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(Photos Courtesy of the Hammond PD)
A joint operation between the Hammond Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff's Office resulted in a total of five arrests after decoy prostitutes were placed along the state line. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says the operation was a complete success, with no injuries to officers or the five arrested, one of which was driving a cable company truck. Chief Miller says they arrested two of the five, a 44 year old Bruce Klinkhammer, of Lynwood, Illinois, and 32 year old Matthew Oden, of Lake Station, who have both been charged with patronizing a prostitute.
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An earlier crash that closed the two left lanes westbound on the Borman (I-80/94) has been cleared away. A residual backup remains as all westbound lanes remain backed up from just before Broadway to Burr Street.
Washington, D.C. – Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today introduced the Farmer Identity Protection Act, legislation that would protect farmers and ranchers by prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from disclosing their private and confidential information to the public.
Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the personal and private information of many livestock and poultry owners from across the nation, including Hoosier farmers. Sensitive information including names, phone numbers, and email addresses of the farmers and ranchers, their spouses, and employees on these farms or ranches was made available to the public.
Donnelly said, “I am proud to join Senator Grassley in introducing legislation that would protect livestock and poultry farmers from having their personal information released by the EPA. It is unacceptable that earlier this year, the EPA released the personal contact information of over 80,000 livestock and poultry owners from across the nation, including many from Indiana. This blatant violation of privacy must not happen again, which is why I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this common sense legislation.”
Grassley said, “Transparency is good for accountability, but putting the personal information of tens of thousands of farmers in the hands of environmental activists makes no sense. It’s par for the course at the EPA, and by the looks of the agency’s response, they aren’t going to end this reckless behavior. It’s time for Congress to step in and fix the problem.”
While the EPA has attempted to correct the error, this bill would provide clear protections moving forward for farmers and ranchers across the country. It would limit the EPA to disclosing information about farming operations only when all personally identifiable information is removed to prevent the identification of farmers and ranchers and their families and employees.
Senators Donnelly and Grassley offered similar legislative language as an amendment during floor debate on the farm bill; however, the Senate did not vote on the amendment.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
The Red Cross is assisting a family of six after a fire late this morning in East Chicago. Chief Inspector Henry Ventura says they received the call at 11am, and the fire, in the 49-hundred block of Tod Avenue, was extinguished within the hour. Ventura says the fire began on the top of the roof of a garage, and spread, causing damage to two adjacent homes. No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.
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Looking west on I-80/94, traffic is backed up due to crash that has the two letf lanes closed near Calumet Avenue
A crash has the two left lanes closed westbound I-80/94 near Calumet Avenue. Traffic is backed up from Burr Street until Calumet Avenue. Wreckers are on the scene and the lanes should be cleared away soon. Drivers can still expect 10-15 minute delays.
(photo from INDOT)
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(Photo Courtesy of the Michigan City PD)
The Michigan City Police Department today announced the 308th arrest since the inception of their “Ten Most Wanted List” in 2004. Police report on Monday that Kwasi Mitchell II was arrested without incident in the 34-hundred block of Salem Court. Mitchell was being sought for a number of felony charges, including theft, carrying a handgun without a permit, and dealing drugs.
Michigan City Police have replaced Mitchell on their Top Ten List with 19 year old Dustin Bush who is wanted on a felony charge of dealing a controlled substance. Bush is described as a white male, 5'10”, weighing 135 pounds, and was last known to reside in the 49-hundred block of Clover Lane. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dustin Bush, or any of the subjects listed on the Michigan City Police Department's Top Ten List, is asked to contact police at (219) 873-1488 and callers can remain anonymous.
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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Dept)
A 22 year old man currently wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court for revocation of suspended sentence for an original charge of sexual misconduct with a minor is the LaPorte Police Department's wanted person of the week. Authorities report Kyle Craft is described as a white male, 5'11”, weighing 220 pounds, with red hair and green eyes. Anyone with information on the immediate whereabouts of Kyle Craft is asked to call either 911, the LaPorte Police at 219-362-9446, or LaPorte County Metro Operations at 219-325-9022, and you can remain anonymous.
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be traveling to Aspen, Colorado, today to join other governors as part of the Republican Governors Association Summer Meeting. The Governor is scheduled to attend panels regarding workforce development and job creation, as well as international economic relations. The Governor is expected to return to the Hoosier state late this Friday afternoon.
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Authorities are warning of a scam circulating after a 63 year old LaPorte man was swindled out of 25-hundred dollars. LaPorte Police report the victim received a phone call, on or about July 17th, from a man claiming to be a US Drug Enforcement Agent, who told the victim a warrant had been issued for his arrest for the purchase of drugs illegally over the internet, but that the charges would be dropped if the victim wired 25-hundred dollars to New York via Western Union. Police say the victim, who admitted to purchasing drugs over the internet several years ago became nervous, and wired the money. Police advise that if you receive a similar call do not comply.
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The National Weather Service is warning Region residents that unseasonably large waves are likely this afternoon through Wednesday morning along the northwest Indiana and Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. Forecasters anticipate dangerous swimming conditions and life-threatening rip currents. Meteorologists say strong northerly winds blowing down the full length of the lake and cooler air moving over the warmer lake waters will result in unusually large waves for summer, ten feet or higher, that could inundate vulnerable locations along the shore, including a few spots on the Chicago lakefront bike path. The National Weather Service is warning people that occasional "rogue waves" could reach up to fifteen-feet and potentially sweep someone out into the lake.
The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority has approved a 200-thousand dollar matching grant for demolition and cleanup work along the 25-hundred block of New York Avenue on the north side of Hammond. RDA President and CEO Bill Hanna said private developers and Calumet College of St. Joseph have expressed interest in building housing and dormitories in this area if vacant buildings are removed. City officials say tearing down the old vacant Amoco Oil Company Research and Development Laboratory will create about 18-million dollars in development opportunities.
The grant comes under the RDA’s Challenge Grant program, which offers awards of up to $200,000 for local projects of regional significance. Other Challenge Grant recipients include the City of Gary and the Town of Pines. The RDA says the grant will supplement $800,000 from Hammond for the work.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has formed an anti-violence task force that is scheduled to meet this afternoon (1pm)
INDOT says a two-day closure of State Road 10 in Starke and Marshall Counties, between State Road 23 and State Road 17 is scheduled to begin Wednesday July 24 and continue through the end of the day Thursday July 25. Crews will perform a chip seal and fog seal operation to preserve the road surface. The project is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions aren’t ideal.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says drivers wishing to travel eastbound on SR 10 will be detoured north on SR 23, east on SR 8, south on SR 17, and back to SR 10. Drivers wishing to travel westbound on SR 10 will be detoured north on SR 17, west on SR 8, south on SR 23, and back to SR 10.
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
Drivers are advised by INDOT to exercise caution during these projects as loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. Officials say when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
The fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible.
Porter County- The Lowell District of the Indiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint during the late evening hours in Porter County on Friday, July 26, 2013. Drivers that encounter a check point will be required to produce a valid license and registration. Motorists that are not impaired can expect only short delays of 2-3 minutes while passing through the checkpoint. If all information is correct and there is no other reason to be detained, they will be released. After the check point, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols, aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the district.
Troopers encourage all motorists to call 911 or the closest Indiana State Police Post when they observe another motorist that may be impaired. Be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel.
The Indiana State Police are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from dinking and driving.
[Information from Indiana State Police]
Downstate, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office reports the body found inside an SUV submerged in eight-feet of water northeast of Indianapolis is that of an 18-year-old Fishers teenager missing since Thursday. A Silver Alert was issued Friday for Peyton Riekhof. The alert was canceled Sunday after her SUV was discovered in Geist Reservoir. Coroners officials say cause of death was drowning.
[Photo Provided/Fishers Police Dept]
A century-old building in Northwest Indiana is about to have some work done. Renovations scheduled to begin next month at La Porte City Hall will largely involve the installation of new heating and air-conditioning and electrical systems. Some exterior work is planned, including new concrete steps at the entrance, repainting trim and addressing some loose bricks.
[Photo/City of La Porte]
Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana is searching for additional volunteer drivers. Two training sessions are scheduled for August 13, and August 15, 2013.. Each day, volunteers assist in the delivery of more than 1,600 meals throughout Lake County. The duties of a Meal Delivery Volunteer include:
· Driving your own vehicle and delivering meals during the lunch hour.
· A route within your own community.
· Flexible monthly scheduling.
· Each delivery requires about 1 ½ hours.
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