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Remebering Fallen Military Members Tonight

In Hobart, members of the Marine Corps League Howlin' Mad Detachment 93 gather at the Hobart Doughboy statue the last Friday of each month 5pm to remember, out loud, soldiers who've given their lives for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan... and this evening, they'll be reading the names of eighteen fallen military personnel. This past July marked the third year anniversary date of their monthly ceremony announcing the names at the Doughboy monument, at 7th & Main. “Doughboy” was a term used to...

 

Early Morning Chase Thru Yards, Farm Fields

Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say an early morning traffic stop ended with a driver attempting to flee through farm fields and yards in Jasper and Starke Counties. At about 7:30 this morning police say Master Trooper Aaron Correll was on State Road 10 when he saw a pick-up drive off the road, then take off after the officer activated his emergency lights. Police say at one point, the suspect vehicle also went through a stop sign before hitting a fence in someone's yard, then fleeing...

 

More Info Released on Church Van Crash

Lake County Police have released additional information about an accident involving a church van filled mostly with teenagers Thursday night. Police say officers were dispatched shortly after 8:30 to northbound Cline Avenue and the Gary Avenue exit ramp, where they say a van registered to the First Baptist Church of Hammond failed to negotiate the exit ramp, collided with the steel guardrail, and rolled over sideways several times before coming to rest at the bottom of a steep ravine adjacent...

 

LaPorte Pastor Tries for Bell Ringing Record

As he raises funds for The Salvation Army, Pastor Billy Nickrand of Door VIllage United Methodist Church in LaPorte is trying to break a national bell ringing record of 60-hours straight. He started Thursday at noon, and hopes to keep standing and ringing near the familiar Red Kettle until midnight Saturday, at the Kroger store in LaPorte.

Article from www.salaporte.org : (The Salvation Army, LaPorte, website)

Grand Rapids, MI November 19, 2012 – Beginning Thursday, November 29 at 12:00 noon (...

 

Valpo City Council Dec Mtgs Consolidated

PRESS RELEASE (City of Valparaiso):

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Mayor Costas and the Valparaiso City Council have consolidated the December meetings of the City Council to be held on December 17, 2012 at 7:00pm in city hall council chambers at 166 Lincolnway, Valparaiso.   There will be no city council meeting held on December 10, 2012.  

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Times Names Football Standouts

The Times today unveiled their 2012 All-Area Prep Football Team and their Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. For the second year in a row, Merrillville senior quarterback Jake Raspopovich and Lake Central junior standout Gelen [ghell'-en] Robinson earned the offensive and defensive top spots respectively. The Times also today named East Chicago Central's Stacy Adams their prep football Coach of the Year. The former Valparaiso University head coach took the Central High Cardinals to a...

 

IDNR: Arson Wildfires at NW Ind Wildlife Area

Indiana DNR News Release (Nov 29 2012): Multiple Arson Wildfires Reported on Jasper Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

Volunteer fire departments from Wheatfield and San Pierre, along with Jasper County Sheriff Deputies and Indiana Conservation Officers responded to 8 separate wildfires that were burning on Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area shortly after 1:30 pm on 11/29/12. The fires were set in Jasper County along CR 400 E between CR 850 N and CR 1100 N and on property belonging to The Nature...

 

Cline Avenue Crash Injures Five

In Lake County Thursday night, the Times is reporting a First Baptist Church of Hammond van with twelve people inside rolled over on Cline Avenue near the Gary exit, and at least five were injured, including a 17-year-old boy who was ejected from the vehicle. He was reportedly airlifted to an Illinois hospital. The Times says the passengers were members of the City Baptist Schools basketball team who were taking part in a tournament at Hyles-Anderson College and on their way back to the college...

 

Indiana Family Claims $1M Powerball Ticket

Both million-dollar winning tickets in Indiana from Wednesday night's Powerball drawing have been claimed.  Here's the news release from Hoosier Lottery:

Winning is family affair for Vincennes family

Mother shares $1 million Powerball® prize with two grown children

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 29 2012) - The second of two $1 million Powerball prizes won in Indiana last night has been claimed, and it's a family affair for the winners.  A Bruceville retiree and her two grown...

 

Voter Turnout Results for the Region

Only two counties in the region exceeded the statewide voter-turnout of 58-percent in the November 6th General Election. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson reported today that voter turnout was down statewide from 2008's 62-percent, but equal to 2004's percentage. Lawson says absentee ballots comprised 22-percent of the total ballots cast in Indiana, down from 24-percent in 2008, but a dramatic increase from just ten-percent in 2004. Porter County had the highest voter turnout in the...

 

Man Charged but At-Large in Stabbing Case

Authorities have filed charges against a homeless man who remains at-large at last check regarding a stabbing incident Monday inside the restroom of the East Chicago South Shore Passenger Station. NICTD Transit Police say 24 year old Jawaun Dontell Woods, a Gary resident, was charged with attempted murder, attempted murder while committing a robbery, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, and carjacking, all felony offenses. Police say Woods is considered armed and dangerous, and that...

   

Gary Teen Shot Found Dead in Street

An 18 year old Gary man is dead after an apparent homicide from early this morning. The Gary Police Department reports they were dispatched to the Aetna section of Gary, at approximately 1:30am, and found Norman Eskew unresponsive in the middle of the street, in the 11-hundredth block of South Hamilton Place. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports Eskew sustained multiple gunshot wounds, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact...

   

Beware of Scams this Holiday Season

This time of year is known as “the season of giving”, but area law enforcement want you to be aware of potential scams so you don't accidentally give away your personal information. Sargent Larry LaFlower, with the Porter County Sheriff's Office, says they have been informed of two scams in the last couple of weeks regarding the post office, where callers claiming to be from the post office are trying to get your personal information. Sargent LaFlower says said another scam to watch out for are...

   

Highland Man Wins $1 Million in Powerball

A 34 year old Highland man is one-million dollars richer after matching all five numbers, minus the Powerball number, from Wednesday night's record Powerball jackpot. The Hoosier Lottery reports Larry Chandler, a union electrician, says he will not quit his job, and plans to use his winnings to help his mom, start a college fund for his daughter, and take his girlfriend to Red Lobster. Chandler purchased his winning ticket at the Highland Citgo, on Kennedy Avenue, and is one of two Hoosiers to...

   

Lake County E-911 Site Chosen

The Times website today is reporting that local officials, by a vote of nine-to-six, have chosen the Lake County Government Center as the place for their consolidated E-9-1-1 base. A city annex building in East Chicago was also under consideration, and was instead recommended as a secondary site. The single center will be serving seventeen cities and towns and unincorporated Lake County as the state requires every county to consolidate E-9-1-1 dispatch operations by the end of 2014 to no more...

   

Federal Funds for Tree Planting Projects

DNR awards funding for community tree projects

DNR’s Division of Forestry has awarded $145,365 in federal funds to 11 cities, towns and non-profits in Indiana for urban forestry projects.

 

The projects include tree inventory and analysis for management planning, emergency response planning, and education and awareness campaigns. Urban forests enhance air and water quality, resulting in improved community health and safety.

 

Funds for tree inventory and analysis were awarded to: City of...

   

Three Cows Shot and Killed; Two Teens Charged

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La Porte County Sheriffs Police say two juveniles, age 14 and 17, are in custody after three cows were shot and killed at a rural La Porte County farm. Deputies responded shortly after 10 pm Wednesday to Scipio Township, where they found three Holstein dairy heifers had been killed, their bodies discovered within fifteen feet from the roadway. Both teenage suspects have been charged with three counts of Killing a Vertebrate Animal, and three counts of Criminal Recklessness, all felonies.

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Jill Long Thompson CEO of Farm Credit Admin

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A former northeastern Indiana congresswoman who once taught at Valparaiso University has been appointed by President Obama to lead the Farm Credit Administration. Jill Long Thompson has been named chairwoman and chief executive officer of the federal agency.

Farm Credit Administration News Release: McLEAN, Va., Nov. 28, 2012 — President Barack Obama has designated Jill Long Thompson Chair and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) effective Nov. 27, 2012. S...

   

Controlled Burn at Hoosier Prairie Today

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The Indiana DNR has announced a controlled burn today at Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve in Lake County.  Motorists are advised to look for restrictions along Main Street and Kennedy Avenue.  Another controlled burn was conducted at Hoosier Prairie November 19; this one is in a different part of the nature preserve.  The burn is expected to take three to four hours to complete, starting at about 11am or noon today.  Here's news release from the Indiana DNR:

(November 29, 2012) The Department of...

   

Prescribed Fire in Porter Co Today

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News Release: National Park Service Fire Managers from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will be finishing the Howes Prairie-Lupine Lane prescribed fire today (Thursday Nov 29 2012). Crews initially attempted to conduct the fire on November 15, but were unable to complete the burning due to unfavorable weather conditions. Fire staff expect to start the 180 acre fire at around 10 am, and be burning into the afternoon. Smoke is expected to be visible from Burns Harbor, Porter, Chesterton and I94.

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