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Gary Carjacking Investigated

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Police in Gary are investigating a reported carjacking near 13th and Van Buren. Officials say the victim was driving along 13th Avenue when his car was hit by another car shortly before 12:30 Thursday afternoon, and when he got out to inspect the damage, the other driver approached him with a gun and demanded his keys, leaving the scene in the victim's car. A female passenger in the suspect's car reportedly drove that vehicle away.
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RailCats One Win Away from Title

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The Gary SouthShore RailCats defeat Wichita 7-6 Friday to take game three of the American Association Championship Series. With the win, the RailCats lead the series two games to one and are one away from their first championship since 2007.  The RailCats look to complete the series tonight [Saturday September 14 2013] at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. RHP Morgan Coombs (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will throw for the RailCats and Wichita will bring back game one starter, Junior Guerra (0-0, 2.31 ERA) for aame four.
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18 Arrested in Alleged ID Theft Ring

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Eighteen people have been charged in an alleged Indianapolis-area identity theft scheme. They're accused of selling stolen Social Security Numbers to people who were trying to inflate their credit scores to buy vehicles and other property. US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph Hogsett say dozens of local businesses and individuals across the country were victimized.
This case is the result of a collaborative investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security Administration OIG, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the
Carmel Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department and the United States Marshals Service.
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Former Coach Charged with Murder

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Gary A. Warwick
A former coach in the Region has been taken into custody accused of murder in the death of a one-year-old boy in southern Illinois more than forty-years ago. 62-year-old Gary A. Warwick of Portage was arrested at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Portage Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force and Portage Police. Warwick is a former assistant coach for the softball team at Purdue University North Central in Westville. School officials say he resigned that post last spring.  St. Clair County, Illinois, State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973 in the 1972 homicide of Joseph Henry Abernathy the third, but the charges were dismissed later without explanation. Warwick was being held in the Porter County Jail on a five-million dollar bond. The cold-case investigation began after St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson received an email with a link to a YouTube video called “Justice for Joey” created by the child’s family.
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Donnelly Urges Common Sense in Emissions Regulations

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 Washington, D.C. – Senators Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, yesterday that would ensure that efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions are realistic about existing technology and do not negatively impact our economy.
Donnelly said, “If we don’t address these standards in a common sense way, the affordable, reliable energy that Hoosier families and businesses depend on is in doubt.  It is absolutely critical that the EPA understand the impact of these standards and the price their proposed regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay.  I urge the EPA to make sure that any NSPS regulation is something that reflects existing technology.  We can establish standards that protect our environment without hurting our economy.”
Blunt said, ““Nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 a year devote almost 20 percent or more of their family budget to energy costs, and when those costs go up, that means less disposable income in families’ pockets and less for priorities like groceries, doctors’ visits, and education.  At a time when the country needs high efficiency coal plants to replace those closing due to other burdensome EPA regulations, the last thing we should do is further prevent businesses and households from having a diverse, reliable, and affordable energy supply.”
The amendment states that if the EPA puts together regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial source, the EPA must develop the regulations using emission rates based on the efficiencies achievable by using existing technology that is commercially available and subcategorized by fuel type. Commercially available is defined as any technology with proven test results in an industrial setting.
The amendment develops an NSPS for carbon dioxide emissions to protect our environment, while also ensuring that the regulations do not excessively burden Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power.

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Washington, D.C. – Senators Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, yesterday that would ensure that efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions are realistic about existing technology and do not negatively impact our economy.
Donnelly said, “If we don’t address these standards in a common sense way, the affordable, reliable energy that Hoosier families and businesses depend on is in doubt.  It is absolutely critical that the EPA understand the impact of these standards and the price their proposed regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay.  I urge the EPA to make sure that any NSPS regulation is something that reflects existing technology.  We can establish standards that protect our environment without hurting our economy.”
Blunt said, ““Nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 a year devote almost 20 percent or more of their family budget to energy costs, and when those costs go up, that means less disposable income in families’ pockets and less for priorities like groceries, doctors’ visits, and education.  At a time when the country needs high efficiency coal plants to replace those closing due to other burdensome EPA regulations, the last thing we should do is further prevent businesses and households from having a diverse, reliable, and affordable energy supply.”
The amendment states that if the EPA puts together regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial source, the EPA must develop the regulations using emission rates based on the efficiencies achievable by using existing technology that is commercially available and subcategorized by fuel type. Commercially available is defined as any technology with proven test results in an industrial setting.
The amendment develops an NSPS for carbon dioxide emissions to protect our environment, while also ensuring that the regulations do not excessively burden Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power.

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Alleged Threat by Wanatah Man to Blow Up IU Health

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A 51 year old Wanatah man was issued a trespass warning after officers responded to IU Health in LaPorte Thursday afternoon in response to a patron accused of threatening staff inside the building. LaPorte Police report the medical staff informed them the suspect became upset because they reportedly would not issue him a prescription for Vicodin for a canker sore. Police say the suspect then allegedly uttered something about blowing up the building and became irate. Officers report the man informed them he had not threatened anyone.
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Rick Urschel Promoted to Pres/CEO of Urschel Laboratories

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Urschel Laboratories today announced Vice President of Operations Rick Urschel has been appointed by the Board of Directors to President /CEO effective today. The company's President/CEO for the last 30 years, Bob Urschel, will reportedly remain actively involved with the company as chairman of the board. Urschel Laboratories, a global leader in food cutting technology, was founded in Valparaiso in 1910, and is one of the few privately held, family run US manufacturing companies. Urschel Laboratories recently acquired approximately 160 acres of land in Chesterton and is in the process of constructing what will become its new manufacturing and global headquarters.
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Pence Concludes Jobs Mission in Japan

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NAGOYA, Japan – Governor Mike Pence closed his first jobs and economic development mission to Japan today, meeting with Toyota Motor Group president and chief executive officer Akio Toyoda and other Toyota Group business leaders.
“The motor of Indiana’s economy runs in part from Japanese automotive companies like Toyota, further evidence that Japan is one of Indiana’s most important bilateral relationships,” said Pence. “Combined with its suppliers, Toyota employs thousands of Hoosiers in all corners of our state. It was a true honor to spend time with Mr. Toyoda today, discussing Indiana’s story and how our low-tax policies, central location and talented workforce continue to make Indiana a good decision for Toyota’s business.”
The governor began the day calling on Toyota Boshoku Corp., where he visited with company leadership. In 2007, Toyota Boshoku announced plans to build a 200,000 square-foot metal stamping and assembly operation in Princeton and hire 200 team members. The company primarily supplies seat frames and components for the nearby Toyota assembly plant.
The governor then met with Toyoda and other leaders at Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s third largest automobile manufacturer. In July, Toyota announced plans to increase production of the Highlander mid-size SUV in late 2014 with a $30 million investment in its Princeton operations, creating more than 200 new jobs. The Princeton location is one of only four Toyota automotive manufacturing facilities in the United States.
Next the governor met with Akira Onishi, president of Toyota Industries Corp., part of the Toyota Group. Through a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corp., the company operates Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing in Columbus, which is Toyota’s main North American forklift manufacturing location. Another Toyota Industries company, Toyota Material Handling USA, announced last year plans to relocate its North American headquarters for materials and equipment handling from Irvine, Calif. to Columbus.
Later in the afternoon, the governor joined Kenji Kunieda, president of Tsuda Industries Co., Ltd., to thank him for the company’s recent investment in Indiana. Last year, Tsuda announced plans to invest $56.2 million to locate its first North American facility in Mount Comfort, creating up to 116 new jobs. The company is currently in the process of constructing a 50,000 square-foot facility to manufacture automotive parts for Toyota operations across the county.
“This is a moment of opportunity and excitement, both here in Japan and back home in Indiana,” said Pence. Indiana stands to capitalize on our strong relationship with Japanese companies, many of which already have thriving operations in the Hoosier State. During this trip, I took the opportunity to thank them for their investment and share why Indiana is a state that works for what’s next.”
The governor concluded his meetings for the day with chairman Kanshiro Toyoda and president Fumio Fujimori of Aisin Seiki, parent company of Aisin USA., which is a large automobile parts supplier for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana. Aisin has ten companies and nine operations across the state, with collective employment of more than 2,900 Indiana workers.
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Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond to rededicate flag pole

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U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky, and State Representative Linda Lawson will be among notables attending the public re-dedication ceremony of the long-standing flag pole at historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond Saturday.  The ceremony, made possible through a partnership with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Oak Hill Restoration Project, is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.

According to the C-V-A, Congressman Visclosky will be dedicating and presenting a flag that has previously flown over the Capitol building through the Capitol Flag Program. Representative Lawson will also present a flag that has previously flown over the State Capitol building.

Eagle Scout candidate, Kyle Bergfors will also unveil his Eagle Scout project--a beautification project enhancing the area around the flag pole.

According to the restoration project's Facebook page, the newly repaired commercial flag pole, which has not held a flag in many years, was originally dedicated on behalf of the family of Glen Proffit on memorial Day 1987 in honor of all the men and women buried at Oak Hill that have served our country honorably.

The Oak Hill Cemetery Restoration Project is a grassroots group of volunteers, cemetery advocates and descendants who are committed to the preservation, appreciation and respect for the history and roots of Oak Hill Cemetery. The goal of the organization is to help improve the general appearance of the cemetery.

Oak Hill Cemetery is located at 6445 Hohman Avenue in Hammond, Indiana. For more information contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at (219) 989-7770.
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Two Marijuana Grow Operations Located in LaPorte Co

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Authorities in LaPorte County report on Thursday, the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit and the Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Team located two outdoor marijuana grow operations and seized 86 plants. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office says one grow operation was located in the 98-hundred block of County Road 300 North in Cool Spring Township, where 73 plants were seized. The other was discovered in the 36-hundred block of Brookside Drive in Long Beach, where 13 plants were seized. Authorities say each site had been found as a result of an Indiana State Police fly-over and an investigation continues.
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Know the Risks to Help Identify Ovarian Cancer Early

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INDIANAPOLIS—September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and State health officials encourage Indiana women to talk to their doctor about their risks. While there is no available screening for early detection of ovarian cancer, there are tests available for high risk women and those who display symptoms.  Ovarian cancer occurs when malignant cells are found in the tissue of a female’s ovary.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in Hoosier women. In 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, 395 cases were diagnosed and 330 deaths occurred. It is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Nationally, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 22,000 American women will be diagnosed this year and 13,850 will die of the disease.
“Family history plays a large role is determining who is at risk for ovarian cancer,” said Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Joan Duwve, M.D. “Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, or those who themselves have had breast cancer should talk to their doctors about whether genetic testing for inherited mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes is appropriate for them.”
Additional risk factors for ovarian cancer include:
·         Age. Ovarian cancer is rare in women younger than 40. Most ovarian cancers develop after menopause, with half of all ovarian cancers found in women 63 years old or older.
·         History of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Studies show that the use of estrogen alone as menopausal hormone therapy in women with intact ovaries can increase risk for developing ovarian cancer.
·         Smoking. Tobacco smoking increases the risk of mucinous ovarian cancer.
·         Obesity. Women with a body mass index of at least 30 may have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
·         Other medical conditions. Conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease and a genetic condition called hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (also called Lynch syndrome) may indicate an increased risk for ovarian cancer.
The symptoms of early ovarian cancer are not specific and may not be obvious. The most common symptom is swelling of the abdomen caused by an accumulation of fluid. Some women may experience persistent, nonspecific symptoms including bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly or urinary urgency or frequency. The American Cancer Society recommends that women who experience these types of symptoms consistently for more than a few weeks contact a healthcare provider.
It is important to note that pap tests, the screening test for cervical cancer, do not detect ovarian cancer.  For women that are high risk and women with symptoms, a pelvic examination in combination with a transvaginal ultrasound and/or a blood test for the tumor marker CA125 may be used. Knowing your family history and seeing your doctor for persistent symptoms are important for early detection.
For more information on ovarian cancer, including resources, visit www.IndianaCancer.org.
The Indiana State Department of Health provides free resources for Hoosiers interested in making healthier eating choices and quitting tobacco. Visit www.INShapeIndiana.org or www.QuitNowIndiana.com to learn more.
Organizations interested in impacting the burden of cancer in Indiana should consider participating in the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC). The ICC is a statewide network of partnerships whose mission is to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana through the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive plan that address cancer across the continuum from prevention through palliation. Participation in the ICC is open to all organizations and individuals interested in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, quality of life, data collection and advocacy regarding cancer-related issues. To become a member of the ICC and find additional information about cancer prevention and control in Indiana, visit the ICC’s website at www.indianacancer.org.
To visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website, go to www.StateHealth.IN.gov. Follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

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Jury Convicts Portage Man of Molesting Two Girls

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A Portage man faces 20 to 50 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on four counts of child molesting. The Times reports the jury deliberated for almost 12 hours before agreeing to convict Scott Nicol for molesting two young girls. According to the article, the allegations occurred in Portage between January 2010 and August 2011. A sentencing date has been scheduled for October 11th.
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MC Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Child Molestation

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A Michigan City Man was sentenced to 45 years for his guilty plea to three felony counts of child molestation. The LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office reports Raven McGinty admitted to the charges, that occurred between April 2000 and September 2006, in Michigan City, and another instance in May of 2012, and in each incident with a child under the age of 14. The judge, who remarked this was one of the worst cases she had seen as both a judge, and as a former prosecutor, sentenced McGinty to fifteen years on each of the three counts, to run consecutively.
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Gary Man Faces Felony Gun and Drug Charges

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A 28 year old Gary man faces several drug charges after the Lake County Drug Task Force executed a car stop on Monday in an alley behind the four-hundred block of Arthur Street in Gary. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports they confiscated a .45 caliber semi-automatic HI-POINT pistol, as well as 144 grams of marijuana packaged for distribution and a scale. At last check, Christopher Sallie was being detained at the Lake County Jail.
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LaPorte PD Arrest Two on Separate Warrants

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Two LaPorte residents wanted on separate warrants were taken into custody on Thursday. The LaPorte Police Department reports 28 year old Amanda Childers, who was wanted on a warrant from LaPorte Circuit Court for felony theft, surrendered herself to police. Childers had been listed as the department's “Wanted Person of the Week”.
Meanwhile a during a traffic stop Thursday night, police stopped a moped driven by 45 year old Sean Westman for allegedly failing to yield the right of way for oncoming traffic. During the stop, police were able to verify that Westman was wanted on a warrant for felony intimidation, and he was transported to the LaPorte County Jail.
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Griffith Safety Extravaganza is Saturday

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The Griffith Safety Extravaganza is back. The town held a similar event for a number of years. The extravaganza will feature the town's police and fire departments, ambulance service, Lake County Sheriff, and more. Griffith Police Patrolman Jason Jaques says a SWAT crew will be there, the town's new K-9 unit will have demonstrations, and the Lake County Sheriffs helicopter will be landing around 2-o'clock and is expected to be there for about two hours. It's free to attend, and visitors will be able to donate toward the construction of a new animal shelter in Griffith. You can hear our interview on the event with Patrolman Jason Jaques at News Audio on Demand.
The Griffith Safety Extravaganza is Saturday Sept 14 at Central Park, from 11 am to 5 pm.
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Minor Injuries in Valpo Collision

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Valparaiso Police say two cars collided at Calumet Avenue and Burlington Beach Road Thursday afternoon, and one of the cars then struck a school bus that was stopped at the light at that intersection. Police say no one on the bus was injured. Authorities say one of the drivers of the two cars involved in the collision reported minor injuries.
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Indiana Warns of Health Care Scams

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A heath care fraud alert is being sounded by many state officials, including the Indiana Department of Insurance, as the insurance marketplaces are being set up. Consumers are being warned about fake sites and phone calls from scammers. New health care exchanges open for business next month and states are on the lookout for health scams.  Emily Peters of Patient Fusion a website for doctors and patients says there are two kinds of scams, "One is fake insurance exchanges. The second is fake doctors."The biggest warning sign from these sites? "They're going to ask you to wire transfer money through something like Western Union or MoneyGram," Peters said. "No legitimate company is ever going to ask you to wire transfer money."  The Indiana Department of Insurance says individuals being called Navigators under the new federal health care law are currently going through a training and licensing program in Indiana to assist consumers with finding a health care policy.
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Ten Years Since Gov O'Bannon Passed Away

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Frank O'Bannon (b. 1930)
Governor of Indiana
January 13, 1997 - September 13, 2003
It was ten years ago today that Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon passed away while in office. O'Bannon, a Democrat, was governor from 1997 until his death in 2003 at the age of 73. O'Bannon, Indiana's 48th governor, suffered a stroke while attending a trade conference in Chicago and died days later. He was succeeded by Lt. Governor Joe Kernan. O'Bannon was a native of downstate Corydon, Indiana's first state capital.
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Michael A. Chelich (b. 1963)
Artist, Indiana Governors' Portrait Collection
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US 20 in La Porte Co Reopens

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The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has re-opened  US Highway 20.  The crash that occurred in the 5600 East block of US Highway 20, east of Rolling Prairie, at approximately 6:34 am this morning has been cleaned and removed from the roadway.
La Porte County Sheriff's Police say the crash remains under investigation and information is limited at this time.  However, the road was closed as the result of a two (2) vehicle crash between a semi- truck and sport utility vehicle.  One of the occupants has since been transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
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