In Tippecanoe County, the Indiana State Police at Lafayette Post are at the scene of a fatal crash involving multiple semis that has closed I-65 at the 177 mile marker which is just south of the State Road 43 exit in Tippecanoe County. Southbound traffic is being diverted off at the 188 mile marker exit which is SR 18. Go west on SR 18 to US 231. At US 231, go south to US 52. Go east on US 52 till you get to SR 25 north then go north back onto I-65. It is unknown how long the detour will last. State Police say more information about the crash will be forthcoming.
Northern Indaina Commuter Transportation District says busing began on Thursday morning when a garbage truck struck and damaged a bridge in Hudson Lake in La Porte County. NICTD says their crews and personnel from Tonn & Blank of Michigan City were able to acquire replacement steel and make all necessary repairs in order to restore train service ahead of schedule.
A woman, reportedly an intern, was injured at a central Indiana refuge for large cats after a tiger went through a gate which she reportedly failed to close. Officials say the tiger held her head in his mouth until co-workers freed her by spraying the animal with a hose. The 21-year-old Chicago-area woman was reportedly listed in critical condition last night at an Indianapolis hospital, but her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
This traffic reminder from Crown Point Fire Rescue... Roads in the downtown area remain closed due to the Taste of The Region, on the Downtown Square around the Old Lake County Courthouse.
The event opened up Friday and then strong storms rolled through the Region... Summer's arrival early Friday was followed about half-the-day later by heavy downpours and lightning strikes, including a report of lightning hitting the highest point of Timothy Ball Elementary School in Crown Point, firefighters finding smoke when they arrived. School was not in session.
Authorities say there were scattered outages accompanying the storms Friday afternoon, mainly in the Gary, Crown Point, Lowell and Valparaiso area, mainly due to limbs landing on power lines.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
An elementary school in Crown Point was struck by lightning this afternoon. The Times reports the incident was reported around 2:45pm, as thunderstorms moved through the area. Firefighters reportedly found some smoke in Timothy Ball Elementary School, in the 700 block of West Summit Street, and that the lightning hit the highest point of the school, which was not in session.
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(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals, Great Lakes Task Force)
A 22 year old wanted in Porter County Court for probation violations, and underlying felony charges of dealing controlled substances has been named this week's “Fugitive of the Week”, by the U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force. Federico Ortiz II is described as a white male, 5'09”, weighing 210 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Authorities report Ortiz was last known to reside in the 37-hundred block of 34th Lane in Hobart and the 900 block of Camelot Manor in Portage. Ortiz is also known to frequent the areas of Portage, Lake Station, and Hobart.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Federico Ortiz II may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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The District is working with consultants from Organizational Development Solutions, Inc. who will conduct the sessions. Questions will focus on county and individual needs, whether or not participants use any of the District services.
The following sessions have been scheduled: Monday, June 24, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Porter County United Way, 951 Eastporte Center Dr., Valparaiso; or 1 to 2:30 p.m., Hebron Library (upstairs room), 201 W. Sigler.
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Kouts Library Indiana Room, 101 E. Daumer Rd.; or 2 to 3:30 p.m., Portage Library, 2665 Irving St.
Wednesday, July 10, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Duneland Chamber of Commerce, 220 Broadway, Chesterton; Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter; Wednesday, July 17, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 162 W. Lincolnway; Monday, July 22, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Construction Advancement Foundation, 6050 Southport Rd., Portage; and Thursday, July 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Burns Harbor Town Hall, 1240 W. North Boo Rd.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s action to begin the process of shutting down debate on the Senate immigration reform bill:
“Time and time again, the Majority Leader has shut down debate without allowing full consideration of amendments, and it appears he is heading down that path again. I am concerned that the Majority Leader is taking a page out of the Obamacare playbook and preparing to jam through another 1,000-page bill without full examination by Congress and the input of the American people. Refusing to allow an open and fair amendment process only jeopardizes the chances for a credible and effective immigration reform bill.
“Those of us who are pushing for realistic and needed reforms to our broken system deserve the ability to work toward that goal and represent the people of our state.
Repairing our immigration system is far too important of an issue to be dealt with behind closed doors and without the opportunity for all senators to seek improvements.”
Click here to learn more about the amendments Coats offered to improve border security measures in the Senate immigration bill.
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The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) offers a number of consumer tips for reducing summer electric bills.
Among the tips:
· Unplug chargers for cell phones and other devices when you’re not using them. Power strips can help.
· Set the thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature and raise it a few degrees if you’ll be leaving the house for more than 5 hours.
· Move lamps, TVs and appliances away from the thermostat.
· Turn off all lights, TVs, computers and other appliances you’re not using. Use timers when you go on vacation.
· If you use exhaust fans, only use them for very short periods of time.
· Use ceiling fans only when you are in the room, and make sure they are set to turn counter-clockwise.
· Close blinds, shades and draperies, as well as storm doors and windows.
· Have your HVAC system serviced by a professional, for both efficiency and safety purposes. Be sure the filter is clean, and make sure the vents are not blocked by furniture or rugs.
· If you haven’t checked your attic’s insulation in a few years, it’s time to give it a look.
· Wait until evening to use the oven or dishwasher, to do laundry, or to use other large appliances. Use a microwave or toaster for cooking during the day.
· Clean the coils on your refrigerator. Also, close your refrigerator and freezer doors on a dollar bill. If you can easily pull the bill out, the gaskets are too loose and are letting cold air escape.
· If you have a second refrigerator in your garage or basement, consider getting rid of it. If it is in working condition, some utilities will haul it away at no charge and will even pay you for the old appliance.
· Make sure your clothes dryer vent isn’t clogged.
· Make sure your water heater isn’t set too high. 115 or 120 degrees is hot enough for most households.
· Compact fluorescent (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs use much less energy and emit much less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs.
· Enroll in your utility’s air conditioning load management program if available.
For a copy of the OUCC’s “Reduce Your Summer Electric Bill” fact sheet, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC or call the agency toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.
For more specific recommendations for saving energy, many residential electric customers can receive home energy assessments from Energizing Indiana at no extra charge. To learn more and sign up if you qualify, visit www.energizingindiana.com or call 1-888-446-7750 toll-free. A number of utilities also offer online energy audits on their websites.
"A home energy assessment can play a major role in helping consumers find ways to save energy that they otherwise might not have known about,” said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler. “The beginning of summer is an annual reminder for all of us to use electricity more wisely and to take advantage of the many ways to save.”
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In addition to the preliminary damages, additional damages may be sought after further investigation. Those potential damages include, but are not limited to:
-Reimbursement to Indiana schools for additional costs incurred to administer ISTEP+ during the extended testing window.
-Reimbursement to the Indiana Department of Education for additional costs incurred because of ISTEP+ testing interruptions.
“I have worked closely with CTB throughout the entire ISTEP+ testing process,” said Superintendent Ritz. “The consequences of CTB’s server failures were real and significant for Indiana schools. As Superintendent, I will work to ensure that schools are made whole while continuing to negotiate with CTB in good faith.”
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- Heavy Rain Moving through Region Causing Traffic Delays
- Pence to Talk Transportation in NW IN with IL Gov Monday
- IN Seasonally Adjusted Unemloyment Rate Stays at 8.3%
- West Nile Detected in Indiana
- Burns Harbor Wants Input on Westport
- Indiana Adds 9000 Jobs in May
- Beware the Giant Hogweed
- Answers on ISTEP Issues Expected
- Grain Bin Safety Urged After Indiana Death
- Milestone for IU School of Medicine - Northwest
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