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Schererville PD Announces 'Morning Call' Pgm

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The Schererville Police Department and Chief David Dowling have announced a new program for Schererville residents called “Morning Call”.  Schererville Police Corporal Timothy Arvanitis says the new program is designed to reach out to senior citizens or shut-ins in our community who may have no family, or family not in the immediate area. Each weekday volunteers from the town's VIPS (Volunteers in Police service) program will call each individual on their list to check in on them to make sure th...

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NIPSCO Announces New Mobile Meter Readers

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Company officials say estimated bills for NIPSCO customers could soon be a thing of past. The utility today announced mobile meter readers are coming. The multi-year project to upgrade gas and electric meters across the northern part of the state is expected to improve customer service, efficiency and safety. The Automated Meter Reading (AMR) System takes readings through a receiver mounted in a NIPSCO vehicle, eliminating the need for people to walk door to door to read more than 900-hundred...

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South Shore Service Resumes

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South Shore service has resumed with westbound Train 14 and eastbound Train 7 following a derailment in Michigan City early this morning. The westbound train was running about 20 minutes late, and the eastbound train is expected to be running about a half-hour late. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) Spokesman John Parsons says early this morning, at about 5 am., the rear car of one of their trains derailed in Michigan City as it was moving from the yard to the main to...

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South Shore Service Resuming This Morning

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Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District says they expect regular westbound South Shore service to resume with Train 14 scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 10:28 a.m. with an expected delay of approximately 15-20 minutes.
Earlier this morning a derailment in Michigan City forced the cancellation of 6 South Shore rush hour trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago between 7:21 a.m. and 8:52 a.m. There were no injuries. Metra Electric will honor South Shore ticketed passengers who rode Metra...

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Derailment Affects South Shore Svc -- Latest Update

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All South Shore trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago after 6:40 a.m. remains temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect the balance of the morning rush hour. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets.
We are working on a plan to provide limited unscheduled service between East Chicago and Chicago using 2 trains unaffected by the derailment. Expect limited seating and crowded conditions.
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New Credit Card Surcharge Possible

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As of this past weekend, a new credit card surcharge, up to 4 percent, is allowable in 40 states, including Indiana and Illinois. Ten states have barred retailers from charging the fee. Adam Levin, of credit-dot-com, says retailers have to make customers aware of the fees,."When you walk in, there has be a sign conspicuously displayed indicating that they do surcharge."   California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas ban credit card s...

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Lake County May Get Veterans Court

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There's a measure on its way to the Indiana Senate that would create a special veterans court in Lake County. House Bill 10-16 establishes a pilot project in Lake County allowing the county council to put funds from the county drug free community fund toward the cost of what's described as a “problem solving court program” that may provide rehabilitative services.
Link to bill here: 
http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2013&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=HB&docno=1016
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Work Coming Soon on New Valpo Roundabout

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The wheels are in motion to open bids in a couple months for Valparaiso's next, and perhaps most high-profile roundabout. City officials say construction on the five-points roundabout, which would be on north Calumet Avenue, where it meets up with Vale Park and Roosevelt Roads, might then be able to start this spring.
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Most Morning South Shore Trains Temp. Suspended

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Most South Shore trains have been temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect nearly all of the morning rush hour. Trains 110 and 112 will depart East Chicago at the scheduled time making all stops. Limited seating will be available. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets. We will update this message when new information is available.
Updated at: 01/28/2013 06:12 AM
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South Shore Svc Affected by Derailment in MC

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An announcement from NICTD this morning (Mon Jan 28 2013): All South Shore trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago after 6:40 a.m. have been temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect the balance of the morning rush hour. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets. We will update this message when new information is available.
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Bill Would Change NICTD Bd Membership

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A Lake County state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would bump up Lake County membership on the South Shore governing board from two members to five. Munster State Representative Mara  Candelaria-Reardon told the Times it's meant to provide representation in proportion to where ridership is coming from. House Bill 14-50 would leave the county commissioner presidents from Lake, Porter, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties on the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation Board , remove the...

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Freezing Rain Advisory Remains in Effect

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A Freezing Rain Advisory remains in effect in Northwest Indiana until 9pm Central Standard Time tonight Sunday Jan 27, 2013. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say ice accumulations of up to a couple tenths of an inch are possible. Here's the Short Term Forecast issued by the National Weather Service Chicago office:
WINNEBAGO-BOONE-MCHENRY-LAKE IL-OGLE-LEE-DE KALB-KANE-DUPAGE-COOK-
LA SALLE-KENDALL-GRUNDY-WILL-KANKAKEE-LIVINGSTON-IROQUOIS-FORD-
LAKE IN-PORTER-NEWTON-JASPER-BENTON-
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Freezing Rain Advisory for the Region

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Look out for hazardous driving conditions around the Region for Sunday. We could see freezing rain, possibly mixed with a short period of sleet, with temperatures just above the freezing mark. The National Weather Service says pavement and soil temperatures are below freezing so any liquid precipation will likely freeze on contact, resulting in icy and dangerous travel conditions.  Forecasters say sidewalks and walkways could also turn into sheets of ice.  Here is the Freezing Rain Advisory i...

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Two 19 Year olds Charged with Child Molestation

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Today's Times reports an unrelated investigation has lead to two 19 year old men each being charged with felony child molestation. Published reports say Joel Bogdan, of Portage, and Charles Nafus the third, of Lake Station, are alleged to have had sexual relation with a 13 year old girl, after she notified Hobart Police of the sexual encounters. The Times reports both men knew the girl was 13 at the time...

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Robbery Suspects Taken into Custody in Hammond

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Hammond Police are grateful to an alert shopper who helped captured a robbery and assault on video Friday afternoon. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says a 55 year old woman was violently yanked to the ground by her purse by a young robber while at Walmart, located on the 18-hundred block of 165th Street. Chief Miller says the robbers then fled the scene, but did not know a Walmart patron had witnessed the incident, captured it on video, and followed the...

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Indianapolis Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase

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A 19 year old Indianapolis man is expected to face numerous charges after leading police on a high speed chase on I-65 in excess of 110 miles per hour. The Times reports a Lake County Sheriff's Department Officer witnessed Dontae Blunt speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and following too closely, on I-65, just north of the Kankakee River, around 4:30 Friday afternoon. Published reports say near the 109th Street exit, Blunt evaded tire deflating devices on the roadway, and was allegedly...

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Middle School Teacher Charged with Child Solicitation

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A 44 year old Fegely Middle School teacher is being held at last check in the Porter County Jail with no bond after being taken into custody for misconduct involving two female juveniles. Portage Police report Brian Tyman, of Portage, is charged with two-counts of felony child solicitation and two felony counts of vicarious sexual gratification. Police report, through the course of their investigation, it was learned that the teacher had been maintaining a relationship with the previous...

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Anatomical Donors Honored at IUNW

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A very special memorial service, a "Service of Thanksgiving" to honor and recognize donors who have given their bodies to science was held at noon today in Gary.  First year medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine at I-U Northwest, hosted the memorial service.  

The ceremony remembers and give thanks to anatomical donors Judy Clemens, Ralph Donnelly, Connie Hensley, William Kelly, Mary Nelson, and an anonymous donor, as well as the medical school’s child and fetal donors.   Dr. Earnest F. Talarico, Jr.  Assocaite Director Medical Education and Associate Professor of Anatomy at I-U Northwest said that in a practice that is unique to IUSM-NW, IUSM-NW, family members of the donors have had contact with the students who have been dissecting their loved ones throughout the formal human gross anatomy course, and now, these family members have been invited to the memorial service so that they may also celebrate the lives and generosity of their loved ones.

The service, coordinated by the first-year medical students, will provide student doctors, faculty and staff the opportunity to express their thanks for the gifts of the donors. In written passages, songs and prayers, the students reflected on the privilege that has been afforded to them by the donor who endowed his or her body to medical education and research. 

 

 

   

Governor Pence Visits Lake and Porter County

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(Governor Pence at the Porter County Career & Technical Center)                              (Governor Pence at Horizon Finanical Management, LLC Expansion Announcement)
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(Design of new Horizon Financial Management facility)

Indiana Governor Mike Pence ended his first full week as Governor in Northwest Indiana, making stops this afternoon in Merrillville and Valparaiso. The Governor's first stop was at the Porter County Career and Technical Center, where he met and greeted faculty and students, as...

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Chambers Announce New Initiative in Lake Co

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Lake County's two largest chambers of commerce have announced a new joint initiative called the Lake County IN Economic Alliance. Officials from the Crossroads Regional, representing Merrillville and Crown Point, and Lakeshore chamber, serving Hammond and East Chicago, say the new economic development group is meant to foster job growth and encourage more investment in the Region. Crossroads Chamber President and CEO Sue Reed says they want the alliance to be there for existing businesses: "One...

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