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INDOT: Expected Rain Delays Work on SR-149

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According to the Indiana Department of Transportation Northwest Facebook page, rain possibly expected on Thursday will delay the start of work on State Rd. 149 between State Rd. 130 and US 20 until this Friday (8/22).   According to INDOT, the...
 

Baby Alligator Recovered After Escaping Zoo

A baby alligator that escaped Washington Park Zoo has been reclaimed by staff members after it was captured Tuesday by an employee at B and E Marine in Michigan City. The Times reports the less than three-foot long gator was...
 

Man Wanted on Active Warrant Leads Police on Chase

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An attempt to serve an active warrant for a 21 year old East Chicago man today resulted in a pursuit that led to Longfellow Elementary School being placed on a temporary lock down. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports Warrant...
 

Fire Hydrant Testing/Flushing Underway in Griffith

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Officials in Griffith are reminding residents that the testing and flushing of fire hydrants in town is underway. Every hydrant south of Glen Park (45 th Avenue) will be tested and flushed to make sure they are in working order...
 

AvPorts Recommends New Gary Airport Manager

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AvPorts has recommend Delbert Brown as the firm's choice to be the next Gary/Chicago International Airport Manager. Airport spokesperson Emily Tapia-Lopez told the Region News Team Brown joined the AvPorts team on an interim basis on August 11 th and...
 

HUD Secretary Castro Visits Gary

HUD SEc in Gary
(Photo Courtesy of the Northwest Indiana RDA.
From left to right: RDA President and CEO Bill
Hanna with HUD Secretary Julian Castro and
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.)
The newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro was in...
 

Cook Co Sheriff Statement on Murder of James Foley

President Obama today condemned the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley ... beheaded by ISIS fighters. Foley was taken hostage by the Muslim militant group while reporting in Syria in 2012. ISIS said Foley's execution was a reaction to...
 

Power Restored in Lakes of the Four Seasons

Just over 12-hundred Kankakee Valley REMC members were without power for several hours in the Lakes of the Four Seasons area. Kankakee Valley REMC reports a vehicle accident involving one of their poles occurred late this morning near the Lakes...
 

Update: State Road 49 Bridge Over Kankakee River

SR-49 Bridge near Kouts
The Indiana Department of Transportation Northwest division is reporting on their Facebook page today that construction crews are ahead of schedule building the new State Rd. 49 Bridge over the Kankakee River near Kouts.  According to INDOT, "We're on track...
 

Website Launched to Give Drivers Info About Their Vehicle

The Highway Transportation and Safety Administration is launching a new tool that give drivers more information about their vehicle. ABC News reports owners, shoppers, and retailers are now able to quickly look up if a vehicle is part of a...
 

Power Outage Affecting Lakes of the Four Seasons

LOFS Accident
(Photo Courtesy of Kankakee Valley REMC)
Just over 12-hundred Kankakee Valley REMC members are without power at this time in the Lakes of the Four Seasons area. Kankakee Valley REMC reports a vehicle accident involving one of their poles occurred...
   

Former Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer Passes Away

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Longtime former Chesterton Clerk Treasurer Gayle Polakowski passed away on Saturday, August 16. Prior to resigning at the end of last year Polakowski had been Clerk-Treasurer since 1988. She announced in December 2013 she was leaving due to health reasons....
   

Michigan City Mayor Announcement on Fireworks

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Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer today announced he is prepared to lift the moratorium on the city fireworks display next year as part of the Michigan City Summer Fest schedule as long as certain criteria are met. They include holding...
   

New Same-Sex Ruling in Indiana Not in Effect Yet

A federal judge in Indiana has ruled the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where same-sex marriage is legal. However, the ruling doesn't take effect until the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues its decision on...
   

Portage Man's Body Recovered from Area Lake

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says an autopsy is being conducted today to determine cause and manner of death for a 52-year-old Portage man whose body was recovered from Lake Minnehaha at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Portage...
   

Hostage Situation in Harvey Ends

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Police say a nearly 20-hour hostage standoff in south-suburban Harvey has ended peacefully. Cook County Sheriffs Police say two Harvey Police officers responding to the report of a robbery attempt shortly before 1 pm Tuesday were shot, and the suspects...
   

Hostage Situation in Harvey Ends

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Police say a nearly 20-hour hostage standoff in south-suburban Harvey has ended peacefully. Cook County Sheriffs Police say two Harvey Police officers responding to the report of a robbery attempt shortly before 1 pm Tuesday were shot, and the suspects...
   

Peanut, Almond Butter Recall

Certain retail lots of peanut and almond butter are being voluntarily recalled because company officials say they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. They include peanut butters sold under the Arrowhead Mills brand name, and private label almond...
   

Valparaiso Road Closures

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Valparaiso city officials report the following closures will be in effect today (Wednesday August 20), 7am-3pm:...
   

Hoosier Lottery Transfers Record Amount to State

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The Hoosier Lottery is transferring a record amount to the state -- more than 250-million dollars in surplus revenue for fiscal year 2014. Indiana uses those monies to support the Build Indiana Fund, pensions for local firefighters and police officers...
   

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