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Two Teens Arrested for Break-in at School

Two suspects were arrested late Sunday night for breaking into the Kankakee Valley School Athletic Center. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office reports a deputy conducting a security check at the high school observed two subjects inside the security fence just before midnight. Authorities report a 17 year old juvenile and an 18 year old male were ultimately taken into custody. The Sheriff's Office reports the pair allegedly stole money and food items from the concession stands, and that while both suspects are prior students, neither are currently enrolled. An investigation continues. ...
 

Hammond PD Investigating Weekend Robberies

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Police in Hammond reporting four similar robberies in the Hessville area from over the weekend. Chief Brian Miller says the two robberies reported on Saturday are believed to have been committed by the same suspects and Friday and Sunday's incidents are being examined to see if there is any link. Chief Miller says the victims have been juveniles who have had their cell phones and money taken. Police says the robberies have occurred between the hours of 4pm to 8pm, with two or three suspects possibly involved who are described as black males in their late teens, wearing dark hoodie type sweatshirts and face masks. Chief Miller reports one of the suspects allegedly had a silver colored handgun and that there may be a dark colored Dodge Caravan involved. Residents are being encouraged to call police immediately if they witness something suspicious. ...
 

Purdue Calumet Professor Could be Noble Prize Recipient

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A Purdue University Calumet professor of physics who served on an international team of physicist researchers may learn tomorrow morning if they won the Noble Prize for their role in the discovery of the Higgs boson sub-atomic particle, otherwise known as the “God Particle”, a vital building block in shaping understanding about the composition and interaction of all matter in the universe. Wes Lukoshus, Purdue University Vice Chancellor of Advancement/University Relations, says Dr. Neeti Parashar, who has worked at the University since 2005, began research on the Higgs boson sub-atomic particle back in 1997, and several of her Purdue Calumet students have participated in the project.
Regardless of who wins the Nobel Prize for Physics, Purdue Calumet will hold a news conference at 1pm tomorrow to recognize the extraordinary collaborative contributions of Dr. Parashar regrading the Higgs boson discovery....
 

US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Martin Castro

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An East Chicago man wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Department for murder is the US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force “Fugitive of the Week”. 32 year old Martin Castro is described as 5'6”, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Martin Castro and his whereabouts is asked to contact task force investigations toll-free at (888) 805-6119 or by texting "capture" to Tip411 (847411) and all tipsters will remain anonymous. ...

 

LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week: Timothy Cooper

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A 50 year old man wanted on warrant issued by LaPorte Circuit Court for two-counts of failure to appear for original charges of failure to register as a sex offender and sex offender registry violation is this week's LaPorte Police Department “Wanted Person of the Week”. LaPorte Police report Timothy Cooper is described as a black male, 5'9”, weighing 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
If you know his immediate whereabouts, call 911. If you have any other information on Cooper, please contact the La Porte Police Department at 362-9446, or La Porte Metro Operations at 325-9022. You can remain anonymous....
 

Jobs Fair in Michigan City on 10/21 Postponed

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A jobs fair scheduled for later this month in Michigan City is the latest victim of the partial government shutdown. First District Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced the postponement of the Jobs and Opportunity Fair on October 21st, at the A.K. Smith Career Center. Congressman Visclosky says he is committed to working with area employees and civic leaders to provide constituents with opportunities to search, apply and learn about quality, good-paying jobs in the region....
 

Munster and Whiting Receive Community Awards

Munster and Whiting officials are receiving awards from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns today.  Munster has earned the 2013 IACT Community Achievement Award for a gas-to-energy project at Centennial Park that turns methane from a former landfill off Calumet Avenue into electricity. For the fourth year Whiting is receiving a Green Community of the Year award among cities similar in size.
IACT launched the Green Communities Initiative in 2008to identify potential cost savings to communities facing budget shortfalls, promote economically competitive quality of life concepts, and ultimately serve as role models for citizens while better protecting our environment. The initiative will expand educational opportunities for municipalities and create a consolidated clearinghouse of data and programs that can be accessed by municipalities. Whiting had to fill out a 49- question survey in the areas of purchasing, operations, measuring success, and sample projects. Not only did the city meet the minimum score required to be a Green Community, but ranked highest among other communities its size. The city’s exemplary efforts in the area of green programs earned them the 2013 IACT Green Community of the Year award in the 5,000–9,999 population category. This is the City’s fourth consecutive IACT Green Community of the Year designation
Munster is being honored for its waste to energy project that takes methane gas from CentennialPark, a former landfill, and converts the gas to energy. Munster’s plant opened in November 2012,becoming the first municipally-owned landfill in Indiana to construct and operate this kind of system.The electricity generated from the plant is placed directly into the local utility grid and sold to NIPSCO, resulting in addedrevenue for the Town. As a result of leveraging the $2.5 million federal grant and additional TIF funds, the Town will see a reduction in operational expenses for more than 20 years at no cost to residential taxpayers, all while reducing their ecological footprint for many more years to come.
“When I hear about projects such as Munster’s waste to energy initiative, I am completely energized by the limitless creativity found in municipal government. To take an old landfill and make it into a beautiful public space is visionary. To then develop that space into a revenue -generating, environmentally responsible endeavor is inspiring,” said IACT Executive Director and CEO Matt Greller.

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$1M Ticket Sold in EC; Avon Woman Nearly Tosses Winner

Hoosier Lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth one-million dollars was purchased in East Chicago for this past Saturday night's drawing [Oct 5]. The ticket, matching the first five numbers but not the Powerball, was sold at Raceco at 4502 Indianapolis Boulevard. Prizes of $50,000 and more must be claimed at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.
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Meanwhile, a downstate Avon woman nearly threw away a ticket worth 100-thousand dollars. Hoosier Lottery officials say Tanya Raines admitted she was in a hurry when she scratched most, but not all, of the “20X the Cash” scratch-off on her way to work and because it didn't look like a winner, tossed it aside. Raines says she was cleaning out her car when she found the ticket and thought she better finish scratching it. She celebrates her 50th birthday today – she plans to put money aside for her nest egg and her 13-year-old daughter's college fund. [Photo/Hoosier Lottery]...
 

$1M Lottery Ticket in Indiana About to Expire

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A one-million dollar ticket in Indiana expires today, according to the Hoosier Lottery,who says the ticket purchased in April at a Circle K in Jeffersonville, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball in the Wednesday April 10th drawing of this year. Lottery officials say the ticket holder has until 5 pm Eastern time today (Mon Oct 7 2013) to present the winning ticket to Hoosier Lottery officials at Hoosier Lottery headquarters on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. Officials say Powerball tickets purchased in Indiana expire 180 days from the date of the drawing.
Here's more info from the Hoosier Lottery:
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2013) - Do you remember what you were doing April 10 of this year? If you were in southern Indiana six months ago and purchased a Powerball ticket, you might want to drag out your spring jacket and check the pockets.
A $1 million Powerball prize won in the Hoosier state in the April 10 drawing is about to expire. The ticket was purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, Ind., just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky.
The ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the Wednesday, April 10 drawing - and is set to expire Oct. 7, 2013.
The winning numbers in the April 10 drawing were: 1-36-40-52-53 PB:20.
The ticket holder has until 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Oct. 7 to present the winning ticket to Hoosier Lottery officials at Hoosier Lottery headquarters at 1302 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The ticket holder should sign the back immediately and contact Hoosier Lottery customer service.
Powerball prizes must be claimed in the state in which they were purchased. Powerball tickets purchased in Indiana expire 180 days from the date of the drawing. Profits from the sale of Powerball in Indiana stay in Indiana.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448....
 

Student from Chicago-area Found Dead in IU Dorm

Officials in downstate Bloomington say an 18-year-old Indiana University student from the Chicago area was found dead in her dorm room Sunday afternoon. University Police say officers were called out to McNutt Quad on the report of an unresponsive female, identified as Abigail Bott from Clarendon Hills, Illinois. No word at this time on cause of death. An autopsy was being scheduled for today (Mon Oct 7)...
 

Woman Airlifted from Jasper County Crash

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Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a Bowling Green, Kentucky, woman was airlifted from the scene of a multi-vehicle crash in Jasper County.  Here is the information released by Indiana State Police:
A four vehicle crash, Saturday afternoon, on I-65 north bound at the 225 Mile marker (this is five miles south of the Roselawn/Demotte exit) resulted in a Bowling Green, Kentucky woman being airlifted from the scene.
Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Scott Balch revealed that at approximately 1:00 p.m., this Saturday, October 05, 2013, afternoon a 2003 Cadillac, driven by Scott Matczak Junior, 28 of Schererville and a 2012 GMC pulling a trailer driven by Patrick Wilsens, 57 of St. John, were merging back onto north bound into the right lane. Matczak had stopped to assist Wilsons change a flat tire on his trailer. Matczak and Wilsens had their left turn signals on and had built up their speed to approximately 50 MPH to merge into the right lane when a 2001 Kia, driven by Esparaza Lopez, 42 of Bowling Green, Kentucky failed to see them.
Lopez’ Kia hit the rear of Matczak’s Cadillac which pushed the Cadillac into the rear of Wilsens’ trailer.
The Kia slid sideways into the left lane and was hit in the driver’s door by a 2008 Mazda, driven by Eleanor Dimercurio, 18 of Louisville, Kentucky.
Lopez had to be extricated from her vehicle and was air-lifted from the scene and taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with non-life threatening injuries. Her front seat passenger Daniel Lopez, 16 (son) was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer with non-life threatening injuries.
Matczak and Wilsens were not injured.
The Lopez’ Kia and Matczak’s Cadillac were totaled. Wilsens GMC was not damaged all damages were to the trailer and golf cart loaded on it. Dimercurio’s Mazda had approximately $6,000 in damage.
Assisting: Keener Fire and Ambulance and Newton County Sheriff’s Department
[Photo/Indiana State police]...
   

Five Escape Kitchen Fire in Hammond

Five people escape a fire at Renaissance Apartments in the 400 block of Logan Street in Hammond late Saturday that fire officials say began in the kitchen. Fire Chief Jeff Smith says the fire apparently started by an item left on an electric stove. Officials say the two adults and three children who were rescued were not injured. ...
   

TradeWinds New Hobart Facility Nearly Complete

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Construction at TradeWinds new location in Hobart is nearly finished. TradeWinds CEO Jon Gold says the move to a building south of US 30, at Colorado Street and East 83rd Place, formerly occupied by AmeriClean, will begin in the middle of this month, with administrative and non-programming offices relocating first, and the full move finished by late December. “We’re beginning with a ‘soft move’,” said Jon Gold, CEO of TradeWinds. “We will move consumer services, classrooms and equipment last in order to minimize disruption to our consumers and their caregivers.”
The current facility on West 7th Avenue in Gary will remain open through the end of the year, with a possible extension into 2014. “It is important that we have the capacity to continue serving our current consumers and new participants during the transition,” Gold explained.
TradeWinds, founded in 1966, provides special services needs for children and adults in the Region.  Services include Child Care and Adult Day Training programs, Residential and Employment Services, and a range of industry products.  “I am happy to report that TradeWinds is growing,” said Gold, “in fulfillment of our mission:  Serving people with special needs by empowering them to realize their full potential.” [Image provided]...
   

Local Bank Layoffs Expected in December

First Merchants Bank has filed notice with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development of a mass layoff across four bank branches in Lake County after their recent purchase of Munster-based Citizens Financial Bank. According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Notice dated October 3, 2013, officials expect 84 employees from two locations in Munster and two others in Hammond and Schererville will lose their jobs starting in early December. In May, First Merchants Bank out of Muncie purchased Citizens Financial, which has twenty branches in the Region and Chicago's south suburbs. The president of Citizens Financial was recently quoted in The Times as saying the layoffs will affect workers in support roles including operations and technology....
   

One Injured in Gary Crash

No word at this hour on the extent of injuries in a crash in Gary late Sunday. Lake County Sheriffs Police say the driver went through a guardrail and landed in a ditch off the northbound lanes of Cline Avenue near the Fifth Avenue exit just before 10-o'clock last night. That person was transported to an area hospital....
   

Former Lake County Assessor Passes Away

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Former Lake County Assessor Hank Adams, who resigned less than a week ago due to health reasons, passed away Sunday. The 77-year-old Adams had been battling cancer for over a year. 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 for several years, and was elected to the Schererville Town Council before that.  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.  Funeral arrangements are pending....
   

Marine Warning Issued, Other Severe Weather Possible

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A marine warning has been issued for our listening area, and other severe weather is possible around the Region. 
Here is a link to the National Weather Service Chicago website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/ 
[Image/Radar Map, Chicago National Weather Service website]...
   

Four Human West Nile Virus Cases in NW Indiana

Northwest Indiana now has four human cases of West Nile Virus, three in Porter County and one in Lake County, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. The latest data available, from Friday, also show one human case in Elkhart County and eight other human cases in eight other counties across the state. Mosquito infections have been confirmed in nearly every Indiana county except for a handful downstate.  Indiana State Department of Health Senior Medical Entomologist Bryan Price told us in an earlier interview it's important to try to prevent mosquito bites. "Back before West Nile came to Indiana, people didn't worry all that much about being bitten by mosquitoes," Price told the Region News Team, "and a lot of people still don't worry about being bitten. But, with West Nile present, it's just not worth taking the risk, and we just want to emphasize that if you're out and mosquitoes start biting, then you should either go inside or make sure you get some repellent on."  Price says West Nile virus can cause a mild form of the illness, while some individuals will develop a more severe form that could include encephalitis or meningitis.
To hear our earlier interview with Price, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
Quick facts about West Nile Virus from Indiana State Department of Health: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/2012QuickFact_WestNile%281%29.pdf
Here is a link to the Indiana State Department of Health West Nile activity map for 2013: http://gis.in.gov/apps/ISDH/Arbo/...
   

One Airlifted after I-65 Crash in Jasper County

Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say one person was airlifted after a multi-vehicle crash near mile marker 226 this afternoon in Jasper County.  The crash occurred on the northbound side near the Fair Oaks exit reportedly just after 1 pm. Police say the crash scene which involved four or five vehicles has since been cleared.  No other information was available....
   

Severe Weather a Possibility

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The National Weather Service says severe weather is a possibility in the Region today (Saturday October 5 2013). The Hazardous Weather Outlook issued out of the Chicago National Weather Service office says some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds in excess of 58 mph. Very heavy rain is also a possibility which may lead to flooding. Possible weather hazards also include hail up to one-inch in diameter and cloud-to-ground lightning.  Thunderstorms are expected to become more widespread mid to late afternoon as a cold front moves east through Illinois.  For forecast information click here: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/  [Graphic/National Weather Service Chicago]...
   

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