World renowned Chef Charlie Trotter is dead. ABC News reports the 54-year-old was found unresponsive by his son in his Chicago home, and pronounced dead at the hospital. Trotter hosted 'The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter' a PBS show in 1999. He owned several restaurants in Chicago, and around the world. His most famous being the highly acclaimed Charlie Trotter's in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, which closed in 2012. Officials haven't released a cause of death....
Indiana State Police say it appears everyone involved will be okay after a semi landed on top of a trooper's car on the east side of Indianapolis about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Preliminary investigation and witness statements indicate that the 2007 marked State Police car, driven by 45-year-old Sergeant Terry Treone of McCordsville was eastbound on I-70 in the left lane when a 2001 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer, driven by 68-year-old Daniel Edmands of Maryland, in the left center lane next to the police car, went to the right, then abruptly veered back to the left, striking the police car. Both vehicles spun with the truck overturning and spilling a load of 4x8 sheets of steel, and the cab of the truck came to rest on top of the police car.
Treone and his front seat passenger, Senior Trooper Bill Dalton, of Greenfield, were transported to Methodist Hospital for observation. The truck driver was also transported to Methodist Hospital with a complaint of pain in his chest. All involved are expected to fully recover. Investigating officers think that the truck driver’s medical condition may have been a contributing factor in this crash. Police say Edmans was issued a traffic citation for unsafe lane movement.
Eastbound I-70 was completely closed for approximately two hours and traffic was diverted onto Emerson Avenue. Eastbound I-70 reopened three lanes opened by 5:00 p.m. as the spilled sheet metal was moved to the left lane and left emergency shoulder. [Photos/Indiana State Police]...
Residents and concerned citizens alike attended the second of four remaining open houses hosted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on the Illiana Expressway at Lowell Middle School Tuesday night.
Mitch Bargola, (photo) Transportation Planning Manager for NIRPC says its important that the planning commission continue to receive public comments concerning the Illiana Expressway, the proposed 47-mile corridor that joins Interstate 55 in Illinois to the west with I-65 near Lowell in the east. Bargola says that this is a very "impact full project that most likely is the largest infrastructure project this region has seen since the interstate highway system." He adds, "so it's going to be a lightning rod of discussion and we hope that people can lend their voices to it and that's why we are holding these meetings."
(Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission booklet of their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan, Illiana B3 route map and other materials given out at the open house in Lowell, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013)
Bargola says the public comment period which started October 14th runs during the remaining open houses (Michigan City, November 13th and Portage, November 19th) after which next month NIRPC will vote on deciding to include the Illiana in it's 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan for Northwest Indiana.
He says from the commission's perspective and the planning perspective the open houses will be, "our end of the road for us." On December 12th of this year, NIRPC will vote to amend their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan that was adopted in June of 2011, to possibly include the Illiana Expressway if approved by the commission, as well as widening I-65 between US-30 and US-231.
Hundreds of people attended Tuesday's open house which was held from 6p.m. - 8p.m. which Bargola attributed to the proposed Illiana corridor going through the Lowell area.
Those attending included supporters of the coalition group, "No Illiana for US" and concerned area residents like Sandy Linden (photo above) who said, "There are thousands of people who have voiced their opinion...we have thousands of (signed) petitions" against the expressway.
Linden said, "People supporting this Illiana keep talking about the NIMBYS (acronym for Not In My Backyard) like they're wrong. There's hundreds of NIMBYS in my backyard that don't want it of course, but there's thousands of taxpayers who are going to be paying for this road. Doesn't matter whether you live in Lake County, if you live right along the road, if you live in Porter County, La Porte, Indianapolis you're going to be paying for this road."
Coalition members on both sides of the border say taxpayers could unknowingly contributing to the project because of Illinois' decision to use a public-private partnership to pay for the project. That because the project could overrun costs by millions of dollars and according to a Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) report, could require a public subsidy of between $440-million to $1.1-billion.
(photos: courtesy of Jay Stevens/Radio One Communications) ...
Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be joining Hoosiers in Jasper and Starke Counties tomorrow (Wednesday). The Governor's Office reports he'll present a Secured School Safety Grant at Knox High School at 10am followed by a noon stop in Remington where he will lead a jobs roundtable at Advanced Auto Parts on West US 24.
An investigation continues after a fatal crash this morning on northbound I-65, one mile south of the Rensselaer exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports a vehicle driven by a 24 year old man from Michigan was rear ended by a pick up truck in the left lane of I-65. The impact ultimately caused the pick up, driven by 44 year old Jason Spears, of Indianapolis, to slide sideways and roll over several times. Both Spears and his passenger, 20 year old Jason Spears II were ejected from the vehicle. The elder Spears was pronounced dead at the scene, while his son was transported to Jasper County Hospital and later life-lined to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis with life-threatening injuries. The Michigan man whose vehicle was struck from behind was not injured. State Police says seat belts were not in use in the pick up and both vehicles were a total loss. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash. ...
INDOT is reporting the left lane is blocked southbound I-65 before US-30 due to an earlier crash that is backing up traffic to the Borman (I-80/94) at this hour. INDOT traffic cams are showing all southbound lanes of I-65 are backing up to Ridge Road due to the crash, which one traffic tipster reports involves a semi and a pickup truck on the inside wall right under the 73rd Avenue overpass. Drivers should expect 10-15 minute delays and should merge into the right lane.
(photos: Crash backing up SB I-65 to the connector ramp onto SB I-65 from EB Borman (I-80/94)/INDOT)
Authorities report a second person has died due to a house fire in Gary on Sunday morning. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office reports 64 year old Danny Hill died due to injuries sustained in the fire, in the four-thousand block of Louisiana Street, but an exact cause of death remains unknown at last check. Hill's wife, 71 year old Essie Hill was pronounced dead Sunday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is believed to be accidental in nature....
The deadline for fall taxes in Porter County is next week, Tuesday, November 12th. Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko says you can pay in person at the County Administration Building in Valparaiso and reminds residents the Administration Building will be closed Monday, November 11th, for Veteran's Day. Bucko says any payment made by mail and officially post marked by the US Post Office as November 12th will be considered on time, regardless of the delivery date.
Youcan also pay on-line and be considered on-time until 11:59:59 on November 12, 2013. Funds must be in the account to have a valid payment regardless of how the bill is paid. Late penalties will apply and NSF penalties will be applied to all NSF checks not corrected by November 12, 2013, 4:30pm....
Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say all lanes of northbound Interstate 65 at mile marker 214 are open again with traffic moving slowly through the area. The interstate was closed earlier near Rensselaer due to a fatal crash. No other information was available at this time....
News Release: 1.6 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2012. The information is available in a collection of reports just released. The reports include the 2012 Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report, Supreme Court Annual Report, and a new website with comparative data. For the links, click here: http://in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=11/4/2013&todate=11/17/2013&display=&type=public&eventidn=141759&view=EventDetails&information_id=190133
Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson pointed to the accessibility of the reports, “There are multiple volumes with more than 1800 pages of information. We have printed a limited number of hard copies and made all of the information available on our website.”
The reports provide details about court operations at the county and appellate level. The following is just some of the information available (calendar year 2012, unless otherwise noted).
- 1.6 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts
- The Supreme Court was asked to review 1012 cases (fiscal year 2012-2013)
- 1,338 civil and criminal jury trials were held statewide
- 307,612 cases statewide included an individual who went to court without a lawyer
- 235 murder cases were filed in trial courts
- 33,876 mortgage foreclosures were filed in the state
- 11,325 Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases were filed
- 13,077 cases included children served by the GAL/CASA program
- An interpreter was used in 11,564 trial court cases
- 5,900 cases statewide were referred to Alternative Dispute Resolution
- 124,322 adults were under supervision by court probation departments
- Cities, towns, townships, counties, and the state spent $386 million to operate the courts
- Filing fees, court costs, user fees, and fines generated $205 million in revenue
The reports referenced above can be found online including: 2012 Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report [ http://www.in.gov/judiciary/admin/3118.htm ], Supreme Court Annual Report [ http://www.in.gov/judiciary/supreme/2484.htm ], and the website with comparative data [ https://publicaccess.courts.in.gov/icor/report...
The Department of Natural Resources is reminding Indiana hunters that even though deer attractants found at retail stores can be purchased legally and used in the wild, hunting near them is illegal.
Indiana regulations prohibit the hunting of deer with the use or aid of bait, which is defined as “a food that is transported and placed for consumption, including, but not limited to, piles of corn and apples placed in the field; a prepared solid or liquid that is manufactured and intended for consumption by livestock or wild deer, including, but not limited to, commercial baits and food supplements; salt; or mineral supplements.”
State officials say that includes artificial products marketed under names such as Deer Co-Cain, Buck Jam, Trophy Rock, as well as mineral blocks, salt blocks, and even natural foods such as corn and apples.
“Basically, if you place anything that isn't grown in the area and hunt there, it's illegal,” said Lt. Larry Morrison, outdoor education director for DNR Law Enforcement. “Hunting next to a corn field or from an apple tree is legal, but placing corn or apples under your tree stand would put you in conflict with current Indiana law.”
An area is considered baited for 10 days after the product and the affected soil is removed from an area. The Indiana DNR says odor differs from bait. Cover scents or scent attractants are legal to use when hunting.
Archery season currently is underway in Indiana and continues through Jan. 5, 2014. The urban zone segment in designated areas continues through Jan. 31, 2014.
Indiana’s deer firearms hunting season begins Nov. 16 and ends Dec. 1, followed by the muzzleloader season (Dec. 7-22) and the special antlerless season (Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014).
A violation of Indiana’s no baiting regulation is a Class C misdemeanor....
Hundreds of football fans enjoyed a relatively mild November night in the Region to watch Monday night's Bears-Packers game outdoors. The Great Downtown Tailgate at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events featured tailgating, refreshments sold on site to benefit high school and pop warner, and a giant screen showing a live broadcast of last night's matchup... it was Chicago over Green Bay, 27-20... Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a shoulder injury in the game, but the team won't have an official injury diagnosis until Tuesday. [Photo/Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events]
Today is General Election Day for a number of states, but in Indiana, it's an off-year, and the only voters going to the ballot box in the Hoosier state are casting votes in a handful of local referenda. One of those is in northwest Indiana, for Michigan City Area Schools, a district in La Porte County that also includes two precincts in Pine Township in far northeast Porter County. School officials say the referendum is asking voters for a property tax increase to keep from possibly having to close schools and lay off teachers. Indiana voters return to the polls May 6, 2014, for primaries. Next year's midterm elections include all US Representatives, all Indiana State Representatives, half of Indiana's State Senators, Indiana Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and State Auditor....
- Boy Scouts Recognized by Lowell Town Council
- Police Investigate Homicide at Piatak Meats
- Expansion at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer
- Parental Involvement Helps Kids do Better in School
- Chicago Blackhawks Honored at the White House
- Pence Proclaims November Adoption Month
- Senator Coats' Staff Holding Office Hours in Rensslaer
- Quary Blast Rattles West Suburban Chicago
- LaPorte Police Seek Help in Located Wanted Man
- Body Found in Burned Out Vehicle in Gary
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