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[ Man charged with rape after night of drinking ]]>

A Hobart man has been charged with rape from a Sunday morning sexual assault reported by a woman who had been out drinking with friends. Michael Christopher Otto, 31, of the 900 block of Lake Street, is free on bond after being charged with the Level 3 felony, which is punishable by three to 16 years. The victim told police she had been celebrating her birthday with friends at a bar in downtown Hobart and that Otto kept trying to buy her shots, but she refused. At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, she left the bar to have consensual sex with one … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:04:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30726936-418/man-charged-with-rape-after-night-of-drinking.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30726936-418/man-charged-with-rape-after-night-of-drinking.html <![CDATA[ Health service expansion plan gets Merrillville panel OK ]]>

MERRILLVILLE — A home health service is planning its second expansion into other health fields in less than a year at its Broadway location. Tender Love Home Services LLC received Board of Zoning Appeals approval Wednesday to add a proposed educational board approval training facility for individuals with disabilities in two suites at 7895 Broadway. In March, the agency received BZA approval to operate the Tender Love CNA Academy to train certified nursing assistants in a 1,111-square-foot space in the same building. Tender Love Home Services opened in 2011 at 5401 Broadway and relocated to the exisiting site in 2013. … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:02:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30741944-418/health-service-expansion-plan-gets-merrillville-panel-ok.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30741944-418/health-service-expansion-plan-gets-merrillville-panel-ok.html <![CDATA[ Flight 4184’s legacy is improved aircraft safety ]]> Lead story image

MERRILLVILLE — When American Eagle Flight 4184 plummeted into a soybean field near Roselawn on a Halloween night 20 years ago Friday, killing all 68 people on board, it forever changed the lives of those touched by the tragedy. The devastating crash also served as a catalyst for change in both federal legislation and airline safety that continue to this day. More than 125 loved ones of the victims, first responders and community members on Thursday learned at a forum, the Legacy of American Eagle Flight 4184, at the Radisson Hotel how the loss of life that day changed how … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:02:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30703588-418/flight-4184s-legacy-is-improved-aircraft-safety.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30703588-418/flight-4184s-legacy-is-improved-aircraft-safety.html <![CDATA[ Chicago-Detroit high-speed rail plans outlined ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Northwest Indiana residents on Thursday got a chance to see how a proposed high-speed passenger rail line between Chicago and Detroit could take shape. A public hearing provided an opportunity for residents to comment on several proposed routes for the Great Lakes Rail corridor, which would make 10 daily trips from Chicago to Detroit at speeds of up to 110 mph by 2035. A trip that now takes 51/2 hours would be nearly two hours shorter. The Michigan Department of Transportation is overseeing the project alongside agencies in Indiana and Illinois. The plan considered using existing Amtrak lines … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:02:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30728191-418/chicago-detroit-high-speed-rail-plans-outlined.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30728191-418/chicago-detroit-high-speed-rail-plans-outlined.html <![CDATA[ Memorial for victims of Flight 4184 to be dedicated ]]> Lead story image

Little has changed in the rural area south of Roselawn where American Eagle Flight 4184 plummeted into a farm field after experiencing icing conditions 20 years ago on Friday, killing all 68 people onboard. Rolling farm fields dotted by the occasional home and barn stretch as far as the eye can see. The bucolic surroundings give no hint of the catastrophe that befell the tight-knit community and the victims’ loved ones who still struggle to understand the tragedy. “The grief ... never ends,” said Jennifer Stansberry-Miller, who lost her brother, Bradley Stansberry, in the crash. Stansberry-Miller and other family members … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:02:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30742933-418/memorial-for-victims-of-flight-4184-to-be-dedicated.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30742933-418/memorial-for-victims-of-flight-4184-to-be-dedicated.html <![CDATA[ Rensselaer woman gets alternative sentence for heroin possession ]]>

Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Rensselaer woman to two years in an alternative program on Thursday for possession of a controlled substance. Tonya Christine Downen, 34, admitted in court in August that she had heroin in her possession on Oct. 15, 2013, when she was in the 7800 block of East 37th Avenue in Hobart. The heroin possession occurred within 1,000 feet of Precious Moments Kids’ Academy, a youth program center. Downen will serve her sentence in Lake County Community Corrections in the day-reporting program. She had faced 20 to 50 years for two counts of … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30743997-418/rensselaer-woman-gets-alternative-sentence-for-heroin-possession.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30743997-418/rensselaer-woman-gets-alternative-sentence-for-heroin-possession.html <![CDATA[ Merrillville woman gets probation for promoting prostitution ]]>

A former Merrillville woman was sentenced by Lake Superior Court Judge Samuel Cappas to three years on probation for promoting prostitution. Rachel A. Kamp, 25, admitted in court in September that she and co-defendant Jeremy Moats facilitated contact between customers and prostitutes working from 402 E. 69th Place in Merrillville, a short distance from Merrillville High School. The prostitution ring was operating out of the location from Jan. 1, 2013, to Jan. 30, 2014. Kamp admitted she offered “to procure multiple females for multiples males for the purpose of prostitution on multiple occasions,” her plea agreement documents state. Defense attorney … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:58:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30743977-418/merrillville-woman-gets-probation-for-promoting-prostitution.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30743977-418/merrillville-woman-gets-probation-for-promoting-prostitution.html <![CDATA[ ]]>

CROWN POINT — The Lake County Elections Board on Thursday approved a last-minute change to Tuesday’s ballot to reflect a new candidate in the Republican race for the St. John Township Board, following the death this week of board member and candidate Alfred Hansen. During the emergency meeting, elections board director Michelle Fajman said Michael Neal, the GOP’s replacement candidate, will appear on all ballots and voting machines will be changed electronically. Neal, 27, is a Schererville resident with a Crown Point mailing address. However, the deadline has passed for making the change on absentee ballots. Election board chairman Kevin … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:09:17 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30720778-418/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30720778-418/story.html <![CDATA[ Candidate’s death means last-minute change to St. John Township ballot ]]>

CROWN POINT — The Lake County Elections Board on Thursday approved a last-minute change to Tuesday’s ballot to reflect a new candidate in the Republican race for the St. John Township Board, following the death this week of board member and candidate Alfred Hansen. During the emergency meeting, elections board director Michelle Fajman said Michael Neal, the GOP’s replacement candidate, will appear on all ballots and voting machines will be changed electronically. Neal, 27, is a Schererville resident with a Crown Point mailing address. However, the deadline has passed for making the change on absentee ballots. Election board chairman Kevin … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:02:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30744050-418/candidates-death-means-last-minute-change-to-st-john-township-ballot.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30744050-418/candidates-death-means-last-minute-change-to-st-john-township-ballot.html <![CDATA[ INDOT boss: ‘full speed ahead for winter’ ]]> Lead story image

GARY — The calendar doesn’t recognize the first day of winter until Dec. 21, but Indiana Department of Transportation officials declared their readiness on Thursday. A few hours after their opening volley, Mother Nature fired back with a winter weather advisory citing the threat of heavy lake effect snow beginning Friday morning into evening. The National Weather Service in Chicago warned of strong northerly winds with gusts up to 50 mph and the potential for heavy bursts to snow accumulation. It’s shaping up to be a challenging night for trick or treating in Northwest Indiana. “We are preparing for this … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:02:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30752304-418/indot-boss-full-speed-ahead-for-winter.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30752304-418/indot-boss-full-speed-ahead-for-winter.html <![CDATA[ Merrillville takes aim at parents in truancy fight ]]>

MERRILLVILLE--Parents of habitually truant students could face a $100 fine and up to 50 hours of community service for each violation, and even misdemeanor criminal charges, under a new ordinance approved by the town council. “What we’re trying to accomplish is to keep children in school,” town attorney John Bushemi said. He said the Merrillville School Corp. requested an ordinance regarding truancy. Under the new law, which was approved on both first and second readings Tuesday, it’s now unlawful for any parent or legal guardian to fail to exercise parental control by neglecting or refusing to send their school-age children … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:52:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30744991-418/merrillville-takes-aim-at-parents-in-truancy-fight.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30744991-418/merrillville-takes-aim-at-parents-in-truancy-fight.html <![CDATA[ Lake GOP replaces St. John Township candidate who died ]]>

ST. JOHN — The death Tuesday of St. John Township Advisory Board member Alfred “Al” Hansen is prompting some last-minute changes to the ballots. Mike Neal, 27, of Schererville, was tapped late Tuesday by the executive committee of the Lake County Republican Party to replace Hansen on the ballot, Andy Qunell, party secretary said. “Our condolences go out to Al’s family,” Qunell said. He described Hansen, 88, as a popular official who easily won his seat each time he ran for office. Qunell said the party had to act quickly to place a new candidate on the ballot due to … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:45:42 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30742038-418/lake-gop-replaces-st-john-township-candidate-who-died.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30742038-418/lake-gop-replaces-st-john-township-candidate-who-died.html <![CDATA[ Equal pay, quality of life issues define Dist. 15 race ]]> Lead story image

Economic development and women’s issues dominate the contest for the Indiana House Dist. 19 seat. Both incumbent Shelli VanDenburgh and her Republican challenger, Julie Olthoff, said they would work to improve jobs and the lives of women in Indiana. Olthoff said her work as the owner of an advertising agency and with the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce has shown her too many barriers block entrepreneurs from bringing jobs to the area. She noted that the state’s database of available properties for companies looking to move here does not include any in Lake County and that one client had to wait … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:04:04 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30703064-418/equal-pay-quality-of-life-issues-define-dist-15-race.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30703064-418/equal-pay-quality-of-life-issues-define-dist-15-race.html <![CDATA[ Griffith family’s carved pumpkin display warms with ‘Frozen’ homage ]]> Lead story image

GRIFFITH — Fans of Walt Disney’s “Frozen” will have the chance to see the characters and scenes recreated on carved pumpkins for the Barenie family’s annual Halloween giant pumpkin display. Thirty-five giant pumpkins, weighing more than 10,000 pounds, have been carved to represent Elsa the Snow Queen, Anna, Kristoff, Hans the reindeer and Sven the snowman. Marshmallow, the snow monster, is making an appearance on a 1,321-pound monster in its own right. The giant pumpkin grown by John Barenie broke the Indiana state record, also held by Barenie, but earned only sixth place in the competition at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:03:13 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30719109-418/griffith-familys-carved-pumpkin-display-warms-with-frozen-homage.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30719109-418/griffith-familys-carved-pumpkin-display-warms-with-frozen-homage.html <![CDATA[ Pair charged in 4-state ID theft ring ]]>

Two men are accused of taking part in an identity theft scam that spanned four states and included Northwest Indiana. According to two probable cause affidavits, Dejuan Raine and Darius Raine, along with people, would pay a small fee to get these prepaid cards and would then load them up with money using fraudulently obtained credit card information. They bought the cards in Illinois, Ohio, Virginia and throughout Indiana. They would then use the cards to buy products or make ATM withdrawals, usually from East Chicago. The affidavits say that the men took about $3,637 from the scheme. The scheme … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:04:36 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30708333-418/pair-charged-in-4-state-id-theft-ring.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/30708333-418/pair-charged-in-4-state-id-theft-ring.html