(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 33 year old Hobart man received 50 years in prison today at his sentencing for molesting a child. The Times reports Arthur Gutierrez received five years more than prosecutors were seeking, and 30 years more than his defense sought. Gutierrez abused the child, who was between the age of four and seven, from 2007 through 2010, in Liberty Township. According to the article, the Hobart man had been tried late last summer on similar charges which resulted in a hung jury.
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According to a survey released earlier this week, 56 percent of Americans said they hadn’t heard of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. In light of the incident at the Boston Marathon and the data from the report, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), the Indiana State Police (ISP) and the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Safety are doing all that they can to bring forth this message, including calling on the media to help spread the word.
The encouraging side of the survey is that 57 percent of respondents indicated that they were willing to meet with homeland security or local police to talk about reporting suspicious activity.
“Citizen awareness is one of the best partners we have against manmade crises,” said IDHS Executive Director John Hill. “We need the average person to know that their input is critical to preventing violent situations. Do not feel embarrassed for reporting anything out of the ordinary.”
To report suspicious activity, contact on-site security, local law enforcement’s non-emergency line or the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center at 1-877-226-1026. If violence is imminent, call 9-1-1.
When reporting suspicious behavior, it is important to take note of several key details. When and where you witnessed the behavior and any description of individuals involved such as gender, age, physical description and unique characteristics. Also take note of any vehicles involved, make and model of the vehicle, and its direction of travel.
Examples of suspicious activity include monitoring personnel, testing security, unusual or prolonged interest in security measures, or purposely placing objects in sensitive areas to observe response. For example, a person taking photos at a high profile event is not unusual in itself, but if that person is only taking photos of security cameras or personnel, that activity would be suspicious.
For more information on the See Something, Say Something campaign visit http://www.dhs.gov/if-you-see-something-say-something-campaign or getprepared.in.gov.
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The two-day Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing Workshop will take place at the Purdue Extension LaPorte County office on April 26th and May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time. The workshop teaches grant writers of all skills levels how to develop a professional proposal. Also, during the workshop the attendees will learn how to identify and work with funding sources.
Past participants of Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing Workshops have received millions of dollars in funding allowing them to expand facilities, buy computers and other technical equipment, and increase their services provided.
Pre-registration is required to attend the workshop. The workshop registration is $150 per person and includes a workbook, reference materials and lunch both days.
The workshop will be held at the Purdue Extension LaPorte County office, 2857 W. State Road 2 Suite A, LaPorte Indiana on April 26 and May 17 from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT.
For more information and to register, log onto the workshop website at http://www.purdue.edu/grantwriting. Click on “Registration Form” and then “Select An Event” for a list of workshops, then select “LaPorte County.”
2857 W. State Road 2, Suite A 35 LaPorte, IN 46350 (219) 324-9407 · FAX: (219) 326-7362 · www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/laporte
Purdue University, Indiana Counties and U.S Department of Agriculture Cooperating An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution...
(Above: Eric Eaton. Below: Nathan Hinz)
(Photos Coutesy of the LaPorte PD)
In LaPorte, police today announced they are seeking the public's help identify the whereabouts of two men who were recently added as “Wanted Persons of the Week”. LaPorte Police say 28 year old Eric Eaton is wanted on a warrant for battery and is described weighing 240 pounds, and is five-foot eleven-inches tall, with blond hair and green eyes. Also wanted is 23 year old Nathan Hinz, who is also wanted on a warrant for battery, and is described as weighing 170 pounds, is approximately six-feet tall, with brown hair and green eyes.
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(Photos Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
Authorities in LaPorte County report their on-going investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin in the City of LaPorte and the County resulted in two arrests Thursday. 30 year old Clifton Riegert, of LaPorte, and 19 year old Brittany Sons, of Westville, were arrested on warrants, and without incident, in the parking lot of Indiana University Health – LaPorte Hospital. Riegert is charged with three-counts of dealing a controlled substance and is being held without bond, while Sons is charged with one-count of dealing a controlled substance, with bond set at 100-thousand dollars. Authorities say additional arrests are anticipated, and urge the public to report potential drug activity to the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit.
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In light of all the recent rainfall, flooding has become an issue for some residents in Lake County, which is why the Lake County Department of Homeland Security is urging those who sustained damaged caused by severe weather and flooding to report the damage. Director Jodi Richmond says it is very important that residents with damage contact them in the event an emergency is declared, which means additional funding to help residents recuperate their home, but she says there is big threshold number the County needs to hit first, so it is important to file a report as soon as possible. That phone number is 219-755-35-46, and for a link to the form, https://myoracle.in.gov/hs/damage/ia-public.do?method=form&incidentId=IA20130419121922.
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Cass County closures:
State Road 218, east of Camden
State Road 18, between State Road 29 and U.S. 35
INDOT crews are patrolling state roads, posting high water signs or closing roads as needed. At this time high water closures on state roadways across the Northwest Indiana district are not widespread, but motorists need to practice extreme caution due to the potential for flooding.
Officials stress If you come across a flooded roadway, turn around. Never drive through standing water. According to the National Weather Service most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Six inches of standing water is enough to stall a car and a foot of water will float many vehicles
INDOT encourages Region residents to follow updates on high water closures or other restrictions through their social media sites, www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can also find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
· State Road 47 near County Road 1100 West
· US 52 westbound north of State Road 47
· State Road 246, two miles east of the Eel River near Clay City
· State Road 75 north of Frankfort near County Road 200 North
· US 136 near County Road 50 South
· State Road 42 near Eminence
· State Road 236 east if US 231
· State Road 26 near Edna Mills
· State Road 43 between I-65 and State Road 443
· State Road 225 between State Road 43 and Old State Road 25
When encountering a flooded roadway, INDOT urges drivers to turn around and not drive through standing water. According to the National Weather Service, most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Six inches of standing water is enough to cause passenger cars to stall and a foot of water will float many vehicles. For the latest road conditions, please visit www.trafficwise.in.gov .
Flood warnings continue for Region rivers. This morning at 5 am the Little Calumet River at Munster was at 15.2 feet, 3.2 feet above flood stage, meteorologists report. Last night the Kankakee River at Shelby was at 10.5 feet, and flood stage is 9 feet.
Representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation held their first Open house of the Second Tier of the Illiana Corridor Project at Lowell Middle School from 5pm to 8pm tonight.
In a joint press release INDOT says the purpose of this event is to explain the Teir Two process, which includes refinement of the preferred corridor; interchange locations and layout; determining overpass and underpass opportunities; environmental analysis; and continued stakeholder outreach. A brief Question and Answer session was held at around 6pm.
Along with several hundred property owners and curious others who live near the planned #B corridor route, were members of the expressway's opposition group, "No Illiana 4 US," headed up in Indiana by Harold Mussman, West Creek Township Trustee. According to a recent article in the Times, Mussman said the group's main concern is the closure of certain north/south roads that would jeopardze residents' safety if they needed ambulance or first responder services.
Read more about the group at:
INDOT and IDOT spokespersons at media briefing prior to public meeting to kick off Tier ll of the Illiana Expressway Project
Harold Mussman, West Creek Township Trustee and Indiana leader of the "No Illiana 4 US," opposition group
Part of the opposition group "No Illiana 4 US" with picket signs at the first Indiana public meeting of Tier ll of the Illiana Corridor Project
Slide presentation of Tier Two at public meeting
The Illiana Expressway B3 Corridor laid out for public inspection (Indiana sector is at the far end of the table)
The Illiana Corridor in the Lowell area
One of several dozens informational posters on display at the public Open House Thursday night
Some of the opposition group "No Illiana 4 US" signs
(photos provided by Jay Stevens)
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“Hoosiers have said, ‘Look, we’re willing to share the burden. We’re willing to stand up for our country and reduce costs. But Indiana’s National Guard shouldn’t have to bear the burden for the Army,’” said Donnelly. “In just a few days, National Guard families lose their healthcare benefits and some soldiers lose their reenlistment bonuses. We need to show that even during these challenging budget discussions, the well-being of the people who serve our great nation comes first.”
Donnelly concluded, “I am here to try to make sure that this is made right because what was done was not.”
Following the announcement of the off-ramp in March, Senator Donnelly sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense and the Chief of Staff of the Army asking them to reconsider his decision. In response, the Army delayed the off-ramps by one month, giving Guard members and their families additional time on payroll and with health benefits, allowing them the transition time they have earned.
For a link to the letter Donnelly sent, click http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=341319
To view Senator Donnelly question Secretary Hagel, click ">
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The Weatherization Program is operated through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The state office combines funding from the Energy Department and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to provide these services through a network of 24 community action agencies located throughout the state.
To be eligible to receive these free energy improvements, the typical family of four in the state must earn less than $47,000, or less than 200 percent of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines. These families will save from $250 to $450 per year in their energy bills depending on the housing type and fuel source. These dollars can now be used for medicine, food, clothing and other expenses.
Indiana’s Weatherization Program also provides comprehensive consumer education to each participating family on both improving health and safety in the home and the best use of the energy efficiency measures being installed. Nationally, the Department’s weatherization program has helped more than seven million families save money on their energy bills while creating jobs for American workers, supporting small businesses and reducing pollution.
To help families save additional money on their energy bills, energy efficiency and renewable energy experts from the Energy Department will answer questions about reducing energy use and improving home comfort during a Google+ Hangout on April 22 at 3 pm ET.
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- LaPorte Co Authorities Seeking Info on Missing Sex Offender
- Body Found in Boone Twp Ditch Is Missing Akron, IN Man
- FBI Releases Description of Suspects in Boston Bombing
- Illinois Governor Declares State of Emergency
- WX Cancels Wednesday's HSC Game, No Makeup
- Tips for Evading Fake Online Boston Charities
- Gary PD Asks Those Walking to School to Do So in Numbers
- Hammond PD Seek Public's Help in Armed Robbery
- Power Restored Along US 30 in Valpo
- Over 11 Hundred without Power Along US 30 in Valpo
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