Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Gary man found dead in pond ]]>

CALUMET TWP. — A 40-year-old Gary man was found dead in a pond Sunday afternoon near 43rd Avenue, east of Gerry Street. The Lake County coroner’s office identified the man as Anthony Morales, of the 7000 block of W. 23rd Avenue. His body was discovered in the pond about 2 p.m. Authorities did not list a cause of death, citing an investigation by the Griffith and Lake County police, and the Department of Natural Resources. … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary music lovers enjoy jazz in the park ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Bright blue skies and a sun-soaked audience helped bid goodbye to summer Sunday at the city’s first Lakeshore Music Festival at Marquette Park. The strains of the Billy Foster Trio playing “Stepping into Reality” filtered down to the beach as swimmers stepped into Lake Michigan. Kids hopped on playground swings, and a large group played volleyball in the park. Music provided the backdrop for all of the activities as the crowd grew in anticipation of headliner Lalah Hathaway, a Grammy award-winning jazz and R&B artist from Chicago. She’s also the daughter of the late Donny Hathaway. Connie Clinton, … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:00:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rain douses Highland’s inaugural Labor Day Fest ]]> Lead story image

HIGHLAND — Austin Guerra happily chomped on his ear of corn, basking in the joy of the day. A member of Highland’s cross county team, which placed second at the Hammond High Invitational earlier Saturday, Austin, 16, with pals Sam Pizzuto and Liam Curran, both 15, reveled in his team’s showing while taking in one of summer’s last festivals, the town’s inaugural Labor Day Fest in Main Square Park. Doing well makes everything more tasty, anyway. “I really wanted corn,” Austin said as his pals watched bemused. “And anyway, my dad (John Guerra, also of Highland) was at the Notre … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:01:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Recession, smoke ban slam bingo revenues ]]> Lead story image

The thrill of yelling, “Bingo!” in a hall full of players appears to be waning across the state, and in Northwest Indiana. The glory days of packed banquet halls at churches and nonprofits on bingo nights are gone, some organizers say, hurt by the one-two punch of the economic recession and the state-imposed smoking ban that took effect on July 1, 2012. The numbers of players has dropped, dramatically at some places, in the past few years. Many of the churches and organizations quit having bingo nights altogether. Indiana Gaming Commission statistics show there were 61 bingo halls in Lake … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:00:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bigger tents come in handy for Griffith Rock ’n’ Rail fest ]]> Lead story image

GRIFFITH — At this point, Griffith’s annual Labor Day festival could be renamed “Rock ’n’ Rain Fest,” and it would be just as appropriate. Fortunately for the crowded festival, a new configuration saved visitors from the storms that raced through the area early Saturday evening. That configuration came as a second stage in the beer tent. “We put the second stage in for two reasons: One, so people could have music inside the beer tent between the main acts, and two, if the rains got to be too bad, the main acts can play under it if need be,” Town … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:02:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Far from harm’s way, Navy vet recalls tension ]]> Lead story image

GRIFFITH — Al Pulido was like millions of young men to go before and after him. When he turned 17, he signed up with Uncle Sam’s Navy and started the real process of growing up. “I really liked it,” Pulido said of his 10 years in the Navy. “I grew up in the service. It made a man out of you.” The Gary native enlisted in 1956 on his 17th birthday. Having good feelings about all the military branches, he chose the Navy for his love of swimming and desire to work with boats. He was sent to Camp Moffitt … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:00:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ State’s oldest Labor Day  parade marks 95th year ]]>

LOWELL — Fireworks Sunday and the longest-running Labor Day parade in Indiana on Monday are among the highlights of Lowell’s annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. The event, co-sponsored by the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lowell, centers around the 95th annual Labor Day Parade, “The Joy of Dancing,” which starts at 10 a.m. Monday at Dairy Queen on Commercial Avenue and winds downtown to Harding Drive where the festival begins. A slight tweak in the festival location this year moves the event from the American Legion Post 101 on Commercial Avenue to the former Globe/Reiter property … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:01:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cal Ripken project getting started in Crown Point ]]>

CROWN POINT – Work to remove fencing, some concrete, small structures and trees at the Cal Ripken Fields will soon begin. The work is a first step in the next phase of renovations to the city’s ball fields and Sportsplex facility funded in part by grant monies from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation. Mayor David Uran last week said the city has received the first $1 million in grant funding from the White Foundation for renovations at the park and Babe Ruth fields. The second $1 million installment will be awarded in January. “We want to thank the foundation … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Visclosky won’t give up on Cedar Lake for rail extension funding ]]> Lead story image

CEDAR LAKE – Unlike most of its neighbors, a divided town council recently said Cedar Lake will not financially support the South Shore extension, but U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky hasn’t given up on the town. The town council was the first to outright reject signing the interlocal agreement consenting to financial support of the extension for 30 years earlier this month when they voted 4-3 against providing $15,000 a year in funding. Visclosky, D-Merillville, said the door would remain open to Cedar Lake. He touted the positive progress being made throughout Lake County to expand economic development opportunities, such as … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Veteran library director retires after 14 years ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Community members said farewell Thursday to the Crown Point Community Library director credited with bringing the new building at 122 N. Main St. to fruition. Lynn Frank, who has been with the city’s library system for 26 years, 14 as director, announced her retirement earlier this year. Her last day of work was Friday. Library and city officials, business leaders and community members gathered Thursday in the Main Street branch to celebrate Frank’s career and say goodbye. “It’s not easy (leaving). There’s an awful lot of faces and friends I will miss,” Frank said. Patrick Schuster, president … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:01:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary hosts lake music fest Sunday ]]>

GARY — The city is sponsoring a Labor Day Lakeshore Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Marquette Park. The free event features local and national musical performances of gospel, jazz, and R&B. Featured performer Lalah Hathaway takes the state at 4 p.m. Her performance will be followed by a house party with deejay Alan King of The Chosen Few. The event includes a beer garden, food and shopping vendors. Attendees should bring lawn chairs. Grills and coolers are not allowed. Limited parking will be available inside Marquette Park. Surrounding parking locations will be available at Marquette … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:04:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hammond man faces rape, battery charges ]]>

A Hammond man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with rape, sexual battery and false informing. Antonio Pierre Jones, 26, of the 7400 block of Monroe Avenue, is charged with sexually assaulting the woman on Monday at the residence where his children’s mother and her family live. The 18-year-old victim told police that Jones sexually assaulted her while the mother of Jones’ children had left the residence and they were alone. She told police Jones had previously sent her sexually explicit text messages and that she was afraid of him because of alleged violence against the children’s mother. The … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:05:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary church renovation shines light on local hiring ]]> Lead story image

GARY — About the time crews finish demolishing the long-vacant Sheraton Hotel, a downtown eyesore, in November, other crews will put the finishing touches on converting the fellowship hall of an iconic church across town into a home for more ministries. The $3.2 million Rev. Dr. Robert E. Lowery Ministry Center, at St. Timothy Community Church, on the corner of 25th Avenue and Grant Street, also has put some local carpenters to work, something more black churches can do, according to a local subcontractor working on the project. Once home to one of the more popular banquet halls in Gary, … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:03:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cocaine sale brings man 2-year prison sentence ]]>

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez has sentenced a man to two years in prison for selling cocaine. The judge also ordered Carlton D. Dixon to serve two years in the Lake County Community Corrections alternative sentencing program after his release from prison and then two years on probation. Dixon, 43, who lists addresses in Hammond and Harvey, Illinois, admitted in court July 30 that he delivered $20 worth of cocaine to a confidential informant in October 2013 near a gas station on Calumet Avenue in Hammond. Defense attorney Sam Vazanellis said his client facilitated the purchase through a friend … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:02:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary courthouse to be closed ‘until further notice’ ]]>

GARY — The Lake County Courthouse in Gary will be closed indefinitely following a small fire Thursday that damaged a key electrical component. Lake County Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, said Friday the minimal smoke issues from the fire have been repaired, but a vital component of the electrical system has been destroyed. “The component, a switch gear, has a long lead time for production and will cause the Gary Courthouse to be closed until further notice,” Repay said in a press release. Repay said administrators and staff from the courts, county clerk, prosecutor and sheriff departments met with commissioners’ staff … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:03:33 -0500