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  1. 2 more Gary women identified from 7 bodies found last yearRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 13 | The Tribune

    Authorities announced Friday the identities of the final two of seven women whose bodies were found last October in connection with a suspected serial killing. The Lake County coroner said they were identified as 53-year-old Sonya Billingsley and 27-year-old Tanya Gatlin, both from Gary.


  2. 1 dead in I-65 crash near WalesboroRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Feb 9 | The Tribune

    A Merrillville woman who was on track to graduate from the University of Louisville medical school this spring died in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 near Columbus. Ashley P. Hinchen, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:30a p.m. accident Sunday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 about four miles south of the Walesboro exit, said Larry Fisher, Bartholomew County coroner.


  3. Storm cuts power to 8K northern Indiana homes, businessesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Feb 1 | The Tribune

    A winter storm that's bringing heavy snow and high winds to northern Indiana has cut power to nearly 8,000 homes and businesses in the region. Northern Indiana Public Service Co.


  4. Opening arguments to begin in trial of alleged gang memberRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 31 | The Tribune

    A jury is expected to be seated Monday in the trial of an East Chicago man and alleged gang member charged with killing six people. The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports jury selection for the trial of Juan "Tito" Briseno is scheduled to wrap up Monday in U.S. District Court after a prolonged selection process because federal prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.


  5. Indiana Legal Services names Laramore new directorRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | The Tribune

    The man who served as the chief legal counsel for former Govs. Joe Kernan and the late Frank O'Bannon will become the new executive director of Indiana Legal Services on April 1. The board of directors of the legal aid organization has selected Jon Laramore to become the group's first new executive director in 45 years. He will succeed Norman Metzger.


  6. Electric car charging stations on the rise in IndianaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 15, 2015 | The Tribune

    A few years ago, there was nowhere in Northwest Indiana to plug in an electric car except for your garage. Now drivers can pull into public charging stations along Indianapolis Boulevard and U.S. 30, and they're spreading fast.


  7. Competency could be key for death penalty in Indiana caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2015 | The Tribune

    Indiana law experts say the mental health of a northwestern Indiana man charged with strangling two women and suspected of killing five others could complicate the case but shouldn't prevent the state from seeking the death penalty. Forty-three-year-old Darren Vann of Gary is charged with murder in the deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville.


  8. German museum: Kahlo lawsuit can now proceedRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 3, 2015 | The Tribune

    Attorneys for a German museum that's suing an Indiana museum over an exhibit featuring replicas of works by famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo says its suit can now proceed. Munster, Indiana-based South Shore Arts had argued that the lawsuit filed by a German museum called Kuntsmuseum Gehrke-Remund should be dismissed because the two other defendants were part-owned by a German company.


  9. Memorial in works for slain NW Indiana officerRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 2, 2015 | The Tribune

    Merrillville detective Joseph Cooper tells The Times of Munster that Town Council members and a committee of officers have some ideas for the project, but nothing has been decided. Police say the 24-year-old officer died two days after he was shot by a man wearing body armor who had broken into a condominium from which he had been evicted.


  10. Coroner: Northwest Indiana man killed by pit bullRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 26, 2014 | The Tribune

    Police in northwest Indiana are investigating the death of a 40-year-old man who the coroner says was apparently killed by a pit bull. The Post-Tribune of Merrillville and The Times of Munster report Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says Edward Cahill suffered multiple severe bite injuries to his arms and face that resulted in massive blood loss.


  11. Prosecutor mulling death penalty denied subpoenaRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2014 | The Tribune

    A judge on Friday denied a prosecutor's request for the military and school records of a northwestern Indiana man charged with strangling two women and suspected of killing five others. Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter told Judge Diane Boswell on Friday his office was looking into Darren Vann's background because it is considering whether to seek the death penalty against the 43-year-old Gary man, The Times of Munster reported .


  12. NW Indiana police shoot, kill gunman at city hallRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 9, 2014 | The Tribune

    An 84-year-old man armed with a shotgun was fatally shot by officers after he fired the weapon outside a northwestern Indiana city hall and aimed the weapon at them, police said. Laco fired one round from the shotgun about 10:30 a.m. CST, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Bob Byrd told the Merrillville Post-Tribune and The Times.


  13. Lawyers disagree on questions for potential jurorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 30, 2014 | The Tribune

    Federal prosecutors and lawyers for an alleged gang member charged with murdering six people have filed briefs arguing how much potential jurors should be asked about whether they would issue the death penalty in certain cases. The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports federal attorneys filed a brief Nov. 24 saying any potential juror with extreme views on the death penalty should be excused.


  14. NW Indiana school closed after swine flu diagnosisRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 25, 2014 | The Tribune

    Officials have decided to keep a Catholic high school in northwestern Indiana closed until next week after two students became sick with a potentially dangerous flu strain. Andrean High School president Harry Vande Velde says professional cleaning crews were continuing to disinfect the Merrillville school on Tuesday.


  15. Indiana Dunes park plans for 50th anniversaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 10, 2014 | The Tribune

    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore officials are planning a celebration in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Congress authorizing creation of the national park along Lake Michigan. The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports Sue Bennett, who is chief of interpretation at the park, said at an event Thursday that the anniversary is a chance to take a look at how the park developed amid industry and the people who brought it to life.


  16. Suspect in 7 Indiana slayings due back in courtRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 23, 2014 | The Tribune

    An Indiana man charged in the deaths of two women and accused in five other slayings is due back in court one week after he refused to even acknowledge his name to a judge. Spokeswoman Cloe Lay of the Lake County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday that Darren Vann is scheduled to appear before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Boswell at 10 a.m. Wednesday to face murder charges and other counts in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy of Gary and 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville.


  17. Finding victims in Indiana case a lengthy processRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 20, 2014 | The Tribune

    Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of an Indiana man who police say confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span. But determining whether others have fallen prey to Darren Vann, 43, a former Marine convicted of sexual assault in Texas in 2009, could take years, a former high-ranking agent at the FBI's Chicago office said.


  18. 2nd victim was missing Merrillville womanRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 19, 2014 | The Tribune

    Authorities have identified the second of four women found dead in northwest Indiana as a 35-year-old Merrillville resident. The Lake County coroner's office said Sunday that Anith Jones had been identified by family members.


  19. Hammond man charged in beating death of neighborRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2014 | The Tribune

    A 24-year-old Hammond man has been charged with murder in the beating death of his 29-year-old neighbor. The Post-Tribune of Merrillville and The Times of Munster report that police say in a probable cause affidavit that Andrew Decrescenzo told them he killed Robert Swafford while trying to steal prescription drugs.


  20. NAACP wants Hammond police officers on desk dutyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 10, 2014 | The Tribune

    The Indiana NAACP president wants two northwest Indiana police officers who broke a car window then used a stun gun on a man during a stop for not wearing a seat belt put on desk duty. The Times of Munster reports Barbara Bolling-Williams said during a news conference Friday at the Hammond Police Department that the officers shouldn't be allowed back on street duty until an investigation is completed.


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