Children and their parents are invited to Brunswick Park in Gary tomorrow for the Fall Harvest Festival. Gary officials report the event takes place from 4 to 6pm. There will be hayrides (weather permitting), games and activities, where children will learn about recycling, fire safety, going green, dental health and much more. Music, snacks, books and treat bags will also be available. For more information contact the City of Gary at (219) 881-1314. ...
Portage Police say, at this time, they do not know why the driver of a gray Nissan Altima, which was being pursued by an officer, did not stop when a traffic stop was being initiated early this morning, which led to that vehicle ultimately crossing over to the southbound lane of Willowcreek Road, just north of US 6, resulting in a violent, firery crash that killed the driver, 40 year old Simon Moffat, and a passenger in the other vehicle, identified as 33 year old Karina Gonzalez, both of Portage. Authorities report the officer observed the suspect vehicle, just before 3am, drive off from the McDonald's drive through window on US 6, at a high rate of speed, and was advised by employees that Moffat was allegedly acting strange, possibly intoxicated. The driver of the second-vehicle, who was airlifted to a South Bend hospital has been identified as Rogelio Gonzalez and his condition is unknown at last check. Willowcreek Road was shut down in that area for several hours due to the crash and an investigation continues....
The Portage Fire Department's marked ambulances and engines will be out in the neighborhoods during trick or treat hours tomorrow passing out over three-thousand glow sticks. Fire officials say they are doing it in an effort to keep children safe and visible to motorists. The glow sticks were purchased through donations made from IAFF Firefighters Local 31-51 and Porter Regional Hospital. Halloween trick or treat hours in Portage tomorrow are 5:30pm to 7:30pm....
Police in Hammond are seeking information regarding a heavyset man who reportedly exposed himself to two teenage girls who were walking home from school on Tuesday. Authorities report the first incident allegedly occurred in the 77-hundred block of Birch Drive, while the other happened in the 74-hundred block of White Oak Avenue. Police report the man in question was reportedly driving a dark SUV with tinted windows....
The Gary South Shore RailCats have released their upcoming schedule for the 2014 season. The team will begin the defense of their 2013 American Association title on the road with a Thursday, May 15th game against the St. Paul Saints. The 2014 home opener at the US Steel Yard will take place on Thursday, May 22nd, verses the Wichita Wingnuts, last season's championship series opponent. A pre-game ring ceremony is also planned for the home opener.
In the coming months, the RailCats will unveil a full schedule of promotions, theme nights and giveaways for the 2014 season. Fans are encouraged to keep up with the RailCats online at www.railcatsbaseball.com, as well as on their Facebook and twitter pages.
15-18 @ St. Paul Saints
19-20 @ Sioux Falls Canaries 22-25 vs. Wichita Wingnuts
26-28 vs. Kansas City T-Bones
30-31 @ Wichita Wingnuts
1 @ Wichita Wingnuts
2-5 @ Sioux City Explorers
6-8 vs. Sioux Falls Canaries
9-11 vs. Sioux City Explorers
13-15 @ Lincoln Saltdogs
16-18 @ Grand Prairie AirHogs
20-22 vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
23-26 vs. Sioux Falls Canaries 27-29 @ Kansas City T-Bones
30 @ Sioux Falls Canaries
1-3 @ Sioux Falls Canaries
4-6 vs. St. Paul Saints
8-10 @ Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
11-13 @ Winnipeg Goldeyes
14-16 vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
18-20 vs. Amarillo Sox
21-24 @ Sioux City Explorers
25-27 vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes
30-31 vs. Kansas City T-Bones
1-2 vs. Kansas City T-Bones
3-6 vs. Lincoln Saltdogs
7-10 @ Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
11-13 vs. Sioux City Explorers
15-17 @ Kansas City T-Bones
18-20 vs. St. Paul Saints
21-24 vs. Kansas City T-Bones
26-28 @ Sioux City Explorers
29-1 @ Winnipeg Goldeyes...
(Photo Courtesy of the Hammond Police Department)
It has only been around since August, but since then the STOPS Team, a full-time task force with police officers from East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Lake County and part-time officers from other Lake County communities, have made a dramatic impact according to Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller.
On Tuesday night, the STOPS Team arrested two previously convicted felons, carrying handguns with extended magazines. Chief Miller says these subjects were affiliated with a criminal gang and they are testing the bullets to see if they match any homicides or shootings. Since its inception, the STOPS Team has confiscated numerous guns and drugs and was responsible for the arrest of the Hessville cell-phone bandits. Chief Miller says the task force was the idea of East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker and that it has created permanent friendships among officers from different departments. The STOPS team works primarily in East Chicago, Gary, Hammond and in the suburbs. ...
(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
A 22 year old man previously listed by the LaPorte Police Department in July as a “Wanted Person of the Week” is now in custody. LaPorte Police report Kyle Craft is currently being detained in the St. Joseph County Jail. Craft had been wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court for revocation of suspended sentence for an original charge of felony sexual misconduct with a minor. ...
Portage Police say, at this time, they do not know why the driver of a gray Nissan Altima, which was being pursued by an officer, did not stop when a traffic stop was being initiated early this morning, which led to that vehicle ultimately crossing over to the southbound lane of Willowcreek Road, just north of US 6, resulting in a violent, fiery crash that killed the driver, 40 year old Simon Moffat, and a passenger in the other vehicle. Authorities report the officer observed the suspect vehicle, just before 3am, drive off from the McDonald's drive through window on US 6, at a high rate of speed, and was advised by employees Moffat was acting strange, possibly intoxicated. The driver of the second-vehicle, whose name is also unavailable at last check, was airlifted to a South Bend hospital. Willowcreek Road was shut down in that area for several hours and an investigation continues. ...
On Wednesday and Thursday (if needed), city officials say Franklin Street at the bridge will be open but the bridge will be opened and closed periodically for mechanical inspection, these delays should be no different than what is normal for the passage of a large boat. Detour signs will be put in place to help guide citizens and visitors to the alternative routes around this affected piece of Franklin Street....
A group of four responders from Indiana, including three from the Region – Lori Postma, a nurse and Emergency Preparedness and Bio-terrorism Coordinator for Franciscan Alliance in Munster; Paige Connelly, Porter County Telecommunications Dispatcher; and Mike Webber, Porter County Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director; returned to Long Beach, New York, Tuesday for a “thank you” celebration marking the one-year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the group had lunch, watched a video detailing recovery efforts and visited places that have recovered from the storm. Diane Mack, Director of Emergency Management and Continuity, Indiana University, was also on the Indiana team.
That's Postma in the top photo, taken in the past week, in the ice arena that's back open to the public. The photo below was from last year when the Indiana team arrived in Long Beach, NY, and that arena was packed with donated goods. The Indiana team helped manage those donations as well as thousands of volunteers in the area. [Photos provided/Lori Postma, courtesy Indiana Department of Homeland Security]
During the event, a letter was read from Governor Mike Pence to the City of Long Beach. It highlighted what an honor it was for Indiana to aid neighbors on the East Coast, and expressed support for the continuing recovery process.
“You couldn’t imagine that you would make that great a difference in just two weeks, but everyone remembered us,” said Postma. “It was emotional for us because we never got to see the end result, but everyone remembered us; we were treated like long lost family returning home.”...
Valparaiso Fire Crews were called out to Broadway Cafe at Sturdy Road and US Route 30 just after 10:30 am Tuesday. Valparaiso Fire Department Battalion Chief Les Abraham says a fire began in a small storage room where he told the Region News Team paper products were stored too close to the water heater, which caused the paper products to burn, and the sprinkler system activated, which kept the fire under control until firefighters arrived and put it out. Abraham says fire damage was contained to the storage room, with smoke and water damage to the building. Abraham says there were patrons at the business at the time the fire was called in and there were no injuries. Abraham also says the fire would keep the restaurant closed until the sprinkler system could be repaired. [Photo/Radio One Communications]
A report from the Vincennes Police Department says a 36-year-old man struck and killed by country music star Jason Aldean's tour bus was arrested earlier this month for walking on the same road. The bus, which Aldean was on at the time, struck and killed the man on US 41 early Monday, after he reportedly walked into the bus' path. Authorities say the same man had been taken into custody on October 8 after officers found him walking down the center line of the highway causing cars to swerve. He was charged with obstructing traffic. He was arrested again for allegedly stealing a bicycle from the Knox County Public Library and charged with theft, a class D felony.
After the accident, Aldean expressed his condolences. "With a heavy heart, I'm sad to say that a man passed away last night after stepping out in front of my bus in Indiana," he tweeted. "In all the years I've been touring and all the miles we've driven, nothing prepares you for something like this to happen. I'm praying for Albert Kennedy's family and friends today and ask that you do the same." An investigation into the crash and death is ongoing....
A sad post on the Valparaiso Police Facebook page today... saying retired K-9 Frida, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, lost her battle with cancer Tuesday. Officer Todd Kobitz and Frida worked together on the department for seven years. Frida began her career with the Valparaiso Police Department in 2005, and retired in the Spring of last year, spending her retirement at home with Officer Kobitz and his family.
The department says Frida’s services resulted in more than three-hundred arrests. Frida was the department's first “full patrol” K-9, which means she was certified in narcotic detection, building searches, area searches, tracking of suspects, article searches and aggression. [Photos/Valparaiso Police]...
Police say Willowcreek Road in Portage remains closed at this hour between US Route 6 and Lute Road after an earlier accident. No details available at this hour....
- Brugos Named to Indiana Urban Forestry Council
- Man Charged with Molesting Portage Girl
- 3rd Quarter Loss for US Steel $1.79 Billion
- Michigan City Man Charged with Felony Burglary
- IN Responders Go to NY for Super Storm Sandy Reunion
- Elderly Woman Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash
- World Stroke Day October 29th, 2013
- Fire at Broadway Cafe in Valpo
- Famous Flick from Film Immortalized in Hammond
- Cedar Lake to Step Up Patrols for Halloween
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