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29 Arrested in Lake Co Patrols

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Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says expanded weekend patrols in north Lake County resulted in nearly thirty arrests, with fifteen of the individuals taken into custody on outstanding warrants. The intensified patrols targeting Gary, Hammond, East Chicago and Whiting also resulted in arrests for auto theft, drunk driving, drug offenses, and possession of a handgun without a permit, and one stolen vehicle was recovered after a short pursuit, the sheriff said.
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Two Men Dead in Separate Shootings in Hammond

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Two people are dead after separate shooting incidents in Hammond this afternoon. The Times reports around noon, a 20 year old man killed himself in the parking lot of McDonald's, in the 74-hundred block of Kennedy Avenue, and the death has been ruled a suicide.
Then around 4:30pm, one man was killed and another injured in a shooting in the 79-hundred block of Indianapolis Boulevard. According to the article, an alleged drug deal was taking place, when an argument began and a man in the backseat was shot in the head, and pushed out of the vehicle into the parking lot. The vehicle fled and was stopped by police on May Street, with one man taken into custody and the other transported for a gunshot wound to the leg, which reportedly occurred during the argument. No further information is available at this time.
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Proposal to Punish Those Not Following Recycle Grant Rules

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Officials with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District report they may start cracking down on cities and towns who fail to file reports on how their recycling grants are being used. While no action was taken at their recent meeting, they report the current process needs to be changed to make sure the grant money is being used for what it was intended. The plan being purposed would have the District notify cities and towns by email that haven't filed a report ten-days before the deadline and those who miss the deadline, or request an extension, to forfeit the money it received, which would then be pooled back and redistributed to the compliant communities. Those who don't cash a disbursement check with a certain time frame would also face losing grant money.
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Gary Mayor Helps Install Siding at Habitat Home

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson recently helped with the final installation of vinyl siding for a Habit for Humanity home being constructed in the 600 block of Tyler Street in Gary. Habit for Humanity made the announcement today and stated the Mayor expressed interest in coming out to paint at the Tyler Street home, if her schedule allows it. The home is being built for a Habitat partner, Carla Keaton, who along with her daughter and grandchild, are planning on moving in sometime in October.
If you are interested in volunteering on a build, please contact Kristin Marlow-Kellemen, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 219-923-7265 ext. 316 for more information. You can also visit the Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana website at nwihabitat.org for the complete build schedule.
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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Cameron Taylor

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A 26 year old man wanted by authorities in Arizona for four-counts of attempted murder, and who has close ties to the Gary area, is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force “Fugitive of the Week”. Authorities report Cameron Taylor is one of the U-S Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted fugitives, and has been a fugitive since July of 2009. Taylor is described a violent member of the “Vista Bloods” gang, who is also wanted on four-counts of aggravated assault, endangerment, assisting a criminal street gang, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Cameron Taylor is a black male, 5'11”, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cameron Leezell Taylor 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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Man Convicted of Child Molesting Sentenced to 8 Years

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A 49 year old convicted last month by a jury for felony child molesting was sentenced to eight-years today. The Times reports Jackie Robson plans to appeal and claims he is the victim of false accusations. According to the article, Robson, of Porter County's Liberty Township, was accused of molesting three juvenile girls, between January 2008 through April 2012, but the jury only could reach a verdict on the one-count.
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Child Runs to Safety After Being Approached by Man

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Police in Michigan City say a ten-year old boy ran to a safe location and made contact with an adult after being approached by a white man with a beard, driving a van that was dark purple in color, who reportedly offered the boy a ride to school. Michigan City Police report the incident occurred at approximately 8:20am, in the area of Broadbrook and Dorchester, in the Village Green neighborhood, as the child was walking to Knapp Elementary School. Authorities say they are investigating this incident and stepping up patrols as a result around area schools.
The following safety tips are being sent to the parents and students:

·              Make sure children walk or bike to school (or any other location) with a friend.
·              Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help.
·              Teach your children to ask permission before leaving home or playing outside. Make sure they check in with you if there is a change of plans.

·              Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is okay to do so in every instance.
·              Remind children that it is okay to say “no” to anything that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused – and that they should tell you if anything or anyone makes them feel this way.
·              Tell children that if anyone tries to grab them, they should make a scene and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and making as much noise as possible.
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Teens Arrested for Truancy, One for Drug Possession

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Three juveniles were arrested for truancy Friday afternoon, and one faces additional charges of possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement. LaPorte Police report they responded to a call of possible truancy of three teens just after 12:30pm, at Clark Field. Police say a 16 year old girl, and two 14 year old boys were found and after checking with school officials it was confirmed that all three were suppose to be in school. Authorities report officers could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the teens, and during a search discovered a baggie of marijuana in the pocket of one of the boys, who was taking to the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center. The other two teens were taken back to school.

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LaPorte County Sobriety Checkpoint Results

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The LaPorte County DUI Task Force and Indiana State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend, stopping 192 vehicles. Authorities report the checkpoint was conducted near the intersection of Johnson Road and County Road 400 North, a location selected after a review of alcohol related crash data, which resulted in five warnings and two non-custodial arrests, one for driving with a suspended license and the other for driving with no license. During the checkpoint, Michigan City Police and State Police conducted roving saturation patrols in the vicinity, which resulted in 13 citations, 22 warnings and one non-custodial arrest, for driving with a suspended license.

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Rail Safety Awareness Week in Indiana

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Governor Mike Pence has declared this week as Rail Safety Week in Indiana.

Indiana Operation Lifesaver says last year, there were 106 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 38 injuries and 17 fatalities in the state of Indiana, and eleven deaths involving people trespassing on train tracks. The group is working with Indiana State Police, INDOT and local law enforcement agencies, to raise awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossing and trespassing laws. Indiana is ranked 4th nationally for railroad crossing collisions.

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First Year IU Student Dies From Injuries Sustained in Fall

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Police say a freshman at Indiana University in Bloomington who was set to start classes today died one day after suffering injuries in a fall down a basement staircase during a party at an off-campus house early Friday. Officials say the 19-year-old student from Zionsville was taken off life support Saturday morning. A spokesman for the university says other people at the house say they didn't realize the extent of her injuries. Campus police continue to investigate.

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Gary Man Severely Injured in Motorcycle Crash

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Indiana State Police say a Lake County man was severely injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in LaPorte County around 7:30 Saturday night. According to a preliminary investigation, officials say 43-year-old Cecil Roach of Gary was driving a Honda BR6 motorcycle westbound near the 35 mile marker, which is about a mile east of the US 421 Michigan City exit, when the motorcycle apparently rear-ended a Chevy Suburban at a high rate of speed, the impact causing Roach to be ejected. He was airlifted from the scene to a South Bend hospital. State Police say Roach, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and facial injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, troopers say, and the crash is under investigation.


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Man Dies in Pond Near Toll Road

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Divers with the Indiana State Police recovered the body of a man from a pond near the 16 mile marker just off the Indiana Toll Road in Lake County. State police received a call for assistance around 12:30 Sunday afternoon and dispatched divers to the scene in an attempt to find the man last seen swimming in the pond by his father after the two had reportedly been fishing there. Police say 20-year-old Jelani Louis of Merrillville, was found in 18 feet of water about 120 feet from shore, and was underwater for more than one hour before he was recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. The Lake County Coroners office says cause and manner of death were pending. The state police are working a joint investigation on the drowning with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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Heat Wave Hits the Region

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The Region is heading into a late summer heat wave. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s today and tomorrow, with heat indices reaching or exceeding 100 …

Cooling centers are starting to open up. The East Chicago Emergency Management Agency has announced Heritage Hall Community Center will be available from 4 pm to 7 am today [Monday] and Tuesday.

Safety info when it's this hot:  http://www.ready.gov/heat

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Man Dies in Pond Near Toll Road

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Authorities are investigating the death of a Lake County man whose body was pulled from a pond just off the Indiana Toll Road in Gary Sunday. The Lake County Coroners office says cause and manner of death for 20-year-old Jelani Lewis were pending. He was pronounced dead at 2:15 pm at westbound mile marker 16. State police received the call for assistance and dispatched divers to the scene in an attempt to locate the man who was last seen swimming in the pond by his father. Sergeant Dan Leslie, a diver with the Indiana State Police Underwater Search Rescue/Recover Team, entered the water after talking with the victim’s father, and located the victim moments later. The deceased, 20-year-old Jelani Louis of Merrillville, was found approximately 120 feet from shore and in 18 feet of water. Police say Louis was underwater for more than one hour before he was recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the father and son had reportedly been fishing at the pond. The state police say they are working a joint investigation on the apparent drowning with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Gary EMS also responded.
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Rail Safety Week in Indiana

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Governor Mike Pence has declared this week as Rail Safety Week for Indiana. 
Indiana Operation Lifesaver says last year there were 106 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 38 injuries and 17 fatalities in the state of Indiana, and eleven deaths involving people trespassing on train tracks. The group is working with Indiana State Police, INDOT and local law enforcement agencies are working to raise awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossing and trespassing laws. Indiana is ranked 4th in the country for train crossing collisions.
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Gary Man Hurt in Crash

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Indiana State Police say a Lake County man was severely injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in LaPorte County around 7:30 Saturday night. According to a preliminary investigation, officials say 43-year-old Cecil Roach of Gary was driving a Honda BR6 motorcycle westbound near the 35 mile marker, which is about a mile east of the US 421 Michigan City exit, when the motorcycle apparently rearended a Chevy Suburban at a high rate of speed. The impact caused Roach to be ejected, and he was airlifted from the scene to a South Bend hospital. State Police say Roach was not wearing a helmet and suffered head and facial injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, troopers say, and the crash is under investigation.
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Pence Delivers Weekly National GOP Address

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence put the spotlight on Indiana in this week's national GOP address.  The governor discusses the negative consequences of Obamacare on premiums in Indiana and how the Healthy Indiana Plan provides a solution to the nation's health care problems.
Watch the address by clicking here or read the transcript below.
"Hello, I'm Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
"These are difficult days for too many Americans. Our economy isn't growing as fast as we would like, and businesses aren't creating as many jobs as we need.  In states like Indiana, we're working every day to give people more freedom to grow their businesses, but the over-regulation, higher taxes and new mandates coming from Washington, D.C. are stifling our economy and hurting efforts being made in states across the country.
"Everywhere I go in Indiana, I meet business owners and workers who are in survival mode. They're trying to figure out how to survive the new normal of more regulations, higher taxes and the impending costs and mandates of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
"As implementation of this law gets closer, we are learning more about the burdens it will place on hardworking Americans. In Indiana, the Affordable Care Act will raise the average cost of health insurance in the individual market by an unaffordable 72 percent.
"In addition, the Obama Administration is creating confusion in the marketplace, from its suspension of the cap on out-of-pocket expenses, to providing subsidies without verifying income, to a one-year suspension of the employer mandate, this health care law is weighing down our economy. It's costing jobs, discouraging investment and making the future bleak for too many families.
"But there is an alternative to waiting on Washington, D.C. to come to its senses and more Americans are realizing every day that the cure for what ails this country is starting to emerge... not in our nation's capital but in our nation's state capitals.
"All across this country, 30 Republican governors are working hard to push back and preserve freedom. While Washington raises taxes, Republicans governors are cutting them. As Washington stifles job growth by adding new regulations, Republican governors are adding jobs by eliminating unneeded regulations and bringing fresh approaches to some of the nation's greatest challenges.
"Nowhere is this more true than in health care. Here in Indiana, we run a nationally-recognized program called the Healthy Indiana Plan. The Healthy Indiana Plan offers the uninsured an affordable health care plan with savings accounts that they control. Giving people in Indiana more freedom and more responsibility over their health care has improved outcomes and now 95 percent our plan's enrollees are satisfied with their coverage. This is a perfect example of the truth that by letting freedom and personal responsibility work together, you reduce the need for government. Republican governors understand this truth, and the proof is in our results. In balanced budgets, lower taxes and less regulation that's promoting job growth.
"These are tough times, and this health care law may make them tougher still. That's why we should always remember on whose shoulders we stand-- and never forget as President Reagan reminded us, that 'the states that created the federal government, the federal government didn't create the states.' Our founders insisted that protecting the states' power to govern themselves was vital to limit the power of Washington and preserve freedom. They were right then, and as Republican governors are proving every day, they are even more right now. More freedom and flexibility for the principled leadership emerging in states across this nation can and will promote good healthcare and a healthy economy.
"Thanks for listening."
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Pence Delivers Weekly National GOP Address

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(Photo Courtesy of the Indiana Republican Party)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence put the spotlight on Indiana in this week's national GOP address.  The governor discusses the negative consequences of Obamacare on premiums in Indiana and how the Healthy Indiana Plan provides a solution to the nation's health care problems.
Watch the address by clicking here or read the transcript below.
"Hello, I'm Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
"These are difficult days for too many Americans. Our economy isn't growing as fast as we would like, and businesses aren't creating as many jobs as we need.  In states like Indiana, we're working every day to give people more freedom to grow their businesses, but the over-regulation, higher taxes and new mandates coming from Washington, D.C. are stifling our economy and hurting efforts being made in states across the country.
"Everywhere I go in Indiana, I meet business owners and workers who are in survival mode. They're trying to figure out how to survive the new normal of more regulations, higher taxes and the impending costs and mandates of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
"As implementation of this law gets closer, we are learning more about the burdens it will place on hardworking Americans. In Indiana, the Affordable Care Act will raise the average cost of health insurance in the individual market by an unaffordable 72 percent.
"In addition, the Obama Administration is creating confusion in the marketplace, from its suspension of the cap on out-of-pocket expenses, to providing subsidies without verifying income, to a one-year suspension of the employer mandate, this health care law is weighing down our economy. It's costing jobs, discouraging investment and making the future bleak for too many families.
"But there is an alternative to waiting on Washington, D.C. to come to its senses and more Americans are realizing every day that the cure for what ails this country is starting to emerge... not in our nation's capital but in our nation's state capitals.
"All across this country, 30 Republican governors are working hard to push back and preserve freedom. While Washington raises taxes, Republicans governors are cutting them. As Washington stifles job growth by adding new regulations, Republican governors are adding jobs by eliminating unneeded regulations and bringing fresh approaches to some of the nation's greatest challenges.
"Nowhere is this more true than in health care. Here in Indiana, we run a nationally-recognized program called the Healthy Indiana Plan. The Healthy Indiana Plan offers the uninsured an affordable health care plan with savings accounts that they control. Giving people in Indiana more freedom and more responsibility over their health care has improved outcomes and now 95 percent our plan's enrollees are satisfied with their coverage. This is a perfect example of the truth that by letting freedom and personal responsibility work together, you reduce the need for government. Republican governors understand this truth, and the proof is in our results. In balanced budgets, lower taxes and less regulation that's promoting job growth.
"These are tough times, and this health care law may make them tougher still. That's why we should always remember on whose shoulders we stand-- and never forget as President Reagan reminded us, that 'the states that created the federal government, the federal government didn't create the states.' Our founders insisted that protecting the states' power to govern themselves was vital to limit the power of Washington and preserve freedom. They were right then, and as Republican governors are proving every day, they are even more right now. More freedom and flexibility for the principled leadership emerging in states across this nation can and will promote good healthcare and a healthy economy.
"Thanks for listening."
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I-80/94 Ramp to Cline Ave Closes for Repaving Monday

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of the westbound I-80/94 ramp to northbound Cline Avenue (State Road 912) beginning Monday, August 26th through Friday, August 30th. Crews will be repaving sections of the ramp as part of a larger project involving I-80/I-94 between Cline Avenue and the Illinois state line. Additional I-80/I-94 lane restrictions will continue in the coming months.
Drivers wishing to travel northbound on Cline Avenue from I-80/94 westbound will be detoured west on I-80/94, north on U.S. 41 (Calumet Avenue), east on SR 312, and back to Cline Avenue.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT
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