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Driver Injured in Crash at Indiana Dunes State Park

The driver of a vehicle injured in a crash this morning, where the former entrance to Indiana Dunes State Park use to be, was taken to Porter Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Lt. Jerry Shepard, with the Indiana D-N-R Conservation, says the incident occurred just before 7:30 this morning, when the driver dropped their cell phone, and when reaching for it, lost control of the vehicle due to slick road conditions, and hit the a stone building to the west of the former entrance.
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Man Accused of Child Molestation Pleads to Battery Charge

A 74 year old man, who turned himself in on child molestation charges in December after twice being released by Texas authorities on a Lake County warrant because Lake County declined to extradite him, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser battery charge, according to the Times. Published reports say Enrique Marks Junior was charged with allegedly groping a then 10 year old girl in Highland, and accepted a plea deal, and will not have to register as a sex offender. The Times reports under the...
 

Snow Removal Parking Restrictions Lifted in Mich City

Snow removal parking restrictions in Michigan City have been lifted today. Parking restrictions were set in place Monday by the city, due to snow removal conditions, and normal parking rules and regulations are now back in effect. Mayor Ron Meer wants to thank everyone for their help and cooperation.
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Lawmakers Consider Lifting Sunday Alcohol Ban

Indiana lawmakers again taking another look at dropping the Sunday ban on retail alcohol sales. The House Public Policy Committee was holding a hearing earlier today on a bill that would allow people to purchase liquor for carry-out on Sundays, something that's been banned since the Prohibition-era in the Hoosier state. The Indiana Retail Council supports a change, but some owners of small liquor stores have spoken against lifting the existing 'blue law' ban. Indiana is the reportedly now the...
 

Two Arrests Made in Home Burglary

The La Porte County Sheriffs office has made two arrests in connection with a residential burglary yesterday (Tuesday), where deputies were dispatched to Goldring Road... after the homeowner arrived to find items stacked outside the home – and suspected something was wrong. Officials say the same home had been burglarized about two weeks earlier. Police say deputies tracked two people seen running into a wooded area for about a half-mile, and the 18-year-old suspects were taken into custody at a...
 

It's Official: USPS Says Sat Mail Delivery Ending

The Postmaster General announced today ( Wednesday)  that the US Postal Service will end Saturday mail delivery this summer... in an effort to save about two billion dollars a year. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says things like online bill payments have resulted in big losses for the postal service.  The postal service plans to continue more profitable delivery of packages on Saturday. ABC News reports that Congress could still block the move, having insisted for years on six-day mail d...
 

Carey Named Special Projects Coordinator

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program has hired Dorreen Carey of Gary as special projects coordinator. Carey, who's been involved in environmental issues in the Region for decades, most recently worked as a storm water and environmental consultant for business and municipalities, and prior to that she served as environmental director and storm water coordinator for the city of Gary. Carey begins her new job February 18, and state officials say her primary...
 

US 20 Crash Victim Identified

Officials say a 24-year-old woman was killed and six other people hurt in a two-vehicle crash on US 20 in Pine Township just west of the Porter/LaPorte County line Tuesday afternoon. Reports say an SUV collided with a car that had apparently lost control and crossed the center line. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says a passenger in the car, identified as 24-year-old Jacquelyn Reed, who'd just recently moved to Michigan City, died at the scene. The driver was at last word reported as...
 

Reports: Saturday Mail Delivery Ending

Today (Wednesday) the United States Postal Service is expected to announce an end to first-class mail delivery on Saturdays. The announcement, planned for about 10 a.m. EST, is also expected to say that packages, mail-order medicine, and express mail will continue to be delivered on Saturday, but not letters, bills, cards, and catalogs. The move is meant to save the financially struggling agency about $2 billion a year as it responds to the rising popularity of email and social media and the...
 

Autopsy Photos Shown at Murder Trial

Trial continues for Dustin McCowan, a Wheeler-area man charged with murder in the death of his one-time girlfriend, 19-year-old Amanda Bach of Portage. The Times reports a packed courtroom heard testimony Tuesday, and prosecutors showed autopsy photos of Bach. McCowan, who has maintained his innocence, is accused of taking Bach's life in September 2011
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Baked Goods Manufacturer Growing in the Region

A baked goods manufacturer in the Chicago suburbs has announced plans to expand its operations in Michigan City. Hearthside Food Solutions makes grain-based snack foods, including snack bars, cookies, crackers and pretzels.  Formed in 2009, the Downers Grove-based company plans to renovate and add to its existing facility on US Highway 20, and install equipment expected to be operational this spring that will allow it to produce a cracker-based product.  Hearthside already has more than 400 f...
   

Case of Typhoid Fever Confirmed at Purdue

A health alert from Purdue University's main campus in West Lafayette -- Purdue is urging diners to watch for symptoms after a case of typhoid fever was confirmed on campus. Local health officials and Purdue are working with the Indiana State Department of Health to investigate the case and assess the risk to the public.  Here is more information from a news release issued by Purdue:
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is reaching out to anyone who may have eaten food on Jan. 23-25 from...
   

One Killed, Six Others Hurt in Pine Twp Crash

Officials say a 24-year-old woman was killed and six other people hurt in a two-vehicle crash on US 20 in Pine Township just west of the Porter/La Porte County line Tuesday afternoon. Reports say a passenger in one of the vehicles died at the scene, the driver was critical at a South Bend hospital, and a child in the car was taken to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, and four people in the other vehicle, including three children, were being treated at a Michigan City hospital
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Senate Says Yes to Cursive Writing Bill

The full Indiana Senate has signed off on legislation requiring cursive writing be taught in Hoosier elementary schools. Senate Bill 120 passed by a 36-to-13 vote. Cursive writing became an option in 2011. Author Jean Leising of Oldenburg says studies have shown finger movement associated with handwriting activates regions in the brain linked to cognitive, language and motor processes, noting at least five other states – Alabama, California, Georgia, Kansas and Massachusetts – have passed cur...
   

Griffith Separation Bill Advances

A renewed effort by the town of Griffith to gain its independence from Calumet Township is making its way through the Indiana House. House Bill 15-85 … regarding the transfer of municipal territory... has gotten out of committee on an eleven-to-one vote, according to a report in the Times today. The measure allows voters in town to vote on leaving the township and joining another, if enough people sign a petition requesting a referendum. Then it would need at least two-thirds of voters to say y...
   

Semi Rollover Near Crown Point

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In Lake County, Indiana State Police Lowell Post say a semi driver who hit the interstate sign for the Crown Point exit on I-65 Tuesday afternoon reported he blacked out. The rig, loaded with 35-thousand pounds of general merchandise, rolled onto its side and slid for about two-hundred feet before coming to rest off the roadway around 4:45 pm, police say. No load was lost. Troopers say the driver said he was not hurt, but he was taken to a local hospital to be...
   

US-41 Purple Heart Corridor Extends Southward

On Monday, Cedar Lake has joined other Lake county communities in designating a portion of US-41 as a Purple Heart Corridor. Ian Nicolini, Town Administrator says the honor is a privilege and "really neat to be part of something that's so much bigger than a town, so much bigger than the Region."   Nicolini says it is a really neat project to be part of and that the council was fully behind it "especially Ward 6 council member, Patsy Casassa."    Nicolini says the Purple Heart Corridor is  "a gre...
   

Isom Found Guilty of Murder by Jury

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The trial of a 47 year old Gary man is almost over as the Times reports the jury found Kevin Isom guilty on three-counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and two step children, and guilty of criminal recklessness, after two-hours of deliberation. The Times reports sentencing begins tomorrow morning, and Isom faces either the death penalty, life without the possibility of parole, or a sentence of a specific number of years.
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Crashes on I-65 US 20 Causing Delays

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Two separate crashes in the region have caused some lane closures. The right lane of northbound I-65 is closed near U-S 231 due to a crash, causing stop and go traffic and up to 20 minute delays, as you travel northbound on I-65 near mile 246. Meanwhile, tipsters are reporting a bad crash on US-20, just west of Michigan City, that has both directions shut down. No further information is available at this time.
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Closing Arguments Made Today in Isom Murder Trial

Kevin Isom
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The trial of a 47 year old Gary man charged with three-counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and two step children is now in the hands jurors, after closing arguments were made today. The Times reports Kevin Isom is also accused of three-counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at officers responding to the incident. If found guilty, he faces either the death penalty, life without the possibility of parole, or a sentence of a specific number of years.
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