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Council Ends Work-Release to Fund Jail Mandate

The Lake County Council has voted to end the Lake County Sheriff's work-release program and lay off its nearly thirty employees, so the county can fund a federal Department of Justice mandate that requires hiring 24 additional corrections officers and...
 

Car Sale Event to Benefit Region Boys Girls Clubs

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Region residents who purchase a new or used vehicle this weekend will also be helping the Boys and Girls Clubs across the region.  Participating dealers of the Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association are having their annual "Spring Sale" fundraiser event...
 

48th Annual IU Northwest Commencement in Gary

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Indiana University Northwest will be holding their 48 th Annual Commencement tomorrow at the Genesis Center in Gary. The ceremony begins at 4pm and is expected to last about two-hours. Tickets are not required to attend the Commencement. University officials...
 

Valparaiso PD Holds Memorial Service for Police Week

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(Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas at Wednesday Police Memorial)
The Valparaiso Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors at the start of this afternoon's Memorial Service ceremony which was hasten by a constant rain that fell when the program started around...
 

Fatal Crash on 231 in Jasper County

Jasper Co Sheriff Dept
A 40 year old Rensselaer woman died as the result of injuries sustained Tuesday evening in a multiple vehicle crash on US 231, about ten miles north of Rensselaer. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office reports an investigation revealed a Camaro...
 

Portage Twp Food Pantry Blessed by Girl Scout Donation

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(Photo Courtesy of the Portage Twp Food Pantry. Front: Judy Mollway,
Pantry Board President; Colleen Reister, and Krysten Rebeck. Back:
Amelia Lara, Director of Pantry Volunteers; and Jane Reister.)
The Portage Food Pantry is thanking a local Girl Scout troop...
 

Pence to Announce Plan to Cover Uninsured on Thursday

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence is scheduled tomorrow to announce the state's plan to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) as an alternative to Medicaid to cover uninsured individuals. Governor Pence has been seeking approval from the federal government to expand...
 

New ICD Trial for Use in MRI's at Porter Regional Hospital

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Porter Regional Hospital today announced they are the first hospital in northwest Indiana/Chicagoland and one of only 35 sites chosen in the US to participate in a trial to implant the new Iforia implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, for use...
 

Free VITA Tax Filing Sets New Record

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program or VITA, hosted by the United Way of Porter County, achieved a new record of 538 returns completed for the 2013 tax year, a 76 percent increase from the previous year. George Kuebler, VITA...
 

Pence Directs Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on 5/15

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities across the Hoosier state be flown tomorrow at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. Governor...
 

NTSB Launches Tire Safety Investigation

The tire industry is fighting legislation to get old tires off the road. ABC News reports the National Transportation Safety Board has launched a first-of-its-kind special investigation into the role of tires in hundreds of traffic accident deaths each year,...
   

Valparaiso Temporary Road Restriction

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Officials in Valparaiso report the intersection of Union Street and Morgan Boulevard is expected to be closed until about 2 pm (CDT) today Wednesday May 14 for water service replacement.  The restriction affects one block....
   

Departments Conduct Services for Police Week

This is National Police Week and services are being held around the country and here in the Region to remember officers who've given their lives in the line of duty. On Tuesday, Indiana State Police Lowell Post held their annual...
   

Valparaiso Approves Grants for Fire Protection

In the wake of two relatively recent major fires that destroyed two structures in the city, Valparaiso will be offering grants to help local business owners pay for fire suppression and protection systems, like alarms, firewalls, automatic doors, and sprinklers....
   

Man Flown from Serious Crash Near County Line

A serious crash near the Lake/Porter County line.  Shortly before 5:30 this morning Porter County Sheriffs Police responded to US 231 in Boone Township near Hebron where police say a passenger car had gone into a ditch, police say, and...
   

Gary City Councilman Keeps Seat

A Gary city councilman sentenced this year to three months in prison for tax evasion will remain on the city council. The Gary City Council this week opted against removing 42-year-old Ronier Scott from his seat, but they did vote...
   

MERS Cases Prompt Warning Signs at Airports

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With two confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndome (MERS) in the United States, health officials are asking airports to post warning signs for anyone traveling to the Middle East.  The signs will warn Americans heading to the Arabian peninsula...
   

Purdue Wins with Zipper Contraption

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How to zip a zipper in “the most complicated and hilarious way possible” – that was this year's challenge in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest College Nationals – and the champs -- a group of students from Purdue University that...
   

Sheriffs Police Investigate Fatal Crash

Porter County Sheriffs Police are investigating a fatal accident. Officials say at about 5 pm Tuesday a southbound 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche went left of center and struck a northbound semi-tractor and trailer head-on. The driver of the Avalanche, identified as...
   

Ind Supreme Court Tosses Murder Confession

In a five-to-nothing decision, the Indiana Supreme Court has thrown out the murder confession of a 28-year-old Gary man. Justices ruled that a Gary detective went too far, toward the end of a three-hour interrogation, when he implied to the...
   

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