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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Warren Hunter

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A 31 year old man charged in U-S District Court last month with violations of supervision, stemming from a weapons offense, has been declared the “fugitive of the week” by the U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force. Warren Hunter, aka “Lil Perp” is a black male, 5' 4”, weighing 125 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and was last known to reside in the 68-hundred block of Magoun Street, in Hammond. Authorities say Hunter was also charged last month by the Orland Park, Illinois, Police Department with burglary. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Warren Hunter is asked to contact investigators, by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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Convicted Felon Charged with Possession of Illegal Weapon

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A 30 year old Harvey man was arrested Thursday after the Cook County Sheriff's Police Gun Suppression Team found a sawed-off shotgun in his home while executing a search warrant. The Sheriff's Office reports they had received reports that Kristopher Buchanan maybe illegally in possession of firearms, which he is prohibited from possessing due to his multiple felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance.
The Sheriff's Gun Suppression Team formed in February, and has since recovered 156 guns and 137 revoked Firearm Owner's Identification cards, as well as resolving 90 Firearm Owner's Identification card cases.
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Manfield Arrested in South Bend

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 Authorities say a 19 year old man wanted in connection with the death of a retired Michigan City school teacher last week has been arrested. Michigan City Police report Chris Mansfield was apprehended Thursday at a home in South Bend. The body of Henry Whitten was discovered by officers on the morning of June 6th during a welfare check at his home in the 500 block of East 8th Street.
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Region Soldier Prepares for Redeployment

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Staff Sgt. Rachel Copeland from Hammond, Indiana is gearing up for her third deployment but she is still as motivated as she was for her first deployment. Let's take a look at a prep day leading up to her departure.  Courtesy of DVIDS – Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
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Flag Day Ceremony in Munster

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Flag Day activities Friday, June 14 begin at about 4 p.m. when Munster Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2697 and Munster American Legion Post 16 will retire used American flags. The flag retirement will be conducted on the south side of the Veterans Memorial grounds, near the Viet Nam venue.
Cannoneers of VFW Post 2697 will fire a “Salute to the Union” at 6 p.m. Fifty rounds will be fired along the north shore of the lake, near the World War I venue.
At 7 p.m., the Hammond Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 485 will conduct a special Flag Day ceremony in the north circle, near the flags. Scout Troop #206 will assist the Lodge with the commemoration.
The 6.5 acre Memorial has become a major tourist attraction, and commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of veterans of major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century. The idea for the memorial was developed in the late 1990s when a group of local veterans came together to talk about creating a place that honors the nation’s war heroes. The final design encompasses three main goals: to remember, to educate and to challenge.
The park is located at 9710 Calumet Avenue in Munster (just 2.5 miles south of I80/94) on the west side of Calumet Avenue, just north of Sheffield Ave. It is open dawn to dusk and the Memorial Day activities will be held rain or shine. Admission is free. To learn more, visit www.CommunityVeteransMemorial.org.
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Power Restored to Most After Storms

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Storm cleanup continues in the Region.  Northern Indiana Public Service Company says by Thursday evening, NIPSCO field personnel had restored more than 95 percent of the more than 45,000 total electric customers system-wide who experienced power outages as a result of Wednesday evening’s severe weather. As of this morning that number was down to 500, with about half of those in Crown Point, one of the harder hit areas.   NIPSCO and contracted crews will continue working around the clock to restore as many customers as possible today.   NIPSCO says restoration for most of the remaining customers is expected by late Friday evening, but a few individual customer outages may extend into early Saturday due to the extensive system repairs needed
Photo: Winfield just east of Lakes of the Four Seasons [Sent in by Aaron Coates]
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License Branches Closed Sat Jun 15

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This reminder... All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle license branches will be closed on Saturday, June 15 while the Indiana Office of Technology staff completes a major maintenance project on the State's computer system. The myBMV.com website will also not be available to customers from 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday June 15 until the repairs are completed. License branches will resume normal hours of operation the week of June 17.
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Services for Region Soldier

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Funeral services are in Crown Point this morning for a 20 year old US Army Specialist and Region native who was killed last Friday in a motorcycle crash while stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Alan Jon “A.J” Roach, Jr., was from Crown Point. Family members say July 4th would have been his second anniversary serving in the military. His body was returned to northwest Indiana on Thursday escorted by Crown Point Police and the Indiana Patriot Guard.  Geisen Funeral Home says the funeral service is scheduled for 10am Friday June 14, at the funeral home in Crown Point, with Pastor Mark Wilkins officiating.  Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Crown Point.
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Meijer Opens Portage Store

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The ribbon was cut Thursday for a brand-new Meijer at 6 and Willowcreek in Portage. The former “Super K” along US 6 has been transformed into a new 190-thousand square-foot supercenter now open for Region shoppers. The Grand Opening Celebration is this Sunday.  Meijer also presented donations as part of the store's opening: five-thousand dollars for the Portage Police Department's K9 unit, two-thousand dollars to the Portage Township Food Pantry, and five-hundred dollars went to Hannah's Hope, a non-profit organization that tries to help children with special needs obtain various therapies and expensive medical equipment.
The Grand-Rapids based retailer, which opened its first store in 1934, opened two stores in northern Indiana Thursday – the other in Warsaw. Combined the company says the stores will create more than five-hundred new jobs. Meijer officials also say the new locations are built to “LEED”, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
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State Road 2 Reopens

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State Road 2 between Lowell and Hebron has reopened...  it was thought the highway might have to closed into the weekend after power line damage during Wednesday night's storms.  It was just a couple years ago, almost to the day, that Route 2 was shut down between Hebron and Lowell after powerful storms came through and toppled huge transformer towers just east of I-65.
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Summer Safety Fest 2013 Tomorrow at Hawthorne Park

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Summer Safety Fest is this Friday, June 14 from 5:30-8:30 pm.  This free family-focused event is designed for children of all ages, and features interactive activities and demonstrations led by Porter Police and Porter Fire Search & Rescue.
A Positive Approach to Teen Health will be presenting their 'Be the Exception' interactive sessions. These sessions are designed to be age appropriate and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.  The first session is designed for children 5-8 years of age and will run from 6:00-6:30 pm.  The second session is for children 9-12 years of age and will run from 6:45-7:15 pm. The last session is for t'weens 13-15 years of age and will run from 7:30-8:00 pm.  'Be the Exception' sessions will be held in the community building. 
Back by popular demand are Harley the Porter Fire, Search & Rescue dog and Kilo the Porter Police dog both will provide demonstrations throughout the event.
Other interactive activities include a smoke house, a search and rescue diver in a dive tank, 'Ready, Aim, Put Out the Fire' or enjoy free face painting.  The police will be providing Children's Finger Printing & ID Cards and an exhibit of illicit drug samples to help kids 'D.A.R.E. to say NO!'   Or you can try to dunk a police officer in the dunk tank! 
New partners and activities include 'Stranger Danger' presented by James O'Connor Martial Arts, tours of ambulances and tactical emergency response vehicles provided by Superior Ambulance and Prompt Ambulance.
The always popular 'Jaws of Life' car extrication will be our evening finale.
Dinner or snacks can be purchased on-site from Dori's Food Stuff featuring sandwiches, fries and Elephant Ears.  
Summer Safety Fest is co-chaired by Sophia Keating, age 11 and Eric Ailes, age 11 and is generously sponsored by TSLRefrigeration and the Town of Porter. 
For additional information please contact Brian Bugajski, Director of Parks at 921-1687 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Like us on Facebook for future invitations (www.facebook.com/porterparks).
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Hammond, S Shore CVA Partner to Collect Data at FOTL

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A new partnership was announced Thursday morning between the City of Hammond and the South Shore CVA. The two organizations will work together to collect demographic data from attendees during the 10th annual, five day, Festival of the Lakes, July 17th through the 21st,‎ at Wolf Lake Memorial Park in Hammond. South Shore CVA President and CEO Speros Batistatos says the information will be gathered each night of the festival, and the goal is to allow the city to make better decisions regarding allocation of sponsorships, advertisement, and how funds are spent on musical entertainment.
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Donnelly Supports Designating June as PTSD Awareness Month

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Washington, D.C. -- Senator Joe Donnelly co-sponsored a resolution designating June 2013 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.  This designation would help increase awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its associated health risks.  The resolution, S. Res. 169, passed the Senate yesterday.
“The first step in addressing the mental health needs of our servicemembers and veterans is to talk about the challenges they face,” said Donnelly. “This resolution will bring greater attention to post-traumatic stress disorder and to the resources available to respond to their mental health needs.  Our troops have served with honor and distinction, and it is both our challenge and our priority to effectively respond to problems resulting from their military service.”
Senator Donnelly joined Sen. Heitkamp and Sen. Boozman to help introduce the bipartisan resolution.  It is the first time the Senate has designated a full month for national PTSD awareness.  In 2011 and 2012, the Senate passed S. Res. 202 and S. Res. 455, designating one day in June as PTSD Awareness Day.
One of Senator Donnelly’s priorities is to improve the mental health resources available to members of the military and veterans in order to better prevent suicide.  Donnelly is working to expand and improve upon existing military suicide prevention efforts, as we lost more servicemembers to suicide (349) than in combat in Afghanistan (295) last year.   Donnelly is dedicated to working with his colleagues to ensure the psychological needs of servicemembers and veterans are adequately addressed, that they are screened for risk of suicide, and that they have access to resources such as counseling and suicide prevention without fear of negative effects on their career.
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Judge Approves Taking Down Memorial for Fallen Officer before Trial

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Published reports say a memorial for a 25 year old corrections officer killed while jogging after being struck by a vehicle in March of 2012 will have to be taken down before the accused has his trial later this month. A Lake County judge approved the request and Jason Cozmanoff, who is charged with reckless homicide, failure stop after an accident resulting in death, four-counts of criminal recklessness, and three-counts of failure to stop for an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, in the death of Brittney Meux, who was running along West 93rd Avenue in Crown Point at the time of the incident. Three other corrections officers were also injured, and a jury trial is scheduled for June 24th.
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Afternoon House Fire in Highland

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In Highland, firefighters were called out to battle a blaze in the 31-hundred block of Highway Avenue. According to the Times, witnesses at the scene reported the homeowners were taken to the hospital, and a dog and cat were able to be saved. No further information is available at this time.
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Storm Blows Trampoline Through Crown Point Home

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The National Weather Service is inspecting the damage in Northwest Indiana after severe storms brought heavy rains and 70 mile an hour wind gusts. ABC's Ryan Burrow reports
for Marie Bates of Crown Point,  the storm cost her a living room window, among other things... "The neighbor's trampoline flew across their yard, and basically just ran right into our window." The window shattered... "We couldn't keep the water out. It drenched our couch, our coffee table, our carpet. There was glass everywhere. It soaked our TV." But nobody was hurt. She says her neighborhood also had downed trees and some damaged roofs.
To view the many pictures region residents have submitted to us, visit http://www.regionnewsteam.com/.
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Warrant Sweep in Michigan City Nets 27 Individuals

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A warrant sweep in Michigan City Wednesday morning netted 27 individuals. Michigan City Police report a majority of charges were drug related, with a few for theft, and failing to appear in court. Also participating in the sweep were the Street Crimes Unit, Department Administration, Detective Bureau, Traffic Division, Patrol Division, United States Marshal’s Service, Indiana State Police, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, Trail Creek Police Department and the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office.
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NIPSCO Cleaning Up On SR 2 in Lowell

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(Barricaded area just east of the I-65 interchange on SR 2; photos Courtesy of Karl Berner)
NIPSCO Cleaning Up On SR 2 in Lowell
(Downed building in Crown Point, just south of 93rd St, right off SB I-65)
NIPSCO crews are busy cleaning up after Wednesday night's storms that blew through the region, which downed power lines and toppled huge transformer towers just east of I-65. Our own Karl Berner spoke to a contracted worker through NIPSCO this morning in Lowell about the State Road 2 roadblock that goes down to Clay Street, and who stated that once the wires have been picked up off the roadway it will be reopened, which said could happen sometime this afternoon. The straight-line winds took down four electrical towers which destroyed high-voltage 345-thousand K-V lines.
It was just two years ago, almost to the day, that Route 2 was shut down between Lowell and Hebron after powerful storms came through and toppled huge transformer towers just east of I-65. To view the many pictures submitted to us from Region residents of the storm, visit anyone of our websites at http://www.regionnewsteam.com.
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SR 2 Work in LaPorte and St. Joseph Co Extends into Friday

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ST. JOSEPH/LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces lane restrictions in both directions on State Road 2, between Quince Road near South Bend and U.S. 20 near Rolling Prairie, will continue throughout the day, Friday, June 14th. Crews performing a chip seal and fog seal operation were delayed by weather this week, forcing the extension of the restrictions. One lane in each direction will be open tomorrow and a reduced speed limit of 45 mph will be in effect. Work is expected to be complete tomorrow evening..
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
The fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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26 Firefighters Sworn In Wednesday in Gary

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On Wednesday, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson swore in 26 firefighters in the Gary Council Chambers amongst a crowd of friends and family. Gary Fire Chief Teresa Everett, who was also in attendance, along with her senior staff, says over the next few weeks of training, the recruits will become full-fledged firefighters.
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