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Fund Set Up for Hanover Central Football Program

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It's been a long time since Hanover Central has fielded a varsity football team. In August, the Wildcats stepped out onto their field in Cedar Lake for the first football practice in over 40 years as they play a junior varsity schedule this fall and begin varsity again next year. The Hanover Community School Board recently set up a bank account thru Centier for donations toward their high school football program.  School officials say the last team to take the field for Hanover Central did so in 1972....
 

Troopers Respond to Medical Emergency

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Master Trooper Dave Eggers; Master Trooper Tom Mechling
A 68-year-old LaPorte man was in critical condition after veering off eastbound Interstate 94 near Portage Monday afternoon on his way home from a doctor's appointment at the University of Chicago. Indiana State Police say Charles Morgan began to feel ill and his Ford Fusion hit the concrete median barrier wall twice before his wife was able to lean over and press the brake pedal to stop the car. Police say Tim Mark of Trail Creek witnessed the crash and pulled over to help. Indiana State Police Master Trooper David Eggers, of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and Master Trooper Tom Mechling from the Bremen District were in the area escorting a superload-- a windmill blade – when the dispatch came over the police radio. They responded and performed CPR until Portage EMS arrived. Also assisting were Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helpers and Trooper Nathan Wolfe.  [Photos/Indiana State Police]...
 

Remember to Take Care, We're Farming Around Here

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Harvest time means Region residents will be sharing some roads with large, slow-moving farm vehicles. Take Care Founder & Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski, Porter County Sheriff David Lain and Porter County Farm Bureau President Jack Rust have once again teamed up with Radio One Communications to sustain a public safety awareness campaign featuring road signs that have become a familiar sight designed to keep the roads safer for local farmers and motorists. Wichlinski founded the “Take Care, We're Farming Around Here” program in 2003. ...
 

Police Find ID Card Near Unidentified Remains

In Hobart, police have recovered an ID card not far from where human bones were discovered behind the Crossing at Hobart strip mall on US 30 over the weekend. Police say other items they've found suggest the person may have been homeless and living in the wooded area on the north side of US 30, in the 21-hundred block of East 79th Avenue. The cause of the death is not yet known, but police have said at this point they're not suspecting foul play. Remains were initially discovered by someone riding their bike through the Friday evening, then Hobart Police conducted a daytime search Saturday and found additional bones near the same area, believed to belong to the same person.  A forensics expert at the University of Indianapolis is expected to take a closer look at the bones to try and determine when and how that person died. ...
 

Possible Water/Sewer Rate Increase for Valpo

The city of Valparaiso has been looking at the possibility of switching to Lake Michigan, but after a year-long study of water needs, utility officials have recommended staying with groundwater. Either option would have meant higher bills, but lake water would have nearly doubled the rates, reports say. Infrastructure improvements needed to keep up with demand could mean about a thirty-percent increase in water and sewer services, and officials may float a proposal early next year to phase it in over a three-year period....
 

Air Conditioning Units Stolen from Area Churches

An alert for churches in South Haven where Porter County Sheriffs Police say thieves have been stealing air conditioning units, apparently for the metals. Police have taken five reports since August, the most recent this past Friday from the South Haven Church of the Nazarene, and The Way of Holiness Church the day before.  Police are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the Porter County Sheriffs Department.  ...
 

Sign Up Now for Salvation Army's Flea Market/Bazaar

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Spaces are available to sell your wares this weekend, as part of the third annual Salvation Army's Flea Market and Bazaar. Events/Volunteer Director Kathy Childress says they are hoping to raise around 15-hundred dollars. The public, local businesses and families are encouraged to purchase a space to sell their new or used items, and everyone is invited to stop by. The event takes place this Saturday, at the Salvation Army, located along Route 6 in South Haven, from 8am to 2pm. Interested vendors have until noon Friday to complete an application for one or more ten-by-ten foot selling space. For more information, contact Kathy, at (219) 762-9191.  ...
 

NWI Food Bank Project Hope Fundraiser Wednesday

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The Northwest Indiana Food Bank is holding a big fund raising event Wednesday and you are invited. Megan Sikes, Communication/Advocacy Manager, says they will be holding the Family Fun Night fundraiser, at JAK's Warehouse in Schereville, which they've rented out for the entire night, with all proceeds going toward their HOPE project Sikes says those who purchase tickets can also get an autograph from Brandon Bollig, of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Sikes says tickets are available at the door, or can be purchased online at their website, which you can find a link to by visiting http://www.foodbanknwievents.org/. ...
 

RailCats President/General Manager Resigns

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The Gary SouthShore RailCats are now searching for a new General Manager after President/General Manager Kevin Spudic announced his resignation today, effective immediately. Spudic, who was one of the team's first hires in 2002, returned to the RailCats in 2011, and helped bring them an the 2013 American Association Championship. The Highland native thanked the RailCats owners for the opportunity and says winning the Championship was the, “icing on the cake”. The team announced Pete Laven, President of Salvi Sports Enterprises, will serve as interim general manager and lead the search for Sudic's successor. ...
 

Indiana State Police Investigating Lake County Officer

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Indiana State Police Lowell Post report they are investigating a member of the Lake County Sheriff's Department who is alleged to have committed an act of sexual assault. State Police say this is an ongoing investigation, and when completed, will be forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office for review. The names of the victim or suspect will not be released....
 

Guilty Plea Given by Merrillville Man in Fraud Scheme

A 56 year old Merrillville man accused of defrauding friends in an investment scheme of one-point-five million dollars pleaded guilty today to two counts of wire fraud in Hammond Federal Court. The Times reports Eugene Wilson Sr. admitted to the charges and faces up to 20 years and fines of up to 250-thousand dollars. ...
   

Discrimination Complaint Filed Against GEO Foundation

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission today announced that GEO Foundation, which operates Gary Middle College in Gary, is accused of allegedly terminating former principal James Joiner because of his race and gender. Joiner, who was hired in March 2012, was terminated on January 25th of this year, despite never being subjected to prior disciplinary action. According to the termination letter, Joiner's behavior issues were increasingly harmful. The Commission reports there is evidence that GEO treated Caucasian and female counterparts more favorable by implementing Strategic Plans and affording them opportunities to have Performance Base Compensation Plan. The Commission goes on to say G-E-O was given an ample opportunity to answer Joiner's allegations and to uphold its burden to produce evidence of a legitimate non-discriminatory reason for firing him, but since no evidence was provided, probable cause was found to believe Joiner was wrongfully terminated on the basis of race and gender as alleged. ...
   

ISP Announce New District Commander for Toll Road

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Indiana State Police has announced a new District Commander of the Indiana Toll Road. ISP Superintendent Douglas Carter reports Sergeant Mike Young has been promoted to Lieutenant to serve as the Toll Road's District Commander. Lt. Young resides in Porter County with his family, and was assigned to the Toll Road where he worked Lake and Porter Counties for 12 years before being promoted to Corporal in 2002. He was then promoted again to the rank of Sergeant in 2005. Young has also worked as a Field training Officer for newly hired recruits, a Drug Recognition Expert and served on the North Zone Emergency Response Team for 12 years....
   

LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week: Brittney Rapoport

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A 21 year old woman wanted on a warrant from LaPorte Circuit Court for felony fraud and revocation of suspended sentence is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. Police report Brittney Rapoport is described as 5'8”, weighing 135 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on her immediate whereabouts is asked to contact 9-1-1, and you can remain anonymous....
   

Police K9 Conference in Hobart

K-9 teams from across Indiana and neighboring states converged on Valparaiso last week for the North Americna Police Workdog Association fall workshop ... this week, it's Hobart's turn, as the city is again welcoming the American Police Canine Association annual conference, an event Hobart hosted two years ago. The conference in Hobart showcasing more than fifty K-9 teams from around the U-S and Canada with training exercises throughout the city continues thru Friday. ...
   

Indiana State Representative Phyllis Pond Passes Away

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After 35 years in office, Indiana's longest-serving female state representative in state history has passed away. Republican Phyllis Pond of New Haven in northeast Indiana died Sunday at the age of 82. “Today, the State of Indiana mourns the loss of a leader and a friend to all Hoosiers. Phyllis was a revered colleague, a strong voice for her district and a compassionate conservative who always stood by her principles,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).  Pond was the first female lawmaker to earn a seat in the front row in the House Chamber, which is reserved for House leaders or representatives with the most seniority.
Pond was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and announced at the end of August that she would be resigning her seat. Pond worked as a kindergarten teacher prior to being elected to the legislature in 1978, and she eventually authored the Primetime Education Bill that capped kindergarten through third grade classroom sizes at 18. Reminiscent of her days in the classroom, and for her last few years as a legislator, Representative Pond cast her votes with a ruler – which also allowed her to vote without reaching across the desk to push the buttons, "an idea which she couldn’t believe took her 30 years to think of," said a statement from Bosma's office.    “Phyllis has been a steadfast leader in our caucus and has forged a new path for women legislators in Indiana. Her dedication and service will continue to be fondly remembered by all. She will undoubtedly be missed,” said Speaker Bosma. Bosma's office says Pond was also very passionate about giving back to those who have served our country. During the holidays, she always encouraged people to send cards and words of encouragement to the service men and women fighting overseas.
Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement regarding the passing of former State Representative Phyllis Pond yesterday. “A devoted public servant for 35 years, Phyllis Pond led with integrity and passion, consistently placing the needs of those in her district before her own and influencing improvements to education for all Hoosiers. It is with heavy hearts that the First Lady and I offer our deepest condolences and prayers to her beloved family as we join them in mourning the loss of this extraordinary Hoosier leader.”
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) made the following statement today regarding the passing of former State Representative Phyllis Pond:  “Phyllis Pond was an historic leader for Allen County and for the people of Indiana. She was one of the first women to serve in the State Legislature from our area, and she served with great effectiveness, passion and distinction for 35 years. She never lost her zeal for the job, nor her focus on improving the lives of the people of our state.   It's hard to imagine our delegation without Phyllis. We will miss her greatly.”
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Public Input Sessions on Central Park Plaza

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The City of Valparaiso and the planning firm of Design Organization want to hear what you have to say about completing Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza. City Administrator Bill Oeding says the park has already been an overwhelming success. "Having this public gathering space," Oeding said, "a quality public gathering space in our downtown has been so well-received by our residents, it's been amazing. I hear it all the time how much they appreciate the park."
The public will have two opportunities to offer their thoughts - there are two public input sessions this Thursday, September 26, the first from 4-to-6 pm, then another from 7 to 9 pm, both at Valparaiso City Hall, 166 W. Lincolnway. The city is thinking about putting an open-air pavilion on a huge area just west, across the street from the park, that would be used year-round, but in particular, for ice-skating in the winter, for about five months out of the year.
To hear more of our interview with Valparaiso City Administrator Bill Oeding, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website. [Photo/Courtesy City of Valparaiso]...
   

Hobart Paint Recycling Honored by SWANA

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Hobart's latex paint recycling facility, the first of its kind in the state and marking three years in existence this month, has gotten an industry honor. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has presented Hobart with a silver excellence award in the category of Special Waste Management. Latex paint, which has traditionally been put to the curb for regular trash-pick-up, is recycled at the Hobart plant on South Shelby Street, where the city's public works facility is, then the paint is resold for three-dollars a gallon. The recycled paint, which is a neutral beige color, is free for government and nonprofits.  [Photo/Laura Waluszko, Radio One Communications]...
   

Indiana State Police in Six State Trooper Project

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The Indiana State Police will be joining forces with five other state police agencies in the Six State Trooper project this week. The enforcement campaign will combine efforts on marijuana eradication and highway patrols targeting the movement of marijuana. Michigan State Police, Ohio Highway patrol, Kentucky State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and West Virginia State Police are also participating.
The Indiana State Police will be participating in this effort statewide. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter commented, “The Indiana State Police welcome the opportunity to partner with neighboring state police and highway patrol agencies as part of our continued commitment to highway safety and criminal interdiction efforts.”

The four day, multi-state operation is scheduled for September 26-29 and the focus of the enforcement efforts will be on criminal patrol and highway interdiction targeting the movement of marijuana and other illegal substances throughout Indiana and the five other participating states.
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Police: Bones May Have Belonged to Homeless Person

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Authorities say initial findings are leading them to not suspect foul play in human bones found behind the Crossings at Hobart strip mall on the north side of US 30. Officials say the remains were initially discovered by someone riding their bike through the Friday evening, then Hobart Police conducted a daytime search Saturday and found additional bones near the same area, believed to belong to the same person. Investigators say it's possible that person was homeless, and living in the wooded area. A forensics expert at the University of Indianapolis is expected to take a closer look at the bones to try and determine when and how that person died. [Photo/Courtesy Hobart Police, Commander Jeremy Ogden]
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