Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Firefighters battle blaze in East Chicago ]]> Lead story image

EAST CHICAGO — Fire crews were battling a structure fire late Monday afternoon in the 4700 block of Tod Avenue. The East Chicago Fire Department received a call for the fire at 3:01 p.m. Several streets in the neighborhood were blocked as crews worked to extinguish the blaze. No further information was immediately available. Staff report … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:07:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Flooding traps some South Haven residents in their homes ]]> Lead story image

Porter County suffered the brunt of flash flooding Friday with residents in a South Haven neighborhood rescued in boats and Duck Creek subdivision residents in Portage Township stranded in their homes by flooded streets. The flooding also damaged a bridge along Harrison Boulevard in Valparaiso near the St. Paul Catholic Church, closing the road. The softball fields at Fairgrounds Park in Valparaiso flooded and walkers were unable to exercise on the track around the park. More than six inches of rain fell in some parts of Northwest Indiana in the past two days, making roads impassable in some parts of … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:01:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Small Gary rally supports victim   in Ferguson, Missouri, shooting ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Heavy rain did not keep Pastor Curtis Whittaker of Progressive Community Church in Gary from hosting a “Gary in Solidarity With Ferguson” rally Thursday evening. Originally scheduled to take place outside at 13th and Broadway, it was moved inside at the small church. And while the crowd was small, the message was loud and clear as Whittaker shouted, “Hands up!” and the audience, with raised hands responded, “Don’t shoot!” Whittaker and community activist Natalie Ammons coordinated the rally to show solidarity with those protesting the Aug. 9 shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by a police … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:02:58 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:41:17 -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 … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:10:42 -0500