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South Split Project to Begin

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Region residents with plans to go to Indianapolis next month – parts of Interstate 65 and 70 will be closed starting in August for Operation South Split. INDOT says the work will close I-65 and I-70 between the north and south splits on the east side of downtown Indianapolis for up to 90 days, or three months, to rebuild and lower pavement below seven bridges. INDOT says it's become necessary to increase bridge clearances because of repeated accidents involving bridge strikes, posing a safety concern.  State officials say more than 400 collisions have been recorded at South Split bridges over I-65/I-70 since 1999 and the frequency of vehicle bridge strikes has increased in recent years.
web link for detour info:  http://www.in.gov/indot/files/South_Split_I-65-I-70_Detour_Map.pdf 

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Performances Honor Retiring Director

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Valparaiso High School alumni from around the country gathered in downtown Valparaiso's Central Park over the weekend, for farewell concerts saluting retiring band director Daniel Pritchett -- with about two-hundred former students joining current students in the performances. Pritchett has worked at Valpo High for nearly four decades, and after serving as assistant band director, became director of bands and head of the school's music department in the mid 1990's.
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Silver Alert Issued

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From Indiana State Police:
A State Wide Silver Alert has been declared.
The Jeffersonville Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Jeffersonville, Indiana who was last seen in New Albany, Indiana. New Albany, Indiana is located adjacent to Louisville, Kentucky. Timothy F. Fry is a 68 year old white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, and 200 lbs., with black graying hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. Timothy F. Fry was last seen at 9:30 am EST on Sunday July 7, 2013 and is believed to be in danger. Timothy F. Fry was last seen wearing an orange polo shirt and black pants. Timothy F. Fry may be disoriented and require medical attention. He is believed to be driving a brown 2013 Ford Escape SUV with Indiana plate 531BAI.
If you have any information on Timothy F. Fry, contact the Jeffersonville Police Department by calling 812-283-6633.
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Lowell VFD to Discuss Staffing

In Lowell, local fire officials will be talking about staffing and equipment needs for the town's volunteer department. A joint work session is scheduled Tuesday night (7 pm) at Town Hall that'll also include members of Lowell's town council and township trustees representing the Tri-Creek area, which includes Cedar, Eagle and West Creek townships. Town officials have been considering an idea to expand the roster of volunteer firefighters due to concerns over having enough crew to respond to daytime emergencies.
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Barn Fire in South Haven

Several departments responded to a barn fire that reportedly claimed the lives of two horses in northwest Indiana late Sunday night. The blaze on County Road 700 North in rural South Haven reportedly began around 10:30, and crews were still at the scene early this morning. Twelve other horses were said to have gotten out. Two area firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.  
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Police Investigate Three Apparent Homicides

Police in Gary are investigating three fatal shootings that occurred over three days during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Police say a 57-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the 51-hundred block of Georgia Street in Glen Park around 2:15 Sunday morning. Authorities say a 19-year-old Gary man died Saturday from a fatal gunshot wound in the 500 block of Delaware Street, and a 46-year-old Gary man found in the 5000 block of Pennsylvania Street Friday died from multiple gunshot wounds.
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Gary Man Found Unresponsive in Street Friday Morning

Police in Gary are investigating three separate shooting incident Thursday night into this morning, one of which has resulted in a homicide investigation. Corp. Gabrielle King says police were called out to the five-thousand block of Pennsylvania Street at 6:30 this morning for a man down, and arrived to find Bryan Cooke, of Gary, unresponsive in the street. Corp. King say a man who lives in the area found the man 46 year old this morning and called police.
Corp. King says another incident took just before 9pm Thursday, where a 32 year old man reported he was shot in an alley at 38th and Lincoln, and yet another shooting was reported around 10:20 Thursday night, in the 38-hundred block of Tennessee. Police say a 32 year old man went home after he was informed his alarm was going off, upon arrival, police say he noticed things out of place, and as he approached his home, he was shot in the leg. Corp. King says he was taken to the hospital for his injuries. Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to contact Gary Police.
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Crash on I-94 Near SR 49 and US 20

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Traffic tipster report a crash is blocking the left lane of I-94 between State Road 49 and U-S 20.  Stop and go traffic for about a mile is being reported, so expect delays. 
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Closure of US 20 Starts Monday Near SR 2 and New Carlisle

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 LAPORTE/ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of U.S. 20, between SR 2 and the LaPorte/St. Joseph County Line near New Carlisle beginning Monday, July 8th through the end of the day Tuesday, July 9th. Crews will perform a chip seal and fog seal operation to preserve the road surface. Please note: this project is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions aren’t ideal.
Drivers wishing to travel eastbound on U.S. 20 will be detoured east on SR 2 and back to U.S. 20 by way of the St. Joseph Valley Parkway/U.S. 20/U.S. 31. Drivers wishing to travel westbound on U.S. 20 will be detoured east on U.S. 20, south/east on the St. Joseph Valley Parkway, west on SR 2, and back to U.S. 20.
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
The fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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Annual Cops Cycling for Survivors to Ride for Britney Meux

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Indianapolis, IN –Monday, July 8, 2013, will mark the start of the 11th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride across and around Indiana. A departure ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Law Enforcement/Firefighter Memorial, adjacent to the State Capitol, in downtown Indianapolis. This year there are 51 cyclists participating in the ride. They will depart shortly after the key note comments of Spencer Moore, survivor of Officer David S. Moore of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, end of watch January 26, 2011. Their 9:00 a.m. departure from the memorial will take them east toward Greenfield, Indiana on the first leg of journey that will last 13 days and cover nearly 1,000 miles bicycling the perimeter of Indiana.
Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation, Inc., is made up of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members and friends of law enforcement riding their bicycles around the perimeter of Indiana to raise money and awareness about the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana. Funds raised from this event are used to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty. Previously raised funds have been directly donated to the Indiana Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), National COPS, Illinois COPS, The Unity Tour and Project Blue Light.
This year the cyclists are recognizing the sacrifices made by Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux and Indiana Department of Corrections Officer Timothy Betts. Corrections Officer Meux was killed instantly when struck while on a training run around the perimeter of the Lake County Jail. Three co-workers were also injured in the hit and run crash. She was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for three years. Officer Meux is survived by her daughter, mother, father, and four sisters. Correctional Officer Betts suffered a heart attack while escorting an unruly prisoner to the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Officer Betts had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
The ride is scheduled to conclude on the afternoon of Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Crown Hill Cemetery, Heroes of Public Safety Section, where the riders will reunite with their families and other law enforcement survivors. There will be a short closing ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m. To see the route the cyclists will follow, please visit their website: http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/route.html Additional information on specific locations of meals and overnights can be found by clicking on the Calendar tab of the website.
Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation, Incorporated was granted 501(c) 3 status as a not-for-profit in late 2011, and the inaugural 13 day tour around Indiana took place in July of 2012. However, the spirit of this ride began many years before. In 2001 a group of police officers decided to support survivors by riding their bicycles from Indianapolis, Indiana to Washington, D.C. to honor officers who had been killed in the line of duty and to support their survivors.
The ride has gone through many changes over the years, but one thing has remained constant…the cyclists’ dedication to honoring fallen law enforcement heroes and supporting their survivors left behind.
Two people who were integral to the success of Cops Cycling were Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police and Retired Chief Gary Martin of the Lake County Police Department. Lt. Dudley took the organizational and emotional lead and kept the wheels rolling after the first two years riding to Washington, D.C. Wanting to do more to support survivors on a local level, Gary brought the ride home to Indiana.
On August 22, 2006, Lt. Dudley and Chief Martin were both killed during the ride when a large box truck struck the rear of the support truck, pushing the support truck into the cyclists. Several of the cyclists who had participated in the ride for many years and were cycling the day of the crash determined to keep Lt. Dudley and Chief Martin’s memories and motivation alive. Those memories and motivation have developed into what the ride is today, Lt. Dudley’s vision and legacy in supporting law enforcement survivors. To date, the cycling event has raised over $300,000 for IN Concerns of Police Survivors.
For more information on the ride please visit the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation web-site at: http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/ or Rich Crawford, President of Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation, Inc. at 317-650-8961.
Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/21371-correctional-officer-timothy-a-betts#ixzz2XVbwwrxP
Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/21205-corrections-officer-britney-rachelle-meux#ixzz2XVbEJdo4
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Michigan City Big Parade Bus Routes for July 6th

The “Big Parade” on July 6 will affect all bus routes from 10 am to 2 pm. Starting with the 10:30 am departures from the Library, all North and Southbound routes that use Franklin Street between 10th and Harrison Streets will use Wabash Street. These routes will return to Franklin Street and normal routes at the Earl Road and Franklin Street intersection. Departing the Library, Route 2 will use Wabash Street south, 8th Street east, Spring Street south to Detroit Street and then will resume the normal route. Northbound Route 2 will not be affected by the parade. Route 3 will depart the Library on 4th Street, use Wabash Street north to US 12 to Michigan Blvd. Passengers boarding Route 3 on 5th Street will have to board at 5th and Michigan Blvd. Route 4 will not be affected by the parade. The normal routes will resume with the departure of all routes from the Library at 2:30 pm. We are asking that riders be patient during the parade as the unusually high amount of traffic in the downtown area will create delays.
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LaPorte Co Sheriff's Dept Wraps Up 2013 Click It or Ticket Campaign

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The 2013 “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign in LaPorte County has ended and the Sheriff's Office reports 187 seat belt tickets and seven child restraint citations were issued during the annual Memorial Day effort. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate, from 58-percent in 1994, to an estimated observed usage rate of 86-percent in 2012, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that in 2011 alone, seat belts saved just under 12-thousand lives nationwide.
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Registration Open for Underwater Astonaut Training Camp

   Hammond, IN (July 3, 2013) – The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is teaching students the science and physics behind walking on the moon during the Underwater Astronaut Training Camp. Camp sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 8 and 9 and July 29 and 30.
   Students, ages 11 through 14, will receive basic training from a certified SCUBA instructor on how to use SCUBA gear underwater to learn about space walking. During the two-day camp, students will also learn about neutral buoyancy, density, astronaut training and other space and science topics.
   "This is a great way for students to get a feel for the work that astronauts like Col. Jerry Ross perform during their amazing spacewalks.  Those astronauts train in the Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston for many hours before being deemed spacewalk ready,” said Becky Manis, executive director of the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana. 
   “Our students are mirroring some of that training at the Hammond YMCA.  But no matter the location, it's an amazing opportunity to try out something new and learn about the amazing work being completed by our nation's space program," said Manis.
   Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is a non-profit 501c3 organization that educates students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects with the goal of encouraging students to pursue STEM careers.
   Registration is still open for the July 29 and 30 camp session. Cost is $125 per student and includes gear rental. For more information on the center or to register for the camp, visit www.clcnwi.com or call 219-989-3250.
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SB Cline Ave Ramp to I-80/94 Closed Monday thru 7/22

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of the southbound Cline Avenue ramp (SR 912) to westbound I-80/I-94 beginning Monday, July 8th through July 22nd. Crews will be repaving sections of the ramp as part of a larger project involving I-80/I-94, between Cline Avenue and the Illinois state line. Additional I-80/I-94 lane restrictions and ramp closures are expected in the coming months.
Drivers wishing to travel southbound on Cline Avenue to westbound I-80/I-94 will be detoured east on I-80/I-94 to the Broadway exit (SR 53), then back on I-80/I-94 westbound.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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US 421 Near Westville to be Closed Monday thru July 15th

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LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of U.S. 421 at the railroad crossing a half mile south of U.S. 6, near Westville. This crossing will be closed beginning Monday, July 8th through Monday, July 15th.
A detour will take southbound U.S. 421 drivers east on U.S. 6, south on SR 39, west on U.S. 30, and back to U.S. 421. Northbound U.S. 421 drivers will be detoured east on U.S. 30, north on SR 39, west on U.S. 6, and back to U.S. 421.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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Suspects Charged in Lake Co Drug Store Robberies

A Gary man and woman have been charged in connection to armed robberies at three area drug stores last week in Lake County. 49-year old Debra Ann Adams and her boyfriend, 57-year old John Stefanich, were charged Wednesday in Lake County Superior Court with three counts of Armed Robbery and three counts of Criminal Confinement for allegedly holding up drug stores on June 24th in Griffith, in Highland on June 26th, and again in Griffith on June 29th. Authorities report through witness statements, surveillance video and the assistance of security personnel, police were able to locate the suspect vehicle seen leaving from two of the robberies in Highland. A search warrant of a residence on the west side of Gary allegedly turned up a large quantity of controlled substances stolen from the drug stores.
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4th of July Naturalization Ceremony at Wolf Lake

A naturalization ceremony was held Thursday at Wolf Lake Memorial Park pavilion. Indiana US Congressman Pete Visclosky helped welcomed 47 people from 24 countries who now join over 300-million other Americans as US citizens.
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Sign Up Now for Boater Ed Class at Koontz Lake on 7/13

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Indiana Conservation Officers are offering a Boater Education course on July 13, 2013 from 9am – 5pm CDT at the Koontz Lake Homeowners Association clubhouse. The course is being sponsored by the Koontz Lake Homeowners Association and is free of charge. The clubhouse is located at 10896 E Cherokee, Walkerton. Lunch will be provided.
The class covers a wide variety of information, including:
• General information concerning boats and maintenance
• Information to make your boating experience safe and more comfortable
• Tips on how to be a more courteous vessel operator
• Laws and regulations you must follow
Upon successful completion of the class, boaters 15 years and older with an Indiana ID can operate motorboats on state waters.
Pre-registration is required.
On-line: go to http://www.register-ed.com click on Indiana, follow steps to sign up.
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Fire at LaPorte County Jail Sends One Inmate to Hospital

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A fire Thursday afternoon at the LaPorte County Jail resulted in one inmate being taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports employees were alerted to a fire just before 1pm in a cell located in the south side of the jail. Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and inmates in the immediate cell block area were relocated to another secure area within the jail as firefighters ventilated the area. 35 year old Marzano Shelly, of Michigan City, who was being held in the jail while awaiting trial for murder, robbery, and other charges, was taken to Indiana University Health, in LaPorte. No other inmates were injured, and the jail was not evacuated.
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Highland Police Investigating Armed Robbery

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Police in Highland are investigating an armed robbery that took place just before 11:30 Wednesday night. Police report a 21 year old female and her two friends were approached by two black males as they were walking from the Main Street Festival back to their vehicle parked in the Highland High School parking lot. Authorities say one of the suspects pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her purse, at which point he grabbed it, and then then two suspects fled north on Erie Street. A male friend of the woman ran after the suspects, and confronted them, until he was struck by one of them in the head. Police say he refused treatment.
Both suspects are described as a six-foot tall black males in their late teens to early 20's, wearing black hoodies, one with a slender build, the other with a heavier build and short dread locks. Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Highland Police at (219) 838-3184.
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