A 20 year old LaPorte man and a 17 year old Dyer girl were found dead in a LaPorte home in the 500 block of East Lincolnway Tuesday evening. At last check authorities report the cause of death and circumstances surrounding these deaths are still under investigation by the LaPorte County Coroner's Office and the LaPorte Police Department's Detective Bureau. LaPorte Police say the male victim has been identified as Ethan Day, while the female victim's name is being withheld because she is a minor. Officials report police were dispatched to the home at 6:41pm, after Day's father discovered the victims and notified.
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence was at Gary City Hall this afternoon for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 585, also known as the Gary Bill. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says this legislation represents a great opportunity for economic development in Gary and all of Northwest Indiana.
Governor Pence told those in attendance that when he became Governor that his ambition was to be the Governor of all Hoosiers and to make job creation, job one, and today's ceremonial signing is further evidence that that decree.
The legislation will providing funding for a feasibility study for both a trauma center and teaching hospital, as well as a study to expand the Port of Indiana to Lake County. The bill will also provide the City of Gary with three-million dollars for the Gary Sanitary District, lifts Lake County property tax caps, and resets membership on the Gary Airport Board, requiring five-years of experience in business or aviation management. To listen to the entire bill signing event, visit http://www.xrock1039.com/index.php/news/news-on-demand.html
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Officials say a man wanted in connection with incidents in Hobart and Merrillville this morning led police on a pursuit that ended off Route 51/South Lake Park Avenue near where it intersects with 61st Avenue in Hobart. Merrillville Police took the suspect into custody behind the business complex off Bracken Parkway, across from St. Mary Medical Center. Merrillville Police say around 8:30 am, a strong-arm robbery occurred outside Cracker Barrel off I-65 in Merrillville, where an older couple were approached from behind while under the front porch of the restaurant, and the woman's purse was pulled off, knocking her to the ground. Merrillville Police Detective Commander Robert Wiley says about 20-minutes earlier, authorities allege the same man tried to rob a woman of her purse in the parking lot of Diner's Choice Restaurant on 37th Avenue in Hobart, just east of the I-65 interchange, Ridge Road exit.
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Former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has died. Clay's political career in Lake County spanned four decades. He also served as Indiana State Senator, County Recorder, County Councilman, County Commissioner before becoming Mayor of Gary in 2006, and winning re-election the next year. Clay left politics two years ago because of prostate cancer. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson expressed her sympathy and condolences to the entire Clay family for their loss, saying Clay was much more than just her predecessor, but a friend and a member of the same church, and an icon in the community, who will be remembered and cherished for years to come. First District Congressman Pete Visclosky and Indiana U-S Senator Joe Donnelly also extended their thoughts and prayers to the Clay family, with both stating they had lost a friend. Funeral services are pending, but Clay had asked they be held at the Genesis Convention Center. Clay died Tuesday. He was 77.
“I was at the Indy 500 a week before the race, and we inducted a couple hundred men and women into the service. And I want to be able to know when I look them in the eyes, that I can keep my obligation to tell them that you can serve our country, serve with dignity, have your dignity respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Senator Donnelly.
Senator Donnelly is working with his colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to develop policies to improve the military’s efforts to prevent sexual assault. The Pentagon released a report last month showing a 35% increase in the estimated number of sexual abuse incidents in 2012 compared with 2010.
Further, sexual assault has been found to increase the risk for death by suicide by as much as 14 times for female victims compared to women who have never been assaulted, even after controlling for psychiatric diagnoses present prior to the assault. According to results of a new study by researchers at the University of Utah, military personnel have experienced increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions if they were the victims of physical or violent sexual assault as adults.
One of Senator Donnelly’s priorities is preventing military suicides, as we lost more service members to suicide (349) than in combat in Afghanistan last year (295). Donnelly believes survivors of sexual assault in the military should have a safe and confidential place to go when they need help. He is dedicated to working with his colleagues to ensure their psychological needs are addressed, that they are screened for risk of suicide, and that they have access to resources such as counseling and suicide prevention.
VIDEO: Senator Donnelly questions top military officials at today’s hearing on sexual assault prevention legislation
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A link to the form is available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) website at www.in.gov/dhs. In the middle of the page under "Featured Topics," click on "Report Damage From Severe Storms and Flooding – Beginning May 31, 2013."
Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.
For questions, contact your county emergency management agency. Local agency's contact information is available by accessing: http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/Sanitized_Compact_Directory.pdf.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS
Individuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities. If none of those options are available, individuals may also contact their county emergency management agency to report damage.
THIS REPORT IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ANY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
This is NOT an application for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine if federal assistance can be pursued.
All Hoosiers are advised to stay tuned to local radio and television weather broadcasts or listen to an all hazards alert radio for updated warnings and safety information related to potential weather threats.
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(Photo Provided by the Office of Indiana State Senator Tom Wyss)
Anti-bullying legislation authored by State Senator Tom Wyss was signed into law Tuesday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence, updating the state's 2005 anti-bullying law, also authored by Senator Wyss. House Enrolled Act 14-23 will now require schools to track and report incidents of bullying and to train their employees and students on how to prevent bullying.
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be making a couple of stops in Northwest Indiana on Wednesday. The Governor is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Portage Economic Luncheon, scheduled at noon, and then its off to Gary for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 585, also known as the Gary Bill. The legislation will providing funding for a feasibility study for both a trauma center and teaching hospital, as well as a study to expand the Port of Indiana to Lake County. The bill will also provide the City of Gary with three-million dollars for the Gary Sanitary District, lifts Lake County property tax caps, and resets membership on the Gary Airport Board, requiring five-years of experience in business or aviation management. The bill signing is scheduled for 1:45pm, at Gary City Hall.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus)
STATEHOUSE (June 4, 2013) – Veterans will now have more support in transitioning into college, thanks to legislation authored by State Sens. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) and Allen Paul (R-Richmond). Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 115 into law today.
SEA 115 requires state colleges and universities with at least 200 veteran students to establish a “combat to college” program, creating administrative and educational assistance for these students.
“As the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans remains high, we must take extra care to provide educational and career assistance for our returning soldiers,” Glick said. “The ‘combat-to-college’ program is pivotal to helping our veterans find success in civilian life.”
“The essential goal of this legislation was to support veterans pursuing a college education,” Paul said. “These policies and programs will not only meet the unique needs of veteran students but will give them more opportunities to succeed.”
Under the new law, relevant colleges and universities are required to implement the following policies and programs for veterans:
· A centralized location for admissions, registration and financial administration services
· Reasonable fitness accommodations for disabled veterans
· Academic guidance and counseling services
· Job-search assistance
Pence hailed the legislation as a victory for veteran students.
"Providing Hoosier veterans with better access to a college education will help them be more successful and will improve our workforce," Pence said. "I applaud Senators Sue Glick and Allen Paul, the authors of the bill, for their leadership on this important matter to help the brave men and women who made sacrifices to protect our freedom improve their lives through education."
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
Former Gary Mayor Rudolph Clay has passed away. According to the press release, at last check, a cause of death has not yet been established, but Clay had been battling prostate cancer for over a year. Current Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson expressed her sympathy and condolences to the entire Clay family for their loss, calling the former Mayor an icon in the community, whose political service spanned decades, and that his heart for the citizens of Gary will be remembered and cherished for years to come.
First District Congressman Pete Visclosky and Indiana U-S Senator Joe Donnelly also extended their thoughts and prayers to the Clay family, with both stating they had lost a friend.
Clay was 77 years old.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today that checks will be sent out next week to eligible Indiana borrowers who are part of the National Mortgage Settlement.
Eligible borrowers had their mortgage serviced by one of the settlement’s five participating mortgage servicers, lost their home to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011, and submitted a valid claim form. Eligible Hoosiers can expect a check for about $1,480 which will be dropped in the mail between Monday, June 10 and Monday, June 17.
The participating servicers include Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Zoeller said 18,448 checks totaling $26.3 million will be sent to Indiana consumers, and about 55.9 percent of eligible borrowers submitted a claim – which is comparable to the national response rate of 55 percent.
“These payments are meant to help compensate borrowers for mortgage servicing abuse," Zoeller said. “The National Mortgage Settlement payments and the new mortgage servicing standards under the review of a national monitor will help ensure the public is protected from similar errors in the future.”
Zoeller said the payment does not limit a borrower from seeking relief through a separate lawsuit or other claims.
Nationally, the settlement administrator will mail valid claim payments to 962,278 loan records totaling $1.5 billion from June 10 through June 17.
In February 2012, 49 state attorneys general and the federal government announced the historic joint state-federal National Mortgage Settlement with the country’s five largest mortgage servicers. Preliminary data shows that, so far, the servicers have provided more than $50 billion in direct settlement relief to borrowers nationwide, much more than originally expected.
A relatively small number of borrowers will not receive a check in the initial mailing or will receive a split payment.
- Some borrowers will receive a check for less than the approximate $1,480 payment in situations where borrowers are divorced or separated and no longer live at the same address. The full per-loan amount will be paid on these loans, but the payment will be evenly split between the borrowers.
- A small number of borrowers who submitted a claim form but do not have a valid Social Security number on file will be delayed in receiving their payments while tax-related issues are addressed.
- Two servicers recently provided information on an additional 31,000 borrowers, and thus they could not be included in this distribution. Later this summer, these consumers will receive a notice and will have the opportunity to submit a payment application.
Indiana's overall share of the settlement was about $145 million. Of that, approximately $100 million was used as direct assistance to Indiana borrowers who lost their homes due to foreclosure, or to distressed borrowers who seek to refinance and save their homes. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office received $43.8 million, with $28.8 million of that dedicated by the Legislature to the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the rest committed to the Consumer Protection Division and its Homeowner Protection Unit (HPU) and other efforts to prevent foreclosure.
"Indiana's Legislature wisely channeled the settlement funds my office received into a fund to assist low-income homeowners who were most at-risk to be foreclosed upon and also the most likely to have difficulty paying their energy bills," Zoeller said.
National Mortgage Settlement, Independent Foreclosure Review payments are separate
The IFR settlement is unrelated and separate from the National Mortgage Settlement and does not include the same governmental agencies. The IFR payments began in mid-April of 2013, and the OCC announced that final payments will be mailed in mid-July. For more information on the OCC Independent Foreclosure Review settlement, go to www.OCC.gov and click on Independent Foreclosure Review.
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