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Lake, LaPorte Counties Get Lake Effect

INDOT News Release December 25, 2012:  LAPORTE – Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plow truck drivers are working overtime to ensure holiday travels are as safe as possible. Throughout the winter INDOT winter operations crews are regularly tasked to work through nights, weekends, and holidays and Christmas Day has been no different.

Lake effect snow fell in the LaPorte and Gary areas overnight and more than a dozen plow drivers have been on the roads clearing the way. Current...

 

Winfield Bank Robbery Suspects in Custody

A Gary man and a Crown Point woman are in custody at last check and charged with felony robbery regarding Friday's bank robbery of the First Midwest Bank in Winfield. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports an intensive 72-hour investigation lead to today's arrest of the suspects, 24 year old Michael D. Anderson and 21 year old Rachel Mauger. Authorities report a majority of the money taken in the robbery has been recovered, along with the vehicle used in the crime. The Sheriff's office...

 

Woman Dies After Tree Falls on Vehicle

A 36 year old Kingsford Heights woman died Saturday morning after being injured Friday evening when a tree fell on top of the vehicle she was a passenger in. The Times reports Sarah Swisher was in the backseat of the vehicle that was heading north along a heavily wooded area of Indiana 39, south of the LaPorte Municipal Airport, near Luhr County Park, around 6pm, when a tree fell on top of the driver's side roof. Published reports say the other three occupants in the vehicle were later freed...

 

New Enbridge Pipline Construction Delayed

Construction on a new 36-inch diameter pipeline from Enbridge Engery LP designed to increase flow capacity between Griffith and Stockbridge, Michigan, along with a new 30-inch diameter pipleline from Stockbridge to eastern Michigan probably will not occur until late spring/early summer. The Times reports permits regarding water quality impacts from the almost two-billion dollar project first need to be approved, which could happen this spring. Published reports say recent Enbridge spills, like...

 

S Shore Train 18 to Chicago @ 2:24pm 15 min Delay

Westbound South Shore Train 18 scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 2:24 PM is running 15-20 minutes late due to temporary track conditions.

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Chicago Skyway Toll Increase Starts 1/1/13

As the new year begins, it will cost more for cars heading from the Region into Illinois via the Chicago Skyway. The Chicago Skyway website says the toll goes up to four-dollars as of January first, from 3-dollars-50-cents now. The seven-point-eight mile privately-operated bridge links the Indiana Toll Road to the Dan Ryan Expressway.

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Salvation Army Needs Help to Meet Goal

One of the world's oldest fund raising campaigns is the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. While the Salvation Army's Porter County Campaign is behind this years goal, Major Jon Welch thanks all those who have given so far but also asks if those who didn't give this year consider to do so. Major Welch says the Salvation Army's 132-thousand dollar Red Kettle Goal combined with 113-thousand from their mail appeal drive, will aid needy families, seniors and the homeless in communities...

 

Region Fire Depts Offer Condolences

Region fire departments have been sending their condolences via Facebook this midday after word that two firefighters were shot and killed in Webster, New York, this morning while responding to a fire. Here is more information from ABC:

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Two firefighters have been killed in action in Western New York. ABC's Aaron Katersky tells us they were shot while responding to a house fire.  Firefighters were responding to a call near the Lake Ontario shore in Webster, New York, ABC...

 

EC Boy Dies After Being Hit by Train

In East Chicago, authorities say an eight-year-old boy suffered blunt force trauma and died after being struck by a train Saturday afternoon. The Times reports police believe the child, identified by the Lake County Coroners office as Jaylin J.J. Harris, was waiting with other children for an eastbound train to go by at Magoun Avenue and Lewis when he was struck by a train traveling westbound. There were no reports of injuries to anyone else.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Dyer

In Dyer, a news release from Dyer Police says an off-duty Illinois police officer alerts local authorities to a bank robbery suspect near the TCF Bank counter inside the Jewel/Osco on US 30 shortly before 10-o'clock Sunday morning. The suspect was dressed in a blue Chicago Transit Authority uniform, officials say, and police say the officer recognized him from a previous TCF Bank robbery a week ago. Police say as the suspect fled, he pulled out a revolver and pointed it at a delivery person,...

 

Caution When Using Heating Equipment

Indiana Department of Homeland Security News Release:

HOOSIERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN USING HEATING EQUIPMENT
Half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February

Cold weather is here, and many Hoosiers turn to alternative heating methods to keep warm. The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Hoosiers are to take extra care when using alternative heating methods to stay warm in their homes.  

Alternative heating methods include fireplaces, gas or electric space...

   

Tri-Creek Schools: Opportunity Center

Public school officials in Lowell say an alternative to expulsion or suspension, initiated last January, has been a win-win situation for students, parents and Lowell High School. Tri-Creek Assistant School Superintendent Nathan Kleefisch says the district's Opportunity Center for students grades six-through-twelve keeps kids inside the school setting, where they can continue to learn. Kleefisch says the Opportunity Center is not a middle school or high school setting but an alternate...

   

Extra Porter Co Patrols Lead to Arrest

Porter County Sheriffs Police say extra patrols in Center and Porter Townships in the wake of thefts from vehicles and home break-ins resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old Lake Eliza man. Authorities say the man was taken into custody early Saturday in the area of Cherrywood Lane and Split Rail Court in Porter Township for three counts of theft, attempted theft, and resisting law enforcement.

Porter County Detectives are looking to see if the suspect has any links to the other thefts and...

   

Driver Crashes Head-on into Police car

Drunk driving is the probable cause of a head-on crash when a driver going the wrong way slammed into a police car early Friday morning in Crown Point. Sgt. Patti Van Til, Public Information officer of the Lake County Sheriff's Department says a Crown Point officer was driving south on Court Street on the downtown square around 2am when a 2012 black Ford Fusion going the wrong way on US-231 struck the squad car head-on.  The Times is reporting that the driver of the other car, 21-year-old T...

   

Grant will Help Fund Screenings in LaPorte Co.

The La Porte Hospital Foundation, on behalf of Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, was awarded a $13,695 grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT).

Through funding from IBCAT, the La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project will assist low-income, uninsured women age 40 and older, and women of any age who are at high risk for breast cancer, to receive screening mammograms through a physician’s referral.

The La Porte Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Project is...

   

Munster H.S. Robotics Team Helps Kitten

The Munster High School FIRST Robotics Team have been lending a helping hand to a 6-month old kitten named Tapas at the Humane Society Calumet Area. Tapas was brought in a garbage can to the shelter, when he was 3-months old. It was then discovered that he had very limited mobility in his back legs which prevents him from walking. Upon researching and brainstorming countless ideas of how to help out this kitten’s mobility, Liz Popovich, Humane Society Calumet Area’s Lab Technician, came across b...

   

Police Seek Help to Catch Debit Card Thief

Schererville Police is asking for the public's help to identify a suspected thief. The Times reports a man allegedly stole a debit card on December 2nd, at Northwoods Restaurant, located on the 81-hundredth block of Wicker Avenue. Published reports say the debit card was used at several Speedway gas stations, and anyone with information is asked to contact Schererville Police.

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Hammond Officer in Stable Condition After Shooting

A 34 year old Hammond Police Officer is in stable condition at last check with non life-threatening injuries after shot three-times in the leg at the scene of a bank robbery this morning. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says the officer was the first to arrive at the BMO Harris Bank, located on the 73-hundredth block of Indianapolis Boulevard, just before 11 this morning. Chief Miller says almost immediately upon the officer's arrival, two male suspects exited the bank and fired eight shots...

   

IN State Workers to Get Pay Raises

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has approved pay increases ranging from three to eight percent based on their most recent job performance. The governor's office says about 90-percent of eligible state workers will be receiving raises that become effective in February. Employees who are evaluated as outstanding will receive an 8 percent increase, and Daniels office says about 5-percent are expected to be in this category. The overall average increase is three-point-one percent.

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Take Extra Care Using Alternative Heating Sources

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding Hoosiers to take extra care when using alternative heating sources, such as fireplaces, gas or electric space heaters, wood burning stoves, and other fuel-burning sources, to keep warm this winter. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment was the second leading cause of home fires in the U-S in 2010, with half of all home heating fires having occurred in December, January, and February. Indiana State Fire...

   

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