(Photos Courtesy of the Salvation Army Lake County)
The Salvation Army of Lake County held their Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday in East Chicago and served about 500 meals. The Salvation Army event was made possible with the help of Ameristar Casino, who provided all the food and Ameristar employees were on hand to serve the meals. East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland made a special appearance as a serving guest and students from Ivy Tech assisted with serving food, drinks and cleaning up to make room for more guests.
Meanwhile donations to their annual Angel Tree Program are being accepted now until December 13th. Individuals wishing to assist can find angel tree tags at their local Salvation Army or Wal-mart. If a tag cannot be located, an item costing about $30 which is appropriate for a child ages 0-12 can be purchase. All items can be dropped off at a local Salvation Army location or you may call to make other arrangements.
· East Chicago, 513 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago, IN 46312, 219-398-2939
· Gary-Merrillville, 4800 Harrison, Gary, IN 46408, 219-887-6588
· Hammond-Munster, 8225 Columbia Ave, Munster, IN 46321...
In Portage, police say a local pharmacy technician was arrested Tuesday after allegedly admitting to stealing about four-thousand hydrocodone and xanax pills, for her own use, since June. Portage Police say the 27-year-old woman said she would conceal about twenty-to-forty pills of varying strengths each shift she worked at the Walgreens store in the 59-hundred block of Highway 6. A manager told police the store up a surveillance camera after being alerted to shortages of the two medications. The woman told police she had multiple medical issues. The suspect was taken into custody on a D-Felony charge of Theft. ...
Members of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Executive Board have voted to ban e-cigarettes on all trains. Smoking is already prohibited on all trains along the South Shore line. ...
As the lawyer for State government, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Office defended SEA 371, which the Legislature passed in April, and Zoeller issued this statement:
“This new law reflects the policy judgment of Indiana legislators elected by our citizens. The Court’s decision faulting the law for treating nonsurgical abortion clinics different from physicians’ offices must be thoroughly reviewed. Because of the narrow ruling, we will consult with our clients and decide how next to proceed in the case,” Zoeller said.
NICTD says the South Shore Line will run on weekend/holiday schedule Thanksgiving Day, and all ticket offices except Millennium Station and Van Buren ticket offices will be closed. South Shore trains will run on regular weekday schedule on Friday, November 29. The Hegewisch ticket office will be closed, but every other ticket office will be operating normally.
NICTD website: www.nictd.com ...
A company based out of Homewood, Illinois, has announced plans to relocate its South Holland distribution center to Munster, putting 55 additional jobs in Lake County by 2016. Indiana officials say Carl Buddig & Company, a producer of sliced and packaged lunchmeat, will invest $3.7 million to lease and refurbish the 65,000 square-foot former Dawn Foods facility at 215 45th Ave. in Munster. The facility, which is expected to begin operations in March, will enable the company to increase its available warehouse and dock space, growing capacity for added production lines across the company. Buddig currently employs more than 1,000 associates nationally with its subsidiary Old Wisconsin Sausage.
"Illinois companies are on the move--to Indiana," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "From Buddig to recent announcements from firms like MAC Medical and Tec Air, Illinois companies continue to discover that our low taxes, limited regulations, growing infrastructure and skilled workforce make Indiana a state that works for business. Welcome to Indiana, Buddig, and may you enjoy many years of growth and job creation here in the Hoosier State."
"Moving into the new Munster facility was an easy decision for the company," said Dan Wynn, chief operating officer of Buddig. "Finding a food grade facility within 10 miles from the plant was a major factor in the decision. Also, since the Dawn facility was partially refrigerated, the company was able to reduce the investment needed to refrigerate the entire facility. Last, lower real estate tax rates and an overall more affordable cost of doing business definitely created an attractive financial proposition."
Founded in 1937, Buddig is a family-owned and operated business. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Carl Buddig and Company up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Munster approved additional incentives.
"We are always proud to announce when another company decides to relocate to the town of Munster," said Joseph A. Simonetto, president of the Munster Town Council. "When it is a renowned and family-owned company like Buddig that announces they would like to open logistical operations in the town of Munster, we are ecstatic. The investment dollars and the jobs this company brings are wonderful for our community."
Last month, Illinois-based MAC Medical and Tec Air announced plans to move operations east of the Illinois-Indiana border to Munster, creating a combined nearly 300 new Hoosier jobs and more than $16 million in capital investment....
The City of Gary held a gun buyback event on Saturday at six local churches but police report the turn in number was very low compared to previous events. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says a total of 29 weapons, 23 pistols and six rifles were turned in, despite an incentive from the city to give GED testing vouchers to the first 50 people. City Director of Communications Chelsea Whittington says even with the low turn out, anytime you get guns off the streets it is a victory.
Whittington says ten citizens signed up to receive the testing vouchers on Saturday and the city plans to continue using the GED testing voucher as an incentive with future gun buybacks, the next occurring by the first of the year. ...
NIRPC today released a 55 page staff analysis on the Illiana Expressway to guide regional decision makers as they debate the proposal to include the project as an amendment in their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. The report is mixed and does not take a stand on the project. Four NIRPC committees will take up the issue next month, the first of which is the Transportation Policy Committee on December 3rd, with the full NIRPC Commission voting on December 12th, and only the Transportation Policy Committee and Full Commission votes are binding on the inclusion of the Illiana Expressway into the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. INDOT has requested both the Illiana Expressway and the widening on I-65, between US 30 and US 231, be included in the amendment. For a link to read the entire report, visit http://nirpc.org/illiana-expressway-project/public-agency-documents.aspx...
According to a recent survey conducted by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, about 75 percent of Indiana respondents indicated they did not have a preparedness kit in their vehicle. Officials are encouraging Hoosiers to check their tire pressure and tread depth, the age of car batteries, anti-freeze levels and age, car heater and defroster operation, as well as windshield wipers and blades.
In addition to winter vehicle preparation, IDHS suggests creating and putting a winter weather preparedness kit in each vehicle in case of a weather-related emergency like an accident, car trouble or slide-offs. An emergency car kit is essential any time of year and should include the following items, with special emphasis this time of year on water, food and warmth:
· At least two blankets or a sleeping bag;
· Flashlight and extra batteries;
· Booster (jumper) cables;
· Emergency flares;
· Extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves;
· Bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars, raisins, nuts, peanut butter or cheese crackers;
· First-aid kit and necessary medications;
· Sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction;
· Cell phone and charger for vehicle use; and
· Ice scraper and snow brush.
Erickson says drivers who become stranded should try to stay calm, call for help if possible and keep in mind the following precautions:
· Unless there is a safe structure nearby, do not leave the car, since it is the best protection;
· Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. An idling car only uses about one gallon of gas per hour;
· Tie a brightly colored cloth to the car for rescuers to see;
· Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you are stranded;
· Make sure the exhaust pipe is free of any blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; and
· Keep hydrated by drinking water from your preparedness kit. Don’t eat snow, as it will lower body temperature.
During severe winter weather or if inclement weather is approaching, IDHS recommends staying home, if possible. If the trip is absolutely necessary, Erickson says it’s a good idea to let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.
Crews have reopened the right lane southbound I-65 as daytime road work has wrapped up for the day in the southbound direction. In the photo, the orange barrels can be seen moved to the right hand shoulder.
The right lane restriction northbound I-65 remains near 45th Avenue with northbound lanes I-65 backing up a little before 61st Avenue.
The right lane closure southbound I-65 at one time backed up traffic eastbound on the Borman (I-80/94) from Cline Avenue with all southbound lanes running below posted speeds from almost the Indiana Toll Road.
Speaking of the Toll Road, ITR Consessions Company, the firm that operates the Indiana Toll Road, has issued a WInter Weather Ban from 6p.m. CST (7:00p.m. EST) Tuesday, November, 26, 2013 through 6:00p.m. CST (7:00p.m. EST) Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from Valparaiso through South bend West on the Indiana Toll Road. The ban is in effect for all triples, and long-doubles including steel haulers, according to ITR.
(photo: INDOT http://pws.trafficwise.org/ipws/nw/index.html )
Drivers can expect possible backups and delays traveling both directions of I-65 in the Gary corridor. INDOT is reporting that the right lane of both northbound and southbound I-65 is restricted near Ridge Road for daytime road work. INDOT traffic cams are showing the right lane restriction northbound is actually occurring near 53rd Avenue with traffic backing up from before 61st Avenue. The right lane southbound I-65 is closed near 45th Avenue as seen in the above photo. Drivers should expect delays both directions I-65 especially southbound I-65 coming from the Borman ( I-80/94).
(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A 31 year old man wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Department for child molesting is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force “Fugitive of the Week.” Authorities report Kenneth Markie King has been known to reside throughout northwest Indiana, with ties to East Chicago, Gary, Lake Station and Indianapolis. King is described as a black male, six-feet tall, weighing 205 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on Kenneth Markie King and his whereabouts may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous....
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 48 year old man from the Hebron-area was taken into custody on Monday, after being released from a hospital for an evaluation, on charges he allegedly pointed a gun at his wife and fired it while both in a barn on their property. The Times reports John Wall confronted his wife around 1:30am on Saturday, inquiring about who she had talked with on her phone, and then threw her to the ground and took her phone. According to the article, about 40 minutes later, the wife heard noises outside and went out to the barn to investigate when she was allegedly shoved inside and kept from leaving by her husband. The woman reportedly informed police Wall pulled a gun from his coat and pointed it at her, and then fired a shot in an unknown direction before pointing the gun at himself, grabbing his wife's hands and asking her to shoot him. ...
- Daytime Road Work Backing-up Both Directions I-65
- Ford Escape SUV Recall Due to Oil and Fuel Leaks
- Investigation Continues into Portage Bait Shop Robbery
- Poachers Caught Hunting Illegally in National Lakeshore
- Extra Police Patrols in Valpo for Thanksgiving Holiday
- Winter Weather Ban Issued for Indiana Toll Road
- Gov Pence Accepts State Auditor's Resignation
- Driver's Ed for Valpo's Newest Roundabout
- Indiana State Police Urge Motorists to Buckle Up
- Portage to Offer Auto-Calls for Emergencies and More
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