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Cook Co, Ill Sheriff to Reveal Concealed Carry Policy

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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)...

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I U Northwest Homecoming Dates Announced

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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
Alumni Reception

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.

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Multi-Semi Crash Closes WB US-30 in Marshall County

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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....

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Snow Moving through and Limiting Visibility in the Region

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Afternoon rush hour traffic around Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metro area are encountering slower speeds due to areas of moderate to heavy snow falling in the Region.
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.
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(photo:  INDOT traffic cam looking eastbound Borman (I-80/94)...

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No Serious Injuries After Tanker Tips, 2nd Tanker HIt

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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.
 

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Governor Pence Names New State Auditor

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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....

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Two Taken into Custody After Alarms at Portillo's

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In Merrillville, two male suspects were taken into custody after police responded to panic alarms at Portillo's Restaurant off US 30 late Sunday night. At about 11 pm, officers confronted the individuals as they were trying to flee, police say, it was later discovered that three employees had been handcuffed and duct-taped, and that the suspects allegedly forced the manager to open a safe and stole cash inside. The men were pursued on foot, and one was caught behind a nearby Shell station, and the other on a snowy hill behind the Staples store. Police say the second individual's head struck the pavement as he fought with the arresting officer. He was immediately transported to an area hospital, then released to Merrillville Police. Authorities say the suspect vehicle was located in the parking lot of Deluxe Inn, which is directly east of Staples. Charges are pending and police are asking anyone with information to contact Merrillville Chief of Detectives Robert Wiley at 219-769-3722 ext. 360....

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Merrillville Police Investigate Death of Lake Village Man

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In Merrillville, police are asking for the public's help as they investigate the death of a Lake Village man. Merrillville police say during the course of the Lake County Coroner's office investigation, it was learned that 28-year-old Jacob Oxley was involved in an altercation this past Thursday night, December 12, at the Operating Engineers Hall Local 150 in Merrillville at approximately 10:30 pm. Authorities say Oxley passed away the next day, December 13. Video footage was recovered by Merrillville detectives, and a male suspect was subsequently held at Lake County Jail pending charges. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chief of Detectives Robert Wiley at the Merrillville Police Department at 219-769-3722 ext. 360.  ...

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'Quick Burst' of Snow Likely in the Region

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The National Weather Service in Chicago says conditions are very favorable for a short period of moderate to briefly heavy snowfall along and north of a line from Rockford to Aurora to Valparaiso this afternoon and early evening (Mon Dec 16).  Meteorologists say a fast moving disturbance will move southeast bringing snow to the Chicago metro area by around 3 pm and to Northwest Indiana by early evening.  The most intense snow may last only two or three hours, forecasters say, but up to two inches are possible. A major concern with this snow event will be its impact on the afternoon rush hour around Chicago and the Region today....

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Elderly Gary Man Victim of Homicide

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Officials say a 75-year-old Gary man was pronounced dead at his apartment Saturday night after an apparent homicide. The Lake County Coroners office was dispatched to the 100 block of East 53rd Avenue just before 5:30 pm. Authorities say the victim, identified as Zan Davenport, Jr., suffered blunt force trauma. Gary Police and Lake County C-S-I are also investigating. Gary has recorded more than fifty homicides this year. There were 43 in the city in 2012....

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Two Killed, Groom Dies Aiding Stranded Motorist

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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]...

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INDOT: NB I-65 Reopens at the Borman

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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. ...

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South Shore Train Update

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Due to the NIPSCO utility problem, the eastbound extra scheduled to depart Millennium at 4:25pm has been cancelled.  All other scheduled eastbound trains will operate.  South Shore train service has resumed between South Bend and Michigan City.  Here's a link to NICTD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District): www.nictd.com...

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Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to $550 Million

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There will be another drawing for one of the largest jackpots in US history. The Mega Millions lottery drawing was held Friday night, and officials say no one won the big prize.  Tuesday's drawing will be for 550-million dollars. Organizers say they sold 40 percent more tickets than they thought they would.   Friday night's drawing, for 425-million dollars, was the second-largest in the game's history. Mega Millions changed the odds in October, upping the number of the first five balls drawn, and Illinois State Lottery Director Mike Jones says that may be why there hasn't been a winner in a while. ...

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Hazardous Winter Weather Outlook Update

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All winter weather advisories and warnings for the Region have been cancelled.  The National Weather Service Chicago received a report of nearly 6 inches of snow in Beverly Shores as of early this afternoon, about 5-and-a-half inches in Kentland, and about five in DeMotte.
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/...

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Apartment Fire in Portage, Resident Critically Injured

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The Portage Fire Department says a resident of Breckinridge Apartments in the 33-hundred block of East Bend on the city's south side was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after crews were dispatched to a possible apartment fire at approximately 5:30 this morning.  Upon arrival, crews noted light smoke in the hallway, and the building was evacuated.  Firefighters found a working fire in a third-floor apartment and extinguished it quickly.  While one crew was putting out the fire, another searched the apartment and found the resident lying in the hallway of the unit. Fire officials say that person, whose identity has not been released pending notification of family, was taken by ambulance to Porter Regional Hospital in critical condition.  The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office was also contacted and on scene as of this morning to assist in the investigation along with the Portage Fire Investigation Team.  A first alarm was struck to cover the fire stations while crews worked the scene.  Ogden Dunes, Burns Harbor, and Union Fire covered the stations, and South Haven Fire assisted at the scene....

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UPDATE: I-65 Hazmat Crash

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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]...

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Winter Weather Continues This Afternoon

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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/...

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Northbound I-65 Remains Closed at 80-94

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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....

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Semi in Ditch Blocking WB US 30 Traffic

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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....

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