Opportunity Enterprises is now the fifth largest employer in Porter County. The company today announced they recently hired their 500th employee and in the past five-months, 70 new staff positions have been created and filled, with more growth anticipated for 2014. The company reports a continued demand for services and the closure of the ARC of Northwest Indiana's group homes has led to the employment opportunities. Opportunity Enterprises now serves over 11-hundred children and adults with disabilities at locations across northwest Indiana. For information on employment, visit http://www.oppent.org/about/employment/...
(Photos Courtesy of Michigan City Police.
Above: Kelly Cline. Below: Richard Cambe.)
In Michigan City, two 18 year old men and a 15 year old male juvenile were arrested after numerous reports of homes and vehicles being damaged by shots from BB guns. Police report they started receiving calls on Saturday and Sunday, but no suspect information was available until a pizza delivery driver reported his window was shot out just before 9pm in the 600 block of East Barker Avenue. Officers later that night located a vehicle described as the possible suspect vehicle and three adults and the juvenile were taken into custody. Kelly Cline, of Michigan City, Richard Cambe, of LaPorte, and the juvenile, who appeared to have a non-life-threatening wound consistent with being shot with a BB gun and who received medical attention, are all charged with felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor criminal mischief. A third adult male in the vehicle was later released after police report he was found not to be involved. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact Michigan City Police. ...
A man wanted in connection with the Christmas night shooting of a pregnant Calumet City teen in Dolton may reportedly turn himself into authorities today according to the Times. Dolton Police report they have been in contact with the man's attorney and that a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Police report 17 year old Eva Casara's death allegedly stems from a drug deal between her, her boyfriend 16 year old Anthony Lee, his brother 21 year old Diante Coakley, and their sibling, who were reportedly planning to rob a drug dealer from northwest Indiana. Casara, who was five-and-a-half months pregnant, died the next morning due to a gunshot wound to the head and at last check her baby remains hospitalized. Lee and Coakley have each been charged with murder and authorities continue to search for the alleged drug dealer. ...
More snow for parts of the Midwest. Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center, says they expect some light accumulation -- for example, snow -- maybe a little bit more than light, when you get into Iowa and into parts of northern Illinois. The National Weather Service in Chicago says, in northwest Indiana, expect light snow after sunset until around midnight with a total accumulation of a few tenths to around one-inch expected.
Granger, Ind. – Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Andy Jacobs:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Congressman Jacobs. I enjoyed getting to know Andy over the years, and his decades of tireless service to the people of Indiana is an example I try to follow. Jill and I send our thoughts and prayers to Kim, Andy Jr., Steven, and all of Andy's family during this difficult time.”
Indianapolis - Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement:
“Andy Jacobs, Jr.'s contributions to the life of our state and nation are incalculable and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. Andy Jacobs personified the kind of principled and compassionate leadership that Hoosiers most admire and he will be greatly missed.
Before serving a long and illustrious career as a member of the United States House of Representatives, Andy Jacobs served his nation in the United States Marine Corps as a combat infantryman. Upon his return from military service, he dedicated the next three decades of his life to public service. Andy Jacobs served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1959-1960. Later, he was elected to represent Indiana’s Tenth Congressional District in 1964, serving in the same Indianapolis Congressional seat held by his father in 1948-1950.
During his early years in Congress, Representative Jacobs helped to write the 1965 Voting Rights Act. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Jacobs was known for his tireless efforts to improve the lives of America’s senior citizens by enhancing the Social Security Administration and the Medicare program.
Throughout his career, Representative Jacobs was recognized by colleagues on both sides of the aisle as a champion for his principles and a man of impeccable character.
When Representative Jacobs retired from Congress in 1997, he left a legacy of leadership and a reputation for integrity among his peers and the people that he served.
On behalf of my entire family, I express our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family, his wife Kim, and to his two sons during this difficult time. God bless you, Andy Jacobs. Your compassion and servant leadership left Indiana and our nation better for you having been here. You will be sorely missed and your many contributions to Indiana will be remembered always.”...
The Indiana Department of Correction has announced a new program aimed at combating cell phone trafficking in Indiana’s prisons. The Cell Phone Detection K-9 Program has successfully completed its pilot phase, training two cell-phone-sniffing dogs at the Pendleton Correctional Facility and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
Photo: (from Indiana Department of Correction): Officer Jarod Collenbaugh and K-9 Dixie search a housing unit at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
Corrections officials say cell phones are among the biggest challenges prison officials face today, and cell phone detection K-9s are the latest tool for sniffing out the problem. “In the hands of offenders, cell phones not only threaten the safety and security of our facilities, but can also pose a serious threat to the public,” stated IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. “In many cases, offenders use them to circumvent prison phone monitoring systems, oftentimes to run criminal operations on the outside, plan escapes, facilitate acts of violence inside and outside of prison, communicate with gang associates, or traffic drugs and other contraband into our facilities.”
The Cell Phone Detection K-9 program pilot began in September 2013 with an intensive eight week training course developed by IDOC’s Emergency Operations Division, based off a similar program implemented by the GEO Group at the New Castle Correctional Facility. The training program began with basic fundamental detection work and handler skills, including obedience and socialization, then progressed to real working conditions. The handler and K-9 are trained in personnel searches, vehicle searches, area searches, and property searches.
Commissioner Lemmon added, “This issue has plagued states across the country, and the K-9 detection program has proven to be a cost effective solution to fighting the serious issue of illegal cell phones in prison.”
In 2012, 2560 cell phones were confiscated inside Indiana’s 20 adult correctional facilities. Monthly sweeps in cells around Indiana turn up anywhere from 50 to 60 cell phones. So far this year, the Department has seized over 1000 phones, which are often smuggled in by visitors or staff and can be sold for as much as $1200 on the inside.
The handlers and dogs were hand selected by the pilot facilities. Wabash Valley chose Officer Jarod Collenbaugh and K-9 Dixie, and Pendleton chose Officer Brantley Ferguson and K-9 Port. All IDOC K-9s are donated to the Department and training costs are minimal training costs. The IDOC has future plans to implement this program statewide, placing a Cell Phone Detection K-9 in every IDOC facility.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the disappearance of a Des Plaines, Illinois, woman. Officials say 31-year-old Cathryn McGill was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her husband, 35-year-old Adam McGill when their vehicle was swept off the roadway in flood waters on Highway 257 near the Pike – Daviess County Line in southwest Indiana. Adam McGill was rescued but his wife couldn' t be found. Search efforts that included bank searches, side scan sonar, canine searches, wading shallow water and dragging operations, concluded at dusk. Water-based search efforts were scheduled to resume this morning. Responding agencies included Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, Southwest Medical, Pike County EMS, Pike County EMA, Ohio Valley Search and Rescue, American Red Cross and Indiana Conservation Officers. ...
In order to complete the work, lane closures on northbound and southbound I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) will be necessary. The left lane will be closed from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Motorists should anticipate delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Motorists are asked to please obey the speed limit, observe closure signs and remain alert for workers. Find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1 at http://www.dot.state.il.us IDOT says additional updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com ....
Some travelers got quite a deal buying tickets on Delta Air Lines's website Thursday, including Milos Rokosz of Dyer, who ended up getting six tickets to Florida for about 29-dollars apiece. Today's Times says he came across them on a website called Kayak-dot-com, a travel metasearch engine, then went to Delta's site to see for himself. Delta's online booking system offered double-digit, round-trip fares that were incredibly cheap, like New York to LA for 47 dollars, which would normally cost close to ten times that much. Word quickly got around on travel blogs, and the low prices started disappearing. Delta admitted it was a glitch, said it was fixed, and announced any tickets purchased at the incorrect prices would be honored. ...
Overnight, Indiana State Police say a man from Sawyer, Michigan, was killed when he stepped out in front of an oncoming car on I-94 in Porter County. Troopers say a preliminary investigation revealed that at about 1:15 am, 36-year-old Bradley Miner for unknown reasons parked his Jeep Wrangler on the shoulder of the expressway at the 29 mile marker, which is just east of the westbound truck scales, and stepped out in front of a car traveling in the middle lane. Police say Miner was pronounced dead at the scene and the motorist, a 25-year-old Gary man, was uninjured. The right, middle and entrance ramp to the scales were closed until approximately 4-o'clock this morning. ...
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 59 year old woman under treatment for mental illness for the last two-years has been missing since the first week of December and family members are seeking help in locating her. The Times reports Paula Palo left her residential unit at Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living on December 8th and has been without her medication ever since. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Gary Police at (219) 881-1214. A description of the woman has not yet been made available. ...
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