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CR 50 West Closed Thursday for Asphalt Paving in Porter Co

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Traffic will be restricted to local residents only tomorrow, July 18th, on part of County Road 50 West in Porter County for asphalt paving. The Porter County Highway Department reports work will take place on County Road 50 West, from the Toll Road to County Road 1050 North, from 6am to 4:30pm.
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Former Porter County Assessor Passes Away

Former Porter County Assessor Passes Away
JOHN R. SCOTT, age 81, a longtime Portage resident, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.

Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder and his staff extends their condolences to the family of former Porter County Assessor John Scott  saying that Scott devoted much of his life to public service, "Mr. Scott was more than happy to assist me with the transition from one assessor to the next."  Snyder said Scott taught him some things, "some of the things I learned I still hold to today.  I have a lot of respect for him."  The county's current assessor also said that for more than 20 years, Scott served as Portage Township Assessor before becoming the county assessor for four years, "that is something that should be applauded," said Snyder.    
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service at 2700 Willocreek Rd., Portage.  Where according to their website, family and friends may call on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rosary and parish rosary at 6:00 p.m. and Legion service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY from Nativity of Our Savior Catholic, 2949 Willowcreek Rd., Portage with Rev. Andrew Corona officiating. There will be one half-hour of visitation at church prior to service. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Memorials preferred to Nativity of Our Savior, Bishop Carl Mengeling Endowment Fund.
Read more about John R. Scott's life at:  http://www.pruzinfuneralservice.com/sitemaker/sites/PRUZIN1/obit.cgi?user==1035409SCOTT
(photo from Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service website)
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Another Sheen Reported Near Porter Beach

Another sheen was reported on Lake Michigan this afternoon, in the same area where one was reported a month ago to the day. The Times reports the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is aware of the situation, and that employees were at Porter Beach collecting samples. According to the article, swimmers were reportedly not asked to leave the water with this incident and no further information is available at this time.
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Restrictions Thursday on Morgan Blvd and Lafayette in Valpo

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The City of Valparaiso reports that tomorrow, July 18th, road restrictions will be in place on parts of Morgan Boulevard and Lafayette Street for road painting. Officials report restrictions will take place on Morgan, from Lincolnway to Bush, and on Lafayette, from Monroe to Indiana, from 7am to 5pm, with two-way traffic being maintained.
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Pence Commends Responders in Rescue of Boy at Mt. Baldy

Gov Mike Pence
INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement commending the first responders and rescuers for their efforts to save the life of a young Illinois boy who was trapped under eleven feet of sand for more than three hours last Friday. The child is currently recovering at a Chicago hospital.
“As I told Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer yesterday, I  express my deepest admiration and utmost gratitude for the Michigan City first responders and all others involved whose efforts were paramount to the rescue of young Nathan Woessner last week.
“They include the Michigan City Police and Fire Departments, Fire Chief Ronnie Martin, Firefighter Brad Kreighbaum, the LaPorte County EMS, St. Anthony Health in Michigan City, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park Rangers, including Bruce Rowe, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Comer’s Children’s Hospital, including Dr. Tracy Koogler and fellow doctors, D&M Excavators, Woodruff & Son Excavators, NIPSCO, the Red Cross, LaPorte Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman, volunteer firefighter Ryan Miller, local lifeguards and volunteers. Their courage, commitment and persistence epitomize the character of our great state and illustrate for the world the quality and compassion of Hoosiers.
“As the young boy’s father said to me, ‘This is everyone’s miracle.’ I wholeheartedly agree and commend these brave men and women for their swift work in bringing this young boy to safety and improved health.”
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LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week Krystal Gutierrez

Krystal Gutierrez
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A 28 year old woman is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. LaPorte Police report Krystal Gutierrez is currently wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court for revocation of suspended sentence for an original charge of battery. Gutierrez is described as a black female, 5'05”, weighing 150-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding the immediate whereabouts of Krystal Gutierrez is asked to call 9-1-1.
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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Jaime Burgess

Jaime Burgess
(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A member of the Gangster Disciples Street Gang, with an extensive violent criminal history, is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. 31 year old Jaime Burgess is wanted in Lake County Court for attempted murder, burglary resulting in serious bodily injury, burglary, and burglary while armed. Authorities report Burgess is described as a black male, 5'06”, weighing 180-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, who was last known to reside in the 25-hundred block of Harrison Street, in Gary.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jamie Burgess may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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Campbell Street Closed to Fix Water Line

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Valparaiso officials say an emergency closure of Campbell Street in Valparaiso is in effect between Chestnut and Chicago Streets after a contractor cut a water service line.  The closure is expected to last about four hours.
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Ind Dept of Labor Warns of Heat Hazards

The Indiana Department of Labor has sent out an advisory concerning hot and humid working conditions. With the Hoosier state experiencing extreme temperatures and high levels of humidity, the two primary elements of heat illness, officials say heat illness can be a matter of life and death. Employees working in high temperatures and humid conditions, outdoors or indoors, are at risk. State officials say employers must ensure that employees are protected. Heat-related illness, the department says,  is 100 percent preventable.
Information from the Indiana Department of Labor:
The Indiana Department of Labor and federal OSHA warn employers and employees about the hazards of working in the heat.
There are three vital components to reducing the likelihood of heat-related illnesses:
1. Water: A worker should not depend on thirst to signal when and how much fluid to drink. In fact, most individuals exposed to hot conditions drink fewer fluids than needed because of an insufficient thirst drive. Instead, workers should drink five to seven ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish necessary fluids. That is approximately one bottle of water per hour.
2. Rest: Regular rest breaks aid workers in hot environments, whether the heat exposure is outdoors or indoors.
3. Shade: When work is performed outdoors, another important step to reducing heat illness is to provide shaded break areas. Shaded areas give workers necessary relief from the sun.
Employers and employees are strongly encouraged to learn about heat-related illnesses and take necessary precautions for prevention. To learn more about heat stress, please visit OSHA’s heat illness page, located here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html
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Gary, Lake Co Respond to Hazmat Scene

Hazmat and fire have reportedly contained a chemical spill that occurred just east of Cline Avenue in Gary off of US 12/20, or 5th Avenue, around 6:30 this morning. The accident was blocking traffic early today in the East Chicago and Gary areas. Officials say crews responded to Blaine Street for a rollover semi, where hundreds of gallons of sodium hydroxide were said to have spilled. Gary Fire and Lake County Hazardous Materials Response Team were both on scene.
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Sears Re-Announces Dehumidifier Recall

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Sears is re-announcing the recall of nearly 800-thousand Kenmore dehumidifiers due to additional reports of fires and because so few people responded the first time. In the original notice last August, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sears had gotten 107 reports of injuries and more than seven-million dollars in property damage. Since then, Sears has received seven additional reports of shorting and fire associated with the dehumidifiers including a severe burn to a consumer's foot.
For photos and additional information click here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Sears-Reannounces-Recall-of-Kenmore-Dehumidifiers/

[Photo/CPSC, Property damage caused by recalled dehumidifier]
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Governor Unveils Works Councils Map

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence, joined by local education leaders and industry partners, today unveiled a map of the eleven regions for the Indiana Works Councils and provided an update on their progress.  The Northwest Indiana region is Region One, made up of Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski Counties.
“All honest work is honorable work, and Indiana’s schools should work just as well for our kids who want to get a job as they do for our kids who want to get a college degree,” said Governor Pence. “To address this need, we are in the process of forming eleven regional Indiana Works Councils and are pleased with the number of industry partners who have stepped forward to lend insight to this critical effort. With the guidance of this private industry-led initiative, we will make Indiana a national leader in career and technical education workforce readiness for all Hoosier students.”
The Indiana Works Councils were created with the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 465, which the Governor signed into law on April 15, 2013. The legislation specifies the Council will bring educators and employers together to evaluate and develop career and technical education that meets the demands of employers in each region. Each Council is responsible for preparing and submitting a comprehensive evaluation of the available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in its region to the Governor and the education roundtable by November 1, 2013.
A map of the Indiana Works Council regions can be found here:  http://www.in.gov/gov/2587.htm

[Photo/Governor's Office]
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Skyscraper Would Change Indy Skyline

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An Indianapolis company is planning to build a 28-story tower on the north lot of the former Market Square Arena site in downtown Indianapolis. Construction on the proposed 81-million dollar development, which includes three-hundred luxury apartments along with ground-floor retail space, is scheduled to begin next spring and open the year after.
For more info click here: http://www.indy.gov/News%20Items/PR%20--%2007%2016%2013%20MSA%20Release.pdf
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CR 50W Closure Thursday Near Chesterton

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The Porter County Highway Department and Rieth/Riley Construction will close and restrict traffic on a half mile of County Road 50 West Thursday for asphalt paving.  Work is scheduled to take place from the Indiana Toll Road to County Road 1050 North on Thursday, July 18, 2013, from 6 am to 4:30 pm.  Traffic will be restricted to local residents only.
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Multi-State Baseball Tournament Thurs-Sun

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A baseball tournament starting Thursday at Chesterton High School featuring a dozen teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin is expected to pump tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy.
The Babe Ruth Ohio Valley tourney is set for July 18-21 at Chesterton High School.
Indiana Dunes Tourism secured nearly 100 hotel rooms in Chesterton, Porter, Portage and Valparaiso for four nights to accommodate the players and coaches. And families of the participants are expected to fill another 70 hotel rooms each night.
“Anytime a tournament like this comes to the area, it impacts the whole county because we have people staying in different communities and doing activities throughout all of Porter County,” said Angela Pasyk, Indiana Dunes Tourism niche market director.
Pasyk said Indiana Dunes Tourism is partnering with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to provide to each visitor a welcome bag, which will include guides to Porter County and coupons.
Indiana Dunes Tourism says studies show the average overnight visitor to Indiana Dunes Country spends $93 per day, so the economic impact of the tournament -- brought to the area by Nick Doud of Porter County Storm and Michelle Miloshoff of Duneland Diamond  -- should be tens of thousands of dollars. 
The tournament is open to spectators for a small fee.
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Indiana Names 33 'Companies to Watch'

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Integrative Flavors
A northwest Indiana company that's been making food bases since the 1930s, when they manufactured bouillon for military rations during World War II, is among more than thirty companies statewide named to Indiana's annual list of 'Companies to Watch'.  Integrative Flavors opened a new manufacturing facility off US 12 in Michigan City in 2010. Also on the list from northwest Indiana is FRATCO, a corrugated plastic drainpipe manufacturing firm in Francesville.  Here's more information on the list from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2013) - Thirty-three companies from 14 Indiana counties have earned a place in Indiana's sixth annual field of 'Companies to Watch.'
"The entrepreneurial spirit soars in this year's class of 'Companies to Watch,'" said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "With the spark of a great idea, the ingenuity to develop solutions and the determination to achieve greatness, these companies demonstrate what it takes to stand out in the marketplace. Because we offer a low-tax climate with a skilled workforce, companies of all sizes know that they can exercise a competitive advantage in Indiana, a state that works for business."
The accolade, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Small Business Development Center network and the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes the state's privately held businesses that employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.
The 33 'Companies to Watch' from 14 Indiana counties were named after evaluating 300 nominations for the awards and represent industries ranging from biotech research and robotic part design to gourmet flavor manufacturing and automotive safety.
The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $422 million and create more than 345 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $218 million or 36 percent from 2012.
With major sponsorship from Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, the 'Companies to Watch' awards program is an initiative developed by the Cassopolis, Mich.-based Edward Lowe Foundation. The foundation licenses similar programs in other states. The program is also sponsored in part by Katz Sapper & Miller, KeyBank, Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College.
The 33 'Companies to Watch' will be honored at an Aug. 22 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Tickets for the ceremony and dinner are still available and may be purchased online at www.inctw.org or by calling 888.472.3244.
Complete List of Companies to Watch Honorees:Company
 City
 Primary Business
 
AIT Bioscience
 Indianapolis
 Scientific Research and Development
 
American Ultraviolet
 Lebanon
 Manufacturing
 
AndyMark, Inc.
 Kokomo
 Manufacturing
 
ATC Trailers
 Nappanee
 Manufacturing
 
Bastian Automation Engineering
 Greenfield
 Manufacturing
 
Clinical Architecture
 Carmel
 Information Technology
 
Complexus Medical
 Mishawaka
 Manufacturing
 
Construct Solutions, Inc.
 Indianapolis
 Construction
 
DECA Financial Services
 Fishers
 Other Services
 
Diverse Staffing, Inc.
 Indianapolis
 Administrative and Support Services
 
Emerging Threats
 Lafayette
 Information Technology
 
EmNet, LLC
 South Bend
 Information Technology
 
Envisage Technologies
 Bloomington
 Information Technology
 
Fanimation, Inc.
 Zionsville
 Manufacturing
 
FRATCO, Inc.
 Francesville
 Manufacturing
 
IBC Coatings Technologies, Inc.
 Lebanon
 Manufacturing
 
Integrative Flavors
 Michigan City
 Manufacturing
 
Kessler Crane, Inc.
 Plymouth
 Manufacturing
 
Kinetech
 Indianapolis
 Manufacturing
 
Milestone Advisors
 Indianapolis
 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services
 
Net Irrigate
 Bloomington
 Manufacturing
 
netlogx, LLC
 Indianapolis
 Information Technology
 
Nexxt Spine, LLC
 Noblesville
 Health Care and Social Assistance
 
Novia CareClinics
 Indianapolis
 Health Care and Social Assistance
 
Phoenix Data Corporation
 Indianapolis
 Information Technology
 
Protective Coatings, Inc.
 Fort Wayne
 Manufacturing
 
Royal Excursion
 Mishawaka
 Transportation and Warehousing
 
Sportula Products
 Warsaw
 Retail Trade
 
StrataShops
 Elkhart
 Retail Trade
 
Summers Plumbing Heating & Coating
 Noblesville
 Retail Trade
 
TinderBox
 Indianapolis
 Information Technology
 
Tyson Onsite
 Indianapolis
 Construction
 
Union Station Technology Center
 South Bend
 Information Technology
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Portage Detective is Indiana Officer of the Year

A northwest Indiana police officer has been named the Indiana Police Officer of the Year by the American Legion, Department of Indiana. A 17-year veteran of the Portage Police force, Detective Corporal Janis Regnier is now in the running for the national honor. Regnier is the first female officer to receive the Lewis-Schmidt Award. Regnier is the fourth Portage officer is the past decade to receive the state award, following fellow officers John Ryan, Troy Williams and Mark Monks.
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Gary Wants Meeting to Address Violence

The Gary City Council wants a special meeting to address the recent violence in the city, which has included six homicides since the Fourth of July weekend. Other shooting incidents have been investigated over the past couple of weeks, including a report of shots fired shortly before 1 in the afternoon Tuesday near 51st and Broadway on the south side of the city. Police say no one was hit but some cars were damaged.
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Heat Wave Continues, Hottest Day Could be Friday

A heat wave continues from the Midwest to the Northeast, with 18 states under heat advisories or warnings all the way into New Hampshire. Here in the Region, an Air Quality Alert continues as Ozone levels are expected to be in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range.  Here's the link to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's SmogWatch website:
http://www.in.gov/apps/idem/smog/
ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Dr Jennifer Ashton says watch yourself for signs of illness, warning that dehydration can happen to anybody - not just people who work outside.   The National Weather Service says hot and humid weather will persist through the remainder of the work week, with temperatures in the lower 90s in most areas today and tomorrow and afternoon heat index values at or just above 100 degrees. Meteorologists say Friday may be the hottest day of the Region heat wave...with highs in the mid 90s in some spots and heat index values ranging from 100 to 105 degrees. Relief from the heat, though, is expected to arrive late Friday, as a cold front approaches from the northwest bringing the potential for showers and thunderstorms to parts of the area, followed by cooler and less humid weather over the weekend.
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Region Cooling Center Locations

The City of Gary: the Genesis Convention Center, the Hudson Campbell Fitness Center, the Calumet Township Trustee Multipurpose Center, and the Public Safety Facility.
In Michigan City: the Michigan City Police Station, on West 2nd Street is available 24-hours... Michigan City Senior Center is 8am-to-4pm; Michigan City City Hall from 8am-to-4:30pm; and the Michigan City Public Library, during business hours.
Porter Township Trustee Brendan Clancy says all three Portage Fire Stations as well as the South Haven Fire Department are available for residents who need a cool place to stay. Clancy also advises you to stay indoors if possible, and to check on the elderly and disabled frequently and to stay hydrated.
An Air Quality alert remains in effect for Northwest Indiana until further notice.
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