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4 Charged in 1999 Death, Body Found in Gary

Prosecutors in Cook County say four men have been charged in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in Gary 14-years-ago. Officials say the 28-year-old victim was kidnapped from his Chicago-area electronics store in June 1999, and his body was discovered by Gary Police in the area of 20th Place and Grant Street. The Cook County State's Attorneys Office says the four suspects have been charged with first-degree murder; two are from Chicago and Jeffersonville, Indiana, and the other two men are currently in prison on unrelated charges.
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Event in Valpo to Support the Wounded Warrior Project

WLA Charity Ride
Help support the Wounded Warrior Project with a special event this weekend at Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso.  According to the Duneland Chapter of Harley Owners Group or "HOG," San Diego resident, and armed services veteran, Brian Bieber is traveling across the country on a restored, WWII era WLA 45 Solo Harley-Davidson Military motorcycle, at his own expense, to collect money to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Retired Command Sgt.Major of the United States Army, William "Chip" Ostenberg says over the course of the contract, 90,000 WL Solo bikes were manufactured with 60,000 going to U.S. Forces and another 30,000 to our allies during World War II.  The "A" in the model number designates a bike destined to the Army.  Models were also distributed to the Navy, with the only difference in that they were painted Navy Grey, according to Ostenberg.
 
Beiber's Facebook Page says he has raised almost 13-thousand dollars toward his 45-thousand dollar goal.  The motorcyclist says he hopes to convince 45-hundred people to donate ten dollars each, because he said that even a little will go a long way to help disabled men and women who have proudly served their country.
The "WLA Charity Ride" is scheduled to arrive at the American Legion Post in Valparaiso at 9 a.m. Sunday and from there will be escorted to the Harley-Davidson Dealership located at 1151 Morthland Dr. (off US-30).
Hot dogs and pop will be available both on Saturday and Sunday with all proceeds going to the Wounder Warrior Project.  To follow Beiber's charity ride progress visit his Facebook page at:   https://www.facebook.com/WLAAcrossUSA
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Summer Food Services Program Begins Monday

Food Bank
Gary, IN— The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is once again acting as a sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP is a government funded program that aims to feed hungry children during the summer months when they are no longer receiving free or reduced meals at school. They are once again partnering with Meals on Wheels to provide hot lunches at the sites. The Food Bank is sponsoring 5 sites in Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago.
“For many kids summertime means a break from school and a chance for uninterrupted play, but for countless others, it is a time of uncertainty and lethargy as they no longer have a reliable source of food each day. These children often rely on the breakfast and lunch provided by their schools as their only dependable source of food, and when schools let out for the summer these children are left wondering where their next meal will come from,” says Chanda Dixon, at the Food Bank. The Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and the Summer Food Service Program help alleviate this problem by providing breakfast and lunch to at risk kids five days a week.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana will be providing meals to 5 sites starting on June 10th and running through August 9th. Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday through Friday. The program is open to all children 18 and under. The Summer Feeding Sites for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana are Bethel Congregational COGIC (815 Michigan St., Hammond): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12:30-1:30pm, Bethel Temple (110 W. 43rd St., Gary); breakfast 9:30-10:30am and lunch 11:30m-12:30pm, Mission of Jesus Christ (3924 Kennedy Ave., East Chicago): breakfast 9:30-10:30am and lunch 12:30-1:30pm, Salvation Army (513 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12:15-1:15pm, and GoodWill Church (5119 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12-1pm.
For more information on the Summer Food Services Program please contact Chanda Dixon at 219-902-2280. For sites in other areas not sponsored by the Food Bank, please call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers).
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is located in Gary and supplies food to over 90 pantries and soup kitchens in Lake and Porter Counties. In addition to distributing food to their member agencies the Food Bank also runs the BackPack, Kid’s Café, Food Rescue, HOPE Project, and Pantry on the Go programs and offers pantry referrals. Last year the Food Bank distributed over 4.9 million pounds of food, and served over 5,000 individuals a week.
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Enbridge Talks Benefits of Line 6B Pipeline Project

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Enbridge Energy's 300 million dollar expansion of a crude oil pipeline through Northwest Indiana designed to meet current and future pipeline transportation needs recently was issued water quality certification. Enbridge Community Relations Adviser Jennifer Smith says the construction will provide a economic boom to the region through the installation of new facilities which will bring added property tax revenues, as well as an influx of sales tax from locally purchased materials and equipment, and will increase employment with over one-thousand temporary and permanent jobs created. But she says the biggest benefit to the Region and the Midwest will be the continued reliable delivery of crude oil to refineries so they can make the gas and petroleum products we rely on everyday.
Smith says they have addressed zoning ordinance concerns raised in LaPorte County and the next step in the process is to gain approval of the Army Corp of Engineers, and possible begin construction in August.
Some environmental groups have called the project a mixed bag for the environment, but did state Enbridge has taken several significant steps to protect natural resources during and after construction, including the hiring of independent environmental monitors. Smith says the hope is to have entire Line 6-B in service by the end of the year. To hear about the project, click News Audio On Demand at regionnewsteam.com.
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Walk for Sojouner Truth House Fundraiser this Morning

In 1997, the year it was founded, Sojourner Truth House (STH) served 800 individuals with emergency food, clothing and emotional support. Today, the day center serves more than 2000 people per month, many of them homeless women and their children from Gary and the surrounding communities.
According to STH Executive Director Sr. Peg Spindler, the numbers of individuals and families seeking services has been sharply increasing in recent years. “We saw a 30% increase in traffic from 2011 to 2012, and we’re already on pace to surpass that in 2013.”
Sojourner’s main fundraiser of the year, the Walk for Sojourner Truth House, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2013. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. at 13th and Madison Street in Gary.
A special website has been created where individuals can register to walk or donate to help www.walkforsth.org. Registrations and donations will also be accepted on the day of the walk at Sojourner Truth House at 410 West 13th Avenue in Gary.  To learn more about the walk and the Sojourner Truth House visit  http://indiana105.com/index.php/news/news-on-demand.html
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Cruise Night Parking Restrictions, Rd Closures and Detours

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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
The following parking restrictions, street closures and detours will be in effect on La Porte's Annual Cruise Night, Saturday, June 8th.
– There will be no parking allowed on Lincolnway from the hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The police department will have signs posted indicating this.
– The following street closures will be in effect from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and detour signage will be in place:
- Lincolnway from Adams Street to I Street;
- J Street from First Street to Sixth Street;
- K Street from First Street to Ind. 2;
- Pine Lake Avenue overpass from Kroger Plaza to Lincolnway;
- the cruise route east turnaround of Adams Street from Lincolnway to State Street; State Street from Adams to Linwood; and Linwood from State Street to Lincolnway.
- Indiana Avenue will also be closed to semi-truck traffic and detoured at Boyd Boulevard.
Please be alert for traffic congestion and pedestrian traffic around the cruise route area.
The La Porte Police Department wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable evening!
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Prosecutors Want Jesse Jackson Jr. to Spend 4 yrs in Prison

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior will be sentenced next month for raiding his campaign fund, and prosecutors want to see him put behind bars. ABC'sNews reports the former congressman pleaded guilty in February to using his campaign fund as a personal piggy bank. spending three quarters of a million dollars on home improvements, vacations and luxury items. Now prosecutors want to see Jesse Jackson, Junior pay twice as much back, and spend four years in federal prison. The Chicago Democrat resigned his seat last November, saying he suffered from bipolar depression. Defense attorneys may try to use that as a mitigating factor.
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Man Charged in Wednesday Armed Robbery That Led to Pursuit

A 31 year old man who earlier this week led police on a pursuit into Hobart after a strong-armed robbery was formerly charged Friday in Lake Superior Court. Merrillville Police report Timothy Kingery is charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, auto theft, and two-counts of resisting law enforcement. On Wednesday morning, police say Kingery, took a purse from a woman by force resulting in serious bodily injury outside Cracker Barrel off I-65 in Merrillville, after attempting to taking another woman's purse in the parking lot of Diner's Choice Restaurant in Hobart about 20 minutes earlier. Kingery later took a vehicle and led police on a pursuit that ended off Route 51/South Lake Park Avenue in Hobart, and was taken into custody behind the business complex off Bracken parkway, across from St. Mary Medical Center.
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LaPorte PD Seek Info into Copper Theft and Link Park Vandalism

LaPorte PD
Police in LaPorte are seeking the public's help regarding two separate incidents this week, one regarding theft, the other vandalism. Police report between the hours of 3:30pm Wednesday and 8am Thursday, four rolls of copper wire were stolen off a NIPSCO truck at the facility in the 15-hundred block of State Road 2 West. Meanwhile, police were informed that around 3:30pm, a witness observed a silver car drive up with two teens, and one of them, described as 5'10”, with curly hair, exited the passenger side of the vehicle, ran up to a sign at Link Park and sprayed graffiti on it with black spray paint. Any one with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact LaPorte Police.
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Stray Bullet Hits Home, Misses Woman and Two Children

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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A woman and two small children reportedly narrowly missed being struck by a stray bullet Thursday evening in the 300 block of Pepper Creek Drive in Porter County's Union Township. According to an article in the Times, authorities believe the bullet came from a couple who were target shooting at watermelon without a backstop 18-hundred feet away. No arrests were made, but police did confiscate the handguns used in the incident, and forwarded charges of criminal recklessness against the couple to prosecutors for consideration.
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Event in Valpo to Support the Wounded Warrior Project

Help support the Wounded Warrior Project with a special event this weekend at Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso.  According to the Duneland Chapter of Harley Owners Group or "HOG," San Diego resident, and armed services veteran, Brian Bieber is traveling across the country on a restored, WWII era WLA 45 Solo Harley-Davidson Military motorcycle, at his own expense, to collect money to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Retired Command Sgt.Major of the United States Army, William "Chip" Ostenberg says over the course of the contract, 90,000 WL Solo bikes were manufactured with 60,000 going to U.S. Forces and another 30,000 to our allies during World War II.  The "A" in the model number designates a bike destined to the Army.  Models were also distributed to the Navy, with the only difference in that they were painted Navy Grey, according to Ostenberg.
 
Beiber's Facebook Page says he has raised almost 13-thousand dollars toward his 45-thousand dollar goal.  The motorcyclist says he hopes to convince 45-hundred people to donate ten dollars each, because he said that even a little will go a long way to help disabled men and women who have proudly served their country.

The "WLA Charity Ride" is scheduled to arrive at the American Legion Post in Valparaiso at 9 a.m. Sunday and from there will be escorted to the Harley-Davidson Dealership located at 1151 Morthland Dr. (off US-30).

Hot dogs and pop will be available both on Saturday and Sunday with all proceeds going to the Wounder Warrior Project.  To follow Beiber's charity ride progress visit his Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/WLAAcrossUSA
WLA Charity Ride
(photo from the WLA Charity Ride Facebook page)
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Missing S Carolina Woman with Schizophrenia Found Safe

Sommerville
(Photo Courtesy of the Cook Co Sheriff's Dept)
A missing South Carolina woman diagnosed with schizophrenia who fled her Glenview-based sister's home on May 9th, after being told she eventually would need to return to South Carolina, has been located in good health. The Cook County Sheriff's Office reported late Thursday that 68 year old Marcella Somerville was located around 4pm Thursday, near a bus terminal at Higgins and Milwaukee Avenues, after following various leads. The Sheriff's Office reports Somerville has since been reunited with two of her sisters and is receiving medication for her condition.
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Gary 311 Phone Line Now Running for Non-Emergency Issues

City of Gary
The 311 phone line for Gary citizens to report non-emergency issues is now up running. City officials in Gary report the line is for those residents who want to report issues such as potholes, fallen trees, abandoned homes, and other non-emergency matters by calling (219) 881-1311. Citizens can also download the 311 app at no cost or report directly on the website at http://www.gary.in.us/publicworks/citizen-311-responder.asp.
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Death of Retired MC School Teacher Ruled a Homicide

Henry-Whitten
(Photo Courtesy of the Michigan City PD)

Police report the death of a 66 year old retired Michigan City school teacher has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy was conducted. Michigan City Police report the body of Henry Whitten was discovered Thursday during a welfare check at his apartment in the 500 block of East 8th Street, and the death remains under investigation. La Porte County Coroner John Sullivan says cause of death was due to a sub-dural hemorrhage as the result of blunt force trauma.

Authorities say if anyone has any knowledge or can provide any details regarding this incident to contact Michigan City Police Detective Cpl. Greg Jesse (219) 874-3221 Ext. 318. 
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Remains Found in May in MC that of Missing Woman

Candi-Brown
(Photo Courtesy of the Michigan City PD)
A body discovered May 3rd, in the area of County Line Road and Chandler Road, has been identified today by authorities as that of missing person Candi Brown. Michigan City Police say Brown was reported missing as of August 7th, 2012, by her husband David Morris, and was last seen August 25th, 2012. An investigation continues and anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Michigan City Police Cpl. Jason Holaway at (219) 874-3221 Ext #346 or the Crime Tip Hotline at (219) 873-1488.
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Police K-9 Demonstrations at Horizon Bank Today

The Valparaiso Police Department and Horizon Bank are partnering together today for K-9 demonstrations with Officer Joe Hall and his K-9 partner, Femmy.
Officer Hall and K-9 Femmy will be at Horizon Bank located at 902 Lincolnway from Noon until 3:30 p.m. meeting community members, displaying his K-9 police car and conducting demonstrations of how K-9's search for drugs.  horizon bank will provide refreshments during the event.
The Valparaiso Police Department and Horizon Bank encourage everyone to attend the demonstrations and meet Officer hall and his K-9, Femmy.  He will also be passing out items to children that attend the demonstrations.
Officers Joe Hall and Femmy
Valparaiso Police Officer Joe Hall and his K-9 partner "Femmy"
Officer Hall shows Femmy  
Valparaiso Police Officer Joe Hall and his K-9 partner "Femmy" in the lobby at Horizon Bank
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Valparaiso Police K-9 Officer Femmy
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MC Man Accepts Plea Deal for Murder Charge

A 21 year old Michigan City man has accepted a plea agreement regarding the shooting death of a 16 year old last fall. The Times reports Jamar Pasha will plead guilty to murder, and in exchange, felony robbery and felony criminal gang activity charges will be dropped, if the court accepts the plea. Pasha would receive a 45 year sentence for the death of Isiah Wright, who was found dead in September, near Eastport School. Two other defendants still face charges and each have trials scheduled for next month.
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Timeline Extended for Learning Center

On Thursday, Ivy Tech Community College issued a news release saying the timeline for construction on a new learning center in South Lake County has been extended as they seek state approval. The timeline for the building called for construction to begin in August 2013 and completion of the facility by August 2014, but no information was available at this time on how that is being affected other than they have slowed the process down.
The project, a collaboration between the Tri-Creek School Corporation and Ivy Tech, would have. Ivy Tech occupy half the facility to provide vocational and general education courses to high school and adult students. The two have been working on the project for a year to increase dual college credits and career and technical course opportunities for students in South Lake County.
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This week, Ivy Tech trustees agreed to increase tuition by more than eight-percent, which is above the maximum two-percent increase recommended by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The decision adds five-dollars to the per-credit-hour rate each semester, for four semesters over the next two years, starting this fall, as the school tries to address a 68- million-dollar statewide budget deficit. The community college is also reportedly looking at closing about one-fourth of its 72 locations in the state.
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Today,  Ivy Tech Community College announced it will freeze tuition for all Hoosier veterans eligible for the GI Bill, members of the Indiana National Guard, Hoosier veterans and Indiana members of the federal military reserve, as well as Indiana state government employees.
Ivy Tech will keep tuition at the 2013 rate of $111.15 per credit hour for these eligible groups for the next two academic years.  Ivy Tech first announced a tuition freeze for these eligible groups in 2011 when it did not increase tuition for 2012 and 2013.
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Accident Blocking NB 65

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7:34am: This just in - accident blocking ALL LANES of NB I-65 just north of the 80/94 exchange. 
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County Considering New Courthouse

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A published report today says officials are looking into the possibility of building a new courthouse in downtown Portage, and selling the current North County Government Complex to North Shore Health Centers. The complex on Willowcreek just south of US 6 is about forty-years old. Porter Superior Court Judge Julia Jent tells the Times the proposal would provide more room for the two courts that are in that building.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/portage/new-county-courthouse-eyed-for-portage/article_fd9997ab-c038-5344-bd77-efe7da363e39.html
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