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Florent Geroux rides Shedaresthedevil, second left, and John Velazquez rides Gamine, right, going into the first turn during the 146th running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Long shot Shedaresthedevil pulls off upset in Kentucky Oaks

Sep. 4, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Merely contending on the big stage wasn't good enough for Shedaresthedevil, who went on to hammer her name into racing history. The 15-1 long shot won the Kentucky Oaks in record time, overtaking favorite Gamine at the top of the stretch and holding off Swiss Skydiver for a 1...

The abandoned Memorial Auditorium is seen in May 2019 in Gary, Ind. Demolition of the historic auditorium in Indiana where The Jackson 5 performed is underway to make way for a new housing development. (Kale Wilk/The Times via AP)

Demolition of historic Indiana auditorium underway

Aug. 25, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Demolition of a historic auditorium in Indiana where The Jackson 5 performed has begun to make way for a new housing development. Most of the Gary Public Schools Memorial Auditorium, where many concerts and graduations took place, was destroyed in a 1997 arson fire in the Gary's downtown....

2 teenagers charged in slaying of Gary delivery driver

Aug. 20, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Two teenage boys, one of whom already faced a murder charge, have been charged in the fatal shooting last fall of a pizza delivery driver in Gary. Melvin M. Brown and Arshield Honeycutt, both 17 and from Gary, were charged Tuesday with murder in the Oct. 26 slaying of Phillip Hearne, who...

Kenosha officer wounded in shootout released from hospital

Aug. 14, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Kenosha police officer wounded in a shootout last week while investigating a vehicle break-in has been released from a hospital, Wisconsin Department of Justice officials said Friday. A release by the department's Division of Criminal Investigation identified the officer as Justin...

Suspect in Wisconsin officer shooting arrested in Indiana

Aug. 12, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A 29-year-old man suspected of shooting and wounding a Kenosha police officer last weekend is under arrest in Indiana, authorities said Wednesday. The Wisconsin Department of Justice said the suspect was arrested Tuesday night in Gary, Indiana, on suspicion of attempted first-degree...

Indiana woman gets 51 years in fire deaths of 2 children

Aug. 11, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A Gary woman has been sentenced to 51 years in prison after admitting that she left her three children alone overnight in their fourth-floor apartment before a fire killed two of the youngsters. Kristen A. Gober, 35, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in February to two...

‘MasterChef Junior’ teen who lost his parents battles tumors

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Ben Watkins loves few things more than cooking but now struggles to stir. The precocious 13-year-old from the Region, who used to cook at the Ben’s Bodacious BBQ restaurant in Miller and appeared on the “MasterChef Junior” television show, has been in too much...

Woman mangles hand in Indiana toll collection booth

Jul. 31, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A driver was taken to a hospital Friday after she badly injured her hand at an Indiana toll road collection booth, police said. The woman’s hand became stuck as she drove away, possibly because of a ring, state police Cpl. Judith Kubsch told The (Northwest Indiana) Times. The...

Gary closes its Lake Michigan beaches due to COVID-19 surge

Jul. 29, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The city of Gary’s beaches along Lake Michigan were closed Wednesday for two weeks due to a surge in new COVID-19 cases in the northwestern Indiana city. Mayor Jerome Prince cited the beaches’ crowded conditions on Tuesday in ordering their closure. His order took effect...

Federal marshals arrest suspect in Indiana double-slaying

Jul. 28, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A man wanted in the fatal shootings of a Gary police officer's son and another man was apprehended in California by federal marshals after he tossed a gun during a foot chase, officials said. Michael Sherrod Smith, 35, was arrested on July 21 in Oakland, California, on two counts each of...