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INDOT Hosts Job Fair in Gary

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says as many as thirty jobs will be available locally for winter work, with opportunities based out of Gary, Rensselaer, Winamac, and Monticello. INDOT Northwest is hosting a job fair for winter program workers. Potential employees are urged to attend the event happening today, Friday, October 4th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Central Time), at the INDOT Gary Subdistrict, on Melton Road. Positions available include seasonal INDOT maintenance crew staff, and plow drivers during snow events this winter. INDOT also says priority at the job fair will be given to those who apply online in advance.
INDOT says priority at the job fair will be given to those who apply online in advance at  http://www.in.gov/spd/2334.htm under the Job Bank ID #586315.
Applicants Must Have
• Valid CDL
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Ability to pass a drug test successfully...
 

C-MAP Committee Vote on Illiana Friday

A critical decision is coming up on the Illinois side of the proposed Illiana Expressway. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's transportation committee is expected to take a vote on the Illiana Expressway tomorrow morning, at 9:30 am. Mitch Barloga, with NIRPC, says if approved, the process moves forward and C-MAP could take up the issue as early as next week with their board, and NIRPC's full commission could take up the issue for approval on December 12th.
Barloga says online public comment peroid will commence on October 14th and they are looking to extend it until November 20th. Four open houses will begin in early November, two in Lake County, with one in Porter County and another in LaPorter County, but at this time, dates and locations are not yet available.
Barloga says a link to make comments should be available on their website, http://www.nirpc.org, next week. A public-private partnership deal is in the works for the Illiana, which he says is the reason they're able to bring the financing to bear.
An influential Chicago area group called the Metropolitan Planning Council has come out against it, saying it would put other needed road work at risk, and would not be used by enough vehicles. The Illiana, as currently proposed, would be a 47-mile tollway between I-65 near Lowell and I-55 in Will County, Illinois, to provide an alternative to the busy Borman. ...
 

West to be Honored During Colts Game

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A LaPorte High School football player who collapsed during practice last week and died later that evening of a genetic heart condition will be honored this Sunday by the Indianapolis Colts. The Times reports Dan Bigg, a LaPorte resident who is a liaison with the Colts, says the team will show a picture of Jake West, along with a 45 second video narrative about his life on the Jumbotron during halftime of the Colts-Seahawks game at Lucus Oil Stadium. According to the article, the family will also be presented with a Colts jersey, with the number 26, which is the number Jake wore playing for the Slicers, and plans are also being made to bring Jake's teammates to the game as well....
 

AG: Beware of Health Insurance Enrollment Scams

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning Hoosiers against scammers taking advantage of the federal health insurance enrollment period that began on Monday, October 1st. Zoeller says never provide personal financial information or a social security number to anyone that shows up on your doorstep or contacts you by phone to enroll you in the federal insurance program. Zoeller also says beware sales people that aggressively pressures you into buying insurance by saying you could face jail time if you don not have health insurance, because that is not true.
Tips to Avoid Scams and resources for assistance include:
•         The government will never call or e-mail consumers to solicit enrollment plans. Marketplace options and additional information is available at www.HealthCare.gov or at the Help Center, available 24/7, at 1-800-318-2596.
•         Anyone claiming to be enrolling consumers in coverage through the Marketplace before October 1 is not legitimate. Be wary of individuals contacting you with a “limited time special.”  Rates will remain the same from October 1 to March 31, 2014.
•         Navigators, by law, may not charge a fee for service; however, licensed health insurance agents and brokers receive commission from insurance companies for plan enrollment.
•         Navigators are there to assist you during the enrolment period.
•         Navigators will ask you question about your income, family size, and other relevant personal information to help you make a decision about the type of coverage you want.
•         Navigators will ask for the size of the family to determine coverage options and for income information to determine eligibility for tax credits or Medicaid
•         Navigators WILL NOT call you to enroll you in health insurance.
•         Navigators WILL NOT notify you about special limited time offers.
•         You can find your local Navigators at:  http://www.healthcare.gov/, and  http://www.sircon.com/resource/layout.jsp?page=indianaLps&type=indiana. ...
 

Visclosky: Shutdown Threatens NWI Steel Industry

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First District Congressman Pete Visclosky today is urging the leadership in the House of Representatives to reopen the government after a hearing scheduled today before the US International Trade Commission was cancelled due to the partial government shutdown. Visclosky says the cancellation of this hearing, which he was set to testify on behalf of the domestic steel industry, is just one example of how the shutdown impacts our economy, costs American jobs and threatens northwest Indiana's steel industry. Vosclosky says this gives foreign nations and companies free reign to continue to violate our trade laws and jeopardizes the livelihood of American workers. ...
 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Until 6:45pm

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The National Weather Service in Chicago has extended its Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 6:45pm for southern LaPorte County and northern Starke County


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Three Arrested for Multiple Thefts from Vehicles

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Three subjects have been charged in connection with multiple thefts from vehicles. Valparaiso Police report they responded to a report of a physical disturbance Saturday in the 22-hundred block of Yorktown Drive and upon arrival the subjects fled the scene but were located a short time later. Police say the subjects that fled were in possession of stolen property and an investigation determined the subjects had been involved with numerous incidents involving thefts from vehicles that had been occurring throughout Valparaiso over the past 30 days. Arrested were 36 year old Brian Oliver, 18 year old Thomas Sutton and a 17 year old Valparaiso resident. Police are attempting to return many of the items recovered and request individuals who recently had items taken from their vehicles to contact them. ...
 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Until 6pm

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The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 6pm for northwest Indiana. ...
 

Amtrak to Continue Hoosier State Rail Until 10/16

The Indiana Department of Transportation continues contract negotiations with Amtrak over the Hoosier State passenger rail service, which operates four days per week between Chicago and Indianapolis. INDOT Spokesman Will Wingfield says at this time, they know for certain Amtrak service will continue until at least October 16th.
Wingfield says meantime, contract negotations continue on a short-term plan to keep service running for a few months to allow for long-term discussions to happen.
In 2008, Congress voted to end federal support for Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles. Seven of the 19 states impacted had signed operating agreements as of the middle of September. ...
 

Man Falls Asleep at the Wheel, Crashes Vehicle

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(Photo Courtesy of INDOT's Facebook Page)

A Dephi, Indiana, man fell asleep at the wheel just before 12:30 this (Thursday) afternoon while heading north on I-65, two-miles south of the Lowell exit, causing a crash that closed all northbound lanes for less than hour.  Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports 20 year old Lucas Hunt fell asleep, causing his vehicle to go off the road and hit the concrete bridge abatement, which flipped the vehicle onto its passenger side and caused it to catch fire.  State Police say the passenger, 22 year old Thomas Storey, of West Lafayette, was able to free himself from the vehicle, while Hunt was removed by some Good Samaritans who stopped at the scene.  Hunt was hospitalized with broken bones and minor burns, while Storey was hospitalized after complaining of body pain.

 

Lock Down In Capital Lifted, Female Gunman Killed

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Shots were fired outside the US Capitol this afternoon, with a capitol policeman injured and a female gunman reportedly killed. ABC's Ann Compton described the scene near where the incident occurred as the kind of protective response that Washington is now all to familiar with conducting. ABC's Jim Avila is outside the Capitol building and says access is still restricted, but the lockd own has been lifted on Capitol Hill - following reports of gunshots fired outside.

Sources say someone tried to ram a barricade near the White House with a car - and that the suspect - a woman - is dead at the scene. ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas - Our guidance is a female may have been neutralized in the car crash or by police fire - we're trying to get clarity on that. I think the fact that you're seeing the all clear means that law enforcement believes they have this largely under control. They will do additional checking just to make sure there is no suspect but this is starting to wind down. ...
   

US Capital in Lock Down

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The US Capitol is in lock down after shots were heard Thursday afternoon. ABC's Jeff Zeleny reports he's talked to three senators who told him that they in fact heard gunshots outside of the Capitol building around the Dirksen Senate Office Building...just to give you a sense of where that is just across from the street from the Capitol. And Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said he heard three pops. Didn't think they were gunfire at first but Sen. Sherod Brown of Ohio walking nearby said he knew they were gunshots initially. He said there was all types of commotion after that. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona confirmed the account, also heard shots. These senators we're told were told to get behind vehicles so they hid in place for a while and then were brought back in to the capitol. ...
   

Cappas Named Lake Superior Court Judge

Indiana Governor Mike Pence today named Sam Cappas as Judge in the Lake Superior Court Criminal Division. Governor Pence says Cappas has the legal skills and background necessary to serve the people of Lake County as Lake Superior Court Judge. Cappas has nearly 20 years experience as a public defender in the Lake County Superior Court System and worked for nearly five years as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Lake County Prosecutor's Office....
   

I-65 Reopened After Closure

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(Photo Courtesy of INDOT's Facebook Page)
INDOT reports all lanes of northbound I-65 are now open after crash forced a closure south of the Lowell/Route 2 exit. No further information is available at this time on the cause of the accident that forced the closure, but there was a vehicle on fire....
   

Interview: 'Black Water' Back at Lowell School

Visit News Audio on Demand here at our website for our interview today with Tri-Creek Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nathan Kleefisch concerning the discolored water at Lake Prairie Elementary School. 
Discolored water was coming out of some faucets at Lake Prairie Elementary School near Lowell Wednesday. The gray-colored water led to drinking fountains being turned off and bottled water being provided to students and staff as a precaution. The school is outside of town limits and not part of the municipal water system. It's an issue Tri-Creek officials have dealt with at Lake Prairie for years, including last year. School officials say the well water has been determined to be safe, despite its color, and that they've been working with state and county health officials. Dr. Kleefisch says the discoloration has varied over the years, with a variety of extremes, where at times it's looked like there's mud in the water....
   

NB 65 Closed Just South of Lowell

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12 noon -- Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post report all lanes of northbound I-65 are closed south of the Lowell/Route 2 exit due to an accident.  A caller to the Region News Team reports a vehicle on fire in the area.
We also have word from a caller of a backup in the area of northbound Cline Avenue in the Hammond area, with a car sideways blocking the left lane as you exit north from the Borman Expressway....
   

Suspicious Package Found to be a Cooler

Police say no explosives were found in a suspicious package that halted South Shore and Metra Electric trains in Chicago during Wednesday morning's rush hour. Police say what they did find was a large cooler that had a cellphone, wires, and a Thermos inside, and they say investigators were able to identify the owner and determine there were no malicious intentions on the part of that person. The trains were stopped around 7 am before the Van Buren stop after the package was spotted by a South Shore crew on a platform at the Van Buren station. All service resumed about ninety-minutes later. ...
   

Discolored Water Reoccurs at Lowell Grade School

Discolored water was coming out of some faucets at Lake Prairie Elementary School in Lowell Wednesday. The black water led to drinking fountains being turned off and bottled water being provided to students and staff as a precaution. The school is outside of town limits and not part of the municipal water system. It's an issue Tri-Creek officials have dealt with at Lake Prairie in the past, including last year. School officials say the well water has been determined to be safe, despite its color, and that they've been working with state and county health officials....
   

IUN's First Coffee with a Cop a Huge Success

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Chief Patricia Nowak and Officer Ricardo Garcia were on hand at IU Northwest’s recent “Coffee with a Cop” event, in which the campus and community came out to meet the campus officers in an informal, conversational setting. Nowak said the event was a huge success, and the IUPD-Northwest is planning on future meet-and-greets.
About sixty people came out for the very first "Coffee with a Cop" event hosted by the Indiana University Police Department-Northwest (IUPD-NW) at the campus cafeteria Tuesday.
IUPD-NW Chief Patricia Nowak said she was thrilled with the turnout for the inaugural meet-and-greet, in which officers engaged in informal conversation, providing campus and community members the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work, both on the IU Northwest campus, as well as in the community, most specifically in Gary.  The conversations touched on such topics as careers in law enforcement, the desire for more citizens’ and kids’ police academies, and the IUPD-NW’s involvement in patrolling the University Park area immediately surrounding campus.
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Sergeant Melvin Blakely, Jr. (foreground) speaks to a resident at the recent “Coffee with a Cop” event at Indiana University Northwest. The meet-and-greet attracted about 60 campus and community members who enjoyed an informal conversation with campus officers.
Overall, Nowak said the folks she chatted with expressed satisfaction with their safety and security on campus, appreciate the department’s presence immediately surrounding the campus and feel the officers are friendly and approachable.“It is important that the campus, and community, have an awareness of what we do, and how we serve,” Nowak said. “Building relationships builds trust.”
The university says a commitment to community engagement efforts, such as Coffee with a Cop, have become more greatly embedded into the mission of IUPD-NW since Chief Nowak joined the squad in July 2012. Similar community-based efforts include the Citizens’ Police Academy, the Youth Citizens’ Police Academy, and the annual Shop with a Cop program, among others. “The concept of community policing efforts is to build trust with our constituents,” Nowak said. “The IUPD-NW sees great value in getting to know, and serving the needs of not only the IU Northwest campus, but also the citizens of Northwest Indiana.”
The meet-and-greet was one of several such gatherings that are taking place nationwide as part of a U.S. Department of Justice initiative. Because of the high turnout and valuable information gleaned from the event, Chief Nowak anticipates hosting more meet-and-greet events in the future.
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Gary Signs Agreement with Humane Society Calumet Area

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The Gary Animal Control Division has forged a partnership with the Humane Society Calumet Area out of Munster to assist with the intake of animals. The Board of Works approved the contract Wednesday. Commander Peter Sormaz of the Gary Police Department, who represented the City’s Animal Control Division during the negotiations, says Gary is not in a position to build a new facility at this time. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says she believes the plan will bode well with groups who have expressed concerns about the care and safety of the animals.  “We are extremely pleased with this agreement, and I applaud the Gary Police Department and the representatives from the Humane Society Calumet Area for their hard work in mapping out a plan that works well for both parties,” said Freeman-Wilson.  “The animals will continue to get the care they need," Sormaz said, "and we have gained a great partner in the Humane Society Calumet Area.”
According to the contract, the Gary Animal Control will transport animals to the Munster facility located at 421 45th St., and the City will pay the Humane Society $50 per animal per month for services performed. However, the Humane Society will waive the S50 fee for feral cats. The contract is not to exceed $82,000 annually and shall continue through December 31, 2014. The contract may be extended for up to four additional two-year terms so long as both parties agree.
Guardians who are looking to reclaim an impounded animal will pay a $15 fee for each day the animal has been impounded. Impoundment fees for less than three days will be waived. The Humane Society Calumet Area will begin providing services next week....
   

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