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Gary Receives GIft to Save Lives

A warm but windy day welcomed two significant events taking place in City of Gary. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson accepted a donation of three ambulances from Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin. The ceremony was attended by a host of community leaders including Fire Chief Teresa Everett and city emergency responders from the fire and EMS divisions.  "Our donation today is evidence of our support of citizens of Gary, the Mayor and her administration," said Elgin. "We have to help one another in order to move this city forward, and I hope everyone will embrace this mindset and do what they can to help."  Freeman-Wilson echoed Elgin’s sentiments.  "Trustee Elgin was one of the first to show her support when I first entered office, and I truly appreciated that," said Freeman-Wilson. "These partnerships we develop are all about the citizens and how we can best serve them."  Chief Everett explained that the ambulances will stabilize the number in their fleet and allow for other equipment to be repaired when needed without the worry of being short in vehicles.

Mayor accepts gift


                                                                 (photos and article provided by the Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the City of Gary)




MC Police Investigate Shots Fired

Police in Michigan City are seeking the public's help in connection to a report of shots fired around 2:30 pm Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of E.10th and Oak Streets.  Reports say two unoccupied vehicles were found to have been struck by bullets with no injuries reported. Other details given to police of the incident are being investigated.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Sgt. Legros of the Michigan City Police Department at (219) 874-3221 Ext 313.

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Authorities Investigate Infant Death

Newton County Sheriff Dept An investigation continues regarding the death of a 13-month old boy. The Newton County Sheriff's Department reports that their office, along with officers from the Brook Police Department, started investigating the death Wednesday night, just before 11, and that a 34 year old Brook man has been taken into custody, and charged with felony neglect of a dependent. No further information is available at this time.




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Field Fire Update

About a half-acre of corn stubble was burnt this morning near County Road 700 South. The Hebron Fire Department says a neighbor adjacent to the field was burning leaves, and with it being quite windy, it ignited the field, which had already been harvested.

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Final Gas Can Exchange Saturday

The 12th and final opportunity of the year to exchange your old gas can with a new one takes place this Saturday in Munster. Kathy Luther, Director of Environmental Programs for the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, says the exchange is free, saves you money, and at the same time, helps to improve air quality in the region. Luther says through 11 events this year, they have exchanged about 800 gas cans with new, two-point-five gallon no-spill cans, which has eliminated approximately one-point-two tons of air pollution, while also helping to eliminate the 17 million gallons of gas spilled each year from leaks during lawn mower fill ups. She also stated that you can bring in other household hazardous waste materials, like batteries, paint thinning, old bug spray, and cleaning chemicals to name a few. The final exchange takes place Saturday, from 9am to 2pm, at Munster Public Works, located at 508 Fisher Street.













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Units Responding to Corn Field Fire


10:50am -- Members of the Hebron Fire Department are responding to a corn field fire.  We're told the fire is in the area of County Road 700 South.  More information as it becomes available.



Region Road Construction - Thursday

Some of the Northwest Indiana roadwork projects to watch out for today....

  • Indiana Toll Road down to one lane last 3 miles before the Illinois State Line (Wolf Lake Corridor) until 5am Friday morning.
  • Toll Road EB down to one lane between Exits 10 and 14B (Cline East to Boardway) until 2pm today.
  • US 20 lane restriction with repaving in the Miller area from Clay to Ripley until Oct 30.
  • US 30 in Merrillville/Hobart area both directions, road maintenance operations between Randolph and Porter County Road 500 W (3 miles east of county line). Expect alternating lane closures and work crews today until about 2:30pm.
  • Near Lowell - SR 2 restrictions in both directions between Orchard Ave and Clay St until October 31.
  • Griffith - West Elm St closed between Griffith Bvd and Cline Ave now thru Dec 14 for storm sewer work. Detours posted.
  • Valparaiso - Roadwork with narrow lane restriction along North Campbell St between Bond and Harrison.


Always remember to watch your speed and stay alert for road construction crews in work zones. If you see orange, slow down!...


Romney Reacts to Mourdock Comments

romney (ABC) The Republican running for senate in Indiana sought to clarify the remarks he made at a debate Tuesday night, in which he said that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something God intended." Richard Mourdock says he won't apologize for believing "life is precious," even when it's the result of rape. He says he believes his words have been twisted, saying “that's what's wrong with Washington today... it is win at any cost.” Democrats call Mourdock a "zealot." The Romney campaign says it disagrees with Murdoch's comments and his position, that there should be no abortion exceptions for rape and incest, but Romney still supports Mourdock's candidacy....


Gubernatorial Debate #3 Tonight in Fort Wayne

Indiana's three gubernatorial candidates -- Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and

Libertarian Rupert Boneham – meet for debate number three of three this evening for an in-studio event with no live audience in Fort Wayne. The debate is sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission. You can watch the debate HERE....


Officer Found with 48 Pounds of Marijuana

Police in Oklahoma say a Gary Police officer arrested by Oklahoma Highway Patrol this week was a passenger in a rental car allegedly carrying 48-pounds of marijuana, according to the Times today. The 29-year-old officer, employed as a Community Oriented Police Officer for the Gary Police Department, was arrested on allegations of drug-trafficking, the report says, and the vehicle, police say, was pulled over for failing to signal a lane change....


Cause Still Pending on Teen Death

The father of a teenager found dead on Lake Central school property in August reportedly met with Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey and a pathologist Wednesday. A Times newspaper report says the man obtained autopsy results, but a cause of death ruling is not expected until after toxicology tests are complete. Officials have said the body of 17-year-old Levi Evans, a student at Lake Central, by all accounts showed no signs of trauma or foul play....


Teens Thwart Highland Home Invasion

Two teens reportedly thwarted an attempted home invasion in Highland Wednesday morning, as today's Times reports. The incident prompted a lockdown at the middle and high school about a half-mile away. The report says police believe the intruder ran off apparently after hearing someone was still inside the house. A K-9 unit was called in to assist in an area search, but the offender was not found....


Sweep Nets Suspects in Hammond

Hammond PD seal In Hammond, police conducted a pre-dawn warrant sweep Wednesday morning. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says thirty-three officers fanned out across the city with felony and misdemeanor warrants, making thirty arrests on various charges including possession of a sawed off shotgun, burglary, and possession of narcotics. Chief Miller says many of the misdemeanor warrants were for battery. Police report no injuries to suspects or officers....


Gary Police Officer Held on Drug Charge in OK

Gary PD A 29 year old Gary Police Officer is being held in custody in Oklahoma at last check on a probable cause charge of trafficking drugs, according to Gary Police Public Information Officer Corporal Gabrielle King. The Times reported earlier today that Marla Guye, who has been a member of the Gary Police Department since 2009, was taken into custody by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. No further information is available at this time.




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3 Deaths, 41 Cases of Meningitis in Indiana

indiana state department of health Indiana Health officials have now confirmed 41 cases of fungal meningitis in Indiana, including three deaths. Ken Severson, with the Indiana State Department of Health, says the latest death was an Indiana resident, which now makes two Hoosiers who have died, and one out of state resident, but who had received the contaminated medication injection in Indiana. Severson says there are now 1,502 people in Indiana who have been exposed to the contaminated medication, through either an epidural or joint injection.


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Union Twp House Fire

A Union Township home is being considered a total loss after a fire this morning. Union Township Assistant Fire Chief Tim Beach says they received the call just before 8:30 in the morning, and spent about six hours at the scene, located on Sassafras Drive in the Salt Creek Commons subdivision, south of South Haven and west of Valparaiso. Beach says no one was injured, as no one was home when the fire occurred, but that a dog, which was not injured, was taken to the Porter County Animal Shelter. Beach says an estimated 80-thousand dollars in damage was done to the home, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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No Injuries in Rollover Crash

Valpo PD Westbound U.S. 30, just east of State Road 2, was reopened just before 2pm today after a rollover crash restricted it to one lane around 12:30 this afternoon, according to Sergeant Mike Grennes of the Valparaiso Police Department.  Authorities say a pickup truck pulling a camper/trailer on westbound U-S 30, went into a ditch for an unknown reason, just east of State Road 2 (South Washington Street), and there were no injuries.




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Haunted House Safety Tips

DHS Logo Haunted Houses are a big part of the Halloween experience now days, and authorities want you to keep safety in mind while visiting theses spooky establishments. John Erickson, Senior Public Information Officer with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, says they are working with the Indiana State Fire Marshall's Office to keep these venues safe and compliant with state law. Erickson says when your in a haunted house you want to be able to see exit signs, that they are free from obstructions, and to keep an eye out for extension cords or suspicious electrical issues. He says if you do not visibly see a certificate of compliance, ask to speak with management, and if they cannot produce one, the contact their office. For more information visit Region News on our website.








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Vehicle Rollover on US 30


12:30 pm -- Valparaiso Police say they are responding to a rollover accident involving a pickup truck pulling a camper/trailer on westbound US 30.  Police say the vehicle went into a ditch just east of State Road 2 (South Washington Street) and it could be about an hour before the accident scene is cleared.  Westbound US 30 is restricted to one lane through the area.  Police report no injuries.



Mourdock Clarifies Debate Comments

Indiana US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock spoke to reporters in Indianapolis today, saying he wanted to clarify his comments after last night's debate question concerning abortion. "To twist and suggest that somehow I was saying that God approves of rape is the wrong thing," Mourdock said, "because it's not what I was saying, it's certainly not what I intended and again if anyone came away with that, then I apologize that they were able to make that interpretation from my less than fully articulate use of words."

An emotional discussion about abortion took place about 15-minutes before the end of Indiana Senate debate Tuesday. The moderator said questions received from voters reflected the divide on beliefs about conception and abortion, and one voter wanted to know, do you believe life begins at conception, and in that person's view, 'what would you do to protect the babies who could be aborted during your term in the Senate?'

The debate was sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission.

To view the debate, and this question and the answers in their entirety, visit this link:



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