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Oath Administered to New Hobart Officer

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Left to right: Officer Cody Riggle, his father Chuck Riggle, and Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor. [Photo provided]

The city of Hobart started the new year with a new face in the ranks of the city's police department. Just a few days before the start of 2013, Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor administered the oath of office to 21-year-old Cody Riggle of Crown Point. Officials say Riggle is the fifty-sixth officer on the department, its current authorized strength. Chief Jeff White lauded the addition of...

 

First Babies of 2013 in the Region

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Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital News Release (01/01/2013) La Porte, IN – A baby girl born 58 minutes after midnight was the first baby of the New Year for La Porte in 2013.

Kamryn Nevaeh Kantowski was born at 12:58 am at Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital. She weighs 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Her parents, Jennifer Lynn Kantowski and Anthony John Kantowski, Jr. are from Michigan City. They will be celebrating by taking...

 

Two Crashes in Valpo, One Involves Squad

Authorities tell us a Valparaiso Police officer responding to a crash this morning was involved in an accident on US 30 this morning.  There were injuries reported in the earlier crash, but we don't have information on how serious they may be at this time.   Police tell us the officer involved in the other crash was not believed to be hurt, but again authorities are still investigating.

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Visclosky Statement on Fiscal Cliff Deal

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Jan 2, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Congressman Visclosky released the following statement after casting a “no” vote on the fiscal cliff deal advanced by federal lawmakers:

“I have long maintained that the solutions to our nation’s fiscal problems must be balanced and comprehensive. Unfortunately, the plan passed by the House and Senate to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff’ is neither. While I am heartened that most Americans will not see their tax rates increase, the plan adds $4 trillion to th...

 

How Indiana Voted on 'Fiscal Cliff'

The House voted late last night to accept the Senate 'fiscal cliff' compromise and avoid the tax hikes that were supposed to go into effect yesterday. The bill shields people earning less than 400-thousand dollars a year from tax increases, and it extends unemployment benefits for roughly two million people, but it does not raise the so-called debt ceiling. In two months, the government will reach its limit on borrowing unless Congress acts. It also did not extend a temporary two-percent cut in...

 

Apartment Fire in East Chicago

Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital for back injuries after an apartment fire that displaced more than twenty people in East Chicago, as the Times reports fire crews responded to a two-story apartment building in the 48-hundred block of Northcote shortly after 3-o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The report says the fire is believed to have started in a first-floor bedroom, but at last word the cause was not known.

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Munster Police Investigate Homicide

Munster Police say a suspect was in custody pending charges after a homicide. Police say they were called to the 800 block of Boxwood early Tuesday reference to a disturbance. Officers tried to make contact with the subject inside, but authorities say he had barricaded himself and would not respond. The Regional SWAT Task Force was activated, deploying a remote controlled robot inside the home and the suspect surrendered. Police say the victim was rushed to the hospital and succumbed to her...

 

Visclosky Appalled Congress Can't Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Congressman Peter J. Visclosky released the statement below following the breakdown in negotiations over a remedy for impending spending cuts and tax increases.

“I am appalled and angry that Congress could not make discrete decisions to bring our fiscal house in order.  Tonight’s deadline has been pending for more than a year, and I have continually worked to encourage my colleagues in both parties to take thoughtful and comprehensive action on the issues before us.  Congress has abdicated its re...

 

Ceremony Held for Civil War Colonel

The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail hosted a ceremony this morning honoring a Valparaiso Civil War veteran who would later go on to become Mayor of Valparaiso. Marc Chase, who heads the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project, says Colonel Issac Suman commanded what was known as the “Bloody 9th” Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. Chase says the ceremony commemorates the 150th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, at Hell's half-acre, in Murfreesboro,...

 

CN Announces Merger of EJ&E into Wisconsin Central

Canadian National Railway announced today that will complete the merger of the Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railway Company, or E-J and E, into its Wisconsin Central L-T-D subsidiary, effective tomorrow, January 1st. Canadian National reports the merger will simplify their corporate structure and operations in the U-S, with Jim Vena, Senior Vice-President of the company's Southern Region, saying they believe the merger will, “lead to operational efficiencies and service improvements...which will p...

 

Deadline for Homestead Filers Extended by Lake Auditor

Homeowners now have until the end of January to file the necessary paperwork to keep their property tax credits, after the Times today reported that the Lake County Auditor said she is extending the deadline, which was to be today, December 31st. Published reports say the state creating a database to ensure no one is receiving more than a single credit the law allows for a person's primary residence, and that those who fail to fill out the necessary paperwork to verify their homestead...

   

Chicago, Natl Repts: Lovie Smith Fired

The Chicago Tribune online and NFL Network are reporting that Bears head coach Lovie Smith was fired today.  The Bears, who missed getting into the playoffs, ended their season 10-and-6.

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Indiana DNR: Think Twice Before Going Out on Ice

News Release (Dec 30 2012):  Indiana Conservation Officers across the state are advising citizens of the potential hazards of being out on lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams during this time of year.

Each winter in Northwest Indiana, hundreds of Hoosiers enjoy fishing, ice-skating, and hiking on frozen ponds and lakes.  Unfortunately, in years past, some have drown or died of hypothermia after falling through the ice.

Conservation Officers want to remind Hoosiers’ to put safety first when enjoying...

   

Governor-Elect Pence Inaugural Events

News Release: Carmel, IN - [Dec 27 2012] Governor-elect Mike Pence and incoming First Lady Karen Pence are inviting Hoosiers to register online for upcoming inaugural events.

"We're thrilled at the enthusiasm Hoosiers are showing for the inaugural events through online registration," said incoming First Lady Karen Pence.  "With the largest hotel ballroom in the Midwest, we look forward to welcoming as many people as possible."

Hoosiers interested in attending any of the inaugural events below are...

   

Indiana DNR 'First Day Hikes'

There are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Day, by either spending time with family or watching football, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources would like you to spend it with them. The Indiana DNR will usher in the new year with 20 “First Day Hikes” at Indiana's state parks and reservoirs, with one in our region at the Indiana Dunes State Park, on January 1st, at 10am. Those interested can meet outside the nature center for a moderate hike on Trail Nine to the Beach House...

   

Results From Gary Gun Buyback

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City officials say 68 weapons were turned in during a gunback held by the city of Gary Saturday, where churches in Gary again served as drop-off sites. City officials say one assault rifle, four shotguns, twelve rifles, and fifty-one handguns were collected, in exchange for Wal-Mart gift cards.

According to Police Chief Wade Ingram, a total of 129 guns were turned in in exchange for Wal-Mart cards during the city's Gun Buyback in August, where local churches...

   

NICTD: Repairs Made After Damage

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District officials say this past Saturday all South Shore train service was temporarily suspended when a semi-truck loaded with steel rollers lost its load off the Indiana Toll Road and on to the South Shore causing significant track and overhead wire damage. Commuter rail authorities say the accident did not involve any passenger trains but caused a service suspension until emergency repairs could be made. Service resumed just after 7-o'clock Saturday...

   

NICTD Suspends Service Today Update

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NICTD reports all train service has been suspended for most of the day due to a crash this morning on I-90 involving a semi that reportedly lost its load of steel on the tracks east of the Gary Metro Station. While no passenger trains were involved, there is extensive damage to the overhead wire and track, and South Shore maintenance crews are working to get the issue resolved.  For further updates follow this link: http://www.nictd.com/delays.html.

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Weather Conditions Cause Numerous Indicents

Slippery condition are caused numerous traffic headaches for motorists this morning in the region. Tipsters were reporting multiple vehicle spin outs and crashes all over area roadways, that resulted in some roads being shut down for a time. Indiana State Police report six vehicles collided on I-65 northbound near the Merrillville exit. Authorities report several people were transferred to area hospitals, but that none of the injuries appear to life threatening at this time.

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Gary Gun Buyback Today

City officials say five churches in Gary will serve as drop-off sites for the city's next Gun Buyback scheduled today from 8am-to-4pm. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's office says Wal-Mart Gift Cards will be issued to those who turn in guns: Hand Guns, Shotguns/Rifles: $50.00, and Assault Weapons: $100.00.

According to Police Chief Wade Ingram, a total of 129 guns were turned in in exchange for Wal-Mart cards during the city's Gun Buyback in August, where local churches also partnered with the...

   

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