Authorities report two men who allegedly broke into a Portage home Monday night, robbed those inside and fled, later crashing their vehicle in Lake Station. Portage Police report the alleged robbery occurred around 10pm in the 54-hundred block of Osage, where the two suspects, one of which was reported to be armed, ordered the residents and guests in the home to lie face down in the kitchen while they stole money, ransacked the home and took the victims cell phones. One of the victims followed the suspect vehicle after they left the home until it crashed in Lake Station. Police report some of the stolen items were recovered and police searched for the two suspects, described as wearing masks and dressed in black, into the woods between 18th Avenue and I-94. ...
A gas line rupture in Munster has been repaired but Munster Police now report part of Columbia Avenue, between Ridgeway and Ridge is still closed for sewer work. The gas leak reportedly occurred around 9am. A sewer main break was reported in the same location a week ago....
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In Munster, crews were on the scene on a gas line rupture in the 83-hundred block of Columbia Avenue. It happened around 9-o'clock this morning. That part of Columbia is closed and Munster Police are advising motorists to seek alternate routes. Last Friday, there was a sewer main break in the same block of Columbia.
In Valparaiso, police believe a man who robbed a local liquor store over the weekend is the same person involved in two previous armed robberies over the past few weeks. Valparaiso Police were called to the 18-hundred block of East Lincolnway to Buz's Liquor Store, where someone entered shortly after midnight Sunday, approached an employee at the cooler, displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from the register.
The suspect is described as male, about 5-foot-8, 160-pounds with a dark complexion, and the clothing has been the same in each robbery -- a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a diamond-type print, dark-colored pants and white shoes. The man also wears a mask and gloves.
Police say in late November, on the opposite end of the city, the Quick Trip convenience store/Chesters Fried Chicken on the west end of Lincolnway was held up twice within a week-and-a-half. Anyone with information is asked to call the WeTip line 1-800-78-Crime or Valparaiso Police at 219-462-2135. Police say a reward is being offered. [Surveillance photos released by Valparaiso Police]...
A six-year-old northwest Indiana boy has been recognized by his local fire department for actions he took to save his dad's life. Officials say first-grader Gavin Michaels was in an above-ground pool at his home in August when the child's 49-year-old father had a seizure, fell off an inflatable raft, and was struggling to stay afloat. The boy immediately ran inside his house and also next door to the neighbors to gather enough people to pull the six-foot-tall man out of the pool. The dad was transported to the hospital and released that day. Noble Township's Fire Chief John Homan says the child did the right thing by not freezing up or trying to get his father out by himself.
Pictured: Gavin Michaels holding a plaque presented to him by the Noble Township Fire Department. Also in photo,from left, Noble Township Fire Chief John Homan, Gavin's father Jeff Michaels, and Noble Township Fire Captain Jeremiah Smith. [Photo/provided]...
Munster Police report the 8300 block of Columbia Avenue is closed due to a gas line rupture. No further details were available at this time. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes....
Nikki and William Riley Knight; Linda Darlington
Friends, family and co-workers are remembering the lives of two Crown Point residents who died Saturday night, as one was trying to help the other. Lake County Sheriffs Police say 49-year-old William Riley Knight had gotten married hours earlier and was returning from his wedding reception with his new bride when he pulled over to help 42-year-old Linda Darlington, whose vehicle had gone into a ditch near 109th and Lane in Crown Point. Sheriff John Buncich says Knight and Darlington were both struck by a car while standing on the side of the road, then hit by two other vehicles, and were pronounced dead at the scene. Police say all drivers stayed at the scene, no citations were issued, and no arrests were made as police continue their investigation.
Counselors were at Joan Martin Elementary School in Hobart Monday to help students, teachers and staff with their grief. Darlington taught first graders at Joan Martin. School City of Hobart Superintendent Peggy Buffington says there are plans to plant a tree in Darlington's honor during a memorial service this spring.
Knight, a US Army veteran, was also an actor in local theater. Knight family friend Angie Lowe directed Knight when he was a a student at Lake Central High School in St. John and also as an adult in local community theater. Lowe heads a theater group called L'arc en Ciel in Cedar Lake. Lowe told the Times that Knight “died a hero on his last night”.
Funeral arrangements for Darlington are being made through Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Schererville. No information was available at this time on funeral arrangements for Knight....
Notable Hoosier wins by family, friend or workplace pools
Some notable Hoosier jackpot wins, including the biggest prize ever won in the state and the only Mega Millions jackpot win in Indiana, have been by family members or co-workers who pooled their money and purchased tickets as a group.
Pools, also referred to as lottery clubs, are popular among Hoosiers. Indiana's biggest jackpot, a $314 million Powerball win in Richmond in 2007, was a group of family members: a father and his two grown children, who played Powerball twice a week together.
Indiana's only Mega Millions jackpot win to date was claimed by a group of five siblings, the Bolke family, who pooled their money and struck it rich in February 2011 with a $46.5 million winning ticket purchased in Munster.
Players interested in pooling their money and playing as a group may want to print a Mega Millions Pool Form at hoosierlottery.com.
Other big Hoosier wins by groups include the following:
Two southern Indiana co-workers, welders Darin Fox of Clarksville and Todd Reardon of Jeffersonville, both retired after they combined their money and won a $221.7 million Powerball jackpot in April 2011.
A group calling themselves "The Lucky 13" claimed a $295 million Powerball prize on a ticket purchased in Richmond in July 1998.
Two co-workers at CMA Supply in Fort Wayne claimed a $19 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot in September 2013. A group of six Columbus residents and friends who called themselves the "Thursday Lunch Six" claimed a $14 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot in August 2012.
The "Amtrak 15" from Beech Grove shared a $34.5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot in October 2010.
Twenty-nine co-workers at Trailer Transit in Porter split a $2 million Powerball prize in August 2012.
Ten co-workers at PRD in Bedford split a $1 million Powerball prize in September 2013.
Two co-workers at Union Electric Steel in Valparaiso, Brad Hundt and Pamella Legler, combined their funds and won $1 million playing Powerball in May 2012.
Five medical claims processors in Indianapolis split a $1 million prize in February of this year after pooling their money and matching the first five numbers in a Powerball drawing.
Thirty-six City of Hammond employees shared a $250,000 Mega Millions prize in August of this year.
Tickets for the $586 million Mega Millions jackpot must be purchased by 10:44 p.m. Tuesday for the drawing, which is at approximately 11 p.m. They are available for $1 per wager at over 4,000 retailers across the state.
To avoid long lines at retail, players may want to purchase their tickets early.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.
To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter....
Ann Pamachena was four years old when the Titantic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on its maiden voyage. Fast forward to this last Friday, and Ann could be seen playing a piano (above photo) at her 105th Birthday celebration at Golden Living Center in Portage.
That is where the staff, management and voluteers at Asera Care Hospice and Palliative Medicine joined family and friends in celebrating the centenarian's
Ryan Trzaskowski Asera's Executive Director says that everyone just wanted to "celebrate the moment" with Ann.
Trzaskowski wants everyone to know that hospice care is about living "Although someone is facing the end of thier time here on earth that there is still a lot to be celebrated and a lot that hospice can bring to the quality of that time and we are certainly very privilidged to be a part of folks lives."
You can find out more about the birthday celebration online by clicking on the News Audio On Demand link at: http://regionnewsteam.com
(photos courtesy of great nephew, Christopher Smith)...
On Saturday, the South Shore Visitors and Convention Authority welcomed their 3-millionth visitor to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. According to the South Shore CVA, Janette Patterson of downstate Greenwood, was on her way to Chicago with her family when she decided to make a stop to view the exhibits at the welcome center. After being given a gift basket full of items from South Shore CVA partners, including a gift certificate for an overnight stay, candy from Albanese and more Patterson remarked how great and nice the welcome center was to her.
The Indiana Welcome Center serves both residents and visitors to the South Shore area and first opened its doors in 1999.
(photo/ http://www.in.gov )...
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