October has been a bad month for home break-ins in unincorporated Porter County. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports a break-in Wednesday in Jackson Township was the 18th reported incident. The Sheriff's Office reports they will be stepping up patrols in the areas affected. Most of the incidents have reportedly occurred during the work day hours....
The Kennedy Theatre has been the site of first dates, movie premieres, and family fun for generations in Hessville and now they need your help. Owner Chris Benavidez says they need over one-hundred thousand dollars for studio mandated upgrades to keep showing movies in 2014. To help raise the money needed they have started The Save The Kennedy Campaign online and will be hosting a benefit November 2nd at the Hammond FOP Lodge. For more information, listen to Annie's interview with Chris online at News Audio On Demand here on our website....
Two DeMotte men have been arrested and charged with false informing after they told authorities an unknown suspect shot their friend during a robbery that never actually occurred. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says on Tuesday, just before 3:30am, they received word of a gunshot victim at the Jasper County Hospital Emergency Room, where a 23 year old DeMotte man had received a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. During the investigation, detectives found a discrepancy in the story of the two witnesses who were in the vehicle with the victim when the alleged robbery occurred, at the intersection of State Road 110, south of DeMotte. Authorities say the victim reportedly admitted the robbery story had been fabricated to cover the fact he had self-inflicted the gunshot wound at his apartment. A search warrant of the apartment turned up a 38-caliber revolver, along with spent shell casings at the scene and an investigation continues. ...
The federal government is cutting five billion dollars from the food stamp program, meaning families of four will get $36 dollars less a month for food. And more cuts could be coming as Congress debates a farm bill. 47 million people use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP. Paul Morello with the Greater Chicago Food Depository says the cuts will increase demand at food pantries and more people are going to have trouble finding food, "they're going to have trouble figuring out where their next meal is going to come from".
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly today outlined his priorities for the five-year Farm Bill, urging the farm bill conference committee to provide a basic level of crop insurance coverage for advanced bio-fuel crops and expressed support for a bipartisan amendment to improve the availability of conservation technical assistance to farmers. For a link to read Donnelly's full letter to the farm bill committee, click http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/download/2013-farm-bill-conference-priorities...
(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A 27 year old woman wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Office for dealing cocaine is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. Heather Tancos is described as a white female, 5'7”, weighing 159 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Authorities say Tancos has been known to reside throughout the northwest Indiana region, with ties to Crown Point, Hobart, Lake Station and Valparaiso.
Anyone with information on Heather Tancos and her whereabouts may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous....
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly and Congressman Pete Visclosky today testified before the US International Trade Commission in support of anti-dumping tariffs on hot-rolled steel products from foreign countries. Congressman Visclosky says he believes we need a manufacturing base in the US to pay a living wage and internationally it is not a fair fight.
Visclosky says manufacturing is key to our national security and tariffs must continue to be enforced. Donnelly says the tariffs level the playing field. ...
The committee determined that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference form portable electronic devices. ...
“While temperatures can be unpredictable, payment assistance programs help provide our customers experiencing financial difficulties with a sense of security,” said NIPSCO Customer Service Manager Kim Broader, who oversees the utility’s energy assistance programs. “We are fortunate to have great partnerships with local agencies across northern Indiana, such as the Salvation Army and township trustees, to help connect those customers with assistance programs.”
Households experiencing financial difficulties may call NIPSCO’s Customer Care Center, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, to learn about available assistance options, including:
· Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Program: LIHEAP support is available to households falling within 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Between December 1 and March 15, Indiana natural gas utilities do not disconnect service to customers enrolled in LIHEAP who are behind on their bills.
· NIPSCO Customer Assistance for Residential Energy (CARE) Discount Program: The NIPSCO CARE Discount Program is designed to provide further bill reductions to LIHEAP-eligible customers. Once enrolled in LIHEAP, customers are automatically enrolled in the program.
· NIPSCO Hardship Program: For customers just outside the federal poverty guidelines for LIHEAP, the NIPSCO Hardship Program offers up to $200 in gas bill assistance to households between 151-200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Eligibility information and a listing of agencies that help administer assistance programs can be found at www.NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance. Customers are encouraged to contact the agency for a complete list of required documentation ahead of visiting in person. A full list of programs available to NIPSCO customers to help manage energy use can be found at NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy....
The town of Griffith today announced that due to the weather, the road work on West Main Street between Cline Avenue and Ernest Avenue will be postponed until Friday, November 1, beginning at 7 am. West Main Street will remain open to vehicular traffic and all property owners and businesses will have access to their properties. Lindberg, Raymond and Ernest Avenues will be closed to traffic at their West Main intersections. Questions can be directed to Griffith Public Works at 219-924-3838....
Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chicago say a mild but rainy Halloween is in store for the area. Some areas, generally south of a LaSalle to Chicago line, saw 1 to locally over two inches of rain overnight, and the potential remains for additional locally heavy rainfall today across the same general area. Heavy rainfall will cause minor flooding of low lying and poorly drained areas, as well as some street flooding. Meteorologists say thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, mainly south of Chicago, and an isolated severe storm is possible with gusty winds. Rain is expected to taper off and end from west to east this evening, behind a cold front, but this afternoon temps are expected to stay in the 60s before talling into the 50s by early evening. [Image/National Weather Service Chicago]
Chicago National Weather Service website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/...
Family members of those who died on American Eagle Flight 4184 will gather at the site this afternoon as they've done for years to mark the anniversary of the crash. Sixty-eight people were killed 19 years ago when the plane traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago encountered icing conditions during a cold, rainy afternoon October 31st, 1994, and crashed into a Newton County soybean field near Roselawn. [Photo/provided]
Pat Hansen, whose brother Frank Sheridan perished on the flight, says the public is invited to join family in paying their respects at the roadside memorial. "If you're driving the street, feel free to stop by. Pray with us, remember. We share good memories, we share painful ones sometimes, but it really is a very from-the-heart sharing," Hansen told the Region News Team. Hansen also says they're in the process of trying to do some fundraising to have a permanent memorial. They'll be gathering at 3:30 this afternoon (Central Time), and Hansen says at 4:07 pm, the time the plane crashed, they'll hold a moment of silence.
Click here for more information and directions: http://flight4184.weebly.com/...
Halloween – in November? That's what's happening in a number of Hoosier cities and towns, including some in the Region.
The following are all this evening, except where indicated. Hours are subject to change due to expected showers and storms this evening. Check with your local city or town center and not local police.
The following are all this evening Oct 31, except where indicated. Hours are subject to change due to expected showers and storms this evening. Check with your local city or town center.
Lake County (unincorporated) Same as city or town of your address
Porter County (unincorporated) 5:30-7:30pm *Sheriff David Lain says trick-or-treat hours will NOT be moved
Burns Harbor 5:30-7:30pm
Cedar Lake 5-7pm
Crown Point (new hours, now Friday 5-7pm)
East Chicago 4-6pm
Lake Station 4:30-7:30pm
LaPorte 6-8pm (MOVED to Friday)
Michigan City 5-7pm
New Chicago 5-7pm
Portage (MOVED to Friday 5:30-7:30pm)
Also moved to Friday, Nov 1, the Downtown Business District in Portage along Central Avenue will be open for Trick-or-Treating from 3:30pm - 5pm. Businesses who are participating will have a sign in their window/door. Regular Trick-or-Treat hours for the whole community will be from 5:30pm - 7:30pm that same evening. The Portage Fire Department will be out on Halloween handing out 3,200 glow sticks to your children. The glow sticks were donated by Portage Firefighters Local 3151 and Porter Regional Hospital
Southlake Mall 5-7pm
St. John 5-7pm
Winfield (MOVED to Friday 5-7pm)
Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) Wednesday spoke on the Senate floor about the impact the Obamacare rollout is having on Hoosiers. Coats shared stories he has received from Indiana residents and reiterated his call for the Senate to pass his bill to delay the Obamacare mandates for a year. Click here &feature=youtu.be">&feature=youtu.be to view Coats' remarks.
The following is an op-ed article by Indiana Republican US Senator Dan Coats:
An email I received from Daniel in Elkhart, Indiana, summarizes the experience many Hoosiers are having with the recently launched Obamacare online health insurance marketplace:
“I have tried for two weeks to apply through the marketplace, only to electronically sign my application and be kicked back to my 'profile page.' This is the most bizarre system I have ever experienced. If a company put a business website together like this they would go out of business.”
Despite its $400 million cost to taxpayers, the president’s health care website has been plagued by nationwide accounts of technological complications since it launched on October 1. It also has been reported that the site has provided inaccurate information about the federal tax credits available to those seeking health insurance.
An experienced online database programmer told CBS News, “I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.”
The administration has had almost four years to prepare for the rollout of their health care law and this is what it looks like – a complete disaster. A recent Associated Press poll revealed that only seven percent of Americans believe the rollout of Obamacare has gone either very well or extremely well.
Despite the website’s numerous glitches and many other implementation problems, the administration still insists on fining taxpayers if they don’t purchase health insurance.
Last week, the Obama administration announced a six-week extension to sign up for a health care plan before facing a penalty. This brief extension is not enough and certainly no consolation for the millions of Americans that are seeing their policies canceled, premiums rise and paychecks fall.
In September, I introduced legislation to delay the Obamacare mandates for a year, and as the problems with the health care law rise, I will continue to push for a vote on this bill.
First, a delay of the Obamacare mandates would provide all Americans with the same relief that the administration already has given to businesses. The Obama administration announced this summer that it will delay penalties for employers who do not provide health insurance coverage to workers, but not provide the same delay for all Americans.
Don’t individuals deserve the same relief from Obamacare as businesses?
My bill would codify the delay of the employer-mandate and extend the same delay to all individuals and families.
Second, delaying the Obamacare mandates until after the 2014 midterm elections would allow American voters to decide the health care law’s fate now that the impact of the law is being felt. Although the House has passed numerous bills to dismantle Obamacare, we do not have the votes in the Senate today to repeal or defund Obamacare.
If we delay the mandates, Americans will be able to decide whether they want to keep Obamacare or replace it with step-by-step, consumer-driven health care reforms.
The House already has taken the first step and passed similar legislation, introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), to delay the employer and individual mandates. And it was bipartisan. Twenty-two House Democrats recognized the need to give Americans the same relief from Obamacare that businesses are receiving. Over the last several days, a number of Senate Democrats have expressed support for delaying parts or all of the president’s health care law as well.
As the President said last week, Obamacare is more than a website. It’s a law that has real-life consequences to Hoosier families and individuals.
President Obama - before and after Obamacare passed - promised all Americans they could keep their health care plans if they liked them. It was a promise he repeated time and time again.
But that isn’t the case and President Obama has known it for some time. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are receiving notification that their plans are being cancelled because of Obamacare, and reports indicate that the White House has known for three years that these cancellations were coming.
President Obama should keep his word to the American people. The President owes them an apology but most of all a solution. ...
Opportunity Enterprises President and CEO David Stupay cut the ribbon on the new wing of their OE Lakeside Day Services Facility Wednesday. Photo: David Stupay, President and CEO of Opportunity Enterprises, cuts the ribbon on OE’s new day services wing at OE Lakeside, alongside (L - R) Ellen DeMartinis, VP/COO of OE, Linda Hazen, Director of Development for OE, Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas, Rex Richards, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce President, and Gary Mitchell, former President and CEO of OE. [Photo provided]
The facility is home to three of OE’s day enrichment programs for men and women with disabilities. “This project has been three years in the making,” said Stupay. “And the results have been awesome! Our participants are blossoming out here, enjoying the natural setting and robust curriculum schedule. This building has the capacity to serve nearly 300 individuals, and we are not done with improvements to our Lakeside campus.” OE serves more than 11-hundred adults and children with disabilities in Porter County and Northwest Indiana.
Just north of the new wing of the day services facility, OE also constructed an accessible 8-unit apartment building that is now home to 20 OE participants. “This apartment building meets the accessibility needs of our participants beautifully,” said OE COO and VP Ellen DeMartinis. “And we couldn’t have done either of these projects without the support of our community.” More than 700 individuals and businesses from Northwest Indiana contributed to the agency’s capital campaign, which raised nearly $4 million.
Mayor Costas spoke briefly about the impact of Opportunity Enterprises on Valparaiso and the surrounding region, stating that “OE is all about amazing people serving amazing people, and I look forward to OE’s continued growth.”
Lee Lane reminded those in attendance how much their support has mattered to the participants of OE and read a letter from Congressman Visclosky, who was unable to attend, “It is my hope that the addition of this building will complement the outstanding services for which Opportunity Enterprises is well known, and that its programs will improve the quality of life for all those who seek these services.”
Rex Richards concluded the short ceremony with the words, “OE is a large part of what makes Valparaiso one of the best cities in the State of Indiana.”
With 157 acres to develop, OE is planning on constructing additional apartment buildings among other possible improvements. “We will invest in projects that make financial sense for us as an agency and those that serve our mission,” said Stupay. “At the end of the day, that is our most important task: to serve men and women with disabilities. Every day we are making a difference in their lives, and our Lakeside campus is an instrumental part of that work.”
About OE Lakeside:
The property is 157 acres. The original building is 13,000 square feet and the new wing is 19,000 square feet. The apartment building is a two story 8-unit accessible building that now houses 20 individuals. The property was purchased in 2007, the capital campaign “Build OE Lakeside” was launched in 2010, the groundbreaking for the new wing and apartment buildings took place in August of 2012, residents began moving into the apartments in March of 2013 and programming began moving into the new wing of the day services facility in September of 2013.
For more information, visit www.oppent.org...
Rain and the possibility of thunderstorms are in the forecast for tonight in northwest Indiana through tomorrow and some heavy rainfall could be associated, which means flooding could occur. Indiana State Police remind you to never cross or enter flowing water and driving through standing water may effect your brakes. If you find yourself stranded in flood waters, remain calm and call 9-1-1, and if you can do so, safely move to higher ground.
The Indiana State Police offers a few flood safety tips.
• Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary. If you have to travel carry a cell phone with a car charger.
• Purchase a weather scanner and heed all flood and flash flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
• Do not drive around barricades at water crossings.
• Be especially vigilant at night. Many drowning deaths occur at night when it is difficult to see water crossings.
• Do not cross or enter flowing water. Driving fast through high water on the road is not a solution. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.
• Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water.
• If you choose to abandon your vehicle, respect the force of the water flow, you may be swept off your feet. After you exit the vehicle seek higher ground.
• Be aware that road erosion may occur when there is running or standing water.
• Remember that six inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors. One foot of water will float many vehicles, and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.
If you find yourself stranded in flood waters remain calm and call 911. If you can do so safely move to higher ground....
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- Police Investigating Report of Indecent Exposure
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