Man's Death Investigated

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Hammond, Lake County, Indiana DNR and U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating the death of an East Chicago man.  The Lake County Coroners office reports 30-year-old Bobby Wilson was pronounced dead just after 5:30 Sunday evening and cause of death was pending.  He reportedly had fallen off a jet ski about an hour earlier.

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Four-Year-Old Boy Hurt in Crash

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A four-year-old Gary boy was transported to a local hospital then airlifted to a Chicago hospital after a single-vehicle crash on the Borman Expressway about a mile past Burr Street (7.4 mile marker) early Saturday.  Indiana State Police shortly before 5:30 am, for unknown reasons it appears a minivan went off the south side of the interstate, then re-entered the roadway, turned sideways and rolled twice before coming to rest on its roof. Troopers say the investigation revealed a booster seat was inside, but it was allegedly not properly secured with a seat belt.  The driver, the boy's father, sustained minor cuts in the crash, police said, and was cited for a child restraint violation and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. 

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Silver Alert Issued

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The White County Sheriff is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Chalmers, Indiana. Chalmers Indiana is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Lafayette, Indiana. Willard F. Farmer is a 77 year old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and 160 lbs., with gray hair, and hazel eyes. Willard F. Farmer was last seen at 2:05 pm EST on Sunday August 11, 2013 and is believed to be in danger. Willard F. Farmer was last seen wearing an orange plaid short sleeve shirt, blue pants, possible a blue jacket, and a baseball cap. Willard F. Farmer may be disoriented and require medical attention. He is believed to be driving a 4 door silver 2006 Chevrolet, small size SUV with Indiana plate D745AD.
If you have any information on Willard F. Farmer, contact the White County Sheriff by calling 574-583-7103.

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Hobart Humane Society in Dire Need of Supplies

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The Hobart Humane Society reports, overnight on Thursday, someone left 34 cats at their door. Officials report the cats were crammed into 4 crates and were left long enough that they had urinated on each other because there was no place else to go.  The Humane Society is in dire need of supplies to help care for this influx and any help you might be able to provide would be appreciated.  The shelter is open 10-4 Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.  Supplies needed include, cat and kitten food (all brown varieties are best to avoid sensitive stomachs), non clumping litter and any old towels for bedding. The phone number is 219-942-0103.
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Over 200 People in Chesterton Turn Out For Photo

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Over 200 people lined the sidewalks along the intersection of Broadway and Calumet in Chesterton Friday afternoon for a new panoramic photo, one-hundred years to the date of the first panoramic photograph of downtown Chesterton.  Serena Sutliff, Curator of the Westchester Township Museum, says it was a great opportunity to see how things have changed in one-hundred years and how they've stayed the same.
Sutliff says the original 1913 panoramic photo of the city is always on display in their exhibit area during business hours, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5pm, and that the new panoramic photo should be available for purchase in the next couple of weeks.
Sutliff says she wants to thank the Chesterton Police Department for running traffic control.
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Griffith PD Swears In Three Probationary Officers

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A swearing in ceremony for three probationary police officers took place at the August 8, 2013 Griffith Safety Board meeting, bringing the number of officers for the department up to 29.  The three officers are presently in the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy located in Hobart.  They will receive 15 weeks of intensive police training at the academy followed by 12 weeks of Field Training provided the Griffith Police Department.
The three officers are:

  • Richard Merschantz, a Highland resident, 28 years of age – Probationary Officer Merschantz is a 2003 graduate of Morton High School and a 2007 graduate of Indiana State University.  Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Indiana State, Probationary Officer Merschantz previously was employed by the education technology company Blackboard.   Thanks in part to the influence and example demonstrated by Officer Merschantz’s cousin, who is a Chicago Police Officer, Probationary Officer Merschantz was drawn to the law enforcement field and we are enthused to have him join our department.
  • Dalibor “Danny” Lazic – a Schererville resident, 34 years of age - Probationary Officer Lazic is a 1997 graduate of Lake Central High School and a certified precision machinist, who, since 2002, owned and operated Colfax Muffler and Brake in Griffith.  Recognizing his true dream to be a police officer, Probationary Officer Lazic sought and achieved his goal of becoming a police officer for the town he has served for the past 10 years as a businessman.
  • Bradley Johnson – a Hammond resident, 27 years of age - Probationary Officer Johnson is a 2005 graduate of Lake Central High School, a certified auto and diesel mechanic, and an A.B.A.T.E. of Indiana motorcycle riding instructor.  Probationary Officer Johnson is fulfilling his dream by following in his family’s law enforcement footsteps as he is the nephew of retired Griffith Police Lieutenant Don McCarter and is cousin to current Griffith Police Officer Cory McCarter. 

Chief Mance stated that, “These three officers bring a diverse work and life history to the department that will be an asset to them and the town with the perspectives that each bring with them.  They have all worked very hard to be here today and we are fortunate to have them become part of our law enforcement family.” 
Two additional officers are expected to be hired in early 2014 which will bring the department up to a full staff of 31.
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Authorities Investigating Homicide in Gary

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Authorities are investigating another homicide in Gary.  The Lake County Coroner's Office reports 36 year old  James Proctor, of Gary, suffered multiple gun shot wounds in the 18-hundred block of 20th Avenue and was pronounced dead at 4:11 this morning.  The Coroner's Office reports they were dispatched to the scene at 3:15am.
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Lawmakers Lead Caucus to Stop Illegally Dumped Steel

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Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18), Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, and Vice Chairman Pete Visclosky (IN-01) today publicly released a letter signed by 25 bipartisan members of Congress calling for enforcement action against illegally dumped and subsidized steel used in oil and natural gas production. The letter, which was sent to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), supports efforts by domestic steelmakers like U.S. Steel to stop South Korea, India, and seven other countries from dumping unfairly traded “oil country tubular goods” (OCTG) onto the US market.
A surge in US oil and natural gas production has sparked increased demand for steel pipe. This has led to a flood of cheap imports from countries such as Korea, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and others that subsidize their export industries in violation of World Trade Organization rules. Imports of oil country tubular goods from the nine countries named by the Steel Caucus totaled nearly $1.8 billion in 2012, more than double their total in 2010, according to a Reuters report.
The pending trade case is similar to a recent one involving OCTG imports from China. In 2009, domestic pipe and tube steelmakers were shutting down because of a glut of unfairly traded imports. The Steel Caucus successfully worked with the ITC to impose antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese-made OCTG in 2010, helping the domestic industry to rebound. Since 2010, however, the import surge has shifted from China to other nations that keep their export prices artificially low through illegal subsidies and trade practices.
The Steel Caucus is asking that the ITC apply the same kinds of duties to seamless and welded steel tubular energy drilling products from India, Korea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The letter requests a “full and comprehensive investigation” of the unfair trade practices. The ITC is an independent agency responsible for enforcing trade laws and agreements. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce launched a massive investigation into the allegations of illegal dumping by the nine countries. A full ITC hearing on this most recent OCTG case is scheduled for the fall.
“We cannot sit by while other nations take advantage of our laws and illegally dump their goods here, costing us jobs and undermining our economy. The ITC must act to uphold our country’s trade laws, and in doing so, give Western Pennsylvania’s steel industry the opportunity to compete fairly in the U.S. and global marketplace,” said Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA).
“American steelworkers and domestic manufacturers have the skills and precision to compete with any foreign steel producers. Throughout our region and around our country, we produce quality oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and we must ensure that inferior, subsidized steel from other nations is not illegally dumped in the U.S. This is a vital concern for our nation’s steel producers, workers, and our nation’s public safety. Furthermore, the ITC must ensure that these inferior subsidized OCTG products, from countries that willfully violate our nation's trade agreements, are not tolerated,” said Steel Caucus Vice Chairman Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN).
For a complete list of signers, please click here. The full text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Chairman Williamson:
We are writing to express our support for our constituents in the domestic steel industry as it pertains to the ongoing investigation of unfairly-traded imports from countries in the above-referenced case filed on July 2, 2013.
The U.S. OCTG industry represents a critical segment in our nation’s steel sector. The domestic industry makes highly advanced and valuable products that serve an array of customers in the energy sector. The health of the domestic industry is essential to the country’s ability to secure energy independence and take full advantage of the economic opportunity posed by development of offshore and vast new shale play areas. OCTG manufacturers are also important customers of the nation’s steel industry, acquiring the flat-rolled and billet products necessary to make OCTG finished goods.
While this segment of the steel industry has fought back to recover from the Great Recession, the growth in development of the Marcellus Shale, Barnett Shale, and other oil and gas fields was looked at as a promising opportunity for manufacturers. Instead, the industry has faced a continued onslaught of unfairly-traded and illegally subsidized imports from the above-named countries.
Imports of OCTG from the subject countries increased from 840,000 net tons in 2010 to more than 1,770,000 net tons in 2012. The rise in imports has continued into 2013 and, as a result, the domestic industry has experienced lost sales and a deterioration of its financial position — even in a period of historically strong demand.  Import data show that prices for subject products have been consistently and dramatically undersold in the market; the petitions in these proceedings allege dumping margins that typically exceed 30 percent, and in most cases are far higher.
Unfairly-traded imports cannot take sales and jobs away from American workers and employers. It is particularly troubling in the context of an industry that has seen repeated surges of unfair trade in recent years. At a time when manufacturing and employment is still depressed, it is vital that the Commission take action to ensure American producers can compete on a level playing field. 
The Commission must fully and effectively enforce our trade laws, and ensure that foreign producers refusing to play by the rules are not permitted to injure American workers and companies. Therefore, we urge you to make an affirmative preliminary determination in this proceeding and allow a full and comprehensive investigation of the allegations in the petitions.
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NIRPC Work Study Session Tuesday

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NIRPC's Public Participation Plan ad hoc Sub-Committee has scheduled a work study session for Tuesday. Officials report that while the public is invited to attend the work study, no public comment will be taken.  The purpose of the work study is for the ad hoc Sub-Committee to finalize their recommendation to the Transportation Committee and the NIRPC Executive Board.  Tuesday's work study will take place at 2pm, at the NIRPC office in the 61-hundred block of Southport Road in Portage.

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Officers, K9 Locate At Risk Man Alive

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A K-9 unit successfully led officers to an at-risk man found alive, but with injuries to his wrist, in a wooded area near Merrionette Park.  The Cook County Sheriff's Office on Friday reported that just before 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, they received a report of a suspicious vehicle near the 34-hundred block of West 119th Street and learned the vehicle's driver, a 24 year old Evergreen Park man, maybe despondent and try to hurt himself.  The search involved a K-9 unit and a helicopter and once found the man was hospitalized for his injuries.

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LaPorte Woman Charged with Dealing Heroin

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A 22 year old LaPorte woman was arrested without incident Thursday as a result of an on going investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin in the LaPorte area.  The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports Chelsea Patty was arrested at her home in the 300 block of Park Street and charged with felony dealing a controlled substance.  The arrest was the second this week by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit involving the distribution of heroin.
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Pre Bid Meeting Held for P3 Project at Gary Airport

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Representatives from almost 30 companies from across the U-S and outside the U-S, attended a pre-bid meeting in Gary today at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.  The city and airport authority held the meeting as a way to offer more information on the airport's request for proposals for a public-private partnership to invest in the airport and surrounding area.
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Armed Robbery Suspect Faces More Charges

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Michigan City Police today announced today that a suspect has been charged for an April 23rd armed robbery at the Burnham Glove Factory. Authorities report in that incident, a masked man robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of currency.  Police report that after an investigation, enough information was obtained to develop a suspect, an arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Joseph Williams on July 23rd, which was served on July 25th, when Williams was arrested and charged with felony robbery and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.  Then from alleged events that occurred while Williams was at the police department, police report Williams was charged with felony attempted escape and resisting law enforcement.

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Police Say Road Rage Resulted in Homicide

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Hammond Police say they're investigating an apparent road rage incident that led to the death of an East Chicago man. Police Chief Brian Miller says officers responded to the one-thousand block of Indianapolis Boulevard in far north Hammond at 8-o'clock last night. Police say the victiim, driving a car, and another individual driving a van were going northbound on Indianapolis Boulevard, when at one point the victim may have thrown a fast-food cup of water or soda at the suspect's van, and the suspect allegedly fired one shot, striking the victim in the neck.  Chief Miller says the incident between the two vehicles apparently began before the cup was thrown, "sort of going at it down the Boulevard, because the gold van reportedly cut off the blue LeSabre".   The Lake County Coroners office says 23-year-old Montrell Moss was pronounced dead at an area hospital last night. Chief Miller says the 61-year-old male suspect was being held on a preliminary charge of murder, but Miller says that charge could change. The case is expected to be presented to the Lake County Prosecutors office for formal review and charging Saturday.

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On Site Investigation of Mt. Baldy to Take Place Monday

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An on-site investigation of Mt. Baldy, in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, using ground-sensing equipment will take place on Monday.  The National Park Service, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, will be conducting the investigation, at the site where a six year old Illinois boy fell into a hole on July 12th for three-and-a-half hours, to determine the cause of the hole and whether there are other holes or voids in Mt Baldy.  The dune is currently closed to the public.
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Job Seeker Worshop in Gary Monday at Ivy Tech CC

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Indianapolis, Ind. - Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that his office will host Job Seeker Workshops, designed to help Hoosiers who are looking for work, in Gary, Sellersburg, and Indianapolis the week of August 12-16.
“The top issues I hear as I travel our great state is that many Hoosiers are still searching for employment and some Indiana business owners are still looking for skilled workers ready to go on day one,” said Donnelly. "This August, my office will behosting a series of job seeker workshops toconnect Hoosiers looking for workwith resources that can help in the job search and interview process.  I hope participants find valuable tools to help them succeed in finding employment, and I won’t stop until everyone in Indiana who wants a job has a job.”
The Job Seeker Workshops are designed to help attendees to improve their job search and interview skills and their resume writing. The events will include discussions lead by community leaders and industry professionals on growing job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing and technology.  Also, resources will be available to assist Hoosier veterans with their entry or re-entry into the workforce after serving our country.
Monday, August 12
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST
North Building; Ivy Tech Community College
1440 E 35th Ave
Gary, IN

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Gary Bus Transportation Forum Meeting

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The Gary Community School Corporation will hold another bus transportation forum this evening at 6pm, at West Side Leadership Academy, in the nine-hundred block of Gerry Street. Communication Specialist Charmella Greer says the purpose of these forums is too get out in front of any questions parents may have about student transportation. Greer says Tuesday's forum was well attended, but expects more parents to attend as the school year approaches.
Greer says more information is available at regarding bus transportation, if parents cannot attend either the forums, or the meet-and-greet events to kick off the school year. To hear more of our interview with Greer on this and other topics, click News Audio On Demand at
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See and Be Part of Region History

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The public is invited to join Westchester Township History Museum staff in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first panoramic photograph of downtown Chesterton … and become part of history by lining the sidewalks along the intersection of Calumet and Broadway as Dan Bruhn takes a new panoramic photo from the northwest corner of Thomas Centennial Park at 3 pm today [[ Friday, August 9 ]].
The historic panoramic photograph, taken by Harry Bortz and donated to the Westchester Township History Museum by the Chesterton Tribune, was taken at 4 pm on August 9, 1913, showing the downtown intersection of Calumet and Broadway, with its horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and numerous townsfolk.
Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, where the 1913 photograph will be displayed.

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4-Month Closure for Columbia Ave Bridge

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One of the bridges over the Little Calumet linking Hammond and Munster is scheduled to be closed for the next four months starting today. Crews will be raising the elevation of the Columbia Avenue bridge over the flood-prone river to provide more clearance when the water level rises. Lake County Commissioners this week awarded a one-point-two-million dollar contract to rebuild the bridge. Suggested alternates include Indianapolis Boulevard and Calumet Avenue.

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PNC Adds New Degree in Health Studies

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Purdue North Central is adding a new Bachelor's Degree in Health Studies. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the program this fall semester. Fall classes begin August 26th at the Westville campus. The university says a Health Studies degree is appropriate for \those who want to work in a health-related field, but do not want to pursue Nursing, and would include jobs like care coordinator and medical and health services manager.
"The new Bachelor's degree in Health Studies presents a tremendous career option to students who wish to pursue careers in the health care industry," said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. "There are many professional opportunities available in health care, with many more to come. Students earning a Bachelor's degree in Health Studies will be well positioned to pursue relevant, stable, fulfilling careers."
PNC says graduates will be well prepared to pursue master's degrees in health and human services programs. There is a two-year degree completion track for those with an associate degree in Nursing or allied health who wish to move into management positions.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in health services to increase 25 percent through 2018, adding about 2.8 million new jobs. In Indiana, there is a 28.7 percent projected growth rate.
Health care is the fastest growing industry in Northwest Indiana, states an Inside Indiana Business report. Of the five largest industries in this region, two are in health: ambulatory health care services and hospitals.
Locally, the Indiana Workforce Development Agency projects the health care profession growth rates to range from 10.8 to 28.9 percent.
More information about the Health Studies degree is available from Enrollment Services at 219-785-5200, ext. 5505 or by visiting the PNC website, .

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