Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Polish religious icon coming  to Merrillville ]]>

MERRILLVILLE — Salvatorian Fathers will host the icon Our Lady of Czestochowa on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 at the Divine Mercy Chapel, 5755 Pennsylvania. A welcoming ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday with rosary at 6 p.m. and mass at 7 p.m. A prayer service will be begin at 8 p.m. and events are planned hourly until 3 a.m. Sunday, when the canonization masses for Pope John Paul II and John XXIII will be streamed live from Rome. A farewell ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. The icon is making rounds across the country … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:06:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Chicago Way of the Cross a family affair ]]> Lead story image

EAST CHICAGO — David Madriz beamed with pride and became a bit emotional looking at his son, David Madriz Jr., several feet away. “I was excited,” the East Chicago man said when he learned his son would play Jesus Christ in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church’s Living Way of the Cross on Good Friday. “I felt something in my heart I can’t explain. “I feel very proud for him.” Madriz Jr., 18, stood a little taller and said, “I always wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps.” The East Chicago Central High School senior was scheduled to repeat his father’s … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:05:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Technology upgrades, scanning key in Dem clerk’s primary ]]> Lead story image

Lake County Clerk Mike Brown is seeking re-election, but he is being challenged in the May 6 Democratic primary by Josefina Magallanes. There are no Republicans running for clerk, but it’s possible they could slate a candidate before the November general election. Brown has served as clerk since he won a Democratic special precinct election in January 2010. It was held after then-clerk Thomas Philpot resigned after being elected coroner. Previously, Brown was the Lake County recorder from 2005-2010, chief deputy for Lake County Coroner’s Office from 1997-2005, and a Lake County Court security officer for two years. Magallanes, who … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:11:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bank employee sentenced for embezzling $17K ]]>

A Schererville woman who embezzled $17,000 from the bank where she worked will not serve any prison time but must pay a $4,000 fine. Along with the fine, U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano sentenced Jeannie Bellar, 44, to a year of probation, which includes eight months of home confinement. He did sentence her to one day of prison, but that is considered time served. Bellar pleaded guilty in December to one count of theft by a bank officer. According to court records, she used her position at First Financial Bank in 2012 to forge the signatures on withdrawal forms to … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Bend man faces life in prison for sex trafficking ]]> Lead story image

Federal attorneys have dropped two charges but added a new one against a South Bend man who they say beat a prostitute to death on the side of Interstate 65 in Jasper County. According to a superseding indictment filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Nathan Demar Huey-Dingle, 32, is now charged with one count each of sex trafficking by force or coercion; violating the Mann Act, which involves transporting someone across state lines for prostitution, and violating the Travel Act, which involves transporting someone across state lines with the intent to break Indiana law by committing aggravated … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:46:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Board OK’s Fair Oaks plan for annual air show ]]>

HAMMOND — Fair Oaks Farms will be “Where Pigs Fly” this July, following the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Board’s approval Thursday of an agreement to move the South Shore Air Show from Gary’s lakefront to the Newton County location. The authority board announced the controversial plan last fall, drawing the ire of north Lake County officials, most notably Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. There were no votes against the plan by board members at Thursday’s meeting. Thirteen of 19 board members voted. Speros Batistatos, president and chief executive of the convention authority, said the agency has been working … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary seeks $1M grant for demolitions ]]>

GARY — The city can get more than $1 million in federal funds for two major demolition projects, but it first must beat out other Indiana communities in a competitive grant process, residents learned at two public hearings this month. Tearing down the Ambassador Apartments, a vacant 68-unit building at 574 Monroe St., will cost $701,000, with Gary providing $73,000 from the fund of a special taxing district. Razing four buildings in the 600 block of Broadway will cost $597,500, with Gary pitching in $61,000 for its share. The public hearings were led by grant writer Tina Rongers, of Valparaiso-based … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2,000 faithful flock to shrine ]]> Lead story image

ST. JOHN — Joe Johns knelt in silent prayer Friday, gently placing a long-stemmed white rose on the bronze statue of the lifeless body of Jesus Christ being held in the arms of his mourning mother, the Virgin Mary. “The white is the purity of our Lord Jesus,” the Dyer resident said. Johns was joined by his son Matthew, who carried the bouquet of roses for his dad, handing one to him at each stop. The Johns’ pause at the 13th station of the Cross at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion on Good Friday is one they have repeated at … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:04:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police hold pit bull that bit 9-year-old ]]>

EAST CHICAGO — Police are keeping a pit bull that attacked a 9-year-old East Chicago boy on Tuesday, but a second pit bull did not attack and does not appear to be aggressive and can be returned to its owner, Police Chief Mark Becker said. The boy was walking in the 3500 block of Pennsylvania Street when he was attacked by the dog that police are not releasing. The dog caused severe lacerations to a knee and lower leg of the child, police said. They said the second dog did not attack the boy. The dogs had escaped from a … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:05:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Complaint hearing against Gary chief suspended after 4 hours ]]> Lead story image

GARY--Four firefighters with four separate complaints against their chief expected to present evidence Thursday at a special meeting set by the Gary Fire Civil Service Commission to hear the first of 24 cases filed against Chief Teresa Everett. But after more than four hours of testimony, the board was still on the first matter, a complaint by retired division chief Theodore Williams, who claims he was wrongly moved to a position that constituted a demotion. The move, his attorney MacArthur Drake argued, was retaliation for remarks made by Williams’ brother, Commissioner Randall Williams III, during a city council committee hearing … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:06:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lake Station Council grilled about mayor’s charges ]]>

LAKE STATION — Residents and a small army of local and Chicago media packed Thursday’s city council meeting, one day after Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and her daughter were indicted by a federal grand jury. Soderquist and his wife, Deborah, face various charges for misusing campaign funds and city food pantry money for gambling and other personal uses, not filing federal income tax returns for three years and conspiring to cover up Miranda Brakley’s theft of bond money from the city court, according to two separate indictments. Soderquist did not attend the council meeting, but the council broke from … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:04:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two Gary men charged  in murder last summer ]]>

Two Gary men have been charged in Lake Superior Court with murder in a homicide last summer at a Gary apartment complex. John L. Edmonds, 24, of 4518 W. 24th Ave., and Darvell Sewood, 24, of 4512 W. 24th Ave., are charged in the death of Tyrisce Calhoun, 33, of the city’s Aetna neighborhood, who was shot several times Aug. 8 in the 4400 block of West 23rd Avenue in the Oak Knoll Renaissance apartments. Neither Edmonds nor Sewood is in custody, court records indicate. Witnesses told police that several people were outside when a car crash occurred down the … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:09:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago man facing charge of murder enters guilty plea ]]>

A Chicago man facing a felony murder charge has pleaded guilty to robbery in exchange for a maximum 10-year sentence. Raynold Pierre Gore, 24, submitted the plea agreement before Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray on Thursday. The judge took the agreement under advisement, ordered a presentence investigation report and scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 29. At that hearing, defense attorney Susan Severtson and deputy prosecutor Eric Randall will argue an appropriate sentence on the class B felony charge. If the judge accepts the deal, the felony murder charge against Gore would be dismissed. In court records, Gore admitted … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:08:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tempers flare even as NIRPC, group reach tentative settlement ]]> Lead story image

PORTAGE — Despite an agreement in principle announced Thursday that could end a federal lawsuit, Everybody Counts’ leader Teresa Torres continued to clash with the officials from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Plan Commission. Torres engaged in a shouting match with Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor as he presided over a NIRPC board meeting Thursday morning. Torres, who heads the nonprofit disabled rights group, became agitated when Snedecor refused to let her speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. Snedecor said Torres did not sign up to speak on a specific agenda item. When Snedecor told Torres she couldn’t speak, … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:11:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Merrillville man jailed for break in ]]>

A Merrillville man was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison for a robbery last fall in which the victim was shot several times and left permanently disabled. Carlton S. Smith, 22, had pleaded guilty to robbery for going to a home Oct. 26 in the 1900 block of West 12th Avenue in Gary with his brother Christopher C. Smith, and another unidentified man and forcing the resident, Andrew Wells Jr., and his son inside at gunpoint — demanding a rare coin collection, cash and marijuana. Wells Jr. sustained multiple gunshot wounds, but Carlton Smith was not the shooter, prosecutors … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:06:36 -0500