Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Couple’s fight ends with arrest of wife ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — A 56-year-old Liberty Township woman threw a steak knife at her husband, puncturing the skin of his chest but not leaving a deep wound, police said. Marija Haring was arrested for felony battery with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic battery for the alleged attack at about 9 p.m. Monday at the couple’s home in the 700 block of North County Road 125, east of South Haven. The couple told police they had been arguing all evening about the television being out of focus. The victim told police he then stopped talking to his wife, and his refusal … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Auditor’s deputy admits sending campaign email on county computer ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO – The chief deputy in Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski’s office used his work email in late September to send a candidate questionnaire, apparently at Wichlinski’s behest. The federal court system has statutes against campaigning during business hours, said Bob Ramsey, supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “It’s an offense that could be charged if it’s proven. It has caused problems for politicians and impacted their political life and their personal life,” he said. “Is it proper to do? I think you’re flirting with some danger there, given what’s happened to politicians in the past.” Wichlinski … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:54:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order ]]>

VALPARAISO Two accused of child neglect Two people were arrested and two children, ages 5 months and 2 years, were taken into protective custody Monday afternoon after police answered a call of marijuana being smoked at an apartment at Housing Opportunities, 2001 Calumet Ave., police said. Lorenzo Evans, 25, and Amanda Plebanski, 22, were charged with neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance. Evans also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Neighbors told police that Evans habitually smokes pot in his bathroom, and the bathroom fan sends the smoke toward the exterior walkway and parking … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Central Park expansion gets official start in Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO -- Mayor Jon Costas saw Monday’s warm weather as important for the upcoming William Urschel Pavilion addition to Central Park. “I think this is a portent of things to come,” Costas said during his speech at the groundbreaking. The city hopes to have the addition to the park, which will include an open-air pavilion, ice skating rink and multi-purpose rooms, completed by the first week of August. Costas said the park is part of his administration’s intent to keep the downtown, the heart of the city, vibrant. However, the extension isn’t just to make the park bigger but to … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:55:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Business storage site proposed in Valparaiso ]]>

VALPARAISO -- The city’s growing ability to attract businesses may increase in spring with 12,000 square feet of business storage on the west side of town. Ken Blaney Sr., the former owner of Kelsey’s Steak House, presented plans at Tuesday’s Site Review Committee for a seven-unit storage building at 1556 Lincolnway, near ones he owns at 1552 Lincolnway. Six units will be 30 square feet and the seventh 20 square feet. Before he builds those, however, he will need to annex all of the property into the city and combine all parcels into one. Blaney planned to ask Valparaiso to … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:58:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Passenger in Toll Road pot bust enters guilty plea ]]>

VALPARAISO -- An Ohio man who was a passenger in a van moving 12 pounds of marijuana through Porter County has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony. Carl Lewis Herman II, 33, of Massillon, Ohio, won’t serve additional imprisonment for his plea Friday to Class D felony dealing in marijuana when he is sentenced to three years on Nov. 7, but he’ll get credit for 25 days served in Porter County Jail, do 10 days of community service and spend the rest on probation. Portage police discovered the marijuana during an April 22 traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Law & Order: Porter County ]]>

DUI driver blames child for bad driving A Valparaiso woman was arrested for drunken driving and driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop Thursday night at Ozark and Springwood drives, east of Lakes of the Four Seasons, Porter County sheriff’s police reported. Teresa Bogner, 41, was observed going 46 mph in a 30-mph zone and drifting off the road about 10:45 p.m., according to police. They said Bogner denied being intoxicated and blamed her 9-year-old daughter, who was in the passenger seat, for distracting her. Two arrested after obscene gesture Two LaPorte residents were charged with underage drinking … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:04:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fest shows art as an aid in addiction recovery ]]> Lead story image

CHESTERTON — Brandi Arcuri’s artwork at the third annual Hooked on Art Festival attracted passersby, who stopped to look at her paintings and occasionally ask questions. Arcuri, 33, is in recovery from addiction, and has been involved in Frontline Foundations’ recovery program for four months. In that time, as part of the program, she’s been using painting to express her feelings. “I fiddled around with (art) stuff my whole life, but this is the first time I ever displayed it for the public,” the Chesterton resident said during the hospital festival Saturday at Thomas Centennial Park. The Frontlines program, targeted … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:04:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ $159M hospital proceeds key in 2nd District Commissioners race ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO – The county’s financial challenges and investing proceeds from the 2007 sale of the county hospital are part of the discussion in a race for the Center District seat on the Porter County Board of Commissioners. Democrat Sylvia Graham, an at-large member of the County Council in her second term and a retired registered nurse, faces Republican Jeff Good, president and owner of Good Hospitality Services Inc., a hotel development and construction company. Commissioners and the council are putting together a foundation to handle at least part of $159 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the county … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:09:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kouts girls team up to get iPads for town’s autistic kids ]]> Lead story image

KOUTS -- An plan to buy iPads for autistic students was realized recently for Olivia Birky, a senior at Kouts High School, and Megan Gauler, now a sophomore at Valparaiso University. Eleven iPads were recently presented to Kouts special education teachers as hundreds in the high school gymnasium applauded. Birky and Gauler were acquaintances a few years ago when they learned that both had relatives with autism. Megan’s brother, Jake, and Olivia’s nephew, Bo, both had the developmental condition. They found that iPads seemed to help the boys and hatched a plan to help others. Jake had done poorly on … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:02:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Heart-scare survivors walk to help others ]]> Lead story image

CHESTERTON — When Brad Sult was 25, he started getting tired all the time, couldn’t sleep, was vomiting, retaining water and losing weight. “Nothing added up,” said Sult, now 44 and living in Portage. After three months, he went in for an X-ray and found out his heart was enlarged and he was suffering from heart failure. He was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy. After nine years on medication for his heart problems, the medication stopped working and he was put on the waiting list for a heart transplant. In two weeks, he had a new heart. Sult, who recently celebrated … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:09:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ County sets deadline for foundation committee applicants ]]>

VALPARAISO — Anybody who wants to apply to be on the committee that will lay the groundwork for a foundation for the proceeds from the sale of the county hospital has a little more time to apply. The Porter County Council voted unanimously to extend the deadline for applications to Oct. 10, with a tentative meeting Oct. 13 with the Board of Commissioners to interview prospective applicants. Nine people have applied for seven positions so far, said council attorney Scott McClure, who was urged by the council to expand advertising for the posts, including working with local chambers of commerce … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:03:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ War vet, 27, charged in July shaking death of Chesterton 2-year-old ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO – After months of denial, Felix Duron told poice what really happened to Bentley Mihal. The 27-year-old Afghanistan war veteran was charged late Thursday in connection with the 2-year-old’s July 19 death. When his fiancee’s son, Bentley, woke him around 8:30 a.m. July 18, Duron allegedly shook him to the point of unconsciousness. The boy was crying with a wet diaper, the probable cause affidavit states. Duron then placed the toddler on the couch, set a cereal bar near his hand, turned on the TV and made himself something to eat. But police said that at 9:13 a.m., when … ]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:31:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Valparaiso accident victim dies from injuries ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO – One of the two women hit by a car while walking in downtown Valparaiso has died, and the woman facing charges in the incident may face increased felony charges. Lindy Wilson, 64, of Chesterton, died Thursday at South Bend Memorial Hospital, where she was airlifted after the accident because of her injuries, said Valparaiso Police Det. Sgt. Jeff Balon on Friday. Bev Beschinski, 62, of Valparaiso, is at Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., where her condition is improving, Balon said. Both women, former longtime employees of the Porter County Auditor’s office, sustained head injuries. The two … ]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:31:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Valparaiso awards bids for $6 million Central Park expansion ]]>

VALPARAISO -- The cost and scope of the Central Park expansion was decided Friday as the Board of Works awarded the contract ahead of Monday’s planned groundbreaking. Berglund Construction of Chicago and Chesterton was chosen for its low bid of $5.901 million. Nine contractors submitted bids. The city also chose one of the alternate bids for the project, the ice skating rink under the pavilion, for an additional $811,000, bringing the total to $6.712 million. Parks Director John Seibert recommended they chose that alternate but decline four others. Two declined alternates were for paver stones instead of concrete in two … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:09:41 -0500