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Schererville Man Appointed to the IEDC Board

The former President and Chief Administrative Officer of Northwest Indiana BanCorp, was named today by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the Indiana Economic Development Board. Joel Gorelick, of Schererville, will serve a four-year term effective immediately. Gorelick, a former marine, currently serves as Board Chairman of the Lake County Economic Alliance and previously was chairman of the board of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Development Corporation. In 2000, Gorelick was recognized as Financial Services Advocate by the Indiana District Office of the US Small Business Administration and as Board Member of the Year by the National Association for Development Companies. ...
 

State Police: Pay Attention Because We're Watching

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(Photos Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
One of the goals of the Indiana State Police is to reduce injuries and fatalities on Hoosier roadways, which is usually done through periodic traffic blitzes. Troopers from the Lowell Post conducted such a blitz today on I-65, using marked and unmarked vehicles and TruCam Lidars that have the ability to not only capture a violator's speed and video tape it, but also break down the time and distance between cars to include those following too closely. Lowell Post Commander Lt. Jerry Williams says, “by reducing tailgating and aggressive driving violations you can take an active role in reducing crashes and fatalities in our communities.”
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Crash Closes Right Two Lanes of I-80/94

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Traffic Advisory: Backups are being reported as the right two lanes of eastbound I-80/94 are closed near the Indiana Toll Road due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel eastbound on I-80/94 near mile 15.4.
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Senate Passes Bill to Restore Military Death Benefits

Senator Dan Coats
The bill to guarantee death benefits to soldiers families is on its way to the President. ABC News reports, with little debate and just a voice vote, the Senate joined the House in approving the measure to pay death benefits to families of those killed in the military, which had been blocked by the government shutdown. Once signed by the President, it would relieve the Pentagon from having to borrow the money from a charity, as worked out by Defense Secretary Hagel.
Indiana US Senator Dan Coats, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued a statement today that he's pleased Congress has approved the legislation, saying, “military families should not be left out in the cold because leaders of the very country their brave sons and daughters died for are failing to govern.”...
 

Semi Loses Load of Dirt in Rollover on SB I-65

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(Photo Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
A 43 year old Valparaiso man was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries to his head and hands after his semi, which was pulling a dump trailer full of dirt, rolled over on southbound I-65 this morning just north of the Lowell exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports at 10:43am, Joel Mick was changing lanes when the dump trailer struck an uneven portion of the road, due to lane repaving going on in this area, and ultimately the semi rolled over on the driver's side and slid for 75 feet blocking the de-acceleration lanes to the Lowell exit and partially blocking the right lane. The load of dirt being carried to the Newton County landfill in Brook was lost off the inner shoulder and partially in the left lane.  
One lane of traffic is able to get by snaking through between the load of dirt partially lost in the left lane and the dump partially blocking the right lane and both de-acceleration lanes are closed....
 

Truck on its Side Southbound I-65 in Lowell

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Traffic Advisory: Backups reported on I-65 in Lowell.  Crews are at the scene of a semi dump truck flipped onto its side, losing a load of dirt on southbound I-65 near the State Road 2 exit.  [Image/INDOT cams]...
 

Interview: Sheriff Discusses 3rd Jail Pod

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Porter County officials are moving forward on getting the third pod at the county jail up and running to help relieve overcrowding. Porter County Commissioners have agreed to hire an engineering firm to evaluate what's needed physically to open that section of the jail. Last week the county council voted 4-to-3 against funds to pay for additional jailers to staff the pod, but Sheriff David Lain says it's a matter of determining where that money will come from on an ongoing basis. The jail on State Road 49 opened in 2002, but the third of its three pods has never been opened due to staffing constraints. Sheriff Lain says it's been a priority for him to see it open:
To hear our interview today with Sheriff Lain, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website. [File Photo/Region Newsmakers]...
 

Police Investigating Gary Shooting Death

Police in Gary are investigating a shooting death, the 42nd homicide recorded in the city this year. The Lake County Coroners office says 41-year-old Marlon Allen of East Chicago suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in the 42-hundred block of Vermont Street in Gary shortly after 9-o'clock Wednesday night. ...
 

Officials Address Fights at Westville Correctional Facility

Authorities say fights broke out early Monday evening at the Westville Correctional Facility, and officials continue working on determining what prompted them. Public Information Officer John Schrader says a total of ten to twelve inmates were involved. "Monday evening we had basically a larger number of fights than normal, involving probably about ten to twelve offenders total in a number of housing units in one section of the facility," Schrader said. The facility has five large sections, Schrader said, and the other four are still operating normally and have been all along.  Schrader says one offender went to the infirmary at the facility, and there were no injuries to prison staff, and there was no destruction of any property. He says some offenders had just been moved around to different areas within that one unit, and starting at about 5:30 Monday evening, separate fights broke out as offenders were going to and back from the chow, or mess, hall.   Visits remain canceled at this time for the affected section of the facility. ...
 

Two Arrested in Hessville Cellphone Robberies

Hammond PD
Police in Hammond have arrested two suspects in connection with a string of cellphone robberies in Hessville over the weekend. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says Wednesday night around 5:15, two juveniles were robbed of their phones at gunpoint at 173rd and Grand. Hammond detectives aided by officers from the Northwest Indiana STOP Team stopped two 17-year-old Gary males at an apartment complex in the 45-hundred block of 23rd Court in Gary, and police say the stolen phones were recovered along with a gun allegedly used in the incident. Chief Miller says the two juveniles are believed to be responsible for four or five other robberies in Hammond and possibly others in East Chicago and Merrillville. More information was expected to be released today.

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Commissioners Move Toward Opening 3rd Pod

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Porter County officials are moving forward on getting the third pod at the county jail up and running to help relieve overcrowding. Porter County Commissioners held a special meeting Wednesday and agreed to hire DLZ engineering to evaluate what's needed to open that section of the jail. Last week the county council voted 4-to-3 against funds to pay for additional jailers to staff the pod, but there's word the council is expected to revisit the request and resolve the issue by the time the final budget hearing happens later this month (Oct 22) The jail on State Road 49 opened in 2002, but the third of its three pods has never been opened due to staffing constraints. [Photo/PorterCounty Sheriffs Office]...
   

New Voter Forms Meant to End 'Hoarding and Dumping'

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Secretary of State Lawson
The state has new voter registration forms meant to decrease voter fraud and end the “hoarding and dumping” of applications, according to Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who says the improved forms will create a “custody trail” . Lawson says in previous elections they've had forms submitted for Jimmy Johns and Mickey Mouse, and most of the time these applications are mixed in with legitimate ones collected by groups registering large numbers of voters then turned into the county voter registration offices just before the deadline. The new forms include a section for individuals who collect the applications to document their name and other info, and newly-registered voters will also receive a receipt with the name and address of the person who took “custody” of the application and when.
“By creating a custody trail, we are providing county clerks with the tools they need to stop fraudulent registrations that undermine the integrity of our election process,” said Secretary Lawson
If a person’s application is given to another person, but for whatever reason never arrives at a county voter registration office, Lawson says the changes will help the county assist that person in registering to vote. The additional information required by the new form can also help the county voter registration office identify any patterns of suspicious activity or clear violations of election law.
The new Indiana voter registration forms also remind groups and individuals who register voters of their own responsibility to protect the election process and prevent disenfranchisement of voters who have placed their trust in these groups or individuals. By putting their name on the application, individuals collecting voter registration forms will be more likely to review the application to ensure it is correctly filled out and filed in a timely manner, according to Lawson's office.
Individuals collecting voter registration applications who receive an application they believe to be false or fraudulent are now required to submit the application to the appropriate county election office with a statement sworn to under penalties of perjury, indicating why they believe the application to be fraudulent, to alert county officials that a violation of election law may have occurred. 
Also, beginning with next year’s election, all applications collected from another person must be turned into the county voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division no later than noon 10 days of receipt of the application or the deadline to submit applications under state law, whichever occurs first.
The changes in the voter registration process were enacted by the 2013 Indiana General Assembly as part of Senate Enrolled Act 519. The updated forms were approved by the bi-partisan Indiana Election Commission, with assistance from the bi-partisan Indiana Election Division under the guidance of co-directors Brad King and Trent Deckard. ...
   

UPDATE: Crash at State Road 49 and 600 North

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Porter County Sheriffs Police are reporting no life-threatening injuries at this time in a two-vehicle crash that resulted in delays on northbound State Road 49 around 6-o'clock this morning. The collision occurred at the intersection of County Road 600 North, which is just north of Valparaiso. Vehicles were reportedly backed up for about six-miles, down to US 30....
   

Crash on State Road 49 North of Valparaiso

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Multiple emergency responders are on scene at a motor vehicle accident on the northbound side of State Road 49 at the intersection of County Road 600 North, which is just north of Valparaiso.  No other information is available at this hour.  We are getting reports of long backups in the area....
   

Company to Lead Strategic Planning for IN Schools Chosen

An out-of-state company was chosen today to advise the State Board of Education's strategic planning process over the next three years. Massachusetts-based Center of Educational Leadership and Technology's bid was chosen by the Board's panel over the Indiana Youth Institute, Indianapolis-based Thomas P. Miller Miller and Associates, and the National Association of State Boards of Education. A decision by the full State Board of Education to accept the company's goals takes place in February....
   

Gary Settles Lawsuit with Majestic Star Casinos

The City of Gary has settled a five-year old lawsuit with Majestic Star Casinos and a land trust and is expected to receive 13-point-five million dollars over the next 12 to 18 months. During a special meeting Tuesday, the city's Common Council approved the settlement resolution, which the city's attorney says was done to prevent further litigation. The agreement still needs to be signed by casino officials and approved by Gary's Redevelopment Commission. At issue was a local development agreement between the two over an access road that travels over the Wisconsin Central and Norfolk-Southern railroad lines. Majestic Casino thought Gary was in violation of the local development agreement, so they put the money owed into an escrow account. ...
   

Teen Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Students

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A Portage High School student was arrested today for intimidation and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center after a fellow student informed school officials the teen was talking about bringing a gun to school and shooting students who were “arrogant and self-righteous”. Portage Police say the student in question, a sophomore, was brought to the office and an inquiry revealed he was not in possession of any gun, but claimed access to one at home. Police reportedly searched the teen's bedroom and did not find a gun, but his parent's reported having a gun under lock and key and that the child does not have access to it. Police Chief Troy Williams commended the student who initially reported the threat, as well as the swift action taken by school officials, and urged parents to talk with their children with regards to the importance of reporting a threat they may hear and to also monitor their children for changes in behavior that warrant a concern. ...

   

Frontier's Portion of the 5 Points Project Ends Friday

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Frontier Communications announced today they anticipated having their portion of the road project at the Five-Points in Valparaiso completed this Friday. Frontier's General Manager Todd Pence says they invested almost 245-thousand dollars in capital funds to move existing fiber and copper networks, which began back in August at the Five-Points intersection of Vale Park, Calumet and Roosevelt Roads, at the request of the City of Valparaiso.
Pence says most of their work just required digging a new trench a few feet over from the existing trench and transferring the cable fiber over to it. Pence says, “this new project will enable construction of a safer pedestrian path, new storm water and sewer system, and a two-lane roundabout for the community of Valparaiso.”...
   

Schneider National to Host Three Job Fairs in Gary

City of Gary
One of the nation's largest truck load carriers has joined forces with the City of Gary to bring more employment opportunities to residents. The collaboration is part of the city's “New Day, New Jobs Initiative” and Schneider will be hosting three jobs fairs before the end of the year at the WorkOne office in Gary. Schneider reports they are primarily looking for truck drivers and mechanics in the Gary area and that they are offering a five-thousand dollar signing bonus for over-the-road drivers.
The job fairs will take place on the following dates and times:
October 17, 2013
November 14, 2013
December 12, 2013
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
WorkOne Office
3522 Village Circle (located in the Village Shopping Center)
Gary, IN
Applicants are asked to wear interview attire, bring a resume and proof of CDL certification if interested in the truck driver positions....
   

Indiana Tax Climate 10th Best in the Nation

For the first time ever Indiana has cracked the top ten in a national survey of business taxes. The National Federation of Business today released its 2014 State Business Tax Climate survey where Indiana ranked 5th in property taxes, 10th in personal income taxes, 11th for sales taxes and 13th for unemployment insurance taxes. The only tax for which Indiana did not place in the top 15 was the corporate tax where it ranks 24th. Indiana Governor Mike Pence called the tax rankings further evidence that the Hoosier state is on the right track.
The 10 best states in this year’s Index are Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Florida, Washington, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and Indiana. To read the full report, visit http://taxfoundation.org/article/2014-state-business-tax-climate-index...
   

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