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Visitation today for slain Gary patrolman

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Visitation for slain Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield is taking place today.

Westerfield was found shot to death in his squad car last Sunday morning — a couple of hours after he followed up on a domestic disturbance call near 26th Avenue and Van Buren Place. …

Lake agrees to South Shore funding agreement

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CROWN POINT — Enough Lake County Council members got on board with the expansion of the South Shore Line to get U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, his sought-after financial commitment. Last week, the county council approved 4-2-1 the interlocal agreement between the county and the …

Crowd savors Greek specialties at Merrillville fest

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MERRILLVILLE — Chuck “Mr. Loukamades” Fisher said he can walk by a pile of delectable Greek doughballs anywhere and know if they’re going to be good or not. The official loukamades maker of eight years has yet to find any that are as world-class as …

Traffic delays  expected around  funeral route

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GARY — Travel through the city on Monday will be severely restricted during the funeral for slain Gary Officer Jeffrey Westerfield, and drivers should expect long delays. The Gary Public Transportation Corp. announced that its routes 6, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23 …

Office fights crime one gun at a time

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In an office in the middle of the ATF’s Chicago Division office, federal agents and local police are telling stories. But these are no fairy tales; the stories are of guns used in crime: Where did they come from, who bought them, which criminals are …

Tractor enthusiasts show history of farming

CROWN POINT — A stormy start to Saturday did not put the brakes on activities at the South Lake County Agricultural Society’s 30th annual Antique Tractor Show. Exhibitors braved the rain to show off their restored and refurbished farm equipment and engines that were an …

U.S. 20 renamed for Gary’s Rudy Clay

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GARY — While tragedy dominated the week in this violence-weary city, state and local officials came together in joy on the steps of City Hall on Friday to remember Gary’s biggest booster, former mayor Rudy Clay. Officials unveiled a large sign designating a portion of …

Police: Charges ‘imminent’ in couple’s stabbing deaths

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Neighbors of an elderly couple who were found stabbed to death, one at a hospital in Merrillville and the other at home in Gary early Friday, remembered James and Margrine Haywood as “like family.” “All of us are in a state of shock,” said Harold …

Daughter’s boyfriend charged in Crown Point woman’s killing

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A Merrillville teenager has been charged with killing a Crown Point woman, the mother of his girlfriend, whose body was found Monday in the trunk of her car in Gary. Damarius R. Wren, 18, of the 3300 block of West 80th Avenue, was charged Friday …

4 years on burglary charge

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a 23-year-old man on Friday to four years in Lake County Community Corrections for a burglary in Lowell. Cody Nicholas Huber of Lowell admitted in court on June 5 that he broke into a building in Lowell on …

New leads offered in Westerfield slaying

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An offer of a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the shooting death of Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield last weekend has turned up several leads, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Friday. Police are investigating the leads, he said, although they still …

Students taught respect in IUN cadaver program

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GARY — Candyce Mahler quickly volunteered herself Friday to be the first to test high-tech equipment at the Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest. A participant in the school’s International Human Cadaver Prosection Program, the Whiting woman and Purdue graduate watched a black-and-white video, sometimes …

1 dead, 4 wounded in 2 shootings

GARY — Police officials reported more violence late Thursday and early Friday. Lake County Coroner’s office pronounced J’Amir Wiley, 22, of the 2200 block of Pennsylvania Street, dead of multiple gunshot wounds just after midnight. According to police, Wiley was found unresponsive on the street …

Lowell man’s child molesting conviction overturned

The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Lowell man who was sentenced to 30 years for child molesting. The appeals court on Friday vacated the conviction for Scott A. Wright, 43, after finding that the removal of a juror who had …

Memorial bricks in disrepair at Hobart park

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HOBART — The paved walkway at Lakefront Park is in need of major repair, with memorial bricks bearing a loved one’s name and brick pavers breaking and collapsing as the sandy ground underneath crumbles along a portion of the path. Some of the memorial bricks …