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Data: Gary's 2019 homicide count highest since 2007

Jan. 19, 2020 12:08 PM EST

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The northwest Indiana city of Gary reported 58 homicides in 2019, which is the highest since 2007 when there were 71, officials said. The murder count last year was up 45% from 40 in 2018, according to The (Northwest Indiana) Times, which cited FBI data. Domestic killings jumped by...

Indiana returning 4 state takeover schools to local control

Jan. 16, 2020 11:58 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Board of Education is returning three Indianapolis schools and a Gary school to local control, ending state takeovers prompted by students’ poor academic performance. Members of the State Board of Education voted 6-2 Wednesday to allow Indianapolis Public...

Gary and Indiana State Police officer stand at the entrance to the Westbrook Apartments where Gary police officers were wounded in a shooting incident Monday evening, Jan. 13, 2020 in Gary, Ind. One of the officers returned fire killing the suspect.  (John J. Watkins/The Times via AP)

Indiana man killed by police was wanted in woman's death

Jan. 14, 2020 3:37 PM EST

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A man who shot and wounded two police officers at a northwestern Indiana apartment complex before being fatally shot by police was a suspect in the strangulation death of a woman he had been dating, police said Tuesday. The Lake County Coroner’s office identified the man killed in...

Suspect killed, 2 SWAT officers injured in Indiana shootout

Jan. 13, 2020 8:50 PM EST

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police fatally shot a suspect Monday after he opened fire and injured two members of a SWAT team who stormed a Gary, Indiana, apartment complex seeking to apprehend him, authorities said. Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said the officers were shot while assisting the Merrillville Police...

Jackie, Tito Jackson return to Gary to tour hometown school

Jan. 9, 2020 4:04 PM EST

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Two of Michael Jackson’s brothers returned to their hometown of Gary, Indiana, to watch students perform at a school the siblings last visited nearly a half-century ago. Jackie and Tito Jackson dropped by Gary's West Side Leadership Academy on Wednesday for a tour of its performing...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 7, 2020 1:10 PM EST

The Munster Times. January 1, 2020 Senseless slaughter in Gary should move us all to act On the eve of the new year Tuesday afternoon, the number of people senselessly slaughtered in Gary in 2019 stood at a stomach-turning 58. It's a 45% increase from last year. As we head into the new year, the entire Region...

Democratic state senator ends campaign for Indiana governor

Jan. 7, 2020 10:16 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana state senator has ended his campaign for governor, leaving two people seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb in this year’s election. Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary released a statement Monday night citing the work needed to...

A ball cap with the name of the crab fishing boat Scandies Rose rests at the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Seattle. The search for five crew members of the Scandies Rose in Alaska has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said after two other crew members of the vessel were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Survivor of boat disaster: 'Sleeping to swimming' in minutes

Jan. 4, 2020 1:07 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A survivor of an Alaska crab boat sinking that left five fellow fishermen missing said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming" in minutes as rough seas and ice battered their vessel on New Year's Eve. “On the 31st, we just started listing really hard on the starboard...

Mayor wants Gary Schools to demolish abandoned buildings

Jan. 3, 2020 11:34 AM EST

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The new mayor of Gary wants the city's school corporation to demolish 10 shuttered schools amid growing concerns that they have become havens for crime. Mayor Jerome Prince directed his building commissioner, Kenneth Williams, to hold a hearing Feb. 3 on the matter, The (Northwest...

This undated photo shows the Scandies Rose vessel in Seattle. The search for five crew members of the Scandies Rose in Alaska has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said after two other crew members of the vessel were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank on New Year's Eve.(Mike Fancher/The Seattle Times via AP)

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

Jan. 2, 2020 8:26 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five fishermen missing after a crab boat sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. Two other crew members were rescued after the disaster Tuesday, telling...