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AUDIO: ABATE Porter County Ultimate Bike Show

ABATE Region 2 Porter County will be holding their 24th annual Ultimate Bike Show tomorrow at Sunset Hill Park to benefit the Porter County Special Olympics. To hear Mike Summer's interview, click News Audio On Demand at...
 

Residents Being Alerted to Mailer Offering Copies of Deeds

Porter County Recorder Jon Miller is alerting county residents to be aware of a solicitation letter that is being mailed to local residents by a company named Local Records Office out of Indianapolis. Miller says the company sends government-like mailers...
 

219: Crown Point Corn Roast

After the long hard winter in NWI it feels good to get out and enjoy the weather. Corn Roast Co-Chair Jean Lahm says there's no better place than on the square this weekend for the annual Crown Point tradition! Lahm...
 

LaPorte Police Officer Accused of Stealing F.O.P. Funds

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A criminal investigation against a former LaPorte Police officer accused of stealing several thousand dollars from the LaPorte Fraternal Order of Police has been turned over to the Indiana State Police. LaPorte Police report that back in April, Police Chief...
 

Lake Co E-911 Holdouts Float Their Own E-911 Plan

Three Lake County communities who have yet to sign on to the county's E-911 network are considering the creation of their own emergency dispatch center. On Wednesday the Schererville Town Council approved a resolution to determine if it is feasible...
 

Day Care in Michigan City Where Boy Died Ordered Closed

A Michigan City day care where a five-year old boy accidentally hung himself earlier this week has been ordered closed by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The Times reports Tricia's Playhouse and Daycare, located in the 18-hundred block...
 

Volunteers Needed for July 12th Valpo Triathlon

The Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation are putting out a call for volunteers for the Valpo Triathlon to be held the morning of July 12th.  Race Director Barbie Johnson says volunteers are needed for all areas of the sprint...
 

Airport Community Planning Session Open to Public

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Region residents who wish to express their pinon on plans to develop the area around the Gary/Chicago International Airport can weigh in.  The City of Gary, the Airport Authority and AFCO/AvPorts will host a land planning charrette (shuh-ret) at Indiana University Northwest today to bring together local and regional public officials, businesses, educators, real estate professionals, community leaders and representatives to craft a vision around development in and around the Gary/Chicago International Airport.
 

Only four months after the approval of the historic public-private partnership at the airport, which includes a $100 million long-term investment, this charrette establishes a broad development vision to lay the foundation for achieving specific job and revenue creating activities in and around Gary.

The morning will consist of sessions with key stakeholders working together in small groups to address topics in five critical subject areas. The groups will present their findings and ideas for review and discussion to a panel including:

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, City of Gary

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Rep. Ed Soliday, State of Indiana, Transportation Committee Chairman

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Denise Dillard, Gary/Chicago Airport Authority Board Member & Lake County Appointee

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Harley Snyder, Regional Development Authority, Board Member and PPP Ad Hoc Committee Member

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  A representative from the Gary Redevelopment Commission

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Michael Zonsius, Chief Financial Officer, Chicago Department of Aviation

The public is invited to participate in the review of the recommendations from 1:00p.m. – 4:30p.m. in Raintree Hall Main Auditorium, Room 102. Community participants will be able to provide comments in each of the subject areas: on-airport development, off-airport development, workforce development and local hiring, environment and sustainability, and transportation.


The land planning charrette is timely given the recently announced partnership with Carmeuse Lime, the City of Gary, and the Gary Redevelopment Commission.

 

“The City of Gary is building momentum in attracting the types of private sector partners that provide job growth and business opportunities for Gary residents,” said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “This charrette collects our ideas and in partnership with the public, private partners, and subject matter experts, we can bring these ideas from concept to reality.”

 

The event’s organization and execution was supported significantly by IUN, NIRPC , the Tri-State Regional Alliance, and the Chicago Central Area Committee.  Following the charrette, a vision document will be produced summarizing the results, comments and feedback attained from the event. The completed document will be posted on the City of Gary web page and available at Gary City Hall in printed form.

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Cancer Survivors Face Significant Economic Burdens

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A person who beats and survives cancer faces another daunting challenge.   According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, along with facing physical, emotional, psychosocial, employment and financial...
 

Hoosiers: Purchase Fireworks from Licensed Vendors

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With fireworks season on the horizon, the Indiana State Fire Marshall reminds Hoosiers to purchase fireworks only from licensed fireworks vendors.  According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, fireworks vendors of any kind must be licensed to sell fireworks in Indiana, and must have a permit from the I-D-H-S's Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the StateFire Marshall.  Fireworks vendor permits must displayed on the wall in the stores.  Officials say, if you don't see a permit, ask an employee to see it.  If the permit can't be produced, call the State Fire marshall at (317) 232-2222.

Only those 18 years of age orlder can purchase fireworks.  Without a special permit, it is only legal to buy 1.4G consumer fireworks.  This includes bottle rockets and fire crackers, among others, according to the IDHS.

For information on Indiana's fireworks law, visit http://www.GetPrepared.IN.gov
 

Tips to Lake County Crime Hotline Lead to 4 Arrests

Information to the Lake County Sheriff's Department Report a Crime Hotline that triggered an investigation leads to drug related arrests in Gary and Hammond.  Police reports say, the Lake County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence...
   

Juvenile Faces Weapons Charge in La Porte

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A La Porte juvenile is facing a weapons charge after police investigate suspicious activity in a La Porte neighborhood early Thursday morning.  According to reports, at around 3 am, La Porte Police responded to a report of a subject attempting...
   

Actions of Alert Region Resident Results in Arrests

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Highland Police credit an alert resident who acted quickly for helping nab three burglary suspects in Highland.  Reports say on Tuesday the police department received a call from a Highland resident who reported glass breaking and saw suspects entering a...
   

Mayor Meer Seeks Applicants for Homeland Patriot Medal

Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer is seeking qualified applicants for the Homeland Patriot Medal. The medal will be awarded to service personnel on the 4 th of July who have earned hazard duty pay (imminent danger duty) since September 11 ...
   

Indy Woman Arrested for Trafficking with Offender

An Indianapolis woman was arrested on Tuesday for felony trafficking at the Westville Correctional Facility. Officials at Westville Correctional Facility report Danica Canady was visiting her friend, inmate Dariel Jones, when during the visit she was observed attempting to pass...
   

Valpo FD Engine Catches Fire

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Eastbound lanes of US 30 remain closed in Valparaiso after a Valparaiso Fire Department engine caught fire this morning. A firefighter on the scene said the fire truck was having engine...
   

Portion of Weston St. in Valpo Closed for Asphalt Repair

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Asphalt repair today in Valparaiso will result in the closure of Weston Street, between Jefferson Street and Lincolnway. Officials report the closure is in effect until 3pm and motorists are asked to use Wayne Street, one block east, as a...
   

Stormwater Master Plan Being Put to Use in Merrillville

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For the first time decades, the Town of Merrillville has updated their Stormwater Master Plan. Merrillville Stormwater Utility Executive Director Matt Lake told the Region News Team, during a recent Region Newsmakers interview, that they strategically looked at nine drainage...
   

NHTSA Investigating Airbags That Could Cause Injuries

Federal investigators are looking at more than a million vehicles for problems with airbags that could cause injuries. ABC News reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it got six complaints about rupturing airbags. In one of them, a...
   

Hartsford Village Contributes $9700 to Dementia Services

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“Village People” team (standing, from left to right) include: Amanda Burns, Janene Burns,
Sue Huttel, Rachel Hedderman, Carolyn Hedderman, Jennifer Bohlin, Tiffany Serratore,
Jackie Watkins, Jayne Heft, Nan...
   

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