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Two Airlifted from I94 Crash in Portage

Two brothers were air-lifted from the scene of a single vehicle roll-over on I-94 about two miles east of the Portage exit Tuesday afternoon. Indiana State Police Lowell Post says a driver said he swerved to avoid a car that started to enter his lane, and that's when the first car went off the road, overcorrected and lost control. The front-seat passenger, the driver's 18-year-old son, was partially ejected, and his 23-year-old brother, who was in the back, was ejected, coming to rest in the...


Fatal Crash in Hammond

The Lake County Coroners office says a 47-year-old woman suffered blunt force trauma and was killed in a motor vehicle accident at Kennedy Avenue and Michigan Street in Hammond. The victim, identified as Shirley Webber, was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly before 7:30 Tuesday night.



N. Ind Light Fixture Manufacturer Expanding

News Release (Indiana Economic Development Corporation):

ELKHART, Ind. (Dec. 19, 2012) - Vista Manufacturing, Inc., an electronic lighting manufacturer, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 15 new jobs by 2015.

The company, which manufactures light-emitting diodes (LED) and incandescent lights, will invest $3 million over a span of three years to build and equip a 34,000 square-foot facility at 53345 Columbia Drive in Elkhart. Currently operating out of two...


Mentor a Child in Jan. National Mentoring Month

Bill Stanczykiewicz, President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes the healthy development of Hoosier children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being, was in Merrillville Tuesday to promote National Mentoring Month, coming up next month.  Stanczykiewicz, who also appeared at our Region News Team studios on his way to South Bend, says people making New Year's Resolutions to improve themselves and...


Give the Gift of Preparedness this Holiday Season

If you still have some people you need to find gifts for on your list, Santa's helpers come in many forms.  John Erickson with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says "giving someone a preparedness kit for their car is a great way to shop for someone first of all that may be a little bit difficult to shop for, and it's a great way to shop for someone first of all that may be a little bit difficult to shop for, and it's a great way to show someone you care about them."  Erickson adds t...


Woman Walks Away From AM Rollover

 A Bensonville, Illinois woman walked away, this morning, with no injuries after her car rolled over three times, hitting a semi and concrete barrier wall twice. 

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Steve Caylor revealed that, at approximately 10:56 a.m., this morning, a 2011 Hyundai, driven by Barbara Macikszek, 35 of Bensonville, was east bound on I-80 in the left lane when she swerved to the right to avoid semi tire tread.  The Hyundai then hit a 2005 Freightliner pulling a box...


Crash that Closed EB I-94 Being Investigated

Portage, Porter County-A single vehicle roll-over, this afternoon, resulted in two brothers being air-lifted from the scene.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Brian White revealed that, at approximately 2:38 p.m., a black 2003 Saturn Vue, driven by Salvador Paramo, 47 of Shelby Township, Michigan was east bound on I-94 at the 16.4 mile marker (this is 2 ½ miles west of the Portage exit) in the left lane when he stated a red car began to come into his lane.  Paramo swerved to the left t...


EB Lanes Closed I-94 just past Toll Rd.

A rollover crash with injuries that occurred around 2:30 pm this afternoon still has all eastbound lanes of I-94 closed at Ripley St.due to a crash just east of the Indiana Toll Rd.  State police are forcing all vehicles off of I-94 at Ripley St. (Highway 51).  Traffic as of 3:50pm is backed up to I-65.   Traffic tipsters were reporting major backups westbound I-94 from a little before State Rd. 249.  Also, drivers should expect heavier than normal volume on Ridge Rd, and Willowcreek Rd. in Port...


Valparaiso Police Officers Honored for Heroism

The Valparaiso Police Department and Chief Michael Brickner honored three officers – Detective Sgt. Jeff Balon, Officer Jerame Simpson and Officer Keith Perez -- for their heroic efforts during a lengthy hostage situation this past Spring. On May 25th they responded to a call of a man with a gun inside a building on Calumet Avenue. Officials say Officer Perez, who was off-duty, and Officer Simpson, on-duty, made entry and confronted the gunman after assisting numerous individuals to safety. B...


Borman Lanes Blocked Near Cline


[Courtesy INDOT Traffic Cameras]

1010am-- One or possibly two left lanes of eastbound I-80/94 are closed about six miles east of the Indiana/Illinois state line after a crash. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the crash is near Cline Avenue and to expect delays near mile marker 5.8.



New Signal Near IUN Being Activated Tomorrow

INDOT says a new traffic signal near IU Northwest in Gary is scheduled to be activated tomorrow. The traffic light is on Broadway, between 33rd and 35th Avenues, and it currently flashes yellow.  It's one of a number of steps taken over the past couple of years to address safety concerns regarding pedestrians crossing Broadway in the campus area.

INDOT News Release (Dec 18 2012):

GARY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the activation of a new traffic signal on S...


Jobs Announcement for Northern Indiana

Indiana Economic Development Corporation News Release: Musical Instrument Manufacturer Consolidates Illinois Operations to Indiana

ELKHART, Ind. (Dec. 17, 2012) - Conn-Selmer, Inc., a manufacturer of band and orchestra instruments, announced plans today to consolidate operations from LaGrange, Ill. to here, creating up to 23 new jobs by 2013.

The Elkhart-headquartered company, which is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments (NYSE: LVB), will invest $2.2 million to move its percussion...


Temporary SR 49 Bridge Closure


The Indiana Department of Transportation says the State Road 49 bridge over the Kankakee River will be closed for about three hours TODAY (December 18 2012) between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., weather permitting, for inspection work. The bridge, which is between State Road 8 in Kouts and State Road 10 in Wheatfield is currently down to one lane with signals directing traffic.



Pipeline Hearing in LaPorte Today

Several local environmental groups released a statement in advance of an Indiana Department of Environmental Management meeting in LaPorte this afternoon (Tue Dec 18 2012) on Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 6B pipeline, which originates in Griffith. The groups say they “urge IDEM to ensure that Enbridge implements every possible precaution to protect the people and natural resources of Northwest Indiana and Lake Michigan.” The statement, signed by Save the Dunes, National Wildlife Federation, Ho...


Valpo Approves Rezone for Apt Development

The Valparaiso City Council last night reports say voted six-to-one in favor of rezoning 118-acres on the east side of the city for a development that would include a business park and what's been described as a luxury apartment complex. A number of residents in the area opposed to the project are being represented by an attorney. The property is north of Evans, south of Vale Park Road, east of State Road 49 and west of Bartz Road. Today's Times reports Councilman Joey Larr was the lone vote...


Starke County Man Dies Cutting Trees

A rural Starke County man died Sunday after the trunk of a tree that he and his nephew was cutting fell on top of him. The Starke County Coroner's Office reports 69 year old John Nolen died instantly, due to massive blunt force trauma. The Coroner reports Nolen was attempting to guide the tree with rope as his nephew cut the trunk of the tree, when it fell on top of him, trapping him beneath it, just before 3:30 that afternoon.

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Hebron PD Seek Public's Help in Dog Death

The Hebron Police Department is seeking the public's help after a dog was found dead in an animal trap near a residence located across from the town's community center earlier this month. Police report the dog, which was a Canaan-breed, was found to have suffocated in a trap that was baited, around 11:30 in the morning on December 8th, on the six-hundredth block of North Main Street, next to its owner's residence. Hebron Police say an investigation into the incident continues.

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E Chicago Train Stabbing Suspect in Custody

A 24 year old Gary man accused of attacking a man in the bathroom of the East Chicago South Shore Train Station last month is now in custody at the Lake County Jail. The Times reports Jawaun Woods was recently transported to Lake County after being released from an Indianapolis hospital for injuries received in a stabbing incident there earlier this month. Published reports say Woods is charged with attempted murder while committing a robbery, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, and...


Visclosky 2013 1st District Town Forum Schedule

With 2013 about a couple weeks away, and a new session of Congress just around the corner, local Congressman Pete Visclosky plans to hold more than twenty town forums around the First District next month. Visclosky says he wants to hear from his constituents on issues that matter to them. Forums will be held around the Region, including Valparaiso, Merrillville, Whiting and Westville.

Congressman Visclosky’s 2013 Town Forum Schedule:


Thursday, January 10, 2013


10:00 a.m. CST – Hebron: Hebron...


Hearing in NW Ind on Enbridge Project

News Release (Indiana Department of Environmental Management): IDEM invites citizens to a public hearing about two Section 401 Water Quality Certifications for Enbridge Energy to place fill materials into waters of the State of Indiana. The hearing will run from 1 to 4 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, in the LaPorte County Library, 904 Indiana Avenue in LaPorte.

Enbridge Energy owns and operates a 30-inch diameter crude oil and liquid petroleum pipeline and plans to replace it...


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