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Daniel F. Gallagher

Daniel F. Gallagher, 83, of Bass Lake, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, September 13th, 2011.  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. CT at the Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, Illinois.  Visitation is Friday from 2:00-9:00 p.m. CT at the Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Vivian Suffern

Vivian Suffern, 80, of Valparaiso, Indiana, formerly of Bass Lake, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, July 6th, 2011.  Memorial services will be held on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall in Valparaiso.  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the VNA of Porter County.  The Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso is in charge of arrangements.

John Brooke to be Sentenced Today in Starke Circuit Court

John Brooke

John Brooke, who was found guilty by a jury in his actions surrounding a police shootout at Bass Lake in February 2010, will be sentenced this morning in Starke Circuit Court.

Brooke was found guilty by a jury of six of the seven counts against him on April 15th. Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Possession and Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful Use of Body Armor, and Assisting a Criminal were among these counts. The jury found him not guilty of the count of Possession of a Destructive Device.

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The Shore Club to Reopen under New Management

Jane Sheets

After being closed for several years, the famous Shore Club restaurant and bar will be reopened under new management.

Jane Sheets, from Culver, is the new owner, and Ted Hayes stopped out at the Shore Club yesterday to take a tour. The carpenters and painters were working hard to get the place open by May 23rd.

“We’re really excited about banquets and opening the restaurant,” said Sheets. “We have a chef that started at Disney World and was there for eight years and he’s been on both coasts. I found him teaching culinary school at Ivy Tech. He will be our head chef in here. We have an excellent group that we pulled together to get everything ready to go.”

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The Shore Club to be Featured on this Week’s ‘Ted Hayes Remembers’ Program

Ted Hayes

Ted Hayes

Although we have not received particulars yet, there’s information that the famous Shore Club at Bass Lake will be re-opening. Everyone has memories of The Shore Club – the parties, the events, political speeches, and delicious food.

This week on “Ted Hayes Remembers”, Ted will take us back in time with a most famous Bass Lake couple, Louise and the late Alt Williams. Be listening for that program this Friday, April 15th, at 12:20 and 5:30 p.m. CT.

Starke Circuit Court Judge Approves Joint Trial Request for Kimberly Hitchens and John Brooke

Kimberly Hitchens

A special Prosecutor will be called in for the trial of Kimberly Hitchens and John Brooke. Hitchens appeared before Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall on Friday where the defense requested a special Prosecutor for the proceedings due to a conflict of interest. Judge Hall granted the request. The special Prosecutor has not yet been named.

Judge Hall also granted a request that would combine Hitchens’ trial with John Brooke. Hitchens trial was to begin this month. The combined trial will begin Monday, February 21st.

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Top 10 Stories of 2010; Story #1

Michael Drogosz

For the past two weeks, we have been scrolling down the top 10 stories of the year 2010. Here is the top story of 2010:

It was like a shootout from the wild-west. On February 15th, two Starke County officers tried to serve a felony warrant on Michael Drogosz at Bass Lake.

After he failed to come out, officers called for a SWAT team. Before those officers could arrive, officers Don Ferguson and Bill Dulin took fire from inside the residence. With bullets whizzing too close for comfort, the officers fired back in self defense.

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John Brooke Fails to Attain Plea Agreement; Trial Set for February

John Brooke

John Brooke, a suspect in events surrounding a shootout at Bass Lake in February, and his attorney, Dale Allen, told Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall Monday afternoon that they have failed to come to a satisfactory plea agreement with the court so they will move forward to trial.

The trial will begin on Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. CT and will last the week. Allen said there could be up to 50 witnesses called to take the stand. A final status hearing will be held on January 26th to ensure all paperwork is prepared for trial.

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