Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ With some funding to be restored, agencies continue to build resources ]]> Lead story image

Ten preschoolers paint, play with toys and look at books -- a pretty typical scene for most day care centers. But TradeWinds’ integrated daycare program works with children with and without disabilities. “We have six kids in there with pretty significant disabilities,” said TradeWinds Director of Programs Lisa Previs. “But everybody tries and wants to help each other. Some of the kids might require one-on-one attention most of the day.” TradeWinds offers programs and services for disabled children and adults, but much of its children’s programming operates at a deficit. “We’ve subsidized losses in those programs of several thousands of … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ West Lake director named to state School for Deaf board ]]> Lead story image

SCHERERVILLE--Rebecca Gromala, director of special education at West Lake Special Education Cooperative, was recently appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to serve a four-year term on the board of directors for the Indiana School for the Deaf. Gromala’s term runs through Aug. 31, 2018, and she brings with her 13 years’ experience helping meet the needs of students who require alternative approaches to learning. West Lake Special Education Co-op serves West Lake County, as its name implies, specifically the Lake Central and Munster schools. “At this point I’m just really interested to know more about the school,” Gromala said. “I believe … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary top cop taking state police recommendations ‘seriously’ ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Police Chief Larry McKinley declined interviews with the media in the days after he replaced Wade Ingram on July 27, saying he wanted to focus on department operations. He has instead prepared a two-page status report on the issues he and his command staff have addressed in his first two months as the city’s top cop. The letter, dated Sept. 19 and addressed, “To Whom It May Concern,” was released through the city spokesperson Chelsea Whittington. McKinley says he and his staff are working on suggestions presented in a comprehensive assessment by an Indiana State Police team that … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Griffith man ‘down on his luck’ gets six years for string of crimes ]]>

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a convicted bank robber to six years in prison on Tuesday for three separate robberies committed in a four-month span. Desman Thomas, 38, of Griffith, apologized for his actions and said he wasn’t a bad person. “I was down on my luck,” he said, adding that his girlfriend had received an eviction notice and he wasn’t thinking when he committed the crimes. In court Aug. 26, Thomas admitted he robbed the Citgo gas station, 1224 E. Ridge Road, Griffith, and ordered the employee at knifepoint to hand over money from the cash … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Warrant issued for Gary man, 22 ]]>

A short time after his release on his own recognizance from the Lake County Jail, a Gary man violated the judge’s order after he allegedly showed up at the residence of the woman he is charged with raping. Cortez Dominique Johnson, 22, is the subject of a bench warrant following his release Thursday by Lake Superior Court Judge pro tem Michael Lambert, who heard testimony at a bond reduction hearing that the victim in the rape case filed against him in June said she wasn’t afraid of him. The woman also denied telling police he had raped and choked her … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:50:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary teen killed when hit by van ]]>

A 17-year-old boy was killed Friday in a car-pedestrian accident in the 4800 block Cleveland Street in Gary, Lake County sheriff’s police said Monday. Spokeswoman Patti Van Til said Ezekiel Rhone, of Gary, was walking on the north side of the street when he walked into traffic without turning to see if there were any vehicles coming. The driver of a 1997 Plymouth minivan slammed on her brakes but couldn’t avoid hitting the teen, Van Til said. She said Rhone was initially taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus before getting airlifted to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police looking for armed robbery suspect ]]>

SCHERERVILLE — Schererville Police are looking for a man who is alleged to have robbed a store at gunpoint Monday morning. Schererville Police Public Information Officer Cmdr. Brian Neyhart said Monday that a man entered the Nutrishop Nutrition Shop, 700 W. Lincoln Highway at 11:38 a.m. displaying a silver and black semiautomatic gun and demanding all the money in the cash register. The store employee working at the time said the man left the store with an undetermined amount of cash and walked toward the Wal-Mart parking lot. The man then was seen entering an older red minivan and leaving … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local astronaut to hold book-signing ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — NASA astronaut Jerry Ross returns to his hometown Tuesday to sign copies of his latest work, the children’s book: Becoming A Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars. Ross will be joined by co-author Susan Gunderson as he introduces the book that is a version of his autobiography: “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer” at the Crown Point Community Library from 4 to 7:45 p.m. “Becoming A Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars” is a first-person narrative for children ages 7 to 12. It represents how Ross followed his dream from rural … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:50:00 -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 09:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana AG won’t approve separate E911 agreements ]]>

The Indiana attorney general’s office on Monday said it will not approve Lake County’s two E911 consolidation agreements because they conflict with the state law requiring consolidated emergency dispatch service. Brian Corbin, public information officer for the attorney general’s office, said via email that “not all 17 governmental units in the county have signed the same document as the Indiana consolidation law requires.” Lake County has been unable to unify all E911 service at the new dispatch center in Crown Point. Fourteen of the 17 governmental units have agreed to combine service at the county government center, but St. John, … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary man busted in drug raid on his home ]]> Lead story image

GARY — A city resident, serving only the third week of six-year term on work release, has been charged with selling cocaine to undercover narcotics officers, according to Lake County court records. Ray A. Perry, 64, of 258 W. 13th Ave., is charged with dealing cocaine and dealing in a narcotic drug and is being held without bail at the county jail in Crown Point. Perry was arrested Friday at his home when the police department’s narcotics-vice unit raided it after completing a series of purchases of cocaine and heroin in the city, police said. They said officers found crack … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:07:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man found slain in car ]]> Lead story image

GARY — An anonymous caller alerted police to the city’s latest homicide victim Monday afternoon, a 40-year-old Gary man found dead in a car, according to police. They said Patrolman George Dickerson, who was off duty, volunteered to check out the report of a possible victim in a car near 39th Avenue and Harrison Street at 3:45 p.m., and found a Chevrolet Impala parked on the south side of the street west of Jackson Street. The victim, Jeffrey Martinez, of the 4000 block of Polk Street, was dead in the back seat of a relative’s car, Lt. Thomas Pawlak said … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:07:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Husband changes story; Gary woman’s attempted murder case dismissed ]]>

A Gary woman charged with the attempted murder of her husband had her case dismissed after her husband told prosecutors that she didn’t attack him with a knife. Melinda Ramona Chandler, 34, was neither involved in the incident nor present when it happened, according to the dismissal filed Thursday in Lake Superior Court. Chandler had been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and interference with reporting a crime in the June 21 report. Antonio Chandler told the deputy prosecutor that he blamed Melinda Chandler because he was … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:07:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lowell man gets five-year sentence for dealing drugs ]]>

A Lowell man has been sentenced to five years in Lake County Community Corrections, an alternative sentencing program, for dealing pills, heroin and marijuana. Greg Baron, 27, told Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez that he was ready to continue his road to recovery, but the judge expressed concern that heroin addiction often is difficult to overcome. Deputy prosecutor Michelle Jatkiewicz said Baron had been out for about a year from Lake County Community Corrections, where he served time for burglary, when he was charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, a Class B felony punishable by six to 20 … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:07:33 -0500 <![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