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East Chicago Man gets 70 Yrs for Child Molesting

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A 41 year old East Chicago man charged with child molesting will most likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced to 70 years in prison. Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter announced today that Derrick Hicks, who pled guilty to child molesting, incest, and sexual misconduct with a minor, was also convicted of being a habitual offender. Hicks admitted in court back in January before his jury trial was to begin that he had molested a 12 year old girl who gave birth to his child.
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Gary Man gets 10 yrs for Armed Robbery of Lake St Market

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A Gary man was sentenced to ten years in prison today for armed robbery. The Lake County Prosecutor's Office reports Joshua Painter was charged with armed robbery and robbery, for holding up a Lake Station market with a B-B gun back in January.
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US House Fails to Pass Their Version of 5 yr Farm Bill

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The US House of Representatives failed today to pass their version of a five-year farm bill. Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly says he is disappointed the House couldn't get it passed so they could go to a conference committee and work through the differences to get the bill signed into law. The Senate passed their version of the bill last week, which Donnelly says will reduce the deficit, and give Hoosier farmers and rural communities the certainty they deserve. It has been five years since Congress last passed a farm bill.
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Reid Blocks Vote on Border Security Amendment in Senate

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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, today issued the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to prevent a vote on an amendment offered by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would have strengthened the trigger on border security as a requirement to undocumented immigrants’ pathway to citizenship in the Senate immigration reform bill:
“The Majority Leader’s decision to block a vote on one of the most effective border security amendments delivers a serious blow to immigration reform,” said Coats. “As someone who wants to see our broken immigration system repaired, I am extremely disappointed the Majority Leader is refusing to allow a vote on this amendment to strengthen our nation’s borders. Hoosiers have made it loud and clear to me that we cannot make the same mistakes of 1986 and grant legal status to undocumented individuals with only empty promises that we will secure the borders. Reid’s action today makes it clear that he is willing to repeat the past mistakes and broken promises.
“I am working on an alternative measure that will require our federal government to improve border security before granting legal status to immigrants, and I will urge the Majority Leader to allow a vote on my provision.”
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Donnelly Reports Progress on Preventing Military Suicides

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Washington, D.C. – Last week, Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) successfully offered an amendment designed to address the growing problem of suicides in the US military.  Their amendment was unanimously adopted by the Senate Armed Services Committee during the debate and passage of the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  This amendment builds upon S. 810, the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act, introduced by Senator Donnelly and co-sponsored by Senator Wicker, that would require a pilot program to screen servicemembers for mental health problems and refer them for care by behavioral health specialists.   Donnelly and Wicker introduced the amendment to require a Department of Defense report on the possible implementation of the pilot program required under the Jacob Sexton Act. 

Donnelly said, “I am pleased the Committee unanimously voted to adopt our amendment to evaluate improvements to the military’s suicide prevention efforts. With this amendment, we make significant strides toward passing into law the Jacob Sexton Act, designed to better identify servicemembers struggling with mental health issues before it is too late.  I thank Senator Wicker for joining me in this effort to get those who are struggling with mental health issues the help they need before they resort to taking their own life.”

“After a record number of suicides by service members in 2012, significant steps need to be taken to curb this disturbing trend,” Wicker said. “The Donnelly-Wicker amendment is a step in the right direction as we work to address this critical need. I am pleased to join Senator Donnelly in supporting those in our military who suffer from mental health issues.”

The bipartisan amendment would require the Department of Defense to assess computerized assessment tools identified in the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Act of 2013 that could be implemented to better screen servicemembers for mental health needs and suicidal risk factors.  The bill would implement a pilot program to integrate annual mental health assessments into a servicemember’s Periodic Health Assessment and to solicit the input of a first-line supervisor while protecting servicemembers’ privacy.  The design of this pilot program would benefit from further evaluation from military health care professionals, and the report required by the Donnelly-Wicker amendment directs that evaluation to be completed no later than February 14, 2014, in time for consideration of the FY 2015 NDAA.

Last year, we lost more servicemembers to suicide (349) than in combat in Afghanistan (295).  This number does not include the more than 6,000 veterans who committed suicide in 2012. According to the Defense Suicide Prevention Office at the Department of Defense, since they began keeping detailed records in 2008, less than half of the suicide victims had deployed and few were involved in combat.   Research has shown other risk factors, such as relationships, legal or financial issues and alcohol or drug usage play a larger role than a servicemember’s deployment history.  Further, many of these suicide victims did not communicate their intent, nor did they have known behavioral health histories.

Senators Donnelly and Wicker are dedicated to working with their colleagues to ensure the psychological needs of servicemembers and veterans are adequately addressed, and that they have access to resources such as counseling without fear of negative effects on their careers.
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Pursuit Ends in Crash in Crown Point

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A pursuit that began in Munster this morning, and involved a Lake County Sheriff's Department helicopter, ended in Crown Point. According to the Times, a witness reported a white SUV heading south on Taft Street hit two cars stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of 93rd Avenue and Main Street. No further information is available at this time....

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CTB/McGraw Hill to Testify Friday about ISTEP Issues

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The president of CTB/McGraw Hill of Indiana's online ISTEP vendor...will testify tomorrow before an Indiana state committee reviewing the testing problems experienced in the Region and elsewhere in the state this Spring. Ellen Haley, along with two other top executives, is scheduled to go before a state panel on Friday. The testing process was interrupted by computer issues.
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More Serious Neglect Charge Against Swiontek Dismissed

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A Lake County judge has dismissed the more serious of one of the two neglect of a dependent charges against the mother of a two year old Portage girl whose body was found in concrete, in a swampy area of LaPorte County four years ago. Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. stated the state cannot prove Melissa Swiontek knowingly placed her daughter in a situation that likely led to her death. Published reports say the case revolves around whether the woman knowingly placed Jada Justice in a dangerous situation leaving the girl in the care of her cousin and her cousin's boyfriend with knowledge the couple used and dealt drugs. If convicted, Swiontek could receive six-months to three years in prison, before the judge's dismissal of the charge today, she faced between 20 and 50 years in prison.
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EB Borman (I-80/94) Backing Up near Ripley St.

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The center lane of eastbound I-80/94 is closed near SR 51 / Ripley St due to a stalled vehicle. Expect delays as you travel eastbound on I-80/94 approaching the I-65 interchange, near mile 15.3.
EB 80-94 at Ripley St. 06-2013
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Minor Injuries When Garbage Truck Hits Rail Bridge

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Authorities report minor injuries to the truck driver after a garbage truck struck and damaged a railroad bridge this morning in Hudson Lake in La Porte County, toward the eastern end of the commuter line's service. La Porte County Sheriffs Police say upon arrival their deputies located a garbage truck that was wedged under the rural South Shore Railroad underpass at Point Road/Lake Park Avenue in the community of Hudson Lake.
Deputies learned that the driver suffered minor injuries to his face that were not life threatening.  Police say a preliminary investigation has determined the garbage truck had been traveling along East Lake Park Avenue when the driver tried to drive under the overpas,but the truck was too tall to fit under the 11’8” overpass and became wedged underneath.  As a result of the collision, the bridge and track sustained damage which resulted in the disruption of service to the rail road. 
South Shore is busing passengers between South Bend and Michigan City, and NICTD is advising passengers to expect delays to trains scheduled to originate or terminate in South Bend because of busing. NICTD spokesman John Parsons told the Region News Team that some trains are being annulled while the bridge is out of service, and those are trains that originate in South Bend and terminate in Michigan City, late-evening trains that are basically equipment moves to Michigan City that they open to service.
Parsons says there could be some rush-hour delays today related to busing, but they're not anticipated to have much of an impact through Lake and Porter Counties. Overall, throughout the day there are five trains that originate and return to South Bend, out of more than forty total.
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NICTD: Truck Strikes Railroad Bridge

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Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District officials say South Shore is busing passengers between South Bend and Michigan City this morning after a garbage truck struck and damaged a railroad bridge in Hudson Lake in La Porte County.  NICTD is advising passengers to expect delays to trains scheduled to originate or terminate in South Bend because of busing.   South Bend passengers who were on Train 14 as of just after 9 am today were being returned to South Bend, and NICTD was working to secure buses to transport these passengers to Michigan City in order to board Train 116.  More information as it becomes available.
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IDEM Region Office Now in Valpo

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Northwest Regional Office recently held an open house at their new location in Valparaiso.  IDEM says services provided by the office and staff levels remain the same.  IDEM’s Northwest Regional Office oversees the compliance of regulated operations, provides assistance on voluntary pollution prevention and recycling activities, and partners with businesses, environmental groups and municipalities on projects for the remediation of the Grand Calumet River area of concern.
“The new Northwest Regional Office address is in a central location in the three-county territory we cover, close to Interstate 65 and State Road 49, which allows for easy access,” said Thomas Easterly, IDEM commissioner. “We have made a smooth transition to our new Valparaiso location and will continue working closely with area residents, groups, and businesses to address Northwest Indiana’s air, land and water issues.”  
The new telephone numbers for the IDEM Northwest Regional Office are (888) 209-8892 (toll free) and (219) 464-0233 (direct). The new mailing address is 330 West US Highway 30, Suite F, Valparaiso, IN  46385.   The office used to be in Merrillville.
IDEM’s Northwest Regional Office is one of four regional offices that work, in addition to IDEM’s main Indianapolis Office, to provide businesses and citizens with compliance and technical assistance on federal and state environmental regulations and issues. More information about IDEM and its regional offices is available on the IDEM website at
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La Porte Crews Respond to House Fire

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In La Porte, emergency services responded to a house fire in the 400 block of H Street shortly before one-o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Police say the occupants of the home stated they smelled smoke, and one of the family members went upstairs to investigate, but could not see the source because of the heavy smoke. They called 911 and exited the home. There were no reported injuries. Preliminary investigation indicated the fire started in an upstairs bedroom. The cause remains under investigation.
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Woman Arrested After Shots Fired

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In Gary, police say a 24-year-old woman was taken into custody on a charge of criminal recklessness after allegedly firing shots into the air in the 400 block of Clark Road shortly before 2:30 Wednesday morning. Police say the woman stuck her arm out of the vehicle she was driving, and fired a gun three times. The woman, who police say had an outstanding warrant in Lake County for failure to appear in court, was arrested pulling into a gas station at Fifth and Clark Street
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Donations Sought for Griffith Shelter

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In Griffith, donations are being sought from residents and businesses for a new animal shelter to be built in the same area of the current one, a small facility described by one account as in 'dire need of repair'. Officials hope construction can begin later this year.
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Virgin Mary Statue Relocated

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A group calling themselves “Save Our Lady” trying to prevent the relocation of a well-known statue in the Region says it's not over... though the marble statue of the Virgin Mary, hand-carved from Italy, and standing along US 41 in St. John for nearly sixty-years was moved Wednesday to the grounds of St. John the Evangelist Parish nearby. Those opposed to the move say the fifteen-foot hand-carved marble statue known as The Marian Wayside Shrine was just off the highway so the statue could be seen by all faiths. St. John the Evangelist Parish is placing a steel statue of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Millennium, about twice as tall, where the Legion of Mary Wayside Shrine had stood.
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Tests Show Food Additive Was in Lake

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The National Park Service has lifted the swimming advisory for all beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that was in place following an oily looking substance that was sticking to swimmers Monday afternoon at Porter Beach. Officials say water samples ruled out an oil spill and further laboratory analysis indicated the presence of a food additive, tricalcium orthophosphate, an anti-caking agent. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore also says an increased amount of natural products, including algae and mica particles, were also found to be in the water. Lab tests conducted by both the U-S Geological Survey and Indiana Department of Environmental Management determined that the substances found in the water did not pose a health threat to swimmers. The United States Coast Guard used a helicopter and estimated it to be approximately 1/8 of a mile in length and being moved by lake currents to the east from Porter Beach towards the Indiana Dunes State Park and the eastern portions of the National Lakeshore.
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Three Parachute Off Trump Tower

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Three people reportedly parachuted from the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago overnight. Chicago Police say officials started getting 911 calls after midnight this morning from people who say they saw the three jump from the 92-story building along the Chicago River. It's the second-tallest building in the city, behind Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower. At last word, the three hadn't been located.
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Five Recent Arrests for Ridge Task Force

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Officials in Griffith say a new task force made up of officers from the Ridge area made five arrests in just the past few days, three of them reportedly drug-related. Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance says Griffith, Munster and Highland are sharing a Violence Reduction Grant that's going toward the initiative. Chief Mance told us during a recent Region Newsmakers interview that partnerships like these are great for the community and the police force.  To hear more of our interview, visit Region Newsmakers here at our website.
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Moving Forward on Trauma Center Study

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Local officials are at the very beginning of a process that will eventually lead a feasibility study of a trauma center in the Region, a directive spelled out in the so-called “Gary bill”, Senate Bill 585 passed by the Indiana General Assembly this session. Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority President/CEO Bill Hanna says the RDA is responsible, per the legislation, to deliver that study.  "So we're at the point right now where we're trying to get a stakeholder group developed," Hanna said. " We want to be very thoughtful about that and make sure we have the right balance that represents the two-county area."  Hanna said that group's function will be as a steering committee to guide whatever team is selected  to do the actual study.  Hanna also says they want to make sure those involved understand that the Region is a unique market, that the impact of Chicago has to be considered as well as how to finance such a center. You can hear more at News Audio on Demand here at our website.
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