(Photos Courtesy of the City of Gary)
GARY, IN, AUGUST 30, 2013 – Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson today announced four appointments to the board of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority and welcomed the new appointment of Lake County’s representative on the board.
Each of the new members has long-term ties in the City of Gary and Northwest Indiana as well as expertise in business, accounting, public policy and law.
“These outstanding individuals share great pride in the City of Gary and a resolute commitment to continue the ongoing progress to expand and grow the airport,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of the City of Gary. “Their individual expertise and business acumen provide the right leadership to guide the airport forward with strong management and sound policies to attract investment and good-paying jobs.”
The appointments include:
· James Cooper, Vice President – Account Manager at JP Morgan Chase in Chicago. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University Northwest. Cooper has extensive experience in data analysis, external regulatory reporting and auditing.
· Denise Dillard,(Lake County appointment), Vice President of Government and External Affairs at the Methodist Hospitals where she also previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources. Dillard earned a degree in economics and political science from Howard University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She also holds a certificate in negotiations from Harvard University.
· Michael Doyne, President of Doyne’s Marine, Inc., in Portage, Ind. Doyne is a certified pilot for light sport aircraft and previously served on the airport’s board from 2004 to 2009. A graduate of Purdue University, Doyne also taught biology and environmental science at the former William A. Wirt High School, now the Wirt/Emerson VPA Academy.
· Shontrai Irving, Attorney at State Farm insurance in Crown Point. He is also a former deputy prosecutor of the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. Irving holds a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law and an MBA from the Purdue University School of Management.
· Alesia Pritchett, Director of Business Services/Grant Management for the School City of Hammond. Pritchett is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Purdue University. She also holds an MBA from Indiana University Northwest. Pritchett previously served as the Director of Business Services for the Gary Community School Corporation and held several accounting positions at United Airlines.
The mayor announced the appointments at a meeting of the airport’s public-private partnership (P3) committee that is evaluating 10 proposals from companies and organizations to invest in the airport and the surrounding area. The proposals include firms from an array of sectors including aviation, finance and real estate as well as urban and environmental planning. The committee will recommend proposals to the airport authority board in September.
The committee is pursuing a P3 model that retains public ownership of the airport and benefits from private sector access to capital to spur job creation and long-term investment in Gary and the Northwest Indiana region.
In addition to the P3 initiative, major construction to extend the airport’s main 7,000-foot runway by 1,900 ft. continues.
The seven-member airport authority board includes four members appointed by the mayor, one by the Board of Commissioners of Lake County, and one by the Board of Commissioners of Porter County. The Governor appoints the president of the airport authority board.
The Gary/Chicago International Airport is less than 30 minutes from the heart of the tri-state region – Chicago. The airport is directly connected to Chicago's transportation network through freight, interstate and mass-transit and has close proximity to multiple Lake Michigan ports.
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Indianapolis, IN – Governor Mike Pence today appointed Thomas M. Collins, Sr. to a four-year term as President of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Board.
Collins, of Valparaiso, is President of Luke Oil Company, a family-owned and operated business which was founded in 1967 by his father-in-law Ralph Luke. Collins, who joined the company in 1986 after working as an electrician for ten years through IBEW Local 697, has played a critical role in growing the business and was personally responsible for Luke Oil’s north Lake County growth strategy in the late 1990’s. In 2005, the company purchased County Line Orchards, where they have held a number of fundraisers to benefit local charities including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and various veterans’ organizations. Today, Collins spends much of his time managing and growing the wholesale fuel and transportation business and is active in the company’s growth plans, real estate development and investment opportunities. He recently completed a term as President of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers Association and serves as Indiana’s board member to the Petroleum Marketers of America Association. He is a lifelong resident of northwest Indiana.
“With nearly thirty years of firsthand economic development experience in northwest Indiana, Tom Collins, Sr. has the skills and unique perspective necessary to lead the Gary/Chicago International Airport Board,” said Governor Pence. “Under his leadership, I am certain the Board will ensure quality service and operation of the airport for Hoosier taxpayers in the region for years to come.”
The Board is a municipal corporation responsible for the management and operation of the Gary airport. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson names four appointments to the Board while the Governor, the Lake County Board of Commissioners and the Porter County Board of Commissioners each name one appointment.
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A road work moratorium is now in place through early Tuesday morning according to the Indiana Department of Transportation for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Spokesperson Matt Deitchley says there are some places where the moratorium cannot be lifted for the safety of drivers, like the lane restrictions on I-94 for bridge work in Porter County, and some other larger projects across their district.
Deitchley says while some construction zones may have cones and other equipment pushed off to the side, construction zone speed limits are still in place for your safety.
INDOT reports starting Tuesday, lane closures will begin on U-S 6/State Road 52/Ripley Street, between I80/94 and just south of Central Avenue in Lake County, through mid-October, for patching and repairing the roadway.
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A Highland Police Department Detective was honored Monday for his investigation into real estate fraud in Highland which resulted in five-thousand dollars being paid to victims. Highland Police report Detective John Siple was recognized during a regular meeting of the Town Council, by attorney Jonathan Peterson and the Garcia Victim's Committee, for his actions into a “phony hold” real estate scam, perpetrated by Sergio Ernesto Garcia II, where vacant/foreclosed homes were fraudulently offered to the public for sale or rent and victims were induced to give deposits to hold the properties.
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Valparaiso, IN – Congressman Pete Visclosky announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $156,656 to Porter County Regional Airport for rehabilitation and maintenance.
The grant is the first in a multistep process to maintain and enhance Porter County Regional Airport. It will fund immediate repairs to taxiway pavement and an environmental review for rehabilitation on a runway that the FAA has deemed to be nearing the end of its usable life.
Airport Director Kyle Kuebler said of the project, “This grant award represents efforts to maintain critical infrastructure at the airport.”
“Investment in Northwest Indiana’s infrastructure is essential to the vitality of our regional economy,” Congressman Visclosky said. “Projects that maintain and upgrade our transportation network create good paying jobs as well as attract new economic activity.”
The Porter County Regional Airport accommodates over 50,000 flights each year. The 2012 Indiana Airports’ Economic Impact Study indicates that Porter County Regional Airport has an estimated economic impact of over $17.2 million annually.
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August 30, 2013 - Heather Bunning has joined the Ports of Indiana as the new Public Affairs Manager, and will serve as the primary contact for media inquiries related to all three of the state's public ports as well as statewide maritime, foreign-trade zone and multimodal transportation issues.
The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority that operates a system of three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, located in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon and Burns Harbor/Portage.
Bunning will be responsible for coordinating all media releases, interview requests and photographer access to the port facilities. Additionally, she will manage the organization's websites, social media, community outreach programs and special events.
Prior to joining the Ports of Indiana, Bunning managed various communications and marketing initiatives on the national and state levels with the American Institute of CPAs in Durham, N.C. and the Indiana CPA Society in Indianapolis, and was instrumental in strengthening the CPA profession's relationships and outreach with student organizations, schools, business associations and state agencies across the country. She also worked as a research and publications specialist with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and as a freelance newspaper writer for the Evansville Courier.
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Future Super Bowl host cities already determined include Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey (2014), Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix/Glendale (2015), Super Bowl L in San Francisco/Santa Clara (2016), and Super Bowl LI in Houston (2017).
Drought conditions are beginning to creep into the Midwest, and here in Northwest Indiana, Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper Counties now fall into the abnormally dry category, according to the latest US Drought Monitor released Tuesday. A wide swath of central Indiana is also considered abnormally dry.
The number of students at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer sits as 11-hundred 63, the highest total since 1971. Classes began August 19th, with 371 first-time students. This year's freshmen represent 16 states, with students from as far as Oregon and Maryland.
The Nursing program, with 276 students, has the highest enrollment of any program offered by the College. The Biology Department welcomes the highest number of freshmen with 59, followed by Business Administration with 41. Entering its third year, SJC's Master of Business Administration program combines with the new Master of Forensic Science program to bring their total number of graduate students to 22. In July, the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy (RPCML) saw seven students graduate. The RPCML, which offers two accredited M.A. degrees granted by SJC, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.
"The entire College community is excited to have the largest enrollment since 1971," said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. "It is clear that parents and students value our high quality academic programs and the individual attention that students receive. Also, we have made every attempt possible to make Saint Joseph's College affordable. The results of all our efforts are reflected in our enrollment numbers."
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and The South Bend Police Department want incoming fans to be prepared for altered traffic routes around the University of Notre Dame as The Fighting Irish Football season gets underway this weekend. New roadways have taken shape, other roadways are closed for construction, and GPS units likely won’t be updated with the recent changes. Plan ahead to ensure your football weekend is a victory.
Road Closures (map below)
- South Bend Avenue, between Notre Dame Avenue and Frances Street
- Twyckenham Drive at State Road 23 (closure at south side of intersection)
- Eddy Street, between SR 23 and Howard Street
New Roads and Signals
- A new Douglas Road (just north of Old Douglas Road) now intersects with the Indiana Toll Road exit (mm 77) and SR 933
- New traffic signal operational at SR 23 (Eddy Street) and Campeau Street (Perley School)
Keep in Mind
- Turn off the GPS
- Watch for police officers directing traffic
- Plan your route before leaving home
Find up-to-date Notre Dame Game Day maps and traffic information online by liking the INDOT Northwest Facebook Page (www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest) and following INDOTNorthwest on Twitter (@INDOTNorthwest)
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INDIANAPOLIS—State health officials have confirmed a case of measles in an individual in Monroe County. The individual, who was not vaccinated, became infected with measles while overseas. The Indiana State Department of Health and local health departments are working to prevent further transmission of the disease by identifying individuals who may have been exposed as well as potential additional cases.
The individual visited the Indianapolis International Airport on Aug. 22, while infectious. Those who visited the airport that day and develop symptoms of measles, such as rash, fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, should stay home and call their health care provider. Secondary cases would begin experiencing symptoms from Aug. 24 through Sept. 12.
Health care providers should consider measles in patients with rash and fever, particularly if the patient is unvaccinated, and visited the Indianapolis International Airport on Aug. 22, or has a history of travel to Texas (where a measles outbreak is currently occurring), international travel, or contact with international visitors or symptomatic cases. Health care providers are encouraged to ask these patients if they have been vaccinated against measles.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is rare in the United States due to the widespread availability of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine; however, visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected before or during travel.
More than 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to measles, and more than 99 percent will be protected after receiving a second dose. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected. Individuals are encouraged to check with their health care providers to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date.
Children are routinely vaccinated for measles at 1 year of age, and again at 4-6 years of age before going to kindergarten, but children as young as 6 months old can receive the measles vaccine if they are at risk. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles. Individuals who are unsure about vaccination history should contact their health care providers. Hoosiers can also access immunization records directly through the secure online tool, called MyVaxIndiana, by requesting a PIN from their health care provider. Go to www.MyVaxIndiana.in.gov to learn more.
Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes about 7-10 days after exposure. The fever increases and can get as high as 105 degrees. Two to four days later, a rash starts on the face and upper neck. It spreads down the back and trunk, and then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about five days, the rash fades the same order in which it appeared.
Measles is highly contagious. When infected persons sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air. Those droplets remain active and contagious on infected surfaces for up to two hours.
For more information about measles, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/.
Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.
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CLEVELAND — Following a number of swimming and boating accidents on the Great Lakes over the last several weeks, the Coast Guard is urging those who plan to recreate on the Great Lakes during Labor Day weekend, or at any other time, to take appropriate safety precautions.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of the traditional beach and boating seasons on the Great Lakes, and is usually one of the busiest for the Coast Guard.
During the month of August, the Coast Guard's 9th District conducted search-and-rescue cases in Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior and other navigable waterways within the Great Lakes region, like the St. Marys River, which highlighted the importance of proper preparation and boaters looking out for one another.
"Accidents happen fast and unexpectedly on the water," said Michael Baron, Coast Guard 9th District Recreational Boating and Water Safety Program manager. "Individuals looking to celebrate the traditional end of summer on the Great Lakes mustn't let their guard down. Everyone needs to be conscientious and practice personal safety so that their celebration doesn't turn into a tragedy."
"Whatever the activity, keep an eye on the weather and water conditions," Baron said. "Avoid using alcohol and wear your life jacket when boating."
Alcohol plays a major role in boating accidents and fatalities. As of Aug. 28, 2013, the Coast Guard has issued 122 boating under the influence citations, 40 of which were federal tickets.
The Coast Guard encourages swimmers and boaters to always check the current and forecasted marine weather before heading to the water. Even on seemingly nice days, waves and underwater currents may be more than the average swimmer or boater can handle. Marine forecasts can be found on the National Weather Service's website.
The following are additional safety tips all boaters should abide by:
- Wear a life jacket at all times — The law states you must have a life jacket for every person on board, but the Coast Guard suggests you go one step further and wear your life jacket at all times when boating. It is much more difficult to locate, access, or don a life jacket at the moment the accident occurs. More information about life jackets can be found on the Coast Guard's Boating Safety Resource Center website.
- File a float plan and leave it with someone who is not recreating on the water — A float plan is a lifesaving device on paper and can assist emergency responders with locating a distressed mariner. More information, as well as a downloadable float plan can be found on the Float Plan Central website.
- Have a marine band radio and visual distress signals — While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, VHF-FM radios are much more reliable in the marine environment and work in areas where cell phones sometimes don’t. When a mayday is broadcast over channel FM Channel 16, the international hailing and distress frequency, multiple response agencies, and other nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance. Additionally, in accordance with federal law, recreational boats 16 feet and longer are required to carry visual distress signals such as flares, smoke signals or non-pyrotechnic devices, and vessels 12 meters or longer are required to carry sound-producing devices such as whistles, bells and gongs. State and local laws may require further safety equipment.
- Have a registered 406MHz emergency position indicating radio beacon — When a 406MHz EPIRB signal is received, search-and-rescue personnel can retrieve information from a registration database. This includes the beacon owner's contact information, emergency contact information, and vessel/aircraft identifying characteristics. Having this information allows the Coast Guard, or other rescue personnel, to respond appropriately.
- Have a personal locator beacon — A PLB is a compact device that is clipped to a boater, normally on the life jacket he or she is wearing. Once activated in a distress situation, the PLB transmits a 406 MHz signal to the International Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System, which provides distress alert and location data for search and rescue operations around the world.
- DO NOT boat under the influence of alcohol — Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination. Factor in boat motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray and a drinker's impairment is accelerated. More information about the dangers of boating under the influence can be found on the Coast Guard's Boating Safety Resource Center website.
- Swim near a lifeguard — U.S. Lifesaving Association statistics during a 10-year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five times as great as drowning at a beach with lifeguards.
- Never swim alone — Many drownings involve single swimmers. Learn water rescue techniques you can use if someone you are swimming with is in danger.
- Don’t fight the current — If caught in a rip current, don’t fight it by trying to swim directly to shore. Instead, swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax, then swim to shore. Most rip currents are narrow and a short swim parallel to shore will bring a swimmer to safety.
- Swim sober — Alcohol is a major factor in drowning. Alcohol can reduce body temperature and impair swimming ability. Both alcohol and drugs impair good judgment, which may cause people to take risks they would not otherwise take.
- Don’t float where you can’t swim — Non-swimmers and weak swimmers often use flotation devices, such as inflatable rafts, to go offshore. If they fall off, they can quickly drown. No one should use a flotation device unless they are able to swim. The only exception is a person wearing an inherently buoyant Coast Guard approved Type I, II or III personal flotation device, or life jacket.
- Prepare for the unexpected — Wear a life jacket while participating in any activity during which you could unexpectedly enter the water, such as when fishing from break walls or piers.
- Avoid unnecessary risks — Walking along break walls is risky because it only takes a momentary loss of footing to invite tragedy. Jumping from break walls, waterside structures or into unfamiliar water is extremely dangerous since unseen underwater hazards may exist.
- Additional water safety tips are available on the U.S. Lifesaving Association website.
- Identify — Look for changes in water color; water motion; incoming wave shape or breaking point compared to adjacent conditions; channels of churning or choppy water; lines of foam, seaweed or debris moving seaward.
- Avoid — Check the latest National Weather Service forecast for local beach conditions before heading out; learn to swim; learn to swim in surf; never swim alone; swim near a lifeguard; look for posted signs and warning flags indicating hazards; check with lifeguards before swimming and obey their instructions; always assume rip currents are present; if in doubt, don’t go out.
- Escape — Remain calm to conserve energy; don’t fight the current; swim across the current parallel to the shoreline; when out of the current, swim an angle away from the current and toward shore; if you can’t escape, try to float or tread water until the current subsides then swim to shore; if you can’t reach shore, face the shore, wave your arms and yell for help to draw attention.
- Assist — Get help from a lifeguard or if one isn’t available, call 911; throw the victim something that floats — a life jacket, cooler, ball; yell instructions to escape; don’t become a victim trying to help someone else.
A person in cold water without proper protective closing will lose functional movement in fingers, arms and legs within minutes. At this point, a victim who is not wearing a life jacket will likely drown because he or she can no longer tread water and remain afloat.
Even with a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, hypothermia is a threat to survival once someone is exposed to cold water. The body may lose heat 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air. When recreating outdoors, mariners should dress for the water temperature — not the air temperature.
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INDIANAPOLIS (August 29, 2013) – Victims of money manager Keenan Hauke’s Ponzi scheme will receive $1 million in restitution thanks to an asset freeze by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office. Keenan Hauke was a prominent money manager from Fishers who managed Samex Capital Partners LLC. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2011 for securities fraud. Although Hauke is now behind bars, the cleanup continues to try to return significant portions of investor losses, totaling over $9 million.
“Helping these Hoosier victims is our number one priority and we will not stop until we have maximized their restitution,” said Secretary Lawson. “Today’s partial repayment was made possible thanks to the quick action of my Securities Division team. Keenan Hauke’s assets were frozen within days of our discovery of the scheme, allowing us to recover a greater portion of investors’ losses. While we are thankful the receiver is able to return $1 million to investors, the work is not done. There is still a condo in Barbados to be sold that Hauke purchased with investor money and we’ve filed an action against Hauke’s CPA firm for its role in contributing to investor losses. I commend receiver William Wendling and counsel Scott Starr for their work thus far.”
Ninety-seven investors will receive a pro-rata distribution of $1 million from the funds recovered to date. Since June of 2011, the Secretary of State’s office has worked with the receiver, William E. Wendling Jr., and counsel to the receiver, Scott Starr, to recoup as much money as possible for Hauke’s investors. To date, $1.5 million has been recovered through asset freezes, marshaling of other accounts and clawback litigation. The Secretary of State’s office and the receiver will continue to work together to optimize the recovery and return Hauke’s ill-gotten gains to investors.
“When we investigate a Ponzi scheme, the circumstances often hinder our ability to recover large portions of investors’ funds because in many cases the money has already been spent,” said Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor. “By freezing Hauke’s assets within days of initiating the investigation, I believe we’ve been able to maximize our recovery efforts and return a greater portion of investors hard earned money.”
In addition to the $1 million distribution, several Hauke victims have also received money from the Secretary of State’s Securities Restitution Fund. This fund helps victims of securities fraud recover a portion of their losses and was the first of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in July of 2010, over $42,000 has been returned to four separate victims.
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(Photo Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
A 55 year old Minnesota woman was killed and her husband in critical condition at last check at an Oak Lawn, Illinois, hospital after a crash this morning on northbound I-65, one mile south of the Crown Point exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post report the crash occurred just after 10am, when Roger Rutten lost control of the 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle and flipped it while changing lanes, due to uneven pavement at that location, which is under construction, and where authorities report uneven pavement signs are present. State Police say the couple were ejected from the bike, over the barrier cables and into the grassy median. Lori Rutten was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive blunt force trauma, and authorities say neither were wearing helmets at the time of the incident. The crash closed the northbound lane of I-65 for over three-hours for reconstruction and cleanup efforts.
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