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Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser for Special Olympics

Porter County Sheriffs Police are taking part in a local Tip-A-Cop fundraising event today  [Saturday Oct 12 2013]. Sgt. Larry LaFlower says officers will be at Red Robin in Valparaiso raising funds for Special Olympics in two shifts, 11 to 3, and 4 to 8, and Sheriff David Lain is expected to be there from about 11 to 1. ...

Calumet City Man Fatally Shot

A Calumet City man was killed on Friday and his death has been ruled a homicide. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports Brandon Wiborn sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body, which occurred in the 800 block of 163rd Street in Calumet City, Illinois. The 23 year old was pronounced dead at St. Margaret's Hospital Emergency in Hammond at 6:12pm....

Ontario Couple Killed in Single Vehicle Crash

A husband and wife from Ontario, Canada, died due to a single-vehicle crash this morning. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says police were notified at 4:20am of the crash after their vehicle was discovered by a woman delivering newspapers. Harris says the couple was heading west on I-94, approaching the Route 249 exit, when the vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason and ended up on Jensen Drive Road, right underneath the I-94 exit. Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin....

Porter County Jail Inmate Dies at Hospital

A 30 year old Ogden Dunes woman who had recently been placed in custody was found in distress in her cell at the Porter County Jail during the early morning hours today and later died at Porter Regional Hospital. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says an autopsy and toxicology has been scheduled for Monday and her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin....

Peregrine Falcon Delisting Spells Program Success

Peregrine Falcon
(Photo Courtesy of the National Audubon Society, Inc.)
Starting tomorrow Indiana's peregrine falcon officially comes off the state's endangered species list. Phil Bloom, spokesperson with the Indianan Department of Natural Resources, says in the mid 1970's Cornell University began a program to re-introduce the birds, and Indiana got involved in the re-introduction program in 199, releasing 60 young falcons over a four year period beginning in Indianapolis and then Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville.
Bloom says just prior to the Indiana DNR beginning its reintroduction and release program in 1989, two peregrine falcons were found nesting in East Chicago, so northwest Indiana played a key part in this recovery.
Bloom says through the program it was discovered that urban settings offered nesting areas in tall buildings that mimic the peregrine's natural cliff-side habitat. A half-century ago, habitat loss and decreased reproduction resulting from the use of pesticides, such as DDT, put the peregrine falcon in peril of surviving as a species and by 1965, no peregrine falcons nested east of the Mississippi River and western populations had declined by 90 percent. The peregrine falcon was officially removed from the federal endangered list in 1999. ...

Bed Bug Feud Sparks Altercation Between Tenants

LaPorte PD
A bed bug feud sparked an altercation between two tenants Thursday evening. LaPorte Police report they were dispatched to an apartment house in the two-hundred block of Park Street, just after 5:30pm to investigate a battery complaint. Police say the victim informed officers he confronted his neighbor regarding a reoccurring bed bug problem inside the apartment house, claiming he had bombed his apartment for the insects, but believes his neighbor had done nothing to rid his apartment, thus causing the bed bugs to re-invade his apartment. The victim stated that while trying to convince the suspect to do something about it, the suspect released his dog on the victim and order it to attack. The dog reportedly bit the victim in the hand and on the back of his leg and then the suspect allegedly picked up a stick and hit the victim in the head. Police say a witness at the scene confirmed confirmed the victim's account of events. A review of criminal charges has been forwarded to the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office for review. ...


Back Pack Taken from Student While Walking from School

Valpo PD
Valparaiso Police are investigating a report of an 11 year old juvenile who allegedly had his backpack stolen while walking to his father's workplace after school on Thursday afternoon. Police report they were dispatched to the area in the 24-hundred block of Glendale Blvd for the incident that occurred at approximately 3:15pm. The victim alleges two older teenage subjects approached him and forcibly took his book bag. ...

Child Molester Gets 20 Year Sentence

roger tanner
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A Portage man received a 20 year prison sentence on Friday for felony child molesting. The Times reports Roger Tanner was charged on September 24th, 2012, with molesting a young girl between 1988 and 1998, after the girl, who is now married and has a child, recalled the incidents which began when she was just four-years old. Tanner, who will get ten years of his sentence suspended to be served on formal probation, will be required to register as a sex offender and will receive credit for 144 days served in jail. ...

Road Restrictions in Gary for Crosswalk Parade

A parade in Gary later this morning will force some road restrictions. Officials say due to the large number of visitors expected for the Agape Ministries, Inc, Crosswalk Parade, State Road 53 north, between 25th and 7th Avenue will be blocked. The parade begins at 11am on State Road 53, starting on 25th Avenue and heading north to 7th Avenue. Gary Police will be out directing traffic. ...

Crown Point Man Wins $1 Million on Scratch-Off

Rene Mendoza
(Photo Courtesy of the Hoosier Lottery)
A one million dollar scratch-off lottery ticket was recently cashed in by a Crown Point man. The Hoosier Lottery announced on Friday that Rene Mendoza claimed his prize on October 8th. The father of two purchased and scratched his winning ticket at the B-P AM/PM in the 56-hundred block of West Lincoln Highway in Crown Point. Mendoza says winning is his family's ticket to a new home and a Disney World vacation his children will always remember.
Profits from Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs, and all Hoosier Lottery games benefit Hoosiers in all 92 counties. In fiscal year 2011, the last year for which figures are available, the Hoosier Lottery contributed more than $67 million to Lake County including $42 million in prizes to winners, $5.9 million in bonuses to retailers, more than $7 million to firefighters, police and teachers pension support and $12 million to the Build Indiana Fund which reduces Lake County drivers' motor vehicle excise taxes....

Illinois to Keep Shorter Amtrak Routes

The state of Illinois today announced it would pay an additional nine-million dollars to keep local Amtrak routes running, bring its total in subsidies to 37-million dollars. The move leaves Indiana as only state left to reach an agreement out of the 19 states affected. A 2008 law passed by Congress shifts most of the costs for shorter routes from the federal government to the states. Indiana is expected to need about three-million dollars by Wednesday in order to keep the Hoosier State line running four-days a week from Indianapolis to Chicago. ...

Protesters on the Calumet Ave. Bridge Over I-80/94

10-11-13  Protestors on bridge 
Shortly around 5:30 Friday afternoon Northwest indiana's Traffic Tip Hotline received a number of calls of traffic slowing in both directions on the Borman (I-80/94) apparently due to drivers being distracted by protesters waving flags and posters on the Calumet avenue bridge over the Borman.  INDOT is reporting that all lanes westbound I-80/94 were moving slow from Cline Avenue to Calumet with the eastbound lanes slowing from the state line to the Calumet exit.

One traffic tipster also said that he could one of the protesters were waving yellow flags while others were holding a signs saying to impeach the president.

(photo:  from INDOT traffic cam shows protesters holding flags on both side of the overpass over the Borman at 5:33p.m. CDT on Friday, October 11, 2013)...


OUCC Testifies on NIPSCO's Electric Infrastructure Plan

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor today announced they do not object to most aspects of NIPSCO's proposed seven-year electric infrastructure replacement plan, however, they believe NIPSCO's proposed methodology for recovering the plan's one-point-zero-seven billion dollars in costs should be denied. An Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission technical evidentiary hearing on both cases is scheduled to start on November 12th in Indianapolis. NIPSCO's request is the first to be filed under Senate Enrolled Act 560, a new Indiana law approved earlier this year to amend the Indiana Code concerning utilities.
Last week NIPSCO announced a 713-million dollar plan to modernize its natural gas system through the end of the decade and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is expected to file testimony on January 10, 2014.
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Temporary Road Closures in LaPorte Saturday

Motorists driving in LaPorte tomorrow morning should be aware of some temporary road closures. LaPorte Police say Grangemounth Road, from Lakeshore Drive to Waverly Road, will be temporarily closed from 8:30am to 10:30am, in relation to the LaPorte City Park and Recreation Department's 2nd annual “Run for Our Parks” 5K/10K event. Motorists are encouraged to be alert for increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the are of Soldier's Memorial Park and it surrounding roadways. ...

Coats: Today's Meeting was a Step Forward

Senator Dan Coats
ABC's Ann Compton reports that at the White House, there is no rush to judgment on the proposals from Congress, as so far President Obama has declined to embrace, unconditionally, any of the Republican proposals to raise the debt limit or re-open the govt. But he has not REJECTED any of them either.
Following the approximately two-hour meeting at the White House between Senate Republicans, the President, Vice-President and the Secretary of the Treasury...Indiana US Senator Dan Coats issued a statement saying, “for a president who said he would not negotiate, today’s meeting was a step forward. Both sides had the opportunity to present their viewpoints, and it is important that we are at least talking. I will continue to work with my colleagues – in both the House and Senate – to find a solution so we can remove this uncertainty to focus on restoring our fiscal health and growing the economy.”...

LaPorte Man Arrested at Child's Football Practice

lance dieken
(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
A 39 year old LaPorte Man was taken into custody Thursday evening on charges of child neglect and public intoxication. LaPorte Police report they were dispatched at 6:12pm, to Kesling Middle School, to investigate an intoxicated parent who was attending a football practice with his children in the vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle in question running, with a seven-year old child seated inside. Officers were directed to Lance Dieken, who observed yelling and who allegedly had difficulty maintaining his balance. Police Dieken informed officers he came to pick up his six-year old son and drive home. Officers report Dieken allegedly smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, and they advised him he would not be allowed to drive due to his impaired state. The children's mother was contacted and arrived to take custody of the children and police say a copy of the report has been forwarded to Child Protective Services. ...

2 Teen Escapees Captured, 3rd Remains At Large

LaPorte PD
Two juveniles who escaped from the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center Tuesday night were taken back into custody early Wednesday morning, but at last check, a third juvenile who escaped remains at large. LaPorte Police report they were notified of the three escapees at 10pm and around 1:18am Wednesday, were called to a residence in the eight-hundred block of 3rd Street, after one of the suspects was observed in the area wearing all blue clothing and no shoes. Police say the two juveniles were located hiding in a fenced-in area adjacent to Benthany Lutheran Church, at 1st and H Street, and taken into custody on charges of escape and resisting law enforcement....

Arguement Sends One Brother to Jail, the Other to Hospital

Valpo PD
An argument between two brothers resulted in one of them being stabbed and the another arrested. Valparaiso Police report they were called to the 47-hundred block of Andover Court, just before 6pm Thursday, and upon arrival learned 29 year old Joshua Higgins had stabbed his brother, which he claimed was done in self-defense during a disturbance between the two. The victim, 25 year old Jeremy Higgins, was transported to Porter Regional Hospital for his injuries, which were non-life threatening. Joshua Higgins was arrested and charged with felony battery and an investigation continues. ...

Two Juveniles Charged in Hessville Robberies

Hammond PD
Charges have been filed in Lake County today against two 17-year-old male juveniles from Gary suspected of robbing people of their cellphones in Hessville in the past week. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller told the Region News Team today one adult victim suffered a heart attack afterwards, and a juvenile victim was struck in the face. He says police in Hammond and other Lake County departments are looking to see if other similar crimes in East Chicago, Gary and Merrillville, were committed by the same suspects.
Miller says two juveniles were robbed of their cellphones at 173rd and Grand Wednesday evening, and the arrests were made that night. The suspects, Alexander Fayson and Tavaras Tolliver, were waived to adult court and are both charged with two-counts of armed robbery. Miller says the Hessville robberies were happening between 4 and 8 pm, in neighborhoods generally between Kennedy and Cline Avenues, mostly north of 169th Street. ...

Interview: Congressman Visclosky on the Shutdown

Indiana Democrat First District US Representative Pete Visclosky talked to the Region News Team today from Washington about the partial federal government shutdown.  He also addressed concerns about healthcare-dot-gov.  To hear our interview, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.   Also listen for comments from the Congressman throughout the day in our newscasts. ...

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