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Investigation Continues into Holiday Weekend Homicides

Police in Gary are investigating three fatal shootings that occurred over three days during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Corp. Gabrielle King says police were called out to the five-thousand block of Pennsylvania Street at 6:30 Friday 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 and called police.
Corp.King says on Friday night at 9:50pm, 19 year old Antoine Taylor was traveling with a friend east on 5th Avenue, when he noticed two males walking in the 500 block of Delaware Street and asked his friend to stop so he could talk with them. A short time later, the friend in the vehicle reported he thought he heard gunshots, then saw Taylor running. Corp King says the friend got Taylor back in the vehicle, who then drove him to the hospital, and Taylor died due to his injuries on Saturday.
King says 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. The Lake County Coroner's Office has identified the deceased as Andrew Wilkins, of Gary, who died due to multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body. Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to contact the Gary Police Department.
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Extra Valpo Patrols Result in Seven Arrests

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Valparaiso Police worked a number of extra drunk driving patrols that resulted in seven arrests – one of them by officers on bikes. Police say Saturday the department's bicycle patrol observed erratic driving and conducted a traffic stop at Brown and Franklin Streets.
Four arrests occurred throughout the morning and evening hours of July 5th, at Danvers Parkway/State Road 2; Calumet Avenue/ McCord Road; Brown and Campbell Streets, and Chicago and Campbell Streets. Two other arrests occurred on July 7th on US 30 and at Chicago and Sturdy Road.
Extra patrols, funded by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Porter County Driving Task Force ,were conducted from July 4th through July 7th.

Michigan City Announces Code Sweep

Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer says the second code enforcement sweep of the year will be conducted this week – a two day sweep Wednesday [ July 10th ] and Thursday [ July 11th ] in an area roughly bound by Highway 12 on the north, Country Line Road on the west, Earl Road on the south, and Wabash Street on the east. Personnel from various city departments will be participating, and residents are urged to fix any possible violations before the sweep gets to your area.  The Michigan City Fire Department will also be available city-wide to assist any elderly or disabled persons with installing or checking of their smoke detectors.  For information, call the Michigan City Fire Department at: 219-873-1440.

Transition Begins for Strongbow Inn

The transition gets underway today for new ownership of a Region restaurant tradition. Last week the sale of Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso was announced, as Hobart-based Luke Company is purchasing the restaurant and banquet facility from owners Russ and Nancy Adams.  "Nobody will notice a thing different," Russ Adams said.  "The staff is continuing," he told us today, "we're hanging on to the wonderful recipes, and these guys will do an excellent job."  Adams says his grandmother Bess Thrun opened Strongbow Turkey Inn in 1940, with a name based in Region history, a name that will continue on.
Strongbow Turkey Farm was started in the 1930’s by Dr. Walter and Bess Thrun (Russ Adams’ grandparents) and named for the Pottawatomie Indian chief who lived on the land with his tribe in the 1800’s. In 1940  Bess Thrun opened the Strongbow Turkey Inn on US Hwy 30 in Valparaiso with 28 seats. Known for the turkey the Thruns raised on the farm across the highway the first menu included hot and cold turkey and the now-famous Strongbow Turkey Pie. Over the years Strongbow has grown to not only a sizeable restaurant but also includes banquet facilities that accommodate up to 500 people. Strongbow currently employs 130 people.  Adams said that he is proud of what Strongbow has meant to his family – with his mother Chuggie and father Chuck running the business from 1951-1993 when Russ and Nancy took over. “We know that Strongbows helped put Valpo on the map,” he said.   The restaurant, now in its 73rd year, is along US 30 just west of State Road 49.
The Luke Company is a family owned and operated company based in Hobart, Indiana that was founded in 1967 by Ralph Luke.  It is owned by Tom Collins Sr., Tom Collins Jr., and Ryan Richardson and has grown to include 25 C-Stores, the $5 Carwash and County Line Orchard.  The Luke organization currently employs approximately 400 associates.

Coast Gd Rescues, Assists 24 Over the 4th

Coast Guard rescue crews throughout the Great Lakes rescued or assisted 24 people from various boating incidents between late Wednesday night and early Friday morning, including a 39-foot cabin cruiser with four adults and two children aboard that ran aground in Lake Calumet Harbor. There were no reported injuries, pollution or damage to the vessel, but the boat was stranded.

Merrillville FD Considers Green Roof

The idea of the green roof continues to grow. In Lake Station the city's new municipal building that opened in the Fall of 2011 features a living roof that absorbs and filters rainwater and helps insulate the building. In nearby Merrillville, the fire department is now looking at the possibility of planting a green roof at Fire Station Number One on West 73rd Avenue to provide a place where firefighters could grow vegetables for themselves. It would also reduce stormwater runoff, and give crews a place to stay active by gardening when not responding to any calls for service.

Cops Cycling for Survivors Ride 2013

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Today [Monday, July 8, 2013] marks the start of the 11th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride. A departure ceremony was scheduled this morning [ 8:30 a.m. EDT ] at the Law Enforcement/Firefighter Memorial, adjacent to the State Capitol, in downtown Indianapolis. Fifty-one cyclists are taking part in a thirteen-day journey that will cover nearly one-thousand miles around the perimeter of Indiana, including northwest Indiana this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Funds raised are used to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty.
The group says this year the cyclists are recognizing the sacrifices of Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux [mew] who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on a training run around the perimeter of the Lake County Jail, and Indiana Department of Corrections Officer Timothy Betts, who suffered a heart attack while escorting an unruly prisoner to the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
On August 22, 2006, retired Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin of Merrillville and Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley of Indianapolis were killed during the ride when a large box truck struck the rear of the support truck, pushing the support truck into the cyclists.
The ride is scheduled to conclude on the afternoon of Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Crown Hill Cemetery.
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Suspected Heroin in NWI Traffic stop

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[Photo/Indiana State Police]
Indiana State Police say a weekend traffic stop in Northwest Indiana resulted in the seizure of more than five pounds of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of approximately 150-thousand dollars . A Senior Trooper from the Lowell Post made a traffic stop on a car on southbound I-65 around 8 am Sunday near the Remington exit at the 205 mile marker in southern Jasper County for allegedly going 97 miles per hour in a 70 mile an hour zone. Troopers say the driver, a 26-year-old Miami, Florida, man was taken to jail on felony drug charges and a speeding infraction.



Silver Alert Cancelled


July 8, 2013

Indiana Silver Alert #008-2013 issued on July 8, 2013 for Timothy F. Fry has been cancelled as of 8:00 am today EST. This cancellation was requested by the Jeffersonville Police Department. Police say Fry has been located.

ATV Crash Results in Injury

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV crash in Clinton County that resulted in an arm amputation. Officials say a 38-year-old man was operating a side by side off road vehicle on private property when he apparently accelerated during an attempt to jump a small dip on the property and lost control, with the vehicle overturning, and his arm becoming caught between the frame and the ground. Authorities say the ATV was also occupied by two children, ages 7 and 14, and a 59-year-old man, who were all uninjured.
Conservation officers say evidence at the scene indicates that driver lost his grip on the frame handle.

South Split Project to Begin


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.
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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.
[Photo/Valparaiso Parks & Recreation]

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.
[Photo/Indiana State Police Silver Alert]

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.

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.  

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.

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

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 and follow us at
You can find traffic restriction information at  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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