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Michigan woman dies after being crushed by her own vehicle at Indiana tollbooth
HAMMOND, Ind. - A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own vehicle at a tollbooth along the Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries. State Police say 40-year-old Luciana Ortiz of Otsego, Michigan, died Wednesday, four days after she was injured after dropping her debit card while trying to pay
Injured Woman Dies After Being Trapped Between IN Toll Booth, SUV
HAMMOND, IN —A woman has died four days after she was injured while pinned between a toll booth and her car on the Indiana Toll Road. The Northwest Indiana Times said 40-year-old Luciana Ortiz, of Ostego, Michigan was pronounced dead on Wednesday from complications of mechanical asphyxiation, the Co
Manhunt underway for 2 carjackers in Orland Park
ORLAND PARK, Ill. — Police in Orland Park are warning residents that two carjacking suspects are on the loose. The carjacking originated in Matteson around 2 a.m. Monday. Authorities have set up a perimeter to search for them around 153rd and Highland, where the two suspects took off on foot.
'Shots fired. Shots fired.' Audio released from Hammond-police involved shooting of 15-year-old boy
911 audio released Friday to The Times reveals the perilous moments of a Nov. 28 police chase just before a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head by Hammond officers. The family of the 15-year-old, De Avion Ashley, a high school sophomore from Hammond, claims police brutality.
More stores may hop to neighboring shopping malls amid surge of retail closings
Recent years have seen the Highland Aldi move up Indianapolis Boulevard to Hammond's Gateway Promenade, Outback Steakhouse move to a newer, larger building on U.S. 30 in Merrillville, and Dick's Sporting Goods rile up some Highland residents by skipping from the Highland Grove shopping center on U.S
Hammond mother pleads not guilty in 4-month-old daughter's death
A Hammond mother pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the death of her 4-month-old daughter. Lisa Marie Rodriguez, 25, appeared Thursday morning in Lake Superior Court in Crown Point for a hearing that lasted less than a minute.
This week in local crime news: Police: Knife-wielding man launches into attack at Miller K Market in Gary, dies at hospital
LAPORTE — A Westville man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for repeatedly raping and beating a woman in 2015. Michigan City police are investigating after three people were shot early Sunday just blocks west of the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet mall.
14-year-old girl reported missing from SW Side
CHICAGO (Sun Times Media Wire) -- Police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who went missing from the Southwest Side on Friday. Andrea Ingram was last seen near the 6300 block of South Western, which borders the Marquette Park, Chicago Lawn and West Englewood neighborhoods, according to an alert f
Michigan woman is killed after being crushed at an Indiana tollbooth when she got out of her car
A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own car at a tollbooth along an Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries. State Police say 40-year-old Luciana Ortiz of Otsego, Michigan, died on Wednesday, four days after she was injured after dropping her debit card while trying to pay at a tollbooth in
Prosecutors want jail time in case of former Porter County cop who stole money to support gambling habit
HAMMOND — Federal prosecutors don't believe a former Porter County police officer who pleaded guilty to stealing money from a local fraternal organization to support his gambling habit should receive probation and community service as he has requested.
Man dies trying to save dog at McKinley Park Lagoon
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man who died after jumping into the McKinley Park Lagoon on Chicago's Southwest Side trying to rescue a dog has been identified. The victim was identified as 26-year-old Tao Jiang, of Chicago, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. The cause of death was accidenta
Woman dies after being trapped between toll booth and vehicle in Hammond
A woman who was pinned between a toll booth and her vehicle on the Indiana Toll Road died from injuries four days after the fatal incident. Luciana Ortiz, 40, of Otsego, Michigan, was pronounced dead on Wednesday from complications of mechanical asphyxiation from being trapped between the two object
UPDATE: Michigan woman dies after being crushed at Indiana tollbooth
(WJBK) - HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) -- A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own vehicle at a tollbooth along the Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries. State Police say 40-year-old Luciana Ortiz of Otsego, Michigan, died Wednesday, four days after she was injured after dropping her debit card whil
Cicero West Elementary School reports 20% truancy rate
The truancy rate at Cicero West Elementary School rose to 20 percent during the 2017-18 school year, according to a West Cook News analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.
Franciscan opens clinic in Hammond to treat hepatitis C, HIV
Franciscan Alliance has opened a clinic in Hammond that is the first of its kind in Indiana and aims to fill an urgent need to test and treat patients for hepatitis C and HIV. The Multi-Specialty Hepatitis C and HIV Clinic is located on the first floor of Franciscan Health hospital in Hammond, 5454
1 killed, 18 wounded in weekend shootings
CHICAGO -- A man was killed and 18 others wounded in shootings throughout Chicago this weekend so far. The man died Saturday morning from gun violence in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. At 1:59 a.m., 31-year-old Demond J. Davis was standing outside in the 4800 block of West Quincy when a b
Woman dies after being crushed at Indiana tollbooth
HAMMOND, Ind. — A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own vehicle at a tollbooth along the Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries. State Police say 40-year-old Luciana Ortiz of Otsego, Michigan, died Wednesday, four days after she was injured after dropping her debit card while trying to pay
Friday's high school box scores
CROWN POINT (8-15-10-0-13) Matt Hanlon 1-5 2-2 5, Ty Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Sam Snodgrass 7-15 5-7 22, Sam Krutz 0-2 3-4 3, Elias Gerodemos 6-11 0-0 15, Luka Balac 5-10 2-3 13, Sam Decker 3-7 1-3 8. Totals — 18-44 11-16 55.
IDEM cites Whiting Metals violation notice in response to questions about dead swans
HAMMOND — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management responded Friday to questions about whether it was investigating dead swans on George Lake by pointing to a violation notice it recently issued to Whiting Metals.
Toxic lead may be to blame for swan deaths at NW Indiana lake
HAMMOND, Ind. — Swans are dying on a lake in northwest Indiana, and environmental officials say high lead levels could be to blame. It was local birdwatcher John Madeka who first noticed something wrong at George Lake in Hammond, Indiana.