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Hearing on Redistricting Postponed

The Porter County Board of Commissioners postponed a planned hearing Tuesday on a redistricting plan for four county council districts. Commission President John Evans said the proposal needed additional tweaking and rescheduled it for December 17th. In October, county officials got word of research by students at DePauw University in 2011 and 2012 claiming population between districts is not as equal as it should be as per state law. However, the accuracy of data used in the study has been called into question. Other concerns have been raised about the fairness of redistricting so late in this year, with filing opening up in January for the 2014 elections. Officials say redistricting has to take place during an odd-numbered year. The county began looking into redistricting in late 2011, but did not take action....
 

Cedar Lake Trying to Help Blind Woman Keep Home

In Cedar Lake, town council members Tuesday night took action in the latest of attempts within the community to help a blind woman keep her longtime home. The council directed the town attorney to look into trying to buy the property where 67-year-old Dolores Pittman has lived for over a half-century, then allowing her to stay there through possibly a life estate agreement. Published reports say through a series of events that began years ago, the small plot of land ended up on a county tax sale list, unbeknownst to Pittman, and sold out from under her for 43-dollars. Pittman's family bought the house decades ago, and was paying rent on the land, and when a church group that used to own the land divested itself of the property, property tax bills for the parcel began mounting up. Donations have come in to help the woman move, in advance of her anticipated eviction....
 

Two Region Mayors Take Stand Against Amendment

Two Region mayors are among a dozen from both sides of the aisle across the state who officially announced their opposition Tuesday to a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Indiana. Democrat Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and Republican Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas both said they want people to be welcome in their cities.
Mayor McDermott says his city has passed a resolution stating their "inclusiveness of all people, regardless of sexual orientation." McDermott called the amendment "backwards thinking, on the wrong side of history and not part of what I know as Hoosier hospitality."
Mayor Costas says the amendment is unnecessary as Indiana law already defines a marriage as between a woman and a man. He says as a conservative, he feels government should be limited, and not unduly intrude into social issues that are best left to individuals, families, and faith communities. He also says it would hinder opportunities for economic growth.
The group of mayors have launched Mayors for Freedom - a coalition dedicated to defeating the proposal.
Here is their news release with statements from each of the mayors:
Indiana Mayors Stand with Freedom Indiana, Speak Out against HJR-6
December 3, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Mayors from across the state of Indiana stood with Freedom Indiana and spoke out against HJR-6, the proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would permanently define marriage and would remove existing protections under law for same-sex and unmarried couples and families.
The bipartisan group of Indiana mayors oppose the amendment for a variety of reasons but they all agree the language should not be added to the state’s constitution.
“We’re proud to stand with these mayors from across our state as champions of freedom for all Hoosiers,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson. “They represent cities large and small, and they understand that this amendment will make it harder for them to build their local economies, recruit new residents and maintain existing protections for same-sex and unmarried couples.”
More information: freedomindiana.org/mayors
Statements from Individual Mayors Opposing HJR-6
Mayor Greg Ballard – Indianapolis
“I understand that many people hold differing views on this subject, but Indiana law already defines marriage and I don’t see the overriding government interest in adding such an amendment to our state’s constitution. Indy is renowned for its ‘Hoosier hospitality’ and working hard to attract new jobs and people to our city. My hope is that we can continue to work together and focus on those things that make Indy a place where people want to live, work and raise a family.”
Mayor Jim Brainard – Carmel
“I am a Republican and believe in limited government. Government is not the institution that should decide who is allowed to marry. Moreover, Indiana law already covers this issue and therefore, it is not necessary to add it to the Indiana Constitution. Our government needs to be focused on attracting and retaining good jobs and improving public education for future generations.”
Mayor Tom Henry – Fort Wayne
“Each day in Fort Wayne we’re working hard to attract and retain businesses, jobs, and families. Our City is committed to being a welcoming place for families and individuals seeking great opportunities, friendly neighborhoods and a strong sense of community. We’re asking the Indiana General Assembly to focus its attention on issues that help cities across our state be more competitive in economic development and position us for future growth and success with a quality of life that is unmatched.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg – South Bend
“Indiana’s constitution exists in order to protect rights and freedoms, not take them away. Our state must be welcoming and respectful of all individuals, or we will be left behind. Changing the constitution in order to deny certain protections to some Hoosier families would send the exact wrong message as we work to grow and develop a competitive economy in cities like South Bend.”
Mayor Jon Costas – Valparaiso
“I am opposed to amending our state constitution to prohibit gay marriage for a number of reasons.  First, Indiana law already defines a marriage as only between a woman and a man.  Thus, the amendment is unnecessary.  Second, as a conservative, I feel that government should be limited, and not unduly intrude into social issues that are best left to individuals, families, and faith communities.   And finally, as a mayor who wants to foster a welcoming, diverse and collaborative community, I believe the amendment would portray Indiana in a negative light and hinder opportunities for economic growth.”
Mayor Thomas McDermott – Hammond
“In Hammond we wanted to make sure that all people feel welcome and so we passed a resolution through the city council that I signed as mayor stating our inclusiveness of all people, regardless of sexual orientation. The path that the legislators who support this amendment are taking only makes certain groups feel unwelcome in our state. It’s backwards thinking, on the wrong side of history and not part of what I know as Hoosier hospitality. I will do anything I can to help defeat this amendment that I consider in contravention of what Indiana should be doing on this important civil rights issue.”
Mayor Mark Kruzan – Bloomington
“Bloomington benefits economically because it’s a welcoming community in which people want to live, visit, and grow a business.  HJR-6, in addition to being an unnecessary infringement of basic rights, threatens the business-friendly reputation of Indiana cities.”
Mayor Kevin Smith – Anderson
“In Anderson, our focus is to create an environment attractive to business – one where those businesses can grow. We actively work to recruit businesses to our city not just locally or nationally but globally.  HJR-6 harms those efforts. It is important that Indiana remain a welcoming community focused on those things that can grow our economy.”
Mayor John Dennis –  West Lafayette
“The City of West Lafayette prides itself on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming community. For years we have been a state-wide leader in celebrating our diversity and ensuring that all our citizens are treated with respect. Because of this guiding philosophy, West Lafayette and the Greater Lafayette community has celebrated having over a billion dollars of new investment for 2013. HJR-6 sends the wrong message for our City, for our community and  for our state.”
Mayor Greg Goodnight – Kokomo
“HJR-6 is bad for Kokomo and for our state. This amendment sends the wrong message at a time when we are competing for new residents and businesses.   The legislature should be focusing on how we reduce the number of vacant foreclosed homes in our cities, and on how we get Hoosiers back to work instead of this unnecessary amendment.”
Mayor Richard Hickman – Angola
“Equality means equality for all. Equal rights means equal rights for all. To take these rights away from one group of people means we can take them away or deny them to anyone we don’t understand or agree with.”
Freedom Indiana is a bipartisan statewide organization that champions liberty for all Hoosiers. The organization is opposed to an amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage and could potentially affect hundreds of rights related to marriage under current Indiana law. Freedom Indiana launched in August 2013....
 

Illinois Passes Pension Reform

Illinois lawmakers have just passed sweeping pension reform to stave off a 100 billion dollar crisis. ABC News reports lawmakers narrowly passed the overhaul, which raises the retirement age, reduces cost of living increases, and creates a 401k type option. Those in favor, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, say they had no choice... (Continuing to do nothing will further erode the state's credit rating, and our ability to attract and maintain businesses and people.) The deal is designed to save the state 160 billion dollars over 30 years. But once signed into law, the unions are expected to fight it in court....
 

St. John PD Investigating Report of Home Invasion

In St. John, police continue to investigate after a homeowner in the 12-thousand block of 2nd Avenue reported discovering four to five suspects in his home. Police report they received the call just after 11:30 this morning and say the homeowner confronted the suspects and a struggle ensued before the suspects fled the residence. Officers searched the area with squad cars, the Lake County Sheriff's helicopter and police dogs, but were unsuccessful in locating the suspects.  No injuries were reported and nothing was taken....
 

NIRPC Transportation Policy Committee Approves Illiana

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By an 18-to-8 vote, NIRPC's Transportation Policy Committee today approved a proposal to include the Illiana Expressway and the I-65 expansion projects in their 20-40 Comprehensive Regional Plan. A lengthy public comment period was held after a committee overview of the two proposals, with some speaking in favor the projects, saying benefits would include reduced truck traffic on local roads, construction jobs and it has statewide bipartisan support. Many of those in attendance came out against the projects citing a bigger need for local redevelopment, the creation of more permanent jobs and financial feasibility of the project overall.
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With the passage of the proposal, a full NIRPC Board vote will now take place on Thursday, December 12th. If the full board approves the projects, INDOT can wrap up their Tier Two study, then take the project to the Federal Highway Administration who will then make their decision. 

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City of Gary Announces Holiday Events

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(Gary, Ind.) – With a festive backdrop of holiday decorations and a luminous tree, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined representatives from the Gary Parks Department, Cause 2 Compete, Gary Housing Authority and the Broadway Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) at Marquette Park Pavilion to announce a host of activities that will be taking place in Gary during December.
“This is the season when we think of others and their needs, and we are excited to have a number of events in the City of Gary that will allow us to do just that,” said Freeman-Wilson. “The partnerships we have forged will once again help us to bring a series of entertaining events and generosity to many of Gary’s youth who are in need.”
The following is a list of upcoming holiday activities:
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
On Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5:00p.m., there will be a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Gateway Park located at 4th & Broadway. The public is invited to come out and see the lighting of various trees that were donated by local businesses.
“This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season,” said Park Superintendent Lori Peterson-Latham. “The donated trees will be on display at one the city’s most visible entrances for all to enjoy.”
Businesses that are interested in donating a tree may call Sharon Ishman or Leslie Thomas at (219) 886-7099.
Holiday Bazaar and Carriage Rides
The Broadway Area (CDC) will host a Yuletide Carriage Ride and Stepper Set at Marquette Park Pavilion for adults on Friday, Dec. 20 from 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. The fun continues Saturday, Dec. 21 with a Family Fun Day complete with vendors, holiday music, photos with Santa, food and more carriage rides. Individuals who are interested in being a vendor should call (219) 455-9725.
Trot for Toys 5K Run/Walk
A first annual “Trot for Toys” 5K Run/Walk and Kiddie Fun Run 1K will be held Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10:00a.m. at Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd. Registration begins at 8:30a.m., and there is no cost to enter. Participants are instead asked to donate a new toy valued at $10 or more.
To register for the 5K, visit cause2compete.com. Each participant will receive a collector’s t-shirt from one of the previous races from around the region (while supplies last). Parking will be available in the main beach parking lot for $5 until 9:45a.m. For more information about the race, call Tom Taylor at (219) 395-4503.
For those who would like to donate toys to this cause, drop-off locations are listed below:
Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway
City Hall Annex, 839 Broadway
Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd.
Hudson & Campbell Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts St.
Gary Housing Authority, 578 Broadway
All toys will be distributed to youth who are clients of several Gary shelters and residents in Gary Housing Authority properties....
 

Valpo PD Seek Help to Identify Robbery Suspect

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Police in Valparaiso are seeking the public's help to identify an armed robbery suspect. Police report they were called out to Valpo Quick Trip Convenience Store, in the 300 block of Lincolnway, at approximately 9:14pm on Monday night, and at this time, police believe it is likely that the same suspect also robbed the store on Friday, November 22nd. The suspect is described as a black male, 5'9” to 5'10”, wearing a black and red hooded sweatshirt, with a distinct diamond pattern on the sweatshirt. Anyone with any information regarding these robberies is asked to contact Valparaiso Police. ...
 

Indiana State Prison Superintendent Gets Recertified

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The Superintendent of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City was recently re-certified as a Certified Corrections Executive by the American Correctional Association. William Wilson's re-certification required the completion of 100 continuing education contact hours and he became certified by qualifying for and successfully passing a comprehensive examination that test his knowledge as a Corrections Executive. Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon says Wilson's commitment to continuously up-date his skills epitomizes his professionalism in the corrections field and he continues to be an asset to the Indiana State Prison and the Indiana Department of Corrections. ...
 

Merriville PD Wraps Up Safe Family Travels Campaign

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Police in Merrillville recently wrapped up their 25 day mobilization of the 2013 Safe Family Travels Seatbelt/Impaired Driving enforcement campaign, which featured 16 seatbelt patrols and two impaired driving patrols. Merrillville Police report a total of 232 citations were issued, including 147 seatbelt tickets, one child restraint citation, three DUI arrests and ten miscellaneous Misdemeanor arrests. Sgt. Kurt Horvath says while the enforcement campaign maybe over in Merrillville, it is no excuse to not wear a seatbelt and officers will continue to enforce seatbelt laws as well as continue to look for impaired drivers....
 

Notre Dame Re-Files Lawsuit Over Birth Control Mandate

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The University of Notre Dame is re-filing a lawsuit against the Obama administration over a federal mandate that health insurance plans include birth control.  ABC News reports Notre Dame filed a lawsuit in May of 2012, but the suit was considered premature, because the law had not gone into effect. Now the suit is being re-filed by the university, just before the law takes effect January 1st, and a week after the US Supreme Court agreed to consider two cases where businesses objected to covering birth control for religious reasons. Notre Dame says the federal mandate that all employees be covered for birth control violates the Catholic school's rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. ...
   

Munster PD Seek Help to Locate Missing Illinois Man

Richard Spindler
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Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 21 year old Downer's Grove man. Munster Police report Richard Spindler III, who requires daily medication, took his sister's 2013 Hyundai on November 15th, after an issue arose while in Munster, which was located two days later by the Grant Park Police Department along with Spindler's cell phone. Police report Spindler was not located after a search of the area and has no access to other vehicles the family owns. Spindler is described as a white male, 6'02”weighing 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black winter jacket and workout pants. Spindler's father resides in Munster and police report possible sightings in Crown Point, Merrillville and Winfield....

   

Ribbon Cutting Date Set for New Nine Span Bridge

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Nine Span Bridge on Indianapolis Boulevard is scheduled to take place next week. INDOT reports Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Mayors of East Chicago and Hammond, local elected officials and INDOT will unveil a historic marker commemorating the old Nine Span bridge. INDOT Spokesperson Matt Deitchley recently told the Region News Team they are looking forward to getting folks on the new bridge, which will feature two-lanes in each direction.
The ribbon-cutting is scheduled to take place at 12:30pm, Monday, December 9th, and the new bridge is expected to be open to traffic later that same day. ...
   

Van Til to Resign Effective Thursday

Lake County Surveyor George Van Til today issued a statement saying he is resigning his position effective Thursday. According to the statement, Van Til says, “I believe that my political skills have often been a positive force for good yet, in the end, I let political campaigns intrude into the taxpayers work negatively and, ultimately, illegally. And for this, now, in declining health and regretting my errors, I need to leave.”
 

On Monday, Van Til agreed to plead guilty to six-counts of wire fraud, one-week before a trial was set to begin and a change of plea hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.  The 65-year-old, who's been Lake County's surveyor for more than twenty years, is accused of using county employees in his office to do campaign work. The plea deal would also require Van Til to pay restitution, and two obstruction of justice charges would be dropped. State law prohibits public officials convicted of felonies from holding office.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013


STATEMENT FROM GEORGE VAN TIL
LAKE COUNTY SURVEYOR
UPON SENDING LETTER OF RESIGNATION


DECEMBER 3, 2013


Forty four years ago, as a part-time college student, I walked into a Political Science Club meeting at Indiana University Northwest and while about the same time, I signed up to help as a Clerical Union Organizer at Bethlehem Steel where I was employed. I was just a struggling young father with an autistic son.


That was the beginning of my public political involvement in our area. It quickly led to my election to the first of two terms on the Highland Town Board in 1971 at the age of 24 and on to working on the staff of the Indiana House of Representatives; the U.S. Senate; the North Township Trustee; the County Sheriff’s Department, and much, much more.


I involved myself in literally dozens of voluntary civic, charitable and environmental groups and causes, unmatched by any political leader, while later I was elected by a caucus to serve on the Lake County Council followed by my election in 1992 to the first of six (6) terms as Lake County Surveyor.


These 40 plus years, by most accounts, were good, honest public service. At virtually every step along the way I left positive projects and programs for the people in my wake. From the wonderful Gazebo, in Highland’s Main Square decades ago to continuous improvements in the County Surveyor’s office as recent as a very productive meeting last week. Making a positive impact through public service has always been my goal, my career, and the reality of my service. Few will try to dispute this except for naysayers and political old-timers who never liked my reform agenda. BUT, now this all ends. I’m finished. It’s done. I am resigning my position as Lake County Surveyor effective December 5, 2013.


I think that I have given valuable public service, but I’m certainly not indispensable. I know that I have served with integrity, but I’ve made significant mistakes. I believe that my political skills have often been a positive force for good yet, in the end, I let political campaigns intrude into the taxpayers work negatively and, ultimately, illegally. And for this, now, in declining health and regretting my errors, I need to leave.


I now know I stayed too long. I have been involved in more than 66 elections. I’ve run and won, myself, 17 times, and for those honors I will always be grateful to the good voters of our area. Also, I’ve played a significant role in dozens of other people’s campaigns for public office, most of them good. I did it honorably and honestly until, in the end, tired, sick and uncertain, I did it wrong.


I know that the people’s employees and the people’s resources are for the people’s business. And for decades that’s the way I rolled in spite of literally countless examples from others who showed no respect for this model. Throughout four decades I’ve seen many abuses of political campaigning by public employees and, while it was always my goal and desire not to cross that line, towards the end I definitely did, and I think that much of this came from staying too long and taking things for granted.


I’ve always argued that long service in the same public office can be very beneficial to the taxpayers. I believe I proved that, with the expertise and institutional knowledge that I built up through the years that is valuable in an office like County Surveyor.


But now I’ve come to acknowledge that long service in the same office can be detrimental and I believe that I am an example of the problems that can be caused by this. During the last third or so of my tenure, without really realizing it, I developed a sense that it was “my office” and “my staff”, and sometimes, especially in political situations, I approached it as such, on occasion asking employees to work for me, not the public. This was something that, that in retrospect gradually developed. I knew better, but as the years went by, as my enthusiasm for politics waned, as campaigns became more onerous, as my age climbed, as my health declined and as my comfort in the office increased, I gained a sense of entitlement that was wrong, and led to my wrong doing and my downfall.


So with these problems that I caused myself plus the lies of some who saw opportunities in my mistakes, along with the discoveries by the federal government which are outlined in my plea agreement, combined with my rapidly declining health, I now must leave the office I’ve served in and loved. It is terribly difficult for me, but the right thing to do.


My mistakes have cost me the end of my career, my stature, my good reputation, my livelihood, my savings and the respect of many, in spite of whatever public good I’ve produced. The Van Til family and name have been respected here in Lake County for more than 100 years and though I mostly added to that, in the end I did not uphold it as I should have. This is heartbreaking to me and my family and friends. It should have not turned out this way. I am sorry and I apologize to those who’ve expressed faith in me for so long and to the taxpayers of Lake County that I let down.


I ask those who believed in me for forgiveness. I apologize to the public for not staying the course. And so I say good-bye and God bless, and ask if you should run into my dear son, who was always so proud of me, if you can find it in your heart, please tell him that that his dad was a good and decent man who tried to do the right thing, and most often did, loving the practice of Public Service, and loving Lake County and the people of it....

   

Vote on Illinois Pension System Could Come Today

Illinois has the country's worst funded pension system. But ABC News reports lawmakers are hoping to change that today.
The state has been grappling with a 100 billion dollar pension crisis. At one point the governor withheld lawmakers' paychecks until they reached a deal. However that move was deemed unconstitutional. The latest agreement, reached by state leadership calls for a raising of the retirement age, adding a 401(k)-style option, reducing employee contributions, and changing the cost of living increases. Labor unions are calling the deal unconstitutional, and are threatening a lawsuit if it passes. A full vote could come as soon as today. ...
   

NIRPC Transportation Policy Committee Aprroves Illiana

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By an 18-to-8 vote, NIRPC's Transportation Policy Committee today approved a proposal to include the Illiana Expressway and the I-65 expansion projects in their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. A lengthy public comment period was held after a committee overview of the two proposals, with some speaking in favor the projects, saying benefits would include reduced truck traffic on local roads, construction jobs and it has statewide bipartisan support. Many of those in attendance came out against the projects citing a bigger need for local redevelopment, the creation of more permanent jobs and financial feasibility of the project overall.
With the passage of the proposal, a full NIRPC Board vote will now take place on Thursday, December 12th. If the full board approves the projects, INDOT can wrap up their Tier Two study, then take the project to the Federal Highway Administration who will then make their decision....
   

Cause of Hebron House Fire Not Yet Known

The cause of a fire that destroyed a home just east of Hebron Monday afternoon is not yet known. Hebron Fire Chief Chad Franzman [fraanz-men] says the house in the 800 block of south County Road 500 West was fully engulfed when crews arrived, and the two people who lived there, a retired couple, were already outside, having gotten out without injury. Crews from three counties – Lake, Porter and Jasper – assisted, and the Hebron Public Works department helped to fill tankers at the fire station so crews could stay on scene. There were no injuries to firefighters. Chief Franzman says two cats whose whereabouts are unknown may have died in the blaze. Franzman says the roof collapsed on part of the wood frame home, collapsing into the second story, which then caved in on the first floor....
   

Officer Injured Responding to Disturbance

In Valparaiso early this morning, officials say a Valparaiso Police officer was injured responding to a suspicious incident that turned into a physical disturbance in the 100 block of Greenwich Street. Just after 1 am, Officer Steve Clifford was in his fully-marked police car with lights and siren operating when he was struck by a vehicle at Greenwich and Lincolnway, police say. The officer was transported to Porter Hospital with numerous injuries, the department said, and later released, and the other driver was not injured. Other units responded to the disturbance and three subjects were arrested and taken to the Porter County Jail. ...
   

Coast Guard 'Christmas Ship' to Deliver Trees

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Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw begin loading more than 1,200 Christmas trees onto the ship in its home port of Cheboygan, Mich., Nov. 25, 2013. The Mackinaw, serving as this year's Christmas Ship, will arrive in Chicago Dec. 6, where the trees will be unloaded to community organizations, designated by the Chicago Christmas Ship Committee, and distributed to families. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Marker)
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(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Marker)
 
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The Mackinaw, serving as this year's Christmas Ship, will help re-enact a tradition dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s when the Rouse Simmons delivered trees to the people of Chicago for more than 30 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Filippone)
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Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw finish loading more than 1,200 Christmas trees onto the ship's fantail in Cheboygan, Mich., Nov. 25, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Marker)...
   

Arrest Made in Overnight Shooting

La Porte County Sheriff's Police say a 23-year-old Gary man has been arrested in connection with a shooting overnight at a Michigan City-area apartment complex. Deputies responded shortly before 1 am to Woodland Crossing in the 300 block of Woods Edge Drive in reference to shots fired. Within minutes Michigan City Police officers located the suspect vehicle in a nearby housing complex, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect has been preliminarily charged with Criminal Recklessness, a class "C" felony. Authorities say the victim was treated for a bullet wound to his lower back. Officials say the case came to a quick resolution as a result of a collaborative effort between the Michigan City Police Department and La Porte County Sheriff's office....
   

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