Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Rose Ride blankets fallen officer’s car in flowers ]]> Lead story image

The Unforgotten Souls Motorcycle Club took part in a “Rose Ride” in memory of Merrillville Police officer Nick Schultz, who was killed in the line of duty a Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Participants lined up late Thursday afernoon at Buddy & Pal’s Place, 1206 E. Summit St. in Crown Point and ended at Merrillville Town Hall where motorcyclists covered Schultz’s squad car with flowers. … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:13:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fallen Merrillville officer begins final trip home ]]> Lead story image

Police officers from Merrillville, Indiana, and Chicago-area municipalities escorted the body of officer Nick Schultz from Christ Medical Center to the Cook County medical examiner’s office on Tuesday. Schultz’s body was transported in a silver hearse and with an escort that included Indiana and Illinois state police, members of the Lake County, Indiana, and Gary police departments and officers from Chicago and Oak Lawn. The route taken by the officers started in front of the parking garage adjacent to the hospital emergency room on south Kostner Avenue in Oak Lawn to Southwest Highway and onto northbound Western Avenue to Chicago. … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:08:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ritz remains bullish on grassroots support ]]> Lead story image

Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh glanced at the tables packed with women at the Patio Restaurant in Merrillville. Then he looked at a smiling Glenda Ritz, calling her a “ray of hope” in the Statehouse. On this partisan occasion — an Indiana Federation of Democratic Women gathering — State Superintendent Ritz shared the secrets of her 2012 upset over presumed GOP-shoo-in Tony Bennett, who ascended to national recognition through his Indiana reforms. Ritz, who also visited three schools Wednesday in Merrillville, regaled her audience Tuesday on her winning strategy to snare the lone state office for Democrats in the 2012 … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:07:21 -0500 <![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