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Expanding Benefits to Employees Killed in Work Zones

A bill designed to expand benefits for family members of state employees who die in the line of duty now moves on the the Indiana House of Representatives, after passing through the Senate. Senate Bill 324, co-authored by Democrat Jim Arnold, of LaPorte, would raise benefit amounts from 50 to 100-thousand dollars for employees killed while on duty, and an amendment to the bill approved naming dependent stepchildren as beneficiaries, if the spouse of the deceased was no longer living. The...
 

Gas Prices Up Nationally and in the Region

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ABC News is reporting new government numbers show gas prices are on the rise, with the national average up four-cents to three-dollars-71-cents a gallon. According to gasbuddy-dot-com, the highest and lowest price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in Lake County at last check can be found in Merrillville, with the low being three-dollars-20-cent and the highest at three-dollars-77-cents. Statistics show in the Gary metropolitan area, the average is three-dollars 50-cents a gallon, up about...
 

Visclosky Announces Events in the Region

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First District Congressman Pete Visclosky has announced a couple of events coming up in the Region... He's hosting a job fair Saturday, March 9 (1 to 4 pm) at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, and featured participants will include the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and contractors who serve the RDA. A full list of participating organizations will be available in February.
… a couple days later, Monday March 11th, (6-8pm) at the Radisson in Merrillville, .the Congressman...
 

Schererville PD Announces 'Morning Call' Pgm

The Schererville Police Department and Chief David Dowling have announced a new program for Schererville residents called “Morning Call”.  Schererville Police Corporal Timothy Arvanitis says the new program is designed to reach out to senior citizens or shut-ins in our community who may have no family, or family not in the immediate area. Each weekday volunteers from the town's VIPS (Volunteers in Police service) program will call each individual on their list to check in on them to make sure th...
 

NIPSCO Announces New Mobile Meter Readers

Company officials say estimated bills for NIPSCO customers could soon be a thing of past. The utility today announced mobile meter readers are coming. The multi-year project to upgrade gas and electric meters across the northern part of the state is expected to improve customer service, efficiency and safety. The Automated Meter Reading (AMR) System takes readings through a receiver mounted in a NIPSCO vehicle, eliminating the need for people to walk door to door to read more than 900-hundred...
 

South Shore Service Resumes

South Shore service has resumed with westbound Train 14 and eastbound Train 7 following a derailment in Michigan City early this morning. The westbound train was running about 20 minutes late, and the eastbound train is expected to be running about a half-hour late. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) Spokesman John Parsons says early this morning, at about 5 am., the rear car of one of their trains derailed in Michigan City as it was moving from the yard to the main to...
 

South Shore Service Resuming This Morning

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District says they expect regular westbound South Shore service to resume with Train 14 scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 10:28 a.m. with an expected delay of approximately 15-20 minutes.
Earlier this morning a derailment in Michigan City forced the cancellation of 6 South Shore rush hour trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago between 7:21 a.m. and 8:52 a.m. There were no injuries. Metra Electric will honor South Shore ticketed passengers who rode Metra...
 

Derailment Affects South Shore Svc -- Latest Update

All South Shore trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago after 6:40 a.m. remains temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect the balance of the morning rush hour. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets.
We are working on a plan to provide limited unscheduled service between East Chicago and Chicago using 2 trains unaffected by the derailment. Expect limited seating and crowded conditions.
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New Credit Card Surcharge Possible

As of this past weekend, a new credit card surcharge, up to 4 percent, is allowable in 40 states, including Indiana and Illinois. Ten states have barred retailers from charging the fee. Adam Levin, of credit-dot-com, says retailers have to make customers aware of the fees,."When you walk in, there has be a sign conspicuously displayed indicating that they do surcharge."   California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas ban credit card s...
 

Lake County May Get Veterans Court

There's a measure on its way to the Indiana Senate that would create a special veterans court in Lake County. House Bill 10-16 establishes a pilot project in Lake County allowing the county council to put funds from the county drug free community fund toward the cost of what's described as a “problem solving court program” that may provide rehabilitative services.
Link to bill here: 
http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2013&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=HB&docno=1016
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Work Coming Soon on New Valpo Roundabout

The wheels are in motion to open bids in a couple months for Valparaiso's next, and perhaps most high-profile roundabout. City officials say construction on the five-points roundabout, which would be on north Calumet Avenue, where it meets up with Vale Park and Roosevelt Roads, might then be able to start this spring.
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Most Morning South Shore Trains Temp. Suspended

Most South Shore trains have been temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect nearly all of the morning rush hour. Trains 110 and 112 will depart East Chicago at the scheduled time making all stops. Limited seating will be available. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets. We will update this message when new information is available.
Updated at: 01/28/2013 06:12 AM
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South Shore Svc Affected by Derailment in MC

An announcement from NICTD this morning (Mon Jan 28 2013): All South Shore trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago after 6:40 a.m. have been temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect the balance of the morning rush hour. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets. We will update this message when new information is available.
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Bill Would Change NICTD Bd Membership

A Lake County state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would bump up Lake County membership on the South Shore governing board from two members to five. Munster State Representative Mara  Candelaria-Reardon told the Times it's meant to provide representation in proportion to where ridership is coming from. House Bill 14-50 would leave the county commissioner presidents from Lake, Porter, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties on the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation Board , remove the...
   

Freezing Rain Advisory Remains in Effect

A Freezing Rain Advisory remains in effect in Northwest Indiana until 9pm Central Standard Time tonight Sunday Jan 27, 2013. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say ice accumulations of up to a couple tenths of an inch are possible. Here's the Short Term Forecast issued by the National Weather Service Chicago office:
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Freezing Rain Advisory for the Region

Look out for hazardous driving conditions around the Region for Sunday. We could see freezing rain, possibly mixed with a short period of sleet, with temperatures just above the freezing mark. The National Weather Service says pavement and soil temperatures are below freezing so any liquid precipation will likely freeze on contact, resulting in icy and dangerous travel conditions.  Forecasters say sidewalks and walkways could also turn into sheets of ice.  Here is the Freezing Rain Advisory i...
   

Two 19 Year olds Charged with Child Molestation

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(Joel Bogdan: Photo Courtesy of the Times)
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Today's Times reports an unrelated investigation has lead to two 19 year old men each being charged with felony child molestation. Published reports say Joel Bogdan, of Portage, and Charles Nafus the third, of Lake Station, are alleged to have had sexual relation with a 13 year old girl, after she notified Hobart Police of the sexual encounters. The Times reports both men knew the girl was 13 at the time...
   

Robbery Suspects Taken into Custody in Hammond

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Hammond Police are grateful to an alert shopper who helped captured a robbery and assault on video Friday afternoon. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says a 55 year old woman was violently yanked to the ground by her purse by a young robber while at Walmart, located on the 18-hundred block of 165th Street. Chief Miller says the robbers then fled the scene, but did not know a Walmart patron had witnessed the incident, captured it on video, and followed the...
   

Indianapolis Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase

A 19 year old Indianapolis man is expected to face numerous charges after leading police on a high speed chase on I-65 in excess of 110 miles per hour. The Times reports a Lake County Sheriff's Department Officer witnessed Dontae Blunt speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and following too closely, on I-65, just north of the Kankakee River, around 4:30 Friday afternoon. Published reports say near the 109th Street exit, Blunt evaded tire deflating devices on the roadway, and was allegedly...
   

Middle School Teacher Charged with Child Solicitation

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A 44 year old Fegely Middle School teacher is being held at last check in the Porter County Jail with no bond after being taken into custody for misconduct involving two female juveniles. Portage Police report Brian Tyman, of Portage, is charged with two-counts of felony child solicitation and two felony counts of vicarious sexual gratification. Police report, through the course of their investigation, it was learned that the teacher had been maintaining a relationship with the previous...

   

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