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Crown Point Man Wins $1 Million on Scratch-Off

Rene Mendoza
(Photo Courtesy of the Hoosier Lottery)
A one million dollar scratch-off lottery ticket was recently cashed in by a Crown Point man. The Hoosier Lottery announced on Friday that Rene Mendoza claimed his prize on October 8th. The father of two purchased and scratched his winning ticket at the B-P AM/PM in the 56-hundred block of West Lincoln Highway in Crown Point. Mendoza says winning is his family's ticket to a new home and a Disney World vacation his children will always remember.
Profits from Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs, and all Hoosier Lottery games benefit Hoosiers in all 92 counties. In fiscal year 2011, the last year for which figures are available, the Hoosier Lottery contributed more than $67 million to Lake County including $42 million in prizes to winners, $5.9 million in bonuses to retailers, more than $7 million to firefighters, police and teachers pension support and $12 million to the Build Indiana Fund which reduces Lake County drivers' motor vehicle excise taxes....
 

Illinois to Keep Shorter Amtrak Routes

The state of Illinois today announced it would pay an additional nine-million dollars to keep local Amtrak routes running, bring its total in subsidies to 37-million dollars. The move leaves Indiana as only state left to reach an agreement out of the 19 states affected. A 2008 law passed by Congress shifts most of the costs for shorter routes from the federal government to the states. Indiana is expected to need about three-million dollars by Wednesday in order to keep the Hoosier State line running four-days a week from Indianapolis to Chicago. ...
 

Protesters on the Calumet Ave. Bridge Over I-80/94

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Shortly around 5:30 Friday afternoon Northwest indiana's Traffic Tip Hotline received a number of calls of traffic slowing in both directions on the Borman (I-80/94) apparently due to drivers being distracted by protesters waving flags and posters on the Calumet avenue bridge over the Borman.  INDOT is reporting that all lanes westbound I-80/94 were moving slow from Cline Avenue to Calumet with the eastbound lanes slowing from the state line to the Calumet exit.

One traffic tipster also said that he could one of the protesters were waving yellow flags while others were holding a signs saying to impeach the president.

(photo:  from INDOT traffic cam shows protesters holding flags on both side of the overpass over the Borman at 5:33p.m. CDT on Friday, October 11, 2013)...

 

OUCC Testifies on NIPSCO's Electric Infrastructure Plan

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor today announced they do not object to most aspects of NIPSCO's proposed seven-year electric infrastructure replacement plan, however, they believe NIPSCO's proposed methodology for recovering the plan's one-point-zero-seven billion dollars in costs should be denied. An Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission technical evidentiary hearing on both cases is scheduled to start on November 12th in Indianapolis. NIPSCO's request is the first to be filed under Senate Enrolled Act 560, a new Indiana law approved earlier this year to amend the Indiana Code concerning utilities.
Last week NIPSCO announced a 713-million dollar plan to modernize its natural gas system through the end of the decade and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is expected to file testimony on January 10, 2014.
For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=10/11/2013&todate=10/24/2013&display=&type=public&eventidn=134861&view=EventDetails&information_id=189327...
 

Temporary Road Closures in LaPorte Saturday

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Motorists driving in LaPorte tomorrow morning should be aware of some temporary road closures. LaPorte Police say Grangemounth Road, from Lakeshore Drive to Waverly Road, will be temporarily closed from 8:30am to 10:30am, in relation to the LaPorte City Park and Recreation Department's 2nd annual “Run for Our Parks” 5K/10K event. Motorists are encouraged to be alert for increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the are of Soldier's Memorial Park and it surrounding roadways. ...
 

Coats: Today's Meeting was a Step Forward

Senator Dan Coats
ABC's Ann Compton reports that at the White House, there is no rush to judgment on the proposals from Congress, as so far President Obama has declined to embrace, unconditionally, any of the Republican proposals to raise the debt limit or re-open the govt. But he has not REJECTED any of them either.
Following the approximately two-hour meeting at the White House between Senate Republicans, the President, Vice-President and the Secretary of the Treasury...Indiana US Senator Dan Coats issued a statement saying, “for a president who said he would not negotiate, today’s meeting was a step forward. Both sides had the opportunity to present their viewpoints, and it is important that we are at least talking. I will continue to work with my colleagues – in both the House and Senate – to find a solution so we can remove this uncertainty to focus on restoring our fiscal health and growing the economy.”...
 

LaPorte Man Arrested at Child's Football Practice

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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
A 39 year old LaPorte Man was taken into custody Thursday evening on charges of child neglect and public intoxication. LaPorte Police report they were dispatched at 6:12pm, to Kesling Middle School, to investigate an intoxicated parent who was attending a football practice with his children in the vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle in question running, with a seven-year old child seated inside. Officers were directed to Lance Dieken, who observed yelling and who allegedly had difficulty maintaining his balance. Police Dieken informed officers he came to pick up his six-year old son and drive home. Officers report Dieken allegedly smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, and they advised him he would not be allowed to drive due to his impaired state. The children's mother was contacted and arrived to take custody of the children and police say a copy of the report has been forwarded to Child Protective Services. ...
 

2 Teen Escapees Captured, 3rd Remains At Large

LaPorte PD
Two juveniles who escaped from the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center Tuesday night were taken back into custody early Wednesday morning, but at last check, a third juvenile who escaped remains at large. LaPorte Police report they were notified of the three escapees at 10pm and around 1:18am Wednesday, were called to a residence in the eight-hundred block of 3rd Street, after one of the suspects was observed in the area wearing all blue clothing and no shoes. Police say the two juveniles were located hiding in a fenced-in area adjacent to Benthany Lutheran Church, at 1st and H Street, and taken into custody on charges of escape and resisting law enforcement....
 

Arguement Sends One Brother to Jail, the Other to Hospital

Valpo PD
An argument between two brothers resulted in one of them being stabbed and the another arrested. Valparaiso Police report they were called to the 47-hundred block of Andover Court, just before 6pm Thursday, and upon arrival learned 29 year old Joshua Higgins had stabbed his brother, which he claimed was done in self-defense during a disturbance between the two. The victim, 25 year old Jeremy Higgins, was transported to Porter Regional Hospital for his injuries, which were non-life threatening. Joshua Higgins was arrested and charged with felony battery and an investigation continues. ...
 

Two Juveniles Charged in Hessville Robberies

Hammond PD
Charges have been filed in Lake County today against two 17-year-old male juveniles from Gary suspected of robbing people of their cellphones in Hessville in the past week. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller told the Region News Team today one adult victim suffered a heart attack afterwards, and a juvenile victim was struck in the face. He says police in Hammond and other Lake County departments are looking to see if other similar crimes in East Chicago, Gary and Merrillville, were committed by the same suspects.
Miller says two juveniles were robbed of their cellphones at 173rd and Grand Wednesday evening, and the arrests were made that night. The suspects, Alexander Fayson and Tavaras Tolliver, were waived to adult court and are both charged with two-counts of armed robbery. Miller says the Hessville robberies were happening between 4 and 8 pm, in neighborhoods generally between Kennedy and Cline Avenues, mostly north of 169th Street. ...
 

Interview: Congressman Visclosky on the Shutdown

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Indiana Democrat First District US Representative Pete Visclosky talked to the Region News Team today from Washington about the partial federal government shutdown.  He also addressed concerns about healthcare-dot-gov.  To hear our interview, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.   Also listen for comments from the Congressman throughout the day in our newscasts. ...
   

Charges Forthcoming in Hessville Cellphone Robberies

Hammond PD
Charges are expected in Lake County today against two 17-year-old male juveniles from Gary suspected of robbing people of cellphones in Hessville in the past week. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller told the Region News Team today one adult victim suffered a heart attack afterwards, and a juvenile victim was struck in the face. He says police in Hammond,  and East Chicago, Merrillville and Gary Police, are looking to see if other similar crimes were committed by the same suspects.    Hammond officers were aided by members of the newly-formed Region STOP Team in the arrests made Wednesday. Miller says two juveniles were robbed of their cellphones at 173rd and Grand Wednesday evening, and the arrests were made that night.  Miller says the Hessville robberies were happening between 4 and 8 pm, in neighborhoods generally between Kennedy and Cline Avenues, mostly north of 169th Street....
   

Interview: Hanah Tepe On Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Did you know that 1 in 8 women will have some form of evasive Breast Cancer in their lifetime? Or that Breast Cancer not only affects women, but men as well? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we have teamed up with The American Cancer Society to present the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks in the Region.
To find out how you can become involved and make a difference check out our interview with Hanah Tepe, Community Representative for the American Cancer Society at Audio On Demand here on our website....

   

Indiana Bicentennial Train Arrives in the Region

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(File photo/Indiana Historical Society)
The Indiana Bicentennial Train has rolled into the Region. Parked at Campbell and Lincolnway in Valparaiso through Saturday, the train consists of three 65-foot refurbished freight cars and features a free traveling exhibition exploring the state's past through transportation, land use and community.
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(File photo/Indiana Historical Society)
The Indiana Historical Society says the cars, bought directly from Amtrak where they had been stored in Iowa, arrived covered in graffiti and were sandblasted, sanded and primed, and painted bright red. From 2013 through 2016 the train cars will travel to commemorate Indiana's bicentennial in 2016.
For more info: www.indianahistory.org/train or call 317-232-1882...
   

Lake Ridge Teachers Hold Informational Pickets

In Calumet Township, teachers in the Lake Ridge school system are holding informational pickets to protest jobs cuts in their district. The Lake Ridge Federation of Teachers President, who teaches at Calumet High School New Tech, issued a statement saying they've had "no part in budget discussions" and have not been offered a proposal in negotiations. The Lake Ridge Schools Superintendent released a statement saying there were public budget talks held earlier, and that the district is facing financial shortfalls due to less money coming in from the state and from property tax collections. ...
   

Man Found Guilty in Lake County Murder

In Lake County, a jury has convicted a Gary man in the death of a Griffith woman. 40-year-old Robert Lewis the third was found guilty of charges that included murder and murder during the perpetration of criminal deviate conduct. In April 2011, authorities say 37-year-old Jennifer Kocsis, a former music and special education teacher in Hammond and Whiting, gave Lewis a ride from a restaurant. Her body was found by schoolchildren the next morning behind the former Riley Elementary School building at 43rd and Ohio Street in Gary....
   

$30 Million Judgement Against Negative Option Marketer

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller today (Thursday), along with Attorney Generals in 47 other states, announced that Connecticut-based Affinion, and its subsidiaries will pay more than 30-million dollars to settle allegations that they misled consumers into signing up and paying for discount clubs and membership. Zoeller say over 37-hundred Indiana customers are eligible to receive refunds from more than 238-thousand dollars in settlement monies. Affinion and its subsidiaries operate multiple discount clubs and membership programs offering a variety of services such as credit monitoring, roadside assistance and discounted travel. Consumers who believe they were improperly charged by Affinion and its subsidiaries should file a consumer compliant by February 14th, 2014, by visiting http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2336.htm....
   

Oak Lawn Man Using an Alias Arrested for 1984 Rape

Manuel Acosta
(Photo Courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's Office)
A 47 year old man wanted in a 1984 rape case was found last week in Oak Lawn, Illinois, living under another name. The Cook County Sheriff's Office reports, on Saturday, investigators positively identified Manuel Acosta, who was using the alias of Manuel Soto Galvan, and arrested him without incident in the four-thousand block of West Wainwright Place in Oak Lawn.  Authorities report Acosta is one of three men accused of sexually assaulting a woman by force in a van in Chicago, which was reported in November of 1984. Acosta had been wanted on a warrant for criminal sexual assault and violation of bail bond since June of 1985. At last check he was being held at the Cook County Jail without bond. The other two suspects, 56 year old Jose Contreas and 48 year old Amancio Salinas, also have outstanding arrest warrants and anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the Central Warrant Unit at 708-865-4902....
   

State Attorney General Kicks Off Campaign in Gary

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A stern warning is being sent to anyone who buys medicines containing pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine or sell it to meth cooks.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says it is now a felony to be involved in such activity.
Attorney General Zoeller made that statement at the kick off a statewide public awareness campaign during a press conference held at Fagen's Pharmacy in downtown Gary.
The state's top attorney was joined by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Lake County Prosecutor Bernie Carter and representatives from the Indiana Retail Council and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
The attorney general's office has identified "smurfing" or the illegal buying of pseudo ephedrine products on behalf of meth cooks as a "contributing factor" for the increase in meth use in the Hoosier state.
Zoeller also spoke about a new website that targets prescription drug abuse; http://www.bitterpill.in.gov. The website also illustrates what's being done to fight the epidemic.

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Top photo:  (L-R) Indiana Attorney general Greg Zoeller, Lake County Prosecutor Bernie Carter, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Doug Monahan Indiana Retail Council

Bottom photo:  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launches new state-wide awareness campaign on presciption drug abuse, complete with new posters to publicize the epidemic and a new website Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Fagen Pharmacy located at 506 Boradway in Gary.
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens/Radio One COmmunications) ...

   

Donnelly: I'm Ready to Work with Anyone on a Solution

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after meeting with President Obama and other senators at the White House.
“I’m encouraged that all sides are sitting down to talk, but we need to turn that talking into action.  The government has been closed for 10 days, and we’re a week away from failing to pay our bills.  Lurching from crisis to crisis is not what the American people sent us here to do, and it is hurting the bottom lines of families and businesses across Indiana and our nation.  I am ready and willing to work with anyone on a common sense solution so we can stop hurting and start helping our economy.”
On Friday, Senator Donnelly gave a speech outlining the harm some in Congress have and would continue to inflict on the U.S. and Hoosier economies due to partisan gridlock....
   

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