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Through preliminary reports, autopsies, dental records and DNA the Lake County Coroner's office has postively identified the victims of the double homicide discovered last Friday during a well-fare check in an unincorporated area of Lowell.
At a Monday afternoon press conference, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich released the names of the victims, 68-year-old Clifford Snow (a retired Hammond school teacher) and his wife, 66 year-old Joyce Snow, whose bodies were found inside their residence located on 197th Avenue near Calumet Avenue.
(Thomas Jeffrey Snow. Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)
Sheriff Bunsich says a person of interest, identified as the deceased couple's son, 34 year-old Thomas Snow was reportedly in the area days prior to the murder. On Friday night the sheriff's department issued an all points bulletin for Snow and his deceased parents 2008, white Chevrolet HHR. The sheriff says the suspect, who has a history of drug abuse, auto theft and feeling officers, was wanted by the Newton County Sheriff's department for an alleged armed robbery that took place at Bozeman's Marathon in DeMotte on Thursday, the day before the decomposed bodies were found. Sheriff Buncich says during a high speed pursuit on State Road 10, Snow was able to loose Newton County police into Will County, Illinois.
(Clifford Snow. Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)
(Joyce Snow. Photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Department)
On Saturday, October 19th the Lake County Sheriff's Department received word that Snow was picked up by police after a pursuit following a traffic stop in Hawley, Minnesota, which located in the northwest part of the state about 15-miles east of Fargo, North Dakota. Snow was driving
Sheriff Buncich says Newton county authorities are in the process of extraditing Snow to Newton County where he faces armed robbery charges. While no charges are currently pending in connection to the double homicide, Bunsich says the Lake County Sheriff's Department will work with Lake County Prosecutor and file charges once Snow is back in the state.
(Lake County Coroner, Merrilee Frey with Sheriff John Buncich at Monday, October 21st press conference at Lake County Sheriff's headquarters. Photo courtesy of Jay Stevens)
At the end of the press conference to ease the concern of neighbors and residents of rural Lowell, where the homicides took place, Sheriff Buncich stressed that Snow targeted his family and that it was an isolated incident. ...
(Photos Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
A rolled over semi closed all lanes of southbound I-65 near Lowell early this morning for over two-and-a-half hours. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports 28 year old Devon House, of Florida, was heading south on I-65, two miles north of the Lowell exit, at approximately 12:30am, when his semi went off the roadway, House over-corrected, lost control and the semi rolled over onto the passenger side, hitting an informational sign. Authorities say House was taken to a local hospital where his blood-alcohol level tested point-two-seven. House and his female passenger were not injured in the crash and all southbound lanes of I-65 were reopened around 3am.
Lake Area United Way and Horseshoe Casino teamed up for a charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament. Tournament Chair Aaron McDermott says the idea came about because he wanted to create a unique fundraiser that had not already been done and Horseshoe Casino provided the perfect setting . McDemott says they look forward to growing the event even more next year. Lake Area United Way Relationship Manager Shellie Dell says just the proceeds from the first day of the tournament, October 16th, went toward their organization. Dell says right now they are in the middle of their 2013-14 Employee Giving Campaign and the goal is to get a combination of one-thousand new donors and volunteers.
If you would like more information on how to donate to the Lake Area United Way, visit http://lauw.org/...
In Valparaiso, the city's fleet of seven leaf vacuum crews will begin picking up leaves today (Mon Oct 21) and continue through November 29. City officials say the trucks follow the trash routes, but because of the unpredictability of the wind and weather, it's difficult to commit to a specific pickup day for each neighborhood each week. Public Works Director Matt Evans says they may add occasional Saturday pickups during the heaviest part of the season. Residents are asked to keep sticks and any other items out of leaf piles. City officials say non-leaf items and debris can damage equipment and lead to downtime for repairs. After November 29th, leaves must be left in biodegradable bags for pickup. The city also says there will be no additional leaf pick ups in the Spring, so any leftover leaves from the Fall season must be bagged for pick up. [Photo/Laura Waluszko, Radio One Communications]
[Website Photo/City of Valparaiso]
Additional info from the city:
- Crews will begin at 7 am and continue until dark, if necessary
- Leave your leaves in the right-of-way -- literally off the street -- for pick up. City officials say the leaves should be left on the grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb, to keep leaves from becoming a roadway hazard and to keep them from being washed into the storm sewers during heavy rains. Leaves cannot be picked up in alleys.
- Leaves should be the only thing in the pile -- no sticks, bricks, boards or other items. Public Works cannot pick up mixed piles with brush and leaves together until separated by the resident. Public Works does not pick up any debris from contractors, regardless of the time of year.
- Additional items should be placed off the street, near the curb.
- Although it's preferable to leave leaves unbagged and unconvered through Nov. 29, leaves may be placed in biodegradable bags (NO plasitc) or covered with a tarp at the curb to prevent them from blowing.
- Please bag any leaves remaining after the leaf pick-up season ends on Nov. 29.
- For more information about leaf pick up, or other services of Public Works, visit the city's website at www.valpo.us...
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