Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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 04:39:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mail fraud charges added against Valparaiso man ]]>

A Valparaiso man already charged with stalking a California woman who sued him for embezzling the money she invested with him now faces a new count connected to the embezzlement. William D. Cantrell Jr. was charged last week in the U.S. District Court in Hammond with one count of mail fraud, on top of the one count of interstate stalking he had already been charged with. According to the superseding indictment, Cantrell induced his victim, identified as M.S., to invest $787,378 with in his private hedge fund, called the Dragon Fund, from 2010 through July 2013. Cantrell repeatedly told the … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:03:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Portage Township candidates eye South Haven flooding problem ]]> Lead story image

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP -- The race for Portage Township Trustee is between business owner and Democrat incumbent Brendan Clancy and Realtor and Republican Jim Thompson. The office’s duties are to take care of township parks and three cemeteries, run the fire department and provide emergency financial assistance. This is Thompson’s first run for an elected office. He’s lived in Portage township 12 years and has been in real estate for 13. He has three issues that he wants to look at as trustee. He wants to watch how taxpayers’ money is spent, see whether there are other options for how the … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order ]]>

PORTER COUNTY Woman allegedly tried to stab mom, brother A Washington Township woman faces criminal charges after she tried to stab her brother and her mother, who is in a wheelchair, with a knife on Sunday and damaged the inside of a police car, Porter County sheriff’s police reported. Bethany Hermance, 25, of the 300 North block of County Road 325 East, is charged with intimidation, battery, resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief. Sheriff’s officers were called about 4:30 p.m. to her home, where Hermance’s brother told them that she became upset when her parents wouldn’t give her a ride … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Contactor building truck garage in Valparaiso ]]>

VALPARAISO — A local construction contractor is building a truck storage building to keep its vehicles warmer and protected in bad winter. The 54-by-90-foot building at 1351 Joliet Road won’t mean new jobs at G.E. Marshall, Clint Marshall said at Tuesday’s Site Review Committee meeting. City officials have asked that the company try to create more green space on the site and reduce impervious surface to help with rain runoff. … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hebron severance agreement with former chief removes termination ]]>

HEBRON — A confidential severance agreement between former Hebron Police Chief Steven Sibbrell and the town of Hebron notes that, as part of the agreement, the town will “delete any reference to termination or any accusations of wrongdoing” in Sibbrell’s personnel file. Sibbrell also asked in the agreement that his termination be termed as a resignation. Officials with the Hebron Police Department confirmed in early September that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating Sibbrell’s actions. Police officials said then that they had been fully cooperating with federal agents and had … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana lawmakers spend $343,490 on travel ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers took 188 trips during the past 26 months costing taxpayers a total of $343,490 during a time when Gov. Mike Pence has already said he plans to eliminate some state programs as he develops a proposed two-year budget. Most of the trips involved government and legislative conferences around the country, but some included swanky hotel rooms and expensive flights to locations as far away as Alaska and Florida, according to a published report. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, who spent no public money on his own travel, said he believes the trips are worthwhile. He … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Autumn’s Army helps in fight against cancer ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Autumn’s Army was in full force Sunday, with many in the 16-member brigade wearing pink shirts that said, “Fight like a girl” on the front. The group was on the courthouse square to support Autumn Degard, 35, of Portage, during the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Degard, wearing a decorated survivor’s sash, said she was diagnosed with breast cancer six months ago, during a check-up for liver cancer, which she had in 2010. Since her breast cancer diagnosis, Degard’s liver cancer has returned. The mother of four is undergoing chemotherapy, … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:03:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Democrat Urbanik in 2nd bid to top Wichlinski for auditor ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Democrat Vicki Urbanik, candidate for Porter County auditor, said she would bring bipartisanship, better communication, and greater accuracy and responsibility to the office if elected. Urbanik, the County Council’s budget and finance specialist for the past year and a half and a former reporter for the Chesterton Tribune, faces incumbent Bob Wichlinski, a Republican seeking his second term in office in the Nov. 4 election. Wichlinski did not return a request seeking comment. Urbanik, 51, of Morgan Township, touted her credentials for the post, including recently passing the certified public accountant exam; she plans to apply for her … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:03:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ 1850s-era Valparaiso building in line for upgrdes ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — The building that houses Tommy B’s restaurant is scheduled to get some improvements this year, and the city’s facade improvement grant program may help fund it. Charlie McGill, owner the building at 13 E. Lincolnway, presented his application for the grant at last week’s Plan Commission meeting and got a vote of recommendation to get City Council approval at its Oct. 27 meeting. However, McGill doesn’t have a specific dollar amount he’s requesting because the city is asking that the Tommy B’s sign be brought into code. The sign is supposed to have raised letters and gooseneck lighting, … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:01:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hunter with a plan promotes deer cull on county land ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Bryan McFadden has a plan. He would like to help control the deer population on public land in the area, including property owned by the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department, and, through grant money, have the deer that are killed by bow hunters processed and donated to local food pantries. The plan, he said, would keep the deer population healthy; protect the county parks, particularly Brincka-Cross Gardens, from the devastation of deer damage; and provide food to the needy. “There’s a bad rap for hunters to a certain extent, I feel, and the program I’d install goes … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:01:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Visclosky and Leyva vie again in round six ]]> Lead story image

Contrasting political views are crystallized in the 1st District U.S. House race between 15-term Democrat Peter J. Visclosky, and six-time GOP candidate Mark Leyva. Donna Dunn, of Hammond, is the candidate of the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The district includes Lake and Porter counties and a section of LaPorte County. The seat has been a safe one for Democrats for decades and it’s not likely to change. Visclosky’s campaign has raised $722,276 to Leyva’s $4,580, according to Open Secrets, a research group that tracks political funding. Visclosky, of Merrillville, has held the seat since 1985 and is centering this campaign … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:03:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Walk for heroin casualty brings attention to treatment ]]> Lead story image

PORTAGE — Jeff Yates can describe how he felt when his son Dylan died of a heroin overdose in May when he was 23. “How it destroyed my family and tore us all apart. That’s pretty much it,” said Yates, who lives in Valparaiso. About 100 people gathered at Willowcreek Middle School to walk along Central Avenue on Saturday for the Heroin Awareness 5-mile Walk/Run, held in Dylan’s memory on what would have been his 24th birthday. A similar event also was held in Casper, Wyoming, where Dylan’s mother lives and where he used to live as well. Event organizer … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:02:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ East Porter hunting for bus drivers ]]> Lead story image

KOUTS -- Getting children to school is a challenge for the East Porter County Schools district. “Bus drivers are like gold,” said Jill Bibler, board president. “Every corporation struggles to keep them. In fact a couple places have to run double routes and the kids have to get on earlier.” The drivers must have a Certified Drivers License but the school provides free training. “We need as many as we could get for regular routes and back up for them, too,” she said. “Typically, farmers used to do it. It was a good job for them through the winter months, … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:03:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ New contract for NIRPC director ]]>

PORTAGE — Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Tyson Warner has a new two-year contract, approved last week by NIRPC’s board of commissioners. Warner will receive an annual salary of $132,275 and the contract expires Dec. 31, 2016. Warner joined NIRPC in 2012. The board also approved its 2015 general fund budget of $3.29 million, 5 percent lower than its $3.46 million 2014 budget. Warner said the commission saved about $50,000 when it negotiated a new lease with the Portage Redevelopment Commission. NIRPC, a 51-member commission composed of mayors and other elected officials from three Northwest Indiana counties, nearly … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:02:33 -0500