Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Deal may be near in Indiana stage collapse suit ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by victims of the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse appears to be nearing a settlement, a mediator’s report indicates, more than three years after the fatal accident that killed seven people and injured more than 40. John Van Winkle mediated the talks between the state of Indiana, its co-defendants — Live Nation Worldwide, Dave Lucas Entertainment and Mid-America Sound — and at least 11 plaintiffs who opted out of an $11 million state payout. He noted the progress in a report to Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin filed Saturday. The Associated Press … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:52:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29805990-418/deal-may-be-near-in-indiana-stage-collapse-suit.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29805990-418/deal-may-be-near-in-indiana-stage-collapse-suit.html <![CDATA[ Indiana man gets 10 years for molesting baby ]]>

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A 22-year-old Michigan City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting an 11-month-old girl. Porter County Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford on Monday also ordered that James Glanders be designated a sexually violent predator. That means he will have to register for life as a sex offender. He also will have to serve six days for each day he receives off his prison term for good time, as compared to day-for-day credit offered to other offenders. Glanders was accused of molesting the girl in 2013 during a diaper change … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:26:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29910313-418/indiana-man-gets-10-years-for-molesting-baby.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29910313-418/indiana-man-gets-10-years-for-molesting-baby.html <![CDATA[ Man to plead guilty in West African credit card fraud scheme ]]>

A man suspected of being part of a large identity theft ring run by West African nationals will plead guilty in the case. According to a plea agreement filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Soulemayne Camara faces up to 10 years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to one count each of possessing 15 or more unauthorized credit and debit cards and transporting stolen goods. Camara is also agreeing to pay full restitution, which would be decided at a later point. Hobart police arrested Camara earlier this year after he and his co-defendant, Ibraham Berry, … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:26:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29907147-418/man-to-plead-guilty-in-west-african-credit-card-fraud-scheme.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29907147-418/man-to-plead-guilty-in-west-african-credit-card-fraud-scheme.html <![CDATA[ Trail of blood leads to arrests after fight in church parking lot ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH HAVEN — A trail of blood leading to an apartment, as well as bloody handprints on the door, helped lead Porter County Sheriff’s Department deputies early Friday morning to two men who allegedly fought another man in a nearby church parking lot before one of them smashed the man’s car window with a hammer. Nathan Leon-Salinas, 18, of Lake Station, faces misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement; criminal mischief; disorderly conduct; and underage consumption of alcohol. Charles Reed III, 20, of Gary, faces misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement; disorderly conduct; and underage consumption of alcohol. Police located Leon-Salinas … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:38:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29904583-418/trail-of-blood-leads-to-arrests-after-fight-in-church-parking-lot.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29904583-418/trail-of-blood-leads-to-arrests-after-fight-in-church-parking-lot.html <![CDATA[ Stay issued in Indiana gay marriage ban case ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday stayed its Sept. 4 ruling that Indiana’s ban is unconstitutional. The court also found Wisconsin’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, but that state has not requested a stay. Gay marriage is on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Sept. 29 agenda for a closed-door conference, but it’s unclear if the justices will decide then whether to take up the issue. Kyle Megrath with … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:49:39 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29904378-418/stay-issued-in-indiana-gay-marriage-ban-case.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29904378-418/stay-issued-in-indiana-gay-marriage-ban-case.html <![CDATA[ Indiana looks to lure adults back to college ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education is working to create a database on former college students who never graduated in hopes of finding ways to get them back in school. Officials say Indiana has some 737,000 adults with some college, but no degree. The state commission is gathering information such as how many college credits those people have earned and how financial aid eligibility they have left, The Indianapolis Star reports. The commission’s plan is to contact those adults by January 2016 and to eventually have 200,000 of them earn degrees. The Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne campus tried to … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:54:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29901808-418/indiana-looks-to-lure-adults-back-to-college.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29901808-418/indiana-looks-to-lure-adults-back-to-college.html <![CDATA[ Indiana looks to lure adults back to college ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education is working to create a database on former college students who never graduated in hopes of finding ways to get them back in school. Officials say Indiana has some 737,000 adults with some college, but no degree. The state commission is gathering information such as how many college credits those people have earned and how financial aid eligibility they have left, The Indianapolis Star reports. The commission’s plan is to contact those adults by January 2016 and to eventually have 200,000 of them earn degrees. The Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne campus tried to … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:54:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29901808-418/indiana-looks-to-lure-adults-back-to-college.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29901808-418/indiana-looks-to-lure-adults-back-to-college.html <![CDATA[ UAW says tentative agreement reached with Lear ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — The president of a United Auto Workers local in northwest Indiana said Sunday a tentative agreement was reached to settle a strike at the Lear Corp. plant that makes automotive seats. UAW Local President Jaime Luna said details of the tentative agreement would be released after a contract is ratified. A date for the ratification vote had not been set. Workers at the plant walked off the job Saturday seeking to eliminate a two-tiered pay system that capped wages at $16 an hour for newer hires. The plant employs 760 workers who make seats for the Explorer and … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:02:49 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29885689-418/uaw-says-tentative-agreement-reached-with-lear.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29885689-418/uaw-says-tentative-agreement-reached-with-lear.html <![CDATA[ Both victims now ID’d in double homicide in Gary alley ]]>

GARY — A 38-year-old Gary man and a 32-year-old Gary woman were found shot to death in a vehicle in an alley early Sunday morning, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office and Gary police. Alex McKenney, of the 500 block of Ralston Street, and Tanika Ewing, of the 1300 block of Burr Street, died of gunshot wounds and their deaths were ruled homicides, the coroner’s office said. Police responded at 3:24 a.m. to a call of a suspicious vehicle in an alley in the 700 block between Jefferson and Madison streets, police said. They found a vehicle with Ewing … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:19:23 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29883153-418/both-victims-now-idd-in-double-homicide-in-gary-alley.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29883153-418/both-victims-now-idd-in-double-homicide-in-gary-alley.html <![CDATA[ 2 Southland schools renamed for First Family ]]> Lead story image

The President and Mrs. Obama are coming to Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 — at least in a manner of speaking. As part of a realignment of district schools, which took effect with the start of this school year, the former Beacon Hill school has been renamed the Barack Obama School of Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the district said Friday in a news release. Forest Trail school is now the Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts, the district said. Students in fourth through eighth grades attend the two schools. “The Obama name was selected … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:54:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29848535-418/2-southland-schools-renamed-for-first-family.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29848535-418/2-southland-schools-renamed-for-first-family.html <![CDATA[ Indiana auditor posts state assets online ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State Auditor Suzanne Crouch is touting a new search engine that allows residents to examine Indiana’s $13 billion in assets The new online tool includes everything from state buildings to vehicles valued at $500 or more. Crouch, who is seeking re-election in November, touted the new search tool Wednesday. According to the database, the state owns more than 4,200 buildings, close to 11,000 vehicles and more than 67,000 computers and other technology. It also includes quirkier entries, like the number of stump cutters owned by the Department of Natural Resources. ——— More information: http://www.in.gov/itp … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:58:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29825245-418/indiana-auditor-posts-state-assets-online.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29825245-418/indiana-auditor-posts-state-assets-online.html <![CDATA[ Respiratory illness reaches 4 children in Lake County ]]>

State health officials say a severe respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children has reached Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Health said Friday that four Lake County children have been confirmed as having had enterovirus, a virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. The virus can be severe for people with underlying medical conditions such as asthma. The children were treated at University of Chicago Hospitals and have since been discharged. The health department said hospitals statewide are reporting an increase in the number of patients with respiratory illnesses, especially among children. Enteroviruses are common, … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:50:36 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29849575-418/respiratory-illness-reaches-4-children-in-lake-county.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29849575-418/respiratory-illness-reaches-4-children-in-lake-county.html <![CDATA[ How they voted ]]>

WASHINGTON — This is how Northwest Indiana’s congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski, Republican, and Peter J. Visclosky, Democrat, and U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, Democrat, and Dan Coats, Republican — voted on key legislation. House IDAHO WILDERNESS LODGE: The House passed a bill (H.R. 4283), sponsored by Rep. Michael K. Simpson, R-Idaho, that would amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the maintenance and replacement of electrical power and other facilities at a lodge at Smith Gulch in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Simpson said the bill would allow the lodge’s owners to … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:10:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29849016-418/how-they-voted.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29849016-418/how-they-voted.html <![CDATA[ IU researcher looks to save endangered language ]]>

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — An Indiana University researcher has won more than $250,000 in federal grants to document and preserve an endangered language that’s spoken by only a few thousand people in rural Mexico. Linguistic anthropologist Dan Suslak will work with documentary filmmaker Ben Levine on a two-year project to document the Ayook language that’s spoken only in a mountainous region of southern Mexico’s Oaxaca (wuh-HAH’-kah) state. The university says Suslak and Levine will document the Ayook language and create an online archive of high-resolution videos with Ayook, Spanish and English subtitles. That database will serve as a resource for Ayook … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:58:11 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29825197-418/iu-researcher-looks-to-save-endangered-language.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29825197-418/iu-researcher-looks-to-save-endangered-language.html <![CDATA[ Regional earthquake drill scheduled for Oct. 16 ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging state residents to take part in an earthquake drill that will be conducted throughout the central United States next month. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will be held Oct. 16. Homeland Security officials say nearly 1.9 million participants have registered so far, and Indiana leads the way with nearly 395,000 signed up. Other states taking part include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. At 10:16 a.m. on Oct, 16, participants should drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29846212-418/regional-earthquake-drill-scheduled-for-oct-16.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29846212-418/regional-earthquake-drill-scheduled-for-oct-16.html <![CDATA[ Plaza being built near state fairgrounds coliseum ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Crews have started building a new pedestrian plaza next to the newly renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The project to create a landscaped area just north of the coliseum began last week. The landscaped area is designed to slow traffic near the building and provide outdoor space for special events. The work is projected to cost $2 million. Of that, $1.6 million will come from a federal grant awarded through the Indiana Department of Transportation. The state fair commission is covering the remainder of the expense. The Indianapolis Star reports the project is expected to be completed … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:57:35 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29845760-418/plaza-being-built-near-state-fairgrounds-coliseum.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/29845760-418/plaza-being-built-near-state-fairgrounds-coliseum.html