(Photo Courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Charges were filed Monday against a 36 year old Gary man accused of injuring a pregnant woman in front of her four-year old child. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports a detective with the department's Children and Family Division investigated an incident recently where the victim says the suspect, Samuel Odisho pushed her down multiple times, knowing she was three-months pregnant, and also allegedly grabbed her while he was going up the stairs, causing her to slide on a rug, leaving burns to her legs, back and elbows, which were visible to officers. Authorities say Odisho also took the victim's and her child's belongings, and fled the area. Anyone with information on his whereabouts contact the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
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Lowell State Police standing formation
The Indiana State Police Lowell Post held its annual memorial service Tuesday to remember those ISP employees who have given their lives in the line of duty. Troopers were brought to attention and the Indiana State Police Honor Guard presented the colors. Roll call of the fallen was read by Assistant District Commander, First Sergeant Terrance Weems and Area 1 Captain Ed Schroder. Guests at the service included the family of fallen Indiana State Trooper Scott Patrick who was killed in the line of duty in December 22, 2003.
First Sgt. Weems presenting proclamation to Patrick family
The Patrick Family was presented by First Sergeant Weems a copy of the Indiana General Assembly House Resolution No. 10 Section 2 introduced by Representative Vernon G. Smith which urges INDOT to erect a memorial to Trooper Patrick at the I-80 EB to Grant Street exit in Gary.
A total of 46 Indiana State Police employees have lost their lives in the line of duty since the Department was formed in 1933.
Since the early days of the Indiana State Police, memorial services have been held each May at all Indiana State Police districts to perpetuate the memory of those who have died in the line of duty.
Sgt. Brian Schnick playing Taps
For a complete listing of Indiana Troopers killed in the line of duty and a summary of their deaths, visit the Indiana State Police website at www.in.gov/isp and click on the “In Memoriam” link on the left side of the page.
[All photos courtesy Indiana State Police Lowell]
Governor Pence will lay a wreath at the memorial today at 8:00 a.m. EDT. The memorial will be open to the public during Statehouse hours, 8:00 a.m. EDT to 5:00 p.m. EDT, today and Thursday, May 9. Doors open to the Statehouse at 7:30 a.m. EDT. Former Governor Bowen's wake will take place in Bremen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church from 11:00 to 3:00 today and from 4:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, May 9.
Tentative results of the Knox Community School Schools Special Election show that voters were apparently not in favor of a construction rehab project at the Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School. According to WKVI, of the 1,014 votes cast, 556 were against with 458 in favor of the referendum.
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Sundae Schoon, Republican Director at the Porter County voter registration office reports that 1,816 voters turned out at the polls today of which 1,057 approved the Union township Schools Referendum with 759 against. The tentative results show 58% were in favor with 42% not in favor.
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Crash near the state line has closed the two inside westbound lanes of the Borman (i-80/94)
(traffic camera photo courtesy of INDOT)
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(Photo Courtesy of the Hoosier Lottery)
A Hobart woman told her family last Friday that she was going to the gas station to win 50-thousand dollars, and after purchasing a handful of Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler Scratch-offs, won 50-thousand dollars. Hoosier Lottery officials Kelly Domikaitis purchased the scratch-off lottery tickets, at the Speedway gas station, in the 47-hundred block of 61st Avenue, in Hobart. She says she called her husband and started crying, saying she was joking about winning, and never imagined in a million years it would happen. Domikaitis says she'll use her winnings to help herself transition carrers, as she goes to school while working full-time, and plans to take her family out for a steak dinner.
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LAPORTE, Ind. – Want to learn more about transportation plans for your area? The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting an open house for Northwest Indiana from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday, May 9th, at its LaPorte District Office, 315 E. Boyd Blvd., LaPorte, IN. INDOT officials will provide an overview of the planning and public involvement information available during the open house.
As part of a public comment period that ends May 24, INDOT has published a Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that lists regionally significant transportation projects or projects using federal funds during Fiscal Years 2014 through 2017. Draft STIP information will be available for review during the open houses and the public is invited to submit written comments. The Draft STIP and an electronic comment form are also available day or night at: http://www.in.gov/indot/3132.htm.
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The Fire and Building Safety Division of IDHS is responsible for inspecting hundreds of public structures a year, including schools, child care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants and hotels.
“Building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers and all those in the construction industry, work year-round to ensure the places we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Dean Illingworth of IDHS’s Division of Fire and Building Safety. “Countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of building and fire safety codes by state and local code officials.”
Building codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency. To ensure buildings are safe requires the active participation of code officials, fire inspectors, architects, builders, engineers, contractors and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners.
Hoosiers can make the places they live safer by taking simple steps. A few are:
• Install smoke alarms outside sleeping areas on each level of your home.
• Test your smoke alarm each month and change the batteries at least once a year.
• Develop a family action plan for a disaster, and include an escape plan from every room in the house in case of a fire.
• Use surge protective devices to protect electronic appliances.
• Routinely check the condition of electrical appliances and wiring for damage.
• To avoid damage and injuries during an earthquake, hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, or anywhere people sit, and store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china, in low, closed cabinets with latches.
Building Safety Week is part of a larger National Building Safety Month. This year’s theme is Code Officials Keep You Safe. Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety: Fire Safety and Awareness, May 6‐12; Disaster Safety and Mitigation, May 13‐19; Backyard and Pool Safety, May 20‐26; and Energy and Green Building, May 27‐31.
You can view the Governor’s proclamation at GetPrepared.IN.gov.
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Governor's Portrait, Otis R. Bowen, painted 1978; Artist: Everett Raymond Kinstler
Indiana Governor Mike Pence is encouraging Hoosiers from around the state to pay tribute to former Governor Otis R. Bowen by signing condolence books at a Statehouse memorial Wednesday and Thursday. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view former Governor Bowen's portrait and bust and learn more about his career and extensive background in public service.
"A dynamic leader, Governor Otis R. Bowen made innumerable contributions to the state in the areas of taxes, healthcare and government administration," said Governor Pence. "I invite Hoosiers from all corners of Indiana to visit his public memorial to pay tribute to this tremendous Hoosier and public servant."
Governor Pence will lay a wreath at the memorial tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. EDT. The memorial will be open to the public during Statehouse hours, 8:00 a.m. EDT to 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9. Doors open to the Statehouse at 7:30 a.m. EDT. Bowen served as Indiana's Governor January 9, 1973-January 13, 1981.
Former Governor Bowen's wake will take place in Bremen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church from 11:00 to 3:00 on Wednesday, May 8, and from 4:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, May 9.
The fee for camping at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Dunewood Campground goes up to $18 this Thursday (May 9). The increase of three-dollars a night was approved by the National Park Service to cover the cost of adding municipal water to the campground. A new waterline was installed last year and went into service earlier this spring.
National Park officials say the new water system will improve the quality and reliability of the water supply compared to the previous well system and increases the capacity of hydrants to provide fire protection.
Before approving the increase, the National Park Service solicited public comment and received no negative comments. Surveys of comparable campgrounds in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan were also conducted and found that prices ranged from $19.00 - $29.50.
Water on an Indiana farm field following frequent rains in April. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)
In a year's time, Hoosier farmers have gone from one weather extreme to another.... last year, a drought... this year, too wet. As farmers look to have at the latest, corn in the ground by about the middle of June, Purdue Extension Agronomist Bob Nielsen says that is actuallly plenty of time to get a lot accomplished in time for the growing season. "On a good week, we can plant somewhere around thirty-percent of the state's crop in a single week, " Nielsen said. "Over four weeks time we certainly hope that we can get everything in the ground during that time."
But right now, Hoosiers farmers are way behind what would be a more typical planting schedule. Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, says only one-percent of Indiana's corn crop was planted by the week ending April 28, compared to 67-percent last year... and the latest report out this week stills shows only eight-percent planted, compared to last year, when over eighty-percent of the crop had been planted.
"Over the past few years, in the even-numbered years we've had early planting, and in the odd-numbered years we've had late planting," he noted. This year, it's been so slow that it is among the five slowest years for spring planting in the past 20, Nielsen said. Purdue officials say Indiana had the seventh-wettest April on record, with a statewide average of 6.4 inches of precipitation - nearly 3 inches above normal.
You can hear our interview with Bob Nielsen here at our website at News Audio on Demand.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:30 pm at East Chicago Public Library
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm—Open Viewing
6:00 pm to 6:15 pm—Opening Remarks
6:15 pm to 7:15 pm—Lakef ront Revitalization Initiative Presentation
7:15 pm to 8:00 pm—Public Input
East Chicago website's home pae: www.eastchicago.com
Indiana was ranked as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the fifth best nationwide in a survey of more than five-hundred CEO's by Chief Executive magazine. The magazine's ninth annual "Best & Worst States" survey asks chief executives to evaluate states based on business tax policies, regulation, workforce quality and livability factors. Indiana has moved up eleven places on the main list since 2010. Illinois ranked near the bottom, at 48th. Among the other neighboring states, Kentucky ranked 29th, Ohio ranked 22nd, and Michigan ranked 44th. Chief Executive magazine is a bi-monthly publication for top management executives published by the Chief Executive Group LLC. Founded in 1977, the Chief Executive Group LLC is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. The "Best & Worst States," survey results are available at http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business-2013
- Governor to Sign School Safety Bill
- Special Elections in the Region
- Council Approves Lake Tax
- Teen Dies After Being Shot While In Vehicle in Gary Saturday
- Train Derailment in Gary Closes Parts of 9th Ave
- Horse Put Down on WB I-94 After Falling Out of Trailer
- Porter County Activities Guide Now Available for Free
- The Summer Care and Share Food Drive is Underway
- Overnight Lane Restrictions on US 30 Near Merrillville
- May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Melanoma Monday
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