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Charge Electronic Devices Early

Cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices can be very useful during winter storms and emergency situations -- the Indiana Department of Homeland Security reminds Hoosiers that you can be ready if a situation arises by fully charging your devices beforehand. Plug devices into a surge protector power strip to charge them. Charge devices to the full battery capacity. To conserve energy and battery power, close out of smartphone apps after using them. Consider turning off other capabilities such as Bluetooth, that drain batteries faster. If you must drive, use a car charger to charge devices that you may need, like cell phones and GPS devices.
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Have Storm Safety Plan Before Snow Arrives

Do not wait until heavy snow arrives to get prepared. Take actions now to ensure you are prepared when dangerous weather arrives. Develop a safety and preparedness plan. If you already have a preparedness plan, now is a good time to review it.
Make sure all members of your household have extra blankets and water. Everyone should know important phone numbers and emergency contact information. Keep a list of all important medications for each member of the household.
Have everyone locate water pipes, circuit breakers, and other important locations in the house in the event of a power outage.
Practice exiting the house and locating the nearest exit in case of a fire or evacuation for any reason.
For more winter weather preparedness information, visit  ....

Gov Pence Directs INDOT to Prep for Full Callout

Governor Mike Pence has directed the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to ready itself for a full callout across most of the state as dangerous winter weather approaches. Shops remain open at maintenance facilities around the state as INDOT mechanics service and ready yellow plow trucks for around-the-clock operation and arctic temperatures. The agency is also readying its fleet of pickup trucks to deliver parts to stalled vehicles or rescue drivers if necessary. INDOT maintains a small amount of older, “spare” plow trucks to ensure that all routes are plowed.
“INDOT will use all necessary resources to keep the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes open and as safe as possible for emergency responders,” said Governor Pence. “Hoosiers can do their part by following county travel advisories and staying off the roads, both during the storm and the blowing and drifting that follows. Do not put yourselves or your local emergency responders in harm’s way.”
The Indiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies encourage the public to keep its phone lines open for emergencies and to access road conditions at or by dialing toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623). For up-to-date county travel statuses, Hoosiers are encouraged to visit

Valpo Trash and Recycling Pick-up Postponed

The Valparaiso Department of Public Works is postponing trash and recycling services next week, beginning Monday, Jan. 6, due to the anticipated subzero conditions. For the week, beginning, Jan. 6, all trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day. So, trash and recycling that is typically picked up on Monday, will happen on Tuesday. The typical Tuesday route will be picked up on Wednesday, and so on. The regular schedule will resume on Monday, January 13. "We're looking ahead to the dangerously low temps that are predicted and want to provide the safest service possible," said Matt Evans, Public Works Director....

Warming Stations Open in Griffith

Griffith PD
With the dangerously cold temperatures being forecast early next week, the Town of Griffith has made preparations to open warming stations should they be needed.
Officials urge anyone who is in need of warm shelter to contact the Griffith Town Hall, at (219) 924-7500, or the Griffith Police Department, at (219) 924-3141, and suitable accommodations will be made. Should there be occurrences of power outages and/or interruptions in natural gas service, a manned warming station will be opened at the North Fire Station located at 1600 N Indiana Street.
Officials further urge residents to check on, or report to authorities, anyone with special needs who might be in need of assistance.


Temporary Busing Between S.Bend and Michigan City

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) has announced the South Shore plans to bus passengers between South Bend and Michigan City on January 6-7 as temperatures are expected to fall to dangerous levels.  Due to low passenger volumes, NICTD will not bus from Hudson Lake.  Hudson Lake passengers are advised to drive to Carroll Avenue Station in Michigan City.
The South Shore is an electric railroad and NICTD says the overhead power system between South Bend and Michigan City is old and subject to failure during extreme temperatures.  An unexpected "dewirement" in a remote location could hamper efforts not only to provide alternate transportation, officials say, but also to restore service.
NICTD is planning to provide regular train service between Michigan City and Chicago during this severe winter weather event, however passengers may encounter delays due to weather-related speed restrictions.
Note: The South Shore's 800-356-2079 train service information line remains out of service, as the RTA Travel Center transitions the South Shore number to their new call center vendor. Until further notice, South Shore passengers are advised to call 312-836-7000.   The RTA Travel Center is experiencing greater call volumes because of the weather, and callers may encounter a busy signal.
Passengers are also advised of NICTD's text and e-mail alert service available at their website .  Passengers can click the cell phone icon to stay informed of service delays and disruptions.  Significant delays and disruptions are also posted at the NICTD home page....

AUDIO: Hoosiers Should Prepare for Arctic Blast

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INDIANAPOLIS – Another round of significant snowfall could potentially hit central and southern Indiana on Sunday, followed by extremely cold temperatures that will affect the entire state. State agencies are advising Hoosiers to prepare now for the frigid weather.

Have a Plan
Hoosiers can take the time now to develop a plan for a potential power outage. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) recommends citizens look up their electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) recommends every household have an emergency preparedness kit. Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:

  • Food and water for three days (includes three gallons of water per person, per day)
  • Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • Extra clothing, warm blankets, sleeping bags for staying warm in your home if you lose power
  • Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
Families should also take the time to check with neighbors and see if there’s anything they can do for each other before, during or after the storm.

With the potential for additional snow, Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue to monitor forecasts for the storm beginning Saturday night and deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any predicted accumulation. Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel during and after the storm as high winds are expected to reduce visibility for drivers.

Temperatures well below freezing are expected to follow the storm, reducing the effectiveness of road salt in melting the snow and ice. INDOT will be treating the salt with specialty chemicals.

Before heading out, residents should check the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map at It’s updated with information from the county emergency management agencies and describes the conditions for a travel warning, watch, advisory and caution.

For road updates, please visit or call 800-261-ROAD. DO NOT call local law enforcement or 9-1-1 for road information. These lines need to be left open for emergency calls.
Indiana State Police (ISP) encourage drivers to delay a trip if possible, but if travel is necessary, let someone know your route, expected time of arrival, and how to reach you.  Charge your cell phone before leaving. Pack essential items such as high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, warm blankets, extra prescription medications and important documents or information you might need during an emergency.
If you become stranded, do not leave the car unless there is shelter nearby. Call for help. If you don’t have a cell phone, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm and keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Extreme Cold
Subzero temperatures and strong winds will create a potentially dangerous situation Sunday through Tuesday. Wind chills could reach -30 degrees or lower. Hoosiers should limit their exposure by staying indoors. If you must go outside, make it as brief as possible. Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover any exposed skin with a hat, scarf, and gloves.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) reminds pet owners to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside. Most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero. Be sure to provide a sheltered place for outdoor pets and make sure they have fresh water. Use a heater for water or change the supply frequently.
To hear our full interview with Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson, click News Audio On Demand at

Pence: Be Prepared, Avoid Traveling During Winter Storm

Gov Mike Pence
Indianapolis, IN – With unprecedented winter weather on the horizon, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement today.
“In preparation for the inclement weather, I encourage Hoosiers to assemble an emergency preparedness kit with plenty of non-perishable food and water, fill any necessary prescriptions, ensure they have a safe heating source, avoid unnecessary travel, and be careful if they must be outside.
“As Hoosiers across the state prepare themselves for heavy snow and near-record low temperatures over the coming days, those in the storm’s path are also encouraged to take the time to check on neighbors, family and friends who may need assistance, look out for each other, and remain in contact before, during and after the storm.
“The State of Indiana will continue to monitor weather conditions through the weekend and will respond as necessary with all available resources.”
Additional winter preparedness tips for Hoosiers can be found at and For up-to-date county travel statuses, Hoosiers are encouraged to visit

Law Enforcement Urging Residents to Stay Home

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Law enforcement in northwest Indiana are asking residents to stay in-doors this weekend. Porter County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says unless you absolutely need to venture out, stay home, as road conditions will not be kind to motorists.  Sgt. LaFlower says with the drifting and blowing snow, crews are going to have a rough time keeping roads clear and to avoid east-west roads with wide-open farm fields.
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy and blowing snow begins this evening until late Sunday night, with a Wind Chill Warning in effect from late Sunday night through Monday night....

New Twist in Case of Missing Michigan Doctor

Teleka Patrick
A bizarre twist in the case of a doctor who went missing almost a month ago in Michigan. Teleka Patrick, seen in YouTube videos singing to someone, may have been obsessed with a famous gospel singer, Marvin Sapp.  ABC News reports Sapp says Patrick was obsessed with him so much to the point that Sapp obtained a personal protection order against the 30-year-old psychiatrist, three months before she went missing on the night of December 5th. On Friday, Sapp released this statement to ABC News, saying, "given these previous acts I have taken several security measures which have included obtaining a protective order to ensure our safety."
Patrick's family has hired a new private investigator who says he believes that foul play is involved with her disappearance. He says he believes the case can be solved but it has certainly baffled authorities this far. Patrick's car was found with a flat tire the night of December 5th in a ditch on the side of westbound I-94, just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit. ...

ISP to Tow All Abandoned Vehicles on Major Highways

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Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post reports that, in preparation of the impending winter weather, they will be towing abandoned vehicles that will impede the snow removal process or be a potential traffic hazard. If your vehicle ends up being towed, contact Indiana State Police Lowell Post. A Winter Storm Warning for heavy and blowing snow begins this evening (Saturday) until late Sunday night, with a Wind Chill Warning in effect from late Sunday night through Monday night. ...

Two Men Hit by Car Suffer Multiple Trauma

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(Photo Courtesy of ISP Lowell Post)
Two men suffered multiple traumas to their lower legs after being hit by an alleged intoxicated driver this morning on westbound I-80/94, just east of Central Avenue. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports an investigation revealed a 31 year old Illinois man was heading west in the right lane, around 3:15am, when his car struck a disabled SUV on the outer shoulder. State Police say the Illinois man then continued westbound and struck a tow truck driver. Authorities report the Illinois man was arrested at the scene after he initially tried to portray himself as a witness to the crash and that his blood-alcohol level tested point-one-three. The tow truck driver and the driver of the vehicle initially struck by the Illinois man, were both taken to St. Mary's medical Center in Hobart. The right lane of I-80/94, just east of Central Avenue, was closed for approximately two-hours as a result of the crash. ...

33,000 Combi USA Car Seats Being Recalled

Tens of thousands of child car seats are being recalled.  ABC News reports 33-thousand car seats made by Combi USA - manufactured before January of 2013 are being recalled. The Coccoro, Zeus Turn, and Zeus 360 models are included in the recall. The government says seat straps don't meet minimum strength requirements - children might not be properly secured in a crash. The company will send out free harness replacement kits next month and says in the meantime parents should continue using the seats....

AUDIO: Lake County Emergency Management WX Tips

Lake County Emergency Management is reminding residents to make sure you have plenty of supplies in light of more snow and Artic cold temperatures this weekend and into early next week. The Region News Team spoke with Director Jodi Richmond on a varity of topics including warming centers, tips on being indoors and outdoors in sub-zero temperatures and their “Red/Green Card” initiative.  To listen to the interview click News Audio On Demand at
For more winter weather related information from Lake County Emergency Management contact them at (219) 755-3549....

State Government Offices to Open at 10am Monday

Due to the anticipated snow and record low temperatures this weekend, the state of Indiana is adjusting its hours of operations for Monday, January 6th. All Indiana State Government offices across the state where public business is conducted will open at 10am local time that day....

Winter WX Ban Begins Tonight on Indiana Toll Road

Officials with the Indiana Toll Road have issued a Winter Weather Ban beginning at 7pm EST/6pm CST today. The ban is in effect for the entire length of the Indiana Toll Road and will remain in effect through noon EST/11am CST Monday, January 6th. The ban is in effect for all triple, long-double and high profile oversize permit loads as well as low profile steel haulers. A Winter Storm Warning for heavy and blowing snow begins this evening until late Sunday night, with a Wind Chill Warning in effect from late Sunday night through Monday night. ...

AUDIO: Dr. Wolf on Weekend Storm and Cold Temps

Snow followed by arctic cold air is expected impact northwest Indiana this weekend. The Region News Team spoke with Associate Professor of Meteorology at Valparaiso University, Dr. Bart Wolf, on the snow totals from this week, the snow expected this weekend and the arctic cold temperatures that will follow.  To hear the full interview click News Audio On Demand at


Gary Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Motorcycle

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A 35 year old Gary man was arrested on Friday as the result of an on going investigation into auto thefts. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports Cleveland Neal was arrested for possession of a stolen handgun, possession of a stolen motorcycle and possession of a vehicle with an obliterated vehicle identification number after a search warrant was issued at 7:15am in the 600 block of West 41st Avenue in Gary. Additional, Neal was also arrested on an active warrant on a driving offense through the Gary Police Department. The Sheriff's Office reports multiple firearms and a motorcycle titled through Wisconsin were also recovered and taken into evidence. ...

State Health Officials Announce Three Influenza Deaths

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Indiana health officials today announced three influenza-related deaths, the first influenza deaths of the 2013-2014 flu season. State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. says influenza is now widespread across the Hoosier state and encourages everyone to become vaccinated. The CDC reports several flu-related deaths, including children, have been reported across the nation and predict the numbers will increase as the flu season continues. Dr. VanNess reminds Hoosiers to clean your hands often with soap and warm water, cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or tissue, and if your sick to stay home.
Symptoms of flu include:
·        fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or greater
·        headache 
·        fatigue
·        cough
·        muscle aches
·        sore throat

For more information about Indiana’s 2013-2014 influenza season, visit  Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at for important health updates. ...

Items of Missing IL Woman Found, Search Continues

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Search efforts for a Illinois woman in southwestern Indiana who has been missing since Sunday have concluded for today. Indiana Conservation Officers report several personal items were located in a field downstream from the accident site. Cathryn McGill was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband when their pickup was swept off the road in flood waters on Highway 257. McGill's husband was found but she was not. Authorities report after the search area is cleared tomorrow (Saturday), search efforts may be long-term due to the probability that she is in the main body of the White River. ...

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