]]>

GARY — Eastbound Interstate 80/94 at the southbound Interstate 65 ramp was down to one lane Wednesday night after an accident involving a semitrailer and a motorcycle that left the motorcycle driver dead. A spokesman with the Indiana State Police said the right lane of the ramp was closed and traffic was getting by in the left lane and left shoulder while police continued their investigation. The area has been the scene of ongoing road construction. The Lake County Coroner’s Office idenitified the motorcycle driver as Nicholas Stucker, 28, of Hobart. … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:39:50 -0500