Nikki and Riley Knight; Linda Darlington
Lake County Sheriffs Police say a Crown Point man who had gotten married hours earlier and a motorist from Crown Point he stopped to assist were both killed when they were struck by three different vehicles Saturday night shortly before midnight. Officers say 49-year-old William Riley Knight, a US Army veteran and actor in local theater, was returning from his wedding reception going home with his wife when they came across a vehicle that had gone into a ditch on the shoulder in the area of West 109th Avenue and Lane Street in Crown Point. Police say as42-year-old Linda Darlington, a first-grade teacher at Joan Martin Elementary School in Hobart, was exiting her vehicle and making her way up the embankment, Knight stopped his vehicle to offer her assistance, and the two were standing by the side of the roadway when they were struck by a passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on 109th Avenue, then hit again by two other vehicles, police say. All drivers remained on scene. Police say Knight's wife, who was in the car her husband had parked in a nearby driveway, was not injured. Sheriffs spokesperson Patti Van Til says all drivers at the scene were issued field sobriety tests with no indications of alcohol. No citations were issued and no arrests were made, and police continue to investigate. [Photos/Facebook]...
llinois' concealed carry law goes into effect in January and Cook County, Illinois Sheriff, Tom Dart is expected to make a policy announcement 11 a.m. Tuesday morning concerning the new law. A press release says Sheriff Dart will speak on managing the huge number of concealed carry license applications that the law will create.
Dart will also reveals plans to ensure public safety in Cook County--especially ensuring that people who pose a risk to themselves or others are not grated applications. The press conference will be held at Sheriff's Police Headquarters in suburban Maywood, according to the release.
(photo: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart at Gary Gun Summit last February. Photo courtesy of the Times)...
The fifth annual Homecoming at IU Northwest will be held January 21-23,2014. According to a press release from the university, homecoming week festivitieswill include an alumni reception, men’s and women’s basketball games, guest speaker and more. Events are also open to current students.
Events planned for Homecoming Week 2014 include:
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m., Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium
Free Lecture: “Leadership Lessons: Become the CEO of Your Own Career”
Presented by Caroline Dowd-Higgins
(Reception to follow)
Dowd-Higgins is the Director of Professional Enrichment for the IU Alumni Association and a nationally-known career expert.. She has authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered® which showcases her savvy professional development advice. Dowd-Higgins has a social media reach of 81 million and writes for the Huffington Post, America Online (AOL), CNN Money, More Magazine, and for The Chronicle, a newspaper in Indiana. She maintains a career and executive coaching practice and speaks nationally on professional development topics.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium
One-man play and discussion: “Incognito”
Presented by Michael Sidney Fosberg
Raised in a working-class Caucasian family in a Chicago suburb, Fosberg discovered at the age of 34 that his biological father is African American. “Incognito” is Fosberg’s journey to uncover and discover himself, his roots, his family, and the difficult history behind the American complexity of "race".
Since 2001, Fosberg has performed “Incognito” throughout the country, inviting audiences to question and discuss their thoughts on race and identity. This special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m., Moraine Student Center
All IU Northwest alumni are invited to network with former classmates, professors and colleagues at this hors d’oeuvres reception. Alumni who attend will receive a free ticket to the Homecoming basketball games, which follows the reception.
Please RVSP to the Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769.
Women’s and men’s basketball Homecoming games 5 and 7 p.m., respectively Savannah Center Gymnasium. Come see the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on Moody Bible Institute.
There will be food served at halftime of the women’s game, and halftime challenges between current students and alumni during the men’s game. Tickets are $5 for IU Northwest students and $10 for all others. Tickets may be purchased at the game or in advance from the Offices of Alumni Relations or Student Activities.
The Lady RedHawks boast two Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Championships and two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Tournament qualifying titles. The team is led by two-time A.I.I. Coach of the Year Ryan Shelton, recently honored for his 100th career win.
The Men’s Basketball program is led by Head Coach and Gary native Jason Hawkins. Currently in his second year at IU Northwest, Coach Hawkins brings National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) D-I and D-III experiences as well as NAIA head coaching experience
The Savannah Center is located on the northeast corner of campus at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.
For more information about the Homecoming events, contact the Office of Student Activities at (219) 980-6746 or the Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769.
About Indiana University Northwest
As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home. IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.
A chain-reaction crash involving four semis shutdown the west bound lanes of highway US-30 just east of US-31 near Plymouth in Marshall County for over an hour Monday afternoon. According to published reports, a semi heading westbound near King Rd. rear-ended another semi causing two other semis to become involved in the crash sending one of the drivers to an area hospital with minor injuries. Indiana State Police report that the crash dislodged a large tank holding argon gas which landed in the westbound lanes. WSBT TV reports some of the tank gas did leak out but Hazmat crews were not needed. The westbound lanes of US-30 were re-opened around 4p.m. CST....
Traffic tipsters are reporting reduced visibilities on the Borman near the Indianapolis Blvd. exit. Nation Weather Service meteorologists out of Chicago are predicted from one to three of snow fall in some areas through early evening. INDOT urges drivers to allow for extra commuting time, increase the distance between other vehicles and be sure to be driving with headlights on.
(photo: INDOT traffic cam looking eastbound Borman (I-80/94)...
In Gary, Indiana State Police say an early morning hazmat crash shut down a portion of northbound I-65 north of the I-80 westbound ramp for nearly twelve hours Saturday. A tanker tipped over around 4:30 am, and an empty tanker on its way to offload the hazardous materials was struck from behind about six-hours later. [Photo/Indiana State Police]
Troopers say a preliminary investigation revealed the first semi hauling nearly seven-thousand gallons of a liquid hazardous material flipped onto its passenger side on the snow-covered road after being cut off by a car so the car could exit the eastbound Borman ramp. The semi driver was unhurt. Troopers say a small leak was discovered after the crash.
Another semi/tanker was called out of Oak Brook, Illinois, to come to the scene to offload the hexanes, a colorless, flammable liquid, derived from distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent. Troopers say that empty tanker was hit as the driver stood outside his semi to gain access to the accident scene. After activating his hazard emergency lights, the driver went out to talk to a Hoosier Helper blocking I-65 from the earlier crash when the second tanker was struck by a minivan that came around a curve, began to slide and struck the rear of the tanker, police say. The minivan driver was treated and released at the scene and the semi driver was uninjured. Police say the tanker sustained minimal damage and was able to be used to offload the hazardous material from the earlier crash and all lanes were re-opened on I-65 north bound shortly after 4 pm.
Assisting: Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Division Sergeant Wanda Clay, Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helpers, Gary and Lake Station Fire and Haz Mat, Waffco Towing, and Service Environmental; Hoosier Helpers and Gary Fire Department.
State Rep. Suzanne Crouch
Indiana Governor Mike Pence today announced Republican State Representative Suzanne Crouch of Evansville as Auditor of State for Indiana. She will complete the term held by Dwayne Sawyer which runs through 2014. “Suzanne Crouch has a lifetime of experience and a heart for public service,” said Governor Pence. “Suzanne’s fiscal leadership in the Indiana General Assembly, her distinguished public career in local government, and financial background will be valuable assets to our state.”
Crouch served two terms as the Auditor of Vanderburgh County, and was president of the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners. She was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2005 and serves as Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Auditor of the State has four primary duties: accounting for all of the state’s funds; overseeing and disbursing county, city, town and school tax distributions; paying the state’s bills; and paying the state’s employees.
Crouch received her degree from Purdue University. She is married to Larry Downs, and they have one daughter.
Erin Sheridan, the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Auditor, is serving as Auditor on an interim basis until January 2, 2014....
In Lake County, the Indiana Department of Transportation reports northbound Interstate 65 at the I-80/94 interchange has reopened. I-65 northbound was closed at the Borman Expressway for several hours today after a semi-tanker hauling what officials described as hazardous materials overturned. No word at this time what those hazardous materials were. The lengthy closure was due to the fact that special crews had to be called in to move the semi. The Indiana Department of Transportation says a special crew had to offload the potentially dangerous material. ...
The latest forecast for Northwest Indiana shows scattered snow showers continuing into the evening hours, possibly some lake effect snow tonight, and turning colder tonight with a low of about 14. Additional flurries and/or scattered snow showers are in the outlook for the rest of the weekend.
National Weather Service Chicago website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/...
TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE - I-65 northbound is still shutdown at I-80/94 due to an earlier semi accident. A semi tanker overturned this morning. The hazardous materials inside are causing this extensive delay. A specially qualified crew must move the semi. INDOT has no control over this.
Right now traffic cannot continue northbound on I-65 at I-94. Traffic can exit westbound onto I-94, but cannot exit eastbound onto I-94. [Image/INDOT]...
Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Lake and Porter Counties until 3pm CST. Winter Storm Warning until 3pm CST for Newton and Jasper. Winter Storm Warning until 6pm CST for LaPorte, Starke and Pulaski. Snow can be heavy at times through early evening. Total daytime accumulations of up to 5 inches, especially away from the lake. Additional snow showers and flurries possible tonight. Lake effect snow is possible tonight. Low 15°. Cold Sunday. High 16°, wind chill -3°. [Image/National Weather Service Chicago]
National Weather Service Chicago website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/...
Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say crews were continuing to work on uprighting a tanker that overturned earlier today. The Indiana Department of Transportation reported that the accident involved a hazmat response. No information is available at this time on what material the tanker was carrying....
Traffic tipsters are reporting a semi in the ditch blocking all lanes of westbound US 30 traffic near the Porter County Airport. Traffic is reportedly being diverted off westbound US 30 near Walmart....
- Winter WX Advisory Extended Until 3pm CST
- NICTD: Utility Issue Cancels Extra EB Train
- NICTD: Train Service Suspended from MC to South Bend
- Jasper County Farm Bureau Gets Special Recognition
- Head Start Scholarship Informational Session Tuesday
- Snow Route Parking Restriction in Effect in Highland
- Visclosky to Hold 19 Town Forums in January
- First Safety Institute Made in the USA
- I&M to Conduct Helicopter Aerial Transmission Inspections
- NICTD: Extra EB Train Today to Terminate in MC
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