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

    Tuesday Dec 9 | 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.


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

    Sunday Nov 30 | 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.


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

    Tuesday Nov 25 | 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. Petition seeks charges in crash that killed 7Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2014 | The Tribune

    A Georgia man hopes an online petition will help persuade a northwestern Indiana prosecutor to file criminal charges against a trucker for a crash that killed seven of the man's family members. Gerald Williams said he started the petition soon after the one-year anniversary of the Aug. 15, 2013, crash when he realized the Jasper County prosecutor didn't intend to file charges.


  11. NIPSCO lowers estimated gas, electric rate hikesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2014 | The Tribune

    Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has lowered its estimates of how much electricity and natural gas bills will go up under its seven-year modernization plans, documents recently filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission show.


  12. Death penalty sought in shooting death of Gary copRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 16, 2014 | The Tribune

    A northwest Indiana prosecutor has notified the court he plans to seek the death penalty for a man charged with murder in the shooting death of a Gary police officer. The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville report an amended information was filed Tuesday against 26-year-old Carl Blountof Gary, adding a death sentence request in the death of 47-year-old Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield.


  13. Hundreds mourn slain Merrillville police officerRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 15, 2014 | The Tribune

    Hundreds of police officers and other mourners streamed into a northwestern Indiana theater as services began for a slain patrolman. A long line of Merrillville officers were among the first to pay their respects Sunday during visitation hours for 24-year-old Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz.


  14. Services set for slain Indiana police officerRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 11, 2014 | The Tribune

    Squad cars from Indiana and Illinois joined a procession Wednesday as a hearse brought the body of Merrillville Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz from Chicago to a funeral home in his hometown of Lowell. The Times of Munster reports blue ribbons lined the town's streets and dozens of officers saluted as Schultz's body was removed from the hearse.


  15. Slain officer's body escorted to medical examinerRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2014 | The Tribune

    Police officers from across northwestern Indiana have escorted the body of a slain Merrillville police officer to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office in Chicago. The Times reports a procession of about 40 squad cars accompanied the body of Officer Nickolaus Schultz as it left Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, on Tuesday morning.


  16. Slain Indiana officer remembered across stateRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 8, 2014 | The Tribune

    A northwestern Indiana police officer fatally shot in the line of duty is being remembered across the state as a leader committed to making a difference. Merrillville Officer Nickolaus Schultz died Sunday, two days after a man wearing body armor shot the 24-year-old officer in the head during an apparent ambush.


  17. Pence calls officer's death reminder of sacrificesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2014 | The Tribune

    Gov. Mike Pence says the death of a northwest Indiana police officer is a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices law enforcement officers and their families make every day. Pence says he was saddened to learn of the passing of 24-year-old Merrillville police officer Nickolaus Schultz on Sunday.


  18. Indiana officer dies 2 days after being shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2014 | The Tribune

    A northwest Indiana police officer shot in the head while responding to a call about an evicted tenant has died. Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Robert Byrd says 24-year-old Merrillville officer Nickolaus Schultz was pronounced dead at 9:47 a.m. CDT at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.


  19. Northwest Indiana police officer shot, woundedRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 6, 2014 | The Tribune

    A northwest Indiana police officer has been shot and wounded and the suspected gunman has been killed during a confrontation at a condominium. The officer was identified as 24-year-old Nickolaus Schultz.


  20. Pastor's request for reduced sentence rejectedRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 27, 2014 | The Tribune

    A federal judge has rejected a request by a former pastor of a northwestern Indiana megachurch that his 12-year prison sentence for having sex with a teenager be reduced.


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