(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
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The LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit in conjunction with the LaPorte City Police Department and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office has been working tirelessly in the fight against illegal drugs in the La Porte area community. Over the last 2 weeks Officers from these units have made 7 arrests for Heroin related offenses and more arrests are expected shortly.
According to a press release from La Porte Police Department, the hard work of the combined agencies, along with tips from the community, is paramount in getting a handle on the drug issues being face.
Without these agencies working as team and fighting these problems 24/7 residents would certainly be facing far more problems in the community. The department is 100% dedicated to the fight against illegal drugs and it vows to continue to aggressively fight this problem to help protect the citizens! Every tip received is worked all the way to the end. When a tip is made sometimes it takes several months of investigation before an arrest can be made. Investigators work these cases every day and they want to make sure that they get everyone who may be involved in these cases identified so that all the players involved are known.
A single tip turn into the arrests of several dealers, which is why it is so important that we maintain a good relationship with our citizens. We always need the eyes of the public letting us know when they witness or suspect any type of illegal activity. Please use any of the various ways of getting tips to us by calling 362-9446, using
our website www.lpcitypd.com, visiting our facebook page, all of which can be done anonymously.
United Way’s Day of Caring is an annual event that celebrates volunteerism throughout the communities it serves. This year, it will be held on Friday, August 23rd. Lake Area United Way will be hosting a special volunteer activity during the Day of Caring. This event, known as “Pack-a-Palooza”, will focus on providing food for residents who are experiencing hunger locally. “Thanks to the generous support and partnership with Strack & Van Til, BP and Kids Against Hunger, we will be able to bring over 180 volunteers together to pack 50,000 meals in 3 hours to give to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana for distribution, ” said Lou Martinez, President/CPO of Lake Area United Way. “It’s a rewarding and effective way for the community to join the fight against hunger.”
Pack-a-Palooza will begin at 9:30 at the Radisson Ballroom in Merrillville, and will anchor the kick off of the 2013-2014 Community Campaign. “The Campaign allows for so much to be accomplished, right here in our communities. Last year alone, over 170,000 lives were positively and directly affected as a result of the generosity of region residents and the success of workplace campaigns,” said John Kennedy, Chairman of the 2013-2014 LAUW Community Campaign and Director of Business Development for American Structurepoint Inc. “Our goal for the Campaign this year is to engage 1,000 new donors and volunteers to join United Way’s efforts to advance the common good in our communities,” said Kennedy. “Kicking-off the Campaign at Pack-a-Palooza highlights our emphasis on increased volunteerism. It’s a reminder that everyone can play a part, and be part of the change.” For more information on United Way’s Day of Caring and to find information on many other volunteer opportunities throughout Northwest Indiana, please visit: www.nwivolunteer.org.
A limited amount of campsites at Indiana state parks and reservoirs remain available for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.
Last-minute planners should make reservations soon before the campgrounds are booked to capacity.
Properties with sites left are: Charlestown, Clifty Falls (non-electric only), Lincoln (non-electric and primitive only), McCormick’s Creek, O’Bannon Woods and Versailles state parks; Lieber State Recreation Area, and Salamonie (primitive only) and Deam lakes.
A three-night minimum stay is required.
Reservations can be made at camp.IN.gov or 1-866-6CAMPIN (1-866-622-6746).
Not a camper? Consider a day trip for hiking, a family gathering or a swim. Check ahead with your destination for availability of swimming and hours of operation.
Remember to make reservations for fall camping. It’s one of the most popular times of year to camp.
“October has become like the busy month of July for our parks and reservoirs,” said Christie Wilmoth of the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. “With so much to see and do at our Halloween and fall festival weekends, you won’t want to miss out on all of the activities we have planned.”
Information on state parks and reservoirs is at stateparks.IN.gov. Information on programs and special events is at InterpretiveServices.IN.gov.
Homes in the region in July marked the 25th month of consecutive growth in year-over-year comparisons. The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors reports homes sales for Lake, Porter, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties combined increased by 23-point-two percent from a year ago. To hear more of regarding July home sales, click News Audio On Demand at http://www.regionnewsteam.com/
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence is in the Big Apple today to showcase the Hoosier state's continued fiscal strength. Governor Pence will be meeting with Standard and Poor's, Moody's and Fitch, in New York City, to share Indiana's plans for continued fiscal leadership and economic development. The Governor says the state's credit rating is an important part of the fiscal foundation and the strategy to attract more jobs.
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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
A 33 year old man wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court for felony battery is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. Jamie Hough is described as white male, 6'01”, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jamie Hough is asked to contact 911.
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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved legislation on Monday to raise the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 miles per hour. According to the Governor's Office, the six-county Chicago-region and two counties near St. Louis, would be allowed to set lower limits under the law, which starts on January 1st. The Illinois Department of Transportation, state police, and roadway safety organizations opposed the measure, arguing the increase in the speed limit will lead to more fatalities on Illinois roadways, while Governor Quinn says the measure keeps the state from falling behind other states with faster speed limits and prevents an increase in excessive speeding. Illinois transportation officials report it could cost anywhere from 150 to 200-thousand dollars to update around 900 speed limit signs.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 58 year old New Carlisle, Indiana man could be charged with public indecency after an incident Friday at Soldier's Memorial Park in LaPorte. Police says the adult male victim told them he was approached by the suspect in the park and after speaking, they parted ways until the victim heard someone yell and when he turned to look, saw the suspect standing across the channel completely nude. The victim called police and left the park, only to be followed by the suspect in his vehicle. The victim then went back to the park to wait for police, and after they arrived, the suspect drove by and was stopped by officers. At last check, charges were being reviewed by the prosecutor's office.
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Public demand has led to the addition of gluten-free menu items at a popular Region eatery. A press release announces that Jak's Warehouse in Schererville is helping Northwest Indiana pave the way with a gluten-free pizza as well as gluten-free birthday cupcake cake. The indoor family fun center also leads the way in charitable causes. Jak's is currently holding a donation drive for the Calumet area Humane Society to help recover after a recent fire. According the business, a free 5-dollar game card will be given for blankets, cleaning supplies, dog or cat food donated. The drive continues through this Friday.
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Attempted vehicle break-in at Buffalo Wild Wings According to the report, on Saturday, August 17th, at approximately 12:21 a.m., police observed a teen male, wearing a backpack, walking from the area underneath the Pine Lake Av. overpass towards the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings. As police continued to watch the suspect, they observed him walk to the passenger-side of a blue Honda sedan. The teen was observed doing something with the door window of the vehicle, while periodically stopping to look around. A few minutes later, police saw the interior dome light come on inside the car as the suspect leaned inside. At this time the vehicle's car alarm went off and the headlights began flashing. The suspect ran north from the vehicle and after a short foot pursuit, was apprehended by police. While being placed into custody, the suspect, Dominique Wilson, 19, of Michigan City (IN), allegedly told police he was breaking into the vehicle because he was hungry and only wanted some change so he could buy a bag of chips. During a search of Wilson's person, loose change was found inside his pants pocket that he denied knowledge of. The owner of the Honda was located and confirmed the vehicle had been entered, but that nothing appeared missing at the time. He advised the windows were left down slightly, but the doors were locked. Wilson is charged with Attempted Theft, D felony.
*All defendants are presumed innocent until/ unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and are entitled to have a trial before a judge or a jury.
(photo provided by La Porte Police Department)
Walking/Jogging track at Old Fairgrounds Park in Valparaiso
Beginning Tuesday, August 20, the track at Fairgrounds Park will be temporarily closed for repaving. The track will be closed to the public during construction, which is estimated to take up to 10 days depending on weather.
The ¾ mile track, which is more than 20 years old, is in need of repair and repaving and is used by hundreds of walkers and joggers every day. Not only is the track being repaved, it is being widened to 8’ wide, making it better for users to walk, run and exercise together.
(photo courtesy Valparaiso Parks and Recreation)
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