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Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to Lake Superior Court records. On Monday afternoon, Remanard Castro shot and killed his estranged wife outside their 14-year-old son’s Catholic school in Griffith while their son and 16-year-old daughter watched, Griffith police said. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:03:51 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/27004208-418/gary-killers-warning-divorce-not-going-to-be-pretty.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/27004208-418/gary-killers-warning-divorce-not-going-to-be-pretty.html <![CDATA[ Neighbors, co-workers remember Nina Castro ]]> Lead story image

GARY — The white framed house with blue shutters was undisturbed in the quiet Ambridge-Mann neighborhood Tuesday morning, giving no indication of the violence Monday, including a suicide there, that has shattered the family that lived there until recently. Neighbors remembered Nina Castro as a friendly woman and that their teenage children played with kids in the neighborhood. She was shot and killed Monday by her estranged husband, Remanard Castro, in the parking lot of St. Mary Catholic School in Griffith, where she and her daughter were picking up her son from an after-school activity. Castro fled the scene on … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:06:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26997769-418/neighbors-co-workers-remember-nina-castro.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26997769-418/neighbors-co-workers-remember-nina-castro.html <![CDATA[ Lake County drug stores report bomb threats ]]>

State, county and local police responded to a series of bomb threats called in to local drug stores in Lake County on Tuesday night. “They were all called in minutes apart,” Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said. The county’s bomb-sniffing dogs were dispatched to the Walgreen’s on Main Street in Crown Point, then to a Hobart CVS pharmacy on Indiana 51 at 61st Avenue, where police had blocked the entrance to prevent customers from driving into the parking lot. Buncich said another threat was made to the Walgreen’s on 5th Avenue and Bridge Street in Gary and an unconfirmed threat … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:13:33 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26999798-418/lake-county-drug-stores-report-bomb-threats.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26999798-418/lake-county-drug-stores-report-bomb-threats.html <![CDATA[ Scott could lose seat on Gary City Council ]]> Lead story image

GARY — City Councilman Ronier Scott leaves for prison May 6 and the City Council will vote to strip him of his seat May 13, council president Kyle Allen said Tuesday. Scott, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion in February and received a sentence of three months in prison and 400 hours of community service for the misdemeanor offenses. Scott would have to forfeit his seat if he was convicted of a felony. Some Gary officials hoped Scott would resign, but on Tuesday Scott said he would not step down. Scott, D-6th, appeared at an informational forum … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:07:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/27000000-418/scott-could-lose-seat-on-gary-city-council.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/27000000-418/scott-could-lose-seat-on-gary-city-council.html <![CDATA[ Murder-suicide victim mourned at vigil ]]> Lead story image

GRIFFITH — If Kim Arthur ever thought she was lax in reporting domestic violence in her medical practice before, she vows it will never happen again. More than 75 friends, co-workers and strangers gathered in St. Mary Catholic Church’s Sunken Garden on Tuesday night to hold a vigil for Nina Castro, 42, who was shot and killed Monday afternoon by her husband, Remanard Castro, who killed himself a short time later at his Gary house. Friends and coorkers remembered Nina as a force of nature who fiercely loved and protected her two teen-age children. Arthur, a doctor at St. Catherine … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:06:13 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26997990-418/murder-suicide-victim-mourned-at-vigil.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26997990-418/murder-suicide-victim-mourned-at-vigil.html <![CDATA[ Lake County: Two seek open seat in Democratic primary ]]> Lead story image

A political newcomer and a two-term Calumet Township Board member want to replace Lake County Councilman Jerome Prince in the council’s 3rd District. Ron Matlock, chairman of the township board, and Jamal Washington, a first-time candidate for office, will face off in the May 6 Democratic primary for the seat Prince is leaving to run for county assessor. Both candidates say they plan to work to cut the county’s budget. Matlock, a retired steelworker, said his experience on the township board in reducing staffing over the past eight years from 220 employees to 77 and cutting the vehicles used by … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:09:08 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26475996-418/lake-county-two-seek-open-seat-in-democratic-primary.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26475996-418/lake-county-two-seek-open-seat-in-democratic-primary.html <![CDATA[ 27 arrested at Highland party ]]>

HIGHLAND — An underage drinking and pot party early Saturday netted the Highland Police Department 27 arrests. Police responded to a report of a heavy marijuana smell coming from a house in the 3600 block of 38th Street about 1 a.m. Sunday, Highland Police Public Information Officer Cmdr. George Georgeff said. When officers arrived at the residence, they were able to see large amounts of alcohol and several young people running around and barricading the entryways. When the underage woman living at the home refused to answer the door, the officers contacted Judge Julie Cantrell to secure a search warrant, … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:08:46 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26996829-418/27-arrested-at-highland-party.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26996829-418/27-arrested-at-highland-party.html <![CDATA[ Fight against possible detention facility heats up again in Hobart ]]> Lead story image

HOBART — Mayor Brian Snedecor may have withdrawn his support of The GEO Group’s plans to build an immigrant detention center in the city, but the company hasn’t given up on Hobart nor has its opponents given up efforts to derail the facility. “We’re not stopping. We’ll absolutely continue with petitions and people need to keep their (No Hobart Prison) signs up,” said Sandy O’Brien, one of several members of the Concerned Citizens of Hobart group who attended Wednesday night’s City Council meeting. The Concerned Citizens of Hobart was formed in opposition to the possible for-profit detention center and has … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:15:35 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26901374-418/fight-against-possible-detention-facility-heats-up-again-in-hobart.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26901374-418/fight-against-possible-detention-facility-heats-up-again-in-hobart.html <![CDATA[ Renters object, Merrillville drops ‘owner-only’ measure ]]>

MERRILLVILLE — Councilman Richard Hardaway, D-2nd, said he’s aware of a flier being distributed against his proposal that only homeowners be allowed to sit on town boards, but it’s a moot point because the plan doesn’t appear to be legal. The flier was distributed in a local grocery store parking lot and included a newspaper article about Hardaway’s proposal. It calls for tenants in town to “Stop this guy Hardaway.” “We are not second-class citizens. We pay taxes. We vote. We stay in Merrillville. Our kids go to Merrillville schools. We pay the Merrillville renter fees,” the flier reads. It … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:07:26 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26924841-418/renters-object-merrillville-drops-owner-only-measure.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26924841-418/renters-object-merrillville-drops-owner-only-measure.html <![CDATA[ Lake Station man sentenced for killing wife ]]>

A Lake Station man was sentenced Monday to six years imprisonment for beating his wife to death in September 2010. A Lake Superior Court jury on March 20 found Troy S. Meyers guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Shannon Meyers at their residence in the 400 block of East 28th Avenue. He had been charged with murder. Meyers, 46, told Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan that he wakes up every day realizing that his wife is gone. “I miss her pretty smile. I miss my wife,” he said. Defense attorney Richard Wolter Jr., argued that his client has a minimal … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:40:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26975029-418/lake-station-man-sentenced-for-killing-wife.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26975029-418/lake-station-man-sentenced-for-killing-wife.html <![CDATA[ Killer’s warning: Divorce ‘not going to be pretty’ ]]> Lead story image

Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to Lake Superior Court records. They indicate that before she could escape, her husband told her the divorce “was not going to be pretty and that the kids were going to suffer.” On Monday afternoon, Remanard Castro shot and killed his estranged wife outside their 14-year-old son’s Catholic school in Griffith while their son and 16-year-old daughter watched, … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:05:24 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26991132-418/killers-warning-divorce-not-going-to-be-pretty.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26991132-418/killers-warning-divorce-not-going-to-be-pretty.html <![CDATA[ Man wanted on charges of attempted murder, weapons ]]> Lead story image

Latroy Miguel Jones is the fugitive of the week. The United States Marshals Service Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force in Hammond is looking for Jones, who is wanted by Lake County police for attempted murder and weapons violations. Jones, 36, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Jones has ties to Gary but has been known to live throughout Northern Indiana. Anyone with information on Jones or his whereabouts may contact task force investigations by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:14:55 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26940133-418/man-wanted-on-charges-ofattempted-murder-weapons.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26940133-418/man-wanted-on-charges-ofattempted-murder-weapons.html <![CDATA[ NWI environmental groups mark Earth Day ]]> Lead story image

The quality of Northwest Indiana’s environment has improved in some ways — demonstrably lower levels of air and water pollution — since the first Earth Day in 1970, but challenges from the area’s industrial legacy still exist for citizens and activists. Groups throughout Northwest Indiana have marked the anniversary with cleanup and other conservation efforts in the run up to Tuesday. LaPorte resident Terry McCloskey said Northwest Indiana residents haven’t been proactive environmentally. “Only when something gets shoved down their throats do people speak up,” McCloskey said. McCloskey has been active with the Izaak Walton League, Save The Dunes, the … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:44:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26979041-418/nwi-environmental-groups-mark-earth-day.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26979041-418/nwi-environmental-groups-mark-earth-day.html <![CDATA[ Police: Fatal shooting outside Griffith school ]]> Lead story image

GRIFFITH — A Chicago woman is dead after her estranged husband shot and killed her in a grade school parking lot Monday afternoon and then killed himself minutes later by his house in Gary, according to police. Officers responded to a call of “shots fired” outside St. Mary Catholic School, 525 N. Broad St., about 4:30 p.m. and arrived to find a woman identified as Nina Castro lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said. He said her husband, Remanard Castro, sped from the scene on a motorcycle, and Griffith police notified Gary … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:44:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26978175-418/police-fatal-shooting-outside-griffith-school.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26978175-418/police-fatal-shooting-outside-griffith-school.html <![CDATA[ Ivy Tech, IUN combine cleanup efforts ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech students took their community engagement skills to the streets Saturday afternoon and did some cleaning up along the way. Indiana University’s Brother 2 Brother Student Success Program, along with several other student organizations, celebrated Earth Day with its sixth annual clean up around the campus. One set of students started on one side of 35th Avenue and cleaned from Ivy Tech’s Gary Campus to IUN, and the other group did the opposite side from IUN to Ivy Tech, said Brother 2 Brother president Raja Williby. Williby said the project started at Ivy … ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:06:44 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26902095-418/ivy-tech-iun-combine-cleanup-efforts.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/26902095-418/ivy-tech-iun-combine-cleanup-efforts.html