A Crown Point man was sentenced to four years in prison for the death of his passenger in a July, 2011, crash. The Lake County Prosecutor's Office reports Nicholas Stockman was charged with felony operating while intoxicated causing death after his vehicle left the roadway while heading north on I-65, just north of the U-S 30 exit, and struck a light pole, causing both Stockman and his passenger, Desmond Ramos to be ejected. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities reported neither man was wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Michigan City PD)
A 19 year old already in the LaPorte County Jail on unrelated charges, was served a warrant on Friday for one-count of felony burglary for an incident on April 1st, in Michigan City. Michigan City Police today announced that after a lengthy investigation probable cause was found for Andre McFadden who is accused of gaining unlawful entry to the B-P Gas Station in the 700 block of State Road 212, where tobacco items were reportedly taken.
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Police in LaPorte are investigating an alleged assault of a 24 year old woman Tuesday night. Authorities report the LaPorte woman informed police she was attacked from behind while walking south in the one-hundred block of Fox Street, near Family Express. The woman reported seeing a man standing at the west side of the store just after 10pm, and after realizing the store was closed, became nervous, so she began walking south and that is when she reports being strangled until she passed out by an unknown man. Police report the woman had fresh scrapes to her knees, ankles, and feet, a cut on her hand, redness on both sides of her neck, and refused medical treatment. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact LaPorte Police at (219) 362-9446 or http://lpcitypd.com ...
INDIANAPOLIS (June 19, 2013) - Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb issued the following statement regarding upcoming leadership changes at The Indiana Republican Party:
"At today's State Committee meeting I announced a series of upcoming leadership changes at The Indiana Republican Party. While there is never a perfect time for these types of transitions, I believe this year, being an off-election year, is the best time. In addition, and most importantly, these changes will give Governor Mike Pence a wonderful opportunity to charge forward and write our Party's next chapter of success.
"My final day as State Chairman will be July 9, 2013.
"For quite some time now I have been contemplating the next steps in my professional career. With the support of Governor Mike Pence and the confidence that our State Party's debts are paid off, we have surpassed our recent fundraising goals, our staff is smaller and more efficient than ever and we've already completed our biggest technological upgrade in a decade, made now the right time.
"I've had the honor and rare opportunity to serve alongside the leadership of two Republican governors, legislative leaders second to none, the best Congressional delegation in the country and local leaders in all 92 counties in the state. This service ranks as one of the best experiences of my life. I have enjoyed giving it my all and yet always realized I received so much more out of the endeavor than I ever invested in it.
"An announcement regarding my next assignment will come sooner rather than later."
In addition, Holcomb announced that Executive Director Justin Garrett will be moving on to the private sector effective tomorrow, June 20.
"On a Mitch Daniels for Governor campaign, in the Governor's office and as a member of our Indiana Republican Party staff, Justin has been an indispensible leader, colleague and friend. Our gains in the past few years are in large part because of his dedication to the cause," Holcomb said.
Former Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will also step down from her role as National Committeewoman following our Summer Dinner on July 9th.
Under State Party rules, Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston, in her capacity as Acting Chairman upon Holcomb's resignation, will be charged with conducting the election for a new State Chair. Vice Chair Huddleston will also step down at that time herself.
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Officials report the waters of Indiana Dunes State Park are now open again. Those waters had been under a swimming advisory after officials were alerted by beach-goers who reported children coming out of the lake with what they described as a 'sticky substance' on them Monday afternoon. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and US Geological Survey both took samples Monday, and expect a report on their findings within a week. IDEM Spokesman Dan Goldblatt says the Coast Guard continues to investigate, but the substance, whatever it is, is not believed to have come from the shore or any stacks, and are also investigating the possibility if this incident is related to a glittery substance reported on vehicles and outdoor furniture in the 15-hundred block of Brown Avenue in Robertsdale earlier this month.
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