7:34am: This just in - accident blocking ALL LANES of NB I-65 just north of the 80/94 exchange.
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
(photo from the WLA Charity Ride Facebook page)
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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(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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