Indiana AG asks high court to take up retirement pay dispute
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's attorney general is turning to the state's high court in his battle to force two retired school superintendents to repay hundreds of thousands of...
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana casinos will compete effectively against a slew of new casino sites in Illinois, the state's governor said.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A five-term state representative says he's resigning from the Indiana House because he's moving out of his district.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — State regulators have suspended the medical license of a northwestern Indiana physician accused of providing substandard care to patients, including eight who died of...
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — High water has led to the closure of several roads across northern Indiana.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports roads were Wednesday in Hammond, Hobart, Portage and...
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Auditors with the state of Indiana have raised concerns about oversight in child nutrition and special education accounts for Munster's school district.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for a 46-year-old man charged with murder eight years after the disappearance of his 70-year-old mother in northwestern Indiana says the case so far is...
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for sending a pipe bomb that exploded at a northwestern Indiana post office, injuring a worker.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A 46-year-old man has been charged with murder eight years after the disappearance of his 70-year-old mother in northwestern Indiana.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths declined last year in northwestern Indiana after setting a record in 2017.
Authorities are cautiously optimistic that the opioid epidemic is slowing...
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana program is helping residents get to drug addiction treatment by paying for their transportation through ride-sharing service Lyft.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Data from the state of Indiana show more public high school students are taking advanced placement exams.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported Monday that the Indiana...
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Steel, oil refinery and auto parts workers in northwestern Indiana are getting their first pay raises in years, and an economist says their bigger paychecks will boost the...
Mass layoffs down in Indiana so far in 2019
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — New data from state officials show the number of mass layoffs in Indiana has fallen so far this year compared to the same time last year.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana bus driver and a bus aide have been charged with felony neglect after leaving a 3-year-old boy alone and strapped in his seat for nearly 1½ hours...
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Indiana attorney general accuser seeks easier removal path
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana legislator who says she was groped at a bar by state Attorney General Curtis Hill wants to make it easier to remove some state officeholders from their positions.
Dogs rescued from meat farm adjust to new life in NW Indiana
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Five dogs saved from a South Korean dog-meat farm are finding safety through a northwest Indiana animal shelter.
US Census Bureau: Indiana gains 32K residents in 2018
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A new U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows that Indiana's population grew by nearly 32,000 residents this year, which a demographer calls the state's strongest annual gain in nearly a decade.
Indiana man pleads guilty to post office pipe bomb
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a northwestern Indiana post office says he was targeting an attorney who had filed a lawsuit against him.
Eric Krieg of Munster, Indiana, pleaded guilty Tuesday to making an unregistered destructive device and other charges. He likely faces 29 years in federal prison.
These New Orleans homicide victims gave life to others
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two days before Christmas 2017, Shannon Munster of Marrero answered her phone to tragic news. Her 20-year-old son, Tyler, had been shot.
At the hospital, Tyler's family saw X-rays tracing the bullet's path through his head — and learned that Tyler's heart was still beating, but his brain activity had ceased. The family still prayed that when the life-support machines were switched off, their energetic, fun-loving Tyler would take a breath, twitch, show some sign of life.
Prosecutors: Man to plead guilty on post office pipe bomb
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a northwestern Indiana post office has agreed to plead guilty and serve a 29-year sentence.
They announced Tuesday that 46-year-old Eric Krieg of Munster has signed an agreement indicating his intent to plead guilty to knowingly making an unregistered destructive device, mailing a destructive device, malicious use of explosive materials, and mailing a threatening communication.
Indiana continues to seek money from ex-school officials
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana attorney general's office is continuing its efforts to get two former Munster school administrators to return money that was allegedly improperly paid.
Deputy Attorney General Frances Barrow has asked the Indiana Court of Appeals to overturn a March ruling by Lake County Circuit Judge Marissa McDermott that found the state waited too long to try to reclaim about $850,000 from former superintendents William Pfister and Richard Sopko.
Trial in pipe bomb explosion at post office reset for June
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A trial for a man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a post office in northwestern Indiana has been pushed back until June.
A final pretrial hearing for 46-year-old Eric Krieg is set for May 17, followed by a June 3 jury trial. The delay from a previously scheduled November trial was sought to give his lawyer more time to prepare.
Review: Northwest Indiana has high fatal drunken crash rate
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A newspaper review has found that three northwestern Indiana counties have a higher percentage of fatal drunken-driving crashes than the rest of the state and the U.S. because of the region's heavy traffic, weather and other factors.
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Indiana boy gets honorary black belt for fighting off dogs
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — An 8-year-old Indiana boy who saved his 2-year-old brother from a dog attack has been awarded an honorary black belt.
Sasha Pchelenkov of Munster was recently honored by a martial arts school, Region American Taekwondo Association in Highland, where he trains.
The owner, Ann Marie Coglianese, says courage in spite of fear is one of the principles for someone pursuing a black belt. She says the school wanted to celebrate Sasha and his brother, Misha Moore.
State report shows drop in Indiana workplace injuries
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Work is getting safer in Indiana, with employment-related injuries hitting an all-time low.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that recently released federal statistics from 2016 show the state hit an all-time low that year of 3.5 per injuries for every 100 full-time workers.
NW Indiana boy, 8, saves his brother, 2, from dog attack
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Northwestern Indiana police say an 8-year-old boy who saved his 2-year-old brother from a dog attack suffered numerous bites in the rescue.
Sacha Pchelenkov jumped to action Wednesday when he saw his mother trying to pull a large pit bull off his 2-year-old brother, Micha Moore.
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.
Dr. Jay K. Joshi pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Hammond to distribution of a controlled substance. The Burr Ridge, Illinois, man faces 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines when he's sentenced Nov. 15.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman after burglarizing her suburban Chicago home.
Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Carleous Clay of Holland, Michigan, admitted in a plea agreement Tuesday that he broke into a Lansing, Illinois, home in September 2015 and stole several items. When he returned later that night to steal more items the woman was home.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Education experts say Indiana's lingering teacher shortage is being driven in part by a drop in teacher's pay even as educators are being asked to do more in the classroom.
The U.S. Department of Education said that in Indiana, inflation-adjusted teacher pay has fallen since the 1999-2000 school year to the point where teachers now earn almost 16 percent less than they did two decades ago.
MUNSTER — Two-year-old Heather Williams fell, popped her knee back into place and got right back up.
She used to walk on her knees, but then she got a prosthetic leg. Now she runs around, merrilly, like toddlers do.
Heather lost her right leg when she was 3 months old after being infected with gangrene at a Chicago hospital, where she was being treated for a heart condition.
SWEDESBORO TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Indiana-based Land O'Frost has purchased New Jersey-based Wellshire Farms for an undisclosed price, bringing together two of the leading family-owned meat companies.
Headquartered in Munster, Ind., Land O'Frost manufactures pre-sliced meats and specialty hot dogs and sausages. Wellshire Farms is based in Swedesboro, N.J., and was founded by Louis Colameco Jr. in 1996.
Portage officials to establish truancy court
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Officials in Porter County are establishing a truancy court to help keep kids in school.
The Times of Munster reports that an ordinance approved last month by the Portage City Council will allow police to cite parents of children who are chronically truant.
Doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers seeks delays
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana doctor accused of overprescribing painkillers wants more time to review video and audio evidence in the case.
Dr. Jay Joshi was indicted in January on four counts of dispensing hydrocodone not prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice.
Data show Indiana union membership fell 12.5 percent in 2017
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal agency says Indiana's union membership fell 12.5 percent last year to its lowest level since 2013.
Newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the state had 266,000 dues-paying union members last year. That's a 12.5 percent drop from the 304,000 union members Indiana had in 2016.
Union workers comprised 8.9 percent of Indiana's workforce in 2017, down from 10.4 percent in 2016.
State high court’s chief talks response to opioid epidemic
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush says courts statewide have boosted their response to the opioid abuse epidemic and will continue to do so.
The (Munster) Times reports Rush delivered an annual "State of the Judiciary" address to the General Assembly this month.
MUNSTER — Michigan City boys basketball coach John Boyd is a believer in his team making pressure its friend.
For more than three quarters of Wednesday night’s non-conference road contest against Munster, the Wolves were grace under pressure, dictating the offensive pace of the game and carrying a seven-point lead into the final period.
Cold weather likely caused Indiana water tower to overflow
SCHERERVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An official says frigid weather likely caused a water tower in northwestern Indiana to overflow.
MUNSTER — La Porte and Chesterton both went 5-0 to take top honors in Saturday's Munster Super Duals wrestling meet. The Slicers did it in impressive fashion with seven of their wrestlers going 5-0 on the day.
Ian Nelson (113), John Hernandez (120), Skyler Gomez (126), Skyler Querry (152), Noah Perez (170), Cesar Leon (182 and Kyle Simpkins (220) all were perfect to give La Porte the pool-play win. For Gomez, it was his 100th career win.
Consumer advocate seeks input on proposed NIPSCO rate hikes
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — The state consumer advocate is seeking public input on a proposal from Northern Indiana Public Service Co. to increase natural gas rates by about 20 percent for the average customer over the next two years.
Jan. 16 trial date set for alleged Indiana postal bomber
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Jan. 16 trial date has been set for a northwestern Indiana man facing five federal charges stemming from a pipe bomb explosion at a post office.
Not guilty pleas were entered Monday for 45-year-old Eric P. Krieg of Munster during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Hammond.
A grand jury indicted Krieg this month on charges of mailing a threatening communication, making an unregistered destructive device and other bomb-related charges.
Indiana post office bombing defendant indicted on 5 counts
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A grand jury indicted a northwestern Indiana man on five charges stemming from a pipe bomb explosion at a post office, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announced Thursday.
The grand jury indicted Eric P. Krieg, 45, of Munster, on charges of making an unregistered destructive device, mailing a destructive device, malicious use of explosive materials, possessing a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, and mailing a threatening communication.
Great Lakes Basin fails to appeal freight rail decision
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A group has failed to appeal in federal court the rejection of its application to construct a more than 260-mile freight railroad from northern Indiana to southeastern Wisconsin.
On Friday night in Michigan City’s 28-14 victory at Munster in the Class 5A Sectional 9 semifinal, the host Mustangs had just two plays of 20 yards or more.
They were both ground gains by running back Michael Dywan, and neither was a touchdown.
The Wolves, on the other hand, produced seven plays of 20 yards or more — six of them were passes from the arm of quarterback Michael McCullough Jr.
MUNSTER — Go ahead and say it in your best Michael Buffer voice … “Let’s get ready to rumble!”
La Porte did its part about 83 miles to the east in beating South Bend Adams by three touchdowns, so it was up to Michigan City to also win a road game in the Class 5A Sectional 9 semifinal at Munster to set up the rematch of the century.