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Record Enrollment at La Lumiere School

La Lumiere School
La Porte, Ind. – August 14, 2013 – La Lumiere School began its 50th Anniversary year Sunday, August 11 with 216 students, the largest opening day enrollment in school history.  The student body is comprised of a diverse group of day and boarding students.  Day students come from as far east as South Haven, MI, and as far west as Schererville.  Boarding students choose La Lumiere from 10 countries and eight states.  Countries represented among the current student body include Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, Egypt, Grand Bahamas, Japan, Korea and Panama. States represented include Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin.
La Lumiere School is pleased to announce the further development of the School’s academic Areas of Excellence, as well as new program offerings for the 2013-2014 school year and beyond.  The Areas of Excellence strategy provides an intensive educational experience for our students in critical subjects.  Among the first academic Areas of Excellence are 21st Century Math & Science and Global Studies.  La Lumiere’s recent efforts to develop Areas of Excellence have driven the national and international recruitment and hiring of several new teaching faculty.
About La Lumiere School
La Lumiere School is a co-educational, independent boarding and day secondary school providing a college-preparatory education based in character, scholarship and faith.  Our rigorous education, personal relationships, and focus on values create a rich learning environment for students.  They are known by faculty, staff and other students from all grades.  This familiarity enables our students to make lasting connections, engage in academics, participate socially and define their paths.  Founded in the Catholic tradition in 1963, the student body consists of over 200 students from a rich diversity of backgrounds. It is situated on a beautiful rural estate, 25 miles west of South Bend, 60 miles east of Chicago, and 8 miles from both La Porte and New Buffalo. La Lumiere School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA).
More information about La Lumiere School can be found at

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IL Bans Indoor Under 18 Tanning and eCigarette Use

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took steps to protect the health of youth across Illinois by signing legislation that prevents anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds and electronic cigarettes, an increasingly common cigarette alternative. The Governor was joined by legislators, health professionals, survivors of melanoma and their families, and teens who have recognized the dangers of skin cancer and nicotine addiction. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.
“Our young people have their whole lives ahead of them and we want them to be well, grow and thrive in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “I am signing these new laws today so that our youth and their families can be spared the consequences of very serious and preventable health problems that are caused by dangerous habits formed at a young age. Together these measures will protect the health of Illinois youth and save lives in the long-run.” 
Sponsored by State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), House Bill 188 prevents youth under the age of 18 from using tanning beds, which studies have shown can lead to cancer. According to research, people who begin using tanning beds at a young age have a 75 percent higher risk of developing melanoma. Over the past 40 years, the rate of young women with melanoma has grown by 800 percent. 
Current law in Illinois allows minors to access tanning beds with parental or guardian consent. The new legislation is designed to respond to increased worldwide awareness of the dangers of melanoma and an understanding of the urgency required in the prevention of skin cancer. HB 188 passed with the strong support of the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association. The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.
Governor Quinn also signed Senate Bill 1756, sponsored by State Representative Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) and State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), which bans anyone under the age of 18 from using electronic cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products. While electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco, these products do contain nicotine, which is the highly addictive substance that makes smoking difficult to quit once someone begins. Dependence on nicotine is the most common form of chemical dependence, impacting almost 20 percent of all Americans.
“Nicotine has been proven to be a harmful and addictive substance,” Senator Mulroe said. “We ban children from purchasing it in all of its other forms.  This law just helps us keep up with the advancements in the ways it is being sold.”
The law takes effect January 1, 2014.
For more information on the dangers of skin cancer and melanoma, visit For more information on the dangers of nicotine addiction and how to quit, visit
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Lane Closures on US 41 in Newton Co Start Monday

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NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces lane restrictions on U.S. 41, between State Road 10 and State Road 14, beginning Monday, August 19th through Thursday, August 22nd. At least one lane in each direction will be maintained on U.S. 41 throughout the project. Crews will perform a chip seal operation to preserve the road surface. Please note: this project is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions aren’t ideal.
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
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 and follow us at
You can find traffic restriction information at  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.

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Five Women Arrested in Hammond Prostitution Sting

Five women were arrested during a prostitution sting on Wednesday by the Hammond Police Department. Chief Brian Miller says an undercover officer cruised the downtown area in an unmarked vehicle during the early, evening hours and waited for the ladies to flag him down.
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809 Area Code Scare

809 Area Code Scare
Many people including a police officer have and are receiving email notifications being passed from friend to friend again throughout the United States and it has now hit LaPorte County.
The email they are receiving is a warning you may get a message on your answering machine which asks you to return a call to a number beginning with area code 809. The reason you are asked to call varies, it can be to receive information about a family member who is ill, to telling you someone has been arrested, died or to finally let you know you have won a wonderful prize. In each case, you are told to call the 809 area code and number right away. Since there are so many new area codes people are unknowingly returning these calls. 
If you call from the United States you will either get s long recorded message, or someone that asks you to hold on for as long as possible to increase the charges. Either way you apparently can be charged anywhere from $2,435 per minute! Because this area code is from the British Virgin Islands (Bahamas) this area code is similar to a “Pay Per Call” number that is not covered under U.S. Regulations like 900 numbers.
Although the basics of the “809 Area Code” scam were once real, this email has become one of the most over publicized online scares and has continually been circulating on the internet for the last ten years.  The warnings have grown out of proportion from the scare to the amount of money you will be charged.
·         Not every phone number in the 809 area code is part of this scam.
·         This scam can and has been used with other area codes.
·         The amount of money involved has become greatly exaggerated as the email circulates.
·         This scam is no longer very common, the average U.S. resident is unlikely to ever encounter it.
·        We are becoming more knowledgeable all the time on scams and frauds and hopefully we can all work together to help and educate our neighbors and friends. 
As always if you feel that you have been scammed or someone is attempting to cheat you please contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski 873-1461 ext. #333 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Weeds a Growing Problem on Lake George

The city of Hobart has contacted a company to devise a plan of action for dealing with weeds on Lake George.  Mayor Brian Snedecor was invited by two city councilmen on a boat ride to see the overgrowth up close.  Residents have expressed concern over the effect of herbicides on wildlife on and in the lake. City officials say the Indiana DNR is reviewing proposals, and that the treatment would not have an effect on the ducks or fish.  There reportedly will be restrictions on pets and irrigation.

State Dems Want Former Auditor Emails

The Indiana Democratic Party today asked the state auditor's office to release outgoing Auditor Tim Berry's schedule and e-mails for the three weeks prior to his leaving the post.  Berry was elected chair of the Indiana Republican Party on July 22nd.  The governor's office says Berry resigned this past Tuesday after assuming full-time responsibilities of the state GOP chairmanship this past Wednesday. Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody has been critical of Berry continuing in his state job after being named to a partisan position.


Ind Exports Grow Faster than Natl Rate

A new report from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business says state exports hit a record high last year, totaling 34-point-four-billion dollars for 2012.  Researchers also said Indiana exports grew by more than six-and-a-half percent, a higher rate than the Midwest in general and the United States overall.  While Canada remains the largest market for Indiana -- exports there totaled $11.9 billion in 2012 -- China is becoming a key destination for state exports.
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Delays on the EB Borman

Heavy delays this midday on the eastbound Borman Expressway in Hammond from Kennedy Avenue back to the Indiana/Illinois state line.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the right lane of eastbound I-80/94 is closed near Kennedy Avenue due to construction work. Expect delays as you travel eastbound on I-80/94 near mile 3.1.

New State Auditor Named

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence today announced Dwayne Sawyer as the new state auditor. Sawyer will finish former Auditor Tim Berry’s term, which runs through 2014.  Sawyer, who was most recently in software development for Positron, and has also worked for Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly, will become the first black Republican to hold statewide office in Indiana.  The swearing-in ceremony is this Monday [August 19] . Deputy Auditor Kirke Willing is serving as Auditor on an interim basis until then.  Former auditor Tim Berry left after being elected chair of the State Republican Party.
Elected to the Brownsburg Town Council in 2009, Sawyer became president of the council in 2012.
Active in local politics since 2005, Sawyer also serves as the Secretary of the 4th District Republican Committee. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hendricks County Republican Party and serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Leadership Forum and is a 2009 graduate of the program.
Sawyer also sits on the Board of Directors for the Hendricks County Regional Health YMCA. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Pence to serve on the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males. Sawyer graduated from Purdue University.
The Auditor of the State has four primary duties: accounting for all of the state’s funds; overseeing and disbursing county, city, town and school tax distributions; paying the state’s bills; and paying the state’s employees.

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a nonprofit group in Lake County against portions of Indiana's immigration law. US District Judge Jon DeGuilio ruled that the state officials, prosecutors and sheriffs who were being sued have no role in enforcing the portions of the law East Chicago-based Union Benefica Mexicana sought an injunction against.   The lawsuit challenged two parts of the law -- one that lets the state recoup unemployment benefits from employers who knowingly hire illegal or unauthorized workers, and a provision requiring workers seeking day-laborer jobs to submit specific forms and requiring police to submit a complaint to federal immigration authorities if they have probable cause to believe the forms have not been filled out.

Charges Pending in Standoff

Porter County Sheriffs Police say charges are pending against a 45-year-old Jackson Township man who barricaded himself inside his home, prompting a standoff that lasted nine hours Wednesday. Authorities say shots were fired from inside the house on County Road 1050 North. Police say CS gas canisters were deployed multiple times into the house to try to get the man to come out.  The Porter County bomb robot and a tactical robot from Munster Police through the Northwest Regional SWAT Team were also sent inside, and police say the man was eventually subdued by less-lethal hard foam beanbag rounds.    Police say the situation started after officers arrived at the man's home to investigate an alleged battery against the suspect's father, who police say was treated and released for bruising and lacerations, and was on scene with authorities during the standoff.   Area residents were without power for a few hours when utilities were shut off as a precaution. Porter County Sheriffs Police thanked Liberty Township Fire for equipment at the scene and also for providing lighting when it got dark outside. 


Gary Homicide Investigated

Gary Police are investigating an apparent homicide.  The Lake County coroners office says 39-year-old Perry Johnson died from a gunshot wound at his home in the 200 block of Cleveland Street and was pronounced dead Wednesday night at a local hospital.



Standoff Ends in Arrest

A standoff in northeast Porter County ended after nine hours.  A 45-year-old Jackson Township man was arrested at about 9-o'clock last night after barricading himself in his home on County Road 1050 North.  Police say shots were fired from inside the home. Charges were pending. The suspect was reportedly taken into custody after at least one of the county sheriff department's bomb squad robots was sent into the man's house. Tactical officers had  fired tear gas into the home earlier. Authorities say the police situation started after officers went to investigate,  after the man's father went to a local medical clinic for injuries including knife wounds.



Standoff in Porter County's Jackson Twp

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The Porter County Sheriff's Office has closed off County Road 1050 North, between 350 East and 400 East, in Jackson Township until further notice.  The Times reports Sheriff's police went to a residence this afternoon on County Road 1050 North, after being notified a man residing there had allegedly battered his father.  According to the article, the man has reportedly barricaded himself inside the home.  No further information is available at this time.
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Gordmans Expands Into Valpo, Opening 7th IN Store

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A Nebraska-based apparel and home décor retailer will open a new store in Valparaiso this September, creating approximately 100 jobs.  Gordmans will open a 50-thousand square-foot store on September 26th, at Porter's Vale Shopping Center. A Grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for October 4th.  For information on how to apply for a position, visit

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Pinnacle Entertainment To Acquire Ameristar Casinos

Pinnacle Entertainment announced today they have completed the acquisition of Ameristar Casinos, including the one in East Chicago.  The acquisition is still subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission.  Pinnacle also owns the Belterra Casino Resort and Spa in southern Indiana.
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Red Cross Rewarding Blood Donors 8/26 Through 9/9

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With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.
Those who present to donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.
“The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation.”
While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelet donations to keep pace with patient needs.
“Patients in local hospitals often can’t take a break to enjoy the holiday,” Whitman said. “But blood and platelet donors can give these patients a chance to enjoy this time with family and friends – simply by rolling up a sleeve.”
To help spur additional donations over the Labor Day weekend, all presenting blood and platelet donors between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2 will also receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt. Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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CR 1050N Between 350E and 400E Closed in Porter Co

The Porter County Sheriff's Office is asking motorists to please avoid County Road 1050 North, between 350 East and 400 East, in Jackson Township until further notice.  The Sheriff's office reports that location is currently closed due to police activity.  No further information is available at this time. 

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Authorites in LaPorte Co Make Another Heroin Arrest

Jack Heitz
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The LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit continues to put the smack down on those who possess or sell heroin.  Authorities report their ongoing investigation into the sale of distribution of heroin in the LaPorte area has resulted in the fifth such arrest in the last week.  35 year old Jack Heitz was arrested without incident Tuesday at his home, in the six-hundred block of Roberts Street in LaPorte, on a warrant for felony possession of heroin and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.
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