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Lake Station Boil Advisory Lifted

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City officials announced this morning that a boil advisory that was in effect for customers of Lake Station city water has been lifted.  Don Vaughn with the Lake Station Water Department says results from tests that had to be conducted following a water main break discovered last Thursday indicate the boil advisory is no longer necessary.
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Jury Selection Scheduled Today in Murder Trial

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Jury selection is scheduled to begin today for a Wheeler area man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portage woman in September 2011. Dustin McCowan was charged with murder in the death of Amanda Bach, whose body was found the day after her vehicle was discovered along State Road 130 in Wheeler. Published reports say McCowan has maintained his innocence. The trial has been delayed more than once.
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Man Killed in EC, Toddler Son Injured

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East Chicago Police continue to investigate a shooting that killed a 25-year-old man inside his car and injured the victim's toddler son, who was in the back seat. Authorities say Willie Cook was in the 39-hundred block of Evergreen Street when shots were reportedly fired around 5:30 Saturday evening, killing Cook.
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Accidents, Travel Time Building on Region Roads

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding Region drivers to slow down and allow extra time for your Monday morning commute. Snow has been falling across the Region, making roads slick.   INDOT crews have already been treating roadways for the past two days as total snowfalls are expected to bring 3-6 inches to the northern half of the INDOT LaPorte District; the southern counties in the district will see 1-3 inches, according to the latest outlooks.  Some areas by Lake Michigan co...

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Several Inches of Snow Possible in Region

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The National Weather Service in Chicago says it could be a very snowy Monday morning in the Region, starting overnight and continuing into the rush hour. Meteorologists say another in a series of Alberta Clippers will move across the area tonight into Monday morning, bringing snow over northwest Indiana, possibly three to five inches, with localized higher amounts possible across northern Lake and Porter counties, and in La Porte County. The National Weather Service Northern Indiana office...

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Fatal Accident on Borman Expressway

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Indiana State Police Lowell Post say in Gary, Saturday, February 2nd, Sergeant Alan Jamerson responded to a crash where a husband and wife who had crashed their vehicle earlier were hit while standing outside their car, and the woman suffered fatal injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 10:20 a.m., a 2009 Honda Civic, driven by a 28-year-old Schaumburg, Illinois, man was east bound on I-80 in the right center lane (four lanes of traffic) when he lost control of his...

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Motorists Feeling the Pinch at the Pumps

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Rising crude oil prices, decreased gas supplies, and area refinery issues are being labeled as reasons contributing to the jump in gas prices. Triple-A Director of Public Affairs Beth Mosher says we have seen the highest start to the month of February for gas prices ever. Mosher says due to the unusual jumps in prices, we may see some relief, but not extended relief, as prices are expected to rise as we get closer to Spring. Mosher says it is hard to tell where gas prices are going to go, but...

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Six Vehicle Crash Leaves Ten Injured in Calumet City

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A six-vehicle crash in Calumet City left ten people injured, two critically, and traffic was shutdown for several hours. The Times reports the incidents occurred around 1:45 Friday afternoon on Wentworth Avenue, near River Oaks Drive, beginning with a vehicle rear-ending another, which caused a chain-reaction of crashes. Published reports say the names of those injured have not been released, but say all are adults, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The...

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Robbins Back in Custody After Mistaken Release

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The manhunt for a convicted murdered who was accidentally allowed to go free is over. Published reports say 44-year-old Steven Robbins was taken into custody without incident Friday night in Kankakee, Illinois, due to various leads provided to authorities. Robbins was serving a 60-year sentence in Indiana for murder, and was brought to the Cook County courthouse for a hearing on unrelated charges occurred, but instead of being returned to the prison in Michigan City he...

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Sauk Village Man's Death Ruled a Homicide

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A 44 year old Sauk Village, Illinois, man was killed after sustaining a gun-shot wound to the chest. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports Brian Brabch was pronounced dead at 4:44 Friday afternoon at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer. The Coroner's Office reports the incident occurred at the home of the deceased, and the death has been ruled a homicide.
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Cedar Lake FD: Stay Off Cedar Lake, Ice Not Safe

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The Cedar Lake Fire Department is asking residents to stay off Cedar Lake as the ice is not safe. Chief Todd Wilkening says the weather just has not been cold enough for long enough, which can put the safety of those on the ice at risk, as well as responders who would be called out in case an incident occurs. Chief Wilkening says while they have not had an incident yet this winter, police have been called out a few of times to get people off the lake, due to thin-ice conditions, and there was...

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Go Red for Women

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Today is National Go Red for Women Day.... a Valpo Goes Red for Women event was held at Valparaiso University this morning... to recognize women's fight against heart disease... A separate Go Red for Women Day event for the city of Gary and Lake County is being planned for this spring.
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Severe Arm Injury for Man Caught in Conveyor Belt

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A man was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital just before 11:30 this morning for a severe injury to his left arm, which had been caught in a conveyor belt. Portage Fire Chief Tom Fieffer says they were dispatched just before 10 this morning to Frick Services, in the eight-hundred block of Sun Drive, at the Port of Indiana, for a report of a man trapped in a fertilizer elevator. Chief Fieffer says they had to extricate the man, whose name has not yet been...

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Michigan City Man Gets 20 Years for Felony Robbery

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A Michigan City man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for his guilty plea to felony robbery. The LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney's Office reports Randy Winters admitted that on or about June 24th, of 2011, he knowingly or intentionally took car keys and cigarettes from a man while armed with a gun. Authorities say aggravating factors, like the victim suffering a broken nose in the incident, and Winters extensive criminal history, helped to contribute to the maximum sentence.
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Prelim Investigation Indicates Accidental Drowning

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DeMotte Police say preliminary investigations by their department, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Jasper County Coroners Office indicate a resident who went missing sometime late this past Sunday night into Monday morning accidentally drowned. Police say 60-year-old Frederick Richart was located Tuesday morning in Tyler Ditch, which runs adjacent to Morning Side Subdivision in DeMotte. The case is still pending toxicology reports.
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100 Acres Near MC Available for Development

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Officials say about 100 acres of land in northwestern La Porte County are "shovel-ready" and available for continued economic development. Michigan City-based Tonn and Blank Construction purchased the acreage, located just south of the Michigan City Municipal Airport, in late December, and Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, along with the City of Michigan City, coordinated the sale. Officials say the land, now an agricultural site, was previously owned by private individuals.  The...

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Driver Facing Charges After Lake County Crash

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An early morning crash on I-65 in Lake County shut down southbound lanes for about four hours Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a preliminary investigation revealed a 22-year-old Hobart man, whose blood alcohol content allegedly tested .24, three-times the legal limit, rear-ended another vehicle before 61st Avenue, then lost control. A third vehicle stopped, and the driver got out to check on the first driver struck, then a semi jackknifed, and got hung up on the outer shoulder's guard rail. Police say the suspect was treated and released for lacerations to his face and charged with Felony Operating While Intoxicated, Driving While Suspended Prior and was wanted on a warrant for Misdemeanor Battery. The semi was described as a total loss, but the driver was not injured. Police also say the driver of the first vehicle hit was unhurt, and four occupants inside the third passenger vehicle were treated and released.

 

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Search Continues for Gary Man Convicted of Murder

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Officials say a convicted murder serving a 60-year sentence in Indiana was mistakenly released by Chicago officials, and law enforcement in both states are searching for him. The Indiana Department of Correction says 44-year-old Steven L. Robbins was taken to Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday on a warrant for charges that were dismissed, and for reasons not yet known, he was released by Illinois authorities. Officials say Robbins was born in Gary and was...

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Boil Advisory Continues in Lake Station

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The City of Lake Station is urging all residents with Lake Station water to boil their water for at least five minutes before using after a water main break was discovered Thursday morning. The precautionary measure issued by the City is in effect until further notice. City officials say residents can bathe, use washing machines and use a dishwasher if set to a "high temperature" or "sanitize."   About a-thousand students went home early Thursday due to a lack of water pressure at Edison J...

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Two Dozen Vehicles, 3 Elephants at Crash Scene

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More than thirty-vehicles --- and three elephants – were amidst a crash scene outside Indianapolis Thursday afternoon that shut down parts of Interstate 70 for as many as nearly eight hours and left at least ten people injured. Indiana State Police say it appears that a snow burst contributed to the accidents. Troopers say they learned that a semi-tractor and trailing hauling three elephants slid off the roadway at the crash scene and were not injured.  For a time, reports say the highway was sh...

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