Officials with the Indiana Toll Road report seasonal road construction projects will come to a halt prior to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. All mainline lane restrictions will be removed as of 5am EST Monday, November 25th, to accommodate motorists. The only exceptions to this will be made for any emergency repairs on the Toll Road and for the westbound exit ramp at the Lake Station interchange, which remains closed for reconstruction. Any remaining construction projects will resume after 8pm EST Tuesday, December 3rd....
The opening of the new Five-Points Roundabout in Valparaiso, which was to occur this evening has been delayed due to the weather. Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission Executive Director Stu Summers says the weather has delayed the contractor's ability to apply the pavement markings, but they hope to have the new roundabout, at the five-points intersection of Calumet Avenue, Vale Park and Roosevelt Roads, open next week.
Summers says the tree-lighting dedication ceremony though will still take place as planned on Sunday, November 24th, at 4:30pm, in the Kmart parking lot. ...
Police in Highland are reminding residents to be wary of unknown subjects at your door or in the neighborhood with no identification after receiving several recent complaints of attempted scams. Highland Police report all of Highland's Public Work employees wear badges and uniforms with the Highland emblem and they drive town vehicles that are clearly marked with the Highland logo. Police say if someone claims to be from the water department or lawn service and requests access to your home, ask for proper identification, and if they cannot provide it, call 911 immediately. ...
To register your snowmobile come to the Sheriff’s Dept. Monday thru Friday from 8am – 3:45pm (except holidays). Please bring:
State snowmobile registration card
Evidence of existence of an in-force policy of insurance covering personal property damage in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) and personal liability in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00)
A new weather resistant registration sticker will be provided and must be attached to the vehicle. There is no charge for the sticker. The penalty for failure to properly register your vehicle is a $50.00 citation.
For the complete county code for snowmobiles go to: http://www.porterco.org/DocumentCenter/View/1817
For information on obtaining a state snowmobile registration go to: http://www.in.gov/dnr/4278.htm...
"Tornadoes and floods are also concerns for Hoosiers during winter," said Meteorologist in Charge Dan McCarthy of the NWS Indianapolis office. "Indiana had two tornadoes and more than a half dozen flooding events last winter so being prepared and taking action for any hazard are keys to safety"."
Officials recommend assembling and maintaining a disaster kit, and including items like food and water for three days for everyone in the family including companion animals, a battery-operated or hand-crank all-hazards radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first aid kit, and cash (Small bills. Power outages can limit use of ATMs and credit cards).
The INDOT YouTube channel (YouTube.com/IndianaDOT) is debuting two new winter weather videos. In one of them, the Indiana Department of Transportation talks about how they pre-treat roads with brine they make themselves, by recycling the water they use to wash their trucks. The trucks are salty after hours on the road plowing snow, and when they're cleaned up, the salty water runoff is collected, checked for salt levels, and used to pretreat the roads before snow and ice --for less, INDOT says, than standard de-icers.
Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/zeHB5bQdw0A
Drivers can also learn about road conditions in winter weather, INDOT plow progress, and snow forecasts through the INDOT social media pages? Learn how in this new video: http://youtu.be/Ns8P3BJlQYI
For more info on winter weather, visit www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter ....
“Indiana’s pro-growth policies of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and less red tape are giving Hoosier businesses the confidence to grow and attracting new investment and jobs to our state. Our progress in education and workforce is attracting renewed interest in investment in Indiana. Because of our efforts, Indiana’s private sector job growth continues to significantly outpace the national average,” Governor Pence said.
“I am grateful to our partners in the Indiana General Assembly who helped us make the state even more business-friendly for the companies that power Indiana’s economic engine every day, but there is more work to be done.”
Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped by nearly one percentage point over the past three months to 7.5 percent. The decrease in unemployment in the Hoosier State signifies the largest three-month drop in more than 20 years (September 1993). Indiana began the year with a rate of 8.6 percent and was at 8.4 percent in July.
Private sector employment in Indiana grew by 6,600 jobs in October, with gains concentrated in the manufacturing (+3,600), construction (+1,700) and private educational & health services (+1,300) sectors. Indiana’s rate of private sector growth (8.4 percent) has continued to significantly outpace the national average (6.5 percent) since July 2009, the low point of employment in Indiana.
“Indiana’s unemployment rate is more than one percentage point below where it was in January, which is definitely significant” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “The steady private sector job growth the Hoosier State has been experiencing for some time now is finally beginning to be reflected in the unemployment rate, which many businesses and individuals rely on to make important economic decisions.”
Sanders also noted the number of unemployed Hoosiers has decreased by more than 27,000 over the past three months, while Indiana’s labor force has grown by 6,000. Claims for unemployment insurance this year remain at their lowest levels since 2000.
Employment by Sector
Sectors showing gains in October include: Manufacturing (3,600), Construction (1,700), and Private Educational & Health Services (1,300). The Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-800), Professional and Business Services (-100), and Leisure and Hospitality (-200) sectors showed declines. Total non-farm employment increased in October (7,300).
(11-2) East Chicago Central vs (10-3) Forte Wayne Dwenger at Zollner Stadium in Forte Wayne, 6:30pm
(12-1) West Lafayette at (13-0) Andrean, 6:30pm
(11-2) Rensselaer at (10-3) Tipton, 7pm
(12-1) Tri Central at (13-0) Winamac, 6:30pm...
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich told the Region News Team his department's patrols include some very heavily-traveled and well-known highways in the Region. "We're stepping up our efforts starting next week," Sheriff Buncich said, with concentrated efforts in the rural and unincorporated areas, as well as the heavily-traveled Cline Avenue corridor and Route 41.
Police are in the midst of an Operation Pull Over blitz that began November 8th and continues through December first that combines high-visibility seatbelt and impaired driving patrols. Extra patrols are also planned for Thanksgiving eve, referred to at “Blackout Wednesday” by law enforcement who say it's becoming the biggest drinking holiday of the year, surpassing New Year's Eve.
Thanksgiving Eve, or "Blackout Wednesday," is "quickly becoming the biggest drinking holiday of the year," said Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller, surpassing New Year's Eve, and with so many motorists on the roads for the Thanksgiving travel period, Chief Miller says they feel it creates "a deadly mix".
Also in Hammond, City Court Judge Jeffrey Harkin has raised the bond to $2000.00 cash for anyone arrested for driving while intoxicated. Arraignment will be Monday morning (December 2, 2013) following the holiday. "It’s my hope that by announcing these patrols and making our presence known, we will deter people from driving drunk," Miller said. "Please plan your partying with safety in mind. Always use a designated driver, and if that fails call a friend or a cab."
Hammond Police Lt. Patrick Vicari says in Hammond the ongoing crackdown also includes pedestrian traffic safety enforcement. "The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times in Indiana," Vicari said, "and It's the goal of the law enforcement agencies in this area to keep travelers safe while driving on our highways and our city streets."
Police also want to make sure motorists and their passengers are buckling up. "It's the best way to protect yourself against injury in a crash as well as your loved one," said Indiana State Police Trooper Glen Fifield. Fifield also said if you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there's" a high probability you're right," and people are encouraged to call 911 immediately.
Commander of the Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership, St. John Police Officer Steve Rudzinski added, "We just want to make sure people in this county and throughout Indiana are safe."...
Hammond, Indiana - United States Attorney David Capp announced that a Superseding Indictment was returned yesterday charging Jesus Valentin Fuentes, 39, of Chicago and East Chicago, Kiontay Kyare Pennington, 34, of Gary, Indiana, Oscar Cosme, 41, of East Chicago, Indiana and Adron Herschel Tancil, 36, of East Chicago, Indiana, for the May 16, 2003 murder of Julio Cartagena in East Chicago, Indiana.
The indictment alleges that Fuentes was one of the local leaders of the Two Six Nation, a violent criminal enterprise. In November 2003, Fuentes directed members of the Two Six to kidnap the family of Julio Cartagena (Cartagena was also a member of the Two Six), in an effort to recover a large quantity of cocaine stolen by Cartagena from Fuentes. Henderson, Pennington and other Two Six members allegedly kidnapped Cartagena’s children and mother of his children at gunpoint from their home in Hammond, Indiana. Hammond Police soon were able to rescue the family, none were harmed.
Thereafter, the indictment alleges that Fuentes directed Two Six members to kidnap Julio Cartagena. On May 16, 2003, Louis Henderson, Pennington, and Tancil, all alleged Two Six members, and Oscar Cosme, an associate of Henderson, shot and killed Cartagena in East Chicago during an attempted kidnapping. After the shooting these four individuals sped away in a vehicle driven by Henderson. The vehicle crashed and Henderson was killed.
- Count 1 of the indictment charges Pennington, Tancil and Fuentes with murder in aid of racketeering and kidnapping.
- Count 2 of the indictment charges Pennington, Cosme, Tancil and Fuentes with the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (distribution of cocaine) and crimes of violence (murder and kidnapping).
These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Merrillville Field Office, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives HIDTA Taskforce, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Chicago Police Department and the Hammond Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Nozick.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. ...
Police in Chesterton continue to investigate a report of a woman being robbed in her home on Tuesday in the 11-hundred block of Pam Street. Chesterton Police today released a sketch of the alleged suspect who, according to police, approached the victim from behind and pushed her inside, implying he had a weapon, though none was displayed. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6-feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, with short curly hair. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Chesterton Police at (219) 926-1136....
(Photos Courtesy of State Senator Jim Arnold's Office)
Tuesday was Organization Day for Indiana legislators to kick off the 2014 legislative session, a mostly ceremonial day featuring the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers, but legislators also honored emergency workers who played a vital role in the July rescue of a 6 year old boy at Mt. Baldy. State Senator Jim Arnold, of LaPorte, authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 honoring the first responders, and Michigan City mayor Ron Meer, Police Chief Mark Swistek and Fire Chief Ronnie Martin were in attendance. Senator Arnold says, “the time, effort and professionalism that these first responders exhibited are no doubt the reason that a 6-year-old boy now has his whole life ahead of him...and for that, they deserve all of our respect and gratitude.”
The General Assembly will return to the Statehouse on January 7th. ...
(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
Police in LaPorte are seeking the public's help in locating a 26 year old man wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge and maintaining a common nuisance. LaPorte Police report Brett Tanksley is described as a white male, 5'8”, weighing 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police say Tanksley has a large tattoo of the grim reaper on his chest and the letters T-A-N-K tattooed across the fingers of his right hand. Anyone with information on Brett Tanksley's immediate whereabouts is asked to contact 9-1-1, the LaPorte Police Department at 362-9446, or La Porte Metro Operations at 325-9022. You can remain anonymous....
(Photos Courtesy of the Lake County County Sheriff's Office)
Two North Chicago men are in custody after police recovered three-point-five pounds of crystal methamphetamine from their vehicle on Wednesday. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports officers pulled the vehicle over around 4pm for speeding and making unsafe lane movements while heading southbound on I-65, near Lowell. Authorities say while approaching the vehicle, their drug dog indicated on the engine area and upon investigating the engine compartment the drugs were allegedly located. 26 year old Alejandro Murilla and 18 year old Alexander Molina were each charged with dealing a controlled substance.
(Above: Alejandro Murilla. Below: Alexander Molina)
(Photos Courtesy of Nick Russ and the South Shore CVA)
This morning at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, officials welcomed back the South Shore Air Show... which is heading to a new location. Speros A. Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Gary Corbett, CEO of Fair Oaks Farms, announced that Fair Oaks Farms will play backdrop to the event at a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Fair Oaks Farms is a 33,000 acre attraction, allowing the two organizations ample room to make additions to the family-fun event. “Hosting an air show at a tourism destination, like Fair Oaks Farms, has yet to be done in the United States,” said Batistatos. “We have a real opportunity to bring in new facets to an event that is already a ‘must-attend’ for residents and visitors.” Additionally, Batistatos believes hosting the air show at Fair Oaks Farms will challenge conventional thinking on space used for events along the South Shore. “Northwest Indiana is such a unique area. There are many different features that can be highlighted and tailored to make an event truly special and successful,” said Batistatos. According to Batistatos, Fair Oaks Farms enthusiastically agreed to partner for the 2014 air show.
(An aerial view of Fair Oaks indicating the event space in 2014)
South Shore Air Show attendees will be able to enjoy the traditional, exciting aerial acrobatics in addition to exploring all Fair Oaks Farms has to offer. With the recent addition of The Pig Adventure, Fair Oaks Farms has numerous educational and entertaining activities for all ages. Proposed additions to the air show include a car show and live music entertainment.
Previously, the South Shore Air Show had been held on the beaches of Marquette Park in the Miller Beach section of Gary. Officials say this year's show was canceled due to the impact of automatic federal spending cuts, or sequestration. Dates for the 2014 South Shore Air Show will be announced in the coming months....
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