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Times Media Names New Publisher

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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

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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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Two Arrests in Mailbox Vandalism

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Police have reportedly arrested two 14-year-old boys in connection with damaging mailboxes late Tuesday night on the east side of Valparaiso, in the 1300 block of Peachtree Drive, 2000 and 2100 blocks of McCord Road and 1600 block of Boca Lago Drive. Police say they continue to investigate five explosive devices discovered outside homes over the weekend involving plastic bottles containing common household substances that cause a reaction, resulting in the devices exploding.  Those devices were located in the 1500 block of Boca Lago Drive, 2900 block of Prentiss Drive, 3600 block of Goodrich Road and the 1350 block of Jade Boulevard.
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No Backpacks, Lg Bags or Coolers Allowed at Porter Co Fair

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The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports in light of recent events locally and nationally, no backpacks, large bags, or coolers will be allowed at the Porter County Fair. Public Information Officer, Sgt. Larry LaFlower says any bags brought into the fair will be subject to a search, but women's purses will be fine to bring in. Sgt. LaFlower also wants remind those attending the Hunter Hayes concert to please arrive early, as a large sold-out crowd is expected to help kick-off the first day of fair.
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Back to School Supply and Food Drive Campaign

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First Trust Credit Union’s Valparaiso Branch is proud to announce a Back To School Supply and Food Drive Campaign to benefit Valparaiso’s Hilltop Neighborhood House and the Village Food Pantry. In this tough economic time many of our local families are struggling to make ends meet, whether it’s putting food on the table for their families, or purchasing back to school supplies for their children. Unfortunately the need exists right here in VALPARAISO, where over (400) families per month apply for food vouchers at our local Village Food Pantry. In order to fulfill the needs of so many families, First Trust Credit Union is inviting its members and the community to make a monetary donation, donate non-perishable food items, or donate school supplies, at their Valparaiso office at 1404 E. Lincolnway beginning July 22nd through August 16th. For more information call First Trust Credit Union’s Valparaiso branch at (219) 462-7805, or Michelle Bowen at Hilltop Neighborhood House at (219) 477-4222 ext. 250. Help First Trust make a difference in our community.
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CR 50 West Closed Thursday for Asphalt Paving in Porter Co

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Traffic will be restricted to local residents only tomorrow, July 18th, on part of County Road 50 West in Porter County for asphalt paving. The Porter County Highway Department reports work will take place on County Road 50 West, from the Toll Road to County Road 1050 North, from 6am to 4:30pm.
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Former Porter County Assessor Passes Away

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Former Porter County Assessor Passes Away
JOHN R. SCOTT, age 81, a longtime Portage resident, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.

Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder and his staff extends their condolences to the family of former Porter County Assessor John Scott said that Scott devoted much of his life to public service, "Mr. Scott was more than happy to assist me with the transition from one assessor to the next."  Snyder said Scott taught him some things, "some of the things I learned I still hold to today.  I have a lot of respect for him."  The county's current assessor also said that for more than 20 years, Scott served as Portage Township Assessor before becoming the county assessor for four years, "that is something that should be applauded," said Snyder. 

   
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service at 2700 Willocreek Rd., Portage.  Where according to their website, family and friends may call on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rosary and parish rosary at 6:00 p.m. and Legion service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY from Nativity of Our Savior Catholic, 2949 Willowcreek Rd., Portage with Rev. Andrew Corona officiating. There will be one half-hour of visitation at church prior to service. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Memorials preferred to Nativity of Our Savior, Bishop Carl Mengeling Endowment Fund.

(photo from Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service website)


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Another Sheen Reported Near Porter Beach

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Another sheen was reported on Lake Michigan this afternoon, in the same area where one was reported a month ago to the day. The Times reports the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is aware of the situation, and that employees were at Porter Beach collecting samples. According to the article, swimmers were reportedly not asked to leave the water with this incident and no further information is available at this time.
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Restrictions Thursday on Morgan Blvd and Lafayette in Valpo

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The City of Valparaiso reports that tomorrow, July 18th, road restrictions will be in place on parts of Morgan Boulevard and Lafayette Street for road painting. Officials report restrictions will take place on Morgan, from Lincolnway to Bush, and on Lafayette, from Monroe to Indiana, from 7am to 5pm, with two-way traffic being maintained.
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Pence Commends Responders in Rescue of Boy at Mt. Baldy

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INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement commending the first responders and rescuers for their efforts to save the life of a young Illinois boy who was trapped under eleven feet of sand for more than three hours last Friday. The child is currently recovering at a Chicago hospital.
“As I told Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer yesterday, I  express my deepest admiration and utmost gratitude for the Michigan City first responders and all others involved whose efforts were paramount to the rescue of young Nathan Woessner last week.
“They include the Michigan City Police and Fire Departments, Fire Chief Ronnie Martin, Firefighter Brad Kreighbaum, the LaPorte County EMS, St. Anthony Health in Michigan City, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park Rangers, including Bruce Rowe, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Comer’s Children’s Hospital, including Dr. Tracy Koogler and fellow doctors, D&M Excavators, Woodruff & Son Excavators, NIPSCO, the Red Cross, LaPorte Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman, volunteer firefighter Ryan Miller, local lifeguards and volunteers. Their courage, commitment and persistence epitomize the character of our great state and illustrate for the world the quality and compassion of Hoosiers.
“As the young boy’s father said to me, ‘This is everyone’s miracle.’ I wholeheartedly agree and commend these brave men and women for their swift work in bringing this young boy to safety and improved health.”
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LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week Krystal Gutierrez

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A 28 year old woman is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. LaPorte Police report Krystal Gutierrez is currently wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court for revocation of suspended sentence for an original charge of battery. Gutierrez is described as a black female, 5'05”, weighing 150-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding the immediate whereabouts of Krystal Gutierrez is asked to call 9-1-1.
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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Jaime Burgess

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A member of the Gangster Disciples Street Gang, with an extensive violent criminal history, is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. 31 year old Jaime Burgess is wanted in Lake County Court for attempted murder, burglary resulting in serious bodily injury, burglary, and burglary while armed. Authorities report Burgess is described as a black male, 5'06”, weighing 180-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, who was last known to reside in the 25-hundred block of Harrison Street, in Gary.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jamie Burgess may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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Campbell Street Closed to Fix Water Line

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Valparaiso officials say an emergency closure of Campbell Street in Valparaiso is in effect between Chestnut and Chicago Streets after a contractor cut a water service line.  The closure is expected to last about four hours.
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Ind Dept of Labor Warns of Heat Hazards

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The Indiana Department of Labor has sent out an advisory concerning hot and humid working conditions. With the Hoosier state experiencing extreme temperatures and high levels of humidity, the two primary elements of heat illness, officials say heat illness can be a matter of life and death. Employees working in high temperatures and humid conditions, outdoors or indoors, are at risk. State officials say employers must ensure that employees are protected. Heat-related illness, the department says,  is 100 percent preventable.
Information from the Indiana Department of Labor:
The Indiana Department of Labor and federal OSHA warn employers and employees about the hazards of working in the heat.
There are three vital components to reducing the likelihood of heat-related illnesses:
1. Water: A worker should not depend on thirst to signal when and how much fluid to drink. In fact, most individuals exposed to hot conditions drink fewer fluids than needed because of an insufficient thirst drive. Instead, workers should drink five to seven ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish necessary fluids. That is approximately one bottle of water per hour.
2. Rest: Regular rest breaks aid workers in hot environments, whether the heat exposure is outdoors or indoors.
3. Shade: When work is performed outdoors, another important step to reducing heat illness is to provide shaded break areas. Shaded areas give workers necessary relief from the sun.
Employers and employees are strongly encouraged to learn about heat-related illnesses and take necessary precautions for prevention. To learn more about heat stress, please visit OSHA’s heat illness page, located here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html
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Gary, Lake Co Respond to Hazmat Scene

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Hazmat and fire have reportedly contained a chemical spill that occurred just east of Cline Avenue in Gary off of US 12/20, or 5th Avenue, around 6:30 this morning. The accident was blocking traffic early today in the East Chicago and Gary areas. Officials say crews responded to Blaine Street for a rollover semi, where hundreds of gallons of sodium hydroxide were said to have spilled. Gary Fire and Lake County Hazardous Materials Response Team were both on scene.
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Sears Re-Announces Dehumidifier Recall

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Sears is re-announcing the recall of nearly 800-thousand Kenmore dehumidifiers due to additional reports of fires and because so few people responded the first time. In the original notice last August, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sears had gotten 107 reports of injuries and more than seven-million dollars in property damage. Since then, Sears has received seven additional reports of shorting and fire associated with the dehumidifiers including a severe burn to a consumer's foot.
For photos and additional information click here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Sears-Reannounces-Recall-of-Kenmore-Dehumidifiers/

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Governor Unveils Works Councils Map

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence, joined by local education leaders and industry partners, today unveiled a map of the eleven regions for the Indiana Works Councils and provided an update on their progress.  The Northwest Indiana region is Region One, made up of Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski Counties.
“All honest work is honorable work, and Indiana’s schools should work just as well for our kids who want to get a job as they do for our kids who want to get a college degree,” said Governor Pence. “To address this need, we are in the process of forming eleven regional Indiana Works Councils and are pleased with the number of industry partners who have stepped forward to lend insight to this critical effort. With the guidance of this private industry-led initiative, we will make Indiana a national leader in career and technical education workforce readiness for all Hoosier students.”
The Indiana Works Councils were created with the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 465, which the Governor signed into law on April 15, 2013. The legislation specifies the Council will bring educators and employers together to evaluate and develop career and technical education that meets the demands of employers in each region. Each Council is responsible for preparing and submitting a comprehensive evaluation of the available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in its region to the Governor and the education roundtable by November 1, 2013.
A map of the Indiana Works Council regions can be found here:  http://www.in.gov/gov/2587.htm

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Skyscraper Would Change Indy Skyline

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An Indianapolis company is planning to build a 28-story tower on the north lot of the former Market Square Arena site in downtown Indianapolis. Construction on the proposed 81-million dollar development, which includes three-hundred luxury apartments along with ground-floor retail space, is scheduled to begin next spring and open the year after.
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CR 50W Closure Thursday Near Chesterton

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The Porter County Highway Department and Rieth/Riley Construction will close and restrict traffic on a half mile of County Road 50 West Thursday for asphalt paving.  Work is scheduled to take place from the Indiana Toll Road to County Road 1050 North on Thursday, July 18, 2013, from 6 am to 4:30 pm.  Traffic will be restricted to local residents only.
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Multi-State Baseball Tournament Thurs-Sun

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A baseball tournament starting Thursday at Chesterton High School featuring a dozen teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin is expected to pump tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy.
The Babe Ruth Ohio Valley tourney is set for July 18-21 at Chesterton High School.
Indiana Dunes Tourism secured nearly 100 hotel rooms in Chesterton, Porter, Portage and Valparaiso for four nights to accommodate the players and coaches. And families of the participants are expected to fill another 70 hotel rooms each night.
“Anytime a tournament like this comes to the area, it impacts the whole county because we have people staying in different communities and doing activities throughout all of Porter County,” said Angela Pasyk, Indiana Dunes Tourism niche market director.
Pasyk said Indiana Dunes Tourism is partnering with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to provide to each visitor a welcome bag, which will include guides to Porter County and coupons.
Indiana Dunes Tourism says studies show the average overnight visitor to Indiana Dunes Country spends $93 per day, so the economic impact of the tournament -- brought to the area by Nick Doud of Porter County Storm and Michelle Miloshoff of Duneland Diamond  -- should be tens of thousands of dollars. 
The tournament is open to spectators for a small fee.
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