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No Word on Cause of Mill Fire

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Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill Arney, Firefighter/EMT McCune on the scene of the fire at ArcelorMittal
No word at this time on what caused a fire to break out at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plant Sunday afternoon. Clean up was continuing on Monday. Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig Sr. tells the Region News Team they were called out at 2:45 pm and were cleared just after 4:30 pm, and that the fire was confined to the car dumper. Multiple agencies, including Porter, Burns Harbor and Chesterton, responded.  [Photo/Burns Harbor FD]

Governor Directs Flags to Half-Staff for DC Victims

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide to be flown at half-staff beginning Tuesday, September 17 in honor of the victims of yesterday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.  Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset Friday, September 20.
Governor Pence also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor victims of the tragedy. 
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation yesterday requiring flags to be flown at half-staff "on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, September 20, 2013."...

VU Students Want to Ban UV Indoor Tans for Teens

Illinois has a new teen tan ban taking effect the first of the year... here in Indiana, a couple of Region college students want to see Indiana lawmakers take similar action. The Illinois law will prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor u-v equipment, like tanning booths and sun lamps. Some students enrolled at V-U, Valparaiso University, testified Monday before a legislative panel in Indianapolis that they would like to see the Hoosier state also prohibit the use of tanning beds for those under 18.  The Indiana Health Finance Commission took testimony last month from dermatologists encouraging lawmakers to pass a law that would ban minors from using tanning beds.

Westfield Southlake Sold to Investment Firm

Australia's Westfield Group says it has sold Southlake Mall in Hobart and six other malls to a global investment firm in a one-point-six billion dollar deal. Along with Southlake, Connecticut-based Starwood Capital Group is purchasing malls in Ohio, Washington state and California. Southlake Mall opened in the 1970s. Westfield bought Southlake from Richard E. Jacobs Group in 2002.
Westfield Group [ASX: WDC]  Co-CEO Mr. Peter Lowy said “Today’s [Monday's] announcement continues the implementation of our strategic plan which positions WDC to generate greater shareholder value.”
“We are focused on redeploying our capital into superior retail destinations in major cities through divesting non-core assets and introducing joint venture partners into our high quality portfolio of assets.”
Starwood will own and manage the majority interest in the centers with Westfield retaining a 10 percent common equity interest.
The transactions’ value of $1.64 billion is $120 million below the book value of the assets at 31 December 2012 and in line with the book values at 30 June 2013....

Former Coach Charged With Murder Waives Extradition

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A former coach in the Region accused in the death of a one-year-old boy in southern Illinois more than forty-years ago has waived extradition, allowing authorities to move forward on taking him back to Illinois to face a murder charge in downstate St. Clair County. 62-year-old Gary Warwick of Portage was arrested in Portage last Thursday. Warwick, a former assistant coach for the softball team at Purdue University North Central in Westville, resigned that post in the spring.  Officials say Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973 in the 1972 homicide of Joseph Henry Abernathy the third, but the charges were dismissed later without explanation.  The cold-case investigation began after St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson received an email with a link to a YouTube video called “Justice for Joey” created by the child’s family.  [Photo/provided]

New Lake County Tax Taking Effect Soon

The Indiana Department of Revenue says Lake County residents working in Indiana should expect to see the new Lake County local income tax withheld from their paychecks next month, when it goes into effect. Lake was the last of Indiana's 92 counties to adopt a county tax.
To view a list of Lake County Local Option Income Tax (LOIT) Frequently Asked Questions provided by the state department of revenue, click here:

Gary's Historic Streetcar Line Marker Unveiling

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The City of Gary and the Indiana Department of Transportation are teaming up to commemorate the city's historic streetcar rail line with the unveiling of a historic marker this Friday. INDOT reports the ceremony will take place at 3pm, on the corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway, on the very throughfare where the streetcars used to travel back during the early 20th century. The marker will feature an authentic photograph of streetcars runmbling down the bustling intersection, circa 1913. ...

Reynolds Announces Candidacy for Porter County Sheriff

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Current Porter County Sheriff David Lain introduced former Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds this evening in front of the Porter County Sheriff's Office where Reynolds formally announced his candidacy to once again become Sheriff of Porter County. During the announcement, Reynolds, who was joined by friends and family, cited his 33 years of experience in law enforcement as to why he is the man voters should choose to lead the fine men and women of the Porter County Sheriff's Office. Reynolds, a Democrat, served two consecutive terms as Sheriff, from 1999 to 2006. In Indiana, sheriffs are limited from serving more than eight years in a twelve-year span. Reynolds was succeeded by current Sheriff David Lain, also a Democrat, who is currently in his second term.
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Death Toll Now at 13 in Navy Yard Shooting

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Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray updated the toll from the deadly Navy Yard shooting to 13 dead. Mayor Gray says there are probably a dozen or more who are wounded. Following today's shooting rampage, the area around the Navy Yard remains an active crime scene this afternoon. Mayor Gray says they don't know that there was a separate gunman on the loose, but do know that there's a person who was identified very early in the process. In fact there were two. One of them has been ruled out. The other person has certainly not been ruled in.
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the gunman exchanged fire with police several times. His name: Aaron Alexis, age 34, a former Navy reservist. The FBI is trying to figure out why he would lead a murderous spree here at the Washington Navy Yard. ...

Judge Finds Probable Cause to Charge Grisham

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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office)
24 year old Zachariah Grisham has now been charged with felony reckless homicide and felony neglect of a dependent after a judge found sufficient probable cause during a probable cause hearing this afternoon in LaPorte County Superior Court. Authorities report officers were dispatched to a residence on Farmington Drive in Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park, just after 3:30pm Sunday, and upon arrival determined three year old Lance Wilson had been killed as the result of a gunshot wound. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports Grisham had been living with the victim and his mother at the trailer, and an investigation continues. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office or Michigan City Police....

12 Confirmed Dead in Navy Yard Shooting

Survivors of the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard are telling some horrific stories. ABC News reports workers at the Naval Sea Systems Command, started running., when the shooting startedand there was shoving, with people were falling down. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard could have been worse. At last check at least twelve have been confirmed dead and police continue to search for a possible additional gunman at the Washington Navy Yard....


Obama Saluting Victims of Another Mass Shooting

President Obama is saluting the victims of another mass shooting, the latest being this morning at a US Navy Yard. Just blocks from Washington DC's Navy Yard military complex, the Commander in Chief appeared shocked. "We are confronting yet another mass shooting." Even before the death toll was known, it was clear that once again the country was reeling from violence that seemed unimaginable. "Men and women protecting us. "They are patriots who the know dangers of serving abroad, but today faced the unimaginable violence they wouldn't have expected here at home." The response will take military and civilian effort. " This comes at a poignant moment for Washington. Congress is considering gun laws including Stand your Ground laws, bringing the mother of victim Trayvon Martin, and the parents of Chicago teen victims to the Capitol to testify....

Sunday Fire at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plant

An investigation continues into the cause of a fire in the car dumper at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plant Sunday afternoon. Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig Sr. tells the Region News Team they were called out at 2:45pm, were cleared just after 4:30pm and that the fire was confined to the car dumper. Multiple agencies provided assistance.

No further information of any injuries or the extent of any damage done by the fire is available at last check.

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UPDATE: Several Shot, Four Dead at Navy Yard

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ABC News is now reporting 10 people have been shot and four are dead at the DC Navy Yard where a gunman went on a shooting rampage. Police say the shooter is down ... uncertain whether he has been shot.
Click here for live stream coverage from ABC News:

UPDATE: Arrest in MC Child's Shooting Death

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A three-year-old Michigan City-area boy was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, and police today report the mother's boyfriend has been taken into custody, awaiting a probable cause hearing.
La Porte County Sheriff's Police say at approximately 3:36 pm on Sunday, September 15, 2013 officers from the Michigan City Police Department were summoned to a residence on Farmington Drive in Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park in reference to a child who had been shot.  Officers arrived and determined that a three-year-old child was deceased as the result of a gunshot wound.  The child was identified as Lance Wilson.  
The Michigan City Police Department requested the assistance of the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s investigators soon arrived.  Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan City Police Department worked in tandem and as a result of their joint investigation, the boyfriend of the child’s mother was taken into custody.
Police say 24-year-old Zachariah L. Grisham is being held in the La Porte County Jail awaiting a probable cause hearing that is scheduled to take place today, September 16 in La Porte County Superior Court I.  He is facing potential charges of Neglect of a Dependent, a class “A” felony and Reckless Homicide, a class “C” felony.  
Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to call one of the  two lead investigators:   La Porte County Detective Sergeant Andrew Hynek at (219) 879-3530 ext. 2401 or Michigan City Detective Justin Frever at (219) 874-3221 ext. 344.
[Photo/La Porte County Sheriffs Police]

Breaking: Five Shot at DC Navy Yard

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Five people have been shot, including two Washington DC police officers, and at last word an active shooter was  still at large this morning [10:15 am EDT] at the Navy Yard in Washington. SWAT teams are telling employees to "shelter in place" as they go room to room, looking for a man reported to have at least three weapons.  According to ABC News, the Navy Yard is not a place for sailors on active duty training. It's more of a headquarters, command operation, and it is where the Navy Sea Systems headquarters command is located, apparently the scene where everything is happening now, in a large building where hundreds if not thousands of Naval employees work with civilians and military.

Valpo PD Hosting N American K9 Workshop

The Valparaiso Police Department is hosting the North American Police Workdog Association fall workshop in Valparaiso today (Mon Sept 16)  thru Friday. Valparaiso Police Patrolman and K-9 officer Todd Kobitz told the Region News Team officers from around Indiana, including here in the Region, Gary, Valparaiso, Chesterton, Porter and Porter County and law enforcement fromt neighboring states will be attending the workshop and training along with their K-9 partners.
You can hear our interview with Officer Kobitz online here at our website at News Audio on Demand.
Many of the officers and their K-9 partners will be providing a public demonstration of the many duties they conduct on a daily basis. The demonstration will include drug searches, tracking suspects, apprehending suspects, building searchers, locating explosives and obedience. The public demonstration will be held at the Ben Franklin Middle School football field on the west side of the school. A police car procession will be conducted from the east side of the city to the event, startng at about 4:30 pm in the area of Lincolnway and Roosevelt.
The public demonstration is scheduled for Wednesday September 18th at 5 p.m. It will take place at Ben Franklin Middle School located at 605 Campbell St. on the football field located on the west side of the school. Everybody is encouraged to attend and there is no charge to attend the event.
[Photo/Provided, Valparaiso Police]

RailCats Win Championship

The Gary SouthShore RailCats have won their first championship since 2007, and first since joining the American Association in 2011. The RailCats jumped out early and held off a late charge from the Wichita Wingnuts to take game four, 6-5, in Kansas Saturday and win the American Association Championship in four games.


Goodwill Brings LBD Fashion Show to Valpo

Goodwill Industries of Michiana is bringing their Little Black Dress Fashion Show to Valparaiso this Thursday, September 19th at Strongbow Inn. Radio One Communications is among those partnering with Goodwill in the event, which raises funds to support Goodwill's mission to provide jobs, training and placement services for people with barriers to employment. “Now that the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time for ladies to enjoy a fashion show and do some shopping for themselves. And, every purchase they make touches lives by giving others a chance to become self-sufficient,” shares Debie Coble, Vice President of Workforce Development Services and Public Relations.
You can hear Annie Fox's interview with Debie Coble here at our website at News Audio on Demand.
Models will walk the runway in clothing from Goodwill showcasing the latest fashion trends while guests enjoy a gourmet lunch. Fashion Expert, Kathy Friend will host the program and she will be joined by emcee Laura Waluszko, Radio One Communications’ News Director.  Guests will enjoy shopping in Goodwill’s on-site Boutique with dressing rooms to try on their fashion selections. Doors open at 10:30 am in the Goodwill Boutique and 11:30 am for the Luncheon / Fashion Show. “This is an opportunity to see first-hand the colors and trends that are hot this fall and learn how to make them work for you. Then, shop the Goodwill Boutique to find the right pieces affordably,” says Kathy Friend. Tickets are available on-line at: or by calling: (574) 472-7300.
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Pedestrian Struck After Walking into 80-94 Traffic

Indiana State Police say a 23-year-old Chicago man was airlifted to a Chicago-area hospital with life-threatening injuries after walking out onto the Borman Expressway in Hammond Saturday evening. Troopers say shortly after 7 pm, the man reportedly walked on the ramp from Indianapolis Boulevard to eastbound Interstate 80-94 almost getting hit, and as police were on their way to check on the pedestrian, for unknown reasons he walked out into the right lane of the interstate, just east of the ramp, where he was hit by a car. The driver of the car was taken to Munster Community with non-life-threatening injuries.

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