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NWI Runners in Boston Marathon

Hundreds of state and federal investigators are in Boston trying to find out who could have built two bombs that exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon.  About twenty Region residents were participating in the race, and in total nearly three-hundred people from Indiana were registered to compete. Monday evening, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security sent out a notice saying Hoosiers having difficulty contacting family in Boston can call a designated number- 617-635-4500.   Residents are urged to not call the number unless there is difficulty contacting family.
Officials in Indianapolis said they were closely watching what was happening in Boston and plan to review security procedures for the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, just weeks away, in light of the deadly bombings. The 13.1 mile race on May 4, just a few weeks before the Indianapolis 500,  is said to attract about 35,000 participants each year.

Candle-Light Ceremonies Tuesday for Child Abuse Awareness

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2013) – At 7 p.m. throughout Indiana on April 16, communities across the state will gather together simultaneously to hold candle-light ceremonies marking the need to prevent child abuse in Indiana.
The ceremonies, representing all 92 Indiana counties, will be held in 83 different locations, possibly making it one of the nation’s largest single-day demonstrations to raise awareness about preventing child abuse.
DCS is working with child-advocacy groups across the state, and local officials in every community, to unite families, neighbors, professionals and policy makers, in the concerted effort to identify and address the issues that lead to abuse or neglect.
“This is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority,” said new DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura.
By the time children come into the DCS system, they’re already victims of abuse or neglect, said Bonaventura, who spent 30 years on the bench as a judge hearing cases of family crisis. “We need all eyes and ears in the community reporting child abuse and neglect, but equally as important, we need everyone -- from families, to extended families, to communities -- working together to prevent child abuse.”  
Melanie Flory, DCS director in Knox County, says she sees the root-causes everyday of child abuse as she works with families. “Parenting is hard enough,” said Flory. “But when families are also struggling with basic survival needs, like food, shelter and keeping the lights on, it can create stress and hopelessness that escalates into child abuse.”
Children’s Bureau, Inc. understands the realities that can lead to family crises. “Child abuse prevention is a cause that should mobilize our communities to blend our resources, talents and efforts in order to protect vulnerable children,” said Tina Cloer, president and chief executive officer. “There is tremendous work being done to protect our children in the State of Indiana, but there is always opportunity for each of us to do more.”
The Children’s Bureau partners with DCS throughout the year in working to prevent child abuse, and strengthen families.
Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed April Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Indiana. The governor will kick off the Marion County ceremony on the south steps of the Indiana State House.
For a list of ceremony locations, visit:
About Indiana Department of Child Services:
DCS is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The agency’s primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services. If safety continues to be a concern, children are placed with relatives or in foster care. DCS also oversees adoptions from the foster care system and manages the Child Support Bureau. The Kids First Trust Fund, supported by the sale of ‘Kids First’ specialty automobile license plates, subsidizes programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline:  800.800.5556.
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Free Radon Test Kits Available at Porter County Health Dept

A nationwide campaign continues to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families. Administrator Keith Letta, of the Porter County Health Department says radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas, and exposure to elevated levels is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Letta says older homes with basements that are not air and water tight are most susceptible to having high radon levels
The Porter County Health Department's Portage and Valparaiso Offices are currently offering free radon test kits. For more information, visit

Inmates Charged after Incident at Jail this Month

Several inmates have been charged after threatening to riot and resisting guards earlier this month. Published reports say the incident occurred on April 7th, after five men were reportedly upset power was cut to Pod C-7 after an alleged fight ensued and a decision to move an inmate after said fight. The five are charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
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Obama's Statement on the Boston Explosions

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                               April 15, 2013
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
6:11 P.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Earlier today, I was briefed by my homeland security team on the events in Boston. We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds.  And I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.
The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight.  And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.
We don’t yet have all the answers.  But we do know that multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon.
I’ve spoken to FBI Director Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, and they’re mobilizing the appropriate resources to investigate and to respond. 
I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats -- we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.
I’ve also spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families.  And above all, I made clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.
Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak.  It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances.  And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.
We still do not know who did this or why.  And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.  But make no mistake -- we will get to the bottom of this.  And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this.  Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.
Today is a holiday in Massachusetts -- Patriots’ Day.  It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the  earliest days of our nation.  And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition.  Boston is a tough and resilient town.  So are its people.  I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city.  And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.
You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings.  We're still in the investigation stage at this point.  But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.
Thank you very much.
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Crah in Hobart Cleared, Traffic Light Issue on US 30 in Valpi

A crash in Hobart has been cleared according to tipsters. A crash was reported late this afternoon at 37th Avenue and Ridge Road. No further information is available at this time. Meanwhile the traffic light is flashing red again, in all directions at US-30, in front of the Wal-Mart in Valparaiso. Please use caution when traveling.
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How Hoosiers Can Contact Family in Boston

Hoosiers having difficulty contacting family in Boston can call designated number-
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security received information from a Massachusetts emergency management agency with the following information.
Hoosiers who are having trouble contacting family in Boston can call the following number to check on them: 617-635-4500.
Please DO NOT call the number unless there is difficulty contacting family.
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21 Year Old Gary Man Charged with Child Molesting

A Gary man was in police custody at last check, charged with molesting a child over the weekend while watching a movie. The Times reports Merrillville Police have arrested 21 year old Kevin Byrd, after an alleged incident Saturday, at an apartment in the 57-hundred block of Grant Street.
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River Forest Vs Lake Station HSC Game Postponed to Tues

Today’s High School Challenge game between River Forest and Lake Station has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game is now reschedule for Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
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Crash at 37th Ave and Ridge Road in Hobart

Tipsters are reporting a crash in Hobart, at 37th Avenue and Ridge Rd. Rescue crews are reportedly on scene Motorists are being asked to avoid the area. No further information is available at this time.
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Obama to Speak on Boston Marathon Explosion

The President is scheduled to speak at 5:11pm this evening after two people were killed and over 20 people were injured after two explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon this afternoon. Authorities says the explosions occurred hours after the winners crossed the finish line.
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Public Meeting Tuesday for Valpo PD CALEA Accreditation

Valpo PD
The Valparaiso Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operation, and support services.
This accreditation assessment will be held April 14th through April 17, 2013.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the assessors at a public information session on April 16th , 2013 at 6:00 p.m. held in the conference room at the Valparaiso Police Department located at 355 Washington St. or by calling (219) 476-7955 on April 16th, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Telephone comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Valparaiso Police Department by contacting Sergeant Michael McLinn.
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Community Hospital CEO Appointed by Pence to NRDA

Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence today announced the appointment of Dr. Donald Fesko to the Northwest Regional Development Authority in Lake County. The purpose of the seven member board is to fund and develop economic projects in northwestern Indiana.
"Dr. Donald Fesko demonstrates true leadership and the ability to make sound decisions," said Governor Pence. "He exemplifies good character and integrity that make him a good fit on the board."  
As the Chief Executive Officer of Community Hospital, Dr. Fesko oversees the day-to-day operations of the busiest hospital in Lake County. His tenure includes a list of successful accomplishments that includes being presented with the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award as the 2012 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.
Prior to joining Community Hospital, Dr. Fesko was a practicing Optometrist with Munster Eye Care Associates. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University, a B.S. in Economics from Purdue University and a Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University.
Dr. Fesko is a native of Munster. He lives in Dyer with his wife Katie and their three children.
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Raynold P. Gore is US Marshals Fugitive of the Week

rynold Gore
(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A self-admitted gang member wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Department for felony murder and robbery is this week's U-S Marshals Service, Great Lake Fugitive Task Force, “Fugitive of the Week”. Authorities report 23 year old Raynold P. Gore was last known to reside in Chicago, but is known to frequent Gary and the region. Raynold Gore is described as a black male, five-foot eight, weighing 119-pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes. He has a tear drop tattoo under his left eye, and a tattoo on his forearm and chest, and scars on his left arm.
Anyone with information on Raynold P. Gore whereabouts 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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Lugar to be Knighted

Richard Lugar
Former longtime Indiana US Senator Richard Lugar will join the handful of Americans to be knighted by the British. Lugar serves as a professor at Indiana University. He will receive the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire during a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington tomorrow// Tuesday.
From The Lugar Center: Her Majesty The Queen of England has bestowed upon retired U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
The presentation will be made to Lugar at the British Embassy in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 16. Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States will preside. Only royal subjects carry the title of "sir." Still Lugar joins a very select set of Americans to be knighted including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; as well as Bill Gates, Rev. Billy Graham, Alan Greenspan, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Bob Hope and Henry Kissinger.
            Lugar ended his 36-year senate career in January as the Senate's most senior Republican member and its senior foreign policy statesman. His career accomplishments have included creation of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program that has eliminated over 7,600 nuclear warheads in the former Soviet Union and continues to secure and destroy weapons of mass destruction around the world.
            Lugar was also the Senate leader on European security affairs and led U.S. efforts to support new members into the NATO alliance. In private life he continues working with British and European allies on energy security, weapons nonproliferation and global food security. To advance solutions in these areas he has founded The Lugar Center (
            Lugar has been busy since leaving the Senate. He heads the German Marshall Fund's Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress. He heads the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis which includes a Washington, DC internship program.
            Lugar is a distinguished scholar and professor of practice at the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies and co-chairs the IU International Advisory Committee with former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton. Lugar is also a visiting distinguished professor of public policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. And he is a Counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
            Lugar, the recipient of 46 honorary degrees, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, England and remains active on the board of Trustees of the Pembroke College Foundation. His studies there were Lugar's first experiences outside the United States and he often credits this commencing his interest and eventual leadership in international relations.

Westville Offenders Helping Cleanup Effort

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Minimum-security offenders from the Westville Correctional Facility will be among those cleaning up major U-S highways in the Region over the next couple of weeks as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's annual 'Trash Bash' effort. Police say when encountering a work crew, slow down and remain alert for changing traffic patterns and motorists should not pick up hitch-hikers in the area of clean–up crews or correctional facilities. Westville Superintendent Mark Levenhagen says their crews’ goal is to pick up and remove about 60-75 bags of trash each day.
“We are happy to be a part of the state’s annual Trash Bash” said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon.  “Cleaning up Hoosier highways is one of the ways that offenders can give back to the community and turn doing time into doing good.”
Numerous state correctional facilities are working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups to clean up Indiana’s highways during the annual Trash Bash, which runs through April 28 and coincides with National Earth Day.
“Keeping Indiana’s highways clean costs the state significantly every year,” according to INDOT.  “By partnering with Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups, sponsoring companies and the Department of Correction, we’re getting more done and taking more pride – while saving taxpayers money – in maintaining beautiful roadsides for motorists.”
Each year, hundreds of tons of trash are collected, sprucing up highways.  In 2010, 11,083 bags of trash and 79.5 tons of loose debris were collected from state highways and right-of-way areas.  This increased over 40% by 2012 to 15,812 bags.
INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep Indiana’s highways clean by following these tips:
Don’t litter:  Set a good example for everyone, especially children.
Be responsible:  Carry a litter bag in your car instead of tossing out the window.
Report it:  Report to local authorities areas where people have illegally dumped garbage.
Adopt it:  Individuals, families, school groups, sports teams, civic groups, scouting organizations, businesses and others are encouraged to participate in Adopt-A-Highway or other highway beautification efforts.
For more information on various INDOT programs, contact (317) 232-5509.

Two Illiana Expwy Mtgs This Week

A couple of forums are coming up this week on the proposed Illiana Expressway, and one of them is in south Lake County. The meetings, hosted by the Indiana and Illinois Departments of Transportation, are meant to explain the Tier Two process, where INDOT and IDOT say the focus will shift from the original 952 square-mile study area to the communities, landowners and access needs along the preferred corridor. The open houses will look at refining the preferred corridor, looking at interchange locations and layout, determining overpass and underpass opportunities, environmental analysis and continued outreach. The one in Lowell is scheduled for this Thursday [April 18
th ] at Lowell Middle School.
The meetings will be an open house format, and interested persons may attend anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. There will be a continuous PowerPoint presentation, and attendees will have the opportunity to view study exhibits and speak with IDOT, INDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A question and answer forum will be held at 6:00 p.m. each day.
TIER TWO Public Meetings:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Middle School
19250 Cline Avenue
Lowell, IN 46356
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Peotone High School
605 West North Street
Peotone, IL 60468


Blood Glucose Meters Recalled

Abbott today announced it is initiating a voluntary recall of FreeStyle InsuLinx® Blood Glucose Meters in the United States.  The company says to date, there has been one reported patient incident in the United States that may be related to this specific issue. The patient sought medical treatment, was diagnosed with hyperglycemia, treated and released. It has not been determined that the FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter was the cause.
The company has determined that at extremely high blood glucose levels of 1024 mg/dL and above, the FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter will display and store in memory an incorrect test result that is 1024 mg/dL below the measured result. For example, at a blood glucose value of 1066 mg/dL, the meter will display and store a value of 42 mg/dL (1066 mg/dL – 1024 mg/dL = 42 mg/dL). No other Abbott blood glucose meters are impacted by this issue.
Blood glucose levels at 1024 mg/dL and above are very rare. However, if high blood glucose levels of 1024 mg/dL and above do occur, they are a serious health risk and require immediate medical attention. As the FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter can display an inaccurate low result at a blood glucose level above 1024 mg/dL, there may be a delay in the identification and treatment of severe hyperglycemia, or incorrect treatment may be given. This could lead to serious injury or death.
Customers who are using the FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter should immediately take one of the following actions to address this issue with their meter:
    Customers can access a software update to resolve the issue at . The software update will allow customers to maintain settings and historical data on their meter.
    Customers can contact Abbott Diabetes Care Customer Service at 1-866-723-2697 to expedite return and replacement of their FreeStyle InsuLinx meter at no charge. Replacements are available, and Abbott will send meters to customers immediately upon request.
Until customers are able to update the meter software or until a requested replacement meter arrives, the current FreeStyle InsuLinx meter may be used; however, if patients experience symptoms that are not consistent with their readings, they should contact their healthcare professional and follow his or her treatment advice.
"Our first priority is to safeguard the health and safety of patients," said Heather Mason , senior vice president, Diabetes Care, Abbott. "We are committed to ensuring that our customers are able to continue to test their blood glucose with confidence, and we initiated this voluntary recall to ensure our products continue to meet the highest standards of quality and safety. We regret any inconvenience this action may cause."
The company is notifying all registered users, healthcare professionals, pharmacies and distributors where the FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter is sold. Abbott estimates that there are approximately 50,000 active FreeStyle InsuLinx Meter users in the United States. Upon identifying the issue, Abbott promptly developed and implemented an update to the meter.

Waterway Cleanup Almost Complete

Officials say they believe they know now what led to an oil sheen on Cady Marsh Ditch in Lake County last week. "At this point what appears to have happened is that due to the heavy rains, there were some misplaced totes that were leaking that happened to discharge to a storm sewer that leads to the Cady Marsh Ditch," said Jacob Hassan, on-scene coordinator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, who said said the totes were 330-gallon poly, or plastic, totes. He says the source has been determined, but is not being identified, as the investigation continues. "The responsible party has been very cooperative and has been willing to work with us, and things have been going very smoothly," Hassan said.  Hassan says he anticipates cleanup could be complete by Tuesday or Wednesday. The waterway flows from Calumet Township to Munster, emptying into the Little Calumet River.
Hassan says the sheen was called in late Wednesday night last week by a concerned citizen who happened to be driving past Ross Road and noticed a significant sheen on the river, and made a phone call to the National Response Center, which is operated by the US Coast Guard, who then contacted the EPA. You can hear more of today's  interview with Jacob Hassan from the US EPA at news audio on demand at Regionnewsteam-dot-com.

Large Knife Leads to Arrest at Middle School

Police in Valparaiso say a seventh grader from Thomas Jefferson Middle School was arrested after school officials found a large knife inside his locker. School officials say they learned a seventh grader was in possession of and had been displaying a dagger on the school bus. A school official accompanied with a school resource officer searched the locker of the seventh grader. Police say school officials spoke with the student and received conflicting explanations for why the student allegedly brought the knife to school. The student was arrested Friday and charged with Possession of a Knife on School Property, a Class B Misdemeanor, and taken to the Porter County Juvenile Center.


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