In south suburban Dolton, police continue to investigate the death of a 17-year-old pregnant girl found shot in the head in an alley between two houses Christmas evening. Authorities say Eva Casara was pronounced dead at an area hospital Thursday. Her baby girl, born premature at about six-months, survived, officials say, and at last word was in critical condition....
Dan Hendrickson, communications coordinator for the Better Business Bureau, says further publicity of the huge data breach of shoppers at Target stores will cause even more dangers ahead.
Hendrickson says scammers are using this well publicized event as reason for sending out virus-filled email messages. He says the messages sympathize with the consumers' plight, "Saying, 'Hey you know, we understand you were effected by this target thing. Click on this link here or download this file and it will tell you what you need to do.'"
Meanwhile Hendrickson says the BBB is, "advising people to be very, very leery of any emails to do with this target situation." He says that is is more likely you would get a letter (snail) mailed to you from your bank or credit card provider explaining what occurred and what to do next.
The breach affects consumers who made credit or debit card purchases any time from November 27 to December 15. Target says it takes the privacy of shopper information very seriously and worked swiftly to resolve the incident.
Target also is telling those who think they might be affected to be vigilant about their credit and debit card accounts.
Hendrickson says those affected, "need to be watching their accounts and, again, if they see any suspicious charges or charges they didn't authorize, they should get in touch with their bank and credit card company immediately, because after 60 days, if they don't contest those charges, they may be liable for them."
In addition, Hendrickson says that with the ever-growing number of identity-theft crimes, staying aware of frauds and scams is something people should do year-round....
Tim Keane, of Second Harvest Foodbank says the reduction is an issue in particular for people who are struggling, " because their resources are stretched just as much as everyone else's,"
Keane said hunger in Indiana is widespread, with one in six adults and one in four children considered "food insecure," not certain whether they'll have enough food for regular meals everyday.
While some experts claim the economic recovery started more than a year ago, Keane said the increasing number of clients at their food pantries paints a different picture. "There may be more folks that now have found it difficult to find employment that will pay them a living wage," he said. "So, we see folks that maybe used to be our donors, are now are in line as clients receiving service."
During the holiday season, helping others is top of mind for many people. But Kean said he's more worried about what happens to needy families after the first of the year. "January, February, March, where the weather is typically the worst, utility costs are typically the highest and resources may be more scarce than they've ever been," he said.
Keane believes local, state and federal leaders need to take a closer look at the reasons some people are struggling now more than ever, and develop long-term solutions.
For more information about hunger in Indiana and how you can help visit: http://www.curehunger.org...
According to the crash report Patricia Dahlin was a passenger in the vehicle driven by 79 year old Carl Dahlin who was extricated from the vehicle and taken to the hospital. Authorities say the driver of one of the vehicles involved reported she watched the Dahlin vehicle cross from the east to the median on County Road 600 North, but the rear of the vehicle was not completely out of the roadway and she did not have enough time to avoid it and struck the driver's rear side. The third vehicle was stopped in the median, waiting for southbound traffic on State Road 49 to clear, when the previously mentioned impact caused her vehicle to be struck....
More than 926-thousand Hoosiers from approximately 418-thousand households across Indiana have been informed of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, changes that will impact them starting in January. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Spokesperson Marni Lemons says a change of date on which all SNAP recipients receive their benefits begins January 1st but the amount received will not change. Lemons says to phase in the change, in the month of January 2014 only, SNAP clients will receive half of their benefits on their current date and the other half on their new date. Payment dates for SNAP depend on the first letter of the client’s last name, and benefits have previously been made to clients during the first 10 days of each month. Starting in 2014, SNAP payments will be spread from the fifth through the 23rd of every month, on odd days.
This chart and the example below demonstrate the distribution of benefits for SNAP clients and how they will change:
First letter of SNAP recipient’s last name
|A or B
||C or D
||E, F or G
||H or I
||J, K or L
||M or N
||O, P, Q or R
||T, U or V
||W, X, Y or Z
|Old deposit date
|New deposit date
Here, for example, are dates for a client with the last name “Smith:”
December 2013 benefits - issued December 8, 2013
January 2014 benefits – half issued January 8, 2014 and half issued January 19, 2014
February 2014 benefits – issued on new date of February 19, 2014
Lemons says the changes are a result of Senate Enrolled Act 530, which was past earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly. To hear more, click News Audio On Demand and for a link for more information on the date changes, visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/4832.htm...
A 15 year old Hobart boy could face a misdemeanor charge of intimidation after threatening to kill a Facebook user and his family. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports they were informed of the alleged death threat on Tuesday and report the issue stemmed from the teen becoming upset of a comment about his bad grammar and the user using racist slang. The Sheriff's Office reports the Hobart teen informed them, while he did post a photo of a gun and also threatened to blow up the user's house, he had no intention of committing those actions, as he has no access to a gun and the photo was found online. Authorities say the incident has been referred to the juvenile probation department for review. ...
Indiana Dunes Tourism announced today they have earned re-accreditation from Destination Marketing Association International's accreditation program. Promotions Director Ken Kosky says Indiana Dunes Tourism was first accredited in 2009 and the accreditation period lasts for four years. To become accredited, a destination marketing organization like Indiana Dunes Tourism must successfully comply with 58 mandatory and 30 voluntary standards in areas that include governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research. Kosky says the re-accreditation is a testament to management and the overall job they are doing to promote the destination. Indiana Dunes Tourism is one of only 172 destination marketing organizations in the world to achieve this distinction....
Here is information recently posted by Chief Williams:
The Portage Police Department will be handing out applications for Probationary Patrol Officers beginning January 6th, 2014. I expect us to have openings to fill. The Portage Police Department is a proactive, innovative and respected Law Enforcement Agency with Divisions in Patrol, Detective, Training and Admin. We have Officers that specialize in SWAT, K9, Accident Reconstruction, Firearms Instructors, Field Training Officers, Hostage Negotiation, Emergency Vehicle Operations and we have assignments in the Porter County Drug Task Force, School Resource Officer, US Marshalls Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, and District 1 Task Force. If you are interested in becoming a Police Officer or know someone that is have the applicant come by the department and pick one up. The list is normally good for one year once completed. I'm hoping to hand out at least 200 applications to find the very best, dedicated, and service-oriented candidates out there. If you have any questions, just ask. Chief Troy Williams...
State Senator Jim Smith
An Indiana State Senator says he wants Hoosiers to be able to recognize Christmas in the classroom again. Charlestown Republican Jim Smith says he's filing legislation in the upcoming session of the General Assembly to protect public schools and teachers from being sued over Christmas activity. Smith says Christmas is under attack "in a way that no other cultural traditions are," and his "Merry Christmas" bill would allow Christmas traditions like putting up a Christmas tree as long as teachers recognize at least one other holiday celebration, such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. The Indiana legislative session reconvenes January 6th....
- Homicide Suspect Extradited
- Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike
- New Scam Targeting Target Data Breach
- Gold Bar Discovered in a Red Kettle in Michigan City
- Gary Mayor Announces Dollar Home Program Recipients
- New Research About Food Allergies for Pregnant Women
- Brrrr... A Very Frosty Christmas in the Region
- Holiday Greetings to the Region from Our Troops
- Gov Pence Urges Progress on Trade Agreements
- Whiting Elks Continue Christmas Day Tradition
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