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Snow Removal Parking Restrictions

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Some communities in the region are enforcing snow removal parking restrictions after Tuesday's storm. Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer declared that tomorrow, effective at 8am, traffic regulations regarding parking will begin. Police in St. John are reminding motorists that street parking is prohibited when there is snow in order to aid the clearing of streets and will be issued to vehicles in violation. Gary Police are urging residents to follow the posted signs about not parking on snow routes when accumulation is more than two inches or you could end up spending around 200-dollars to get your car back.
Michigan City Parking Restrictions:
Effective at 8:00 a.m., on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
(1) No vehicle shall be parked on a designated “snow route.”
(2) On even numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with even numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.
(3) On odd numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with odd numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.
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NWS Preliminary Snowfall Totals for NW Indiana

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Preliminary snowfall totals from the National Weather Service for northwest Indiana show Valparaiso received the most snow from Tuesday's winter storm, with ten-and-a-half inches on the ground. Porter and Wheatfield also received ten or more inches of snow, Lake Village got nine-and-a-half inches, while Crown Point, Portage, Rensselaer, and St.John all had at least nine inches of snow.
NORTHWEST INDIANA SNOW
LOCATION (COUNTY): FALL(INCHES)
VALPARAISO (PORTER)..........................10.5
PORTER 1S (PORTER)...........................10.4
(W9OPR)WHEATFIELD 1ENE (JASPER)..............10.0
LAKE VILLAGE (NEWTON).........................9.5
CROWN POINT (LAKE)............................9.0
ST. JOHN (LAKE)...............................9.0
PORTAGE 1ESE (PORTER).........................9.0
RENSSELAER (JASPER)...........................9.0
VALPARAISO 2N (PORTER)........................8.8
VALPARAISO 1NE (PORTER).......................8.7
VALPARAISO 1ENE (PORTER)......................8.5
VALPARAISO 5NNE (PORTER)......................8.2
VALPARAISO 5NNE (PORTER)......................8.2
WHEATFIELD 3S (JASPER)........................8.0
DE MOTTE 1NNW (JASPER)........................8.0
DE MOTTE 1SSW (JASPER)........................8.0
VALPARAISO 1NNW (PORTER)......................8.0
DYER 1WNW (LAKE)..............................7.8
HEBRON 4NE (PORTER)...........................7.7
SCHERERVILLE 2WSW (LAKE)......................7.6
LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS 2NNE (PORTER).......7.6
CROWN POINT 2WSW (LAKE).......................7.5
VALPARAISO 1SE (PORTER).......................7.5
CHESTERTON 1ENE (PORTER)......................7.2
LOWELL (LAKE).................................7.2
DE MOTTE 4SW (JASPER).........................7.0
(W9MAL)MERRILLVILLE 2NNW (LAKE)...............7.0
LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS (PORTER)............7.0
MOROCCO (NEWTON)..............................7.0
SCHERERVILLE (LAKE)...........................6.6
DE MOTTE 6S (JASPER)..........................6.5
CROWN POINT 1N (LAKE).........................6.5
HIGHLAND (LAKE)...............................6.3
MOUNT AYR 2NNE (NEWTON).......................6.2
(WV90)HOBART 1ENE (LAKE)......................6.0
REMINGTON (JASPER)............................5.8
VALPARAISO 4SW (PORTER).......................5.7
BROOK 4W (NEWTON).............................5.5
VALPARAISO 6WSW (PORTER)......................5.5
REMINGTON (JASPER)............................5.5
KENTLAND 1NNW (NEWTON)........................5.0
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LaPorte Co Sheriff's Office Investigating 1981 Cold Case

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A 1981 cold case regarding the unsolved homicide of a then 31 year old LaPorte woman is being re-examined. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports preserved evidence has been resubmitted to the Indiana State Police Crime Lab, with the hope that modern DNA technology can assist in identifying a potential suspect in the death of Juanita Boyd, who was found strangled and stabbed in the trunk of her vehicle, in a field just off Forrester Road, a half-mile north of the Indiana Toll Road on February 28th, 1981. Boyd was last seen alive February 22nd, 1981, at Snyder's Corner Tavern, which had been located at the intersection of 1st and J Street, in LaPorte. Anyone with potential information about this unsolved death, is asked to contact the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau.
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Gary Police Investigate Robbery, Attack

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In Gary, police say a 58-year-old man was robbed and attacked in his home in the 19-hundred block of Central Drive Monday night. Gary Police Public Information Officer Corporal Gabrielle King says there was a knock on the door around 10:45, and possibly five men, armed with weapons and wearing masks, rushed inside when the door opened, demanding money and jewelry. Police say the man was struck before the men left, and the victim was treated at an area hospital.  Police urge residents who hear someone knocking, especially at that time of night, someone you don't know, to call police and not open the door. 
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Storm Delays Griffith Legislation

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A committee hearing scheduled for today regarding Griffith's attempt to leave Calumet Township was canceled due to the snowstorm preventing travel to Indianapolis, according to the Times. Town officials are hoping it'll be rescheduled for next week. The measure has moved to the Senate after being approved by the Indiana House last month. The town says they send significantly more in tax dollars to the township than they get back. The measure would allow voters in town to hold a referendum and vote on whether or not to leave the township.
Here's more at nwi.com:
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/griffith/time-has-come-to-leave-calumet-twp-griffith-says/article_d42580f3-58b7-59be-97e4-b4e713073291.html
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Indiana State Police Busy During Storm

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Indiana State Police Lowell Post responded to more that 130 crashes and slide-offs from yesterday afternoon thru 7-o'clock this morning. Seven accidents involved injuries all described as NON-life threatening. Troopers have also gone out on numerous calls to assist motorists in the winter storm and its aftermath. Police urge all Region drivers to slow down in general, and also move over for emergency vehicles, use headlights even during daylight, and allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
Specifics:
Since yesterday afternoon until 8 a.m. this morning troopers working investigated 63 property damage crashes, 7 personal injury crashes (non-life threatening), 61 slide-offs and numerous assisting motorists calls.
Safety tips from The Indiana State Police:
It is important to remember to:
 Drive according to road conditions:
 Allow extra time to get to your destination.
 Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof and headlights and tail lights.
 Beware of bridges, underpasses, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first.
 Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.
 Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.
 Use headlights even during daylight hours
 Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
 Decrease your speed according to the road conditions
 Make sure you have a charged cell phone in your vehicle AND NEVER TEXT WHILE DRIVING.
 MOVE OVER AND/OR SLOW DOWN FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES.
For Indiana road conditions call 1- 800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at www.trafficwise.in.gov. Please do not call dispatch centers for road conditions.
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Storm Delays Some Garbage/Recycling Svc

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A snow-related announcement from the city of Valparaiso this morning (Wednesday March 6 2013)  – Garbage and Recycling service in the City of Valparaiso will be delayed one day. This applies to all Wednesday and Thursday pickups.   Republic Services is running on schedule today for their customers in both Porter & Laporte Counties. All roads must be plowed at least 10 feet wide in order for their trucks to be able to service customers.
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Snowfall Varies Across the Region

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Ruler says... Looks like about eight-inches in northeast Porter County
Preliminary snowfall totals from the National Weather Service for northwest Indiana show from Tuesday's winter storm about six-and-a-half in the Crown Point, Cedar Lake area... about a foot in Valparaiso... five inches in Kentland, and was stilll snowing in some areas overnight and this morning. One person reported to us it looked like about ten-inches in Hanna.  The National Weather Service also says they got reports of more than six inches of snow in Highland and Schererville as of early Tuesday evening.
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Over Foot of Snow in Parts of Region

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[National Weather Service]
After a pretty slow snow start to the season, the Region is making up for it somewhat with Tuesday's storm... and in Chicago, forecasters say huge snowfall deficits that had been running all winter have been “wiped out” in the last four weeks. Preliminary snowfall totals from the National Weather Service for northwest Indiana show about six-and-a-half in the Crown Point, Cedar Lake area... over a foot in Valparaiso... and five inches in Kentland, and it's still snowing in some areas.
There's a warmup in the forecast this weekend - Sunday's high temperature is expected to be near 50.
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INDOT Plows Work to Keep Ahead of Heavy Snow

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Tuesday night many state roads in Indiana were difficult for drivers.  INDOT reports as of 8:30 p.m. Central Time/9:30 p.m. Eastern time all of the 170+ plows in The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) LaPorte District are on the roads. Due to the heavy snow falling at a rate to 1-2 inches per hour, district-wide we are seeing slick, snow-covered roads. In addition blowing and drifting snow is adding to the difficult driving conditions on nearly all state roads.
To the west, INDOT snow plows are being aided by the Hoosier Helpers Roadside Assistance drivers who are working 12 hour shifts, allowing some additional Hoosier Helpers vehicles to join in plowing shoulders and ramps. Interstates I-94 and I-65 are slick and snow-covered in places.
Much of Porter, LaPorte, Starke, St. Joseph, Marshall, and Pulaski Counties are experiencing lots of blowing and drifting snow with slick spots developing. Two crews are working to clear the U.S. 20 Bypass through salting and plowing. At this time the northbound lanes of the U.S. 20 Bypass remain closed north of SR 23 due to a semi accident. (Bypass reopened at 10pm)
To the south, a semi accident has closed all northbound lanes of I-65 at the 205 mile marker in Jasper County. Traffic is being diverted at the scene and allowed back on I-65 beyond the crash. I-65 has received special attention from INDOT plows since the storm began, but it remains slick. Elsewhere in the southern part of the district, the Winamac, Rensselaer, Monticello, and Logansport areas are reporting excessive blowing and drifting snow. As with the rest of the district, nearly all state roads are snow-covered and slick.
INDOT says plow drivers are working to make state highways as safe as possible, but winter driving safety is a partnership where motorists play an equally important role. Drivers must slow down, brake early, and exercise safe winter driving skills while giving our plows plenty of room to work.
For updated INDOT road conditions online log on to www.trafficwise.in.go v or check out INDOT Northwest on our social media outlets: Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
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Starke County Authorities Bust an Illegal Drug Lab in Knox

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Authorities in Starke County say a man and woman from Knox were arrested Monday morning after a search of a residence in the 33-hundred block of South 200 East turned up drugs and an illegal drug lab, all within the reach of a three-year old child who was also found at the home. The Starke County Sheriff's Office reports deputies, along with officers from the Knox Police Department, and Indiana State Police, executed the search warrant at approximately 9am.
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Lowell Police Chief to Resign March 16th

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The town of Lowell will need to find a new police chief, as Chief John Shelhart is stepping down later this month. The Times reports Chief Shelhart informed the Lowell Town Council and Police Commission members of his decision on Monday, due to personal reasons. Published reports say Shelhart began his 32 year career in law enforcement with the Merrillville Police Department, working his way up the ranks from patrolman to chief of police. The Times reports a replacement or acting chief has not yet been announced.
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Cause of Valpo Fire May Never Be Known

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The cause of Monday's fire on Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso, at Michigan Avenue, remains unknown, and may never be known due to the need to get the building torn down, that according to an article in today's Times. Published reports say Michigan Street maybe closed for some time to allow for cleanup of the site.
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Authorities Need Help Identifying Cold Case Victims

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Indiana State Police, in conjunction with the Jasper and Newton County Coroner's Offices, are seeking your help to identify three male homicide victims that were discovered in October of 1983, but may have gone missing as much as a year before their discovery. Authorities say the first and second victims were located in Newton County, one-half mile north of State Road 10, on the west side of U-S 41 in Lake Village. The third victim was located off County Road 100 West, one-quarter mile south of Bunkum Road, in Rensselaer.
Victim #1 (see attached photo) is a white male, between 17-23 years of age, around 5’02”–5’09” in height, and with light to normal muscularity for a young adult male. Victim #1 has two tattoos on his right forearm: one is described as a jail-type modified cross and the other as a modified rectangle. The victim was found wearing a pair of size 30x30 brown slacks, size 10½ brown ankle-high fleeced boots, Jockey brand underwear, along with one white tube sock with black/red stripes, and one white tube sock with red/blue stripes. He may be from the Southwestern to central part of Indiana, Eastern part of Illinois, or Kentucky.
Victim #2 (see attached photo) is a black male, between 15-18 years of age, around 5’8 to 6’2 (possibly 5’11) in height, and with normal muscularity for a teenage male. He was possibly last seen near Terre Haute, Indiana between State Road 63 and US 41, and was recovered at the same location as Victim #1. Victim #2 was wearing a white T-Shirt, Levi’s brand jeans, a stretch belt with the word Devil in red on the band and a gold buckle saying JEANS, pajama bottoms (27” inseam), size 34 boxer shorts, size 10 black fleece-lined suede Hush Puppy brand boots, a white tube sock with red/blue stripes and a white tube sock with blue/yellow stripes.
Victim #3 is a white male, between 20-22 years of age, around 5’06”-5’08” in height, with a slight build and reddish shoulder length hair. He was possibly last seen on US 41 near Vincennes, Indiana. Victim #3 was wearing Levi’s brand jeans, tennis, shoes and a gray hooded sweat shirt. He may have had a lighter with the name Arlene on it (see attached photo).
If anyone has information on the identity of these individuals, please contact the Indiana State Police at (800) 453-4756 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Crown Point St. Patrick's Day Logo Contest Finalists

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For the third year in a row, the winner of the Crown Point St. Patrick's Day Logo Contest goes to 11 year old Brooklynn Frassinone, of Solon Robinson Elementary. Finalists for the contest, which received over 200 submissions, were announced Monday. Mayor David Uran says Brookynn will join the panel of judges for the 2014 contest, and as this year's winner, will be the Jr. Grand Marshall and ride “Molley the Trolley” during the parade.   Second place went to 11 year old Hannah Brownd, of Taft Junior High School, third place went to 10 year old Tyler Kuss, and fourth place went to 11 year old Abi Neuwirth, from Colonel John Wheeler.
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EB Broman (I-80/94) Backed-up from State Line

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A multi-vehicle crash involving at least two semi tractor trailer trucks and two other vehicles has closed down the two left lanes eastbound Borman (I-80/94) just after Cline Avenue.
Traffic is backing up to before the state line, drivers may want to consider an alternate like the Indiana Toll Road.
Eastbound I-80/94 in the Lake Station corridor the left lane is reportedly blocked just after Ripley Street due to a spun out vehicle.
The exit ramp off of the Indiana Toll Road (I-90) at the State Road 49 exit is backed up beyond the toll booth due to two semis stuck on the ramp.  A number of traffic tipsters are are reporting extremely hazardous, icy conditions on the ramp.
EB Borman backed up to state line 03-05-13   
Traffic eastbound Borman I-80/94 backed up to the state line due to crash that has the two left lanes blocked past Cline Avenue.
(photo from INDOT traffic cams)
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INDOT Encourages Caution on Region Roads Today

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As of 2:30 p.m. Central Time/3:30 p.m. Eastern time, The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has more than 150 plow/salt trucks on the roads in the LaPorte District, which covers Northwest Indiana. Heavy snow is now falling across much of the district. At this time some roads are beginning to cover in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, and Starke Counties, but most roads to the eastern part of the district remain clear with wet pavement.
INDOT is ahead of the storm after pretreating roadways for the past 24 hours with salt brine, an anti-icing solution. As the storm develops we’re prepared for a full call-out of drivers, maintenance workers, and dispatchers until the snow event has passed and all roads are clear.
With over 5,000 lane miles to cover in the LaPorte District and 3-8 inches of snow expected to fall, drivers should plan for the possibility of slick roads and blowing and drifting snow. Drivers are encouraged to be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and ramps which can turn icy sooner than other surfaces.
Additionally, if drivers find themselves sharing the roadway with INDOT plows, please give them ample room to operate. Don’t tailgate or try to pass as the roadway will be clearer behind the snow plow than in front of it. Drivers are reminded to accelerate gradually, drive slowly, brake early and allow greater distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
Plan ahead by visiting www.trafficwise.in.gov or dialing toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information.
For social media updates during winter weather visit www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
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City of Gary Issues Snow Alert Information

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Due to inclement weather, the City of Gary is sharing the following announcements regarding closings and snow removal:
-          Gary City Hall and all other City of Gary satellite offices will close at 3:00p.m. today
-          Tonight’s Gary City Council Meeting has been canceled
-          The Department of General Services and the Gary Police Department are asking City of Gary residents to adhere to the 2-inch parking rules. In areas where the signage is posted, please refrain from parking if there are two or more inches of snow. Keeping these zones clear will enable snow plows to pass through main thoroughfares faster. Violators will be towed.
-          City of Gary homeowners and business owners are asked to shovel the sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please be a good neighbor and clear your walkway so that public space remains accessible.
-          If you would like to report areas in need of snow removal, please use the City of Gary’s new 311 system. Click on this link for more information: http://www.gary.in.us/publicworks/citizen-311-responder.asp
-          For more updates, visit the City of Gary website at gary.in.us, follow us on Twitter @teamgaryindiana and “like” us on Facebook keywords: Team Gary, Indiana.
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St. Parking Prohibited When There Is Snow in St. John

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Police in St. John are reminding motorists that street parking is prohibited when there is snow, in order to aid the clearing of streets. The St. John Police Department reports citations will be issued to vehicles in violation of the snow parking ordinance.
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Valpo Fire Crews Remain at Downtown Fire Scene

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Fire crews were still on scene in downtown Valparaiso today where a century-old building once stood before being consumed by fire overnight early Monday. Many streets around the fire scene, including Lincolnway and Michigan, were still closed. The fire department continues to look into the cause. What was left of the two-story brick building –basically, the outside walls – were torn down for safety reasons Monday afternoon. The structure housed a number of shops and offices, including a barber shop and mortgage firm. One firefighter was checked at the hospital for smoke inhalation and released.
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