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Hammond man charged in shooting deaths of pair in New Chicago

A man is facing charges in a double homicide last year in New Chicago in which one of the victims reportedly owed the man money, court records show. Teal Cross, 25, of Hammond, was charged Wednesday in Lake Superior Court with two counts of murder in the deaths of Manuel Alfaro, 52, and Heather Rayn


Michael Avenatti, at Cook County courthouse, says he believes R. Kelly will be indicted soon

High-profile attorney Michael Avenatti said Friday he believes charges are imminent against R. Kelly after giving Cook County prosecutors a tape purportedly depicting the R&B musician having sex with an underage girl.


219 Day returns to Hammond Civic Center for fourth straight year Saturday

A party celebrating all things Region and poking fun at Northwest Indiana stereotypes returns to the Hammond Civic Center for the fourth straight year Saturday with a "Region Academy Awards" theme.


Workplace Shooter Identified As 45-Year-Old Employee Gary Martin Of Aurora

CHICAGO (CBS)–The mass shooter who killed five people at the Henry Pratt company in Aurora Friday afternoon was identified as 45-year-old employee Gary Martin, Aurora police said during a news conference Friday evening.


Judge revokes bond of man who apparently removed ankle monitor

CROWN POINT — A man suspected of removing his ankle monitor while free on bond in a Hammond home invasion and rape case was arrested in Indianapolis with a child molester, police said.


Hammond mother remembers unsolved death of daughter: 'She would've been 27, but she's not. She's still 13.'

Sandra Anaya pauses when people ask her how many children she has. If she answers that she has three children, her son is quick to correct her. But if Anaya says that she has four children, then she has to explain what happened to Alexandra.


6 dead in Aurora factory shooting; mom says gunman was laid off, ‘stressed out’

The mother of the gunman who shot up an Aurora factory Friday — killing five people and injuring five cops — said her son had been laid off recently and was “stressed out” before the incident.


Northwestern Indiana mayor convicted of bribery, tax charge

HAMMOND, Ind. — A jury has convicted a northwestern Indiana mayor of one count each of bribery and tax obstruction while acquitting him of a second bribery count. The jury returned the verdicts Thursday against 38-year-old Portage Mayor James Snyder during its second day of deliberations. Under Indi


Letters: Indiana's Sunday sales law shouldn't have been changed

Has anyone formed an opinion, as I have, when one has read or heard the news? We can learn by sharing them. I have one and, like it or not, that is the way it is. I would have written sooner but waited until the back-slapping and high-fives were done downstate for taking the blue law off the books.


Two men arrested in Jussie Smollett case are released 'due to new evidence,' police say

Two men arrested in connection with an alleged attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett have been released without being charged due to new evidence from interrogations on Friday, Chicago police said.


Federal charges unsealed against 2 in Jared jewelry store robbery

HAMMOND — Federal charges were unsealed Thursday against two Detroit men accused of robbing the Jared store in Hobart of more than $800,000 in jewelry. Darren Bell, 19, Altonio Benson, 27, and a third suspect — who has not yet been charged — smashed display cases at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry wit


BREAKING: Active Shooter Reported in Illinois, Officers Shot

AURORA, Ill. – The Kane County Sheriff has confirmed reports of an active shooter situation unfolding in Aurora, Illinois at the Henry Pratt Company, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Aurora Police is on the scene with reports of at least 30 squad cars in the area.


More snow for central Indiana this weekend

A cold front moved across the state early Friday morning and temperatures tumbled during the day. Temperatures will be colder on Friday night and snow will develop, well south of I-70, and continue through Saturday morning. 1-2″ accumulation is likely along I-64 from Evansville to Louisville.


Guardrail, fiber optic repair work 
set for I-65 in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that guardrail and fiber optic repairs will take place Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22, on I-65 in Lake County.


Man shot New Chicago couple over drug debt, court records allege

CROWN POINT — A man shot a New Chicago woman in the face as she ate a slice of pie, then he turned the gun on her boyfriend over a drug debt, court records allege. Teal L. "Toby" Cross, 25, of Hammond, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for two murder charges in the shooting deaths of Manuel F. Alfa


Dyer woman accused of nearly severing father's penis

CROWN POINT — A man observed his sister staring at a wall with "evil eyes" hours before the woman nearly severed their father's penis with a pair of scissors, court records allege.


Indiana gets first national park

Indiana got its first national park on Friday with President Trump 's signing of an omnibus spending bill. The bill included a measure to rename Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park, making it the U.S.'s 61st national park.


19 couples walk down the aisle at Albert's Diamond Jewelers on Valentine's Day

SCHERERVILLE — Hammond couple Allen Koelling and Susan Hale looked into each other's eyes as they said “I do,” sealing 20 years in the making with a kiss and a walk down the aisle, hand-in-hand.


Indiana to split March SNAP payments

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced on Friday that it will split March benefit payments to eligible Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.


Aurora Shooter, Gary Martin, Had Criminal Record, Weary Neighbors: 'I Knew It Had To Be Him'

A sheriff’s bomb unit used a remote control robot Friday night to make sure there were no booby traps in Gary Martin's apartment. Martin was fatally shot by police after, authorities say, killing five of his former coworkers at an industrial complex in Aurora.