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Grand Opening of Dog Park in Dyer

Dog lovers in west-central Lake County have a new place to take their four-legged friends. The Dyer Dog Park is celebrating their grand opening this afternoon at 1pm. The park is located in the 900 block of Central Park Blvd. ...
 

Hammond Man Sentenced to Lifetime Imprisonment

A 33 year old Hammond man was recently sentenced to life in prison in US District Court in Hammond for numerous felony convictions, including murder. According to court documents, Styles Taylor was found guilty of conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by threat of violence, use of a firearm to cause death during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Taylor, a three-time convicted felon, along with Keon Thomas, robbed and murdered the 72 year old owner of Firearms Unlimited Gun Shop inside his business in order to obtain numerous firearms, which they began to sell to any willing buyer in the Hammond area. Taylor was also involved in drug trafficking, the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man and two burglaries as a juvenile. As part of his sentence, he received five years of supervised release and must pay over 11-thousand dollars in restitution. ...
 

Monthly Warning Siren Test in LaPorte County

A reminder...this morning at 11am is the next scheduled test of the LaPorte County warning sirens. During the test two, one-minute signals will sound with one-minute of silence between signals. In the event of an actual emergency, a three-minute signal will sound, with a short period of silence between signals, repeated one or more times. ...
 

Coats Bashes Obamacare Website in GOP Address

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Many Americans are being told they can't keep their current health care plans ... because the plans don't meet Obamacare's new coverage requirements. In the weekly GOP address ... Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says this means the President has essentially broken his promise
"This week the public learned that for at least the past three years, the Obama administration has known that millions of Americans will not be able to keep their health care plans, but the President has continued to promise repeatedly, If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period".
Senator Coats says perhaps the President hasn't tried logging onto the website himself because he and his political appointees are not required to join Obamacare. To hear the Senator's entire GOP address, click News Audio On Demand at http://regionnewsteam.com/...
 

Indiana HS Football Sectional Finals

Week Two of the Indiana High School Football Sectionals have come and gone. Here is a list of the final scores.


Gary West Side 46
Highland 27


Winamac 41
Whiting 20


Andrean 52
Calumet 12

Rensselaer 43
North Judson 14


John Glenn 43
Hammond 0

East Chicago Central 51
Griffith 19

Munster 21
Michigan City 13

Bowman Academy 28
Boone Grove 21

Lake Central 31
Merrillville 0


Penn 30
Chesterton 0...

 

Husband and Wife in Gary Found Stabbed to Death

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The number of homicides in the City of Gary this year has now reached 47 after a man and woman were found stabbed at a home in the 25-hundred block of Delaware Street Friday afternoon. Gary Police report a relative discovered the bodies and called 911, and police arrived shortly thereafter to find the unresponsive bodies. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports the deceased have been identified as 62 year old Leviticus Dupree and 54 year old Toshiba Moore-Dupree. The city had a total of 43 homicides in 2012.
Meanwhile police continue to investigate the shooting death of a Gary man in the 32-hundred block of Georgia Street Thursday evening. The Coroner's Office says 57-year-old Terence Farmer suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at 7:30 pm. The shooting reportedly occurred in the driveway of the victim's house....
 

Pence: Reduce Child Deaths

Indiana Governor Mike Pence today challenged those attending the state's first-ever statewide summit on its high infant mortality rate to reduce deaths in children. Indiana's infant mortality rate is the 6th highest in the nation, with seven-point-seven deaths per one-thousand live births according to 2011 figures, the last year such information has been made available. Indiana's State health Commissioner says the state's infant mortality rate has only fallen below seven deaths per one-thousand once in 132 years records have been kept. ...
 

Snow to be Tried in Minnesota Before Extradition to IN

The son of a Lowell-area couple found dead in their home last month will have to face charges in Minnesota before he'll be released to authorities in Indiana. Thomas Snow is a suspect in the death of his parents, 68-year-old retired Hammond schoolteacher Clifford Snow and his wife, 66-year-old Joyce Snow, whose bodies were found on October 18th. Snow is to stand trial in Minnesota where he is charged with fleeing a peace officer, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated during a police chase on October 19th. Snow is also charged in Newton County with armed robbery of a service station on October 17th....
 

Man and Woman Found Dead in Gary

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The number of homicides in the City of Gary this year has now reached 47 after a man and woman were found dead at a home this afternoon in the 25-hundred block of Delaware Street. Gary Police report a relative discovered the bodies and called 911, and police arrived shortly thereafter to find the unresponsive bodies of the 62 year old man and a 54 year old woman, whose names have not yet been made available. The city had a total of 43 homicides in 2012....
 

Michigan City Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Rape

A Michigan City man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to a felony rape charge. The LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office reports Rah-Sha'N Cherry admitted that on or about November 26th, 2012, in Michigan City, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a female minor by force while he was armed with a knife. The judge suspended the last five-years of Cherry's sentence, which can be served on probation. Cherry also faces charges in Lake County. ...
 

Roll Over Semi Loses Load of Paper

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(Photos Courtesy of the Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
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A semi that lost part of its load of paper garbage during a rollover incident this morning temporarily shutdown the ramp from the Indiana Toll Road to the I-80/94 eastbound ramp in Lake Station. Indiana State Police Lowell Post report the semi, driven by a 28 year old Michigan man, was on the ramp, just before 7am, when a vehicle in front of him allegedly slammed on the brakes, causing him to brake, and in-turn the semi lost control and rolled over. Part of the load spilled into the median and the top of the box trailer split open. State Police report the ramp was closed off and on until just before 9:30am. The driver of the semi was not injured, but was cited for going too fast to avoid a collision....
   

Ammonia Spill at Munster PepsiCo Plant

An ammonia spill this morning at the PepsiCo plant in Munster forced the evacuation of employees in Munster. Fire officials report the spill, which occurred around 4am, was contained to inside the facility. No injuries were reported and there was no danger to the public. ...
   

Public Invited to View Sheriff's Mounted Posse Training

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The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse Unit will be trained this weekend by a former 28 year member of the London, England, Metropolitan Mounted Branch. The Sheriff's Office reports instructor Mark Weller has been assigned to Buckingham Palace, has had numerous commendations for bravery, and is the current Director of Horsemanship Instruction at Culver Military Academy. Training will take place tomorrow and Sunday, from 8am to 5pm each day, at the Draft Horse Arena, located in the northwest corner of the LaPorte County Fairgrounds and is open for public viewing....
   

Secretary of Defense to Indiana: Stop Discriminating

US Secretary of State Chuck Hagel on Thursday issued a stern warning to several states, including Indiana, to stop denying same-sex couples and their families benefits, which he says is in violation of federal law. Today, an Indiana National Guard spokesperson says a decision was never made to not process benefits, rather the decision was delayed in order to understand the impact of these new benefits. Last month the Department of Defense began providing benefits to same-sex spouses of military members and eligible civilian employees following the US Supreme Court's June 26th ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. ...
   

Indiana National Guard to Honor 7 Fallen Soldiers

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A shadow box unveiling for seven fallen soldiers of the Indiana National Guard takes place Sunday at Valparaiso University. The ceremony will honor the sacrifices of the 113th Engineer Battalion soldiers. Friends, family and community leaders will attend the unveiling, which is scheduled to take place at 3pm. The shadow boxes will be permanently mounted in the Indiana National Guard Valparaiso Armory.
Those being honored are:
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Chavez
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Metzger
Sgt. Brian Leonhardt
Spc. Robert Tauteris
Spc. Christopher Patterson
Spc. Nicholas Taylor
Spc. Sergio Perez...
   

Illiana Expressway Open House in Gary

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The first of four open house dates scheduled by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission regarding the Illiana Expressway takes place tomorrow. The hearing is scheduled for November 2nd, in Gary, from 10am to 12pm, at Indiana University Northwest. NIRPC's full board will take a vote on amending its regional plan to include the expressway on December 12th.
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will commence a 30-day public comment period on October 14, 2013 and ending November 20, 2013 to gather public comments on amendments to NIRPC’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (2040 CRP) and 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) which will add the proposed I-65 expansion and Illiana Expressway. Additionally, the public comment period encompasses a new Air Quality Conformity Analysis which includes these projects.
As part of this public comment period, four public meetings will be held as follows:
  • November 2: John W. Anderson Library, Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • November 5: Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Avenue, Lowell, IN, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • November 13: NIRPC, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • November 19: Michigan City City Hall, 100 E Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information visit http://www.nirpc.org/illiana-expressway-project...
   

Region HS Bands Head to State Finals

The 40th Anniversary Indiana State School Music Association State Finals for High School Marching Bands is this Saturday [November 2, 2013] at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and two bands from Lake County will be competing. Lake Central High School's “Tribe of Pride” will complete in the Class-A contest. Munster High School's Mustang marching band will complete with the Class B bands for the third year in a row. The classes represent enrollment size for the schools. Organizers say the event is widely known as one of the best State High School Marching Band contests in the country. Forty bands, ten in each class meet at the State Finals to decide the four State Champions.  Admission is $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and pre-school.  The schedule of participating bands is located at www.issma.net . One-hundred-nine Open Class bands began performance on October 19 at one of four regional sites. Eighty bands, twenty in each enrollment category, determined by size of school,  continued to Semi-State performance on October 26.
Chesterton High School's marching band will also perform at Lucas Oil Stadium tomorrow. The Trojan Guard Marching Band brought home the title of Indiana State School Music Association’s 2013 Scholastic Class “A” State Title in an event was hosted by Lawrence Central High School of Indianapolis last weekend. Their performance Saturday will be part of the "Open Class" State Finals, and there will be an awards ceremony afterward recognizing them as the new Scholastic Class “A” State Champions....
   

Region Residents Reminded to Turn Back Clocks

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday. Saturday night/Sunday morning when we turn clocks back an hour and return to Standard Time. Fire departments around the Region remind residents that it's a great time to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Beginning in 2006, all of Indiana started observing Daylight Saving Time.  Before then, most of the state stayed on Eastern Standard Time year round.  Now, most of the state remains on Eastern Time, but also makes the switch to Daylight Saving Time in the Spring.  The Region is on Central Time, along with a handful of counties in the far southwestern corner of the state....
   

Gary Police Investigate Shooting Death

In Gary, authorities say police are investigating the shooting death of a Gary man in the 32-hundred block of Georgia Street Thursday evening. The Lake County Coroners office says 57-year-old Terence Farmer suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at 7:30 pm. The shooting reportedly occurred in the driveway of the victim's house. There have been more than forty homicides in the city this year.  A shooting death earlier this month in the 500 block of east 16th Avenue marked the 43rd homicide in the city this year, the same number as all of last year. ...
   

Congressman Visclosky Testifies on Steel Measures

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First District Democrat Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky, Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, testified Thursday before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), urging the Commission to maintain the current countervailing and anti-dumping measures on hot-rolled steel products from China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine.  Congressman Visclosky says the proper enforcement of trade laws is vital to American steelworkers, and that the steel industry must recover in this fragile economy without the fear of injury from unfair trade.
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The full testimony from Thursday is as follows:
I would like to first thank Chairman Williamson, the members of the Commission, and the staff, for the work that you do to uphold our trade laws, for your commitment to public service, and for the opportunity to be a part of today’s hearing.  The recent government shutdown provided countless examples of negative impacts from Congress’s inability to come to a budget agreement, but I want you to know that the shutdown took on a new reality for me when I realized that I would not be able to participate in this hearing originally scheduled for October 3, 2013.  I implored on the House floor numerous times during the shutdown that we have a country to run, and an integral part of running this country is the work that you and your staff do here at the International Trade Commission.  Therefore, I thank you for your work and for your timeliness in rescheduling today’s very important hearing. 
As the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, I believe that the proper enforcement of our trade laws is vital to American steelworkers.  What is at stake today are American steel jobs.  Steel jobs take skill, know-how, innovation, and teamwork.  They are jobs that provide a living-wage, and allow workers to invest in their families and their communities.  This is essential in the communities in the First Congressional District of Indiana, and in communities throughout America. 
To illustrate, along with Chairman Murphy of the Eighteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania, the Congressional Steel Caucus gathered the signatures of 48 other Members of Congress from around the county in a letter to you in support of maintaining the current countervailing and anti-dumping duties at issue in this case.  The orders before you cover dumped and subsidized hot-rolled steel from six countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine.  As the Department of Commerce has already stated, the revocation of the anti-dumping duty orders would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping at margins as great as 90.83 percent, and the revocation of countervailing duty orders would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy at rates as great as 563.5 percent.
There also are massive capacity increases throughout these countries, and persistent patterns of unfair trading practices in other steel product lines.  Specifically, it is estimated that hot-rolled steel capacity in China has grown from approximately 175 million metric tons in 2006 to approximately 385 million metric tons in 2012, and in India, hot-rolled steel capacity has grown from approximately 16 million metric tons in 2006 to approximately 37 million metric tons in 2012.  I would add that because of the depressed conditions of their own economies, removing our protections would release a flood of dumped and subsidized imports, leading again to material injury for American steel manufacturers and the loss of American jobs. 
Additionally, as noted in the Steel Caucus letter, American steel is still recovering in this fragile economy.  From 2007 to 2009, U.S. consumption of hot-rolled steel fell by over 43 percent and data from a previous Commission proceeding showed that in 2009, U.S. mills had an operating loss of $2.3 billion and 18 percent of the U.S. workforce making hot-rolled steel lost their jobs.  As of last year, U.S. consumption had still not returned to 2007 levels, and as of last week, the Northwest Indiana Times, a local newspaper in my district, noted that U.S. Steel is predicted to lose money for the fourth consecutive quarter and ArcelorMittal is predicted to lose money for the fifth consecutive quarter. 
Members of the Commission, American steel jobs are at stake, and we must do all that we can to allow American workers to recover in this fragile economy without the fear of further injury from unfair trade.  Therefore, I respectfully request that you keep these orders in place, and again, I thank you for your tireless work and for your fair and thorough consideration of this case....
   

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