Local Veterans Speaking Out About Situation in Afghanistan

Aug 17, 2021
United States Marine Corps

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Local Afghanistan veterans are dismayed at how quickly the country collapsed into the hands of the Taliban after the pull out of the United States.

Schererville resident Zachary Wood, who served in Marjah, Afghanistan, as a Marine in 2011, told the "Times" it was a predictable outcome.

Wood said the Afghanistan National Army had no interest in fighting for a democratic government and the Taliban take over would have happened at anytime the United States left the country.

His unit, 2nd Battalion 8th Marines, lost Cpl. Jonathan Taylor, Cpl. Ian Muller, Lance Cpl. Christopher "Steele" Meis, Staff Sgt. James Malachowski, Sgt. Joseph Garrison, Cpl. Matthew Richard, Sgt. Marlon Myrie and Cpl. Kyle Schneider.

Portillo's Coming to Schererville

Jul 9, 2021

SCHERERVILLE - Portillo's is coming to Schererville.

The beloved Chicagoland Iconic chain will be located on Indianapolis Boulevard.

Town Council member Kevin Connelly is cited in the "Times" saying that the town manager informed him that the company submitted an application to build a small footprint restaurant with a drive-thru.

Luke Family of Brands Development is building out the Oak District Development at 317 U.S. 41 on vacant land between Franciscan Health Fitness Center and Lowe's.

Methodist Hospitals

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Methodist Hospital has a new person on staff that will serve to help guide women and children entering the health care system.  Marla Hoyer-Lareau, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer told Lakeshore Public Radio the hospital has named Tracie Shelton to the position.  Shelton is the new Service Line Director of Women and Children's Services at Methodist Hospitals.  We spoke to Shelton and Hoyer-Lareau about how and why the Service Line Director role is important to the Region and how Methodist Hospital campuses are taking part in the continued fight against C


LOWELL - Several Northwest Indiana Communities are getting grant funds to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

State Senator Rick Niemeyer, a Republican from Lowell, said in a news release that cities and towns in Senate District 6 will receive nearly $3.5 million.

Cedar Lake received just over $101,450; Crown Point ..... just over $566,000; Dyer received just under $675,000; Kentland received around $142,000; Lowell received $1 million; Schererville received just over $410,000; and Winfield was awarded just over $535,000.

The Indiana General Assembly established the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program in 2016 to advance community infrastructure projects, strengthen local transportation networks and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

Since it was put into place, the program has awarded more than $930 million in state matching funds for local construction projects.

Dairy Belle Coming to Dyer

Mar 18, 2021
Northwest Indiana Times


DYER - Dairy Belle is coming to Dyer.  It's opening next to Pop's on U.S. 30, about three miles west of its existing location on U.S. 30 in Schererville.

The new ice cream parlor in Dyer will be around 1,800-square-feet with indoor seating, an outdoor patio and a drive-thru.  It will be the first Dairy Belle to occupy a newly constructed location, and it will be open year-round.  The Dyer location is projected to be open by mid-summer.

Schererville Police Department / Schererville Police Department

SCHERERVILLE - The Schererville Police Department is doing an emergency hiring, looking for two experienced police officers to replace two who have recently retired.   

Sergeant Tim Arvanitis says applicants can learn about the positions and access the application at

"Currently what we're looking for is officers that are already certified either in the state of Indiana or Illinois, that are prepared to come aboard our agency and assist us for the next 20 to 30 years," Arvanitis said.


SCHERERVILLE - A Matteson, Illinois, police officer who crashed her car along U.S. 30 in Schererville is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Schererville Town Court.

According to information the "Times" obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Schererville police arrested 32 year-old Stacey J. Vander Kam on November 28th on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

Vander Kam allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol at the Bullpen Luxury Bar and Grill before leaving to drive home.  

United States Department of Justice

HAMMOND - A 41 year-old Schererville man and member of the Latin Kings has been sentenced to 87 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.  

According to a news release from the Department of Justice and the office of U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch, U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon issued the sentence on Monday in Hammond.  As part of his guilty plea, Mark Toney also gets 2 years of supervised release.

FILE PHOTO: Annie Ropeik / IPB News

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — ArcelorMittal has been fined $14,000 after a steelworker died in an April train accident at the company's Indiana Harbor steel mill in northwestern Indiana.

Holcomb Announces First Round Of Trails Grants

May 2, 2019
Gov. Eric Holcomb poses with the head of the Speedway Trails Association, which received the single largest award from the first round of the Next Level Trails program. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Lou Malnati's Coming to Schererville

Apr 10, 2019

SCHERERVILLE - The iconic pizza chain Lou Malnati's is coming to Schererville.  The "Times" reports it will be its first location in Indiana.  It'll be moving into the old Gayety's Chocolate & Ice Cream shop at 36 U.S. 41.  The pizza place will have carryout, delivery and catering at the Schererville location when it opens in the summer.

Lou Malnati's was founded in 1971 in Lincolnwood and now has 53 Chicagoland locations and three in Arizona.


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Jamal Washington takes his job as a Lake County Councilman very seriously, and his passion about the concerns of his constituents comes through in his conversation on Monday on "Regionally Speaking."  He represents Merrillville, Gary’s Miller and Eastside neighborhoods, and precincts in Schererville and Griffith.

Missing Nortwest Indiana Teen Found in Ohio

May 2, 2017

SCHERERVILLE--  A 14-year-old Schererville girl who had been reported missing, has been found in Cincinnati, Ohio and her family has been notified.  Lake County Sheriff spokesman Mark Back said in a press release, Amelia May King was taken to a hospital for a medical check up Tuesday. 

NWI Comic-Con

Julio Guerra talks with "Eye on the Arts" host John Cain, about the upcoming NWI Comic-Con, on February 25, 2017.


It's that time of year again, the Super Bowl!  And to many Northwest Indiana Hoosiers it could be a big "who cares" because there's no Bears and no Colts in Super Bowl 51.  Who is in it are the New England Patriots, who have won four Super Bowls and all within recent history, in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015.  The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons, who have never won a Super Bowl.  But they did make it to the big game in 1999.  Does the game hold any interest people in the Region?  The Lakeshore finds out. / Luers Tree Farm

Region residents who want a real Christmas Tree have an entire tree farm they can go to which is local and family-owned! Luers Tree Farm, at 6303 West 91st Avenue in Crown Point started in 1976 and is still in business.

Doug Luers is a second generation owner who took over the business from his father, Bud, who started the operation while Doug was still in High School.