Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Expo Center goes to the dogs ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — When Dudley gets his hair done, it’s an ordeal. “I brush him every other day for two to four hours. This week, I brushed him three times,” said Wanda Farr of Buchanan, Michigan, one of the sheep dog’s two owners. As for bath time, “It takes about 20 minutes to get him wet, 20 to 30 minutes to shampoo him and four hours to dry him, and I have to brush him while I dry him.” Whew. But it’s worth it, said Farr and Cathy Drummonds, Dudley’s other owner, who lives in Monroe, Michigan. The two started showing … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:10:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pumpkin Palooza ends season for Chesterton outdoor market ]]> Lead story image

CHESTERTON — The weekly European Market got a sweet send-off for the season Saturday with costumed kids, crafts and candy. The final outdoor market for the year, dubbed “Pumpkin Palooza,” also included costume contests for kids and dogs, and the usual array of seasonal produce, baked goods, artisan crafts and other wares. The market drew 72 vendors, many of whom offered candy for trick or treaters, said Deanna Asch, the market’s manager. “(Kids) make out pretty well. It’s a preview before the big night,” she said. The outdoor market won’t open up again until May, though the holiday-themed Mistletoe Market, … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Valplayso park to open Monday ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO -- The grand opening of the new Valplayso park is Monday. Originally scheduled to open Sunday, the rubber surface poured Friday needed another day to cure because of cool temperatures, installer Surface America told the Valparaiso Parks Department. “Timing is fortunate in that Valparaiso Schools are on fall break and school is not in session on Monday so that children and families will be able to enjoy Valplayso for most of that day,” said Steve Antonetti, director of Business Operations for the Parks Department, in a press release. The park will officially open at 10 a.m. Monday, but the … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Personnel file deal with former Hebron chief finds way to civil case ]]>

HEBRON – Where are former Hebron Police Chief Steven Sibbrell’s personnel records? What happened to those records is now part of a federal lawsuit filed against the town and two of its former officers, Anthony Dandurand and Travis Thomas, who have since moved on to other police departments. Sibbrell is considered a material witness in the lawsuit. Brian Less, the town’s attorney, told the Post-Tribune via an email on Sept. 2 that grievances filed by the town’s police officers about Sibbrell’s alleged actions while chief, “if kept,” would be exempt from a public records request. And according to a confidential … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:06:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Solutions for homelessness eyed in Porter County ]]>

VALPARAISO – The concept is simple enough: Provide homeless people with permanent housing, and that stability will improve their mental health, making it easier to solve the challenges of addiction, mental illness, and poor physical health. Nonie Brennan, chief executive officer of All Chicago, an agency that works to combat homelessness in that city, presented the concept of Housing First Thursday during a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing. The meeting, held in Valparaiso University’s Harre Union, drew about 150 community leaders from law enforcement, mental health agencies and the non-profit sector, as well as … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:00:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Moseley faces retired Marine in 10th House District ]]>

VALPARAISO — The race for Indiana’s 10th House District is between Democrat incumbent Chuck Moseley and Republican John W. Johnston. Moseley has held the office since 2009, and Johnston, a retired Marine Corps major, most recently oversaw the Marine Corps ROTC program at Portage High School. Moseley sees three big issues facing the Legislature, the first being a proposal to expand the sales tax to food and services such as insurance. “We need to fight as hard as we can to make sure people aren’t taxed on their groceries and health care,” he said. He also doesn’t like seeing the … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:08:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order ]]>

PORTAGE Angels can’t help alleged thief A Hobart man was charged with theft for stealing angel lawn decorations on Thursday from two houses on Oakwood Street, police said. Jason Branik, 34, was arrested after police stopped a car at Boulder and Oakwood and recovered a cement angel and a plaster angel lawn decorations, according to police. They said a homeowner saw a stranger in her yard about 5 p.m., noticed that her cement angel was missing and gave police information about a green Toyota leaving the area. When police stopped the Toyota, the driver, a juvenile, told them that he … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:03:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ ValPLAYso grand opening postponed until Monday ]]>

VALPARAISO — The grand opening of the new ValPLAYso park has been postponed from Sunday to Monday because the rubber surface poured Friday needed another day to cure because of cool temperatures, installer Surface America told the Valparaiso Parks Department. “Timing is fortunate in that Valparaiso schools are on fall break and school is not in session on Monday, so that children and families will be able to enjoy ValPLAYso for most of that day,” parks department director of business operations Steve Antonetti said in a press release. The park is to officially open at 10 a.m. Monday, but the … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:55:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coroner candidates want to speak on the dangers of drugs ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO -- Both candidates for the Porter County Coroner are licensed funeral home directors with years of experience and with additional qualifications and certifications. Republican incumbent Chuck Harris is running for his second term against Democrat Chuck Scheuer. For both, the big issue for the office is substance abuse and the increasing number of deaths it causes. Harris wants more elected officials and people to acknowledge he problem, and his pet project is going to high schools and middle schools to talk to students about good life choices, particularly substance abuse. “It’s a community problem, and it’s going to take … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Recorder candidates set goals in race ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO -- In the Porter County Recorder’s race, Republican incumbent Jon C. Miller faces Democrat Scott Williams. Miller has lived in the county for more than 50 years and prior to becoming the Recorder in the last election, Miller worked 28 years for the Porter County Sheriff’s office, the last 15 years including the 911 department, as a “one-man” IT department. He has a number of computer certifications and has taken document management courses. Using his computer network administration, Miller digitized many documents in the office and wants to make the records dating back to 1836 computer-accessible instead of by … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:53:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Liberty Township man beaten by his former drug dealer ]]>

VALPARAISO – A 47-year-old Liberty Township man was treated at Porter Regional Hospital after his former drug dealer reportedly beat him up over a $30 debt. The injured man told police that about 9:42 a.m. Wednesday, a man he bought marijuana from approximately eight or nine months ago showed up at his home in the 900 block of Alta Drive in the Whispering Sands mobile home park, north of Valparaiso. He said the man is from the East Chicago area and he knows him only by the nickname “Seven.” The victim told police Seven repeatedly had called demanding payment, and … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:26:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Porter County employees face hefty insurance cost hike ]]>

VALPARAISO – A new health insurance plan for Porter County employees, though still self-insured, reaps a savings of $2.1 million for the coming year but comes with higher expenses for those on the plan. The Board of Commissioners heard a report Thursday from Stephen Brady, president of the Heritage Advisory Group, on changes to the county’s health insurance to cut costs. Insurance has been a consistent sore spot in the county’s budget and a difficult item to fund, pushing the county over its budget for the past two years. Commissioners unanimously adopted the plan at their meeting; the County Council … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:31:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order ]]>

VALPARAISO Man flees one  caretaker, attacks another A mentally ill resident has been charged with battery after escaping Monday from his caretaker and attacking a second caregiver who came to help calm him, according to police. They said Jerry Geary, 33, is a client of Dungarvin, which provides supported living for people with mental and physical disorders. A 33-year-old female caregiver drove Geary to a doctor’s appointment, then stopped in the drive-through at McDonald’s, 2610 LaPorte Ave., where Geary ran from the vehicle into two nearby retail stores, police reported. A second Dungarvin employee arrived to help her co-worker bring … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:28:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s center, resale shop to relocate to former printing facility ]]>

VALPARAISO — A building that’s been vacant since 2006 will soon be the site of the expansion of two city enterprises. The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a lot-size variance Tuesday that will allow New Creation Men’s Center and its Campbell Street resale shop to move into the old Home Mountain Printing building at 2102 N. Calumet Ave. while allowing New Creation to sell 1.5 acres of parking on the property’s south to Valparaiso Family Dentistry. Valparaiso Family Dentistry intends to build another office suite building for its campus. William Ferngren, attorney for New Creation, said the business tried a … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:28:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order: Cash stolen from motorcycle store in Portage Township ]]>

The owner of Thomas Honda and Kawasaki told sheriff’s police that he had $6,159 stolen from a file cabinet in his office. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:05:25 -0500