A Portage High School student was arrested today for intimidation and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center after a fellow student informed school officials the teen was talking about bringing a gun to school and shooting students who were “arrogant and self-righteous”. Portage Police say the student in question, a sophomore, was brought to the office and an inquiry revealed he was not in possession of any gun, but claimed access to one at home. Police reportedly searched the teen's bedroom and did not find a gun, but his parent's reported having a gun under lock and key and that the child does not have access to it. Police Chief Troy Williams commended the student who initially reported the threat, as well as the swift action taken by school officials, and urged parents to talk with their children with regards to the importance of reporting a threat they may hear and to also monitor their children for changes in behavior that warrant a concern. ...
Frontier Communications announced today they anticipated having their portion of the road project at the Five-Points in Valparaiso completed this Friday. Frontier's General Manager Todd Pence says they invested almost 245-thousand dollars in capital funds to move existing fiber and copper networks, which began back in August at the Five-Points intersection of Vale Park, Calumet and Roosevelt Roads, at the request of the City of Valparaiso.
Pence says most of their work just required digging a new trench a few feet over from the existing trench and transferring the cable fiber over to it. Pence says, “this new project will enable construction of a safer pedestrian path, new storm water and sewer system, and a two-lane roundabout for the community of Valparaiso.”...
One of the nation's largest truck load carriers has joined forces with the City of Gary to bring more employment opportunities to residents. The collaboration is part of the city's “New Day, New Jobs Initiative” and Schneider will be hosting three jobs fairs before the end of the year at the WorkOne office in Gary. Schneider reports they are primarily looking for truck drivers and mechanics in the Gary area and that they are offering a five-thousand dollar signing bonus for over-the-road drivers.
The job fairs will take place on the following dates and times:
October 17, 2013
November 14, 2013
December 12, 2013
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
3522 Village Circle (located in the Village Shopping Center)
Applicants are asked to wear interview attire, bring a resume and proof of CDL certification if interested in the truck driver positions....
The 10 best states in this year’s Index are Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Florida, Washington, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and Indiana. To read the full report, visit http://taxfoundation.org/article/2014-state-business-tax-climate-index...
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A woman suffered multiple injuries after she was ejected from her vehicle during a crash this morning at US 6 and County Road 450 West in Portage Township. The Times reports the woman was heading east on US 6 and failed to stop for a red light, striking a southbound vehicle on 450 West, causing the vehicle to hit a northbound school bus on 450 West. According to the article, the woman sustained a head injury and complained of pain to her torso, but police reported it appeared her injuries were non-life threatening. No other injuries were reported and no children were on the school bus at the time of the crash, which occurred just before 9am....
(Photo Courtesy of LaPorte Police)
A 29 year old LaPorte woman, who had been listed as the LaPorte Police Department's “Wanted Person of the Week” last week, surrendered herself to law enforcement on Tuesday. LaPorte Police report Amanda Hanley had been wanted on a warrant from LaPorte Circuit Court for felony theft....
A traffic tipster reporting a vehicle on fire heading westbound on the Borman (I-80/94) just past the Grant Street exit initially came in shortly before 1p.m. CDT Wednesday.
INDOT reports the fre has been extinguished wih the vehicle moved to the right shoulder as fire equipment continues to block the right lane of westbound I-80/94 near Burr St. . Drivers should expect about 20-minute delays with westbound lanes of the the Borman backing up to I-65. Also, northbound traffic on I-65 is backing up on the connector ramp to westbound I-80/94, drivers should expect backups and delays.
(Top photo: vehicle earlier reported on fire and extinguished is off on the right shoulder of westbound I-80/94 near Burr Street. Bottom photo: westbound I-80/94 (Borman) backing up from I-65 and the northbound I-65 entrance ramp to westboud I-80/94 is backing up as well, due to the right lane closed near Burr St.)
(photos: INDOT traffic cams)
11am - A traffic tipster reports to us that traffic is being detoured off of Colorado Street in Hobart south of US 30, in the area of construction at the new TradeWinds facility on East 83rd Place. The tipster tells us motorists are being detoured to Clay or Mississippi Street....
Northern Indiana Public Service Company says heating bills this winter may be about one-percent higher than last, assuming normal winter temperatures. In its annual forecast announced Tuesday, NIPSCO said the average residential customer using a total of 624 therms over the course of the five-month winter heating season, November first through March 31st, could expect to pay about 437-dollars, four-dollars more than a customer using the same amount of natural gas last winter.
Here is more information from NIPSCO:
Over the course of the five-month winter heating season – Nov. 1 to March 31 – NIPSCO’s average residential customers using a total of 624 therms could expect to pay approximately $437. This compares to $433 for a customer using the same amount of gas during last winter.
NIPSCO’s projections take into market forecasts, supply trends and storage levels, among other considerations.
NIPSCO has among the lowest residential gas bills in Indiana, according to bill comparisons released monthly by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).
Actual bills vary by customer depending on the home’s age and size, number in the household, number and age of gas appliances, thermostat settings and insulation levels.
“Natural gas continues to be one of the lowest-cost, most reliable and abundant energy sources for customers,” said NIPSCO CEO Jim Stanley. “The outlook on natural gas prices and domestic supplies remain stable for the foreseeable future, which is great news as we head toward the winter heating season.”
While winter bill amounts are projected to be relatively flat compared to last winter, the company expects usage amounts to be slightly higher. Last winter’s actual usage amounts were lower than normal due to warmer temperatures during some months.
The cost of natural gas represents the largest portion of customer bills – on average, two-thirds of an overall bill. NIPSCO has no mark-up and makes no profit on the cost of natural gas billed to its customers. Before billing, natural gas commodity costs must be reviewed by the IURC.
While NIPSCO cannot control market conditions affecting the price of natural gas, the utility does negotiate the best possible price for the natural gas it purchases for its customers.
NIPSCO’s purchasing strategy is a multi-faceted approach that consists of buying gas in the market from a variety of supply sources at different times throughout the year. The ability to utilize gas storage helps to offset market price volatility.
NIPSCO’s gas distribution system consists of three on-system storage facilities and connects to seven interstate pipelines providing access to eight major North American supply basins.
Billing and Payment Options Customers who are experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to call NIPSCO’s 24-hour Customer Care Center as soon as possible to determine what options might be available to offer help. Some of those solutions include:
Payment Assistance Programs: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive state and federal utility assistance dollars as well as support funds from separate NIPSCO programs by visiting their local community action agency.
BudgetPlan: A free service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy bills by spreading out gas costs over an entire year.
Payment Arrangements: Allows customers to make an initial payment within four days of the agreement, then spread the remaining unpaid balance over three months, plus current bills as they are due.
For more information on billing options and payment assistance, visit NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance.
Energy and Money Saving Programs
Through NIPSCO’s energy efficiency programs, customers can pinpoint ways to manage their energy usage, and in turn their bills. A full list of programs available to NIPSCO customers to help manage energy use can be found at NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has served the energy needs of Northern Indiana since 1912. Headquartered in Merrillville, NIPSCO is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc (NYSE: NI). With more than 821,000 natural gas customers and 468,000 electric customers, NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about NIPSCO is available at NIPSCO.com....
Indiana Governor Mike Pence says Indiana can weather the federal government shutdown. Here is an op-ed piece submitted by Governor Pence:
As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, Hoosiers should know that Indiana will be able to mitigate the impact and continue to meet our obligations to those who support our National Guard and to our most vulnerable citizens.
At midnight on Tuesday, October 1, federal funding for many critical programs lapsed and the federal government partially shut down. Employees of the Indiana National Guard whose pay comes from the federal government were put on furlough, and new federal funding for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) stopped.
On that first day of the federal shutdown, I ordered the Indiana National Guard to continue paying the 244 federally-reimbursed employees who provide support to the Guard. I consider the cost of approximately $33,000 a day a small price to pay for ensuring Indiana is prepared to handle any emergency. I am grateful that most of these employees have now been recalled to work, but we stand ready to take care of those who serve by making sure they have all the support they need.
Indiana’s most vulnerable also are at risk due to the disruption in federal funding. We have 931,737 Hoosiers who receive SNAP food assistance and 27,560 who receive TANF. The WIC program helps another 280,000 Hoosiers provide nutritious food for their infants and children. The federal shutdown jeopardizes these programs and threatens those who most need assistance. Since Indiana has administered those programs in a responsible manner, we have funds available to continue both SNAP and WIC through October and TANF through November, if need be. We will assess our resources and look at options for providing those services to Hoosiers should the shutdown go on longer.
While activity in Washington, D.C. has ground to a halt, Indiana will keep moving forward. We are investing in schools, pushing our career and technical education initiatives, and making our economy more competitive. We can do those things right here in Indiana with state resources and the help of talented Hoosiers from across the state.
Like every Hoosier, I am frustrated over this government shutdown, and I will continue to urge this administration to seek common ground with Congressional leaders to reopen the government as soon as possible. In the meantime, Hoosiers will be glad to know that Indiana has the resources to weather this shutdown and mitigate the impact on our people and our economy....
Today (Oct 9) is International Walk to School Day. Organizers say it's a day that teaches about the health and environmental benefits of walking. Bryan Bodamer is the parent chairman of Walk to School Day at Lake Street Elementary in Crown Point. Bodamer says when it comes to getting the kids to walk, Lake Street is like most schools in the region, with a few walkers, but mostly parents who drop their kids off or bus riders, "our goal is to give those kids an opportunity to have a day of walking to school," and to promote the exercise benefit. Bodamer also says more students are participating in the event that's in its sixth year. "The kids have always been excited about it," Bodamer says, and when they started they had maybe 42-percent participation and last year went up to about 65-percent. He says participants can participate by riding their bikes to school too. The website walkbiketoschool.org shows schools in more than 70 communities around the state signed up for walk to school events. You can hear Jay Stevens' interview with Bodamer online here at our website at News Audio on Demand....
Funeral services are scheduled for today (Wednesday Oct 9) at 1 pm at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Schererville for former Lake County Assessor Hank Adams, who passed away Sunday. Adams, 77, who had been battling cancer for over a year, resigned his post last week due to health reasons. Adams was the first Republican to hold countywide office in Lake County in over fifty years. Prior to being elected county assessor, Adams also served as St. John Township assessor and Schererville town councilman. A native of Tennessee, Adams became a longtime businessman in Lake County, as the owner of Adams Village TV in Gary and Barelli's Furniture on State Street in Hammond....
Hoosier Lottery officials say a $1 million Powerball prize won in Indiana in the April 10 drawing has expired without being claimed. The prize expired at 5 p.m. Eastern Monday, Oct. 7. Powerball players in Indiana have 180 days to claim prizes. The ticket was purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, Ind. The retailer will still receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Hoosier Lottery retailers receive a one percent bonus capped at $20,000 for selling a Powerball ticket that matches the first five numbers, but not the PB number.
It is rare, but not unheard of, that a prize of such magnitude goes unclaimed. Unclaimed prizes are absorbed back into the lottery to reduce future prize expenses, and that increases the amount of money that goes back to the state. The $1 million prize is not be the largest unclaimed Hoosier Lottery prize. Hoosier Lottery officials say a $5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot went unclaimed in March 2004, and in September of 2002 someone missed out on a $50 million Powerball jackpot won in the Hoosier state.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
The chances Indianapolis could host another Super Bowl just got even better. The National Football League today announced Indianapolis is one of their top three finalists for Super Bowl LII (52) in 2018. Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement saying, “Indiana far surpassed expectations in 2012, and we look forward to submitting another promising bid to showcase once again Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer.” The other two locations selected as finalists are Minneapolis and New Orleans....
An appraisal of Porter Regional Hospital has finally been completed, the first since the hospital opened in August 2012. The hospital land was assessed at one-point-seven million dollars, down from four-point-seven-eight and the building assessment came in at 242-point-eight million, up from 29-point four million, for a total assessment of 244-point-five million dollars. Porter Regional Hospital agreed to turn over documents in July that were said to be necessary to complete the property tax assessment of the hospital campus at US 6 and State Road 49 in Liberty Township. Officials with the hospital have 45 days from Monday to file an appeal. ...
The State of Indiana and 15 school corporations filed a lawsuit today against the IRS, challenging a new IRS regulation that imposes the employer mandate requirements of the Affordable Care Act onto state and local governments. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller contends the Affordable Care Act as passed by Congress does not allow financial penalties in states that did not create their own health insurance exchanges and that the financial penalties, which are based on the total number of employees, cannot be applied to government employees.
Joining the State as co-plaintiffs are 15 Indiana school corporations:
• Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, Martinsville, Ind.
• Perry Central Community Schools, Leopold, Ind.
• Benton Community School Corporation, Fowler, Ind.
• Community School Corporation of Eastern Hancock County, Charlottesville, Ind.
• John Glenn School Corporation, Walkerton, Ind.
• Monroe-Gregg School District, Monrovia, Ind.
• Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation, Mooresville, Ind.
• North Lawrence Community Schools, Bedford, Ind.
• Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Fairland, Ind.
• Shelbyville Central Schools, Shelbyville, Ind.
• Southwest Parke Community School Corporation, Montezuma, Ind.
• Vincennes Community School Corporation, Vincennes, Ind.
• Madison Consolidated Schools, Madison, Ind.
• South Henry School Corporation, Straughn, Ind.
• Southwestern Jefferson County Consolidated School Corporation, Hanover, Ind.
As political subdivisions of the State, school corporations are faced with reducing the hours of their part-time employees in order to avoid the financial penalties of the IRS regulation under the employer mandate....
- WWII Veteran Pleads Guilty to Drug Running
- Nobel Prize Contributing Prof Honored at Purdue-Calumet
- Lake County Treasurer Reports Bills Due 11/12
- Open House Dates Set for Illiana Expressway
- Sign Up Kids for Gary FD Fire Safety First Sessions
- Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease November 1
- Gator Cases Bringing New Jobs to N Indiana
- Heroin Suspected in Local Man's Death
- Gateway Work Temporarily Closes Part of Old Ridge Rd
- Region First Responders Get Grants for Equipment
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