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30 Year Old EC Man May Have Had Heart Attack

A 30 year old East Chicago man who died about an hour after being rescued in the waters of Lake Michigan Sunday may have suffered a heart attack after being thrown off the person watercraft he was operating. Indiana Conservation Police report they responded to a call of an unresponsive man at the Hammond Marina, at approximately 4:15pm.  A preliminary investigation determined Wilson was operating the vehicle in the area with two to three foot waves, when both he and his passenger were thrown off, and while struggling to stay afloat, Wilson fell unconscious.  An autopsy was conducted this morning and according to preliminary findings, Wilson died as a result of drowning with complications due to existing medical conditions. Authorities say both Wilson and his passenger were wearing Coast Guard approved person flotation devices.
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Portage PD Seek Public's Help in Gas Station Shooting

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Police in Portage are seeking the public's help after a man was shot outside of his vehicle, at a gas station on US 6 and Swanson Road late Saturday afternoon.  Police say the 33 year old drove himself to the hospital and that his injuries were non-life threatening.  Anyone who was in the vicinity of the incident, which occurred around 4:45pm Saturday, is asked to contact the Portage Police Department.

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LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week: Jason Stevens

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A 37 year old man wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court of felony receiving stolen property and revocation of suspended sentence for an original charge of felony theft is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. Jason Stevens is described as a white male, 5'10”, weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jason Stevens is asked to contact the LaPorte Police Department at (219) 362-9446 or LaPorte County Metro Operations at (219) 325-9022 and you can remain anonymous.
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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Artez Brewer

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A 26 year old man wanted in Porter County Court for felony burglary is this week's U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force Fugitive of the Week.  Artez Brewer is described as a black male, 5'11”, weighing 184 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and was last known to reside in the 44-hundred block of Ash Avenue in Hammond.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Artez Richard Brewer may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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Pregnant Woman Rescued in Lake Michigan Sunday

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A pregnant woman was rescued Sunday afternoon after she fell off her personal watercraft and was unable to climb back on board near Washington Park in Michigan City. Coast Guard officials report they received the call after 12:30pm, and launched a rescue boat which found the woman and transported her to the station, where once on shore, Michigan City Fire emergency medical services determined that the woman did not require any medical assistance.  The Coast Guard says incidents like these illustrate the importance of having effective emergency communication devices aboard vessels.

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Report Shows Impact of Borman Expressway Upgrades

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – A joint report published by Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) traffic engineers and Purdue University researchers shows improvements in I-80/I-94 travel speeds upon completion of Borman Expressway widening and reconstruction in September 2011. The 2012 Indiana Mobility Report also ranks congestion on Indiana’s interstates, including increases or reductions in travel time.
The report indicates that Indiana’s transportation infrastructure continues to improve, with most occurrences of significant congestion attributable to construction, severe weather and nonrecurring incidents. Since 2011, congestion on Indiana’s interstate system was reduced by 6 to 18 percent.
Making year-over-year comparisons and studying heavily traveled commuter corridors, such as U.S. 30 in Northwest Indiana, improves upon the 2011 Indiana Interstate Mobility Report, which was recognized last week at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting in Boston. ITE’s Management & Operations/Intelligent Transportation Systems Council presented INDOT with its 2013 Project Achievement Award. The award recognizes the development or implementation of notable projects that demonstrate the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies to benefit society by improving mobility. 
Third-party data providers such as INRIX collect anonymous speed records from navigation systems, mobile phones and other electronics, and then disseminate this information as traffic alerts on GPS devices or red-yellow-green overlays for online and local media traffic reports. INDOT and Purdue partnered under their Joint Transportation Research Program to analyze billions of anonymous speed records compiled from road segments statewide.
The innovative mobility performance measures are intended as a planning tool to help INDOT and policymakers shape future infrastructure investment priorities, and the measures were presented last week to a joint study committee of the Indiana General Assembly.
In 1937, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that led to the formation of what is now known as the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) to facilitate collaboration between INDOT and Purdue University. JTRP research projects help INDOT identify and implement innovation opportunities that solve Indiana’s transportation challenges, and the program has been recognized nationally as a model for interaction between government, academia and industry. More than 1,500 technical reports are available for free through a unique collaboration between JTRP and Purdue Libraries.
The 2012 Indiana Mobility Report and the inaugural 2011 report are available at

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Cook Co Jail Officer Charged in Hammond Homicide

A Cook County Correctional Officer is in the Lake County Jail after an alleged road rage incident left one man dead in Hammond Thursday night.  A 23-year-old East Chicago man was killed.  Hammond Police say the fatal shooting occurred on Indianapolis Boulevard in far north Hammond, and 23-year-old Montrell Moss was pronounced dead at an area hospital less than an hour later. On Saturday, authorities say 61-year-old Edgar Singleton was charged with one count of murder.  The Sheriffs Office in Cook County says the suspect has been de-deputized and the sheriffs office is in the process of terminating his employment.

Idlebox Available to Region Fleets

South Shore Clean Cities has launched a toolkit called “Idlebox” meant to help companies learn how to reduce the amount of time idling for many vehicles and cut the amount of pollution sent into the air. Executive Director Carl Lisek says IdleBox is a resource that provides information and solutions for light- and medium-duty vehicles typically used in urban-based fleets.  To hear our interview with Lisek visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
"Idlebox includes a variety of tools from the U.S. Department of Energy, such as fact sheets, signs, posters and idling calculators, to help fleets implement idling reduction," said Lisek, who also is an executive at Purdue Research Park-based Legacy Environmental Services.  "Reducing unnecessary idling can be easy to put into practice and often requires no, or little, financial investment."
Idlebox resources are available as ready-to-use print products or customizable templates at the Clean Cities' website, or by contacting South Shore Clean Cities at 219-644-3690. South Shore Clean Cities is an initiative of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center reports that more than 685 million gallons of diesel fuel are wasted annually as heavy-duty trucks idle. With the price of diesel around $4 per gallon, idling costs more than $2 billion each year.
Additionally, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that burning a gallon of diesel fuel produces more than 22 pounds of carbon dioxide, although that total is reduced to about 20 pounds for biodiesel.

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Silver Alert Canceled

Authorities say Indiana Silver Alert #010-2013 issued on August 11, 2013 for Willard F. Farmer has been cancelled as of 7:45 am today EST. This cancellation was requested by the White County Sheriff. Police say Farmer has been located. No other information was released.

Man's Death Investigated

Hammond, Lake County, Indiana DNR and U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating the death of an East Chicago man.  The Lake County Coroners office reports 30-year-old Bobby Wilson was pronounced dead just after 5:30 Sunday evening and cause of death was pending.  He reportedly had fallen off a jet ski about an hour earlier.

Four-Year-Old Boy Hurt in Crash

A four-year-old Gary boy was transported to a local hospital then airlifted to a Chicago hospital after a single-vehicle crash on the Borman Expressway about a mile past Burr Street (7.4 mile marker) early Saturday.  Indiana State Police shortly before 5:30 am, for unknown reasons it appears a minivan went off the south side of the interstate, then re-entered the roadway, turned sideways and rolled twice before coming to rest on its roof. Troopers say the investigation revealed a booster seat was inside, but it was allegedly not properly secured with a seat belt.  The driver, the boy's father, sustained minor cuts in the crash, police said, and was cited for a child restraint violation and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. 

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Silver Alert Issued

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The White County Sheriff is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Chalmers, Indiana. Chalmers Indiana is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Lafayette, Indiana. Willard F. Farmer is a 77 year old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and 160 lbs., with gray hair, and hazel eyes. Willard F. Farmer was last seen at 2:05 pm EST on Sunday August 11, 2013 and is believed to be in danger. Willard F. Farmer was last seen wearing an orange plaid short sleeve shirt, blue pants, possible a blue jacket, and a baseball cap. Willard F. Farmer may be disoriented and require medical attention. He is believed to be driving a 4 door silver 2006 Chevrolet, small size SUV with Indiana plate D745AD.
If you have any information on Willard F. Farmer, contact the White County Sheriff by calling 574-583-7103.


Hobart Humane Society in Dire Need of Supplies

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The Hobart Humane Society reports, overnight on Thursday, someone left 34 cats at their door. Officials report the cats were crammed into 4 crates and were left long enough that they had urinated on each other because there was no place else to go.  The Humane Society is in dire need of supplies to help care for this influx and any help you might be able to provide would be appreciated.  The shelter is open 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.  Supplies needed include, cat and kitten food (all brown varieties are best to avoid sensitive stomachs), non clumping litter and any old towels for bedding. The phone number is 219-942-0103.
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Over 200 People in Chesterton Turn Out For Photo

Over 200 people lined the sidewalks along the intersection of Broadway and Calumet in Chesterton Friday afternoon for a new panoramic photo, one-hundred years to the date of the first panoramic photograph of downtown Chesterton.  Serena Sutliff, Curator of the Westchester Township Museum, says it was a great opportunity to see how things have changed in one-hundred years and how they've stayed the same.
Sutliff says the original 1913 panoramic photo of the city is always on display in their exhibit area during business hours, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5pm, and that the new panoramic photo should be available for purchase in the next couple of weeks.
Sutliff says she wants to thank the Chesterton Police Department for running traffic control.
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Griffith PD Swears In Three Probationary Officers

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A swearing in ceremony for three probationary police officers took place at the August 8, 2013 Griffith Safety Board meeting, bringing the number of officers for the department up to 29.  The three officers are presently in the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy located in Hobart.  They will receive 15 weeks of intensive police training at the academy followed by 12 weeks of Field Training provided the Griffith Police Department.
The three officers are:

  • Richard Merschantz, a Highland resident, 28 years of age – Probationary Officer Merschantz is a 2003 graduate of Morton High School and a 2007 graduate of Indiana State University.  Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Indiana State, Probationary Officer Merschantz previously was employed by the education technology company Blackboard.   Thanks in part to the influence and example demonstrated by Officer Merschantz’s cousin, who is a Chicago Police Officer, Probationary Officer Merschantz was drawn to the law enforcement field and we are enthused to have him join our department.
  • Dalibor “Danny” Lazic – a Schererville resident, 34 years of age - Probationary Officer Lazic is a 1997 graduate of Lake Central High School and a certified precision machinist, who, since 2002, owned and operated Colfax Muffler and Brake in Griffith.  Recognizing his true dream to be a police officer, Probationary Officer Lazic sought and achieved his goal of becoming a police officer for the town he has served for the past 10 years as a businessman.
  • Bradley Johnson – a Hammond resident, 27 years of age - Probationary Officer Johnson is a 2005 graduate of Lake Central High School, a certified auto and diesel mechanic, and an A.B.A.T.E. of Indiana motorcycle riding instructor.  Probationary Officer Johnson is fulfilling his dream by following in his family’s law enforcement footsteps as he is the nephew of retired Griffith Police Lieutenant Don McCarter and is cousin to current Griffith Police Officer Cory McCarter. 

Chief Mance stated that, “These three officers bring a diverse work and life history to the department that will be an asset to them and the town with the perspectives that each bring with them.  They have all worked very hard to be here today and we are fortunate to have them become part of our law enforcement family.” 
Two additional officers are expected to be hired in early 2014 which will bring the department up to a full staff of 31.
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Authorities Investigating Homicide in Gary

Authorities are investigating another homicide in Gary.  The Lake County Coroner's Office reports 36 year old  James Proctor, of Gary, suffered multiple gun shot wounds in the 18-hundred block of 20th Avenue and was pronounced dead at 4:11 this morning.  The Coroner's Office reports they were dispatched to the scene at 3:15am.
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Lawmakers Lead Caucus to Stop Illegally Dumped Steel

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Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18), Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, and Vice Chairman Pete Visclosky (IN-01) today publicly released a letter signed by 25 bipartisan members of Congress calling for enforcement action against illegally dumped and subsidized steel used in oil and natural gas production. The letter, which was sent to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), supports efforts by domestic steelmakers like U.S. Steel to stop South Korea, India, and seven other countries from dumping unfairly traded “oil country tubular goods” (OCTG) onto the US market.
A surge in US oil and natural gas production has sparked increased demand for steel pipe. This has led to a flood of cheap imports from countries such as Korea, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and others that subsidize their export industries in violation of World Trade Organization rules. Imports of oil country tubular goods from the nine countries named by the Steel Caucus totaled nearly $1.8 billion in 2012, more than double their total in 2010, according to a Reuters report.
The pending trade case is similar to a recent one involving OCTG imports from China. In 2009, domestic pipe and tube steelmakers were shutting down because of a glut of unfairly traded imports. The Steel Caucus successfully worked with the ITC to impose antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese-made OCTG in 2010, helping the domestic industry to rebound. Since 2010, however, the import surge has shifted from China to other nations that keep their export prices artificially low through illegal subsidies and trade practices.
The Steel Caucus is asking that the ITC apply the same kinds of duties to seamless and welded steel tubular energy drilling products from India, Korea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The letter requests a “full and comprehensive investigation” of the unfair trade practices. The ITC is an independent agency responsible for enforcing trade laws and agreements. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched a massive investigation into the allegations of illegal dumping by the nine countries. A full ITC hearing on this most recent OCTG case is scheduled for the fall.
“We cannot sit by while other nations take advantage of our laws and illegally dump their goods here, costing us jobs and undermining our economy. The ITC must act to uphold our country’s trade laws, and in doing so, give Western Pennsylvania’s steel industry the opportunity to compete fairly in the U.S. and global marketplace,” said Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA).
“American steelworkers and domestic manufacturers have the skills and precision to compete with any foreign steel producers. Throughout our region and around our country, we produce quality oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and we must ensure that inferior, subsidized steel from other nations is not illegally dumped in the U.S. This is a vital concern for our nation’s steel producers, workers, and our nation’s public safety. Furthermore, the ITC must ensure that these inferior subsidized OCTG products, from countries that willfully violate our nation's trade agreements, are not tolerated,” said Steel Caucus Vice Chairman Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN).
For a complete list of signers, please click here. The full text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Chairman Williamson:
We are writing to express our support for our constituents in the domestic steel industry as it pertains to the ongoing investigation of unfairly-traded imports from countries in the above-referenced case filed on July 2, 2013.
The U.S. OCTG industry represents a critical segment in our nation’s steel sector. The domestic industry makes highly advanced and valuable products that serve an array of customers in the energy sector. The health of the domestic industry is essential to the country’s ability to secure energy independence and take full advantage of the economic opportunity posed by development of offshore and vast new shale play areas. OCTG manufacturers are also important customers of the nation’s steel industry, acquiring the flat-rolled and billet products necessary to make OCTG finished goods.
While this segment of the steel industry has fought back to recover from the Great Recession, the growth in development of the Marcellus Shale, Barnett Shale, and other oil and gas fields was looked at as a promising opportunity for manufacturers. Instead, the industry has faced a continued onslaught of unfairly-traded and illegally subsidized imports from the above-named countries.
Imports of OCTG from the subject countries increased from 840,000 net tons in 2010 to more than 1,770,000 net tons in 2012. The rise in imports has continued into 2013 and, as a result, the domestic industry has experienced lost sales and a deterioration of its financial position — even in a period of historically strong demand.  Import data show that prices for subject products have been consistently and dramatically undersold in the market; the petitions in these proceedings allege dumping margins that typically exceed 30 percent, and in most cases are far higher.
Unfairly-traded imports cannot take sales and jobs away from American workers and employers. It is particularly troubling in the context of an industry that has seen repeated surges of unfair trade in recent years. At a time when manufacturing and employment is still depressed, it is vital that the Commission take action to ensure American producers can compete on a level playing field. 
The Commission must fully and effectively enforce our trade laws, and ensure that foreign producers refusing to play by the rules are not permitted to injure American workers and companies. Therefore, we urge you to make an affirmative preliminary determination in this proceeding and allow a full and comprehensive investigation of the allegations in the petitions.
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NIRPC Work Study Session Tuesday

NIRPC's Public Participation Plan ad hoc Sub-Committee has scheduled a work study session for Tuesday. Officials report that while the public is invited to attend the work study, no public comment will be taken.  The purpose of the work study is for the ad hoc Sub-Committee to finalize their recommendation to the Transportation Committee and the NIRPC Executive Board.  Tuesday's work study will take place at 2pm, at the NIRPC office in the 61-hundred block of Southport Road in Portage.

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Officers, K9 Locate At Risk Man Alive

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A K-9 unit successfully led officers to an at-risk man found alive, but with injuries to his wrist, in a wooded area near Merrionette Park.  The Cook County Sheriff's Office on Friday reported that just before 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, they received a report of a suspicious vehicle near the 34-hundred block of West 119th Street and learned the vehicle's driver, a 24 year old Evergreen Park man, maybe despondent and try to hurt himself.  The search involved a K-9 unit and a helicopter and once found the man was hospitalized for his injuries.

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LaPorte Woman Charged with Dealing Heroin

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A 22 year old LaPorte woman was arrested without incident Thursday as a result of an on going investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin in the LaPorte area.  The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports Chelsea Patty was arrested at her home in the 300 block of Park Street and charged with felony dealing a controlled substance.  The arrest was the second this week by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit involving the distribution of heroin.
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