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IFA and INDOT Issue RFQ for Illiana Corridor Project

The Indian Finance Authority and INDOT today issued a Request for Qualifications for the Illiana Corridor project. Indiana is seeking submission of qualifications by private partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Indiana portion of the Illiana Expressway using an Availability Payment Structure.
NIRPC will continue to receive public input throughout the course of the remaining two open houses on the proposed project, one tomorrow at the NIRPC office in Portage, from 4pm to 6pm and the other scheduled next week, Tuesday November 19th, at Michigan City City Hall, from 2pm to 4pm. The commission is scheduled to vote on whether or not to include the project in their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan on December 12th.
The RFQ document can be viewed at the IFA website: Statements of Qualifications are due by Friday, January 10, 2014....


Gary Double Homicide Suspects Charged with Murder

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Both suspects in a November 1st double-homicide of a husband and wife in Gary are now in custody. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports, on Friday, one of the suspects was found walking along northbound State Road 149, near County Road 875 North, and was taken into custody without incident. The man had reportedly been with the Good Samaritan Church Group when he fled after he overheard an arrangement being made for police to stop the church van. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says 44 year old Mark Anthony Williams and 46 year old Anthony Wilson have been charged with two-counts of murder, two-counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and auto theft.
The bodies of 62 year old Leviticus Dupree and 54 year old Toshiba Moore-Dupree, were found unresponsive and covered in blood, after being found stabbed in their home in the 25-hundred block of Delaware Street....

House Fire in Portage Under Investigation

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Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire at a house in the 52-hundred block of Terry Avenue in Portage. The Portage Fire Department was called out around 5:30 Monday afternoon on a one alarm fire. Reports say no one was home at the time, and that the homeowner arrived as crews were on scene. ...

Gary Double Homicide Suspect in Custody

A suspect in a double-homicide in Gary was taken into custody on Friday. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports the man was found walking along northbound State Road 149, near County Road 875 North, and was taken into custody without incident. The man had reportedly been with the Good Samaritan Church Group when he fled after he overheard an arrangement being made for police to stop the church van.  ...

Chicago's Willis Tower Named 2nd Tallest

Chicago's Willis -formerly Sears- Tower is losing its 'tallest building in the US' title. The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced today (Tuesday) in Chicago, that One World Trade Center in New York City will be number one upon its completion next year. Antony Wood, Executive Director of the group, says the spire on One World Trade Center -- which makes it higher than Chicago's Willis Tower --  is not considered an antenna. "Antennae do not count in the height of a tall building," Wood said, "because they are functional technical equipment which is put on top. The committee were quite clear that that was not the case on One World Trade Center. This is a permanent feature."  After 39 years of holding the title of America's Tallest Building, Sears, or Willis, will be number two in the U.S....

Horses Abandoned in Lake County

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Lake County Sheriffs Police announced today that two horses were abandoned November 3, 2013, at 241st Avenue in Schneider in far south Lake County near LaSalle State Fish and Wildlife Area. Authorities say the horses are safe due to the efforts of the Lake County Sheriff's Posse Unit who provided them with temporary shelter and care, however the horses are emaciated, police say, and in need of donations and foster care.  [Photos/Lake County Sheriff's Police]
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To inquire about foster care/ adoption or information about making donations to help in the care of the two horses, please contact:
Lake County Sheriff's Animal Adoption and Control Center
3011 West 93rd Avenue
Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Phone (219) 769-7016
Fax (219) 755-3921
The donations needed for the two horses are:
Monetary donations for veterinary care
Halters - various sizes
Feed gift cards- * Leo's feed & Garden * Crown Feed * Tractor Supply
Wormer, brushes, buckets (for feed & water), feed scoops, and hay bags....

Heavy Lake Effect Blankets Part of Northwest Indiana

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There's sunshine in Lake County but on the eastern side of Northwest Indiana, several inches of snow. LaPorte County getting upwards of eight-and nine-inches in some areas, there's also snow on the ground in Porter County. Just north of the Indiana/Michigan state line, in Berrien County, reports of 12-to-14 inches of lake effect, according to reports in to the National Weather Service Northern Indiana. The snow-making machine has stalled out somewhat, but lake effect was still falling this hour in parts of the Region. [Thanks Amanda Senne, La Porte, for the photo]

Part of US 30 Closed; Lake Effect Continues

Officials say the eastbound lanes of US 30 from Hanna to State Road 39 in southern La Porte County are being shut down as crews continue to clean up debris from an earlier crash scene. Westbound lanes remain open, we're told, and the eastbound closure affects about a two-to-three mile stretch of US 30.
Lake effect snow continues to fall especially on La Porte County, but not exclusively, as we're seeing additional snow now across Porter County and parts of Starke County locally. The Indiana Department of Transportation-Northwest has more than three dozen plow crews working to clear the roads.
INDOT says the first snow of the season typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as some drivers forget to consider the winter weather road conditions. Drivers are asked to promote their own safety, and that of others, by reducing their speed and increasing the distance between themselves and other vehicles, including INDOT’s yellow plow trucks....

Winter Preparedness Week in Indiana Nov 17-23

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed November 17-23, 2013 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The Indiana State Police offers the following tips.
Be prepared:
 Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route
 Keep your gas tank at least half-full
 Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables
 Have a cell phone and charger cord
 Slow down on snow/ice covered roads
 Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
 Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
 Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
 Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.
Should you become stranded:
 Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
 Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna
 Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle
 Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
 Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour
For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at In partnership with the Governor’s office, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education and the Red Cross more information can be found at the following website:

Lake County Company Adding Jobs

A Lake County company is growing. MonoSol LLC out of Merrillville has announced plans to add one-hundred workers over the next year to year-and-a-half, on the manufacturing side mostly, but also scientists and engineers, and marketing, sales and administrative positions. The company makes film that dissolves in water, as seen, for instance, on cleaning products placed in washing and dishwashing machines. Company officials say they're currently expanding in La Porte, and site selection is underway, with plans to announce groundbreaking for their next manufacturing site early next year. They also have locations in Portage, Indiana, and the UK. 
MonoSol also says they're investing significantly in developing next generation film delivery systems for food, feed and personal care applications. Their Vivos® Edible Delivery System, for instance, is engineered to create individual delivery systems, like pouches, that disappear and release their contents when exposed to hot or cold liquids.  The dissolved film, transparent, odorless and tasteless, and made of a proprietary blend of food-grade ingredients, could then be safely consumed along with the food, company officials say....

Activity 'Non-Stop' in La Porte Co in Lake Effect

We are getting reports of several accidents, slide-offs, crashes across La Porte County this morning.  Road conditions are very difficult with lake effect snow continiing to fall.  On US 20, just west of State Road 39 (north of La Porte, in the Springville area), there are a few large vehicles having difficulty climbing the grade.  Authorities say activity has been non-stop due to the snow and road conditions this morning....

Eastern Northwest Indiana Getting Lake Effect

Heavy snow is expected today over parts of the Region in the first significant lake effect snow event of the season.  The heaviest snowfall is expected on the east side of Northwest Indiana.  La Porte County remains under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until 12 noon CST.  Lake Effect Snow Advisories have been issued for Porter, Jasper, and Starke Counties.    For forecast updates here is the link to the National Weather Service Northern Indiana:  and here is the website link to the National Weather Service office in Chicago:

219: Blue Top Drive-In Restoration

The legendary Blue Top drive in is getting a second life in the region thanks to new owners, Dennis Miniuk and John Golfis. We spoke with John on their plans for the future, including opening the restaurant by January. For more on the future of this iconic Region spot, listen to today's 219 or our full interview with John at Region News On Demand here on our website....

Investigation Continues into Gary Cell Phone Truck Theft

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An investigation continues into an over 12 million dollar cargo heist from a Gary truck stop on October 25th. Gary Police reports a truck driver from Illinois parked at the Petro lot on Grant Street and went across the street to Denny's, and when he returned the truck filled with over 22-thousand new Sprint LG G2 smart phones, which are worth about 550-dollars each, was gone. Authorities recovered the missing truck four-days later in Louisville, Kentucky, after the suspect crashed the truck into a utility pole. ...

Structure Fire in Portage Township

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Fire crews are dealing with a structure fire this evening in Porter County's Portage Township. Officials say the Portage Fire Department was called out to the 52-hundred block of Terry Avenue, near Sherwin Avenue late this afternoon for the One Alarm fire. No further information is available at this time.

54 Year Sentence Upheld in Child Molesting Case

A 28 year old man had his 54 year prison sentence upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The Times reports Ryan Schroeder argued since his accomplice, Tara Tryon, was under 21 at the time she molested a two-year old Chesterton boy, his five Class A convictions for child molesting should have been Class B's. According to the article, the court stated a person who induces another to commit a crime also has committed the crime. Tryon was sentenced to ten-years in prison for child molesting and child exploitation in May. ...

Veterans Day Celebration at Purdue Calumet

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(Photos Courtesy of Purdue Calumet; flag raising outside Lawshe Hall)
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Purdue University Calumet and Fifth Third Bank partnered to celebrate Veterans Day on campus today.
An early morning campus flag raising outside Lawshe Hall kicked off the observance. Then it was off to the Student Union & Library concourse, where Fifth Third Bank employees and Purdue Calumet students and staff collaborated in preparing 550 care packages of food items and toiletries, primarily for military personnel serving in Afghanistan.
The campus observance concluded with a 10 a.m. Convocation, featuring a keynote address by Betty Moseley Brown, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and associate director of the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Center for Women Veterans.
Purdue Calumet’s From Boots to Books: Veterans and Student Service Members Academe Support Program, the university’s Veterans Enlisted Student Association and Fifth Third Bank served as event sponsors. The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts Combined Concert Band performed. Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon and Fifth Third Bank Northern Indiana Senior Executive Craig Pratt, a U.S. air force veteran and Purdue Calumet alumnus, welcomed the audience.
Veterans Day Celebration at Purdue Calumet ...

Valpo Rotary 15th Annual Veterans Day Program

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(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner)
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Indiana 1st District Congressman Pete Visclosky was in the Region for the 15th annual Valparaiso Rotary Club Veterans Day Program held at Strongbow Inn today. Visclosky spoke about the importance of celebrating Veterans Day and about the need for Veterans' jobs programs. Visclosky also honored decorated World War II Navy veteran Dr. John Wolf, who served as chaplain in six battles, including the Battle of Iwo Jima. Dr. Wolf—who has written a book about World War II, entitled “Amen! Until Tomorrow”--spoke to an attentive audience as he advocated for peace and he received a standing ovation for his service, and for his work in starting the Veterans Program for the Valparaiso Rotary Club. To view video of today's ceremony, click "> ">
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INDOT Reminds Drivers to Use Caution in Snow

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INDOT reports crews are patrolling state roads in northwest Indiana, watching for snow and ice in anticipation of the first snow storm of the year. Officials say the first snow fall typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as some drivers forget to consider the winter weather road conditions. Drivers are being asked to reduce their speed and increase the distance between yourself and other vehicles, especially INDOT's yellow trucks. INDOT will continue to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any changes in precipitation and temperatures.  
You can find traffic restriction information at


Porter County Woman Killed in Plane Crash

A plane reportedly piloted by a Fishers, Indiana, businessman crashed in the waters off the Bahamas Sunday morning, killing all four people aboard, including a woman from Porter County. Authorities say Cynthia Mierzwa, of Union Township, was killed in the crash that happened about seven miles off Grand Bahama Island. Officials say the engine problems were reported just minutes after takeoff. All four occupants of the sightseeing plane were believed to be Americans. ...

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