[Photo provided/Indiana State Police]
Indiana State Police say a semi taking the ramp from Calumet Avenue to I-80 eastbound too fast, this morning caused a multi-semi crash that blocked lanes for about three hours. Troopers say a preliminary investigation showed the first semi rolled onto its drivers side and slid onto the interstate. A second semi pulling an empty covered wagon trailer hit the rail container, but stayed upright and a third rig pulling a box trailer tried to swerve to avoid the other two, causing it to jack-knife, hitting the second trailer and crashing into and through the concrete median barrier wall. The second trailer ripped open and parts of its load, rolls of Styrofoam came out onto the interstate. Troopers say one of the drivers suffered a fractured knee, and the other two were unhurt.
[Photo provided/Indiana State Police]
Who: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
What: Public meetings about the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Deep River–Portage Burns Watershed
When and Where: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
• 2 p.m. (local time), at the Lake County SWCD & Extension Office, 880 E. 99th Court, Suite A, Crown Point, Indiana
• 6 p.m. (local time), at the Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk, Riverwalk Drive, Portage, Indiana
On the Web: www.watersheds.IN.gov/2347.htm
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is ready to begin developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Deep River-Portage Burns Watershed in Lake and Porter counties. To kick-off the process, IDEM will hold two public meetings on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The first meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. (local time) at the Lake County SWCD & Extension Office, 880 E. 99th Court, Suite A, in Crown Point. The second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. (local time) at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Riverwalk Drive, in Portage.
TMDL is the term for a calculation to determine the maximum amount of pollutants, or pollutant load, a stream can receive and not violate state water quality standards. Where streams violate water quality standards, IDEM develops TMDL reports that include calculations and describe sources of pollutants within the watershed, methods used to analyze data, pollutant reductions needed to restore water quality, and actions for improving water quality.
Citizens who attend either meeting on the Deep River-Portage Burns Watershed TMDL will learn about water quality monitoring that will begin in April 2013, steps in the TMDL process, and how the community can be involved.
Water quality can be impacted by “nonpoint source pollution” and “point source pollution.” Nonpoint source pollution happens when rain water and snowmelt wash contaminants off of the land into lakes and streams. Common nonpoint source pollutants include excess chemical pesticides and fertilizers used in residential, business and agricultural areas, bacteria from animal waste and failing septic systems, excess salt and oil residue on roadways, and erosion and sediment from bare soils. Point source pollution happens when a contaminant is discharged from a specific source into a lake and or stream. Water pollution from a combined sewer overflow is an example of point source pollution.
More information about sources of water pollution, watershed planning, and Total Maximum Daily Load Reports is available on the IDEM website at www.watersheds.IN.gov
"Most of our new clients are from outside of Indiana and that has made it tempting to expand our operations closer to new opportunities," said Jeff Britton, principal of BMD Agency. "But our roots are here in Indiana. Our long-standing client Vera Bradley is here and we believe that our Midwestern work ethic, combined with the latest technology, a new inspiring work environment and an expanded world-class team will allow us to compete with the best. We look forward to our continued future in northeast Indiana and thank the IEDC and local officials for helping make this expansion possible."
Founded in 2006 by Jeff and Sue Britton, BMD Agency provides advertising and lifestyle marketing services to clients that specialize in female consumer goods that are influenced by color and fashion trends. The company, whose clients include Vera Bradley, Summit Brands, Benjamin Moore Paints and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, received a 2011 RACIE Award by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association for its work on the 2010 Vera Bradley catalog.
[Photo provided/Matthew Burkart testifies in committee on Tuesday, March 5.]
An Indiana House Committee has unanimously approved a bill inspired by a thirteen-year-old boy from Newburgh. Senate Bill 153 would create an exemption in Indiana's child labor laws to allow Hoosiers younger than 14 to work as youth athletic program referees, umpires or officials. Evansville Holy Rosary Catholic School student Matthew Burkart sought the change after he was turned away from taking a referee job or volunteering as an official for a local soccer club. Burkart, who testified in both the Senate and House committee hearings, said “This bill will get kids off the couches and iPads” and help teach responsibility, commitment and confidence.
[Photo provided/Matthew Burkart and his father, Bob, meet with Rep. Crouch (located far left in photo) and Sen. Becker (located far right in photo) after committee on Tuesday, March 5.]
Burkart also says the bill would potentially help 300 12- and 13-year-old Hoosiers who want to referee.
Meanwhile... the time zone debate continues in Indiana...
For years, most of the state, including South Bend, Lafayette and Indianapolis, was Eastern Standard all year long, but that changed in April 2006, when all counties in the state began observing Daylight Saving Time.
Carmel [car'-mll] Senator Mike Delph authored a resolution this session asking the US Department of Transportation to hold hearings on placing the entire state in the Central Time Zone.
For many years, much earlier, since 1918, Indiana was a Central Time state – but that changed in1961, when the Interstate Commerce Commission divided Indiana into two time zones, Eastern and Central.
Currently, twelve Indiana counties, in northwest and southwest Indiana, observe Central Time.
Earlier this morning, mutliple departments responded to a fire on Belmont Place in south Lake County. The area is just west of Cedar Lake and Lake Dalecarlia, between those communities and the Indiana/Illinois state line off 151st Avenue. No other details available at this hour. Reportedly fire crews from Lake and Porter Counties are assisting at the scene. More information as it becomes available.
Lake County commuters -- Huge delays early today on the Borman Expressway. On the eastbound Borman (Interstate 80/94) at Calumet Avenue in Hammond, authorities are responding to a 3-truck accident. As of 630 this morning, all lanes of EB 80/94 were closed; right shoulder passable. Solid congestion, 30-minute delay backed up into Illinois. Crews on scene. Gapers delay westbound 80/94 from Indianapolis west to Calumet Avenue.
Mutliple departments are responding to a fire on Belmont Place in south Lake County. The area is just west of Cedar Lake and Lake Dalecarlia, between those communities and the Indiana/Illinois state line off 151st Avenue. No other details available at this hour. Reportedly fire crews from Lake and Porter Counties are assisting at the scene. More information as it becomes available.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launched the fifth annual statewide March Against Hunger food drive competition Friday in Gary.
Gary’s bank is one of 11 regional food banks in Indiana that partner with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry or FIsH – an organization which helps link Indiana’s resources to feed those in need. For the fifth consecutive year, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office has joined FIsH and the Indiana State Bar Association to help challenge law firms to donate goods and raise money for these banks.
"March Against Hunger is an opportunity to spread awareness about a growing problem and spotlight attorneys who go above and beyond to help their clients and their communities,” Zoeller said. "Hunger is preventable and that’s why we are calling on those in the profession to lend their support."
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Director Angie Williams said the group provides nutritional support to those in need of hunger relief through its network of 100 community agencies across Lake and Porter counties.
“We are very happy to be working with the Attorney General and the legal community once again on March Against Hunger,” Williams said. “The drive is a great way for people to get involved in the fight against hunger while having fun and fostering the competitive spirit. March Against Hunger not only helps us feed our neighbors, but it also helps us raise awareness of the problem throughout the state and gets people talking about what can be done to combat hunger. We are extremely grateful to Attorney General Zoeller for holding the drive again this year."
“We are again thankful for Attorney General Zoeller’s commitment to helping Hoosiers in need, and Hoosier attorneys for rising to the challenge,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of FIsH. “One in six Hoosiers is at risk of hunger, and for children just one in four. We’ve not seen a decrease in demand and appreciate the support of the March Against Hunger drive to bring more meals to our member food banks to distribute across all 92 counties.”
To sign up to participate in this year's statewide competition visit www.marchagainsthunger.org or www.in.gov/attorneygeneral. Totals and winners will be announced shortly after the deadline to donate which is March 31.
In 2012, 51 law firms participated in the March Against Hunger and donated more than 11,400 pounds of food and raised $51,822. Since 2009, food drive participants have donated more than 34,100 pounds of food and raised $127,167 total.
This year the “Attorney General’s Cup” will be presented to the firm in each of the six categories that collects the most donations:
- Sole Proprietor
- Small firm (2-11 persons)
- Medium firm (12-21 persons)
- Large firm (22-49 persons)
- X-Large firm (50+ persons)
- Public/non-profit firm
"As a fellow lawyer, I can't say enough about Attorney General Zoeller's commitment to serving Hoosiers in need," said ISBA President Daniel B. Vinovich. "It is opportunities like this annual food drive that allow us to serve beyond our clients and I am so proud of the overwhelming contributions that pour in each year."
Those not employed by a law firm can contribute nonperishable foods at a participating firm listed at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral or a FIsH food bank listed at www.feedingindianashungry.org.
The attorney general's speech at the Gary food bank is available at: http://regionnewsteam.com
(article provided by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General)
Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller kicking off the March Against Hunger food drive event at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana in Gary on Friday.
(photo provided by Jay Stevens)
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(Photo Courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's Office)
The Cook County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that the search for a 22 year old Homewood man suspected of severely beating and stabbing his mother earlier this week is over. Sheriff Thomas Dart reports Blake Springsteen was arrested without incident in Flossmoor, Illinois, Thursday night, by the Flossmorr Police Department, after receiving a tip he was in the area. Authorities report Springsteen is suspected of beating his mother in unincorporated Homewood, then he reportedly bound her, put her in the trunk of a car and drove to Crete, where he is accused of stabbing her multiple times, and leaving her in a ditch in the nine-hundred block of Columbia Street. The Sheriff's Office say at last check, the victim remains in stable condition.
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As always, scammers are out in full force, looking for ways to get their hands on some of your hard-earned cash. Before you trust someone with your tax information, stop and ask yourself whether or not it’s too good to be true.
Here are three tax scams to watch out for:
#1. Identity Thieves
Indiana consumers filing their taxes this year should take precautions to protect themselves from identity thieves who can steal their information and file a tax return in their name.
Last year, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office received nearly 70 complaints regarding tax-refund fraud. In most cases, thieves used a legitimate taxpayer’s personal information to file a tax return and the victim was unaware until they were notified by the IRS.
If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, do not respond. Remember the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
#2. “Special” Grants and Credits
There are some scammers who insist that you can claim “special” grants, credits, or exceptions due to certain characteristics, such as race or religion and for a small fee can guide you through this process.
The folks that promote these schemes have been posting flyers and advertisements claiming that free money is available from the IRS.
No matter what anybody tells you, tax credits, refunds and rebates are based on a set of tax-related criteria. You don’t get “Extra Refunds” on your tax return for being cute or tall, or because you listen to country music!
Despite the fact that deep down we all know that you can’t get something for nothing.
#3. Shady Tax Preparers
Scammers pose as tax professionals, promising that they can help you claim these special tax privileges. In reality, after showing you how much you could get back, they ask for a fee, and then disappear — leaving you with a tax audit possibility.
There are no special tax treatments for race, ethnicity, religion, or other characteristics. Be wary of anyone who claims that you can get special tax grants or credits in this manner.
Trust your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable, walk away. A real tax professional won’t be insulted if you do – and a bogus one doesn’t deserve your business.
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Mark J. Becker, Chief of Police, today announced the following information:
The East Chicago Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the department’s “Citizen’s Academy’, which will be held on Thursday evenings from April 24 to May 29th. The evening sessions will run from 6:30pm – 8:30pm and will culminate with a graduation dinner on June 8th
The Citizen’s Academy is designed to provide citizens with an intimate look into the workings of the department and the law enforcement profession in general. The presentations will provide all with a better understanding as to the day to day operations of the department and the challenges it faces, all of which can be better addressed by partnering with the community
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in East Chicago, be able to pass a limited background inquiry and have no felony convictions
The Academy will address many topics, to include –
- Police Administration
- Community Policing
- Detective Bureau Investigations
- Crime Scene Investigation
- “Ride Alongs”
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The left lane of westbound I-80/94 is closed near I-65 due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel westbound on I-80/94 near mile marker 11.2. The crash is backing up onto northbound I-65 traffic. A number of traffic tipsters are reporting that all northbound lanes of I-65 are backing up from before 61st Avenue all the way to the Borman.
Northbound I-65 backed up from 61st Avenue to I-80/94 due to a crash that has the left lane closed westbound Borman just west of I-65.
(photo from INDOT traffic cams)
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(Lt. Gov Ellspermann, Sentor Rogers, & Mayor Freeman-Wilson)
(Lt. Gov Ellspermann, Rep Smith, & Mayor Freeman-Wilson)
(Photos Courtesy of the City of Gary)
In Gary, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson gave Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana Economic Development Corporation Chairman Eric Doden a tour of the city. Mayor Freeman-Wilson says, “Their presence here is further evidence of the new administration's willingness to work with us, and I am honored to have them visit our great city...we look forward to them returning to Northwest Indiana and assisting us with advancing our economic development projects.” Tour stops included the Gary Area Career Center, New Tech High School, University and Marquette Parks.
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- Donnelly Statement on North Korea Threat
- Gary Man Killed in Early Morning Crash in Lake Station
- Snow Parking Restrictions in MC Lifted at 8am Saturday
- Isom to be Executed February 5th, 2014
- Rep. Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity Fair
- Region Pothole Patrols Are Out
- Methodist Southlake Unveils New ER
- Time Zone Debate Marches On
- Winning Lottery Ticket Sold in Dolton
- Valpo Looking at Lake Water
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