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Hampton Inn & Suites has opened doors to a new location in Schererville. Located at 1904 US Highway 41, Hampton Inns & Suites Schererville is close to Route 30 and offers numerous modern amenities.
The new hotel is only a short distance from popular attractions such as The Shrine of Christ’s Passion, Deep River Waterpark and JAK’s Warehouse. Fine dining and casual dining restaurants as well as theaters are also close to the new location, making Hampton Inn & Suites Schererville a perfect hotel to plan weekend getaways for families and couples.
The hotel features a 48-person meeting space, 24-hour business center, indoor pool, fitness center and an outdoor patio with a fire pit. Guests of the hotel are treated to complimentary hot breakfasts every morning, free WiFi, flat-screen televisions and plush beds.
For more information on Hampton Inn & Suites Schererville, or to book a reservation, visit http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/indiana/hampton-inn-and-suites-schererville-GYYSVHX/index.html.
The westbound I-80/I-94 ramp to northbound Cline Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, August 26th through Friday, August 30th. The Indiana Department of Transportation reports that the week long closure is necessary for crews to pave the Cline Avnue exit ramp.
Crews will be repaving sections of the ramp as part of a larger project involving I-80/I-94 between Cline Avenue and the Illinois state line. Additional I-80/I-94 lane restrictions will continue in the coming months.
Drivers wishing to travel northbound on Cline Avenue from I-80/94 westbound will be detoured west on I-80/94, north on U.S. 41 (Calumet Avenue), east on SR 312, and back to Cline Avenue.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at http://www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
Con asks customers to purchase prepaid debit cards as bill payment
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – Spurred by customer reports, NIPSCO is warning customers about a bill payment scam in which victims are asked to purchase a prepaid debit card to settle an overdue balance.
Customers have reported receiving unsolicited phone calls from individuals falsely claiming to be NIPSCO representatives. The scammers threaten disconnection of the customer’s electric service if an immediate payment is not made. They direct the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card – many reports specifically reference a “Green Dot Debit Card” – and call back with a receipt and PIN, giving the scammers access to the card’s funds.
Both residential and business customers have been targeted by the scammers. A number of reports have come from Spanish-speaking customers.
Helpful Reminders to Keep Customers Safe from Utility Scams
In an effort to keep customers safe from scams, NIPSCO reminds customers:
- NIPSCO never asks for customers who are behind on payments to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection. Customers have the following payment options: online, by phone, by mail or in person at one of NIPSCO’s authorized payment locations.
- Never give personal information, including Social Security numbers and banking information, to unconfirmed sources. NIPSCO only asks for a Social Security number when a customer is applying for new service.
- If you are unsure about the legitimacy of any programs or offers claiming to be affiliated with NIPSCO, please call our 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).
- Legitimate bill assistance programs are available to qualifying customers. For more information on these offerings, visit NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance.
NIPSCO, with headquarters in Merrillville, Ind., is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). With more than 786,000 natural gas customers and 457,000 electric customers across the northern third of Indiana, NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about NIPSCO is available at www.nipsco.com.
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A Cedar Lake mother and her nine-year old son were both treated for their injuries after being bitten by the family dog Wednesday afternoon. Cedar Lake Police report the 27 year old mother informed officers at the scene that for unknown reasons the dog bite her son, and then bit her while she attempted to separate the boy from the dog, which is believed to be a pit bull type breed. Police say the incident occurred within the family's home.
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The deadline to order and take part in Merrillville's rain barrel program, is coming up. Matt Lake, Executive Director of the City's Stormwater Utility says the program encourages residents to conserve water by capturing and recycling it from their roofs for use on their property. Lake says a 55 gallon rain barrel collects about 20-thousand gallons of rain annually on average.
The barrels are available in a variety of colors, and cost 51 to 56-dollars. The deadline to order is September 5th. Lake says order forms are available at town hall and at the barrel manufacturer's website http://upcycle-products.com/
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A 58 year old New Carlisle, Indiana man accused of indecent exposure last week in LaPorte's Solidier's Park has surrendered himself on a warrant. LaPorte Police report Patrick Timmins is charged with public indecency, for allegedly exposing himself to a man he had just spoke with in the area of the channel walking bridge. The victim called police and left the park, only to be followed by the suspect in his vehicle. The victim then went back to the park to wait for police, and after they arrived, the suspect drove by and was stopped by officers.
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Tipster reporting a crash in LaPorte County this morning on U-S 35, about a mile south of Michigan City. Authorities ask that motorists avoid the area if possible until after 8:30am. No further information is available at this time.
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A new state law mandating a consolidated E-911 service is going to cost over six-point-six million dollars annually, according to Lake County officials. The Times reports a Merrillville accounting firm estimated the annual contributions communities in the county will have to pay, with Gary and Hammond being the largest annual contributors, at over one-point-two million dollars and one-million dollars respectively. According to the article, the county government would contribute two-point-four million in telephone user fees and officials must decide whether to borrow or set aside future tax revenues to purchase or lease at least 12 million dollars in communication devices. It is estimated that the operational cost of the service will be over nine-million dollars.
Cedar Lake $131,463.00
Crown Point $347,080.00
East Chicago $972,431.00
Lake Station $117,884.00
St. John $308,001.00
New Chicago $16,967.00
Lake County $425,676.00
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Traffic going in and out of Lakes of Four Seasons was hampered shorty after 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon as utility crews had to repair a natural gas leak near the main entrance to the subdivision. The incident occurred when a 52-year old Four Seasons resident was in his car exiting the subdivision when his car repotedly swerved into a security vehicle pushing that vehicle into the gate house. Larry Graham, spokesperson for NIPSCO says the vehicle then hit a gas meter mounted to the building, rupturing the gas line that connects to the meter, causing the leak. Graham says the security vehicle and gate house sustain only minimal damage while the car was towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.
Two male juveniles suspected of vandalizing property about two weeks ago in the Savannah Heights area of Portage, have been taken into custody.
Police Chief Troy Williams says over a dozen of the reported incidents consisted of racial slurs, racial symbols, broken car windows, defecating on a vehicle and spray painting numerous vehicles and residences, causing an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in damages.
Chief Troy says after parents of the suspects refused to cooperate and failed to meet with department detectives as previously scheduled on Tuesday, the 16 and 17 year olds were arrested Wednesday morning at their respective high schools (Portage High School and Hebron high School).
The police chief thanks the public for their input the department received once suspect photos were released on social and print media sites. He also acknowledges the department's detectives who worked tirelessly to bring a resolution to these" numerous, senseless acts of vandalism."
Chief Troy also encourages parents to talk with their children about the "effects and consequences" that "pointless acts of destruction" can cause in terms of distress for the victims and the cost of reimbursing for damages.
Valparaiso Police Officers used the first day of school to visit principals, parents, teachers and students at schools throughout the city. Officers were visible throughout schools and school zones to show their commitment in keeping schools throughout Valparaiso a safe place for all who attend.
The high visibility of officers throughout schools and school zones will be a common site for individuals visiting the schools early this school year.
Motorist should be reminded that all Valparaiso Schools are back in session and caution should be used when driving through school zones. All speed limits are reduced in school zones and officers will be enforcing the reduce speed limits.
Charges filed against the juvenile include “Killing A Domestic Animal,” a D Felony and “Torturing Or Mutilating A Domestic Animal,” also a D Felony.
Any questions regarding this case can be directed to Lake County Sheriff’s Department Detective Michelle Dvorscak at 219-755-3346.
Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is looking for environmentally and community minded individuals to join their volunteer task force. Volunteer opportunities include tending gardens, giving tours, and helping with special events. This hands-on experience offers endless opportunities to learn and teach about the native landscape and wildlife of Northwest Indiana. Volunteers can work with outside community groups and join special on-site volunteer teams to assist with ongoing projects, such as the Bluebird Watch Team.
Volunteers who serve at least 40 hours receive the following benefits: free individual membership, on-site class and service discounts, special event entry, volunteer outings, and more. Taltree’s volunteer program also is good for active volunteers seeking to fulfill needed hours for conservation certification program such as Master Naturalist and Master Gardeners.
“We truly appreciate our volunteers. Without them Taltree would not be what it is today,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Hard-working, kind-hearted volunteers are the foundation of every great not-for-profit and ours rank among the best.”
Recently voted the Best of the Region, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a beautiful 360-acre oasis of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes, and exhibits.
As a 501(c)3 public charity, all proceeds received power Taltree’s education, restoration, and conservation initiatives. Support Taltree’s efforts by becoming a member! As a member you can enjoy Taltree’s beautiful grounds year round and receive discounts on educational programs and at The Taltree Store. You’ll enjoy other benefits too, like admission discounts into other American Horticultural Society garden locations, garden magazine discount subscriptions and shopping discounts at these area nurseries: Chesterton Feed & Garden Center, Jake’s Feed & Garden, and Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery, Inc.
Taltree main entrance is located at 450 West 100 North, near Valparaiso, Indiana in Northern Indiana, just south of U.S. 30, approximately 15 minutes east of Interstate 65. For more information, visit Taltree.org or follow Taltree on Twitter at @TaltreeArb and Facebook at facebook.com/Taltree.
According to a press relase from Sgt. Patti Van Til of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at approximately 7:00 am, seven Lake Ridge Middle School students were waiting for the school bus in the area of 24th and Gerry Street in Gary, Indiana. While waiting at the bus stop, a black 4 door Chevy Impala drove up to the students, 2 male black subjects and 2 female black subjects exited the vehicle and advised the students that something bad would happen to them if they didn’t give up their money and cell phones. One of the students responded that they didn’t have anything and she was going to call police. One of the female suspects, referred to as “LaKiesha” by her companions, proceeded to batter the student by punching the student to the face, she was joined by the second female suspect who then hit her about her person. A resident of the neighborhood exited their home and yelled that she had called the police at which time the suspects fled the area in their vehicle. The suspects are described as follows: 1st female: mid 20’s, light skinned African American, dyed blonde hair in a ponytail, wearing a pink shirt and blue jean shorts. 2nd female: mid 30’s, dark skinned African American, wearing a blue shirt with blue and purple pajama bottoms, and a white and black hat. 2 males: late 30’s or early 40’s. The student victim sustained a bloody nose and lip. The students did not recognize any of the suspects.
It was also reported to Lake County Police around the same time, in the 6800 block of West 25th Avenue in Gary, Indiana, a male adult resident was approached by subjects believed to be the same group of males and females asking for directions. One of the suspects pushed the resident who then fled. Further a resident in the area of 25th and Henry Street in Gary, Indiana also reported that a sixth grade student also waiting for the bus was approached by this group of suspects asking if the student had seen their lost puppy. At this point the parent yelled to the suspects who then fled. Anyone with information please contact Lake County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer Zabrina Harris at the Lake Ridge Middle School at 219.980.0730.
Repair crews are on the scene of a broken water main in Hammond at the intersection of Columbia Avenue and 150th St. According to reports, a construction crew working in the area hit a water main causing high standing water on Columbia Avenue near 150th St....
(L- R) Porter County Community Foundation Board Member Jane Maxwell presents grant check to Healthlilnc CEO Beth Wrobel at Healthlinc's new clinic in Valparaiso
The Porter County Community Foundation presented a grant check to HealthLinc, Inc. to assist with the purchase of optometry equipment for its new Valparaiso clinic on Sturdy Road. “We are happy to be able to help our local nonprofits expand their services to meet the growing needs in Porter County,” said Barb Young, President of the Porter County Community Foundation. “We are proud of HealthLinc’s success and what it provides for our community.” The health clinic now offers comprehensive patient care at the new facility with the addition of optometry to its medical, dental, behavioral health services and pharmacy.
The Foundation strengthens the work of nonprofits through grants and programs designed to help them do their work better. In 2012, the Foundation was able to provide more than $1.8 million in grants, investing in critical services for individuals and families throughout Porter County.
The Foundation inspires giving and engages our community to improve lives in Porter County now and forever. To learn more, visit online at www.portercountyfoundation.org or call (219) 465-0294.
- Crash Closes Entrance to Lakes of the 4 Seasons
- Witnesses Report Animal Abuse Incident in LaPorte
- No Injuries after Crane Fire at US Steel Portage Plant
- Charbonneau In Canada Studying Environmental Issues
- Memorial Service and Fundraiser for I-65 Crash Victims
- Cook Co Jail Population Increases 3.7% in 11 days
- Owner Finds His 8 Birds Shot and Killed in Portage
- ISP Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint in Jasper County
- Valpo Dome Could Go Back to City if Not Purchased
- IN July Unemployment Rate Remains at 8.4%
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