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.
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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.
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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.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says a recent meeting with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on education reform confirmed the importance of partnerships between local schools and city governments. Freeman-Wilson was in Washington DC for a meeting of the Mayors' Education Reform Task Force formed a few months ago and co-chaired by the National League of Cities. The mayor says one of the key components in the revitalization of Gary is the improvement of their schools.
[Gary, IN] –Recently, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Gary Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruittjoined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, other mayors and school superintendents in Washington, DC, to discuss partnership opportunities between cities and the U.S. Department of Education to foster effective approaches to education reform.
Participating city leaders are part of a new Mayors’ Education Reform Task Force co-chaired by National League of Cities (NLC) First Vice President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, MN, and NLC Second Vice President Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT. Mayors Coleman and Becker formed the task force in March 2013 to explore how cities can and should be involved in local education reform efforts.
“Our meeting with Secretary Duncan further confirms that we are taking the right steps locally to strengthen the relationship between our school system and city government,” said Freeman-Wilson. “One of the key components in the revitalization of Gary is the improvement of our schools.”
During the meeting, task force members highlighted the growing commitment by municipal officials across the country to promoting educational achievement.
“Mayors and elected officials can bring together all the stakeholders in the education conversation in their cities,” said Mayor Coleman. “The perspectives from mayors of cities large to small are valuable to local and national policymakers. I’m glad we had an opportunity to talk with the Secretary and his staff about the role mayors can play in education transformation.”
Local leaders shared examples of city-school partnerships they have formed in their communities in areas such as school improvement, early learning, afterschool programming, and post-secondary success.
“It is pivotal for a meeting of the minds between these entities because it will take the strategic planning and implementation of educators and the government alike to change the course of education,” said Pruitt. “Effective and effective partnerships work – we’ve had an awesome example of such in the Gary Community Schools that started with a single email. Through technology and some willing workers, one of our schools received a donation of 4,000 books. If we continue the courageous conversations I believe students will experience even brighter futures. I applaud Secretary Duncan for his efforts.”
The meeting with Secretary Duncan provided mayors with an opportunity to discuss how lessons learned at the city level can inform federal education policy. Among the key issues of concern identified by the task force are:
- Finding a “third way” in education reform that balances a commitment to accountability with a spirit of collaboration among school administrators, teachers, and cities;
- Transforming schools into centers of community that support parent engagement and provide wraparound services to children and families;
- Building on successful “cradle-to-career” models to develop a strong educational pipeline;
- Securing adequate and equitable funding for local education initiatives; and
- Promoting college access and completion.
“In this global economy, cities and towns depend on an educated workforce and schools are depending us. We need to work together to ensure that our children graduate high school ready for postsecondary education and career success,” said NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor of Avondale, AZ. “As city leaders, we have an important message that must be heard and we must be at the table in guiding federal and local education reform policies.”
In addition to Freeman-Wilson and Pruitt, participants in the meeting included: Mayor Edna Branch Jackson of Savannah, Georgia; Mayor Dwight Jones of Richmond, Virginia; Mayor Pedro Segarra of Hartford, Connecticut; Mayor Paul Soglin of Madison, Wisconsin; Riverside (Calif.) Unified School District Superintendent Rick Miller; and New York City Deputy Chief Academic Officer Josh Thomases.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
A company headquartered in Michigan City is expanding its operations in La Porte County. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says Dwyer Instruments plans to lease and equip an eleven-thousand square-foot facility at Kingsbury Industrial Park. The new plant, expected to be fully operational by September, will allow the company to start manufacturing sensor products for the fire pump, industrial and chemical industries. Founded in 1931, Dwyer manufactures control and instrumentation products for the HVAC , chemical, food, oil and gas and pollution control industries. State officials say the expansion will create up to fifty new jobs by 2016.
"Indiana is a state that works for manufacturing, with a carefully crafted business environment that stands out in the Midwest and across the country," said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "Companies like Dwyer recognize that our low-tax, pro-growth policies, including the recent enactment of the largest tax cut in state history, make Indiana ripe for business achievement."
Dwyer currently has 740 associates globally, which includes approximately 530 employees in Indiana, and will begin hiring assembly, instrument builders and technicians in October. Interested applicants can learn more at www.dwyer-inst.com/career_index.cfm .
"Indiana continues to lower taxes, while other states we were considering for this expansion are raising taxes," said Jim Goldschmidt, director of manufacturing of Dwyer. "With its low taxes, Indiana showed that it was committed to creating the business environment we need to grow our business and hire more people. Purdue North Central has been a great resource in supplying engineering and technical personnel to support the manufacturing needs."
More than half of all goods produced by the company are specialty items designed and manufactured specifically to client specifications. Dwyer has Indiana locations in Kingsburg, Wakarusa, Wolcott and Michigan City, along with additional operations in Anaheim, Calif., Grandview, Mo., Fergus Falls, Minn., Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Australia.
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