Ride Inspected After Report of Injury

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A ride at the Porter County Fair was said to have been inspected and found not to have malfunctioned after police say a 15-year-old Hobart boy was reportedly injured while riding it Saturday night. A news release issued by Porter County Sheriffs Police says witnesses reported the boy hit his head somehow on the “Starship” ride while it was in motion. Additional information on the teen's condition was not available.

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Boy Rescued at Mt Baldy Improving

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A six-year-old Sterling, Illinois, boy buried under eleven-feet of sand for more than three hours at a giant sand dune in northwest Indiana earlier this month continues to improve.  The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital issued a statement Monday saying Nathan Woessner was in good condition and can now leave his room to visit the playroom. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore officials say Mount Baldy in Michigan City s closed indefinitely as they try to determine why a hole opened up in the sand July 12 and look to see if there any other similar dangers at the park.
[Pictured: Nathan Woessner with his father Greg. Photo/provided]

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18 Year Old Dies After Shooting in Hammond

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A 18 year old man was shot and killed this afternoon in Hammond. Police Chief Brian Miller says dispatch received the call at approximately 4pm, in the 14-hundred Sherman Street, concerning the teen that was shot in the torso. Chief Miller says the man, whose name has not been released, was taken to St. Margaret's Hospital where he later passed away, and that at this time, there is no motive for the shooting, and the suspect is still at large. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hammond Police Department, at (219) 853-6490.
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Teleperformance Americall Now Hiring!

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The City of Hobart today (Monday) announced Teleperformance Americall will hire 300 to 400 employees in the next 30 to 60 days after two new contracts were signed with new clients. As a result the company is looking to hire both full and part-time positions, and the jobs will be 95-percent inbound customer service/sales. The Mayor's Office reports a press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, at Americall, located in the 19-hundred block of Northwind Parkway. For more information on the hiring, visit
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Traffic Restrictions Tuesday in Hebron for Asphalt Paving

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Motorists in Hebron will have to deal with some traffic restrictions starting tomorrow (Tuesday). The Porter County Highway Department reports asphalt paving will take place on County Roads 400 West and 375 West between County Road 750 South and State Route 8, and County Road 750 South, between County Roads 440 West and 375 West until Thursday, between the hours of 6am through 4:30pm. Traffic will be restricted to local residents only.
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Busy Weekend for Coast Guard on Lake Michigan

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It seems boaters failed to heed the warning given Friday by the Coast Guard, advising caution of approaching foul weather on Lake Michigan, as crews responded to over ten cases of mariners in distress this weekend. A Michigan City Coast Guard boat crew rescued two people aboard a 16-foot vessel that capsized Friday night. In total, the Coast Guard's 9th District this weekend on Lake Michigan rescued four people and assisted 13, with two deaths were reported.
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IN Dems on Gov Playing Politics with Hoosier Health Care

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody released the following statement about Gov. Pence playing politics with Hoosier health care by releasing misleading data to scare Hoosiers about health care costs.
"Over the weekend, it became clear that Gov. Pence will stop at nothing to oppose President Obama's plan to provide affordable health care to millions of Americans. The Indiana Department of Insurance released misleading data as a political scare tactic to grandstand against improved health care and increased health coverage for Hoosiers.
"Instead of working to make sure this historic health insurance reform provides better benefits and lowers costs, these Republicans chose yet again to turn back the clock on middle class families. Gov. Pence is playing politics by refusing to expand coverage that would help 400,000 Hoosiers receive the care they need. At the same time, he’s taking a pass on 30,000 potential new jobs that could be created through expanded health coverage in our state.
"Make no mistake, Republicans’ real goal is to return to the days of letting seniors pay more for prescription drugs, forcing kids off of their parents insurance plans before they turn 26, and denying people coverage because of a pre-existing condition. It’s time they stop playing partisan games and start working on legislation that will actually help working Americans. That’s what we call Hoosier common sense."
Forbes: "Proof Of Politics: Indiana Fudges Truth On Health Exchange Rates To Make Obamacare Look Bad"
Washington Post: " Indiana says health plan costs will spike to $570. That’s not the full story."
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Custodian Charged with Sex with Minor

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A 21 year old custodian at Boone Grove Middle School is accused of having sex with a female juvenile student on at least two occasions. The Times reports Kevin Abernathy II, of Valparaiso, is charged with felony sexual misconduct with a minor. According to the article, after meeting the girl at a bonfire a year earlier, Abernathy reached out to the girl on Facebook, and after the girl's mother would not allow the relationship due to the age difference, the girl agreed to sneak him into her bedroom on three occasions during the late night hours between February and March.
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Bond Ave Closure/Restriction in Valpo Through Friday

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The storm sewer construction phase of the Bond Avenue road closure in Valparaiso has been completed and work has now started on curb and roadway construction. Officials report Bond Avenue, between Madison and Campbell Streets, will be restricted to only the north lane outside of working hours, which are between 7am-5pm, and that this lane will be one-way access for westbound traffic only as no eastbound traffic will be permitted. Campbell Street to Grove Street to Elmhurst Street to Bond Avenue will serve as the official detour until work is scheduled to be completed this Friday at 5pm.
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Valpo's Economic Development Director Moves On

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Matt Muprhy, the current Economic Development Director for the City of Valparaiso

Matt Murphy will leave his position as Economic Development Director for the City of Valparaiso effective July 31st, according to an announcement made Monday afternoon by Mayor Jon Costas who said that Murphy will continue to contribute to the economic development of the city, but as a business owner.

The Mayor told Region News that Murphy made a big impact for the growth of the city, "Matt has served the city so well in helping us grow and build our business infrastructure."  The mayor added that Murphy, "came out of the private sector and now this is a wonderful opportunity (for Murphy) to grow a local business that he purchased from his father-in-law."  Beginning in August Murphy will lead Jifco Products Inc., a family-owned CNC precision Machine Shop located on Brown Street in Valparaiso.

While Mayor Costas expressed the city's appreciation for Murphy's contributions as the City's director of development, who joined the city in 2007, he said the city is grateful that Murphy "will remain in our city, leading a positive employer and continuing to serve on our Board of Works and Safety" in a volunteer capacity, said Costas.

According to a press release from the mayor's office, Murphy has been instrumental in assisting companies to expand and remain in Valparaiso, including the expansion of North Coast Distributing, UGN Inc. and Task Force Tips, as well as bringing in new companies, such as Paul Wirth, Inc. and AM Stabilizers. 

As far as filling the position the mayor said, "it's a very important position, very close advisor to me in many ways so we're going to simply take our time and consider all sectors.  We're going to make sure we that we're able to find somebody that cna take the batton and take the city to new heights."


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Berry Unanimously Elected Indiana GOP State Chair

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2013) - Today, during a meeting of The Indiana Republican Party State Committee, Tim Berry of Fort Wayne was elected unanimously as state chairman.  In addition, the committee unanimously elected Marsha Coats to serve as national committeewoman.
Governor Mike Pence, who spoke prior to the vote, said, "Tim Berry will be an outstanding Republican State Chairman and Marsha Coats will represent our State with distinction on the Republican National Committee."
Berry added, "I am excited about the opportunities before us to broaden our base of support around the State of Indiana.  In the past several years we have had great success but now it is incumbent upon us to not become complacent.  We must strive each and every day to continue building upon our great foundation for the betterment of every Hoosier."
Berry immediately appointed Misty Dees Hollis of Richmond as interim vice chair and Kyle Robertson of Indianapolis as executive director.  Pursuant to state party rules, following the resignation of Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston, which took place after the votes, there must be a ten day waiting period until a vote to replace her is called. 
"I look forward to hitting the ground running alongside Misty, Marsha and Kyle," added Berry.
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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Douglas Williams

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A 28 year old man wanted for attempted murder and attempted burglary resulting in serious bodily injury in Lake County Court is this week's U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. Douglas Williams is described as a black male, 6'01”, weighing 190-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and is last known to reside in the 21-hundred block of Shelburne Street, in Indianapolis.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Douglas Williams 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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Valpo Police to Introduce Coffee with a Cop on July 26th

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The Valparaiso Police Department is introducing a new national community program called Coffee with a Cop.
It's a simple concept. Police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Valparaiso neighborhoods. In over 100 cities and towns in 24 states, Coffee with a Cop has done wonders for community trust, police legitimacy and partnership building.
Valparaiso Police will host their first Coffee with a Cop on Friday July 26th at two locations in the city. The first event is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Viking Chili Bowl on US 30 and the second event is schedule from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m at Suzies' Café, located on Southpoint Dr. 
Valparaiso Police Officers, including Chief Michael Brickner will be at both events on Friday morning. Community members are encouraged to attend one of the two events.
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INDOT: Expect Overnight Lane Restrictions on EB I-80/94

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces lane restrictions for eastbound I-80/94 traffic during overnight and morning hours for the next two weeks, between the Illinois/Indiana state line and the SR 912 (Cline Avenue) exit. Crews will be repaving sections of the roadway. Lane restrictions will be in place no earlier than 7 p.m. each night and will be lifted no later than 11 a.m. each morning.
Drivers are reminded to be alert when travelling through these work zones, for the safety of the highway workers and the drivers themselves.
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You can find traffic restriction information at  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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Blackhawks to Open Training Camp in S Bend

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The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks will open training camp in a couple months at Notre Dame.  Here's the info released this morning:
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the team will open their 2013-14 training camp in Notre Dame, Ind., at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, Sept. 12. All Blackhawks practices will be held at Compton Family Ice Arena from Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15, before returning to the United Center on Monday, Sept. 16, for the team’s annual Training Camp Festival.
“We are thankful that Notre Dame is allowing us to host our camp at their new state-of-the-art, world-class facility,” said Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman. “Opening camp on the road offers our players and coaching staff a unique team bonding atmosphere. We look forward to bringing Blackhawks hockey to our fans in Northwest Indiana.”
“Notre Dame is honored to be able to host the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at the Compton Family Ice Arena,” said University Vice President/Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “It is great to have the best team in hockey spend time at what we believe is one of the best hockey facilities in the country.”
A complete training camp schedule, including practice times, will be released at a later date.

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Region Home Sales Up in June

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Newly-released data from the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors show combined single-family home sales across the Region last month were up 25-point-seven percent compared to last June, marking 24 consecutive months of year-over-year growth. Across the five counties covered by GNIAR  … Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton and Jasper Counties... the overall median selling price of homes in June was up four-point-four percent compared to June 2012, at 139-thousand-450-dollars....

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Unseasonably High Waves Could Batter Shoreline

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Unseasonably large and battering waves are expected Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service says strong northerly winds behind a strong summer cold front are expected over Lake Michigan and near the lakeshore here in northwest Indiana and Chicago. Forecasters say this will result in unusually large waves for summertime, ten feet or higher, and could inundate vulnerable locations along the shore, including a few spots along the Chicago lakefront bike path. Meteorologists also say the large waves will make venturing into the lake very dangerous, even for experienced swimmers.


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Silver Alert Canceled, Teen's SUV Found

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A statewide Silver Alert issued Friday for a missing teenager from Fishers, Indiana, was canceled Sunday after investigators found the girl's SUV submerged in about eight feet of water at Geist Reservoir in Fishers, which is just northeast of Indianapolis. Reports say a body was inside the vehicle, but positive identification had not yet been made.

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Police Add Motorcycle Patrol

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Portage Police have added a motorcycle to traffic patrol. Chief Troy Williams says the leased 2013 Harley Davidson will also be used in seat belt and aggressive driving enforcements. The motorcycle has radar and will also have technology that's in squad cars letting officers write electronic citations. Sgts John Ryan and Keith Hughes were named the first two members of the new unit.

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Vigil Held in Crown Point for Dogs

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A vigil was held in downtown Crown Point last night after two Siberian Huskies were fatally shot by Crown Point Police last week. Chief Pete Land says his officers did all they could to prevent the shooting after getting a call from a woman who said the dogs, described as “wolves”, dragged her cat to a nearby creek and were cornering her husband who was trying to get the cat. The Times today reports a local rescue group wants legislation to mandate police receive training on how to handle wild and companion animals, and that the family is awaiting the release of the police report. Published reports say police initially thought the dogs were coyotes.

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