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Hobart Police Investigate Stabbing Death

Police in Hobart are investigating a homicide. The Lake County Coroners office says 19-year-old Jesus Ibarra of East Chicago was pronounced dead just after midnight Sunday at Northlake Methodist Hospital in Gary. Hobart Police say the victim was stabbed late Saturday after a fight outside a gas station in Hobart, and a 17-year-old Hobart has been taken into custody. Charges were reportedly pending....

No New Information on Apparent Double Homicide

There was no new information available this morning relating to what authorities believe was a double homicide south of Lowell. At last word, Lake County Sheriffs Police were looking for a person of interest. Friday afternoon authorities went to perform a well-being check on the residents of a home in the 145-hundred block of West 197th Avenue, where they found two bodies described as “badly decomposed”. Additional information was expected to be released later today (Monday Oct 21).  There was also no information released on possible cause of death or the identities of the two persons who were found dead at the house.


Railroad Crossing Repairs in Michigan City

This reminder for drivers in the Michigan City area, repair work is being performed by CSX Railroad to the Franklin Street crossing. The City announces that the Franklin Street crossing will be closed starting Monday, October 21st, with expectations to reopen the crossing on Saturday, October 26th.  The schedule is approximate and could change due to weather and CSX progress, according to the a release from the Mayor's office.  Detour signs are posted to assist residents and visitors to alternative routes around the affected crossing....

More Illinois-based Companies Moving to the Region

A manufacturer from across the state line is joining the parade of other Illinois-based companies that have recently announced plans to relocate to Munster, in neighboring Lake County. Land O' Frost recently announced the move of their Lansing headquarters, and last week MAC Medical Supply Company announced that they will relocate warehouse and shipping operations from Tinley Park.
The Times is now reporting that Tech Air Incorporated is also relocating its manufacturing of heating and air-conditioning components to Lake Business Center on Calumet Avenue in Munster. The three combined moves will bring nearly 300 new jobs to the Region.
The Town Manager of Munster, Thomas DeGiulio says the companies the town wants to attract are finding exactly what they need.  During a recent Region Newsmaker interview DeGiulio says, "Our philosophy has always been that if we get clean manufacturing, good white collar jobs and those type of things, we've got the environment for that, we're not a heavy manufacturing community."
Hear the entire interview by clicking on the Region Newsmakers link located under the news menu on our webpage.
To read more about Illinois-based companies crossing the state line log on to:  ...

Costs for Lake County's New E-911 Service Revealed

Lake County officials revealed in their proposed budget Friday that consolidated E-911 service would cost more than 36-million dollars to get up and running. The Times reports the money would go toward building and equipping the new 911 call center in Crown point, a back-up center in East Chicago, to purchase radios for the county's hundreds of police officers and firefighters and the computers needed to coordinate all the calls. It would cost eleven million for salaries, utility costs and other daily operational expenses, according to the article.
Because the cost to operate the new system is more than some towns are paying now, St. John along with Cedar Lake, Lowell and Schererville are considering consolidating their own police and fire dispatch network, with Dyer about ready to jump on the bandwagon.
Consolidation into one E-911 call center must be complete by the end of 2014 or Lake County stands the chance of losing two-point-six million dollars from the state toward operation costs.
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Painting Auction to Benefit Meals on Wheels

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An auction to benefit Meals on Wheels commenced online today. The Thasseus C. Gallery is hosting a one-week auction for the painting, “Charging Stallion” an acrylic on canvas measuring 38-by-38 inches, which was created live during the City of LaPorte's Sunflower Fair by Laura and Thaddeus Culter. The auction runs until 8pm Friday, October 25th.  
Individuals can view the painting and see the current bid at  Anyone interested in placing a bid can email the gallery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the gallery direct at (219) 326-8626. Final Auction bids can be placed in person during the opening reception of the “Colors of Autumn” exhibition on Friday, October 25th, from five to eight in the evening.
Gallery hours are Wed/Thur/Fri 10-6, and Sat 10-3. For more information please visit our online gallery at, or call 219.326.8626....

3 Center Lanes Blocked EB 80/94 near Calumet Ave

10-18  EB Borman crash closes 3 right lanes
INDOT is reporting that three right lanes eastbound Borman (I-80/94) are closed due to a crash near Calumet Avenue.  Drivers should expect backups and delays approaching the state line.

(INDOT photo:  shows the eastbound lanes of the Borman (I-80/94) backed to just before Calumet Avenue) 


New Military Service Academy Info Nights Event Dates

The recent government shutdown postponed an opportunity for high schoolers around the state to get information on applying for one of the five military service academies, but since the government is back up and running, new dates, times and locations have been established. The Office of Indiana US Senator Joe Donelly reports five events will take place around the state, starting Tuesday in Evansville, with a northwest Indiana event to be held the following week in Valpariso on October 29th, from 5 to 7pm at the American Legion Post Number 94. Representatives from Senator Donnelly's office will be available to help students interested in a future in the Armed Services navigate the application process and will outline any addition requirements necessary to be considered for a nomination from Senator Donnelly.
The dates for all Military Service Academy Information Nights events are as follows:

Wednesday, October 23
TIME:     5:00 – 7:00 PM CDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office
   123 NW 4th Street, Suite 417
   Evansville, Indiana

TIME:    5:00 PM 7:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office
   702 North Shore Drive
               Jeffersonville, Indiana

TIME:     5:00 PM -7:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office
               10 West Market Street, Suite 1180
               Indianapolis, Indiana

Thursday, October 24
TIME:     5:00 PM -7:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office
   203 East Berry Street, Suite 702B
   Fort Wayne, Indiana
Tuesday, October 29
TIME:     5:00 PM -7:00 PM CDT
WHERE: American Legion Post #94
               4 Monroe Street
               Valparaiso, Indiana...

Robbery at Bozeman's Marathon in DeMotte

Authorities are investigating a robbery that occurred at Bozeman's Marathon Thursday evening in DeMotte. The Newton County Sheriff's Office reports they received a call of an armed robbery at 6:30pm, and upon arrival, sheriff's deputies were informed that a white male, approximately 6'2”, with a thin build and a reddish goatee, wearing a blue and white flannel coat, blue jeans and a baseball hat, entered the store and demanded all the money from the register. Attendants reported the suspect indicated he had gun and he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a white Chevrolet H-H-R heading east on State Road 10. No injuries were reported....

Vigo County Resident 1st West Nile Death of 2013

State health officials today announced the state’s first death in Indiana this year from West Nile virus. The Indiana Department of Health says the person who died was a Vigo County resident. Twenty human cases have been reported in Indiana this year, three in Porter County, and one in Lake. In 2012, 77 human cases and eight deaths occurred in Indiana. Health experts say even though we're past the normal peak season for the West Nile virus, August and September, there's still a risk of becoming infected. Mosquitoes, they say, are typically not very active below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but until a hard freeze, about 30 degrees Fahrenheit, there is still a risk of being bitten. ...

School Accountabilty Moves from DOE to Legislature

The Indiana legislature will now be in charge of the caluculation of the state's school accountability grades. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long approved the move today, which affects 2012 through 2013 school year grades. The State Board of Education previously was in charge of the state's school accountabilty and have requested that nonpartisan legislative attorneys take over calculating the grades. ...

Multi-vehicle Crash Closes US-421 Near LaCrosse

INDOT reports that US-421 remians closed between State Road 8 and State Road 10 in southwestern La Porte County due to a multi-vehicle crash that occurred shortly before 2p.m. Friday.  Reporteldy one of the vehicles involved was a semi grain hauler. La Porte County Sheriff's police are advising drivers to find alternate routes for about the next hour as US-421 will remianed closed while an accident investigation is underway....


60 Days Community Service for Sex with Student

A former Boone Grove Middle School janitor received 60 days of community service and nearly three-years probation today after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14 year old girl. 21 year old Kevin Abernathy II, of Valparaiso, was also ordered to complete sex offender treatment, pay the girl's counseling bill and avoid further contact with the girl, a student at the school while Abernathy worked there. Police report Abernathy approached the girl on Facebook and she snuck him in to her room on three separate occasions, late at night, between February and March. ...

Big Backup Eastbound I-94 Due to Crash

Big Backup Eastbound I-94 Due to Crash
A multi vehicle crash in the center lane of eastbound I-94 near mile marker 22 has caused the closure of two additional lanes as crews work on the scene.  Traffic tipsters are reporting all lanes eastbound I-94 are backing up at least five miles.  Drivers should expect solid congestion and long delays until the accident scene is cleared.

(photo:  courtesy of INDOT shows eastbound traffic backing up)


Brief Lock Down at Bishop Noll in Hammond

A Catholic High School in Hammond briefly went into lock down late this morning. Bishop Noll Institute officials say someone reported seeing a man believed to be holding a weapon outside the school and the school went into lock down immediately. Police reported no criminal act had transpired and the man never left the vicinity of his vehicle. ...

Potential Victims Sought in Pharmacy Case

The US Attorneys Office in the Western District of Michigan is seeking to identify potential victims in cases against pharmacists at the now-closed Kentwood Pharmacy, which serviced nursing homes, adult foster care homes, and other long-term care facilities throughout Michigan and northern Indiana. Federal prosecutors allege unused drugs returned to the pharmacy from nursing homes and adult foster homes were repackaged and resold. From about 2004 through November 2010, Kentwood Pharmacy operated retail pharmacies in Grand Rapids (formerly Eastgate Pharmacy), Shepard, Alma, and St. Louis, Michigan.  Federal court officials say to date, three pharmacists have pled guilty to misbranding prescription drugs during their employment at Kentwood Pharmacy and are scheduled to be sentenced next month November 13 and 14, 2013, before District Court Judge Janet T. Neff..
Additional information from the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Michigan:
Individual patients may have received drugs from Kentwood Pharmacy as early as 2004, and continuing through 2010, which were misbranded or adulterated. Examples of such misbranded or adulterated drugs include mislabeled drugs, discolored drugs, or expired drugs. Persons who believe they may have been victims of this crime because they received or paid for drugs supplied by Kentwood Pharmacy between 2004 and November 2010, which were misbranded or adulterated are asked to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan.
Potential victims may contact the Western District of Michigan U.S. Attorney’s Office by visiting the office’s website and accessing a form related to this case at:    Alternatively, potential victims may call the office’s Victim Witness Unit at (616) 808-2034 and provide the information over the phone....

Chicago Medical Supplier Moves to NW Indiana

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MAC Medical Supply Company has relocated warehouse and shipping operations from Tinley Park, Illinois, to Lake County in northwest Indiana, with plans to create up to 40 new jobs by 2016.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says the company is investing one-point-six-million-dollars to lease, renovate and equip a new facility at 92-hundred Calumet Avenue in Munster. Chief Executive Officer Millie Maddocks, who acquired the company in 2000, grew up in the Region and has been a resident of Munster for more than twenty years.
"MAC chose to move to Indiana because of lower property and payroll taxes, affordable warehouse and office space, a favorable corporate environment, a stable workforce and proximity to major highways," said Maddocks. "These factors combined save the company considerable overhead, allowing for a more competitive advantage in the company's marketplace."
"More than anything else, job growth depends on building a climate that is favorable for business," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "MAC Medical's move to the Hoosier State reminds us once again that Indiana's cost of doing business, fiscal stability and superior workforce have given us one of the best competitive advantages in the country. Indiana is open for business."

The facility, which became operational in August, will allow the company to expand its distribution operations. MAC Medical has already begun hiring warehouse, marketing, sales and office associates for its new Munster facility.
Founded in 2000, MAC Medical distributes primarily American-sourced medical supplies to health care purchasers and hospitals around the world, including customers through its contracts with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. It specializes in distributing a wide range of medical and surgical products such as sterile specimen containers, chemotherapy protection and safety devices, wound care supplies, surgical instrument care solutions, sterile lubricating gels and mortuary supplies.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered MAC Medical Supply Company, Inc. up to $250,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants 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 town of Munster supports the project.

"We are excited about MAC Medical's desire to relocate from Illinois to Munster," said Joseph Simonetto, president of the Munster Town Council. "The town council and redevelopment commission have worked very hard to make Munster a place where businesses want to locate and people want to live. It is wonderful to see a corporation like MAC Medical recognize Munster's adherence to a high standard of quality of life and wish to be a part of it. I am confident that MAC Medical will be a great asset to our community."
MAC Medical Supply Company is certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

Indiana Reports First 2013 West Nile Death

State health officials today announced the state’s first death in Indiana this year from West Nile virus. The Indiana Department of Health said privacy laws prevent them from saying what county the death occurred in. Twenty human cases have been reported in Indiana this year, three in Porter County, and one in Lake. In 2012, 77 human cases and eight deaths occurred in Indiana.
“Although we’re past the normal peak season for West Nile virus, which was in August and September,” said Jennifer House, DVM, Director of Zoonotic and Environmental Epidemiology at the Indiana State Department of Health, “there’s still a risk of becoming infected on warmer days when mosquitoes are biting, so Hoosiers should continue to take precautions.”
The state health department says West Nile virus usually causes West Nile fever, a milder form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some individuals will develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other severe syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis.
Link to Indiana State Department of Health map:
State health officials say the following steps will help protect from West Nile virus:
·         Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin;
·         Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home;
·         Avoid places where mosquitoes are biting; and,
·         When possible, wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.
Individuals who think they may have West Nile virus are advised to see their health care provider. 
Additional information from the Indiana State Department of Health:
There is no vaccine and no cure for West Nile virus, Saint Louis encephalitis or Eastern equine encephalitis for humans. 
No mosquito samples have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis or Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in 2013.
For historical data on West Nile virus activity in Indiana, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at
For more information about mosquito safety, visit the Indiana State Department of Health . Follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at
[Image/Indiana State Department of Health]...

Callouts for Community Cleanups in Gary, EC


In Gary,  the 5x5x5 Project is moving on to the Glen Park area for the final Gary community clean-up before winter.  City officials say the cleanup has been moved from this Saturday, October 19 to November. Organizations or individuals interested in helping should call the Gary Mayor’s Office for information.
In East Chicago, there's a callout for volunteers for a community wide effort to revitalize the city. This Tuesday, October 22nd, residents will be picking up, cleaning up and painting in an area of Main and Broadway to 139th Street, as the beginning of The Harbor Project ultimately meant to extend throughout the city. Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Main and Broadway at 10:00 a.m.. The event will begin with announcements from  Mayor Anthony Copeland.  Refreshments will be provided.


INDOT Announces Job Fair in Rensselaer

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a job fair for seasonal Winter program workers at a job fair next week. Potential employees are advised to attend the event scheduled for Thursday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST), at the INDOT Rensselaer Subdistrict (1130 E. Maple, Rensselaer, IN). INDOT says successful hires will work as seasonal INDOT maintenance crew staff, and as plow drivers during snow events this winter. Positions are available based out of Rensselaer, Winamac, and Monticello.
Applicants Must Have
• Valid CDL
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Ability to pass a drug test successfully
INDOT says priority at the job fair will be given to those who apply online in advance at under the Job Bank ID #586315....

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