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New Twist in Case of Missing Michigan Doctor

Teleka Patrick
A bizarre twist in the case of a doctor who went missing almost a month ago in Michigan. Teleka Patrick, seen in YouTube videos singing to someone, may have been obsessed with a famous gospel singer, Marvin Sapp.  ABC News reports Sapp says Patrick was obsessed with him so much to the point that Sapp obtained a personal protection order against the 30-year-old psychiatrist, three months before she went missing on the night of December 5th. On Friday, Sapp released this statement to ABC News, saying, "given these previous acts I have taken several security measures which have included obtaining a protective order to ensure our safety."
Patrick's family has hired a new private investigator who says he believes that foul play is involved with her disappearance. He says he believes the case can be solved but it has certainly baffled authorities this far. Patrick's car was found with a flat tire the night of December 5th in a ditch on the side of westbound I-94, just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit. ...
 

ISP to Tow All Abandoned Vehicles on Major Highways

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Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post reports that, in preparation of the impending winter weather, they will be towing abandoned vehicles that will impede the snow removal process or be a potential traffic hazard. If your vehicle ends up being towed, contact Indiana State Police Lowell Post. A Winter Storm Warning for heavy and blowing snow begins this evening (Saturday) until late Sunday night, with a Wind Chill Warning in effect from late Sunday night through Monday night. ...
 

Two Men Hit by Car Suffer Multiple Trauma

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Two men suffered multiple traumas to their lower legs after being hit by an alleged intoxicated driver this morning on westbound I-80/94, just east of Central Avenue. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports an investigation revealed a 31 year old Illinois man was heading west in the right lane, around 3:15am, when his car struck a disabled SUV on the outer shoulder. State Police say the Illinois man then continued westbound and struck a tow truck driver. Authorities report the Illinois man was arrested at the scene after he initially tried to portray himself as a witness to the crash and that his blood-alcohol level tested point-one-three. The tow truck driver and the driver of the vehicle initially struck by the Illinois man, were both taken to St. Mary's medical Center in Hobart. The right lane of I-80/94, just east of Central Avenue, was closed for approximately two-hours as a result of the crash. ...
 

33,000 Combi USA Car Seats Being Recalled

Tens of thousands of child car seats are being recalled.  ABC News reports 33-thousand car seats made by Combi USA - manufactured before January of 2013 are being recalled. The Coccoro, Zeus Turn, and Zeus 360 models are included in the recall. The government says seat straps don't meet minimum strength requirements - children might not be properly secured in a crash. The company will send out free harness replacement kits next month and says in the meantime parents should continue using the seats....
 

AUDIO: Lake County Emergency Management WX Tips

Lake County Emergency Management is reminding residents to make sure you have plenty of supplies in light of more snow and Artic cold temperatures this weekend and into early next week. The Region News Team spoke with Director Jodi Richmond on a varity of topics including warming centers, tips on being indoors and outdoors in sub-zero temperatures and their “Red/Green Card” initiative.  To listen to the interview click News Audio On Demand at  http://regionnewsteam.com/
For more winter weather related information from Lake County Emergency Management contact them at (219) 755-3549....
 

State Government Offices to Open at 10am Monday

Due to the anticipated snow and record low temperatures this weekend, the state of Indiana is adjusting its hours of operations for Monday, January 6th. All Indiana State Government offices across the state where public business is conducted will open at 10am local time that day....
 

Winter WX Ban Begins Tonight on Indiana Toll Road

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Officials with the Indiana Toll Road have issued a Winter Weather Ban beginning at 7pm EST/6pm CST today. The ban is in effect for the entire length of the Indiana Toll Road and will remain in effect through noon EST/11am CST Monday, January 6th. The ban is in effect for all triple, long-double and high profile oversize permit loads as well as low profile steel haulers. A Winter Storm Warning for heavy and blowing snow begins this evening until late Sunday night, with a Wind Chill Warning in effect from late Sunday night through Monday night. ...
 

AUDIO: Dr. Wolf on Weekend Storm and Cold Temps

Snow followed by arctic cold air is expected impact northwest Indiana this weekend. The Region News Team spoke with Associate Professor of Meteorology at Valparaiso University, Dr. Bart Wolf, on the snow totals from this week, the snow expected this weekend and the arctic cold temperatures that will follow.  To hear the full interview click News Audio On Demand at http://regionnewsteam.com/

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Gary Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Motorcycle

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A 35 year old Gary man was arrested on Friday as the result of an on going investigation into auto thefts. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports Cleveland Neal was arrested for possession of a stolen handgun, possession of a stolen motorcycle and possession of a vehicle with an obliterated vehicle identification number after a search warrant was issued at 7:15am in the 600 block of West 41st Avenue in Gary. Additional, Neal was also arrested on an active warrant on a driving offense through the Gary Police Department. The Sheriff's Office reports multiple firearms and a motorcycle titled through Wisconsin were also recovered and taken into evidence. ...
 

State Health Officials Announce Three Influenza Deaths

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Indiana health officials today announced three influenza-related deaths, the first influenza deaths of the 2013-2014 flu season. State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. says influenza is now widespread across the Hoosier state and encourages everyone to become vaccinated. The CDC reports several flu-related deaths, including children, have been reported across the nation and predict the numbers will increase as the flu season continues. Dr. VanNess reminds Hoosiers to clean your hands often with soap and warm water, cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or tissue, and if your sick to stay home.
Symptoms of flu include:
·        fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or greater
·        headache 
·        fatigue
·        cough
·        muscle aches
·        sore throat

For more information about Indiana’s 2013-2014 influenza season, visit www.StateHealth.in.gov.  Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1 for important health updates. ...
 

Items of Missing IL Woman Found, Search Continues

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Search efforts for a Illinois woman in southwestern Indiana who has been missing since Sunday have concluded for today. Indiana Conservation Officers report several personal items were located in a field downstream from the accident site. Cathryn McGill was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband when their pickup was swept off the road in flood waters on Highway 257. McGill's husband was found but she was not. Authorities report after the search area is cleared tomorrow (Saturday), search efforts may be long-term due to the probability that she is in the main body of the White River. ...
   

Four Teens Arrested in Michigan City Home Robbery

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In Michigan City, four teenagers have been arrested and charged regarding a home robbery Thursday morning in the 300 block of East 10th. Police report at 2:45am a woman answered a knock at her door and discovered a 16 year old female who is a friend of her daughters. Police say the woman let her in the house but she was immediate followed by two males, one who appeared armed. The male subjects demanded items from the home and then fled on foot. Two males and the 16 year old female were later located by police in the 500 block of East 10th and taken in for questioning and a search warrant of that residence allegedly turned up items listed as stolen and a handgun matching the description of the one used in the robbery. Police say an investigation determined another suspect had fled the robbery scene and he was later arrested and charged. Three of the four suspects are juveniles but are being charged as adults. ...
   

Snow Removal/Parking Regulations in Michigan City

Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer has declared snow removal conditions and associated parking regulations will be effect starting 8 am tomorrow, Saturday January 4th,and continuing until further notice.
(1) No vehicle shall be parked on a designated “snow route.”
(2) On even numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with even numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.

(3) On odd numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with odd numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.
** Parking Restrictions will be in effect until further notice **

Mayor Meer would like to thank the citizens for their cooperation. The Mayor would also like to remind citizens to check on and help their neighbors when possible, especially the elderly. ...
   

Hoosiers Should Prepare for Arctic Blast

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INDIANAPOLIS – Another round of significant snowfall could potentially hit central and southern Indiana on Sunday, followed by extremely cold temperatures that will affect the entire state. State agencies are advising Hoosiers to prepare now for the frigid weather.

Have a Plan
Hoosiers can take the time now to develop a plan for a potential power outage. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) recommends citizens look up their electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) recommends every household have an emergency preparedness kit. Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:

  • Food and water for three days (includes three gallons of water per person, per day)
  • Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • Extra clothing, warm blankets, sleeping bags for staying warm in your home if you lose power
  • Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
Families should also take the time to check with neighbors and see if there’s anything they can do for each other before, during or after the storm.

Travel
With the potential for additional snow, Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue to monitor forecasts for the storm beginning Saturday night and deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any predicted accumulation. Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel during and after the storm as high winds are expected to reduce visibility for drivers.

Temperatures well below freezing are expected to follow the storm, reducing the effectiveness of road salt in melting the snow and ice. INDOT will be treating the salt with specialty chemicals.

Before heading out, residents should check the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map at  http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/. It’s updated with information from the county emergency management agencies and describes the conditions for a travel warning, watch, advisory and caution.

For road updates, please visit  http://indot.carsprogram.org or call 800-261-ROAD. DO NOT call local law enforcement or 9-1-1 for road information. These lines need to be left open for emergency calls.
Indiana State Police (ISP) encourage drivers to delay a trip if possible, but if travel is necessary, let someone know your route, expected time of arrival, and how to reach you.  Charge your cell phone before leaving. Pack essential items such as high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, warm blankets, extra prescription medications and important documents or information you might need during an emergency.
If you become stranded, do not leave the car unless there is shelter nearby. Call for help. If you don’t have a cell phone, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm and keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Extreme Cold
Subzero temperatures and strong winds will create a potentially dangerous situation Sunday through Tuesday. Wind chills could reach -30 degrees or lower. Hoosiers should limit their exposure by staying indoors. If you must go outside, make it as brief as possible. Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover any exposed skin with a hat, scarf, and gloves.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) reminds pet owners to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside. Most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero. Be sure to provide a sheltered place for outdoor pets and make sure they have fresh water. Use a heater for water or change the supply frequently. ...
   

Chairman of Gary/Chicago Airport Authority to Resign

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has accepted the resignation of the chairman of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority. Tom Collins Sr.,who was appointed to the position by Governor Pence four months ago, cited difficulty in devoting his time to both being the airport chairman and being CEO of Luke Oil Co. as reasons for resigning. Collins will step down effective January 26th and Governor Pence says he plans to have a new chairman appointed by the 26th. ...
   

AUDIO: Lake County Emergency Management WX Tips

Lake County Emergency Management is reminding residents to make sure you have plenty of supplies in light of more snow and Artic cold temperatures this weekend and into early next week. The Region News Team spoke with Director Jodi Richmond on a varity of topics including warming centers, tips on being indoors and outdoors in sub-zero temperatures and their “Red/Green Card” initiative.  To listen to the interview click News Audio On Demand at http://regionnewsteam.com/

For more winter weather related information from Lake County Emergency Management contact them at (219) 755-3549....
   

IN State Government Offices to Open at 10am Monday

Due to the anticipated snow and record low temperatures this weekend, the state of Indiana is adjusting its hours of operations for Monday, January 6th. All Indiana State Government offices across the state where public business is conducted will open at 10am local time that day. ...
   

How and Where to Find Warming Centers Locations

Brutally cold temperatures are poised to move into northwest Indiana starting Sunday, with the most extreme cold due to set in on Monday and Tuesday. Due to these conditions, which including blowing snow and wind chills forecast to range between minus-25 to minus-45 degrees, warming center locations have been announced in LaPorte County. On Thursday, LaPorte County Emergency Management reported warming center locations will be accessible until at least Friday, January 10th and this afternoon (Friday) Michigan City announced a number of locations have been set up as warming centers. Lake County Emergency Management Director Jodi Richmond says the public should go about finding warming centers by contacting your individual cities and towns, police and fire departments.

A listing of warming centers in LaPorte County:
City of La Porte
IU Health LaPorte Hospital
1007 Lincolnway
(219) 326-1234
6:00am-8:00pm in the lobbies and the chapel.
For assistance with keeping your animals warm:
LaPorte County Animal Shelter
(219) 326-1637
In Michigan City:
Michigan City Police Station (24 hours)
102 W. 2nd Street
Michigan City Fire Administration Building (8am-4pm)
2510 E. Michigan Blvd.

Michigan City Senior Center (8:00am-4:00pm)
2 on the Lake
Michigan City City Hall (8:00am-4:30pm)
100 E. Michigan Blvd.

Michigan City Public Library (during business hours)
100 E. 4th Street

Mayor Meer urges the citizens of Michigan City to check on family, friends, neighbors, pets, and especially the elderly during this dangerous cold outbreak to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.

Any citizen needing transportation to a warming center may call the M.C. Police Department’s non-emergency number at: 219-874-3221...
   

Train Service restored Between S. Bend and Michigan City

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Train service has been restored between Mich City & South Bend beginning with EB Train 9 & WB Train 20....
   

Porter Starke Counseling Methadone Clinic Robbed

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In Valparaiso, police continue to investigate a robbery that occurred this morning at Porter Starke Counseling's Methadone Clinic. Police report a male subject entered the clinic, after 10am, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the front counter area. The suspect is described as a male subject, wearing a dark colored hooded sweat shirt, white shoes and his face was partially covered. The suspect, who left with an undetermined amount of cash, was last seen running northbound on Cumberland Drive.
Police are requesting assistance from the community. Anybody with information is asked to contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 462-2135 or text a tip to Tip411, (847-411) and enter “Valpo” as the keyword in the message field prior to sending the tip....
   

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