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All Lanes SB I-65 Backing Up Due to Couch in Roadway

Traffic is backing up eastbound on the Borman (I-80/94) just before Burr Street due to a traffic hazard on southbound I-65.  Several traffic tipsters reported that a couch fell off the back of a truck a smashed to pieces in the two right southbound lanes of I-65 just before Ridge Rd.  Reportedly the couch pieces were too big to drive over causing drivers to swerve to avoid the debris.  As a result of that and heavy precipitation moving through the Region traffic is stop and go from the Borman to Ridge Rd.
Backup SB I-65 connector ramp
Traffic hazard southbound I-65 just before Ridge Rd. is backing up traffic on the eastbound I-80/94 connector ramp to southbound I-65.
(photo from INDOT)
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Bones Found in Gary Backyard Not Human Remains

A Gary woman planning to start a backyard garden dug up an usual item today, what appeared to be a hand. Gary Police report they received a call of bones found in the 13-hundred block of DeKalb Place, after the woman discovered them wrapped in carpet. Police say the Coroner's Office analyzed the bones and determined that they were not human remains.
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Crown Point Woman Suffers Serious Injuries after Machete Attack

Gary PD
A 30 year old Crown Point woman was hospitalized this afternoon after being injured by another woman with a machete. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says officers were called out at 12:14pm to the 45-hundred block of Georgia Street, and that the victim suffered what appear to be serious injuries to her arm, neck, and shoulder. Corp. King says at this time it is unknown what provoked the attack, and the victim may have known her attacker.
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Two Hospitalized with Non Life-Threatening Injuries in CP

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Two people were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash late this morning in Crown Point. Crown Point Assistant Police Chief James Janda say they received the call just after 11:30 this morning in the 200 block of South Court Street. Janda says the crash caused one of the vehicles involved to strike a utility pole, which knocked down some wires, and that the driver of that vehicle had to extricated, which caused a temporary road closure.
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Update: Shooting Death Monday Afternoon in Gary

Gary PD
Police in Gary are seeking the public's help after a shooting death Monday afternoon. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says officers were dispatched to the 11-hundred block of Connecticut Street at 4:20pm for reports of a man down. The Lake County Coroners office says 56-year-old Donald McHenry, of Gary, suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:15 Monday evening, and his death was ruled a homicide. Corp. King says witnesses reported at the same time shots were heard, that a black male was observed in the area between the age of 19 and 20 years old, approximately 5'10”, with a slender build and dreadlocks. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gary Police Detective Lorenzo Davis at (219) 881-7300 Ext 3015. 
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Man Arrested on Preliminary Murder Charge

In La Porte, authorities are investigating an apparent homicide. Police say a 60-year-old La Porte man has been preliminarily charged with murder after his 48-year-old wife was found dead in their home overnight. La Porte Police say at about 12:30 this morning their officers were dispatched to a home in the 800 block of “E” Street for a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, police say a man who lived there with his wife was apprehended coming out of the residence, and later taken to the La Porte County Jail, based on the department's preliminary investigation and evidence collected at the scene. Police say they discovered the body of the man's wife inside the residence, and the investigation is ongoing.  La Porte County Coroner John Sullivan says a forensic autopsy is being performed today in Mishawaka.
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Woman Struck and Killed by Train

Authorities say a 58-year-old Valparaiso woman was struck and killed by a train in Valparaiso Monday night in what has preliminarily been ruled an apparent suicide. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says his office was dispatched just before 8:30 pm and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene in the area of Silhavy Drive and Grand Trunk Road.
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Munster PD Getting New Ford Interceptors

In Munster, the police department is getting six new Ford Police Interceptors – made just across the state line – to replace older squads in their fleet. The Munster Town Council has approved the lease/purchase of the 2014 all-wheel drive vehicles, which are manufactured at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch.
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Highland Names New School Supt

The newly-named school superintendent in Highland is Brian Smith, who currently holds that post in the North Newton school district. Smith officially joins Highland on July first. He's been school superintendent for North Newton for the past four years. He replaces Highland School Superintendent Michael Boskovich, whose retirement takes effect the end of this month (Jun 30). Boskovich began his career with Highland schools forty years ago as a teacher at the high school, and he's been superintendent since 2007.
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WGU Indiana Enters Fourth Year; Tuition Steady

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WGU Indiana, the state's nonprofit, online university, is marking its third anniversary with an announcement that tuition rates remain unchanged, at six-thousand dollars a year for most programs. Since its inception in 2010, WGU Indiana’s enrollment has grown to more than 33-hundred students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and 799 students have graduated. WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber says 98 percent of WGU Indiana's graduates remain in Indiana.  For more information, visit the WGU Indiana website at www.indiana.wgu.edu or call 877-214-7014.
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Man Shot to Death

Police in Gary are investigating a shooting death. The Lake County Coroners office says 56-year-old Donald McHenry of Gary suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead in the 11-hundred block of Connecticut Street at 5:15 Monday evening. His death was ruled a homicide.
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Hammond Approves Library Funds

In Hammond, the city council has approved over half-a-million dollars of library funds that have been earmarked for maintenance and repairs at the Hammond Public Library – including fixing the broken air conditioning at the building on State Street in downtown Hammond . The council gave initial approval in May, and a final vote was taken Monday night. Library officials say the money is available, but couldn't be used without council approval, and most of it is out of the library's rainy day fund.
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Crown Point to Review City Buildings

In Crown Point, city officials are taking an overview of city buildings, including the emergency services building, which houses police and fire, and was built in 1990, and City Hall, constructed in 1950... looking at maintenance and utility costs, and overall functionality of the physical structures themselves. The police department has grown to more than forty officers, with three additional hires planned, and fire rescue to nearly 30, with a new hire just announced.
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Valpo Council Interviews Candidates

The Valparaiso City Council Monday night interviewed two candidates-- incumbent Jim Jorgenson and Joseph Espinosa – for a four-year seat on the Valparaiso School Board. A third candidate withdrew his application due to newly-assigned work responsibilities. A couple weeks later the public will get a chance to ask questions of the candidates (special session, June 24, 5;15pm).
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Governor Asks Lawmakers to Sustain Veto

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is asking members of the Indiana General Assembly to sustain his veto of House Enrolled Act 1546, regarding an income tax issue. Legislators plan to return to the Statehouse on Wednesday to consider overriding the Governor's veto of a measure that retroactively legalizes a tax increase and the revenues collected in Pulaski and Jackson Counties.
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Man Sentenced in Dragging Death

A Porter County judge has sentenced a man to twenty-years in prison in connection with the drunk-driving death of a woman he was accused of driving over and dragging, as she stood in front of his vehicle in the parking lot of a Burns Harbor tavern where she worked. Officials say James Lohman III pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and driving drunk resulting in a death in the September 2011 incident.
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Public Visitation for Rudy Clay Tuesday in Gary

City of Gary
A representative for the family of former Mayor Rudolph Clay has released details for the upcoming services scheduled to commemorate his life. Clay passed away Tuesday, June 4 at his home in Gary, Ind. after battling prostate cancer. He was 77.
Visitation
Visitation will take place Tuesday, June 11 at the Genesis Convention Center located in downtown Gary at 5th Avenue and Broadway. The public is invited to pay respects from 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. Photo taking and videotaping of the body is strictly prohibited.
 
A memorial service will take place from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. During this time, family members, clergy and several elected officials will share fond memories and pay tribute to Mayor Clay. The public and media are welcome to attend this service.
Funeral
The funeral for Mayor Clay will take place Wednesday, June 12 at the Genesis Convention Center at 11:00a.m. In addition to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Judge Greg Mathis are scheduled to give remarks. The eulogy will be delivered by the Reverend Dr. Essie Clark-George, Presiding Elder of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The public is invited to attend; however, due to the large crowd expectation, early arrival is encouraged.

Procession to the Cemetery
At the conclusion of the funeral, the procession to Ridgelawn Cemetery is as follows:
Leave Genesis Center and travel south on Broadway to 25th Avenue; turn west on 25th Avenue and travel to Chase Street; turn north on Chase Street and travel to 15th Avenue; turn west on 15th Avenue and travel to Burr Street (there may be a brief pause at 15th and Whitcomb, the home of Mayor Clay); turn south on Burr Street to Ridge Road; turn west on Ridge Road and travel to Ridgelawn Cemetery.
 
Parking
The family of Mayor Clay and dignitaries will park in the main parking lot of the Genesis Center and the parking lot of the Post Office located directly across the street from the Genesis Center on 5th Avenue.
The general public may park in the Genesis Center Parking garage, Adams St. between 4th & 5th Avenues, the Hudson & Campbell Fitness Center Parking Lot (5th & Mass.), Broadway south of 5th Avenue, and the Main Branch Library rear parking lot. The Gary Police Department will be on site to assist with directing attendees. Those who intend to be a part of the procession to the cemetery are encouraged to park on Adams St. or in the library parking lot.
Instructions for Media Representatives
On both Tuesday and Wednesday, media representatives will only be allowed to set up on the platforms located in the rear of the Indiana Room at the Genesis Center. Early arrival is encouraged. Once again, photo taking and videotaping of the body is strictly prohibited....
   

Bicycle Safety Day June 29 at Willowcreek Middle School

Portage Fire Dept. 2
Later this month the Portage Fire Department, with support from Portage Kiwanis, Porter Hospital, and Portage Firefighters Local 31-51, will be hosting “Bicycle Safety Day”. Portage Assistant Fire Chief Dan Kodicek says the course teaches kids how to ride a bike, what a stop sign and one-way signs mean, how to cross railroad crossings, to look both ways and other safety features.
The Portage Fire Department will be giving a free bicycle helmet to all children while supplies last at the event on June 29th, at Willowcreek Middle School, in the east parking lot, from 9am to noon. For more information, please contact the Portage Fire Department at 762-7404, M-F 8am-4:30pm.
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US Senate Approves Five Year Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 66 to 27 in favor of a five-year farm bill which is estimated to save 18 billion dollars over ten years. Indiana U-S Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly both voted in favor of the bill, with Coats says the legislation will provide Hoosier farmers with the assurances they need to plan and prepare their operations over the next five years. To read more about the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, visit http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/newsroom/press/donnelly-strengthens-energy-and-conservation-priorities-in-bipartisan-farm-bill.
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Switchblades and Silencers for Hunting Become Legal July 1st

Starting July 1st, a half-century old law banning switchblades ends in the Hoosier state. Indiana is set to join a growing number of states rolling back their decades old prohibitions on the automatic spring-loaded knives, due to a small provision tucked into a larger hunting and fishing bill that does away with the 1957 law that made it a misdemeanor to manufacture, possess, display, offer, sell, lend, give away, or purchase in Indiana. House Bill 15-63, signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May, also makes it legal for hunters in Indiana to use lawfully possessed silencers on firearms while hunting.
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