10:30am -- The Indiana Department of Transportation on their Northwest Twitter feed this morning reported the highway closed between mile markers 230 and 220 after a nearby farm fire caused multiple crashes. We received unconfirmed reports in the newsroom of a smoldering hay fire that was causing visibility problems along the interstate this morning and yesterday..
840am -- A ten-mile stretch of Interstate 65 in northwest Indiana remains closed and will likely for closed for some time today. We're told multiple helicopters, injured being taken from accident scene on I-65 near Demotte/Roselawn exit, also we have word of one confirmed fatality from Jasper County Coroner Andy Boersma. Several vehicles are involved, possibly upwards of twelve or more. Unknown at this time if the situation involved one or multiple separate accidents. We've been told smoke from a fire in the vicinity hampered visibility in the vicinity. Indiana State Police say expect lane closures for much of the day.
8 AM -- Indiana State Police Lowell District say both directions of I-65 are shut down this morning, specifically... the northbound lanes are closed at mile marker 220, the southbound lanes lanes at mile marker 230. This is near the Demotte/Roselawn exit. Police say there's an accident between those two points, plus visibility is hampered by fog and smoke from a nearby fire. The accident is in the northbound lanes, near mile marker 227.
Fire crews in the Demotte area are reportedly responding to a smoldering hay fire a couple miles east of the interstate.
8 AM -- Indiana State Police Lowell District say both directions of I-65 are shut down this morning, specifically... the northbound lanes are closed at mile marker 220, the southbound lanes lanes at mile marker 230. This is near the Demotte/Roselawn exit. Police say there's an accident between those two points, plus visibility is hampered by fog and smoke from a nearby fire. The accident is in the northbound lanes, near mile marker 227. Fire crews in the Demotte area are reportedly responding to a smoldering hay fire a couple miles east of the interstate.
Here's the news release:
INDIANAPOLIS—State and federal health officials are advising all Hoosiers to discard cantaloupes purchased from July 7 to present, following an outbreak of salmonellosis which has sickened 14 Hoosiers and approximately 150 people nationwide.
The Indiana State Department of Health is investigating farms in Southwest Indiana, as well as distributors and retailers, as potential sources of the outbreak. One farm has voluntarily agreed to do a market withdrawal and is stopping the shipment of all cantaloupes as precaution. Kentucky, which has 50 confirmed cases, is also investigating retailers and other points along the distribution chain.
"Because the investigation is ongoing and we do not have a definitive source for this outbreak, we are advising all Hoosiers to throw away any cantaloupes they’ve recently purchased as a precaution," said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. "We are working with other impacted states, as well as our federal partners to locate the source as quickly as possible. We will, of course, be sharing that information as it is learned.”
Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, some individuals may require hospitalization from severe diarrhea. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites. It can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to become severely ill from Salmonella infection.
"Anyone experiencing symptoms and who feels they may have eaten a contaminated cantaloupe should contact their health care provider," said Dr. Larkin. "We are seeing cases in Indiana and our neighbor to the south, Kentucky, has seen many more cases and has experienced two deaths related to this outbreak. Health care providers are encouraged to be mindful of patients who may have symptoms consistent with salmonellosis and report all cases to the local health department.”
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the outbreak in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana State Department of Health, and affected other states, including tracing the source of the affected melons and shipments of melons that may have been contaminated.
Salmonella bacteria can be found in the intestines of several animals. Infection often results from eating raw eggs or raw poultry or cross-contamination with other food items (such as using the same cutting board for raw meats and produce). Salmonella can also be found on the skin of reptiles and other animals. Hand washing should always be encouraged after playing with pets and handling animals, especially in young children. Salmonella can occasionally be found on contaminated produce items, so all produce should be thoroughly washed and scrubbed before eating.
For more information about Salmonella, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/salmonella or visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.StateHealth.in.gov .
State officials say the stunt plane of former Indianapolis money-manager and Merrillville native Marcus Schrenker has been sold for 264-thousand dollars, with proceeds going to help fraud victims of Schrenker recover losses. In January 2009, authorities say he tried to evade the law by crashing his other plane into a Florida swamp to fake his own death. He was later arrested in a Florida campground and is currently serving time in prison. Secretary of State Connie Lawson says the Model Extra EA 300/L was the largest single asset purchased by Schrenker using investor money.
Here's the news release:
INDIANAPOLIS (August 17, 2012) – Secretary of State Connie Lawson and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita today announced the stunt plane of Marcus Schrenker has been sold. Schrenker was an Indianapolis businessman who ran an intricate ponzi scheme swindling more than $4 million from investors. In January of 2009, he tried to evade the law by crashing his other plane into a Florida swamp in an attempt to fake his own death. He was later arrested in a Florida campground and is currently serving time in prison.
The Model Extra EA 300/L stunt plane was the largest single asset purchased by Schrenker using investor money and final asset to be sold. The plane sold in the spring of 2012 for $264,000, but due to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration requirements, the sale of the plane was difficult to finalize. Because state action against Schrenker commenced under then-Secretary of State Todd Rokita, Secretary Lawson contacted Rokita for advice on how to best navigate the FAA registration process.
Rokita provided key assistance that resulted in finalizing the registration and sale of the stunt plane in weeks rather than months, expediting the return of the profits to Schrenker’s victims to recover a small portion of their losses.
“The Secretary of State’s office has been working diligently for years now to sell Schrenker’s assets so his victims can receive reimbursement for their losses,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “Selling this plane is the final chapter in this office’s efforts to close this case and gives his victims the closure they deserve.”
“During my service as Indiana’s Secretary of State, investigating and bringing fraudsters to justice was an important priority of mine, and it was important to follow through until we were able to resolve this issue. I commend Secretary Lawson for working tirelessly to make certain Indiana’s securities laws are followed. I’m glad I was able to work successfully with her office to clear up FAA red-tape that was blocking the sale of this aircraft. Selling this plane will provide Mr. Schrenker’s victims with some relief,” said Rokita.
All of Marcus Schrenker’s assets were seized and sold, for a total of $306,000. The money was returned to Schrenker’s victims to cover a portion of their losses.
The U.S. Coast Guard in Chicago is alerting boaters, especially those in small crafts, to be aware of near-shore wave conditions today. The Coast Guard says anyone planning to watch practice sessions for this weekend's Air and Water Show can expect waves in the range of 2-4 feet...moderate wave conditions causing white caps and seas to crash over area breakwalls. Speaking of the Air and Water Show...the South Shore Line will be running extra eastbound trains during the show in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday. However, according to NICTD, the extra train will not serve Hudson Lake or South Bend--also, alcohol is prohibited on all South Shore trains on August 18th and 19th.
[Photo provided -- The Indiana State Police]
A wrong-way crash that killed two people on Interstate 94 near Michigan City early Thursday led police to a crime scene about two-hundred miles away, in Belleville, Michigan, which is just off I-94, southwest of Detroit. Police are now trying to determine whether 38-year-old Michael Vanderlinden committed suicide by driving the wrong direction on the highway, instantly killing 45-year-old Juan Nelson, Jr., of Portage when their cars collided head-on around 1am. Troopers say the impact ignited a fire that engulfed both cars. LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says both men were pronounced dead at the scene. When police went to notify Vanderlinden's wife of the crash, they say they found her and her two sons, ages 7 and 4, dead at their home.
Being on the edge of your seat could literally mean, “on the edge of your seat “as the Portage 16 IMAX is the first theater in Indiana to feature D-Box MFX seats. According to the the manufacturer's website the seats will move you gently forward, and backward, from side to side and up and down" following the motion of each frame of the movie. The site also says, motion is combined with intelligent vibrations to create the most amazing entertainment experience ever.” According to http://www.nwitimes.com over two dozen of the D-Box seats were installed in July and are an extra eight dollars to sit in. The article says the seats can be reserved online which is an advantage because theater manager Kevin Morgan says, “you can walk in just before the show starts and know where you're sitting."
(Photo Provided -The Indiana State Police)
New details are being reported today that the wife and two young children of one of two men killed in a fiery accident shortly after 1 am overnight on westbound I-94 were found dead in their Belleville, Michigan, home when authorities went to notify family members of the fatal crash. LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene; they were identified as 45-year-old Juan Nelson, Jr., of Portage, Indiana, and 38-year-old Michael Van der Linden of Belleville, Michigan. Sullivan says police believe Van der Linden may have pulled out of a rest stop just west of the 900 North overpass in LaPorte County going the wrong way when his vehicle struck Nelson's car head-on in the center lane. Indiana State Police say the impact ignited a fire that engulfed both vehicles, leaving the victims and vehicles burned beyond recognition.
Police in Michigan are expected to hold a news conference this afternoon.
6am update, News Release from Indiana State Police:
LaPorte County – Early this morning, at approximately 1:35 a.m., Indiana State Trooper Lawrence McFarrin responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 94 at the 43 mile marker (this is three miles east of the Michigan City exit) in which both drivers were killed.
The preliminary investigation by Trooper McFarrin revealed that possibly one of the vehicles traveled from the rest park entrance ramp (just west of the 900 N overpass) onto Interstate 94, traveling east bound in the westbound lanes. The second vehicle was traveling west bound in the center lane when the two vehicles collided head-on. The crash impact ignited a fire which engulfed both vehicles.
After firefighters from the LaPorte Fire Department extinguished the flames, both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles. The LaPorte County Coroner pronounced both drivers deceased at the scene.
At this time, the crash is still under investigation.
The deceased and vehicles have yet to be positively identified. Once identified and family is notified the information will be released.
The two right lanes west bound remain closed at this time for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the deceased and vehicles, clean up of the roadway.
Assisting agencies: LaPorte Fire/Rescue Department, LaPorte Coroner, Ace Autobody Towing
5am update:Two people are dead after a fiery crash overnight on westbound Interstate 94 just west of the Indiana-Michigan state line. Two cars apparently collided head-on and LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says both drivers, both male, were burned beyond recognition. Sullivan tells us the vehicles burned into the asphalt. Officials were called out around 2 a-m. All lanes on the westbound side have been blocked.
We have updates on-air on the traffic situation in Region Traffic.
landed in the truck parking lot on the north side of the interstate and flew Fleager to Memorial Hospital, in South Bend, where he was pronounced dead at the hospital two hours later. Here is the full news release from the Indiana State Police:
Highway Worker Airlifted After Being Struck On The Indiana Toll Road
LaPorte County- Earlier this afternoon, at approximately 12:55 p.m.(EST), Indiana State Police responded to a crash involving a roadway worker and semi on Interstate 80 (Toll Road) west bound at the 37.8 mile marker (this is approximately one mile west of the Michigan City exit) where the worker was air lifted for his injuries.
Preliminary investigation revealed that James B. Payton, 60 of Calumet City, Illinois, driver of a 2012 Mack semi pulling a box trailer was in the right lane. The roadway worker, Chad Fleager, 34 of Lowell, Indiana was outside of his vehicle, on the entrance ramp (truck parking lot) next to the right lane, conducting pre measurements for roadwork.
The Mack semi veered to the right, out of the right lane when Payton looked across the interstate at the truck parking lot located on the east bound side of the interstate. The Mack semi struck Fleager as he stood on the ramp.
The Memorial Med Flight Air Ambulance landed in the truck parking lot on the north side of the interstate then flew the worker, Fleager to Memorial Hospital, in South Bend, Indiana with massive blunt force trauma injuries. Fleager was pronounced deceased at the hospital two hours later. The family has been notified.
The 2012 Mack semi, owned by Pitt Ohio Express LLC out of Grove City, Ohio, was hauling paint. The load was coming from Toledo, Ohio headed to Forest Park, Illinois. There was no load lost from the semi.
The roadway worker, Chad Fleager, was a rental coordinator for RoadSafe Traffic Systems, out of Crown Point, Indiana.
The right lane west bound were closed for approximately three hour while attending to injured, helicopter landing, and reconstruction and crash investigation.
Agencies assisting: Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Porter County Ambulance, LaPorte County Fire/Ambulance Department, and Memorial Med Flight Air Ambulance, and Indiana Toll Road Concession Company Maintenance.
We have updates on-air on the traffic situtation in Region Traffic.
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