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Boys Girls Clubs of PC Receives Grant

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF PORTER COUNTY RECEIVES $5,000 TECHNOLOGY GRANT FROM COMCAST

Club Tech Impact Grants Will Provided Digital Arts programs to Porter County Youth

Youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County will have greater access to fun and innovative technology programs thanks to the Club Tech Impact Grants provided by Comcast and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The $5,000 grant will allow Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County to take its technology programming to the next level with new...

 

Suspicious Fire in Portage Wednesday

The Portage Fire Department is asking for the public's help involving a suspicious structure fire in the 2500 block of Hamstron Rd. Wednesday night.  In a press release, Joseph Calhoun, Assistant Fire Chief says the fire department responded to the fire shortly after 6 pm, finding "heavy fire in the front half of the small house.  When firefighters arrived, Calhoun says it was unclear whether the residence was occupied.  The Assistant Chief says one firefighter, who was wearing propper pr...

 

Gary Man Likely to Face Auto Theft Charges

A 21 year old Gary man could be facing auto theft charges after police arrested him Wednesday night. The Lake County Sheriff's Department reports a radio transmission by the Gary Police Department of a vehicle stolen, at 45th and Broadway, was heard by Detective James Stahl at approximately 8:30pm, who observed the vehicle pass him as it headed north on Broadway. After pulling the vehicle over for a traffic violation, the driver and passenger reportedly fled the vehicle on foot. Authorities...

 

LaPorte Co DUI Taskforce to Increase Patrols

2012-2013 La Porte County DUI Taskforce Holiday & Bowl Championship Series Patrols

 

The holiday season is quickly approaching and is often filled with celebrations and time spent with loved ones. To ensure safe travel, officers and deputies of the

La Porte County DUI Taskforce will continue and increase the amount of patrols. The upcoming patrols by the taskforce members will focus on ensuring that adults and children of La Porte County, along with traveling motorists through the county, remain...

 

Gunshot to Neck Killed Rivera

A 38 year old Indianapolis man shot and killed in Portage Monday died of single gunshot wound to the left side of the neck. The Times reports an autopsy was performed on Tuesday on Wilson Rivera, who lived in Gary as recently as last summer. Published reports says police do not believe the incident was a random act, and that Rivera probably knew who shot him. An investigation continues, and anyone with information regarding this incident, which took place on the 21-hundredth block of Crisman...

 

Anonymous Lotto Winner Takes Cash Prize

The Hoosier Lottery reports a jackpot won in Gary in November has been claimed. A representative of M Kids, LLC claimed the three-point-five million dollar cash prize on behalf of his client, described as a regular Hoosier Lottery player, who wanted maintain their current lifestyle by remaining anonymous. The winner ticket was purchased at Nagra's Quick Mart, on the 43-hundredth block of East Dunes Highway in Gary, for the November 17th drawing. Lottery officials say the winner could have taken...

 

Indiana Gets 1.1 Millions from Pfizer Settlement

A multi-state settlement with drug maker Pfizer on Wednesday, worth 42.9 million dollars, has Indiana set to receive 1.1 million dollars. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined with 32 other attorney generals to resolve allegations the company unlawfully promoted two of its drugs, Lyrica and Zyvox. Zoeller's office reports Pfizer promoted Lyrica for off-label uses, and used misleading and unsubstantiated superiority claims regarding Zyvox. Zoeller says, “off-label marketing can put p...

 

Conference Call with Obama on Fiscal Cliff

A group of Gary citizens, city department heads, and local leaders joined Gary mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson at City Hall Wednesday for a conference call with President Barack Obama regarding the impending fiscal cliff. Mayor Freeman-Wilson says the President laid out what the fiscal cliff means to everyday Americans, and emphasized the importance of extending middle class tax cuts for 98-percent of Americans, which gives a tax break on the first 250-thousand dollars of their income. The Mayor...

 

Police Need Help Identifying Robbery Suspect

Michigan City Police is asking for your help in identifying the suspect of a robbery Tuesday at the Check-N-Go. Police report the suspect entered the business, located on the 52-hundredth block of Franklin Street, about 4:18 that afternoon, and displayed a weapon. Authorities say an undisclosed amount of money was turned over to the suspect, who fled the scene on foot. No one was injured in the incident, and anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the Michigan City...

 

Texas Man Surrenders for Region Crime

A Texas man is awaiting further court proceedings after posting bond Tuesday on a charge of molesting an 11 year old Highland girl in 2009. The Times reports Enrique Marks Junior recently drove up from Texas to voluntarily turn himself in, after Lake County authorities on two-separate occasions reportedly declined to have him extradited, due to budget constraints, after he was stopped by Brownsville, Texas, Police on the Lake County warrants, once in 2009, and again in October of this year....

 

Three Region Mayors Accept Mayor's Dare

Three Region Mayors have accepted the” Mayor's Dare” challenge to be volunteer Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign. The Gary/Merrillville Corps' of the Salvation Army says Lake Station Mayor, Keith Soderquist has agreed to ring the bell at the Walgreen's on Central Avenue in Lake Station from 2pm to 8pm today. While Hobart Mayor, Brian Snedecor and members of his staff will serve at the entrance to Macy's Department store at the Westfield Southlake Mall this Friday f...

   

Chicago Man Sentenced for Schereville Shooting Death

19 year old Chicago man was sentenced to four-years in prison Tuesday in the shooting death of a Schererville woman. The Times reports Osvaldo Salazar was convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter, unlawful use of a weapon, and concealment of a homicide in the July 2011 death of 26 year old Holly Hieber, but the judge vacated the concealment charge. Published reports say Salazar was showing off a gun at a party, when it discharged, and struck Hieber in the head.


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Citizens Police Academy Coming to Gary

Indiana University Northwest and the Gary Police Department on Monday announced they are collaborating to launch a Citizens Police Academy to begin in January. Authorities say the program is designed to give local citizens and their community's police officers an opportunity to learn more about each other, and develop strong relationships between the two entities and the neighborhoods they serve. The ten-week program is open to those 18 and older, who live or work in Gary, and that applicants...

   

Semi Causes Forced Power Outage

A semi that broke a power pole earlier this morning at the corner of Division and Sager Roads is forcing a power outage. At last check, Kankakee Valley R-E-M-C reports crews are on the scene, with additional crews en-route to the location. Circuit feeding though to that area will be de-engergized, affecting approximately 450 people along areas along Division Road, from 100 West, east to Highway 49, north and south on Sager Road, as well as some of 50 South and 100 South.

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Donations Help Portage Twp Food Pantry

The Portage Township Food Pantry is expressing their appreciation to a local physician and North Shore Health Centers for their recent donations, which they say will help client families this holiday season. Margaret Hamstrom, Publicity Chairperson of the Portage Township Food Pantry, reports North Shore donated one-hundred hams and several dozen toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to them, while Doctor Tom Galouzis recently donated 600 turkeys to be handed out to clients.

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South Shore Train Delay this Morning

Some train issues are causing delays for passengers this morning. The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District reports South Shore Train 106 has been stopped due to mechanical problems. Passengers are being diverted to train 108 at Dune Park Station. Train 108 will be running about 25 min late.

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Coroner Seeks Help in Identifying Victims

Lake County Coroner Merrille Frey is seeking your help in identifying and locating the families of several unidentified victims. The Coroner reports her office has exhausted all leads in seeking identification of these victims, and has even been working with a world renowned Forensic Anthropologist who has provided some additional physical characteristics of the victims. Frey listed four individuals in her press release, and asks that anyone with information is urged to contact the Coroner's...

   

Portage Police Chief on Recent Homicides

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams says the two homicides in the last two months that the city has recently experienced is very concerning, but assures residents that officers will continue to make sure they are safe. Chief Williams says the message from the beginning of the year to keep residents informed of both the “good and bad” has not changed, as methods such as Facebook to inform Portage residents was used Monday, when 38 year old Wilson Rivera of Indianapolis, formerly of Gary, was shot...

   

Your Dog or Cat's Pic with Santa

In conjunction with "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit, the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond presents, "Wag Your Tail Wednesdays."  A chance for owners of well-behaved dogs or cats to have their picture taken with Santa.  Speros Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority says in the fourth year, the event continues to be a hit.  The South Shore CVA says, photos cost five dollars each with proceeds directly benefiting three different local animal re...

   

NWI Holiday Family Tradition

The Nutcracker, a Region holiday tradition by the Indiana Ballet Theatre Northwest, returns to the Star Plaza with performances this Wednesday and Thursday.  Gloria Tuohly, Founder, Artistic Director and CEO of IBT says the non-profit dance company began in her basement 30-years ago.  It's the 16th season of the Nutcracker at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville and along with "field trip" shows 10 am today and tomorrow.  Evening performances open to the general public at 7 pm with holiday mu...

   

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