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Woman Injured in Portage Township Crash

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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A woman suffered multiple injuries after she was ejected from her vehicle during a crash this morning at US 6 and County Road 450 West in Portage Township. The Times reports the woman was heading east on US 6 and failed to stop for a red light, striking a southbound vehicle on 450 West, causing the vehicle to hit a northbound school bus on 450 West. According to the article, the woman sustained a head injury and complained of pain to her torso, but police reported it appeared her injuries were non-life threatening. No other injuries were reported and no children were on the school bus at the time of the crash, which occurred just before 9am....

Former Wanted Person of the Week Arrested

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(Photo Courtesy of LaPorte Police)
A 29 year old LaPorte woman, who had been listed as the LaPorte Police Department's “Wanted Person of the Week” last week, surrendered herself to law enforcement on Tuesday. LaPorte Police report Amanda Hanley had been wanted on a warrant from LaPorte Circuit Court for felony theft....

Earlier Vehicle Fire Backing up the Borman

Earlier Vehicle Fire Backing up the Borman 
A traffic tipster reporting a vehicle on fire heading westbound on the Borman (I-80/94) just past the Grant Street exit initially came in shortly before 1p.m. CDT Wednesday.

INDOT reports the fre has been extinguished wih the vehicle moved to the right shoulder as fire equipment continues to block the right lane of westbound I-80/94 near Burr St. .  Drivers should expect about 20-minute delays with westbound lanes of the the Borman backing up to I-65.  Also, northbound traffic on I-65 is backing up on the connector ramp to westbound I-80/94, drivers should expect backups and delays.  

Earlier Vehicle Fire Backing up the Borman 
(Top photo:  vehicle earlier reported on fire and extinguished is off on the right shoulder of westbound I-80/94 near Burr Street.  Bottom photo:  westbound I-80/94 (Borman) backing up from I-65 and the northbound I-65 entrance ramp to westboud I-80/94 is backing up as well, due to the right lane closed near Burr St.)

(photos:  INDOT traffic cams)



CMAP Board Votes Against Illiana Expressway

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or “CMAP” board today voted ten-to-four to NOT include the Illiana Expressway in its Go To 2040 Plan. The vote is non-binding and the issue comes up for another vote before CMAP's Metropolitan Planning Organization next week. Meanwhile, in northwest Indiana, NIRPC has four open houses scheduled next month on the proposed east-west highway that would connect I-65 in south Lake County to I-55 in Illinois. NIRPC has votes scheduled in December on whether or not to include the project in its 2040 plan. Putting it in the plan pushes it forward for federal funding....

Traffic Detour on Colorado Street

11am - A traffic tipster reports to us that traffic is being detoured off of Colorado Street in Hobart south of US 30, in the area of construction at the new TradeWinds facility on East 83rd Place.  The tipster tells us motorists are being detoured to Clay or Mississippi Street....

Hammond Groundbreaking for Munster Steel

Munster Steel is breaking ground on its new facility in Hammond today. In 2011 the steel fabrication firm announced plans to move their headquarters from 45th and Calumet to West Point Plaza Industrial Park, near White Oak and Gostlin. Munster Steel, a family-run company founded in the 50s, says it will retain its name. ...

La Porte Teen Killed, Another Injured in Crash

Officials say a 17-year-old boy from northwest Indiana was killed and another teenager was injured in a two-vehicle crash near the La Porte/St.Joseph County line Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say Skyler Kleine of La Porte died in the collision, and 19-year-old passenger Aaron Oaks of La Porte, was transported to a South Bend hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was said to be uninjured. St. Joseph County Police say the teens were in a car that apparently went through a stop sign on County Line Road/900 East at a high rate of speed and crashed into the trailer of a semi on State Road 2. Police say the impact caused the trailer tires to lift off the ground and roll over the car....

NIPSCO Announces Winter Heating Bill Forecast

Northern Indiana Public Service Company says heating bills this winter may be about one-percent higher than last, assuming normal winter temperatures. In its annual forecast announced Tuesday, NIPSCO said the average residential customer using a total of 624 therms over the course of the five-month winter heating season, November first through March 31st, could expect to pay about 437-dollars, four-dollars more than a customer using the same amount of natural gas last winter.
Here is more information from NIPSCO:
Over the course of the five-month winter heating season – Nov. 1 to March 31 – NIPSCO’s average residential customers using a total of 624 therms could expect to pay approximately $437. This compares to $433 for a customer using the same amount of gas during last winter.
NIPSCO’s projections take into market forecasts, supply trends and storage levels, among other considerations.
NIPSCO has among the lowest residential gas bills in Indiana, according to bill comparisons released monthly by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).
Actual bills vary by customer depending on the home’s age and size, number in the household, number and age of gas appliances, thermostat settings and insulation levels.
“Natural gas continues to be one of the lowest-cost, most reliable and abundant energy sources for customers,” said NIPSCO CEO Jim Stanley. “The outlook on natural gas prices and domestic supplies remain stable for the foreseeable future, which is great news as we head toward the winter heating season.”
While winter bill amounts are projected to be relatively flat compared to last winter, the company expects usage amounts to be slightly higher. Last winter’s actual usage amounts were lower than normal due to warmer temperatures during some months.

The cost of natural gas represents the largest portion of customer bills – on average, two-thirds of an overall bill. NIPSCO has no mark-up and makes no profit on the cost of natural gas billed to its customers. Before billing, natural gas commodity costs must be reviewed by the IURC.
While NIPSCO cannot control market conditions affecting the price of natural gas, the utility does negotiate the best possible price for the natural gas it purchases for its customers.
NIPSCO’s purchasing strategy is a multi-faceted approach that consists of buying gas in the market from a variety of supply sources at different times throughout the year. The ability to utilize gas storage helps to offset market price volatility.
NIPSCO’s gas distribution system consists of three on-system storage facilities and connects to seven interstate pipelines providing access to eight major North American supply basins.
Billing and Payment Options Customers who are experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to call NIPSCO’s 24-hour Customer Care Center as soon as possible to determine what options might be available to offer help. Some of those solutions include:
Payment Assistance Programs: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive state and federal utility assistance dollars as well as support funds from separate NIPSCO programs by visiting their local community action agency.
BudgetPlan: A free service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy bills by spreading out gas costs over an entire year.
Payment Arrangements: Allows customers to make an initial payment within four days of the agreement, then spread the remaining unpaid balance over three months, plus current bills as they are due.
For more information on billing options and payment assistance, visit
Energy and Money Saving Programs
Through NIPSCO’s energy efficiency programs, customers can pinpoint ways to manage their energy usage, and in turn their bills. A full list of programs available to NIPSCO customers to help manage energy use can be found at
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has served the energy needs of Northern Indiana since 1912. Headquartered in Merrillville, NIPSCO is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc (NYSE: NI). With more than 821,000 natural gas customers and 468,000 electric customers, NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about NIPSCO is available at

Gov Pence: Indiana Can Weather the Shutdown

Gov Mike Pence
Indiana Governor Mike Pence says Indiana can weather the federal government shutdown.  Here is an op-ed piece submitted by Governor Pence:
As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, Hoosiers should know that Indiana will be able to mitigate the impact and continue to meet our obligations to those who support our National Guard and to our most vulnerable citizens.
At midnight on Tuesday, October 1, federal funding for many critical programs lapsed and the federal government partially shut down. Employees of the Indiana National Guard whose pay comes from the federal government were put on furlough, and new federal funding for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) stopped.
On that first day of the federal shutdown, I ordered the Indiana National Guard to continue paying the 244 federally-reimbursed employees who provide support to the Guard. I consider the cost of approximately $33,000 a day a small price to pay for ensuring Indiana is prepared to handle any emergency.  I am grateful that most of these employees have now been recalled to work, but we stand ready to take care of those who serve by making sure they have all the support they need. 
Indiana’s most vulnerable also are at risk due to the disruption in federal funding.  We have 931,737 Hoosiers who receive SNAP food assistance and 27,560 who receive TANF.  The WIC program helps another 280,000 Hoosiers provide nutritious food for their infants and children. The federal shutdown jeopardizes these programs and threatens those who most need assistance. Since Indiana has administered those programs in a responsible manner, we have funds available to continue both SNAP and WIC through October and TANF through November, if need be.  We will assess our resources and look at options for providing those services to Hoosiers should the shutdown go on longer.
While activity in Washington, D.C. has ground to a halt, Indiana will keep moving forward. We are investing in schools, pushing our career and technical education initiatives, and making our economy more competitive. We can do those things right here in Indiana with state resources and the help of talented Hoosiers from across the state.
Like every Hoosier, I am frustrated over this government shutdown, and I will continue to urge this administration to seek common ground with Congressional leaders to reopen the government as soon as possible. In the meantime, Hoosiers will be glad to know that Indiana has the resources to weather this shutdown and mitigate the impact on our people and our economy....

Region Students Take Part in Walk to School Day

Today (Oct 9)  is International Walk to School Day. Organizers say it's a day that teaches about the health and environmental benefits of walking.  Bryan Bodamer is the parent chairman of Walk to School Day at Lake Street Elementary in Crown Point. Bodamer says when it comes to getting the kids to walk, Lake Street is like most schools in the region, with a few walkers, but mostly parents who drop their kids off or bus riders, "our goal is to give those kids an opportunity to have a day of walking to school," and to promote the exercise benefit.  Bodamer also says more students are participating in the event that's in its sixth year. "The kids have always been excited about it," Bodamer says, and when they started they had maybe 42-percent participation and last year went up to about 65-percent.  He says participants can participate by riding their bikes to school too.  The website shows schools in more than 70 communities around the state signed up for walk to school events.  You can hear Jay Stevens' interview with Bodamer online here at our website at News Audio on Demand....

Funeral Services for Former Lake County Assessor

Funeral services are scheduled for today (Wednesday Oct 9) at 1 pm at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Schererville for former Lake County Assessor Hank Adams, who passed away Sunday. Adams, 77, who had been battling cancer for over a year, resigned his post last week due to health reasons. Adams was the first Republican to hold countywide office in Lake County in over fifty years. Prior to being elected county assessor, Adams also served as St. John Township assessor and Schererville town councilman. A native of Tennessee, Adams became a longtime businessman in Lake County, as the owner of Adams Village TV in Gary and Barelli's Furniture on State Street in Hammond....

Unclaimed $1M Powerball Prize Stays Unclaimed

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Hoosier Lottery officials say a $1 million Powerball prize won in Indiana in the April 10 drawing has expired without being claimed.  The prize expired at 5 p.m. Eastern Monday, Oct. 7. Powerball players in Indiana have 180 days to claim prizes.  The ticket was purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, Ind. The retailer will still receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Hoosier Lottery retailers receive a one percent bonus capped at $20,000 for selling a Powerball ticket that matches the first five numbers, but not the PB number.
It is rare, but not unheard of, that a prize of such magnitude goes unclaimed.  Unclaimed prizes are absorbed back into the lottery to reduce future prize expenses, and that increases the amount of money that goes back to the state.  The $1 million prize is not be the largest unclaimed Hoosier Lottery prize.  Hoosier Lottery officials say a $5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot went unclaimed in March 2004, and in September of 2002 someone missed out on a $50 million Powerball jackpot won in the Hoosier state.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.


Indianapolis a Finalist for Super Bowl LII

The chances Indianapolis could host another Super Bowl just got even better. The National Football League today announced Indianapolis is one of their top three finalists for Super Bowl LII (52) in 2018. Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement saying, “Indiana far surpassed expectations in 2012, and we look forward to submitting another promising bid to showcase once again Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer.” The other two locations selected as finalists are Minneapolis and New Orleans....

Porter Regional Hospital Assessment Completed

Porter Regional Hospital
An appraisal of Porter Regional Hospital has finally been completed, the first since the hospital opened in August 2012. The hospital land was assessed at one-point-seven million dollars, down from four-point-seven-eight and the building assessment came in at 242-point-eight million, up from 29-point four million, for a total assessment of 244-point-five million dollars. Porter Regional Hospital agreed to turn over documents in July that were said to be necessary to complete the property tax assessment of the hospital campus at US 6 and State Road 49 in Liberty Township. Officials with the hospital have 45 days from Monday to file an appeal. ...

Indiana and 15 School Corporations Sue IRS

Indiana OAG Official Seal
The State of Indiana and 15 school corporations filed a lawsuit today against the IRS, challenging a new IRS regulation that imposes the employer mandate requirements of the Affordable Care Act onto state and local governments. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller contends the Affordable Care Act as passed by Congress does not allow financial penalties in states that did not create their own health insurance exchanges and that the financial penalties, which are based on the total number of employees, cannot be applied to government employees.
Joining the State as co-plaintiffs are 15 Indiana school corporations:
• Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, Martinsville, Ind.
• Perry Central Community Schools, Leopold, Ind.
• Benton Community School Corporation, Fowler, Ind.
• Community School Corporation of Eastern Hancock County, Charlottesville, Ind.
• John Glenn School Corporation, Walkerton, Ind.
• Monroe-Gregg School District, Monrovia, Ind.
• Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation, Mooresville, Ind.
• North Lawrence Community Schools, Bedford, Ind.
• Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Fairland, Ind.
• Shelbyville Central Schools, Shelbyville, Ind.
• Southwest Parke Community School Corporation, Montezuma, Ind.
• Vincennes Community School Corporation, Vincennes, Ind.
• Madison Consolidated Schools, Madison, Ind.
• South Henry School Corporation, Straughn, Ind.
• Southwestern Jefferson County Consolidated School Corporation, Hanover, Ind.
As political subdivisions of the State, school corporations are faced with reducing the hours of their part-time employees in order to avoid the financial penalties of the IRS regulation under the employer mandate....

WWII Veteran Pleads Guilty to Drug Running

A World War II veteran from Michigan City pleaded guilty today to a 2011 traffic stop near Detroit, Michigan, where authorities found two-hundred pounds of cocaine in his vehicle. 89 year old Leo Sharp could face the prosecutor's recommended sentence of five years in prison....

Nobel Prize Contributing Prof Honored at Purdue-Calumet

dr parashar
(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner)
dr parashar with students
Theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert began working on the Higgs Theory in the 1960s, and after more than half a century of tireless research, experimentation, and technological advancements, The Nobel Prize for physics was bestowed upon them this morning for discovery of the Higgs boson, or “God Particle”, a scientific energy component that gives mass to all physical matter.
A press conference was held at Purdue-Calumet today to congratulate one of the many researchers who have also researched the theory in order to discover its existence. Purdue-Calumet professor, Dr. Neeti Parashar says this discovery is the crowning achievement of the century.
Dr. Parashar says this discovery for humans' understanding of the basic building blocks of life, energy and the natural universe is monumental—and fundamental—because if the Higgs didn't exist, we would not exist.
Dr. Parashar and her team of researchers were also congratulated via Skype by Purdue-Calumet Chancellor, Thomas Keon, and they look forward to contining research on the Higgs Field and hope to discover different types of “God Particles” that energetically shape the world around us.
dr parashar and keon ...

Lake County Treasurer Reports Bills Due 11/12

The Office of the Lake County Treasurer announced today that bills are due November 12th. The Treasurer's office says bills can be paid at their main office at the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point, or at their Gary or Hammond satellite offices. Taxpayers with no questions or problems with their bills can visit any number of bank branches, or you can pay online, but a credit card fee is charged, so if you are paying online, it is suggested you use the cheaper e-check system,
The Lake County Treasurer's office also reports that office staff will be swamped with calls, so be patient and expect to be on hold for an extended period of time.
The following banks and all of their branches will be accpeting payments: 5th/3rd Bank, American Savings FSB, Centier, Chase, Citizens Financial Bank, Demotte State Bank, First Federal Savings and Loan, First Midwest, First National Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Horizon, Lake Federal Bank, Main Source Bank, Peoples and Tech Federal Credit Union....

Open House Dates Set for Illiana Expressway

Four open house dates have been scheduled in November by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission regarding the Illiana Expressway. Recently we spoke with NIRPC's Mitch Barloga who says the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Board is expected to vote this week on the matter, after its transportation committee voted last week in favor including the Illiana Expressway in its transportation plan. He says NIRPC's full board will take a vote on amending its regional plan to include the expressway on December 12th.
The first open house is scheduled for November 2nd, in Gary, from 10am to 12pm, at Indiana University Northwest. For a list of open house dates, times and locations, including information regarding public comment, visit

Sign Up Kids for Gary FD Fire Safety First Sessions

Gary FD
The Gary Fire Department is recognizing Fire Prevention Week with “Fire Safety First” sessions for children ages 6 through 12, October 9th through the 11th. Sessions must be scheduled by an appointment and children are being asked to dress appropriately so they can participate in the activities. Each session lasts approximately an hour and a half, can accommodate up to 35 youth, and will be held at the Hudson and Campbell Fitness Center, in the four-hundred block of Massachusetts Street. Highlights include fire fighter demonstrations, a fire safety simulation maze, and more.  To schedule an appointment, call Lt. Sandra McGuire at (219) 881-5252....

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