GARY - The Gary Common Council is considering changes to its approval process of day care businesses in the city.

The "Times" reports there has been a steady stream of applications being submitted to the Common Council for in-home day cares. According to the latest data available, there are already 55 registered in the city, as of last fall.

Councilwoman Tai Adkins, Democrat from the 4th district, said she noticed day care applications coming before the council nearly every month that they meet.

City of Gary

GARY - The city of Gary is activating its warming centers with the upcoming cold weather that's moving into the area, once the outside temperature drops to 32 degrees and below.

Michael Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the city of Gary says several Gary city employees worked together to provide the needed service even with the new challenges this year.

Gary Police Department

GARY- Gary Police are looking for information in connection to a shooting of a 15 year-old.
According to Gary Police Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Dawn Westerfield, officers responded to the 800 block of West 36th Avenue at around 9:15 a.m. Thursday for reports of a gunshot victim. 

"When the officers arrived they did discover a 15 year-old male from Gary who had a gunshot wound to the leg.  That victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment and we had information that the suspect was in the wooded area nearby," Westerfield says.

U.S. Steel Restarting Blast Furnace

Dec 3, 2020

GARY - U.S. Steel is restarting a blast furnace at its plant in Gary earlier than expected after it shut down in April for a maintenance project then stayed idled due to COVID.

The "Times" reports at the time, U.S. Steel warned the state it would temporarily furlough up to 3,800 steelworkers at Gary Works and at the Midwest Plant in Portage.

U.S. Steel executives warned  investors it likely would keep the No. 4 blast furnace at Gary Works and blast furnace A at Granite City Works in Illinois idled through at least the end of 2020.

United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund

UNDATED -Beachfront Dance School in Gary has received a $15,000 dollar grant.  The organization is one of an additional sixty-one Midwestern arts and culture organizations that received COVID-19 relief grants Tuesday from Arts Midwest.  The funds come from the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund.

County Judge Strikes Down Gary Immigration Ordinance

Nov 24, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

A Gary, Indiana, ordinance that limited how city officials could cooperate with federal immigration authorities was struck down recently by a Lake County judge.

City of Gary

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince on Monday laid out new COVID-19 restrictions in his city to help mitigate the spread of the virus.  Last week Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated Lake County as a red county, which means the county has to adhere to the highest level of restrictions, and locally mayors and other city leaders are free to implement higher restrictions than set by the state.  After discussing the matter with his administration, Prince announced the rules being imposed on the residents and businesses in the city of Gary.

Opioid Treatment Center Gets to Stay in Gary Neighborhood

Nov 20, 2020

GARY - An opioid treatment center that has relocated in Gary's Miller neighborhood is unwelcomed by several area residents, who took their concerns to city administration.

Merrillville Man Charged in Fatal Crash on IU Campus

Nov 19, 2020

GARY - A Merrillville man has been arrested for fatally striking another man with a vehicle on Monday.  The man who was hit was working as a private contractor for a Gary construction company on the campus of IU Northwest.  The alleged victim, 29 year-old Jacob Moore, was working on a renovation project in Marram Hall.

The "Times" reports 29-year old Gregory Phillips is accused of causing the death of  Moore.

Phillips is charged with a felony count of reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. He was being held at Lake County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) became the new Senate minority leader Friday – the first Black leader of a legislative caucus in state history.

Gary/Chicago International Airport Teams with UPS

Nov 2, 2020
Gary/Chicago International Airport

GARY - UPS will be a regular customer at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.  The company began operations at the airport Monday.

The "Times" reports UPS and the airport entered a lease agreement earlier this year that will have a jet make the round-trip between Gary and Louisville each weekday as part of UPS's Next Day Air service.

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The YWCA of Northwest Indiana, which was founded in 1920, will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with a virtual Mask-Querade Gala on Saturday, October 31, 2020. “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with Caren Jones, the executive director of the organization about the history of the organization as well as all of the festivities planned for the free event including a silent auction to support fundraising efforts for programming support live music, dancing, and building improvements and more.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

Indiana House and Senate Democrats want the governor to call a special session of the General Assembly to meet in August.

United State Environmental Protection Agency

GARY - A 30-day public comment period with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now underway on the proposed cleanup plan for the Cline Avenue Ditch Site in Gary.

The site, located near the northeast corner Gary Avenue and Cline Avenue (Indiana Route 912), has been impacted by oil entering the ditch and ultimately discharging into the Grand Calumet River.

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is forming an advisory commission on police reform.  He made the announcement of the executive order at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Mike Gonzalez, Media Spokesperson, for the city says the task force will be looking at several aspects.

Indiana Casinos Get Green Light From State To Reopen

Jun 9, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana’s casinos have been given the green light to reopen after COVID-19 shut them down for nearly three months.

City of Gary

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is working on the city's next steps in reviewing policing policies.

In a released statement the mayor says he is signing an executive order establishing a commission of civic and business leaders, community activists, faith leaders and community organizations to propose meaningful police reform.  As part of its work, the committee will investigate what, if any, policing responsibilities can and should be shared or shifted to other departments.

He says in the interest of public safety, he is open to considering new public safety models.


Aaliyah Stewart, a 19 year old Merrillville teen is looking to build a youth center in her native Gary. She is the founder of ASW Foundation, an organization she started following the tragic murders of her two brothers Anthony White, Jr and James Anderson at ages 16 and 20 respectively. “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte recently spoke with her about her goal to raise $50,000 to rehabilitate a building and open the center by this fall.

GARY- The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority is now part of the UPS air network and air shipment operations are expected to begin later this year.

The "Times" reports the airport entered into an agreement with UPS on Wednesday.
It comes with 14,000 square feet of office space for UPS in the airport’s passenger terminal and a 150,000 square foot ramp with space to park two Airbus A300s.

GARY - Many Indiana counties are in the process of reopening but Lake County is one of three that is staying behind.  Also holding off is the city of Gary. 

Michael Gonzalez, Communications Director for the city of Gary says Mayor Jerome Prince has decided to push Gary's reopening out a little further to enable city administration to monitor the rate of new Coronavirus cases in the city.

Gonzalez says city operations will return on May 18th and businesses will be able to reopen also on May 18th under certain restrictions that are still to be released by the city.  

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana Senate Democrats say that without accountability, the state’s workplace safety guidelines around COVID-19 fall short. They say their offices continue to hear about a lack of enforcement of worker health protections.

NORTHWEST INDIANA-Health care workers, first responders and essential workers will be getting a big salute on Tuesday.  The "Times" reports four military planes will fly over the Region.

The Fort Wayne-based 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana National Guard is performing an "Air Force Salute" in the Region as part of its regularly scheduled training missions.

The four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft are scheduled to fly over downtown Gary at 4:51 p.m. and over downtown Michigan City at 4:56 p.m.

Remains of missing Illinois woman found in Gary woods

Apr 21, 2020

GARY, Ind. (The Times) — Authorities say the remains of an Illinois mother of six have been found in Northwest Indiana more than 13 months after she went missing.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported seven additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 350. The state announced more than 8,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 44,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Dr. Roland Walker heads Gary’s Health Department and works at the city’s only full-service hospital. He’s been having to care for patients, keeping the public informed and helping his elderly parents.

Marram Health Center

GARY- The Health Commissioner for the city of Gary has tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Roland Walker told Lakeshore Public Radio that he is a little scared, but educating people and health are among his top priorities, so he felt people needed to be told about his test results.

Gary Police Department / Associated Press

CROWN POINT, Ind. (The Times) — Prosecutors want a northwestern Indiana judge to reconsider his decision to release a man accused in the fatal shootings of a Gary woman and her 13-year-old son, calling him a “substantial" threat to the public.

Despite prosecutors’ objections, a Lake County judge allowed 40-year-old Darren "Duke" Taylor Jr. of Indianapolis to be released on his own recognizance and placed on home detention at his parents' Hammond home.

But The Times reports prosecutors said in a Wednesday filing that Taylor “poses a substantial danger to the community.”

GARY - The Gary Community School Corporation is getting an opportunity to respond the citations brought against it for violation of the city of Gary's unsafe building ordinance.  

Data: Gary's 2019 homicide count highest since 2007

Jan 20, 2020
John J. Watkins / The Times via AP

GARY (AP) - The northwest Indiana city of Gary reported 58 homicides in 2019. That's the highest since 2007 when there were 71.

The Times reports the murder count last year was up 45% from 40 in 2019. Domestic killings jumped by nearly 90%, from eight in 2018 to 15 in 2019.  

Police Commander Jack Hamady says gang-related homicides were down compared to 2018. Police hope to increase funding for a recently reorganized drug unit and to receive outside funding for SWAT and K-9 programs, along with strengthening partnerships with local, state and federal agencies.

State Ends Takeover of Gary Roosevelt, Returns High School To District Control

Jan 15, 2020

Updated Jan. 15 at 4:15 p.m.

The State Board of Education ended the takeover of Gary's Theodore Roosevelt College & Career Academy today. The intervention of the school was approved in 2011 due to years of chronic academic failure. 

Tony Walker, a board member from Gary, said it was time to immediately return the school to control of the Gary Community School Corporation and let its leaders decide what's best for the students. The board agreed and voted 10-0. Board member David Freitas was absent.