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Third Victim Identified in Fatal Gary Crash

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Lake County Sheriffs Police say a third person in a vehicle that crashed into trees in the four-thousand block of Monroe Street during a pursuit in Gary Wednesday, killing two others in the car, died overnight. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports the third victim has been identified as 14 year old Shedevan Gibbs, of Gary. Lake County Coroners officials say 17-year-old Ronnie Arthurs, of Chicago, and 19-year-old Andre Carradine, of Gary, were pronounced dead...
 

Third Person Dies After Gary Crash

Lake County Sheriffs Police say a third person in a vehicle that crashed into trees in the four-thousand block of Monroe Street during a pursuit in Gary Thursday, killing two others in the car, died overnight. The third individual was airlifted from a local hospital to the Chicago-area and has not yet been identified. Police say hospital officials have indicated he is about 16-to-17 years old, and the Lake County Sheriffs Department is working with Cook County officials to identify him. Lake...
 

Demolition Work Begins on Several Buildings

Demolition work got underway in Gary today [Wednesday, Jan. 30] on several buildings adjacent to the Indiana University Northwest campus south of 35th Avenue. These include some recently acquired university buildings that are vacant and have been scheduled for demolition as part of a neighborhood partnership effort between IU Northwest and the City of Gary. The project is being managed by the city and the university says it is not expected to impact campus traffic or otherwise cause...
 

Boil Order Issued for Lake Station

A boil water order was issued for all customers of Lake Station water this morning.  Don Vaughn, Lake Station Public Works/Water, tells the Region News Team that there's a break in the main line from Indiana-American Water that comes into the city of Lake Station.  All customers are directed to boil all water used for cooking and drinking at least five minutes before using until further notified.
Lake Station School Superintendent Dan DeHaven says two schools are closing this morning due to a...
 

Two Lake Station Schools Dismissing Early

830am -- Lake Station School Superintendent Dan DeHaven says two schools are closing this morning due to no water pressure. The problem was discovered after staff and students arrived today. DeHaven tells the Region News Team that students at Edison Junior-Senior High are being dismissed at 8:45 this morning and students at Bailey Elementary in Lake Station are being dismissed at 9:30 am.  DeHaven says city officials are trying to determine where a water main break may have occurred to be...
 

Two Gary Burglary Suspects Die in Crash

In Gary authorities say two burglary suspects are dead and a third hospitalized after the vehicle they were in crashed into trees in the four-thousand block of Monroe during a pursuit. The deceased were identified as 17-year-old Ronnie Arthurs of Chicago and 19-year-old Andre Carradine of Gary. Police say a burglary in progress was reported in the four-thousand block of Connecticut Street, and the first officer on the scene saw the suspect vehicle speed off, continuing to accelerate and...
 

Volunteers Count Homeless Persons in Lake Co

Across Lake County and elsewhere in the Region… volunteers trying to determine the number of homeless people in northwest Indiana. The Continuum of Care Network of Northwest Indiana conducted a street count of homeless individuals Wednesday as part of the 2013 Point-In-Time Count coordinated by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the state housing finance agency, and the Local Regional Planning Council. Gary city officials say the effort included a count of homeless persons t...
 

Hearing on Specialty Plate Bill Delayed

A Region lawmaker puts the brakes on his specialty license plate bill, temporarily. House Bill 1279 by Valparaiso lawmaker Ed Soliday seeks to limit the number of plates that are available. Soliday delayed a committee vote after a more far-reaching amendment was proposed to block any group that's already had their plate revoked from getting another one. Reports say an Indianapolis-based gay rights group and Indiana 4H have lost plates on administrative grounds.
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More Dogs May Have Escaped Lake Co Fire

There's now hope that more dogs may have escaped a house fire in Lake County that killed as many as six other dogs, including champion showdogs and fosters from rescue groups. Fire crews from Lake Ridge, Griffith and Merrillville responded to the 16-hundred block of Elm Street in Calumet Township Monday night. Authorities say no humans were hurt . No word at this time on possible cause.  One puppy was given oxygen and rescued at the scene by firefighters, today's Times says another was found...
 

Center Township Board Vacancy Filled

In Valparaiso, a vacancy on the Center Township Board will be filled by 45-year-old Scott Tufts. The Times reports a Republican precinct committeemen caucus chose Tufts to take over the remaining two years left on Charles Hazlett's term after Hazlett he retired last month.
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Wornhoff Back on Cedar Lake Town Council

There's a new town councilman in Cedar Lake -- former councilman Greg Wornhoff. Wornhoff, a former town council president, was chosen in a Republican caucus to replace former third-district councilman Dale Poston, who recently resigned. Wornhoff served four years on the council from 2006 to 2009. He also served a number of years on the town's stormwater management board.
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One Suspect Identified in Fatal Crash in Gary Burglary

Two burglary suspects are dead and a third hospitalized after their getaway vehicle crashed and struck two trees in Gary this morning. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports the deceased were pronounced by the Lake County Coroner's Office staff at 11:10 this morning, with one of the dead identified as 17 year old Ronnie Arthurs, of Chicago, who died due to blunt force trauma from the crash. Authorities report a burglary in progress was reported in the four-thousand block of Connecticut...
   

Governor Returns to Region in February

Governor Mike Pence will be back in Northwest Indiana in February. The Times reports Governor Pence will be addressing the Gary Chamber of Commerce, on February 8th, in the Indiana Hall of the Genesis Convention Center. Published reports say the event, which begins with a networking reception at 10am, is free to attend and open to the public, but request you please call Chamber to reserve a seat. Governor Pence made stops in Lake and Porter County on Friday, visiting students at the Porter...
   

Valpo Police Chief Named President of IACOP

Valaparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner has been appointed the President of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police for 2013. According to the press release, Chief Brickner has been very active in previous years with the organization, which promotes professionalism, training, and networking to enhance public awareness of law enforcement and public safety issues.
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IN Influenza Deaths Holding Steady at 43

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Influenza deaths in Indiana have held steady at 43 after consistently rising earlier this month. The Indiana Department of Health reports most of the deaths have involved those 65 years of age or older, and those with underlying health issues, which is why health officials are strongly encouraging those 65 and older to promptly seek medical attention if they are experiencing flu symptoms. Meanwhile health officials say Hoosiers should still get vaccinated, and practice the three C's: clean your...
   

Pence Names Bonaventura Head of Indiana DCS

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A life-long Lake County resident has been named the head of the Department of Child Services. Governor Mike Pence today announced Mary Beth Bonaventura to the position, saying she is uniquely qualified, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Bonaventura has been serving as Senior Judge of the Lake Superior Court, Juvenile Division, reportedly one of the toughest court systems in the state, and was appointed Senior Judge by then Governor Evan Bayh in 1993....
   

Green Corridor Public Session in Cedar Lake Tonight

Cedar Lake is looking for public input for their "green corridor" plan.  Ian Nicolini, Cedar Lake Town Administrator says the first public work session will take place starting 6pm tonight at the Cedar Lake Town Hall.  Nicolini says "we're inviting people to meet with our consultants, meet with representatives from NIRPC and staff as we look at how we can develop a green infra-structure corridor along Founder's Creek and Cedar Creek."
The town manager says the plan has two goals, "one; to...
   

14% Crime Drop in Valparaiso in 2012

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Valparaiso Police say the city's crime rate dropped by 14-percent last year, compared to 2011 statistics. The data show the department experienced a decreased in major crimes, a category that includes homicide, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson. Police say a major element in the decrease was the drop in thefts last year. As for any initiatives for 2013, Sergeant Michael Grennes says the Chief has made it a priority to focus on school safety.
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Cedar Lake Welcomes More Green Development

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Strack and Van Til at Parrish Avenue and 133rd Avenue in Cedar Lake, January 28, 2013.

Cedar Lake's first "green" business, the new Strack and Van Til supermarket will open its doors later this spring.  Ian Nicolini, Cedar Lake Town Administrator, says the town is proud to have the new store be the town's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) built project.  Nicolini says along with evergy efficient LED lighting, the 50,000 square foot facility will feature skylights to take advantage of natural...

   

Two Burglary Suspects Die in Crash, 3rd Hospitalized

Two burglary suspects are dead and a third hospitalized after their getaway vehicle crashed and struck two trees in Gary this morning. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports the deceased were pronounced by the Lake County Coroner's Office staff at 11:10 this morning. Authorities report a burglary in progress was reported in the four-thousand block of Connecticut Street, and as Gary Police approached, the three male suspects fled in a vehicle and the pursuit ended on the 44-hundred block of...
   

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