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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.

Union Twp House Fire
















(Photo courtesy of the Times)

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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:



School Lockdowns Issued, Lifted

The Times today is reporting some Highland schools were on lockdown for a short time this morning after the report of an attempted home invasion in the 27-hundred block of 39th Place, which is about a half-mile from the high school.

In Michigan City yesterday, Elston Middle School and St. Paul Lutheran School were reportedly placed on lockdown after police reported several gunshots fired in the area of Eleventh and Spring Streets around 8 am. Michigan City Police reported no injuries, but a report in the Times says a vehicle was shot multiple times.



Gov Daniels Gets Flu Shot


[Photo Provided/Governors Office]

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and State Health Commissioner Dr. Gregory Larkin got their annual flu shot Tuesday. The shot was administered by Kroger pharmacist Alison Huet. The Governor's Office says so far this year, nearly two-thousand flu shots have been administered to state health plan enrollees and their dependents.



House Fire in Union Township


Multiple departments including Valparaiso and Union Township are responding to a structure fire on Sassafras Drive in Salt Creek Commons in Union Township in Porter County. The subdivision is just south of South Haven and west of Valparaiso.  We have reports that the front of a house was fully engulfed when the call came in shortly before 8:30 am.  Porter County Sheriffs Police advise the house is in the area of Sassafras Drive and Robyn Road. No word at this time whether anyone is inside the house.



Bookstore Reports PIN Pad Tampering

Barnes & Noble says devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards have been tampered with in 63 of its stores in nine states, including, in Illinois, two stores in Chicago and five in the north and northwest suburbs. The company warned customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to change their personal identification numbers, or PINs. It didn't say how many accounts may have been compromised. The bookseller did say in a statement that only one PIN pad, was tampered with in each of the 63 stores. The other states are California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

All the PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide were disconnected on September 14 after the company learned of the tampering. Federal authorities are assisting in the investigation.

News Release:

Barnes & Noble Detects Tampering with PIN Pad Devices at Stores  

October 24, 2012; New York – Barnes & Noble has detected tampering with PIN pad devices used in 63 of its stores. Upon detecting evidence of tampering, which was limited to one compromised PIN pad in each of the affected stores, Barnes & Noble discontinued use of all PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide. The company also notified federal law enforcement authorities, and has been supporting a federal government investigation into the matter.

Barnes & Noble has completed an internal investigation that involved the inspection and validation of every PIN pad in every store.  The tampering, which affected fewer than 1% of PIN pads in Barnes & Noble stores, was a sophisticated criminal effort to steal credit card information, debit card information, and debit card PIN numbers from customers who swiped their cards through PIN pads when they made purchases.  This situation involved only purchases in which a customer swiped a credit or debit card in a store using one of the compromised PIN pads.

The company emphasized that its customer database is secure. Purchases on Barnes &, NOOK and NOOK mobile apps were not affected. The member database was also not affected. None of the affected PIN pads was discovered at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores.

Barnes & Noble is continuing to assist federal law enforcement authorities in this matter. In addition, the company is working with banks, payment card brands and issuers to identify accounts that may have been compromised, so banks and issuers can employ enhanced fraud security measures on potentially impacted accounts.

The criminals planted bugs in the tampered PIN pad devices, allowing for the capture of credit card and PIN numbers.  Barnes & Noble disconnected all PIN pads from its stores nationwide by close of business September 14, and customers can securely shop with credit cards through the company's cash registers.  Barnes & Noble said it is committed to providing customers with a safe shopping environment.

Tampered PIN pads were discovered from stores in the following states: CA, CT, FL, IL, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI

Specific list of locations click here: 




Illiana Expressway Route Submitted

illiana State transportation officials from Indiana and Illinois have forwarded to the federal government a preferred corridor for the Illiana Expressway, according to the Times today.

The route, officially called “B-3”, starts at I-65 just south of 153rd Avenue, between Cedar Lake and Lowell, as it heads nearly due west toward I-55 in Illinois. Right now the path as drawn is about 16-hundred feet wider than the actual corridor would be, as it would narrow through further study next year, the Times story reports. The Times also says the federal government could approve the route by December or January, or return the report to the states for more study. 

(Times photo)



Emotional Discussion About Abortion

The second of two debates between Indiana's three US Senate candidates was Tuesday night, at Indiana University Southeast in downstate New Albany. With about 15 minutes to go in the one-hour debate, 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?'" 

Republican Richard Mourdock, choking back tears, said he only supports exceptions to protect the life of a mother: "Life is a gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

Democrat Joe Donnelly took a different stand. "I believe that life begins at conception. The only exceptions I believe in are for rape, and incest and life of the mother."

Libertarian Andrew Horning offered this answer to the question: "We forget that there all kinds of ways around this where we can make it easier for people to adopt children. There are lots of things we can do better than what we're doing right now but as a federal legislator I got to tell you there isn't that much that I could do."


To view the debate click here (C-SPAN) 

To hear the candidates full answers and the question as it was posed, click here (Laura Waluszko's blog,audio "Debate Abortion Question")


The debates are sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission

Indiana's three gubernatorial candidates -- Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham – meet for debate number three of three this Thursday October 25th, and that will be an in-studio event, no live audience, in Fort Wayne.


Election Day is Tuesday November sixth.



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