3 Floyds Brewpub to Remain Closed Permanently

Dec 16, 2020
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MUNSTER - A Northwest Indiana icon has decided to stay closed permanently.  

The "Times" reports 3 Floyds' owner Nick Floyd and his team has decided to permanently close its landmark brewpub in Munster, which has been a major draw to Northwest Indiana for years.

3 Floyds wrote in a letter to investors that the pandemic has not been kind to the restaurant industry including them.

Humane Indiana / Humane Indiana

MUNSTER - Humane Indiana's Home to Home program is serving the organization well in getting animals permanent homes while keeping them out of shelters, even with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Humane Indiana Shelter Director, Jessica Petalas-Hernandez, says the program started at Humane Indiana before the pandemic took hold, in the spring of 2019 and last year 61 animals were adopted as a result of the program.

Theatre at the Center


The only professional theatre company in Northwest Indiana, Theatre at the Center, in Munster has canceled its 2020 season due to COVID-19.

The "Times" reports the performing arts theater, which is at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, has called-off all plans in the immediate future to create original theatrical productions.  

Theatre at the Center, is housed in the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.  It has over 400 seats configured in a tight semi-circular space.  

MUNSTER - A disturbance at a bar and grill in Munster sent one person to the hospital.

The "Times" reports what's being described as a 'physical disturbance' happened late Friday.  Police responded to Marko's Bar & Grill at around 11:45 p.m.

A man was taken to a nearby hospital with a head wound.  Lieutenant John Peirick says there are no suspects in the case at this time.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Munster Police Department at 219-836-6630.


MUNSTER - A sheriff says a psychiatric patient disarmed and fatally shot a retired police officer at a northwest Indiana hospital before another security guard shot and killed him. Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez tells The Times" that the patient — later identified by the coroner's office as 22-year-old Jamal Williams of Lansing, Illinois — beat a nurse at Community Hospital in Munster about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Two retired sheriff’s officers working hospital security responded and a struggle ensued.

MUNSTER- An Indiana State Trooper shot a 30 year-old Crown Point man after that person reportedly pinned that trooper to a police car with his vehicle.

The "Times" reports Eric Douglas led police on a chase early Tuesday with several passengers in his car, including a young child.

Munster police responded to a "suspicious" silver Nissan Sedan at about 12:30 a.m.  Police say Douglas sped off without headlights on and tried to ram a Munster police car before taking off eastbound on I- 80 from Kennedy Avenue. He eventually crashed into a roundabout in East Chicago.

NW Indiana man shot by state trooper following pursuit

Jun 2, 2020

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — State police say a northwestern Indiana man was shot and wounded by a state trooper he allegedly wedged between his vehicle and the officer’s cruiser following an overnight vehicle pursuit.

Munster Police Department

MUNSTER - Munster Police are looking for a man who robbed a First Midwest Bank.

Investigations Division Commander Lieutenant John Peirick says the robbery happened at around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, at 750 Ridge Road.  The police department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the person, who is responsible for the robbery.  

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MUNSTER - In a time when there are rising and continued tensions between police officers and the communities they serve, the town of Munster is taking part in a tradition that is designed to bring the two together in a positive way, National Night Out. 

James Ghrist, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Crime Prevention Officer for the Munster Police Department, says people of any age can get something out of participating.

"The event is held to promote police and community partnerships through a variety of fun and educational activities for all ages," Ghrist says.

Audit raises questions about accounts for Munster schools

Apr 8, 2019
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MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Auditors with the state of Indiana have raised concerns about oversight in child nutrition and special education accounts for Munster's school district.


HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for sending a pipe bomb that exploded at a northwestern Indiana post office, injuring a worker.

Eric Krieg of Munster, Indiana, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in December to making an unregistered destructive device and other charges.

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Data from the state of Indiana show more public high school students are taking advanced placement exams.

Chase Bank / Munster Police Department

MUNSTER - The Munster Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a person, who is a suspect in a fraud investigation.  Police say that on November 10, at around 11:20 a.m., a person, appearing to be a woman, entered the Chase Bank, at 545 Ridge Road in Munster, and used another person’s stolen social security card, credit card and false driver’s license in an attempt to obtain money from that person’s checking account.  Chase Bank employees noticed the driver’s license appeared fraudulent and told the subject they called police.  The person then fled the bank.

Indiana continues to seek money from ex-school officials

Oct 23, 2018

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana attorney general's office is continuing its efforts to get two former Munster school administrators to return money that was allegedly improperly paid.

Deputy Attorney General Frances Barrow has asked the Indiana Court of Appeals to overturn a March ruling by Lake County Circuit Judge Marissa McDermott that found the state waited too long to try to reclaim about $850,000 from former superintendents William Pfister and Richard Sopko.

This edition of Midest BEAT with Tom Lounges originally aired October 19, 2018 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio.



International music trio The Trouble Notes perform at Theatre At The Center this Friday at 7:30pm.  The Berlin, Germany-based group have performed over 500 shows in over a dozen countries since being founded in 2013 by violinist/co-founder Bennet Cerven, a 2007 Munster High School graduate and previously a Northwest Indiana native.

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday -- a look at some of the major stories of the week in northwest Indiana, from the reporters who researched, wrote and posted them online and in print.  Our guests this week are Dan Carden and Ed Bierschenk with the Times of Northwest Indiana, Carole Carlson of the Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore.

On this edition of "Regionally Speaking," Tom Maloney filled-in for Chris Nolte on the "Reporter's Round Table Wrap-up."

He spoke with Dan Carden, Statehouse Reporter for The Times, about statewide alcohol legislation, road funding, and the South Shore expansion through the Region. Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Steven Lattimore spoke to Tom about the "People's Climate Rally" march from the past weekend.

He spoke with Carole Carlson, of the Post-Tribune, about the passing of Munster and Lake Station's school referendums and the failing of East Chicago's.

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  It's another Reporters' Round Table discussion of the big news stories of the week here in northwest Indiana.

Times of Northwest Indiana health and healthcare business reporter Giles Bruce, Post-Tribune reporters Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon and Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations education reporter Claire Mcinerny join us to talk about the stories and issues.

The Real Life - Rail Tourist blog

Today:  "Regionally Speaking" focuses on rail transportation in northwest Indiana.  

First, a conversation with Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance.  The Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.    The IPRA supports that work, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project.

School Town of Munster Website

Today:   School Town of Munster Superintendent Jeff Hendrix joins us to talk about a proposed May 2 special election in his community, where residents will be asked to vote on two tax increase referenda: one that would support $48 million in school building repairs and improvements and another that would cover operating expenses in advance of anticipated revenue cuts from the state.  The last time that a school tax referendum was approved was in 2013.