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Tec Air Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Munster

An official announcement made by the state today involving another Chicago-area company moving to Lake County, Indiana. Tec Air is relocating its Willow Springs headquarters to the Lake Business Center in the 92-hundred block of Calumet Avenue in Munster, creating up to nearly 260 new jobs by 2016. The 48-year-old company designs and manufacturers plastic air movement components and systems for a variety of industries, including automotive, appliance, and heating and air conditioning. Officials say the expansion will be complete next spring and will house corporate offices, engineering labs, manufacturing, quality labs, warehousing and distribution.  Munster has also just recently become home to MAC Medical Supply and Land O'Frost, moving operations from Illinois to just across the state line.
“Tec Air joins a growing list of companies that have discovered what Hoosiers already know: Indiana is a state that works for business,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Companies in the Midwest and around the world recognize that Indiana is in the middle of everywhere. From our robust infrastructure, low-tax environment, talented workforce and ideal location as the Crossroads of America, opportunity for growth lies in Indiana.”
the Indiana Economic Development Corportation says Tec Air will initially invest approximately $7 million dollars in new equipment and building improvements in connection with the move. In addition to the new investment, Tec Air will also transfer almost $8 million of assets from its Illinois facility to the new location, bringing the company’s investment in Indiana to approximately $15 million.


Valparaiso Police Chief to Announce Run for Sheriff

An official announcement is planned for tomorrow afternoon in downtown Valparaiso in the race for Porter County Sheriff. The Times today reports Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner is planning to run for the post. Brickner, a Republican, has been chief in Valparaiso for the past decade and has been with the department for nearly thirty years. Last month, former Sheriff David Reynolds, a Democrat, formally announced his plans to run again. Reynolds, a Democrat, served two consecutive terms as sheriff, from 1999 to 2006. In Indiana, sheriffs are limited from serving more than eight years in a twelve-year span. Reynolds was succeeded by current Sheriff David Lain, also a Democrat, who is currently in his second term. ...

Griffith Road Closure for Emergency Sewer Repair

The town of Griffith has announced plans to close the intersection of West Pine Street and North Raymond Avenue on Friday, October 25, for emergency sewer repair.  Closure time will be from 7am to 5 pm.  Town officials say the intersection will reopen that afternoon once repairs are completed.  Detour route will be posted at the affected area.  Questions may be directed to the Griffith Public Works office at 219-924-3838....


Police Allege Teacher Took Students to Strip Club

A 31-year-old Hanover Central High School chemistry teacher is reportedly facing three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly taking students to a strip club and giving them alcoholic beverages at his home. A report in the Times today says Travis Lechien of Crown Point man has taught in the Hanover Community School district for a decade and has been suspended with pay since last month. An attorney for the teacher is quoted as saying their intention is to enter a plea of not guilty and attend the case.  The report says an iniitial hearing has been scheduled for November in Lake County court....


Three Hammond Robbery Suspects in Custody

Hammond PD
The three suspects who allegedly robbed two Hammond Sanitation workers who were picking up garbage in an alley in the 500 block of Chicago Avenue Saturday, now face felony charges. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says the Lake County Prosecutor's office have charged all three suspects, who range in age from 20-to-23 years-old, with two counts of felony robbery. One of the suspects who allegedly fired his pistol in the direction of a female who was trying to drive around the garbage truck during the robbery, was also charged with one count of felony pointing a firearm and one count of Criminal Recklessness. Chief Miller says the bullet never struck the female or her car. All three suspects have been taken to the Lake County jail.

Gary's Mayor Named to Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was one of several appointees Governor Mike Pence named on Tuesday to a Blue Ribbon Panel to plan the next generation of transportation infrastructure in Indiana.
The governor's office reports that the Panel is part of Pence's “Roadmap for Indiana,” to review projects related to all four modes of transit including by water, air, road and rail, and to identify a list of future priority projects to keep Indiana on the cutting edge. Mayor Freeman-Wilson is joined on the panel by 23 other notables including Andrew Fox of the Chicago and South Shore and South Bend Railroad and Pete Georgeon of ArcelorMittal USA Flat Carbon. ...


Big Backup NB I-65 Due to Earlier Crash

NB I-65 crash 10-22-13
A jackknifed tractor trailor truck caused the closure of the two left lanes northbound I-65 near 61st Avenue.  Traffic tipsters reporting northbound traffic is backed up about eight miles to just before the US-30 exit.  In addition, INDOT is reporting road work has restricted the right lanes both diretions of I-65 near Ridge Road.  Expect backups and delays both directions of interstate 65.
(photo:  Looking north on I-65 toward the US-30 exit with northbound traffic backing up.  Provided by INDOT) ...

Toll Road Crash Closes WB Lanes for over 3 Hours

Truck crash 1
( Burnt semi of Michigan truck driver.  Photo provided by Indiana State Police)
A three semi crash that caused one semi to catch fire and seriously injure its driver, closed the westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Rd for nearly three-in--a-half hours Tuesday.
A preliminary investigation says that at around 10:55a.m. a 2009 Kenworth pulling a tanker, driven by a Michigan man was in the right lane traveling westbound just east of the Lake Station interchange following a semi pulling double trailers driven by an Ohio man, when traffic slowed ahead.
The Michigan man was unable to slow his Kenworth in time and struck the rear of double trailer rig, causing the double trailers to crash into each other and causing the Michigan man to loose control. His Kenworth veered off to the left where it passed a third semi bulling a box trailer that was in the right lane. Debris from the Kenworth hit and damaged the the trailer of the third semi.
Truck crash 2
(Damaged double trailer semi.  Photo provided by Indiana State Police)
The Kenworth than hit the guard rail and concrete median barrier which caused the Michigan man's semi cab to catch fire. Two Good Samaritans reportedly were able to pull the truck driver from his cab he was taken to a Hobart hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the double trailer sustained a minor injury and was treated and released at the scene.
Westbound traffic on the Indiana Toll road was forced to exit after the Portage toll plaza onto State Road 249, which caused a huge backup on the bypass as well as westbound I-90 before the Portage exit. The westbound lanes were reopened around 2:15p.m. as the time was needed to investigate the crash, clean-up and remove the burnt semi, damaged trailers and clean-up of the roadway....

219: Cedar Lake's Trunk Or Treat Food Drive

If you are looking for a great way to get the kids out of the house and support your neighbors this weekend, Cedar Lake has the answer. Listen to today's 219 On Demand to find out more on Cedar Lake's 2nd Annual Trunk Or Treat Food Drive this Saturday!

UPDATE: Tanker Truck Fire on Toll Road

The westbound side of the Indiana Toll Road between Lake Station and Portage is closed at this hour due to an accident and tanker truck fire. Indiana State Police at the Toll Road say the tanker truck on fire was carrying salt.  Earlier we had word that two semi trucks may have been involved in this accident, which occurred on the westbound side of the Indiana Toll Road near Ripley Street.  Police say westbound traffic was being diverted at Willowcreek in Portage.   The fire reportedly started in the cab and did not reach the tanker portion, according to the latest information available from police....

Crash on Toll Road in Lake Station

Indiana State Police at the Toll Road say they are responding to the report of an accident involving two semis.  The crash is reportedly on the westbound side before Ripley Street in the Lake Station area....

Port Sees Increase in Tonnage Through September

With the end of navigation season approaching, the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor saw a 16 percent increase in total tonnage through September, putting it on pace for its highest annual total in over six years, according to figures released this week by the St. Lawrence Seaway.
“Steel and steel-related byproducts continue to drive strong shipment numbers through the port in conjunction with a steady increase in other bulk commodities such as coal, fertilizer and limestone," according to Port Director Rick Heimann. “Looking ahead, we expect this trend to continue next month as we already have on the books a shipment of distillery tanks from Germany bound for a brewery expansion in Chicago.”
The St. Lawrence Seaway also reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to September 30 were 23 million metric tons. The number is down 11 percent over the same period in 2012, but U.S. ports saw increased tonnage in several cargo categories."At least a dozen ships from Europe unloaded steel products at the ports of Cleveland, Milwaukee, Burns Harbor and Detroit over the past month; a clear sign that the end of the navigation season is approaching and shippers are working diligently to get products out of the mills and into the Seaway System before the end of the year," said Rebecca Spruill, Director Trade Development for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.  "Although overall cargo tonnage is down, September provided many positive signs that the next three months will be extremely busy for our ports and terminal operators in the Great Lakes-Seaway System."  [Photo/Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor]...

Positive Report from Indiana Realtors

Home sales continue to climb in Indiana. According to the monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Report released Monday by the state's REALTORS® the number of existing, single-family homes sold last month statewide increased 14.3 percent when compared with September 2012. The report also showed the median sale price of those 6,342 homes is $123,500 – a 2.9 percent increase from the same month of last year.
Monday's report "contains some of the best news we’ve shared,” said Kevin Kirkpatrick, 2013 President of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®. “Fall usually brings a slowdown to housing markets and while September followed that seasonal trend, home sales and prices across Indiana were significantly higher than the same month of the last two years. Statewide, we are well past the recovery stage and appear to be moving toward a stable, balanced marketplace. Whether we fully achieve that status depends on real employment and wage growth, as well as consumer confidence."
Additional information from the Indiana Association of Realtors:
Other year-over-year, statewide comparisons from the report show -
• The average sale price of homes increased 3.6 percent to $146,553
• The percent of original list price received increased 1.6 percent to 92.3 percent
• The number of pending home sales increased 9.9 percent to 5,483
• The number of new listings increased 13.1 percent to 9,497
September 2013 was the 27th consecutive month of year-over-year gains in the number of closed home sales, and marked these other consecutive year-over-year gains –
• The median sale price of homes has increased for 22 months
• The average sale price has increased for 21 months
• Sellers received a greater share of their original list price for the 19th month
• The number of pending home sales has increased for 24 months...

Vehicle Fire on I-65 in Lake County

Traffic alert: Crews are responding to a vehicle fire on southbound I-65 at US 30 on right-hand side. INDOT reports the ramp of southbound I-65 is closed near US 30 due to the fire. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes as you travel southbound on I-65 near mile 253. [Image/Indiana Department of Transportation cameras]...

Hold-ups in Schererville, Dyer Investigated

Police in the Tri-Town area say a series of holdups over the weekend may be related. Police are investigating two cases of people being robbed at gunpoint inside their garages, one at 7:30 Sunday night on Lancelot Lane in Dyer, and another about a half-hour later on Mackinaw Place in Schererville. Friday night, about 8-o'clock, Schererville Police say three people reported being held-up at an ATM at Chase Bank in the 18-hundred block of Kennedy Avenue. Police say the victims had driven up to the machine when a man walked up to the driver's side, demanding the cash, and later threatened them with a handgun....

Frosty Temps Hit the Region

[Image/National Weather Service Chicago]
Region residents finding a chilly morning today as the area sees its first widespread freeze of the season.  The National Weather Service Chicago says a Freeze Warning remains in effect until 8-o'clock this morning (Central Daylight Time).    Forecasters say a Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely, conditions that will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.   Meteorologist also say a fast-moving storm system will likely bring a mix of rain and snow to som parts of northern Illinois, and lake adjacaent counties in northwest Indiana may see lake effect rain showers change to snow late tonight.  There is the chance, forecasters say, for rates that could sharply drop visibility and some lightning is possible within these showers.  ...

Governor to Join UPS, Kinetrix Energy for Announcement

The office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence says a major announcement – regarding energy and job creation - is happening this morning [10am EDT]  in Indianapolis. The Governor will be joined by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and representatives from United Parcel Service and Kinetrex Energy, a unit of Citizens Energy Group that provides liquefied natural gas [LNG].  The event is happening at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling facility operated by Kinetrex....

Double Homicide Person of Interest in Custody

Through preliminary reports, autopsies, dental records and DNA the Lake County Coroner's office has postively identified the victims of the double homicide discovered last Friday during a well-fare check in an unincorporated area of Lowell.
At a Monday afternoon press conference, Lake County Sheriff John Bunsich released the names of the victims, 68-year-old Clifford Snow (a retired Hammond school teacher) and his wife, 66 year-old Joyce Snow, whose bodies were found inside their residence located on 197th Avenue near Calumet Avenue. 

(Thomas Jeffrey Snow.  Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)

Sheriff Bunsich says a person of interest, identified as the deceased couple's son, 34 year-old Thomas Snow was reportedly in the area days prior to the murder.  On Friday night the sheriff's department issued an all points bulletin for Snow and his deceased parents 2008, white Chevrolet HHR.  The sheriff says the suspect, who has a history of drug abuse, auto theft and feeling officers, was wanted by the Newton County Sheriff's department for an alleged armed robbery that took place at Bozeman's Marathon in DeMotte on Thursday, the day before the decomposed bodies were found. Sheriff Bunsich says during a high speed pursuit on State Road 10, Snow was able to loose Newton County police into Will County, Illinois.

clifford Snow
(Clifford Snow.  Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department) 

joyce snow
(Joyce Snow.  Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)

On Saturday, October 19th the Lake County Sheriff's Department received word that Snow was picked up by police after a pursuit following a traffic stop in Hawley, Minnesota, which located in the northwest part of the state about 15-miles east of Fargo, North Dakota.  Snow was driving  
Sheriff Bunsich says Newton county authorities are in the process of extraditing Snow to Newton County where he faces armed robbery charges.  While no charges are currently pending in connection to the double homicide, Bunsich says the Lake County Sheriff's Department will work with Lake County Prosecutor and file charges once Snow is back in the state.

(Lake County Coroner, Merrilee Frey with Sheriff John Bunsich at Monday, October 21st press conference at Lake County Sheriff's headquarters.  Photo courtesy of Jay Stevens)

At the end of the press conference to ease the concern of neighbors and residents of rural Lowell, where the homicides took place, Sheriff Bunsich stressed that Snow targeted his family and that it was an isolated incident. ...


Alcohol Suspected in I-65 Rollover

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(Photos Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
A rolled over semi closed all lanes of southbound I-65 near Lowell early this morning for over two-and-a-half hours. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports 28 year old Devon House, of Florida, was heading south on I-65, two miles north of the Lowell exit, at approximately 12:30am, when his semi went off the roadway, House over-corrected, lost control and the semi rolled over onto the passenger side, hitting an informational sign. Authorities say House was taken to a local hospital where his blood-alcohol level tested point-two-seven. House and his female passenger were not injured in the crash and all southbound lanes of I-65 were reopened around 3am.
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New CEO of Goodwill Michiana Announced

After 40 years of service, Goodwill Industries of Michiana's current CEO, J. Larry Neff is retiring. Goodwill's Board Chairman Tony Allison announced today that Neff will retire on December 31st and Debie Coble will serve serve as their next President as CEO, effective November 11th. Coble is currently the company's Vice President of Workforce Development, Public Relations and Development, and Industrial Services. ...

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