Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Sheriff puts up $10K reward, cops search for evidence in death of Gary officer ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Sheriff John Buncich, whose office is running the investigation into the shooting death Sunday of a Gary police officer, on Wednesday offered a $10,000 reward in the case. A news release from Buncich offered the reward for “any information leading to the conviction of suspect(s)” in the shooting death of Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield. During an appearance Tuesday with Gov. Mike Pence in Gary, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said she was “fairly confident” that a man being held since Sunday night in the Lake County Jail was the person responsible for Westerfield’s death. Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram Sr. said … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:01:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vietnam vet McDowell: ‘I’m proud I did it’ ]]> Lead story image

HOBART — Earl McDowell represents many of the images of a Vietnam veteran. He was swept up in the tide of violence in a war whose political roots the then-19-year-old knew nothing about. He has a Purple Heart, earned under fire in that Vietnam era icon, the helicopter. He suffers from heart problems his doctor blames on Agent Orange exposure. What he doesn’t represent is regret. He has no memories of reluctance. “I’m glad I did it, but I wouldn’t want to do it again,” he said. “But I’m proud I did it.” The son of a World War II … ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:02:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ State’s ruling on same-sex marriage barely phases Pride Parade revelers ]]> Lead story image

EAST CHICAGO — The State of Indiana may have acted quickly to execute a stay on same-sex marriage, but hardly a damper was left on many heading to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade Sunday. They packed the westbound trains early, donning pastel-hued tie-dyes and tutus. Some, like Madison Carnagey and Megan Ray, put brightly colored temporary tattoos and jewels on their faces; while others, like Leah Adams and Melissa Dillingham, looked like any other couple ready to enjoy a day at a park with their kids. But everyone was ready to celebrate one thing and one thing only: Love. Alexandria … ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:19:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point hosts hot rod Power Tour ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — There’s one thing that most hot-rod enthusiasts like to do more than show their vehicles — drive them. More than 4,500 did just that Wednesday when the 20th annual Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour made what could be a once-in-a-lifetime stop at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The event was one of seven along the roughly 1,500-mile, seven-day, seven-state trek that began at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and concludes at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. A steady stream of hot rods made their way through Crown Point to the fairgrounds and filled … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:03:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary Lew Wallace marks final graduation ]]> Lead story image

GARY — The 101 new graduates of Lew Wallace STEM Academy walked into history Wednesday as the Class of 2014 became the school’s final graduating class. Last week, the school board voted to shutter the aging school in the heart of Glen Park at 415 W. 45th Ave. Despite a $6 million infusion of federal improvement money in the past three years, Lew Wallace couldn’t shake its “F” grade status with the Indiana Department of Education and it faced state sanctions for six straight years of poor academic performance. That made Lew Wallace an easy target for closure as the … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:28:02 -0500