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Morton Grove, IL Man Injured in Roll Over Crash

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A 54 year old Morton Grove, Illinois, man is in serious condition at last check after falling asleep at the wheel Sunday afternoon while heading north on I-65, one-mile south of the Lowell exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports Chester Tanaka fell asleep while in the right lane, and his vehicle drifted off the roadway, and he awoke when it was off in the gravel off the outer shoulder. State Police say he over-corrected while attempting to regain control of the vehicle, but the vehicle ultimately went off the road to the right and rolled over twice before coming to rest in a corn field fifty feet east of I-65. The Morton Grove man had to be extricated from the vehicle and he was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. His wife and 14 year old son were also taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. Authorities say the vehicle was a total loss and all three were wearing their seat belts. ...

 

East Chicago Woman Killed in Crash

A 77 year old East Chicago woman was killed Saturday afternoon as the result of a car vs. train crash. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports Minnie Brisco died due to blunt force trauma in the crash that occurred at Chicago and Kennedy Avenue in East Chicago. The 76 year old driver of the vehicle, whose name is not yet available, was transported to the hospital, and no word at last check on his condition. The crash remains under investigation....
 

Gas station clerk is not foiled by alleged thief

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A “drive-off” from a Valparaiso gas station on Thursday led police directly to the suspect—a 31-year-old Merrillville woman--after following “her” directions. According to the Times, a clerk told police that only after giving directions to the local Social Security office did she realize that a passenger in the woman's car had pumped 42-dollars worth of gas into her car. The clerk then gave chase but the woman had left. An immediate search of the area by police turned up nothing. But upon discovering that the woman asked the clerk for directions, police went to that location and found the car and two suspects matching the description.
Read more about this story at:  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/valparaiso/police-thief-asks-for-directions-at-station/article_bf24acdd-4a27-5fb2-97cb-091148e147e4.html...
 

Governors endorse Illiana Expressway at Summit


In a display of solidarity Friday, both the governors of Illinois and Indiana endorsed the Illiana Expressway during a three-state regional summit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The Times is reporting that the summit brings Northwest Indiana, Chicago and Milwaukee together as one region. Illinois governor Pat Quinn says that regardless of the type of transportation it is, “you have to go where the demand is.” Meanwhile Indiana governor Mike Pence says that when it comes to thinking regionally infrastructure matters, “because roads don't stop at state borders.” The two governor's approval of the expressway continues to face mounting opposition from Chicago, where in two weeks a vote takes place, according to the article.

Read more about the summit action at:  http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/governors-tout-illiana-expressway/article_01a70719-e9c1-5b9f-a694-aaf87b6ba0ce.html...
 

Chesterton man dies in overnight crash on I-80/94

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A preliminary investigation reveals that a Chesterton man who crashed his vehicle early Saturday morning on the Borman, may have died as a result of some sort of medical emergency.  Sgt. Ann Wojas of the Indiana State Police says at around 1:45a.m. a Toyota Camry driven by 54-year-old Timothy Knight of Chesterton was eastbound on I-80/94 just west of Calumet Avenue when he suddenly veered right crossing lanes of traffic hitting the outer barrier concrete wall and coming to rest in the deceleration lane. Knight was reportedly found unconscious and not breathing after the crash and pronounced dead at Munster Community Hospital. An autopsy has been scheduled.
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Amish Buggy crash kills buggy's driver downstate

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State police in downstate Indiana are trying to determine what caused an Amish buggy to cross the center line and go into the path of a pickup truck, killing the buggy's 18-year-old driver.  Police reports say the crash occurred Thursday night on U.S. 421 near the southeastern Indiana town of Versailles.  According to reports, the victim, identified as Daniel Stoltzfus, was ejected from the carriage and thrown onto the highway and might have also been struck by other vehicles.  The horse was also killed in the crash.  No other drivers were reported injured.
(photo:  http://www.amishamerica.com)...
 

State to dedicate 1st Nature Preserve Shipwreck Site

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The Indiana Department of Resources will be dedicating the state's first ever nature preserve at a shipwreck site 11 a.m. Monday, September 30th at the Indiana Dunes State Park. Ginger Murphy, Director for Stewardship, Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs says, "We're going to talk a little about the history of theJ.D. Marshall, we will have some comments from our Department of natural Resources Director Stan Clark.  and then we are also going to honor the men who dies as a result of the shipwreck."
Murphy says a program illustrating the shipwrecks on Lake Michigan will also be given by the park's Interpreaive Naturalist, Brad Bumgarder.  She adds that  refreshments will also be served.   The dedication ceremony will be held at the historic beach pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
 
According to a press release from the DNR, the J.D. Marshall Nature Preserve in Porter County is 100 acres in Lake Michigan, 600 yards offshore from the park. The J.D. Marshall, a 154-foot long, steam-powered sand barge built in 1891, sank in a storm on June 11, 1911. Four crew members died and seven survived.
Nature preserve status aims at help promote public understanding and appreciation of the J.D. Marshall and Indiana shipwrecks in general. The status also offers new protections to the site in addition to existing protections offered under Indiana’s archaeological laws. 
Fishing is permitted in the preserve by canoe, kayak or any boat with a draft less than 8 feet. Anchoring in the preserve is prohibited. Mooring buoys will be provided for dive and fishing boats to tie off. 
Preserve boundaries will be identified by seasonally placed buoys. NOAA nautical charts will be updated to show the preserve.
J.D. Marshall information and artifacts are available at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center. The park also offers regular educational programs on shipwrecks in Lake Michigan.
The whereabouts of 14 shipwreck sites in Indiana’s portion of Lake Michigan are known and have been documented by archaeologists. Many more ships sank in Indiana’s 241 square miles, but most underwater wreckage has been swallowed by sand or flattened by waves and ice.
(J.D. Marshall: photo courtesy of DNR Division of Historic Preservation)
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Region Schools Remember LaPorte Football player

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High schools all across Northwest Indiana paid tribute with a movement of silence before their football games last night for 17-year-old Jacob West, the LaPorte Junior and football player who collapsed during practice Wednesday and dying later of a genetic heart condition. The Times is reporting today that West's team, the LaPorte Slicers, who played at Merrillville High School last night, received a standing ovation from the Merrillville Pirates fans as they ran onto the field. For the coin toss before the game, four slicer team members walked to the center of the field carrying West's jersey. West's mother, father and sister, who were present at the game, received the white number 26 jersey. In addition, a flag displaying West's number flew in the south end zone of the field to be given to the LaPorte after the game, according to the article.
Read more about this story at:  http://www.nwitimes.com/high-school/laporte/this-night-everyone-is-a-slicers-fan/image_91b805c3-280d-5085-bb12-a53b8681d34b.html
(photo:  Jacob West)...
 

Gary Neighborhood Community Clean Up Continues

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The former Mayor of Chicago will be joining the Mayor of Gary tomorrow for another neighborhood revitalization community clean-up. The five-by-five-by-five program initiative began back in early June and since then cleanups have taken place in the Marshalltown, Roosevelt and Froebel/Norton neighborhoods, with tomorrow's cleanup taking place in the Tolleston neighborhod. The initiative was born out of partnership developed with former Mayor Richard Daley and graduate students from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy and is intended to engage Gary residents, community leaders, City of Gary staff and other volunteers to work together to clean up and improve the city, neighborhood by neighborhood. The clean-up begins at 9am, at the Tolleston Park Pavilion and runs until 1pm...
 

Goodland Man Killed in Jasper County Crash

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A 36 year old Goodland man was pronounced dead at the scene of single vehicle crash early Thursday morning on the north side of County Road 700 South, two-miles southwest of Rensselaer. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office reports they were dispatched to the scene at 12:30am on a report of a vehicle off the roadway. The Sheriff's Office reports Fire Rescue was called in to extricate a lone male victim, identified as Jason Hopkins, who suffered extreme head and neck trauma as a result of the crash. Authorities say an investigation revealed Hopkins was traveling east when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree, causing the vehicle to rollover, coming to rest on its roof. An investigation continues pending toxicology results. ...
 

Former Teacher Gets 12 Years for Child Pornography

A former teacher at Morton High School in Hammond has been sentenced to twelve years in prison. In June, 28-year-old Jon Erik Lilly of Cedar Lake pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving child pornography. At his sentencing hearing in Hammond Federal Court Thursday, Lilly apologized to his victims and his family. In a joint Hammond Police Department and Homeland Security Investigation announced earlier this year, the former math teacher was accused of asking underage female students to text sexually explicit pictures of themselves to him by cellphone....
   

Parent Charged for Child's Excessive School Absences

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A Portage woman faces anywhere from six-months to three-years in prison as the result of a child's repeat absences and tardiness. The Times reports Moina (moe-E-nah) Lucious, of Portage, has been charged with felony neglect of a dependant. According to the article, boy in question is a fifth grader, who racked up 19 unexcused absences and was tardy 30 times in the 2011-2012 school year, and 15 unexcused absences and was tardy four times the prior year. In the 2012-2013 school year, the child accumulated 10 unexcused absences and was tardy 18 times by March 12th 2013....

   

LaPorte Police 2013 Traffic Safety Report

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Police in LaPorte have put together a list of some 2013 traffic statistics. Police report so far in 2013, the most dangerous intersections in LaPorte are East Lincolnway and Boyd Boulevard, with eleven crashes, Lincolnway and Michigan Avenue, with eight crashes, and Lincolnway and Indiana Avenue, with seven crashes. In 2013, from January 1st through September 25th, LaPorte Police report they have investigated 361 property damage crashes and 82 person injury crashes, 20 of which were alcohol related.
Other dangerous intersections in LaPorte this year are:
• Pine Lake Av. & Waverly Rd. with five crashes.
• US 35 & SR 39 and US 35 & Boyd Blvd. with four crashes each.
• Pine Lake Av. & Williams St.; Pine Lake Avenue & Truesdell Av.; 18th St. & A Street; and Indiana Av./Jefferson Av. with three crashes each.
Officers from the La Porte Police Department worked 21 hours of Operation Pull Over funded seat belt patrols in September, writing 41 citations and 26 warnings, including 36 citations for seat belt violations. These patrols wrap Operation Pull Over activities for the current federal fiscal year which ends on September 30, 2013.
We are pleased to announce that the La Porte Police Department has received an Operation Pull Over grant in the amount of $22,500.00 for 2014, which will fund approximately 700 hours of dangerous driving, impaired driving and seat belt patrols.
Operation Pull Over is a traffic safety program which targets impaired driving, seat belt and child restraint violations and dangerous driving. Types of dangerous driving activities that are targeted include speeding, stop sign/signal violations, aggressive driving and distracted driving.
According to NHTSA, motorists that text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. While texting is probably the distracted driving behavior that we most commonly think of, there are many other sources of distractions including eating and drinking; pets and passengers; grooming activities and radio/climate control adjustments to name a few. Please give your driving your full attention at all times.
It is important to note that there are really three different major categories of distracted driving.
1. Manual – taking your hands off the wheel.
2. Visual – taking your eyes off the road.
3. Cognitive – taking your mind off driving.
To continue the downward trend in traffic crashes and injuries, we ask for the public’s help and commitment. We encourage all motorists who use our community's roadways to drive safely, buckle up and choose never to drive impaired or distracted....
   

Highland Gas Leak Fixed

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Highland Police report a natural gas leak at 5th and 98th Street has been fixed and that 5th Street should be reopened by 3pm. NIPSCO, Police & Fire Department were on scene as of 10:43 this morning and no evacuation was necessary....
   

LaPorte Woman Arrested for Burglary

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A 27 year old LaPorte woman was arrested Thursday night and charged with residential burglary, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. LaPorte Police report just before 10:30pm, the victim informed police she arrived home, in the 100 block of West McClung Road, to find the front door standing open and a front bedroom light on, as well as a woman's purse and a plastic shopping bag laying on the front steps. Officers arrived and entered the residence to find Terrassa Fletcher sitting on the floor amongst several clothing items and shoes belonging to the victim and report she was also wearing the victim's clothing. Officers were informed by the victim that neither she, nor her boyfriend, who was sleeping in the home when the incident occurred, knew Fletcher, who told officers she was at the home of another person she knew and denied doing anything wrong. A jewelry box, camera and cash belonging to the victim was also allegedly found in her possession....
   

Natural Gas Leak in Highland

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Police in Highland are reporting a natural gas leak at 5th & 98th Street. NIPSCO, Police & Fire Department were on scene as of 10:43 this morning. No evacuation at this time but roads are closed near that intersection.

   

INDOT Announces Job Fair for Local Winter Positions

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says as many as thirty jobs will be available in the Region for winter work, with opportunities based out of in Gary, Rensselaer, Winamac, and Monticello. INDOT Northwest is hosting a job fair next week for winter program workers. Potential employees are urged to attend the event happening next Friday, October 4th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST), 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 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
For more information like INDOT Northwest at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT....
   

Valparaiso Police Announce Next Coffee with a Cop

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From Valparaiso Police Department Coffee with a Cop July 26
Valparaiso Police have announced their next Coffee with a Cop is happening this Tuesday, October first, at Campbell Street Cafe, 4245 Meridian Woods Drive, just off Campbell Street. Residents are encouraged to come out between 8 and 10 am to casually chat with police, and discuss community issues – over a cup of coffee. Police Chief Michael Brickner will be there along with other members of the Valparaiso Police Department. Police say their first Coffee with a Cop events, at Viking Chili Bowl and at Suzie's Cafe in late July, were a huge success. Coffee with a Cop is a US Department of Justice initiative to build relationships with the community.  [Photo/Valparaiso Police]...
   

Traffic Advisories Issued for St. John

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St. John officials have issued a couple of traffic advisories that will involve road closures beginning this Monday, September 30.
West 93rd Avenue closure:
Effective Monday, September 30th through October 4th Metro Excavating will be closing West 93rd Avenue from Belmont Avenue to Hilltop Drive (east/west traffic) for the "West 93rd Avenue to Larimer Park Ditch Project". This project is being done for the Town of St John. Metro Excavating will have "NOTICE SIGNAGE" signs put up with an established detour route on Monday, September 23rd.
Detours are as follows:
-Eastbound Traffic will detour around the closure by taking Hilltop Drive south to Larimer Drive / East on Larimer Drive to Woodland Drive / South on Woodland Drive to 94th Court / East on 94th Court to Belmont Avenue / North on Belmont Avenue to 93rd Avenue.
-Westbound Traffic will detour around the closure by taking Belmont Avenue south to 94th Court / West on 94th Court to Woodland Drive / North on Woodland Drive to Larimer Drive / West on Larimer Drive to Hilltop Drive / North on Hilltop Drive to 93rd Avenue.
West 85th Avenue (Bingo Lake Road) closure:
Norfolk Southern Railroad will be making rail repairs and closing the tracks on West 85th Avenue at the railroad crossing to both east and west bound traffic beginning Monday, September 30th and will remain closed through Monday, October 7th. Norfolk Southern Railroad will put up “NOTICE SIGNAGE” with establish detour route on Monday, September 23rd....
   

Fiery Two-Truck Crash Closes I-65 in White County

Indiana State Police say a crash involving two trucks early this morning closed I-65 north bound in White County when one of the trucks pulling double trailers caught on fire.
Authorities say a preliminary investigation by Trooper Kent Wainscott revealed that at approximately 1:30 A.M., this Friday, September 27, 2013, morning a USF Holland International straight truck, driven by James S Wilson, 32 of Missouri parked his truck on the outer shoulder of I-65 north bound at the 187 mile marker (this is just south of the Fowler/Brookston exit) for unknown mechanical problems. Wilson had activated his four-way emergency flashers on his truck before exiting. Wilson walked around to the front passenger side of his truck when it was hit causing Wilson to be partially pinned under the front passenger drive tire. Wilson was able to free himself and was taken to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries. The straight truck was loaded with general freight.
A Fed Ex semi pulling two trailers, driven by Vivian George Rose, 59 of Illinois, went off the road for unknown reasons and struck the USF Holland truck. The Fed Ex semi continued on for approximately 300 yards and came to rest under the 500 West overpass where it caught fire and became fully engulfed.
Rose was able to exit the semi and was taken to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries. The Fed Ex semi was loaded with general freight.
All lanes of I-65 were closed at this location and all traffic was being diverted off at the 178 mile marker (Brookston/West Lafayette exit). It was expected that all lanes at this location would be closed for several hours to ensure the fire is completely out, for off loading of the trailers, removal of the vehicles, and clean-up of the road.
Driver’s planning to travel north on I-65 were being asked to seek an alternate route. Delays are expected to build with the morning rush.
Assisting were Brookston and Monticello Fire Departments, Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service, White County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division....
   

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