INDIANAPOLIS — A Valparaiso attorney filed paperwork Tuesday to officially seek the Democratic nomination for Indiana secretary of state.Jim Harper already has spent much of this year campaigning for the office, visiting 40 of Indiana's 92 counties and meeting many of the delegates whose support he'll need to win the nomination at the party's June 16 state convention.So far, Harper is unopposed by any fellow Democrats. If nominated, he'll likely compete in the Nov. 6 general election against Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who is expected to claim her party's nomination at the June 9 GOP state convention, and Libertarian Mark Rutherford, a graduate of Valparaiso University Law School.Harper said his goals as secretary of state include boosting Indiana's lackluster voter participation rate and ending the system of drawing legislative district boundaries to favor one political party over another, known as gerrymandering."We need a secretary of state who is focused on … [Read more...] about Valparaiso attorney makes official his bid for Indiana’s Democratic secretary of state nomination
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Hungry, but can't get away from your desk? Too tired to cook something or run out to a restaurant? Uber Eats has got you. The online and mobile food delivery service is now available in most of western Lake County. The Uber Eats website shows it now offers deliveries from hundreds of local restaurants to destinations in Munster, Highland, Griffith, Crown Point, Merrillville, Hammond, Dyer, St. John, Schererville, Whiting, East Chicago and Gary.The service is not yet available in most of Hobart, Lake Station, New Chicago, Miller, Lake of the Four Seasons, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Porter County or LaPorte County.The website shows that Merrillville residents or office workers can have food delivered from a number of restaurants including IHOP, Bar Louie, Big Daddy's BBQ, Mastercue, Aladdin Pita, Pork Chop, Villa Del Sol and Qdoba.Uber Eats touted food from Round the Clock, Rosati's, Ciao Bella and Harold's Chicken in a message to customers."You can use the Uber Eats app to order … [Read more...] about Uber Eats now delivering restaurant meals to most of Lake County
CROWN POINT — Voters will be choosing a new Lake County clerk and deciding whether to retain the county auditor and treasurerFormer Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Arredondo, of Crown Point, is one of three Democrats running for Clerk of the Circuit Court, which is the record-keeper for 17 Lake Circuit and Superior Court judges, has 80 full-time and 80 part-time employees and a 2018 budget of $2.6 million.Arredondo served as a Lake Superior Court, County Division judge for four years and as Lake Circuit Court judge from 1980 to 2010, when he retired from the bench.Arredondo was the Democratic candidate for Indiana Attorney General in 2016. He lost to Republican Curtis T. Hill Jr.Arredondo said his long experience on the bench makes him the most qualified candidate. He will use technology to improve the efficiency of the clerk's office record-keeping.The other two candidates are Josefina Magallanes, of Whiting, who ran unsuccessfully for county clerk in 2014, and Andrew Sylwestrowicz, … [Read more...] about Auditor, treasurer, assessor, clerk – Lake County’s ballot makes voters work: Meet the candidates.
CROWN POINT — Gun shows will go on in the face of the latest protest over firearms sales at the Lake County Fairgrounds.Lake County Commissioner Jerry Tippy, R-Schererville, said, "We are going to continue with the gun show. It is just a matter of whether we are going to make some changes."One of the changes scheduled to take place, starting with the next show is that we will have an ATF agent present to verify the legality of all the purchases. To my knowledge that hasn't been done before."Protesters picketed last weekend's Central Indiana Gun Shows at the publicly owned fairgrounds' Industrial Building in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass school shooting of 17 people, 14 of them students, in Parkland, Florida. Protesters called for restricting the sale of assault-style weapons.All three members of the Lake County Board of Commissioners, which runs the fairgrounds, said they are reluctant to enact restrictions outside of current state and federal laws."I have a gun permit and a gun. … [Read more...] about Protests don’t prevent Lake County Fairgrounds gun shows from reloading
Twelve-year-old Ruth Turpin of Hammond struggled through tears Saturday to explain why she wanted to participate in an anti-gun-violence protest outside of a gun show at the Lake County Fairgrounds."I can't believe that something as horrible as this could happen," Ruth said, referring to the mass shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that resulted in the deaths of 17 students and faculty members. "It's ridiculous. I don't understand. It's not something that should happen to kids."Ruth was one of the participants in an emotional memorial during the protest, holding one of 17 crosses bearing the name and image of a victim of the massacre as students read a description of each victim. After the names were read, participants tied orange ribbons bearing the names of mass shooting victims to the fairground's iron fencing.Ruth's father, David Turpin, Jr., said his wife worries for his daughter's safety while she is in school, and the family came to the … [Read more...] about ‘I’m a gun owner, but I am for gun control’: Protesters gather outside gun show at Lake County Fairgrounds
Chesterton student arrested after allegedly offering drugs on Snapchat A Chesterton High School student was arrested this week after he allegedly offered drugs for sale on Snapchat.Cole Wolfe, 18, of Chesterton, allegedly wrote "15 a g 25 for 45 an 8th free delivery" on a Snapchat message. The message brought the attention of school officials and police on Tuesday.According to the police report, Wolfe initially denied having Snapchat on his phone, but when he opened his phone, with an officer looking over his shoulder, the Snapchat icon was readily visible.His backpack also had a "very strong odor of marijuana" when it was opened. During a search of his car at the school, the officer located marijuana buds.Wolfe was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and transported to Porter County Jail.See the recent arrests booked into Porter County Jail here: PATRICK JOSEPH RYAN RYAN MATTHEW ALLISON THOMAS LEE PATILLO WILLIAM JEFFREY SWARTZ YILI SHI AARON KYLE MILLER ANDREW … [Read more...] about 5 important stories you need to know from the weekend: Chesterton student arrested after allegedly offering drugs on Snapchat. Lake County police board gives officer facing a rape charge a chance to return to duty.
CROWN POINT — A Lake County police officer facing rape charges could return to uniform if he can avoid a felony conviction. The Lake County Police Merit Board has dismissed disciplinary charges against Nicholas “Nick” Medrano this week on a technicality, said Chief William Paterson, second-in-command at the Lake County Sheriff's Department. Paterson said Medrano must remain on administrative leave without pay while he awaits trial — now scheduled to begin April 30 — in Lake Criminal Court on felony rape, attempted rape, criminal confinement and sexual battery charges. Medrano, 35, of Crown Point is pleading not guilty to allegations he raped a female co-worker between Jan. 10, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Paterson said if Medrano is found guilty of a felony count, he would be removed from the force. "A police officer cannot have a felony conviction," Paterson said. Paterson said Medrano would automatically be reinstated if he is acquitted or if the … [Read more...] about Lake County police board gives officer facing a rape charge a chance to return to duty
After a state audit showed Lake County with the third highest number of untested rape kits, local agencies said they want to commit to completing all future tests. Earlier this month, Indiana State Police released a report, spurred by a state Senate resolution last legislative session, to examine how many rape kits are untested across Indiana. The report showed 2,560 kits were not tested for various reasons. Lake County had the third highest number with 238 kits, St. Joseph County had 478 and Marion County had 256, according to the report, which showed Porter County with 16 untested kits. "My hope is that as a community in Lake County, that we can make a commitment to test every kit from this day forward," said Kelly Vates, executive director of Fair Haven, a Lake County rape crisis center. "Because why go back? Why add to the problem?" Submitting data to the audit was voluntary, and not all Lake County agencies participated, the report said. Of those that did, Hammond had the highest … [Read more...] about State audit reveals 238 untested rape kits in Lake County
As people are ringing in the new year, area police have many efforts planned to keep celebrations from turning dangerous. It should be no surprise that impaired driving will be a main focus for officers as they monitor the streets. Police have made it abundantly clear how severe the consequences can be if people get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. "It's not just wrong, you can kill somebody," Lake County sheriff's spokesman Emiliano Perez said of driving drunk. The Hammond Police Department looks to prevent those situations with roving DUI patrols along with combined enforcement focusing on a variety of violations, including seatbelts and aggressive driving, Hammond police Lt. Patrick Vicari said. The holiday weekend also will include high-visibility enforcement operations from the Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership. "Officers will be out conducting saturation patrols to supplement regular patrol officers already on duty," said Hobart police Sgt. Ronald Russo, … [Read more...] about Police across Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties exhort people not to drive drunk, shoot off guns during New Year’s holiday
Hammond police save 2 lives with overdose-blocking drug HAMMOND — Police saved two people this week with an overdose-blocking drug originally issued to officers for personal use, a spokesman said.Officers made the "saves" as overdose deaths across Northwest Indiana continued to increase, and Hammond last month joined a growing number of communities suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their alleged role in causing the opioid addiction crisis.Hammond police Officer Collin Lopez arrived to a home in the 4000 block of Sheffield Avenue on Christmas Day, and noticed a 21-year-old victim — identified by witnesses as a heroin user — was not breathing, Lt. Steve Kellogg said.Lopez administered naloxone, and the 21-year-old started breathing again. The Hammond Fire Department arrived shortly after to continue treatment, he said. On Tuesday, Officer Lindsey Fritz responded to a call in the 500 block of Kenwood Street and administered naloxone to a … [Read more...] about 5 most popular stories today: Hammond police save 2 lives with overdose-blocking drug