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Chicago Man Arrested for Illegal Buying/Selling Wildlife

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(Photo Courtesy of Indiana Conservation Police)
A 47 year old Chicago man has been arrested in Starke County for illegally buying and selling wildlife. Conservation Police report officers served search warrants late this morning in Hamlet, at Alexander Moy's Starke County property, known as the Kankakee Valley Fish Farm, for evidence related to illegal wildlife sales, and various equipment and animal species used in the illegal operation were reportedly located at the property and seized as evidence. Authorities say their investigation of Moy began in 2011, after they received complaints Moy allegedly purchased whitetail deer from members of the public and during the course of their investigation they learned Moy was actively reselling the wildlife to markets and restaurants in Chicago's China-town. Conservation Police say an investigation continues which could lead to more arrests.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, or has information on the illegal taking, possessing, or selling of wildlife; please contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. You can report any fish and game violation to your local Conservation Officer’s District Office, or the IDNR Tip Hotline at: 1-800-TIP-IDNR....


IUNW Alumni Assoc. hosts Chicago Chocolate Tour

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Chocolate lovers, the Alumni Association of Indiana University Northwest invites you to take a tour of Chicago Chocolatiers on Saturday, October 19th.  Alumni Director Paulette LaFata-Johnson says the all-day bus tour begins at the Macy's Frango Mint Viewing Kitchen with "sweet" stops along a five to seven-block walk.  Tour goers will then be given about three hours free time at Water Tower Place before heading back to the university at around 5p.m.

LaFata-Johnson says the $70 fee includes bus transportation to and from I-U Northwest, box lunch, tour, samples and a "chocolate challenge." She says there will also be two door prizes one of which is a chocolate basket to be given away.  Paid Alumni members will receive a discount. 
For tickets, or more information, contact the IU Northwest Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769 or a rel="nofollow" href="http:
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(photo:  Paulette La Fata-Johnson, Alumni Director, Indiana University Northwest; )

Another Suspect Charged in 2012 Double Homicide

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(Photo Courtesy of the Porter County Sheriff's Office)
A 21 year old Hammond man was formally charged today in an April 2012 double-homicide. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports Alejandro Sanchez was picked up by police on Friday afternoon and charged today with two-counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Jeffery Trinka and Jennifer Guinn. Authorities report the double homicide occurred in the 15-hundred block of West Lincolnway, during the early morning hours of April 7th, 2012, on the southwestern fringe of Valparaiso. A November 4th trial date has already been scheduled for another suspect in this case, 20 year old Julius Garza, of Hammond, who is also charged with two-counts of murder....

Autopsy on Jail Inmate Postponed

An autopsy anticipated to be performed today on a Porter County jail inmate who was found unresponsive in her cell early Saturday morning has been postponed. The Porter County Coroner's Office says at this time an autopsy has been moved to Wednesday, but ultimately it depends on the availability of the pathologist. The female inmate in question was brought to the jail at 10:15 Friday night and placed in a padded cell, after being deemed a threat to herself and others following a suicide screening, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Office. Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says at 12:30 am Saturday, the woman, identified as Autumn Mc Ilvain, was found unresponsive and was transported to Porter Regional Hospital where she later died....

US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Wanda Montanez

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(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A 53 year old woman wanted by the Porter County Sheriff's Office for three-counts of dealing dangerous drugs is the US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force “Fugitive of the Week”. Wanda Montanez, who is from the Portage area, is described as a white female, 5'06”, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Wanda Montanez and her whereabouts is asked to contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous....

Garden Area Dedicated Across from Hospital

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Deacon Bill Walsh, a chaplain at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Michigan City, officiates at a blessing and dedication ceremony Oct. 11 for a new employee and community garden area across from the hospital at Wabash and Ripley Streets.  A spokesman for Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City says the area was created through free-of-charge efforts of Tonn and Blank Construction of Michigan City and Lakeshore Landscaping of Valparaiso. The site formerly was the location of a hospital-owned house that was used as a priest residence and later for offices and storage before it was razed more than a year ago.
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Bill Beven, hospital director of facilities, and Sister Marcene Franz (shown in the second photo) said at the ceremony officials decided to transform the site into a place for rest, reflection and recreation for employees and the public. It is equipped with park benches and a picnic table and is adorned with statues of St. Francis and St. Joseph (shown) that were relocated from the hospital grounds by Tonn and Blank. Beven thanked Jeff Elisha, Lakeshore sales manager; Brock Rhodes, Tonn and Blank project manager and Jason Bailey, company superintendent; for their firms’ generosity.  [Photos/provided]...

Audio: 911 Call of Alligator on Indiana Interstate

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Just north of Indianapolis, in the Hamilton County community of Fishers, police locate an alligator along Interstate 69. A motorist phoned in the sighting to police, who responded and located the three-foot long reptile, who authorities believe may have been on his own for weeks, if not months. The alligator was taken to a reptile rescue in central Indiana.  
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Fishers Police say early Saturday morning a driver on I-69 called 911 to report an alligator walking along the southbound lanes near the 206 mile marker. Fishers Police officers responded and located the animal. The animal was dirty and appeared to have been running loose for some time, according to police. The animal appeared to be in good health. The officers safely secured the animal and contacted a reptile rescue service in Strawtown, Indiana. A representative from Strawtown responded and took custody of the alligator. Fishers Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Tom Weger says officers believe the alligator was most likely someone’s pet who got too big to handle and ended up being released. [Photos/Fishers Police]
To hear a portion of the the 911 call, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website....

Police Investigate Overnight Shooting Death

Police in Gary are investigating a homicide that occurred overnight. The Lake County Coroners office says 35-year-old Jerome Williams of Gary suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in the 500 block of East 16th Avenue shortly after 2:30 this morning. Gary Police responded to a nearby tavern just after 1 am on the report of shots fired outside the establishment.  The shooting death marks the 43rd homicide in the city this year, the number recorded for all of 2012. ...

Motorcyclist Injured in Interstate 94 Crash

A three-vehicle chain reaction crash on Interstate 94 Sunday afternoon a few miles east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit sent a 56-year-old Gary man who was ejected from his motorcycle to a local hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening. Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say the first vehicle, a Yukon, had to slow and stop because of traffic due to an earlier property damage crash involving three vehicles and was struck from behind by a Buick, and the motorcyclist, who police say was wearing a helmet, tried to stop in time, but was unable to, and hit the back of the second vehicle. Troopers say the other two drivers were unhurt. All lanes of westbound I-94 were closed for about an hour. [Photo/Indiana State Police]...

Autopsy Results Expected in Jail Inmate Death

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says autopsy results are expected today after the death of a female county jail inmate over the weekend.  Porter County Sheriffs Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says the woman was brought to the jail at 10:15 Friday night and placed in a padded cell after being deemed a threat to herself and others following a suicide screening.  Sgt. LaFlower reports at 12:30 am Saturday, the woman was found unresponsive.  She was transported to Porter Regional Hospital where she later died. ...

Deadly Crash Near Portage

Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a crash that left a couple from Ontario, Canada, dead in northwest Indiana after their car dropped thirty feet off an interstate over the weekend was still under investigation. Shortly before 4:30 Saturday morning, troopers responded to Jensen Road underneath Interstate 80/94 near Portage.
Officials say the preliminary crash investigation revealed a 2014 Toyota Matrix westbound on Interstate 80/94 near the 19 mile marker for unknown reasons traveled off the north side of the interstate, continued to track westbound parallel to the highway,struck an earthen embankment, then went airborne across Jensen Road, landing on the west side of Jensen Road after an approximately 30 foot drop off of the interstate. Jensen Road. travels north and south under Interstate 80/94
The driver, identified as 62-year-old Isaac Acheampong and his wife, Cecelia Acheampong, 53, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Indiana State Police say the crash is still under investigation, but at this time neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash. [Photo/Indiana State Police]...

Prep Football Sectional Draw

The IHSAA Prep Football sectional draw was Sunday, setting the stage for this year's tournament which introduces the new 6A class featuring the largest schools in the state. 322 schools will start the playoffs, but only six will be champions.
*Note: Playoffs begin Oct 25th. Due to realignment there are five teams in sectional 9 which will have one game the first week of the playoffs, with the other teams will play the following week.
Here are the sectional pairings for the Region schools.  For the state-wide sectional lineup, CLICK HERE.
6A: Sectional 1
Lafayette Jefferson at Merrillville
Crown Point at Lake Central
Sectional 2
Penn at Portage
Valparaiso at Chesterton
5A: Sectional 9   
LaPorte at Mishawaka (Oct 25)   Plays Oct 25
Munster at Michigan City          Plays Nov 1
South Bend Adams at winner of LaPorte/ Mishawaka   Plays Nov 1
4A: Sectional 17 
Hammond Clark at Griffith
East Chicago Central at Hammond Morton
Lowell at Gary West Side
Highland at Hammond Gavit
Sectional 18 
South Bend St. Joseph at Hobart
Kankakee Valley at New Prairie
3A: Sectional 25 
Calumet at Gary Wallace
Knox at Andrean
Hammond at Gary Roosevelt
2A: Sectional 33
North Judson at North Newton
Bishop Noll at Rensselaer Central
Boone Grove at Wheeler
Bowman Academy at River Forest
1A: Sectional 41
South Central at Culver Community
LaVille at Whiting
Lake Station at Winamac
Sectional 42
South Newton at Frontier...

Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser for Special Olympics

Porter County Sheriffs Police are taking part in a local Tip-A-Cop fundraising event today  [Saturday Oct 12 2013]. Sgt. Larry LaFlower says officers will be at Red Robin in Valparaiso raising funds for Special Olympics in two shifts, 11 to 3, and 4 to 8, and Sheriff David Lain is expected to be there from about 11 to 1. ...

Calumet City Man Fatally Shot

A Calumet City man was killed on Friday and his death has been ruled a homicide. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports Brandon Wiborn sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body, which occurred in the 800 block of 163rd Street in Calumet City, Illinois. The 23 year old was pronounced dead at St. Margaret's Hospital Emergency in Hammond at 6:12pm....

Ontario Couple Killed in Single Vehicle Crash

A husband and wife from Ontario, Canada, died due to a single-vehicle crash this morning. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says police were notified at 4:20am of the crash after their vehicle was discovered by a woman delivering newspapers. Harris says the couple was heading west on I-94, approaching the Route 249 exit, when the vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason and ended up on Jensen Drive Road, right underneath the I-94 exit. Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin....

Porter County Jail Inmate Dies at Hospital

A 30 year old Ogden Dunes woman who had recently been placed in custody was found in distress in her cell at the Porter County Jail during the early morning hours today and later died at Porter Regional Hospital. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says an autopsy and toxicology has been scheduled for Monday and her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin....

Peregrine Falcon Delisting Spells Program Success

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(Photo Courtesy of the National Audubon Society, Inc.)
Starting tomorrow Indiana's peregrine falcon officially comes off the state's endangered species list. Phil Bloom, spokesperson with the Indianan Department of Natural Resources, says in the mid 1970's Cornell University began a program to re-introduce the birds, and Indiana got involved in the re-introduction program in 199, releasing 60 young falcons over a four year period beginning in Indianapolis and then Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville.
Bloom says just prior to the Indiana DNR beginning its reintroduction and release program in 1989, two peregrine falcons were found nesting in East Chicago, so northwest Indiana played a key part in this recovery.
Bloom says through the program it was discovered that urban settings offered nesting areas in tall buildings that mimic the peregrine's natural cliff-side habitat. A half-century ago, habitat loss and decreased reproduction resulting from the use of pesticides, such as DDT, put the peregrine falcon in peril of surviving as a species and by 1965, no peregrine falcons nested east of the Mississippi River and western populations had declined by 90 percent. The peregrine falcon was officially removed from the federal endangered list in 1999. ...

Bed Bug Feud Sparks Altercation Between Tenants

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A bed bug feud sparked an altercation between two tenants Thursday evening. LaPorte Police report they were dispatched to an apartment house in the two-hundred block of Park Street, just after 5:30pm to investigate a battery complaint. Police say the victim informed officers he confronted his neighbor regarding a reoccurring bed bug problem inside the apartment house, claiming he had bombed his apartment for the insects, but believes his neighbor had done nothing to rid his apartment, thus causing the bed bugs to re-invade his apartment. The victim stated that while trying to convince the suspect to do something about it, the suspect released his dog on the victim and order it to attack. The dog reportedly bit the victim in the hand and on the back of his leg and then the suspect allegedly picked up a stick and hit the victim in the head. Police say a witness at the scene confirmed confirmed the victim's account of events. A review of criminal charges has been forwarded to the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office for review. ...


Back Pack Taken from Student While Walking from School

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Valparaiso Police are investigating a report of an 11 year old juvenile who allegedly had his backpack stolen while walking to his father's workplace after school on Thursday afternoon. Police report they were dispatched to the area in the 24-hundred block of Glendale Blvd for the incident that occurred at approximately 3:15pm. The victim alleges two older teenage subjects approached him and forcibly took his book bag. ...

Child Molester Gets 20 Year Sentence

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A Portage man received a 20 year prison sentence on Friday for felony child molesting. The Times reports Roger Tanner was charged on September 24th, 2012, with molesting a young girl between 1988 and 1998, after the girl, who is now married and has a child, recalled the incidents which began when she was just four-years old. Tanner, who will get ten years of his sentence suspended to be served on formal probation, will be required to register as a sex offender and will receive credit for 144 days served in jail. ...

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