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Lowell Teacher Named 2013 IN Art Teacher of the Year

An elementary art teacher in Lowell recently received the 2013 Indiana Elementary School Art Educator of the Year award. The Art Education Association of Indiana made the announcement today that Jill Sayers won the award during the annual convention in Indianapolis last month. Sayers teaches art at Lake Praire Elementary and is also the school's Building Technology Leader. Principal Lisa Patton calls Sayers a “grant writing machine”who is on a never-ending quest to find innovative projects and units, which are engaging and highly creative. ...
 

Sketch of Chesterton Burglary Suspect Released

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Police in Chesterton continue to investigate a report of a woman being robbed in her home on Tuesday in the 11-hundred block of Pam Street. Chesterton Police today released a sketch of the alleged suspect who, according to police, approached the victim from behind and pushed her inside, implying he had a weapon, though none was displayed. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6-feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, with short curly hair. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Chesterton Police at (219) 926-1136....
 

Coroner's Office ID's Homicide Victim Found in Gary

A Hispanic man whose body was discovered in a burned out vehicle in Gary on November 4th, in the 27-hundred block of Maryland Street, has been identified. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports the deceased was identified late this afternoon as 30 year old Emmanuel Dominguez, of Chicago. The Coroner's Office reports Dominguez sustained multiple stab wounds and his death has been ruled a homicide. ...
 

Meetings Scheduled for Proposed Limestone Quarry

A couple of meetings are coming up that could move a proposed limestone quarry closer to reality in south Lake County. Singleton Stone has asked permission for work on a couple of ditches for a quarry at their 600-acre site southeast of the I-65 and Route 2 interchange, east of Lowell. The drainage board's advisory committee will hear the matter next month, at an 8am meeting December 18th. A special meeting of the county's drainage board has been scheduled for January 29th, 2014 to consider the committee's recommendation. Board member Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub won't have a say because a judge ordered Scheub to remove himself from the proceedings after Scheub's public opposition to the proposed quarry which has been in the courts since 2010. The drainage board is typically made up of Lake County's three commissioners. ...
 

Miracle on Mt. Baldy First Responders Honored

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(Photos Courtesy of State Senator Jim Arnold's Office)
Tuesday was Organization Day for Indiana legislators to kick off the 2014 legislative session, a mostly ceremonial day featuring the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers, but legislators also honored emergency workers who played a vital role in the July rescue of a 6 year old boy at Mt. Baldy. State Senator Jim Arnold, of LaPorte, authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 honoring the first responders, and Michigan City mayor Ron Meer, Police Chief Mark Swistek and Fire Chief Ronnie Martin were in attendance. Senator Arnold says, “the time, effort and professionalism that these first responders exhibited are no doubt the reason that a 6-year-old boy now has his whole life ahead of him...and for that, they deserve all of our respect and gratitude.”
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The General Assembly will return to the Statehouse on January 7th. ...
 

LaPorte Police Seek Help in Locating Wanted Man

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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
Police in LaPorte are seeking the public's help in locating a 26 year old man wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge and maintaining a common nuisance. LaPorte Police report Brett Tanksley is described as a white male, 5'8”, weighing 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police say Tanksley has a large tattoo of the grim reaper on his chest and the letters T-A-N-K tattooed across the fingers of his right hand. Anyone with information on Brett Tanksley's immediate whereabouts is asked to contact 9-1-1,  the LaPorte Police Department at 362-9446, or La Porte Metro Operations at 325-9022. You can remain anonymous....

 

3.5 Pounds of Crystal Meth Found During Traffic Stop

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(Photos Courtesy of the Lake County County Sheriff's Office)
Two North Chicago men are in custody after police recovered three-point-five pounds of crystal methamphetamine from their vehicle on Wednesday. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports officers pulled the vehicle over around 4pm for speeding and making unsafe lane movements while heading southbound on I-65, near Lowell. Authorities say while approaching the vehicle, their drug dog indicated on the engine area and upon investigating the engine compartment the drugs were allegedly located. 26 year old Alejandro Murilla and 18 year old Alexander Molina were each charged with dealing a controlled substance.
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(Above: Alejandro Murilla. Below: Alexander Molina)
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South Shore Air Show Moving to Fair Oaks Farms

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(Photos Courtesy of Nick Russ and the South Shore CVA)

This morning at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, officials welcomed back the South Shore Air Show... which is heading to a new location.  Speros A. Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Gary Corbett, CEO of Fair Oaks Farms, announced that Fair Oaks Farms will play backdrop to the event at a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 21.
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Fair Oaks Farms is a 33,000 acre attraction, allowing the two organizations ample room to make additions to the family-fun event.  “Hosting an air show at a tourism destination, like Fair Oaks Farms, has yet to be done in the United States,” said Batistatos. “We have a real opportunity to bring in new facets to an event that is already a ‘must-attend’ for residents and visitors.”  Additionally, Batistatos believes hosting the air show at Fair Oaks Farms will challenge conventional thinking on space used for events along the South Shore.  “Northwest Indiana is such a unique area. There are many different features that can be highlighted and tailored to make an event truly special and successful,” said Batistatos.  According to Batistatos, Fair Oaks Farms enthusiastically agreed to partner for the 2014 air show.
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(An aerial view of Fair Oaks indicating the event space in 2014)
South Shore Air Show attendees will be able to enjoy the traditional, exciting aerial acrobatics in addition to exploring all Fair Oaks Farms has to offer. With the recent addition of The Pig Adventure, Fair Oaks Farms has numerous educational and entertaining activities for all ages. Proposed additions to the air show include a car show and live music entertainment.
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Previously, the South Shore Air Show had been held on the beaches of Marquette Park in the Miller Beach section of Gary. Officials say this year's show was canceled due to the impact of automatic federal spending cuts, or sequestration.  Dates for the 2014 South Shore Air Show will be announced in the coming months....
 

Police Investigating Shooting Incident in Michigan City

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Two men were taken into custody on Wednesday after gunfire rang out as students were getting off their school bus in the three-hundred block of Vail Street in Michigan City. Authorities report there were two groups on each side of the street involved in the incident that occurred around 3pm. No injuries were reported and no homes or vehicles were hit by the gunfire, which police estimate lasted anywhere from 20 to 30 seconds. Michigan City Police report 21 year old Alexander Newton and 19 year old Isaac Newton were apprehended after a brief foot-chase and were both being held for resisting law enforcement, while the 21 year old was also charged with criminal recklessness and carrying a handgun without a permit. The cause of the incident remains under investigation....
 

Man Arrested for Allegedly Pointing Gun at 4 People

A 29 year old man was taken into custody at gunpoint this morning after allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at three men and a woman while in the Valparaiso Steak 'n Shake parking lot. Valparaiso Police report the incident took place around 4am, after which they were called out and the suspect, William Ramsey, of Porter County's Center Township, was arrested after his vehicle was stopped at U-S 30 and Linwood Drive. Ramsey has been charged with felony intimidation and felony pointing a firearm.

Meanwhile police say the female subject who witnessed the incident and had the gun pointed at her fled the area and police are seeking her identity to assist in this case. The woman was reportedly driving a light blue Camry, and anyone with information regarding her identity is asked to contact the Valparaiso Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 462-2135.

 

Tornado Pet Drive Needs Your Help

By now we all know of the devastating storms that struck Indiana this weekend. One of the hardest hit areas was Kokomo where over 500 families have been displaced. After speaking to her friend Mary in Kokomo, Penny Emerson of Giant Paw Prints Rescue in Valpo realized she needed to help out. She wanted to make sure all family members displaced were being helped... including pets.
They are looking for pet leashes, food, bedding, etc. Donations will be accepted at Smoochie Pooch at 503 Silhavy Rd in Valpo through Friday morning. The supplies will be sent to Pals for Paws in Kokomo who are fostering displaced pets and will then be set up for a food pantry.
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Crown Point Collecting Items for Kokomo

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The City of Crown Point has announced a collection drive for donations to help those affected by Sunday's severe weather outbreak in the especially hard-hit city of Kokomo. The National Weather Service says two tornadoes struck the city, both with a preliminary intensity rating of EF2. Region residents can drop off items through about 10 am
this Friday (Nov 22 2013)  at the Crown Point Fire Station, 126 N East Street, in their training room, and Source One Real Estate at 855 E. North Street.
“The severe storms on Sunday devastated the lives of those who were in its path.  The mission of “Crown Point Cares” is to help our fellow citizens whether they are from Crown Point or Kokomo,” said Mayor David Uran.  Items needed are plastic containers, ziploc bags, diapers (all sizes), wipes, baby formula, shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, tooth brushes cleaning supplies, flashlights and batteries....
   

Video of Jasper County Tornado

The National Weather Service Chicago YouTube channel has new video courtesy of Justin Bednar showing a tornado in Jasper County.  Meteorologists say the EF-1 tornado tracked from northeast of Rensselaer to near the Jasper/Pulaski County line and had maximum winds up to 100 mph.  Click here to see it:  &feature=c4-overview&list=UU9kBmD7Ifnyu6YloA4tVGTg">&feature=c4-overview&list=UU9kBmD7Ifnyu6YloA4tVGTg...
   

Protesters Don't Want Detention Center in Hobart

Hobart residents and others packed the meeting room at last night's Hobart City Council meeting, protesting any possibility that the new owners of the former St. Sava Church property on the city's west side would build a detention center to process immigrants. Published reports have said the property near Robinson Lake east of I-65 has been purchased by The GEO Group, a Florida-based company that builds and runs correctional and detention facilities around the world. The mayor and city council members told the audience no formal proposals or plans have been brought before the city by the company....
   

Crash Causing Delays on Eastbound Borman

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The Indiana State Police at Lowell is advising motorists to avoid I-80 eastbound / the Borman Expressway due to current traffic congestion.  Troopers say a crash near the four mile marker in the Hammond area will cause traffic backups and detours for the next two hours  The Indiana State Police suggest you seek alternate routes of travel.  INDOT reports the right three lanes are closed near Kennedy Avenue due to crash cleanup....
   

Prelim Data Show 26 Tornadoes in Indiana

The National Weather Service says preliminary data indicate 26 tornadoes touched down in the state of Indiana during Sunday's severe weather outbreak in the Midwest. There were three in northwest Indiana Sunday, one each in Newton, Jasper and Pulaski Counties. That would put Sunday, November 17th, 2013, as third for the number of tornadoes in one day in state history. The highest number, 37, occurred June 2nd 1990, followed by 29 tornadoes confirmed on April 19, 2011. Findings for this past Sunday's tornado outbreak including tornado intensity ratings are not yet final....
   

Fatal Shooting in East Chicago

The Lake County Coroners office reports a 32-year-old East Chicago man was fatally shot in the 56-hundred block of Indianapolis Boulevard in East Chicago Wednesday night. Officials say 32-year-old Sammy Flores was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after 10:30 pm. The shooting reportedly occurred at a gas station, but no other details were available at this hour. East Chicago Police and Lake County C.S.I. are investigating....
   

Gary Gospel Concert and Food Giveaway

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(Photo Courtesy of the City of Gary; Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson poses with Anika Johnson, Director of Constituent Services (2nd from left) and employees from Majestic Star Casino as they drop off donated food for Saturday’s distribution.)
(Gary, Ind.) – As Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson approaches her second Thanksgiving in office, she set a goal to increase the City’s charitable efforts over last year. Thanks to the contributions of scores of local churches, non-profit organizations and businesses, the city is well on its way to achieving this goal.
On Saturday, November 23 at 12 p.m., a Thanksgiving Gospel Concert will be held in downtown Gary at the Genesis Convention Center featuring a host of local groups and soloists. The tickets are $10, and all proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
Following the concert at 3:00p.m., a food basket distribution to more than 600 families will take place. The giveaway is for individuals who have already registered. (The list for recipients is now closed. We ask the media’s help in making this clear so that parties who have not registered will not attend expecting to receive a food basket.)
“We are most grateful to our community partners whose donations and contributions will make this holiday special for hundreds of Gary residents,” said Freeman-Wilson. “Every year we will try to do more, and adding the concert is our way of trying to lift everyone’s spirits during the holidays.”
Concert tickets can be purchased at Gary City Hall, the Food Bank of NWI, the Genesis Convention Center or at the door on the day of the event. (See flyer attached)
For more information, call (219) 881-1314....
   

Donnelly Donates Shutdown Pay to IN Food Banks

Food Bank of NW Indiana
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly today donated his take-home pay during the 16-day federal government shutdown and donated it to ten food banks across Indiana, including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Executive Director Arlene Peterson says Senator Donnelly will be stopping by the Food Bank, in Gary, right before the Thanksgiving holiday, to give an update on behalf of hunger efforts in Washington.
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Senator Donnelly's take-home pay during the shutdown amounted to five-thousand dollars, and checks for 500 dollars each were written out to the ten food banks. According to Feeding America, last year over one-million Hoosiers were “food insecure” meaning they did not always know where they would find there next meal. ...
   

No Order from IDOI to Reinstate Canceled Policies

Indiana's Department of Insurance today announced the state will not order insurance companies operating in Indiana to reinstate canceled policies, as recently suggested by President Obama. State Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson says doing so would seriously destabilize Indiana's insurance market and create logistical chaos, and that he does not believe the Department of Insurance has the authority under state law to fulfill the Presidents request....
   

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