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Flight Diverted After Emergency Slide Deploys

United Airlines tells ABC News an accidental emergency slide deployment inside a flight from Chicago to Southern California late Sunday forced pilots of Flight 1463 to divert the aircraft. It's not known why the emergency slide deployed inside the galley. ...
 

Region's Own Serves Aboard Advanced US Navy Sub

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A U.S. Navy missile technician from Gary is serving aboard one of the world's most advanced submarines.  According to the Navy's Office of Community Outreach, Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Short is currently defending America aboard the USS Louisiana.  The...
 

Ruth Sabin Home in La Porte Celebrates 125 years

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One of La Porte's oldest buildings that is still serving in it's original capacity is celebrating it's 125th year.  According to Ia press release from the Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital, an open house is being held Saturday, June...
 

IN Dunes National Lakeshore launches new Program

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A new program being introduced by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore caters to those who want to explore the park over a couple of days or multiple visits.  According to a park press release, their "Passport to the Dunes" program...
 

Elderly Body found is that is Missing Care Facility Senior

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The body of an elderly white male found this morning in a weeded area near I-94 in Lake Station, is that of a missing elderly care facility resident.  The Lake County Coroner's office has positively identified the body as 66...
 

Vehicle Car-jacked on 80/94 with Teen passenger Inside

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A Lansing, Michigan teen, who was able provide passing landmarks during an early morning car-jacking on I-80/94, results in the suspects arrest.


State Police at the Lowell post say at around 5:35 this morning they received a call of a carjacking incident taking place inside the Illinois line on Interstate 80/94.  Preliminary reports say that a Chevrolet van driven by a Chicago woman heading eastbound reportedly rear-ended a silver SUV driven by a Lansing, Michigan man.  After both vehicles were pulled over, the Lansing driver walked back to the van to see if the woman was alright.  At which time police say the woman, identified as 32 year-old Larona L. Green had climbed into the SUV and fled the scene into Indiana.  The Lansing man told police that his van had been stolen with his 13 year-old son in the front seat.  Authorities learned that his son had a cell phone and was able to provide landmarks as the suspect drove along.


Reports say a state trooper patrolling near the 23 mile marker on I-94 spotted the vehicle pulled it over taking Green into custody.  The teen passenger was uninjured.


The suspect was taken to Porter County Jail and charged with O.W.I. (tested.119 B.A.C.), possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal confinement.  Other charges in Illinois are pending, according to the Indiana State police.  Assisting at the scene were units from the Lowell Post, Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Units, Illinois State Police and Porter County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation is continuing.
 

Handy Man with Region ties is the Fugitive of the Week

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A region man wanted in connection to an explosive device found in a La Porte County residence earlier this month, is this week's "Fugitive of the Week."
On June 2nd, the La Porte County Sheriff's Office answered a potential domestic...
 

Special Food Giveaway for Lake Station Families on 7/1

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The special giveaway will feature “Share” food boxes made up of food items donated through the Times Care and Share Food Drive held in May.   Megan Sikes of the food bank says Tuesday's  giveaway will be held on a first...
 

New Phone Scam in Cook County Threatens Arrest

The Cook County, Illinois Sheriff's Department wants the public to be alert to a new phone scam.  According to Sheriff Tom Dart, callers are told they have an active warrant and must pay immediately, or otherwise face arrest.
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(R) Cook...
 

Report Finds 1 in 10 US Beaches Fail Bacteria Tests

Heading to the lake or the beach? Water samples from one in 10 US beaches fail a bacteria test, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The dirtiest beaches, the Great Lakes, and the cleanest, the Delmarva...
 

Hobart 5th Grade DARE Grads Invited to be in 7/4 Parade

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Hobart Police are inviting all Hobart 5 th grade D.A.R.E graduates to walk or ride their bike in the city's 4 th of July parade next week. Police report each participating student will need to get a permission form, which...
   

NW Indiana Lawmakers Named to Study Committees

Northwest Indiana state representatives have been appointed to several legislative study committees and commissions that will meet in the coming months.
STATE REP. CHARLIE BROWN (D-Gary), 3 rd Dist., will serve on the Interagency State Council on Black & Minority...
   

Campaign This Weekend to Raise Awareness of BUI

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Indiana Conservation Officers across the state will be on alert this weekend looking for boaters who have chosen to boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Operation Dry Water began today and continues through Sunday, and its mission is...
   

New GM Recall for Air Bag Issue on Chevrolet Cruze

A new recall from General Motors, this one involves an air bag issue and affected customers should be notified starting today.  ABC News reports GM is recalling 29-thousand Chevrolet Cruze compact cars from model years 2013 and 2014. Earlier this...
   

Impact Porter Co Awards $55,000 in Women's Fund Grants

Impact 2014 grant awards
(Photo Courtesy of the Porter County Community Foundation. (L-R)
Kathleen Walsh, Impact Porter County grant committee chair, Paul
Schreiner from Project Neighbors, Mark Trumball and Mariann Frigo
from Jacob's Ladder, and Barb Young, Porter County Community
Foundation President.)
Impact Porter...
   

One Injured in Crash on NB I-65 this Morning

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An investigation continues after a crash involving a semi and a passenger vehicle early this morning on northbound I-65, five miles north of the Fair Oaks exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports they...
   

Dangers of Unattended Children in Hot Cars

With summer now upon us and citizens traveling here-and-there, Hoosiers are being reminded to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute. According to a report from San Francisco State University, as of June 25 ...
   

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Wicker Park

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Electric vehicle drivers in the Region, and enthusiasts, attended the unveiling of a new electric vehicle charging station on Thursday in Highland's Wicker Memorial Park. NIPSCO's Kathleen Szot told the Region News Team the public charging...
   

Elderly Man Assaulted/Robbed at Hammond Train Station

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Authorities are seeking the public's help to locate a man accused of assaulting and robbing an 84 year old man this morning on the train platform at the Hammond South Shore Station. NICTD Transit...
   

AUDIO: Footloose 5K and Kids 1K Race in Burns Harbor

Tomorrow the Burns Harbor Parks will be holding their first-ever "Footloose" 5K and Kids 1K Race at Lakeland Park and the event will have an 80's theme.  To hear more, click News Audio On Demand at...
   

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