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Lake Co PD: About 60 lbs of Marijuana Seized

Lake County Sheriffs Police say a tip on the Sheriff's Report a Crime “Hotline” resulted in two arrests and the seizure of nearly sixty pounds of alleged marijuana. Authorities say they also confiscated cash, a gun and a vehicle. Officers with the Lake County Drug Task Force arrested a 28-year-old LaPorte man during a traffic stop in Hammond. Police also obtained a search warrant for a Munster address on Camellia Drive, where the resident, a 30-year-old man was taken into custody. Both face felony charges of possession of marijuana and dealing in narcotics.
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Police Respond to Disturbance at Theater

Valparaiso Police say a man was detained by police and taken to a local hospital for psychological evaluation after a disturbance at the Cinemark Movie Theater Friday night. Police say they learned the man was arguing with his father and allegedly making  threats and hand gestures as if he had a gun, pointing at others. Authorities say this caused many individuals to flee the theater. Police also say a request for criminal charges will be forwarded to the Porter County Prosecutors Office.
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New Treatment Credited to Saving Life of Region Man

A relatively rare treatment in the Region that's a proven life-saver for heart attack victims that recently became available at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, is credited for saving a Region man's life.
56-year-old, Greg Wornhoff, Cedar Lake Councilman and former volunteer firefighter says he doesn't fit the mold of someone with congestive heart failure and recounted on that fateful day he was helping with the delivery of some fuel to his barn when he collapsed on the concrete floor of the barn with the doors wide open. 

Dr. Daniel Netluch, Chief of Emergency Services, who was instrumental in bringing therapeutic hypothermia" to the hospital, says the treatment protects brain cells by slowing down the body's metabolic rate by slowly cooling the body down to 32-degrees. Wornhoff says he does not recall much after being found. 

Interestingly enough, the heart attack survivor says doctors told him after the fact, that he had quite a few heart attacks over the last  eight to ten years.  Wornoff says he did not even know he had the attacks which he says was caused by 100% of his arteries being blocked and another artery blocked 80 tor 85% percent.  He adds that doctors want to put in more stints and a defibrillator but are waiting until he further recuperates.

Wornhoff advises that "once you hit that 50-mark go in and get checked out, because you never know."
Listen to our entire interview with Greg Wornhoff at:  http://www.regionenwsteam.com
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Greg Wornhoff and his medical team at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point.
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Valpo Gulf War Vet Wins Million Dollar 2nd Chance Prize

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The second time around was the lucky one for a region Gulf War veteran and father of four who today won the Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire drawing, walking away with a million dollar prize. Chris Ziegler, of Valparaiso, says he was also a finalist in the previous Lucky Millionaire drawing last September, but says when he heard his name today he was in shock, as well as Hoosier Lottery employees at the odds of being picked twice for the drawing.
Ziegler, who was working as an EMT before winning, but says he was injured while serving in the Marines, and that injury has hampered his ability to perform those duties, so after winning today he says he notified his employers he was resigning, who were happy for him.
Ziegler says he plans to spend the weekend celebrating. The drawing took place today at the Indianapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival.
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$450,000 Awarded to Former Weinberger Patient

A man who used to live in Lowell, and now resides in Arizona, was awarded 450-thousand dollars in damages by a Lake Superior Court jury on Thursday, due to unnecessary surgery performed by the former Merrillville “Nose Doc” Mark Weinberger. Published reports say Robert Hall sought treatment from Weinberger which resulted in worsening his medical condition. Weinberger is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a federal prison for fraudulent health insurance billing.
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Public Hearing Set for High-Speed Boat Race on L. Stone

A public hearing has been scheduled for later this month regarding the proposed application permit to allow a high-speed motorboat race on Stone Lake, in LaPorte County. Indiana Conservation Officer Gene Davis says race organizers applied for a special permit through the D-N-R to conduct the race, but before the D-N-R signs off on the race, they want to hear from the public. Davis says the proposed high-speed race would be a smaller version of the races on Lake Michigan and in Michigan City. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday March 26th at 6 pm CDT at the LaPorte Best Western Conference Room located at 444 Pine Lake Avenue, LaPorte,  IN,  46350.
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Fraudulent Text Messaging Scam Circulating

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DeMotte State Bank would like to inform the region of fraudulent text messages that are circulating. The messages are stating that your card has been deactivated and to call the listed phone number. This is a SCAM, please do not respond. If you have responded and given out any of your personal information, please contact your bank immediately.
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Valpo EMT War Vet Wins Million Dollar Prize

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A second chance sometimes makes all the difference as a U.S. Marine and wartime veteran from the region, who served in the Gulf War, has won the Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire drawing, walking away with a million dollar prize. Chris Ziegler, of Valparaiso, who currently works as an EMT, was also a finalist in the previous Lucky Millionaire drawing last September. He didn't walk away with the million dollars that time, so he kept entering his non-winning tickets into the mylottery second-chance drawing. One of his entries was drawn in the Jan. 30 drawing, earning him $500, and a second shot at the $1 million, which he won today. The drawing took place today at the Indianapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival.
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Hoosiers Depressed, Unhappy With Work

Hoosiers are sad and unhappy with their jobs, according to a new Gallup Poll. The survey said Indiana is part of a 'sadness belt' in Midwest in part because they're depressed, overweight, and dissatisfied with work. Gallup looked at categories like emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, and work environment to rank the states. The well-being poll said people were happiest in Hawaii, and saddest in West Virginia.
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Region Doctor Charged With Sexual Battery

Police in Valparaiso have arrested a doctor on felony charges of sexual battery and criminal deviate conduct. Police say they had been investigating a reported incident regarding alleged inappropriate behavior by a local doctor identified as Jose Agusti of Chicago. Officials say a female subject advised Dr. Agusti had groped and touched her in an inappropriate sexual manner during a scheduled appointment, and that during the same appointment he is also accused of exposing himself to her. Following a lengthy investigation, an arrest warrant was served Thursday at the doctor's office on South Valparaiso street, and he was taken to the Porter County Jail. Police say the alleged assault took place at that office.
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Lake Co Sees Biggest Drop in Population

New figures show Lake County had the state's largest population decline in 2012 at 1,535 residents. Lake was one of 54 of Indiana's 92 counties to lose population. Porter County gained about a -hundred people.... according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Lake is still the second-largest county in the state, at 493,618, next to Marion County (918,977),and  Porter is ninth-largest with 165,682 residents.
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Hammond Woman's Death Ruled Homicide

The Lake County Coroner's Office says the death of a Hammond woman who disappeared more than ten years ago has been ruled a homicide, caused by extensive skull fractures due to unspecified blunt force trauma. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says Francine Carlson was 38 years old at the time of her disappearance in 1999, her remains discovered at the demolition site of a former bait shop in the 17-hundred block of Indianapolis Blvd, after a dog found one of her bones. Chief Miller says they spoke to over 30 people regarding the case, and identified a then 50 year old man as a suspect, who passed away five-years ago.
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Ind DNR to Hold Informal Hrg on Boat Race

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will be holding an informal public hearing to accept comments on the proposed application for permit to allow a high speed motorboat race on Stone Lake in LaPorte County. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday March 26th at 6 pm CDT at the LaPorte Best Western
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Sec of State Warns Hoosier Investors

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is warning Hoosier investors to beware of a company operating under the name Profitable Sunrise. Lawson says the England based company promises investors risk-free and insured investments with high returns, and people are instructed to wire money to financial institutions in Eastern Europe. Lawson also says the company is not registered to sell securities in Indiana, and multiple states are looking into Profitable Sunrise, including North Carolina, which has issued a Cease and Desist order.
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INDIANAPOLIS (March 14, 2013) – Secretary of State Connie Lawson is warning investors to beware of a company operating under the name Profitable Sunrise.  The Birmingham, England-based company promises investors risk-free and insured investments with high returns.  The company is not registered to sell securities in the State of Indiana.
Profitable Sunrise founder, Roman Novak, states that the investment model is based on providing short-term loans to small businesses throughout the United States.  Profitable Sunrise makes investments attractive by not only touting risk-free, high returns but also by stating that by helping these United States companies, investors are also helping revitalize the national economy and create more desperately needed jobs in the United States.  
The Profitable Sunrise business model promises investors that they will earn risk-free returns of 1.6 percent to 2.7 percent per day for investment periods ranging from 180 to 240 days.  The company offers 5 different investment plans which allow investors an increasing number of investment amounts and percentages of return.  The company also offers a referral program that provides an incentive for investors to earn a percentage of returns for all additional investors they refer to the program.  Victims in the investment scam are instructed to wire money to financial institutions in Eastern Europe, including banks in the Czech Republic. 
Multiple states are looking into Profitable Sunrise, including North Carolina which has already issued a Cease & Desist Order.  Investors should always carefully scrutinize any investment opportunity particularly if the offer comes from a foreign country or appears “too good to be true.”  Indiana constituents with questions and/or concerns about investment opportunities should contact the Secretary of State’s office.   
Anyone who has invested in Profitable Sunrise should contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-223-8791 or find us online at www.indianainvestmentwatch.com 
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Alleged Love Letters From Former Pastor

Documents filed in Hammond Federal Court reportedly show the 55-year-old ex-pastor of a Lake County megachurch wrote letters to a teenage girl, including one that allegedly said their relationship is “what Christ desires” for them, and that Jesus Christ wanted them to become “eternal lovers”. Jack Schaap, former leader of First Baptist Church of Hammond, is facing up to ten years at his sentencing next week after pleading guilty last year to interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
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Lowell Names Interim Police Chief

Officials in Lowell named veteran officer Corporal Erik Matson interim police chief at a special town council meeting Thursday. The decision followed a special police commission meeting that was also held yesterday. Matson will replace Chief John Shelhart, whose resignation that was tendered last week takes effect tomorrow. Shelhart had been chief since 2006.
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Last Defendant in Latin King Rico Conspiracy Pleds Guilty

The last defendant of 23 charged in the Latin King Rico Conspiracy indictments pled guilty today in Hammond Federal Court. The U-S Attorney's Office reports 35 year old Dante Reyes, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity. Authorities say also charged, but still at-large, is 30 year old Paulino Salazar, of Chicago, and a total of six of the 23 charged who have entered guilty pleas have been sentenced. According to the indictment, the Latin Kings were responsible for at least 19 murders in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area and Big Springs, Texas.
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Undercover Sting Results in Robbery Team Bust

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An undercover human trafficking investigation Tuesday evening in Lansing, Illinois, ended up resulting in the bust of a robbery team. The Cook County Sheriff's Office reported on Thursday that their Vice Unit, responding to a Backpage-dot-com advertisement for a female escort, set up a meeting at a Lansing motel. Authorities report an undercover officer entered the motel room and encountered two-men dressed as women, who attempted to rob him. The Sheriff's Office reports the suspects attacked the officer, who was able to apprehend both suspects, despite breaking his right hand, and sustaining cuts and bruises to his body.  Both suspects, who are from Chicago, were arrested, and authorities ask anyone who may have additional information, or been a victim of this team to contact the Cook County Sheriff's Office Investigations Unit.
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EPA Orders More Dredging of Enbridge on K-Zoo River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued an administrative order requiring Enbridge to do additional dredging in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from a pipeline spill in July of 2010. The EPA reports they have repeatedly documented the presence of recoverable submerged oil in sections of the river, and Enbridge now has five-days to respond to the order, and 15-days to provide the EPA with a work plan. Enbridge officials are currently holding an open house that started at 5pm this evening in Schererville on a proposed Enbridge Energy Pipeline project, from a terminal near Pontiac, Illinois, to one near Griffith.
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NIRPC to Hold Region Wide Public Meetings

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning is wrapping up the development of the revision of the 2007 Public Participation Plan. The new Plan reflects NIRPC’s continuing commitment to reach out to and engage residents in the regional planning and decision-making processes relative to NIRPC’s three planning domains of transportation, economic development and the environment. 
NIRPC is now holding public meetings in each of the three counties to:
  • Share information about NIRPC, the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan, and the Public Participation Plan 2013.
  • Discuss with other participants ways to strengthen NIRPC’s outreach and engagement strategies.
  • Reach a shared consensus on the most pressing questions and comments NIRPC should be considering for future outreach.
The public meetings will take place as follows:
  • March 25th Michigan City City Hall.
    • An opportunity to engage with staff from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • The 90-minute program will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.
  • March 27th Valparaiso City Hall
    • An opportunity to engage with staff from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • The 90-minute program will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.
  • April 2nd Hammond Public Library
    • An opportunity to engage with staff from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • The 90-minute program will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.
  • April 2nd Hammond Public Library
    • An opportunity to engage with staff from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • The 90-minute program will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.

The comment period has been extended to include any comments received during the meetings listed above and will close Tuesday, April 2. The Public Participation Plan draft and the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan are available on NIRPC’s website at www.nirpc.org. Find us on Facebook at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and INvolve Northwest Indiana.

NIRPC is a regional council of local governments serving the three counties of Northwest Indiana. It provides a forum that enables the residents of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community and economic development. NIRPC is the voice of regionalism in Northwestern Indiana, and a developer of consensus-backed solutions.
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