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Multiple Depts Respond to Porter County Fire

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Fire damages a home in north central Porter County early today. Crews got the call around 7:30 this morning for a residential fire in the 200 block of Papillon Drive not too far south of US 6 in Liberty Township. Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department says several area departments assisted on scene, including South Haven, Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Washington Township, Union Township, Portage and Valparaiso. Officials say there are no hydrants in that subdivision, so a tanker plan was called. The nearest hydrants are on US 6, authorities say, and those were tapped as well. No information was available at this time on whether there were any injuries. Cause of the fire is not yet known. ...

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Hearing Over New Maps Rescheduled Due to Storm

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A hearing that was set for this past Tuesday January 7 on a lawsuit filed over Porter County's new redistricting plan was canceled due to the weather, and LaPorte County court officials tell the Region News Team it was rescheduled for this Monday [January 13] at 9 am. Earlier this month, the Porter County Board of Commissioners approved a new map that resulted in removing current 2nd District Councilman Jeremy Rivas from his district. The four redrawn districts are all on the ballot this year.  The newly-drawn lines, the board said, shrink population differences between districts, as per a state law requiring the populations to be as equal as possible.  Attorney Edward Hearn filed the suit on behalf of five plaintiffs, including Rivas.  The suit alleges that two districts are no longer contiguous as required by state law.  ...

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Election Season Begins in the Region

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Dozens of political hopefuls, including several incumbents, traveled to the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point to do the necessary paperwork to be on the ballot this May. Filing for this year's primary election in Indiana opened on Wednesday and continues through noon February 7th. In Porter County, first to file was Democrat Sylvia Graham. Graham, currently an at-large county council member, is running for the Center District seat on the Board of Commissioners. Second to file in Porter County was Republican County Coroner Chuck Harris, who is seeking re-election. 
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Three Children Killed in Hammond House Fire

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The Lake County Coroners office has released the names of three young children killed in a house fire in the 600 block of Sibley Street in Hammond overnight. Coroners officials say seven-month-old Jayden Young, three-year-old Alexia Young, and four-year-old Dasani Young were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight this morning. Cause of death was listed as burns to the body and manner of death was pending investigation. The scene of the fire on Sibley is between Sohl and Calumet Avenues on the northwest side of Hammond.
Fire officials think space heaters being used in a house that had no heat may have been in factor in the fatal fire, but a cause has not yet been determined.

Officials say the children's father suffered third-degree burns and was in critical condition at a Chicago hospital after rescuing two of his other children, two boys ages five and seven, who were also said to be listed as critical. Fire crews were called out just before 10:30 last night, and when they arrived flames were reportedly coming out of the house.
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3 Children Die in Fire, 2 Others and Father Injured

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The Lake County Coroners office has released the names of three young children killed in a house fire in the 600 block of Sibley Street in Hammond overnight. Coroners officials say seven-month-old Jayden Young, three-year-old Alexia Young, and four-year-old Dasani Young were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight this morning. Cause of death was listed as burns to the body and manner of death was pending investigation. The scene of the fire on Sibley is between Sohl (sole) and Calumet Avenues on the northwest side of Hammond.
Fire officials think space heaters being used in a house that had no heat may have been in factor in the fatal fire, but a cause has not yet been determined.
Officials say the children's 28-year-old father suffered third-degree burns and was in crititical condition in the burn unit at a Chicago hospital after rescuing two of his other children, ages five and seven, who were also reportedly listed as critical. Fire crews were called out just before 10:30 last night, the house reportedly engulfed in flames. The three children who died were reportedly all found within six feet of the front door, which was barricaded, according to officials, and crews had to remove the hinges to get inside. ...

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Breaking: 3 Children Killed in Hammond Fire

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Tragedy in Hammond.  Three children are dead after a house fire late Wednesday night in the 600 block of Sibley. Officials say two children and their father survived, but it's not known if the three children who were killed are also related. The man reportedly sustained third-degree burns and was able to get two children, ages three and six, out of the home.  Hammond Firefighters were called to a home around 10:15 pm, and the house was in flames when they arrived, authorities say.  The Region News Team's Scotty Smith will be reporting from the scene this morning....

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Seven Deaths in Indiana Related to Snow or Cold WX

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Officials report at least seven deaths in Indiana related to snow or cold weather have been confirmed, with other deaths and their relation to the storm are being evaluated. A total of 29 Indiana counties have been declared a state of disaster after Governor Mike Pence signed the executive order on Monday, which includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski counties....

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Residents Asked to Help Clear Snow at Highland Bus Stops

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In Highland, police are asking residents to clear snow from crosswalks at bus stops and sidewalks on school walk routes as schools resume classes. Highland Police report doing so will help keep students from having to walk or wait for the bus in the streets....

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ISP Lowell Post Reports a Total of 551 Calls to Service

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Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post announced this evening that, from midnight Sunday through noon today, troopers have worked 124 property damage crashes, 25 personal injury crashes,165 slide-offs and assisted 166 motorists for a total of 551 calls to service. State Police report the most common cause of the crashes and slide-offs during the snow fall and icy weather was due to drivers traveling too fast for the existing road conditions and remind motorists that slick roads don not cause crashes, your driving behavior on those roads does, so please slow down, be patient and plan your travels according to the weather and traffic conditions.

For a link to the latest on up-to-date road conditions, visit http://www.in.gov/isp/3096.htm...

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Road Conditions Improving, but Expect Slick/Slushy Spots

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NORTHWEST INDIANA –Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews have been spreading salt, chemical de-icers, and abrasives to attack the hard-pack snow and ice that remains on the roads across Northwest Indiana, left behind by the severe winter weather. In addition, crews are using plows and heavy duty equipment to break the melting hard-pack apart. But INDOT wants to stress, road conditions may get worse before they get better.
As the de-icing agents melt through the thick hard-pack, it will become slushy, causing difficult driving conditions. In addition, falling temperatures and snow flurries across the Northwest Indiana District could create slick conditions once again overnight and tomorrow morning.
INDOT continues to urge drivers to slow down considerably on the roads as we work to clear pavement. Motorists should expect fair-to-difficult driving conditions on the roadways across Northwest Indiana for the next several days, and should adjust their driving habits accordingly.
Drivers are reminded, our area was hit by heavy snow, strong winds, and historically low temperatures over the course of four days. It will take more than one day to recover, and bring road conditions back to normal.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit  http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

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No Injuries After Semi Goes Over Barrier Wall

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The driver of a semi was not injured after he wrapped his semi around an informational sign structure this morning on I-80/94, just west of the Burns Harbor/Porter exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports the semi, which was loaded with 25-thousand pounds of food headed to Meijer's, was heading west in the center lane when the driver could not slow down due to a crash that had just occurred and lost control. As a result the semi jack-knifed to the left and struck the concrete barrier wall, causing the tractor to jump over the barrier wall with part of the trailer on top of the barrier wall wrapping around an informational sign structure. After hitting the sign structure, the hood of the tractor flew off into the eastbound lanes and hit the vehicle of a 23 year old Wisconsin woman who was in the right lane. State Police say the woman was not injured and no semi load was lost. Both east and westbound lanes were closed for a time for the removal of the semi and cleanup of diesel fuel that was lost due to the crash. ...

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Frozen Water Covering 7300 Block of Meton Rd in Gary

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A water main break inside a building in the 73-hundred block of Melton Road in Gary has police asking drivers to avoid that area as water that soon froze is across the entire intersection of US 20 and Old Hobart Road. Gary Police Public Information Officer Corp. Gabrielle King says the building belongs to the Illinois Bus Company, who is trying to get the state to come out and put down salt.
If you must travel in the 73-hundred block of Melton Road at Old Hobart Road, please proceed with caution. ...

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Snowmobile/ORV Registration Switches from DNR to BMV

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The weekend storm brought a slice of heaven for snowmobile enthusiasts, but the Indiana Department of Natural Resources wants to remind Hoosiers that mandatory registration for owners of snowmobiles and other outdoor recreational vehicles switched on January 1st, from being handled by the DNR to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Registration is valid for three-years and must be renewed every three-years thereafter. Registration can be done online or in person at any BMV branch. For a link to the online registration click http://www.in.gov/bmv/
For those with any questions, contact 1-888-692-6841....

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Train Service Restored Between S. Bend/Michigan City

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NICTD reports South Shore regularly scheduled train service between South Bend and Michigan City, including Hudson Lake, will resume today with eastbound train number 9, scheduled to arrive in South Bend at 4:03pm EST/3:03 CST, and westbound train 20 is scheduled to depart South bend at 4:53pm EST/3:53pm CST.
NICTD says the South Shore's 800 train service information line remains out of service so until further notice passengers are advised to call the RTA Travel Center at 312-836-7000. Officials reports the RTA Travel Center is experiencing greater call volumes because of the weather and callers may encounter a busy signal. For more information, visit http://www.nictd.com/


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One Injured When Car Flips Over Retaining Wall

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A 56 year old Portage woman was taken to Saint Mary's Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries to her face after her vehicle flipped over a retaining wall and landed on its roof this morning on I-80/94. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports a preliminary investigation revealed that, at approximately 10:05am, Shelby Street had just gotten off southbound I-65 to the I-80/94 eastbound ramp and was merging onto eastbound I-80/94 into the right lane when she lost control. ...

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Valpo, Griffith, Munster Amended Trash Schedule

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Residents in many northwest Indiana communities are dealing with trash and recycling schedule changes due to the weather. In Valparaiso, the delay means that Monday's trash will be picked up today, Tuesday's on Thursday, today's on Friday and Thursday's on Saturday, with the regular schedule resuming on Monday, January 13th.
In Griffith, trash and recycling collection is delayed one-day. The town reports collection will be on Friday, January 10th.
In Munster, town officials report Waste Management will double-up Monday's route with the route to be completed on Thursday. All other days this week will be one-day late. So if your regular pick up is Tuesday, now it is today, Wednesday pick up is now Thursday and so on. For any questions please contact the Munster Public Works Department....

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Snow Maps for Indiana

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A map of snowfall by the National Weather Service shows how Indiana took some of the worst of the snowstorm that hit this past weekend.  The pink/purple colors show the higher amounts of snowfall .   
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Here's a link to more info:  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=lot&storyid=99411&source=0     
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Frozen Pipe Bursts at Nursing Home

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According to local officials, a frozen pipe burst Tuesday night at Chicagoland Christian Village in Winfield. Damage included the collapse of an interior ceiling in a part of the west wing, but the roof was not damaged, reports say. Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force Chief Jeremy Campbell says the feeder pipe that burst was part of a fire sprinkler system at the facility on East 117th Avenue.  There were no injuries reported.

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Car-Train Collision in Rensselaer

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No injuries were reported in a train-car collision in Rensselaer early today. Rensselaer Police Chief Jeff Phillips says at 5:30 this morning at the CSX tracks at North Cullen Street a motorist reportedly went around downed gates and the front end of that person's vehicle was struck by an oncoming freight train. Chief Phillips says the driver of the car was cited for failure to stop at the crossing signal....

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Winter Storm, Polar Plunge, Then 'Sundogs'

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The severe winter weather in northwest Indiana was followed by numerous 'sundog' sightings Tuesday.  The National Weather Service in Chicago describes 'sundogs' as "a pair of brightly colored spots on the circumference of the sun halo, often located directly apart from each other.  They form as a result of sunlight being refracted by ice crystals.  These are most commonly caused by cirrus clouds which are composed of ice crystals.  However, crystals were present in the lower atmosphere on January 6th due to both blowing snow as well as light cloud development. Because the lower atmosphere was so cold these lower clouds were composed of ice crystals."  You can see photos from around Indiana and Illinois submitted to the National Weather Service.   Click here to see them: https://www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Chicago.gov    
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