Heavy Lake Effect Blankets Part of Northwest Indiana

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There's sunshine in Lake County but on the eastern side of Northwest Indiana, several inches of snow. LaPorte County getting upwards of eight-and nine-inches in some areas, there's also snow on the ground in Porter County. Just north of the Indiana/Michigan state line, in Berrien County, reports of 12-to-14 inches of lake effect, according to reports in to the National Weather Service Northern Indiana. The snow-making machine has stalled out somewhat, but lake effect was still falling this hour in parts of the Region. [Thanks Amanda Senne, La Porte, for the photo]

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Part of US 30 Closed; Lake Effect Continues

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Officials say the eastbound lanes of US 30 from Hanna to State Road 39 in southern La Porte County are being shut down as crews continue to clean up debris from an earlier crash scene. Westbound lanes remain open, we're told, and the eastbound closure affects about a two-to-three mile stretch of US 30.
Lake effect snow continues to fall especially on La Porte County, but not exclusively, as we're seeing additional snow now across Porter County and parts of Starke County locally. The Indiana Department of Transportation-Northwest has more than three dozen plow crews working to clear the roads.
INDOT says the first snow of the season typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as some drivers forget to consider the winter weather road conditions. Drivers are asked to promote their own safety, and that of others, by reducing their speed and increasing the distance between themselves and other vehicles, including INDOT’s yellow plow trucks....

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Winter Preparedness Week in Indiana Nov 17-23

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed November 17-23, 2013 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. The Indiana State Police offers the following tips.
Be prepared:
 Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route
 Keep your gas tank at least half-full
 Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables
 Have a cell phone and charger cord
 Slow down on snow/ice covered roads
 Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
 Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
 Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
 Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.
Should you become stranded:
 Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
 Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna
 Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle
 Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
 Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour
For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at In partnership with the Governor’s office, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education and the Red Cross more information can be found at the following website:

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Lake County Company Adding Jobs

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A Lake County company is growing. MonoSol LLC out of Merrillville has announced plans to add one-hundred workers over the next year to year-and-a-half, on the manufacturing side mostly, but also scientists and engineers, and marketing, sales and administrative positions. The company makes film that dissolves in water, as seen, for instance, on cleaning products placed in washing and dishwashing machines. Company officials say they're currently expanding in La Porte, and site selection is underway, with plans to announce groundbreaking for their next manufacturing site early next year. They also have locations in Portage, Indiana, and the UK. 
MonoSol also says they're investing significantly in developing next generation film delivery systems for food, feed and personal care applications. Their Vivos® Edible Delivery System, for instance, is engineered to create individual delivery systems, like pouches, that disappear and release their contents when exposed to hot or cold liquids.  The dissolved film, transparent, odorless and tasteless, and made of a proprietary blend of food-grade ingredients, could then be safely consumed along with the food, company officials say....

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Activity 'Non-Stop' in La Porte Co in Lake Effect

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We are getting reports of several accidents, slide-offs, crashes across La Porte County this morning.  Road conditions are very difficult with lake effect snow continiing to fall.  On US 20, just west of State Road 39 (north of La Porte, in the Springville area), there are a few large vehicles having difficulty climbing the grade.  Authorities say activity has been non-stop due to the snow and road conditions this morning....

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Eastern Northwest Indiana Getting Lake Effect

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Heavy snow is expected today over parts of the Region in the first significant lake effect snow event of the season.  The heaviest snowfall is expected on the east side of Northwest Indiana.  La Porte County remains under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until 12 noon CST.  Lake Effect Snow Advisories have been issued for Porter, Jasper, and Starke Counties.    For forecast updates here is the link to the National Weather Service Northern Indiana:  and here is the website link to the National Weather Service office in Chicago:

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219: Blue Top Drive-In Restoration

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The legendary Blue Top drive in is getting a second life in the region thanks to new owners, Dennis Miniuk and John Golfis. We spoke with John on their plans for the future, including opening the restaurant by January. For more on the future of this iconic Region spot, listen to today's 219 or our full interview with John at Region News On Demand here on our website....

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Investigation Continues into Gary Cell Phone Truck Theft

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An investigation continues into an over 12 million dollar cargo heist from a Gary truck stop on October 25th. Gary Police reports a truck driver from Illinois parked at the Petro lot on Grant Street and went across the street to Denny's, and when he returned the truck filled with over 22-thousand new Sprint LG G2 smart phones, which are worth about 550-dollars each, was gone. Authorities recovered the missing truck four-days later in Louisville, Kentucky, after the suspect crashed the truck into a utility pole. ...

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Structure Fire in Portage Township

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Fire crews are dealing with a structure fire this evening in Porter County's Portage Township. Officials say the Portage Fire Department was called out to the 52-hundred block of Terry Avenue, near Sherwin Avenue late this afternoon for the One Alarm fire. No further information is available at this time.

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54 Year Sentence Upheld in Child Molesting Case

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A 28 year old man had his 54 year prison sentence upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The Times reports Ryan Schroeder argued since his accomplice, Tara Tryon, was under 21 at the time she molested a two-year old Chesterton boy, his five Class A convictions for child molesting should have been Class B's. According to the article, the court stated a person who induces another to commit a crime also has committed the crime. Tryon was sentenced to ten-years in prison for child molesting and child exploitation in May. ...

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Veterans Day Celebration at Purdue Calumet

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Purdue University Calumet and Fifth Third Bank partnered to celebrate Veterans Day on campus today.
An early morning campus flag raising outside Lawshe Hall kicked off the observance. Then it was off to the Student Union & Library concourse, where Fifth Third Bank employees and Purdue Calumet students and staff collaborated in preparing 550 care packages of food items and toiletries, primarily for military personnel serving in Afghanistan.
The campus observance concluded with a 10 a.m. Convocation, featuring a keynote address by Betty Moseley Brown, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and associate director of the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Center for Women Veterans.
Purdue Calumet’s From Boots to Books: Veterans and Student Service Members Academe Support Program, the university’s Veterans Enlisted Student Association and Fifth Third Bank served as event sponsors. The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts Combined Concert Band performed. Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon and Fifth Third Bank Northern Indiana Senior Executive Craig Pratt, a U.S. air force veteran and Purdue Calumet alumnus, welcomed the audience.
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Valpo Rotary 15th Annual Veterans Day Program

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Indiana 1st District Congressman Pete Visclosky was in the Region for the 15th annual Valparaiso Rotary Club Veterans Day Program held at Strongbow Inn today. Visclosky spoke about the importance of celebrating Veterans Day and about the need for Veterans' jobs programs. Visclosky also honored decorated World War II Navy veteran Dr. John Wolf, who served as chaplain in six battles, including the Battle of Iwo Jima. Dr. Wolf—who has written a book about World War II, entitled “Amen! Until Tomorrow”--spoke to an attentive audience as he advocated for peace and he received a standing ovation for his service, and for his work in starting the Veterans Program for the Valparaiso Rotary Club. To view video of today's ceremony, click "> ">
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INDOT Reminds Drivers to Use Caution in Snow

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INDOT reports crews are patrolling state roads in northwest Indiana, watching for snow and ice in anticipation of the first snow storm of the year. Officials say the first snow fall typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as some drivers forget to consider the winter weather road conditions. Drivers are being asked to reduce their speed and increase the distance between yourself and other vehicles, especially INDOT's yellow trucks. INDOT will continue to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any changes in precipitation and temperatures.  
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Porter County Woman Killed in Plane Crash

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A plane reportedly piloted by a Fishers, Indiana, businessman crashed in the waters off the Bahamas Sunday morning, killing all four people aboard, including a woman from Porter County. Authorities say Cynthia Mierzwa, of Union Township, was killed in the crash that happened about seven miles off Grand Bahama Island. Officials say the engine problems were reported just minutes after takeoff. All four occupants of the sightseeing plane were believed to be Americans. ...

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Valpo PD to Host Church Security Seminar

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In Valparaiso, police announced today they will be hosting a church security seminar next month in response to the numerous illegal incidents that have occurred on church properties in recent years. Police say the focus will be on crime prevention issues and building awareness to potential crime. Some of the topics discussed will be, the purpose for church security, building/property security, child security while at church- including what to do with registered sex offenders, dealing with difficult people, developing a safety team and a church emergency action plan.   
The seminar is free and will be held at the Valparaiso Police Department on December 5th, from 8:30am to 12pm. Registration is required to attend.  To register or receive additional information contact Sgt. Michael Grennes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 219-462-2135.  ...

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Valpo V-Line Continues to Grow

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Valparaiso's Board of Works has approved expanding the hours of the V-Line city bus service. Ridership has gone up by nearly forty-percent since the beginning of the year. So-called 'rescue buses' have had to sent out at times to assist when regular buses filled up. On December 2nd a new Purple night time route that loops around the city for two hours will supplement the Yellow and Green routes after those lines are through for the day. And the Brown line, which serves the area around Valparaiso University, will start two hours earlier. [Image/provided: The V-Line's new Purple Route]...

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K-9 Search at Andrean High School

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Andrean High School is marking a milestone today, with a first-ever K-9 locker and building search, a search that also included bathrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and every car in the parking lot. Eight K-9s took part. There were multiple police cars parked at the Catholic school at 5959 Broadway in Merrillville this morning, and Principal Mary Beth Ginalski told the Region News Team that a lockdown drill was called, and the search led by Hobart Police began, assisted by Lake Station and Portage, began.  "I'm really proud of everyone," Ginalski said, "because we didn't find anything.  I just wanted to make sure that the message is out there that Andrean High School will not tolerate any drugs on their campus or in the cars on the campus."  Andrean has six-hundred students from across Northwest Indiana, grades nine-thru-twelve....

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Extended Hrs for Lake Co Treasurers Ofcs for Bill Pay

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The Office of the Lake County Treasurer reminds residents that property tax bills are due tomorrow (Tuesday, November 12th). In Lake County, the County Treasurer's office is open today (Monday, Nov 11), and bills can be paid at their main office at the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point, or at their Gary or Hammond satellite offices. Taxpayers with no questions or problems with their bills can visit any number of bank branches, or you can pay online, but a credit card fee is charged, so if you are paying online, Treasurer John Petalas suggests using the cheaper e-check system.   The rest of Lake County Government is closed for Veterans Day.
The Lake County Treasurer's office also anticipates office staff will be swamped with calls, and callers could be on hold for an extended period of time.
Extended office hours for Crown Point 2293 N Main Street, Hammond 232 Russell Street and Gary 11 East 4th Avenue offices are Monday (Veterans Day) 8:30-4:30 and Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.
The following banks and all their branches will be accepting payments until November 12, 2013 (closing): Fifth Third Bank, American Savings FSB, Centier, Chase, Citizens Financial Bank, DeMotte State Bank, First Federal Savings and Loan, First Midwest, First National Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Horizon, Lake Federal Bank, Main Source Bank, Peoples, and Tech Federal Credit Union (Indiana branches only).
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Veterans Day Observances

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Indianapolis, IN - On Monday, Governor Mike Pence will celebrate Veterans Day by honoring those who answered the call of duty.
Monday, November 11:
11:00 a.m. EST - Governor Pence to offer remarks at Indianapolis Veterans Day Service, Indiana War Memorial, 431 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN
12:00 p.m. EST - Governor Pence to join Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) of Indiana for Veterans Day Chili Lunch, HVAF, 964 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN
2:00 p.m. EST - Governor Pence to offer remarks at Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary USMC Memorial bridge dedication, Brown County State Park North Entrance, 1405 State Road 46W, Nashville, IN
The Valparaiso Rotary Club will be hosting its 15th annual Veterans’ Day Observance on Nov. 11. Valparaiso Rotary Club members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to invite veteran guests. When making reservations for veteran guests, club members are asked to list the veteran’s branch and approximate dates of service.
The event will be held at Strongbow Inn and will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch will be served and entertainment will be provided by the Valparaiso High School Band.
On Monday November 11th 2013 at 11am all Hobart military organizations will be gathered @ Veterans Memorial Park on East 73rd Avenue. Several military organizations will be partaking in a short service with the laying of wreaths. The Howlin Mad Detachment 93 will be firing off a volley of 3 rounds and the playing of taps.  All current military personel and veterans are encouraged to attend.
Valparaiso: Veterans Day Observance – November 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM
The public is invited to a Veterans Day observance at the Service Memorial located at Foundation Meadows Park. It is hosted by the City of Valparaiso, the Valpo Parks Department, and the Valpo Parks Foundation, held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows, 3210 N Campbell, will serve as the backdrop for remembrances from Army Veteran and Pastor of New Song Church Kurt Nichols.  Also speaking will be Mayor Jon Costas.  In addition, there will be a reciting of all names inscribed on the Duty & Sacrifice monument which is devoted to military service people from the Valpo area who gave their lives in the service of their country.  A wreath will be placed at the base of the monument to honor them and those who currently serve in the Armed Forces.
Hammond: Veterans Day Memorial Dedication of the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom memorial near the Federal Court Building, at the intersection of Lyman Avenue and Douglas Street, where the Monon and Erie Lackawana Bike Trail intersect  There are a variety of speakers in the program "A Tribute to Our Troops: In Grateful Remembrance". It concludes with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.Parking is available at the Hammond Social Security Office parking lot adjacent to the dedication site. In case of inclement weather, the tribute will take place inside the American Legion Post No. 168, 721 State St., Hammond. For more information, contact project coordinator Ernie Dillon at (219) 789-0077.
VFW Memorial Post 7881 and American Legion Post 232 hold a Veterans Day Service from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Hessville Park, 173rd and Kennedy Avenue.
Crown Point: The Crown Point American Legion Post 20 along with the City of Crown Point are hosting The Veteran’s Day Ceremony on the East Side Courthouse Steps on Monday November 11th at 10:30 am.  Please join us as we pay tribute to all who dedicated their lives to our country!   For more information please contact the City of Crown Point at 662-3240.
This Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest (IUSM-NW) and Indiana University Northwest in Gary will host a remembrance ceremony to honor veterans who have donated their bodies for medical education and research through the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program (IHCPP), an internationally recognized program.
At 1 p.m., outside the east entrance of the Dunes Medical/Professional Building, members of the campus’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program will lay a wreath and recite the names of the program’s anatomical donors who have served their country.
Leading the ceremony will be Sergeant First Class James Caver, the primary ROTC instructor at IU Northwest, and three ROTC cadets: Christopher Prue, Brittany Jackson and Aidan Hussey.
Ernest Talarico, Ph.D. and Carl Marfurt, Ph.D. will speak on behalf of the IUSM-NW, along with Beth Tyler, interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs at IU Northwest.
In observance of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, Indiana University Northwest and the campus group, The Veterans Initiative, have planned a day-long veterans’ celebration, “Boots to Books.”
The campus’s Veterans Day activities will begin at 11 a.m. with an obstacle course contest in the Savannah Gymnasium. The match-ups will be veterans against “any team who dares.”
Between 12 and 5 p.m. there will be information booths and uniform displays in the Savannah Center lobby. If weather permits, there will be a display of military vehicles.
The highlight of the day’s events will be a panel discussion from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, in which current students and alumni who are also veterans will speak about their experiences returning to IU Northwest after serving their country.
The discussion will be led by Colonel Richard Ligon and Veteran Team Leader Lisa Patterson.
Col. Ligon is a Gary native and the first African-American colonel and brigade commander in the Indiana Army National Guard. With more than 33 years of military experience, Ligon climbed the ranks from an enlisted private to a non-commissioned first sergeant. Now, the colonel commands more than 1,500 soldiers at various military bases throughout Northwest Indiana.
Patterson is a war veteran who is now working as a veteran team leader in the Readjustment Counseling Center for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, located in Crown Point.
For the Fall 2013 semester, IU Northwest is proud to have 175 veteran students enrolled.
Pines Village Retirement Communities will host a Veteran’s Day Commemoration on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. to honor and remember the men and women who have served our country in both peace and war time.   This is a day to give thanks and reflect on what has been sacrificed for our freedoms.   
The ceremony will begin with a prelude, followed by the Posting of the Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance by American Legion Post 94.  The featured speaker will be Bronze Star Vietnam War veteran, Bob Carnagey.  Serving as the local host for the national charity, Folds of Honor Foundation, Bob leads the fund raising efforts in Northwest Indiana to provide scholarships to children and spouses of our fallen and severely wounded military personnel post 911.  Bob is also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #17 and the American Legion Post 94.
Armed service veterans, their families and currently serving military members will be our honored guests and the general public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.
Pines Village Retirement Communities, located at 3303 Pines Village Circle, in Valparaiso, is a non-profit organization.  We celebrate life by enriching the lives of older adults.  For more information call 219/465-1591.
In the town of Porter, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2511 at 1290 Wagner Road is open from 11 to 2 daily for lunch and from 6 to 9 for dinner featuring a full menu of pizza, sandwiches and baskets with the profits helping to support various veterans’ programs. Dine in or carry out. Call (219) 926-4441 for information.
American Legion Post 170 will have a Veterans Day Program at Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton, 11 am
East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and the city of East Chicago invite all veterans, family, friends, clergy and organizations to a Veteran Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park gazebo near City Hall, 701 W. 145th St. The ceremony will be preceded by coffee and doughnuts in the mayor's office.
In Highland, the Timothy Ball Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is coordinating the Veterans Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at the Highway of Flags Memorial, Ridge Road and Indianapolis Boulevard.
The Schererville Parks Department, VFW, and the American Legion hold a service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. John Township War Memorial at the Schererville Police Department, 25 E. Joliet St.
A Purdue University Calumet Veterans Day celebration in Hammond Monday includes assembly of care packages for military personnel and keynote remarks by an executive of the VA Center for Women Veterans.  The ceremony is co-sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and the university's From Boots to Books: Veterans and Student Service members Academic Support program. The PUC observance begins with a flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m. outside Lawshe Hall.

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