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Funeral Next Week for Mayor Clay

Funeral arrangements are being prepared for former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay, who passed away this week at the age of 77 after battling prostate cancer. Officials say visitation will take place next week, Tuesday at the Genesis Convention Center in downtown Gary, and a funeral with elected representatives from state, county and local government and the Gary Police Department in full-dress uniform Wednesdaymorning, also at the Genesis center. Clay had four decades of public service across state, county and city government. He was mayor of Gary from 2006 to 2011.
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Additional Charges Against Gary Pair in Child Sex Case

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Two Gary residents facing child sex charges now facing additional charges. 29 year old Christopher Bour and 34 year old Natisha Hillard were each charged Wednesday in Hammond Federal Court in a superseding indictment with two additional counts of production of child pornography. Bour, who was charged in the initial indictment with one-count of purchase of a child, also was charged Wednesday with one additional count of possession of child pornography. Hillard was initially charged with one-count of sale of a child.
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Griffith Man Charged with Punching His Pregnant Daughter

A Griffith man has been charged with punching his pregnant daughter in the mouth on the same day she laid to rest her unborn child's father. According to court documents, Richard Metsch is charged with battery, resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman, and resisting law enforcement regarding the incident that occurred in his home on May 30th, in Griffith. Abigail Metsch suffered a busted lip as a result of her father's actions, who informed officers who arrived at the scene that her father had allegedly been smoking crack and drinking earlier in the day to self-medicate due to old injuries, and was upset that she would now have to live with them.
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Lake Co Prosecutor Collects $4.24 Million in April Child Support

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office reports an 11-point-eight percent increase in child support payment from April of 2012 to April 2013. Prosecutor Bernard Carter announced on Wednesday that the Child Support Division collected over four-point two-four million dollars in child support payments for April 2013, compared to almost three-point-eight million in April 2012. Carter says his office had collected almost 13-point -seven million dollars this year through April.
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Sheriff Seeks Public's Help in Missing Person's Case

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(Photo Courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's Office)
The Cook County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate a mentally ill woman who has been missing since May 9th. Sheriff Thomas Dart says 68 year old Marcella Somerville, of South Carolina, traveled to the Maine Township area to visit her Glenview-based sister, but became upset and fled the house when told she eventually would need to return to South Carolina. Authorities report Somerville, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, is unfamiliar with the area, and left possessing 300-dollars in cash, but without a vehicle or cell phone. Sheriff Dart says the woman is suspected to have headed to a local homeless shelter or a train station, and anyone with information about this woman is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (708) 865-4896.
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LaPorte PD Investigating Report of Sexual Assault and Battery

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An investigation continues after a woman reported to police in LaPorte that she had been sexually assaulted and battered by a local man she knew and had been out with earlier in the morning. LaPorte Police report officers were dispatched at 4:11am Tuesday for a woman screaming for help. Upon arrival, officers observed a 27 year old LaPorte woman standing at the intersection of Philadelphia and East Jefferson Avenue, covered in blood, with a swollen face, and several facial lacerations. The woman was taken to I-U Health LaPorte for treatment.
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Two Men Arrested for Disorderly Behavior Aboard S Shore Train

Two 22 year old men were taken into custody for their disorderly behavior aboard a South Shore train Tuesday night in East Chicago. NICTD Transit Police report Gregory Clark, of Munster, and Paul Thompson, of Valparaiso, are each charged with intoxication upon a common carrier. Authorities report the two men were using profane language and frightened other passengers, and once removed from the train by police, argued and used profanity towards them as well. Officials say an ambulance had to be called out for a female companion of the two men, who fell and began convulsing uncontrollably, but after recovering refused medical treatment.
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New E-911 Director Approved by Lake Co Commissioners

A 50 year old Minnesota native who helped guide consolidation of E-911 services for 30 public safety agencies in the Quad Cities area, and elsewhere in the midwest, received approval today by the Lake County Commissioners to become the county's new E-911 Director. Brian Hitchcock received unanimous support last week from Lake County police and fire chiefs for the position, and will face the task of consolidating the 911 services of seventeen city, town and county law enforcement agencies by the end of 2014 –as mandated by state law – to prevent the county from losing millions in public safety dollars from the state, pending the Lake County Council creating a salary for him in the 2013 budget.
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Two People Found Dead in LaPorte Home Tuesday

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A 20 year old LaPorte man and a 17 year old Dyer girl were found dead in a LaPorte home in the 500 block of East Lincolnway Tuesday evening. At last check authorities report the cause of death and circumstances surrounding these deaths are still under investigation by the LaPorte County Coroner's Office and the LaPorte Police Department's Detective Bureau. LaPorte Police say the male victim has been identified as Ethan Day, while the female victim's name is being withheld because she is a minor. Officials report police were dispatched to the home at 6:41pm, after Day's father discovered the victims and notified.
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Pence in Gary for Ceremonial Signing of the Gary Bill

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence was at Gary City Hall this afternoon for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 585, also known as the Gary Bill. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says this legislation represents a great opportunity for economic development in Gary and all of Northwest Indiana.
Governor Pence told those in attendance that when he became Governor that his ambition was to be the Governor of all Hoosiers and to make job creation, job one, and today's ceremonial signing is further evidence that that decree.
The legislation will providing funding for a feasibility study for both a trauma center and teaching hospital, as well as a study to expand the Port of Indiana to Lake County. The bill will also provide the City of Gary with three-million dollars for the Gary Sanitary District, lifts Lake County property tax caps, and resets membership on the Gary Airport Board, requiring five-years of experience in business or aviation management. To listen to the entire bill signing event, visit http://www.xrock1039.com/index.php/news/news-on-demand.html
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Short Pursuit After Merrillville Burglary

Authorities say one person was taken into custody after a burglary at the Speedway at 73rd and Madison around midnight this morning, an incident that Merrillville Police say led to a short pursuit where the suspect vehicle drove through yards at Turkey Creek subdivision, striking a fence and some trees. Police say the car was found in the seven-thousand block of Van Buren, and the suspect discovered behind Iddings School a couple blocks away. Possible charges include burglary and felony resisting arrest.
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Robbery Suspect Crashes in Hobart; Update

Officials say a man wanted in connection with incidents in Hobart and Merrillville this morning led police on a pursuit that ended off Route 51/South Lake Park Avenue near where it intersects with 61st Avenue in Hobart. Merrillville Police took the suspect into custody behind the business complex off Bracken Parkway, across from St. Mary Medical Center. Merrillville Police say around 8:30 am, a strong-arm robbery occurred outside Cracker Barrel off I-65 in Merrillville, where an older couple were approached from behind while under the front porch of the restaurant, and the woman's purse was pulled off, knocking her to the ground. Merrillville Police Detective Commander Robert Wiley says about 20-minutes earlier, authorities allege the same man tried to rob a woman of her purse in the parking lot of Diner's Choice Restaurant on 37th Avenue in Hobart, just east of the I-65 interchange, Ridge Road exit.
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Robbery Suspect Crashes in Hobart

Police are expected to release more information today on a pursuit that ended in crash in Hobart this morning. Authorities say the suspect was wanted in connection with a strong-arm robbery in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel off I-65 in Merrillville and an earlier attempted hold-up about three miles north at the Diner's Choice Restaurant on West 37th Avenue in Hobart, just east of the I-65 interchange, Ridge Road exit. The suspect vehicle reportedly crashed on 61st Avenue not far from St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, and suspect was taken into custody after a foot chase.
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Susan G. Komen Walks Dropped in 7 Cities

‘Susan G. Komen for the Cure’ is canceling its three-day walks in Chicago and six other U.S. cities next year. Various published reports today say the breast cancer charity group noted participation in the fundraiser has dropped 37-percent in the past four years. Walks are also being dropped in Boston, Cleveland, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Washington DC next year, and will remain in seven other locations.  Cities removed from 2014's schedule reportedly did not meet fundraising goals.  The organization says they are the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research.
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21 Tons of Debris in Operation Clean Sweep

La Porte Mayor Blair Milo says more than 21 and a half tons of debris was removed from residential properties in La Porte during the city's recent Operation Clean Sweep, according to figures reported by the city this week. 645 properties received warnings Milo says, mostly for junk vehicles, garbage on the lawns, and fencing violations, and Mayor Milo says about three-quarters of owners who were cited have cleaned up their properties since the sweep. Mayor Milo also posted on her Facebook page  that a similar sweep is planned for La Porte's business district this month.
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Glittery Mystery in Hammond

A Robertsdale resident is wondering what the glittery stuff is her yard and on her outdoor furniture. The complaint's been forwarded to Indiana Department of Environmental Management, who will be sending investigators to take a look at the substance, described as black and silver in color, in the 15-hundred block of Brown Avenue in north Hammond.
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Colleagues Reflect on Rudy Clay's Passing

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Former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has died. Clay's political career in Lake County spanned four decades. He also served as Indiana State Senator, County Recorder, County Councilman, County Commissioner before becoming Mayor of Gary in 2006, and winning re-election the next year. Clay left politics two years ago because of prostate cancer.  Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson expressed her sympathy and condolences to the entire Clay family for their loss, saying Clay was much more than just her predecessor, but a friend and a member of the same church, and an icon in the community, who will be remembered and cherished for years to come. First District Congressman Pete Visclosky and Indiana U-S Senator Joe Donnelly also extended their thoughts and prayers to the Clay family, with both stating they had lost a friend.   Funeral services are pending, but Clay had asked they be held at the Genesis Convention Center. Clay died Tuesday. He was 77.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary/rudy-clay-dead-at/article_67bb40e4-56af-5d61-9b74-b1f3e6f934db.html
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Gas Prices Remain High in Region

Gas price averages for Indiana and Illinois are continuing on a high streak. Triple-A Chicago says Indiana drivers are currently paying on average $3.96 for a gallon of regular unleaded, while the price just over the state line is averaging $4.05.  While much of the rest of the U.S. has dropped in prices,  Indiana, Illinois and drivers elsewhere in the Midwest are finding themselves paying more. Illinois averages are among the highest in the continental U.S., and with a price of $4.44, Chicago has the highest city average in the continental U.S.   According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, a gallon of regular unleaded in the Gary Metropolitan Area is averaging about $4.08; it's jumped higher in the South Bend area, to $4.16.
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Councilman Says Prayer Will Continue

In Hammond, city councilman Anthony Higgs says he will not stop offering a prayer prior to the start of city council meetings, until the nation's highest court issues their ruling. Concerns had been brought up by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr in light of the recent announcement that the US Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings, based on a case out of the town of Greece in the state of New York.
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Donnelly Pushes to Prevent Sexual Assault in the Military

Washington, D.C. — Senator Joe Donnelly, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today pushed top defense officials to improve their efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military.  At a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, Senator Donnelly told the first panel of witnesses, Service Component Chiefs and Judge Advocate Generals (JAGs), that they have an obligation to current and future service members to solve this problem and to address the psychological needs of survivors of sexual assault in the military.
“I was at the Indy 500 a week before the race, and we inducted a couple hundred men and women into the service.  And I want to be able to know when I look them in the eyes, that I can keep my obligation to tell them that you can serve our country, serve with dignity, have your dignity respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Senator Donnelly.
Senator Donnelly is working with his colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to develop policies to improve the military’s efforts to prevent sexual assault.  The Pentagon released a report last month showing a 35% increase in the estimated number of sexual abuse incidents in 2012 compared with 2010.
Further, sexual assault has been found to increase the risk for death by suicide by as much as 14 times for female victims compared to women who have never been assaulted, even after controlling for psychiatric diagnoses present prior to the assault. According to results of a new study by researchers at the University of Utah, military personnel have experienced increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions if they were the victims of physical or violent sexual assault as adults.
One of Senator Donnelly’s priorities is preventing military suicides, as we lost more service members to suicide (349) than in combat in Afghanistan last year (295).   Donnelly believes survivors of sexual assault in the military should have a safe and confidential place to go when they need help.  He is dedicated to working with his colleagues to ensure their psychological needs are addressed, that they are screened for risk of suicide, and that they have access to resources such as counseling and suicide prevention.
VIDEO: Senator Donnelly questions top military officials at today’s hearing on sexual assault prevention legislation
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