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Boy Rescued from Sand Hole Improving

Doctors in Chicago say a six-year-old Sterling, Illinois, boy suddenly swallowed up by and buried under eleven-feet of sand at Mount Baldy in Michigan City last Friday is continuing to improve. University of Chicago Comer Childrens Hospital released a statement Thursday afternoon saying Nathan Woessner has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.
Park officials continue to try to determine what happened, hoping to bring in ground-penetrating radar or other equipment that can see under the 12-story dune to look for holes or any other dangers under the surface.

Experts also think an air pocket below the ground protected the child. Mount Baldy is closed until further notice.
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Gary to Announce Redevelopment Project

Federal officials are joining Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson today for a news conference at the Genesis Convention Center [Fri Jul 19 13] to announce a redevelopment project. Representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Department of Transportation are scheduled to be there. The city says the agencies will work with the city and private foundations through the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities on the new project.
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Man Dead After Disappearing in Lake Michigan

The Lake County Coroners office says manner of death was pending for a 50-year-old Blue Island, Illinois, man who disappeared in the waters of Lake Michigan off the Whihala Beach shoreline in Whiting. Officials say Michael Janko was pronounced dead shortly before midnight this morning.
At 3:45 Thursday afternoon, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, was contacted by a boater who said a 50-year-old man he was boating with went missing while swimming in Lake Michigan a quarter mile north of the beach. The US Coast Guard says the man was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.
A rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small launched from Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, Illinois., and a rescue aircrew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan, Ilinois.
Other agencies responding included the Indiana DNR, Lake County Marine Unit, Lake County Aquatics Team, Lake County Sheriff Dept., Hammond Police and Whiting Police.
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Violent Crime in EC Down 18%, Lowest Total Since 2003

East Chicago PD
Chief Mark J. Becker today released the following information;
A review of the crime statistics submitted to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program for the period of January through June, 2013 is attached to this release.
Also released at this time are similar statistics for the first 6 months of 2003-2012.
The East Chicago Police Department submits monthly crime statistics to the FBI for inclusion in their Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Among some of the information that is shared with the FBI, is data on 4 violent crimes, criminal homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
The program also collects data on 3 property crime offenses which include, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle crime. Finally, some departments, to include the East Chicago Police Department, provide data on the number of reported arsons.
A review of the attached table will find reported offense totals for the City of East Chicago, for January through June of 2013, as well as data from previous years for the same period of time.
Of note is that 2013 data compared for the same time last year reflects the following:
  • Violent Crime in East Chicago is down 18% ( 94 total violent crimes is the lowest since 2003. Data prior to that time is not available)
  • Property Crime is up (3%)
  • All Crime (Violent + Property) is up 1%
(Due to the volume of property crime offenses reported, all crime rose by 1%)
Unfortunately there were 7 criminal homicides in 2013. The department continues to partner with other federal, state and local agencies so as to address such issues.
We are committed to an aggressive community outreach program, we cannot fight this battle alone. Neighborhood walks, the implementation of a Citizen’s Academy and regular attendance at public gatherings are but a few of the community based efforts that the department has undertaken.
The establishment of The STOP Team and partnering with Indiana University Northwest (IUN) are some of the initiatives that have also contributed to the reduction in crime. IUN in general and particularly Dr. Joseph Ferrandino, is to be commended for their assistance in the form of crime mapping and related analysis. The identification of problematic areas and suggestions as to how to maximize our resources has proved to be of invaluable assistance.
The implementation of The STOP team on April 12th has also proved very effective.
In 2 ½ short months, the team has logged over 550 traffic stops, executed a total of 112 arrests and they continue to aggressively pursue gang and drug related issues.
Studies clearly support the direct correlation of increased traffic enforcement in regards to reducing crime. In 2012 the department recorded 3,717 traffic stops versus the first 6 months of 2013 in which they have already tallied a total 4,209 stops. Increased police presence has played a significant role in the reduction of violent crime.

Our partnerships with Federal Task Forces, implementation of The STOP Team, increased activity by our patrol officers, and the continued dedication by our detectives, crime scene personnel, gang/narcotic officers, a very professional support staff and community support have combined to reduce crime in East Chicago.
Source FBI UCR submissions by the East Chicago Police Department




2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
Criminal Homicide
11
5
8
6
8
7
7
7
3
0
7
Rape
7
3
10
4
5
5
11
7
8
4
7
Robbery
54
55
49
60
53
74
59
54
56
37
44
Aggravated Assault
297
365
324
43
31
63
46
48
42
73
36
Violent Crime Total
369
428
391
113
97
149
123
116
109
114
94
Burglary
207
194
213
221
170
190
159
272
223
241
173
Larceny Theft
608
656
587
670
677
581
514
547
549
491
562
Motor Vehicle Theft
209
225
185
180
169
85
81
107
113
100
124
Property Crime Total
1,024
1,075
985
1,071
1,016
856
754
926
885
831
859
All Crime Total
1,393
1,503
1,376
1,184
1,113
1,005
877
1,042
994
945
953
Arson(Not Included in UCR)
15
3
8
6
8
4
4
8
2
1
1


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NIRPC Transportation Plan Pushed Back to Aug. 29th

The 2014 through 2017 NIRPC Transportation Improvement Plan will not be seeing any action until the end of August, after a disability rights group pointed out a public hearing had not taken place, which is required by federal regulations. The Times reports the plan will now be considered at a meeting on August 29th. According to the article, action was taken regarding police at NIRPC meetings, with a 14-13 vote in favor of sending a letter to the City of Portage stating a law enforcement presence is not necessary, this after the issue of police at the scene brewed some controversy during a May 23rd NIRPC meeting when protestors with disabilities showed up.
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Indiana Leads Nation in Manufacturing Growth in June

Indianapolis – Indiana led the nation in manufacturing job growth in the month of June, adding 4,300 manufacturing positions over the course of the month. California came in second place, with 2,600 manufacturing jobs added. Overall, the manufacturing sector experienced the largest one-month increase since August of 2004.
Since July of 2009, Indiana has added nearly 64,000 manufacturing jobs, coming in second in the nation, at a 14.9 percent rate of growth, ranking third in the nation. The state continues to have the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector than any other state.
“The job growth seen in Indiana’s manufacturing sector in the month of June shows that people are going to work in Indiana,” said Governor Pence. “While too many Hoosiers are still out of work, I am encouraged by today’s report and anticipate further progress for jobs in Indiana in the months ahead.”
More information about the June 2013 Indiana Employment Report can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1bt1Z7d.
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Coats Working to Reintroduce the GAS Act

Senator Dan Coats
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans face increasing fuel costs this summer, Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) joined Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to reintroduce today the “Gas Accessibility and Stabilization” (GAS) Act, legislation that would reduce gas price spikes by improving the reliability, flexibility, and affordability of so-called “boutique fuels.”
To help lower fuel costs and prevent spikes at the pump, the GAS Act further broadens periods where the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can grant a waiver to a community to use whatever fuel they have on hand if there is a disruption. The waiver would be automatically approved if the EPA fails to respond to the request within three days. The bill also calls on the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a Fuel Harmonization Study, as directed by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, to determine the status of boutique fuel programs and their impact on supply, reliability, and gas prices.
“Indiana’s fuel prices are among the highest in the nation, and Hoosiers are feeling pain at the pump,” said Coats. “While this legislation does not address every energy challenge facing our nation, it will provide the flexibility needed to help level out price fluctuations. Our country needs common-sense solutions like the GAS Act to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
“Simplifying our fuel blends just makes sense. Someone traveling across the state of Missouri could fill up with one blend of fuel in St. Louis, and a different blend of fuel in Kansas City. If one blend is in short supply, the other blend is not acceptable as a replacement – forcing consumers to pay more in different locations,” said Blunt. “This bill is a step in the right direction to help lower costs and provide more flexibility for consumers in Missouri and nationwide.”
“The GAS Act is designed to reduce the regulatory burden, which shrinks supply and drives up the cost of fuel for consumers and businesses,” said Hoeven. “This legislation enables different fuel types to be moved from region to region when demand grows and supplies are short, helping to hold down prices.”
“Chicagoland gas prices are subject to price fluctuations in part because individual geographic areas are required to have their own unique fuel blends,” said Kirk. “You cannot buy the same gasoline in Chicago as you can in St. Louis because of federal regulations, which create a rigidity in the gasoline market and consequently, higher prices.  Our legislation will break up these geographic monopolies, increase flexibility and allow gas prices for everyone to become more affordable.”
“As families across Ohio continue to struggle through a weak economy, the last thing they need to deal with is escalating gas prices,” said Portman.  “By giving communities the flexibility to use different blends based on supply demands, this bill takes a commonsense step to reduce costs at the pump.”

Click here for a copy of the legislation.
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Rollover Crash Blocking EB I-94 at State Road 249

Rollover crash EB 80-94 at SR-249  07-18-13


The back side of a semi trailer on its side can just be seen in this view looking toward eastbound I-94 at the Portage exit

All lanes eastbound I-80/94 are closed due to rollover accident involving a semi at the State Road 249 entrance ramp onto I-94.  Emergency crews are on the scene and first  responded to the accident at 3:08 p.m. CST Thursday afternoon.  Drivers eastbound on I-94 should consider the Indiana Toll Raod, Ripley St. or Central Avenue exits to avoid the crash.


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Part of SR 2 in LaPorte Closed Friday for Movie Shoot

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LAPORTE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of State Road 2 (Lincolnway) in the city of LaPorte, between Holcomb Street and Boston Street, on Friday, July 19th from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. A movie crew will be filming a scene and has obtained the proper permission to shut down the roadway, with cooperation from INDOT and LaPorte city officials.
Eastbound non-truck traffic will be detoured around the closure by travelling north on Tipton Street, east on Brighton Street, south on Boston Street, and back to SR 2 (Lincolnway). Westbound non-truck traffic will be detoured around the closure by travelling north on Boston Street, west on Brighton Street, south on Tipton Street, and back to SR 2 (Lincolnway).
Eastbound truck traffic will be detoured around the closure by travelling east on SR 4, north on Boyd Blvd., and back to SR 2. Westbound truck traffic will be detoured around the closure by travelling south on Boyd Blvd., west on SR 4, and back, to SR 2.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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Inmate Charged with Arson for LaPorte County Jail Fire

A 35 year old inmate at the LaPorte County Jail was charged with felony arson Wednesday after a 4th of July fire in a cell located in the south side of the jail. Marzano Shelly, of Michigan City, who was being held in the jail while awaiting trial for murder, robbery, and other charges, was taken to Indiana University Health, in LaPorte for possible smoke inhalation, and authorities accuse him of setting fire to a mattress using a cigarette lighter, which is prohibited in the jail. No evacuation resulted due to the fire but did result with inmates in the immediate cell block area being relocated to another secure area within the jail.
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IDEM Investigating 2nd Sheen off Porter Beach

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is investigating another sheen which was reported on the waters of Lake Michigan's Porter Beach Wednesday afternoon. Public Information Officer Dan Goldblatt says not much is known at this time. He says visually it seems to be similar to the material found in the water last month, which is still being analyzed, so there is no way to compare it yet to the samples collected yesterday.
On June 17, officials evacuated people from the water, but on Wednesday swimmers were reportedly not asked to leave. Goldblatt says there has been no indication that anyone has been harmed or illnesses reported by anyone coming into contact with the sheen yesterday or last month. He says IDEM suggests that if you have come into contact with it, to wash yourself with soap and water and not to ingest it.
Goldblatt says while the preliminary report of last month's sheen indicated the presence of a food additive, he says he doesn't know if that may even be found in the actual report...which will be a detailed analysis, breaking down each compound found in the water.  
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Be Alert to Maintenance Work on Region Roads

NB I-65 roadwork near Ridge Rd  07-18-13
Looking toward oncoming traffic southbound on I-65 near 45th Avenue
The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the closure of the right lane northbound Interstate 65 between 61st Avenue and Ridge Road until around 4:15 pm Thursday afternoon for maintenance work.

INDOT is also reporting the right lane closed westbound I-94 between US-421 and State Road 49 for road work until around 4 p.m. CST Thursday.
Drivers can also expect alternating lane restrictions both directions of Broadway (State Road 53) between 57th Avenue and US-12 for mobile pothole patching operations until around 3 p.m. CST Thursday.
In Dyer, US-30 remians closed both directions between Calumet avenue and Hart St. for railroad crossing work through around 5 p.m. CST Friday.  Trucks should use the Borman 9I-80/94) as an alternate.  Local traffic can us 213th St. and 77th Avenue as alternates, according to the DYer Police Department.
In Crown Point, utility repair work has State Road 53/Grant St. closed both directions at 159th Avenue until around 5 p.m. CST Thursday.
In Jasper County, US-231 is closed both directions at the railroad crossing in downtown Demotte as repair work to the crossing continues.  Authorities report US-231 will reopen on Monday, July 2nd.
Elsewhere in Porter County, the City of Valparaiso is reporting road restrictions are in place today (Thursday, July 18) for road painting on Morgan, from Lincolnway to Bush and on Lafayette, from monroe to Indiana until 5 p.m. CST Thursday.  Officials say that to-way traffic will be maintained.
Other road maintenance work is underway in Northwest Indiana for most major projects log onto:  http://pws.trafficwise.org/ipws/nw/index.html 
(photo from INDOT) 
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Donnelly Introduces the Military Reserve Jobs Act of 2013

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill that would give qualified members of the Reserve Components, such as a member who has successfully completed basic training and incurred a commitment to six consecutive years of service, tiered preference in hiring for civil service jobs.  The Military Reserve Jobs Act of 2013, S. 1320, would help promote the hiring of Reserve Component members into the federal workforce.
“Members of our Reserve Components serve honorably, whether or not they are called for deployment,” said Donnelly. “Yet currently, some members of the Reserve Components cannot qualify to access preference points when applying for federal employment. They have already demonstrated their commitment to public service by joining the Reserve Components, and it is important that we support their pursuit of federal employment opportunities.  This approach balances the respect for veterans who qualify for a 5-point preference with recognizing the contributions of Guard members and Reservists.”
“It is our patriotic duty to ensure our men and women in uniform receive the benefits and recognition they deserve for their sacrifices to defend our nation's freedom,” said Senator Cruz.  “I am proud to cosponsor Sen. Donnelly's bill, which recognizes the invaluable contributions our military reserves and National Guard make to our national security through this overdue reform of hiring preferences by the federal government.”
“I believe that if someone wears the uniform for our country, they should be given preference in federal hiring decisions,” said Senator Leahy, co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus and a senior member of the Senate’s defense appropriations subcommittee. “For our currently serving reservists, I think federal employment gives them a great opportunity to find a stable position in the workforce that allows them to drill, train, and deploy with their reserve unit when called to duty. In other words, I see this bill as a win for military readiness.”
Members of the Reserve Components do not qualify for veterans’ preference if they have only served in a training capacity and have never been deployed.  The National Guard Bureau estimates that approximately 159,400 Army National Guard soldiers (44 percent of the total force) and 73,700 Air National Guard airmen (70 percent of the total force) serve without having qualified for veterans’ preference. 
The Military Reserve Jobs Act would close the gap for Reserve Component members who may not qualify for veterans’ preference points and would promote hiring of Reserve Component members into the federal workforce.  The bill would implement a tiered “Military Reserve” hiring preference for members of the Reserve Components who do not otherwise qualify for preference under existing laws.  Under the bill, a qualified member of the reserve component would be able to claim a 3-point, 4-point, or 5-point preference depending on their length of service.
Congressman Tim Walz (MN-1) is introducing a bill with similar provisions in the House of Representatives.

The tiered system in the legislation would work as follows:
Tier I
A member of the reserve component may claim a 3-point Military Reserve preference when they have met each of the following requirements:
1.      Successfully completed basic military training or officer candidate training
2.      Has incurred a 6-year commitment with a reserve component
Tier II
A member of the reserve component may claim a 4-point Military Reserve preference when they have met each of the following requirements:
1.      Has completed 10-years of satisfactory service (earned a minimum of 50 retirement points per year) with a reserve component
2.      Continues to serve within a reserve component
Tier III
A Reserve Component member who retires after 20 or more years of service, but is not yet receiving a retirement annuity, may claim a 5-point Military Reserve preference.
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Fit Friday Event Canceled Due to Heat

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The Valpo Parks Department and Porter Regional Hospital are canceling the “Fit Friday” event originally scheduled for noon at Central Park Plaza on Friday, July 19th.  The yoga session will not be held due to the high temperatures and potentially dangerous heat index predicted for the day.   The next Porter Regional Hospital Fit Friday event is scheduled for Friday August 2nd at noon at Central Park Plaza, and will feature basic Tai Chi instruction.  For questions or information regarding Porter Regional Hospital Fit Fridays, contact Christy Graf at 462.5144.
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Update: Man Killed, Another Injured by Gunfire

Gary PD
In Gary, police are investigating a shooting death overnight, the seventh homicide in the city, and sixth fatal shooting, since the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Lake County Coroners office reports 27-year-old Christopher Hughes of Gary sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in the 19-hundred block of Connecticut Street at 3:30 this morning. Public Information Officer Corporal Gabrielle King says at about 2:15 am officers were dispatched in reference to shots fired, and found the victim dead on the stairs in front of a residence. While still on scene, officers learned there was another shooting victim, a man who ran toward Broadway while being shot at.  Police say that man flagged down an unknown vehicle on Broadway, and the driver, who was not known to the victim, stopped to help him.  Police say that vehicle was hit by gunfire as it drove away, and the house the men were in front of was also damaged by gunfire  Authorities say Gary Police Corporal Ed Gonzalez is the lead investigator assigned to this case and may be reached at 219-881-7300, ext. 3017.

Gary officials have reportedly asked the Governor for assistance from Indiana State Police to combat the recent surge in violent crime. This morning's shooting death marks the 29th homicide in the city this year. Last year, Gary had a total of 43 homicides.
In October 1995, then-Governor Evan Bayh deployed fifty state troopers to Gary, in response to a request from then-Mayor Thomas Barnes to fight the city's rising murder toll. There were more than 130 homicides recorded in the city that year.
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Sheen Seen Again at Porter Beach

Another sheen was reported on the waters of Lake Michigan's Porter Beach Wednesday afternoon. It's not known yet if yesterday's sheen was the same as a silvery, sticky substance spotted one month ago, to the day, off the the shoreline of the same northwest Indiana beach. On June 17, officials evacuated people from the water. Yesterday swimmers were reportedly not asked to leave. Officials say a preliminary lab analysis of the glittery sheen last month indicated the presence of a food additive, tricalcium orthophosphate, a common anti-caking agent.
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Red Skelton Museum Opens in Indiana

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The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy opens in Vincennes today...  the 100th anniversary of the funnyman's birth. Fans from around the nation are coming to Indiana for the event. The exhibits feature memorabilia donated by Red's widow including costumes and two-hundred original Skelton paintings.  The "Red Skelton Show" was broadcast on television from 1951 to 1971 - the second longest entertainment program in network television history - and earned Skelton three Emmy Awards. A prolific artist, writer, musical composer, and movie actor who performed to sell-out stage audiences nationwide, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Skelton its Governor's Award for lifetime achievement in 1986. The Vincennes native passed away in 1997 at the age of 84.
More info from Vincennes University:
VINCENNES, Ind. - Red Skelton fans from throughout the nation are coming to Vincennes on July 18 for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. The celebration and show comes on the 100th anniversary of Red's birthplace, within sight of the Museum and adjoining Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, at Vincennes University.
"Reservations have come in from people in 12 states including California, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Alabama. It proves once again that Red Skelton touched the lives of people throughout the nation through his 70 years in show business - a remarkable career that started right here in Vincennes," said Dr. Phillip M. Summers, chair of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation Board.
One of Red's close friends and fellow performers Jamie Farr, of "M*A*S*H" television show fame, is coming to Vincennes for the celebration. He will be joined on stage for a 7:30 p.m. "Birthday Celebration" show by Red Skelton impersonator Tom Mullica, musical guests Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner, Red’s widow Lothian Skelton, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
A fan of Skelton's radio show as a youngster, Farr credits Skelton with giving him his start in television. Farr was a regular on "The Red Skelton Show" for two seasons, one of America's top-rated and longest-running television shows. An accomplished television and Broadway actor, best known for his role as Corporal Klinger on M*A*S*H, Farr calls Skelton one his "all-time heroes."
The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will feature Skelton memorabilia donated by Lothian Skelton valued at more than $4.5 million, including original costumes and 200 original Skelton paintings.
The interactive exhibits include Skelton's famous characters, a biographical film in the museum theatre, a timeline of his life, and Red’s famous interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Plans are already underway to continue to expand the Museum with exhibits of Skelton's career in Vaudeville, radio, television and the movies.
Even before it opens, the Skelton Museum is attracting national attention.
The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor has announced it has selected Vincennes for its 2014 National Conference because of the Skelton Museum. The conference is expected to bring 200 to 300 professionals to the southern Indiana community.
The "Red Skelton Show" was broadcast on television from 1951 to 1971 - the second longest entertainment program in network television history - and earned Skelton three Emmy Awards. A prolific artist, writer, musical composer, and movie actor who performed to sell-out stage audiences nationwide, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Skelton its Governor's Award for lifetime achievement in 1986.
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
The Grand Opening Celebration will include:
3:30 PM News Conference
5:30 PM Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
6:00 PM Museum opens for tours until 10:00 PM (except during the show).
6:00 PM-VIP ticket holder Cocktail reception with Lothian Skelton that includes appetizers and wine
7:00 PM Theatre doors open for seating.
7:30 PM- Birthday Celebration show begins in the Red Skelton Theatre, featuring actor Jamie Farr, Red Skelton impersonator Tom Mullica, musical guests Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner, and Lothian Skelton
8:30 PM- Dessert reception on the outside circle patio
8:30 PM- Museum tours continue until 10:00 PM
There are three ticket prices:
$100 - VIP includes reception, commemorative pin, premier seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
$50 – Patron includes commemorative pin, priority seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
$30 – General Admission includes general seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
The Grand Opening weekend also includes a Senior Day on July 19 with free entrance to the Museum for anyone over 60 years of age. The day will include the opportunity to be part of a video blog of "Red Skelton Stories" that will be added to the collection.
July 20 will be Family Day with free entrance for persons 18 and under when accompanied by a parent. There will be special hands-on activities about comedy, humor and laughter.
For more information call 812-888-2105, or visit the web site www.redskeltonmuseum.org
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Shooting Death in Gary Overnight

Gary PD
In Gary, police are investigating a shooting death overnight. It's the seventh homicide in the city, and sixth fatal shooting, since the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Lake County Coroners office reports 27-year-old Christopher Hughes of Gary sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in the 19-hundred block of Connecticut Street at 3:30 this morning. Gary officials have reportedly asked the Governor for assistance from Indiana State Police to combat the recent surge in violent crime. This morning's shooting death marks the 29th homicide in the city this year. Last year, Gary had a total of 43 homicides.
In October 1995, then-Governor Evan Bayh deployed fifty state troopers to Gary, in response to a request from then-Mayor Thomas Barnes to fight the city's rising murder toll. There were more than 130 homicides recorded in the city that year.
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Times Media Names New Publisher

The Times Media Company has a new publisher. 46-year-old Chris White was introduced to staffers at The Times newspaper offices in Munster, Crown Point and Valparaiso Wednesday. White was most recently the regional publisher for Gatehouse Media in Ohio.
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La Porte Mayor Staying

La Porte Mayor Staying
The mayor of La Porte has asked Governor Mike Pence to take her name off a list of candidates for state auditor, a position that opens up next week when Tim Berry is expected to formally be named chair of the state Republican party. Mayor Blair Milo has released a statement saying she was invited by the Governor's office to meet with Pence for what was described as a potential opportunity. Milo says she met with Governor Pence and Chief of Staff Bill Smith this past Monday regarding the Governors upcoming appointment to the position of State Auditor. Milo said she was very honored to be considered, and that it was a very difficult decision, but she looks forward to “continuing to support Governor Pence and the Indiana team by leading the La Porte contingent.”
Statement released by Mayor Blair Milo:
Mayor Milo to remain in office
Following the announcement of Governor Mike Pence’s selection of State Auditor Tim Berry as his recommendation for selection as Chairman of the Republican Party, Mayor Blair Milo was contacted by leaders within the Republican Party to participate in the possible selection process for State Auditor. Late last week Mayor Milo was invited by Governor Pence’s office to meet with the Governor for what was described as a potential opportunity. Milo met with Governor Pence and Chief of Staff Bill Smith on Monday, July 15, 2013 and had a very positive meeting regarding the Governors upcoming appointment to the position of State Auditor.
Mayor Blair Milo stated, “After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have notified Governor Pence that I am extremely honored to have been under consideration for the position of State Auditor, but I feel that my commitment to serve the people of La Porte in the best manner possible is met by remaining in my capacity as Mayor at this time. Our community team of the City department heads and employees as well as leaders of local businesses, non-profits, service organizations, faith-based organizations and many others has made great strides in the last year and a half and I am dedicated to ensuring we are able to see through many of the pivotal projects we are currently addressing. The next State Auditor will have great opportunities to not only continue the outstanding work of State Auditor Tim Berry, but closely participate in the many exciting efforts that Governor Mike Pence is leading, taking Indiana from good to great. This was a very difficult decision for me, but I look forward to continuing to support Governor Pence and the Indiana team by leading the La Porte contingent.”
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