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Obama Saluting Victims of Another Mass Shooting

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President Obama is saluting the victims of another mass shooting, the latest being this morning at a US Navy Yard. Just blocks from Washington DC's Navy Yard military complex, the Commander in Chief appeared shocked. "We are confronting yet another mass shooting." Even before the death toll was known, it was clear that once again the country was reeling from violence that seemed unimaginable. "Men and women protecting us. "They are patriots who the know dangers of serving abroad, but today faced the unimaginable violence they wouldn't have expected here at home." The response will take military and civilian effort. " This comes at a poignant moment for Washington. Congress is considering gun laws including Stand your Ground laws, bringing the mother of victim Trayvon Martin, and the parents of Chicago teen victims to the Capitol to testify....

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Sunday Fire at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plant

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An investigation continues into the cause of a fire in the car dumper at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plant Sunday afternoon. Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig Sr. tells the Region News Team they were called out at 2:45pm, were cleared just after 4:30pm and that the fire was confined to the car dumper. Multiple agencies provided assistance.

No further information of any injuries or the extent of any damage done by the fire is available at last check.


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UPDATE: Several Shot, Four Dead at Navy Yard

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ABC News is now reporting 10 people have been shot and four are dead at the DC Navy Yard where a gunman went on a shooting rampage. Police say the shooter is down ... uncertain whether he has been shot.
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UPDATE: Arrest in MC Child's Shooting Death

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Zachariah L. Grisham
A three-year-old Michigan City-area boy was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, and police today report the mother's boyfriend has been taken into custody, awaiting a probable cause hearing.
La Porte County Sheriff's Police say at approximately 3:36 pm on Sunday, September 15, 2013 officers from the Michigan City Police Department were summoned to a residence on Farmington Drive in Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park in reference to a child who had been shot.  Officers arrived and determined that a three-year-old child was deceased as the result of a gunshot wound.  The child was identified as Lance Wilson.  
The Michigan City Police Department requested the assistance of the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s investigators soon arrived.  Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan City Police Department worked in tandem and as a result of their joint investigation, the boyfriend of the child’s mother was taken into custody.
Police say 24-year-old Zachariah L. Grisham is being held in the La Porte County Jail awaiting a probable cause hearing that is scheduled to take place today, September 16 in La Porte County Superior Court I.  He is facing potential charges of Neglect of a Dependent, a class “A” felony and Reckless Homicide, a class “C” felony.  
Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to call one of the  two lead investigators:   La Porte County Detective Sergeant Andrew Hynek at (219) 879-3530 ext. 2401 or Michigan City Detective Justin Frever at (219) 874-3221 ext. 344.
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Breaking: Five Shot at DC Navy Yard

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Five people have been shot, including two Washington DC police officers, and at last word an active shooter was  still at large this morning [10:15 am EDT] at the Navy Yard in Washington. SWAT teams are telling employees to "shelter in place" as they go room to room, looking for a man reported to have at least three weapons.  According to ABC News, the Navy Yard is not a place for sailors on active duty training. It's more of a headquarters, command operation, and it is where the Navy Sea Systems headquarters command is located, apparently the scene where everything is happening now, in a large building where hundreds if not thousands of Naval employees work with civilians and military.
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Valpo PD Hosting N American K9 Workshop

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The Valparaiso Police Department is hosting the North American Police Workdog Association fall workshop in Valparaiso today (Mon Sept 16)  thru Friday. Valparaiso Police Patrolman and K-9 officer Todd Kobitz told the Region News Team officers from around Indiana, including here in the Region, Gary, Valparaiso, Chesterton, Porter and Porter County and law enforcement fromt neighboring states will be attending the workshop and training along with their K-9 partners.
You can hear our interview with Officer Kobitz online here at our website at News Audio on Demand.
Many of the officers and their K-9 partners will be providing a public demonstration of the many duties they conduct on a daily basis. The demonstration will include drug searches, tracking suspects, apprehending suspects, building searchers, locating explosives and obedience. The public demonstration will be held at the Ben Franklin Middle School football field on the west side of the school. A police car procession will be conducted from the east side of the city to the event, startng at about 4:30 pm in the area of Lincolnway and Roosevelt.
The public demonstration is scheduled for Wednesday September 18th at 5 p.m. It will take place at Ben Franklin Middle School located at 605 Campbell St. on the football field located on the west side of the school. Everybody is encouraged to attend and there is no charge to attend the event.
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RailCats Win Championship

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The Gary SouthShore RailCats have won their first championship since 2007, and first since joining the American Association in 2011. The RailCats jumped out early and held off a late charge from the Wichita Wingnuts to take game four, 6-5, in Kansas Saturday and win the American Association Championship in four games.

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Goodwill Brings LBD Fashion Show to Valpo

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Goodwill Industries of Michiana is bringing their Little Black Dress Fashion Show to Valparaiso this Thursday, September 19th at Strongbow Inn. Radio One Communications is among those partnering with Goodwill in the event, which raises funds to support Goodwill's mission to provide jobs, training and placement services for people with barriers to employment. “Now that the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time for ladies to enjoy a fashion show and do some shopping for themselves. And, every purchase they make touches lives by giving others a chance to become self-sufficient,” shares Debie Coble, Vice President of Workforce Development Services and Public Relations.
You can hear Annie Fox's interview with Debie Coble here at our website at News Audio on Demand.
Models will walk the runway in clothing from Goodwill showcasing the latest fashion trends while guests enjoy a gourmet lunch. Fashion Expert, Kathy Friend will host the program and she will be joined by emcee Laura Waluszko, Radio One Communications’ News Director.  Guests will enjoy shopping in Goodwill’s on-site Boutique with dressing rooms to try on their fashion selections. Doors open at 10:30 am in the Goodwill Boutique and 11:30 am for the Luncheon / Fashion Show. “This is an opportunity to see first-hand the colors and trends that are hot this fall and learn how to make them work for you. Then, shop the Goodwill Boutique to find the right pieces affordably,” says Kathy Friend. Tickets are available on-line at: www.goodwill-ni.org or by calling: (574) 472-7300.
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Pedestrian Struck After Walking into 80-94 Traffic

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Indiana State Police say a 23-year-old Chicago man was airlifted to a Chicago-area hospital with life-threatening injuries after walking out onto the Borman Expressway in Hammond Saturday evening. Troopers say shortly after 7 pm, the man reportedly walked on the ramp from Indianapolis Boulevard to eastbound Interstate 80-94 almost getting hit, and as police were on their way to check on the pedestrian, for unknown reasons he walked out into the right lane of the interstate, just east of the ramp, where he was hit by a car. The driver of the car was taken to Munster Community with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Sleepy Driver Crashes Vehicle

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Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a sleepy driver, who told police he left Yellowstone National Park the day before and had driven straight through, crashed in Lake Station around 9:30 Saturday morning. Police say the 68-year-old man from Kalamazoo, Michigan, was eastbound apparently in the right or middle lane of Interstate 80-94 just past the Ripley Street exit when he fell asleep and his Chevy Malibu went off the road and crashed into a ditch, narrowly missing a lightpole. His wife, 64, was also asleep, police say, and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing seat belts. Police say the car had extensive front-end damage.
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Indiana Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

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Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane
Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger says 43-year-old Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane of Indianapolis died of a non-combat related illness while serving in Afghanistan.  Staff Sgt. Lane deployed in January 2013 as a member of 1438th Transportation Company, stationed in Franklin, Indiana. Staff Sgt. Lane served as a Motor Transport Operator providing security for convoy operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Karen and I offer our prayers for comfort and strength to the wife and family of Staff Sgt. Randall Lane,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence.  “I am grateful for men like Staff Sgt. Lane who sacrifice so that others may enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom.” “I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Lane, who lost his life while serving his nation,” said Umbarger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”
The Indiana National Guard says SSG Randall R. Lane was born to Mrs. Darlene L. Albin (Moffitt) in Neoga, IL on October 24, 1969. SSG Lane graduated from Neoga High School in Neoga, IL in 1988. Later that year, SSG Lane enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard and set off for basic training and specialized training as a motor transport operator at Ft. Lee, VA.
Funeral details are pending.
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Michigan City Boy Fatally Shot

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a three-year-old boy near Michigan City. Authorities responded to Terrace Acres Sunday afternoon.  The mobile home park is on US 20, near Hitchcock Road, near Michigan City city limits and just east of the Porter/La Porte County line.  Circumstances surrounding the shooting were being investigated, and there's no word at this hour who else was inside the house at the time of the shooting.  La Porte County Coroner John Sullivan says the child was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 4 pm.  Sullivan says a forensic autopsy is being performed this afternoon at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center by certified pediatiric pathologist Dr. Joseph Prahlow, and more information should be available afterwards on official cause and manner of death. There was word that people were taken in for questioning last night, but no arrests had been made as of that time.
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Concussion Certification Proposed for Coaches

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An Indiana state senator says all youth football coaches in the state need to be trained in spotting the signs of a concussion. Republican Travis Holdman of Markle says he'll sponsor a bill in the next session that would require paid and volunteer football coaches using taxpayer-funded facilities to be certified in concussion safety. Indianapolis-based USA Football has an online course that costs five-dollars for youth coaches to complete.
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Gary Carjacking Investigated

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Police in Gary are investigating a reported carjacking near 13th and Van Buren. Officials say the victim was driving along 13th Avenue when his car was hit by another car shortly before 12:30 Thursday afternoon, and when he got out to inspect the damage, the other driver approached him with a gun and demanded his keys, leaving the scene in the victim's car. A female passenger in the suspect's car reportedly drove that vehicle away.
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RailCats One Win Away from Title

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The Gary SouthShore RailCats defeat Wichita 7-6 Friday to take game three of the American Association Championship Series. With the win, the RailCats lead the series two games to one and are one away from their first championship since 2007.  The RailCats look to complete the series tonight [Saturday September 14 2013] at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. RHP Morgan Coombs (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will throw for the RailCats and Wichita will bring back game one starter, Junior Guerra (0-0, 2.31 ERA) for aame four.
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18 Arrested in Alleged ID Theft Ring

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Eighteen people have been charged in an alleged Indianapolis-area identity theft scheme. They're accused of selling stolen Social Security Numbers to people who were trying to inflate their credit scores to buy vehicles and other property. US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph Hogsett say dozens of local businesses and individuals across the country were victimized.
This case is the result of a collaborative investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security Administration OIG, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the
Carmel Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department and the United States Marshals Service.
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Former Coach Charged with Murder

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Gary A. Warwick
A former coach in the Region has been taken into custody accused of murder in the death of a one-year-old boy in southern Illinois more than forty-years ago. 62-year-old Gary A. Warwick of Portage was arrested at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Portage Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force and Portage Police. Warwick is a former assistant coach for the softball team at Purdue University North Central in Westville. School officials say he resigned that post last spring.  St. Clair County, Illinois, State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973 in the 1972 homicide of Joseph Henry Abernathy the third, but the charges were dismissed later without explanation. Warwick was being held in the Porter County Jail on a five-million dollar bond. The cold-case investigation began after St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson received an email with a link to a YouTube video called “Justice for Joey” created by the child’s family.
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Donnelly Urges Common Sense in Emissions Regulations

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Washington, D.C. – Senators Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, yesterday that would ensure that efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions are realistic about existing technology and do not negatively impact our economy.
Donnelly said, “If we don’t address these standards in a common sense way, the affordable, reliable energy that Hoosier families and businesses depend on is in doubt.  It is absolutely critical that the EPA understand the impact of these standards and the price their proposed regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay.  I urge the EPA to make sure that any NSPS regulation is something that reflects existing technology.  We can establish standards that protect our environment without hurting our economy.”
Blunt said, ““Nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 a year devote almost 20 percent or more of their family budget to energy costs, and when those costs go up, that means less disposable income in families’ pockets and less for priorities like groceries, doctors’ visits, and education.  At a time when the country needs high efficiency coal plants to replace those closing due to other burdensome EPA regulations, the last thing we should do is further prevent businesses and households from having a diverse, reliable, and affordable energy supply.”
The amendment states that if the EPA puts together regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial source, the EPA must develop the regulations using emission rates based on the efficiencies achievable by using existing technology that is commercially available and subcategorized by fuel type. Commercially available is defined as any technology with proven test results in an industrial setting.
The amendment develops an NSPS for carbon dioxide emissions to protect our environment, while also ensuring that the regulations do not excessively burden Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power.

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Washington, D.C. – Senators Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, yesterday that would ensure that efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions are realistic about existing technology and do not negatively impact our economy.
Donnelly said, “If we don’t address these standards in a common sense way, the affordable, reliable energy that Hoosier families and businesses depend on is in doubt.  It is absolutely critical that the EPA understand the impact of these standards and the price their proposed regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay.  I urge the EPA to make sure that any NSPS regulation is something that reflects existing technology.  We can establish standards that protect our environment without hurting our economy.”
Blunt said, ““Nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 a year devote almost 20 percent or more of their family budget to energy costs, and when those costs go up, that means less disposable income in families’ pockets and less for priorities like groceries, doctors’ visits, and education.  At a time when the country needs high efficiency coal plants to replace those closing due to other burdensome EPA regulations, the last thing we should do is further prevent businesses and households from having a diverse, reliable, and affordable energy supply.”
The amendment states that if the EPA puts together regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial source, the EPA must develop the regulations using emission rates based on the efficiencies achievable by using existing technology that is commercially available and subcategorized by fuel type. Commercially available is defined as any technology with proven test results in an industrial setting.
The amendment develops an NSPS for carbon dioxide emissions to protect our environment, while also ensuring that the regulations do not excessively burden Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power.

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Alleged Threat by Wanatah Man to Blow Up IU Health

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A 51 year old Wanatah man was issued a trespass warning after officers responded to IU Health in LaPorte Thursday afternoon in response to a patron accused of threatening staff inside the building. LaPorte Police report the medical staff informed them the suspect became upset because they reportedly would not issue him a prescription for Vicodin for a canker sore. Police say the suspect then allegedly uttered something about blowing up the building and became irate. Officers report the man informed them he had not threatened anyone.
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Rick Urschel Promoted to Pres/CEO of Urschel Laboratories

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Urschel Laboratories today announced Vice President of Operations Rick Urschel has been appointed by the Board of Directors to President /CEO effective today. The company's President/CEO for the last 30 years, Bob Urschel, will reportedly remain actively involved with the company as chairman of the board. Urschel Laboratories, a global leader in food cutting technology, was founded in Valparaiso in 1910, and is one of the few privately held, family run US manufacturing companies. Urschel Laboratories recently acquired approximately 160 acres of land in Chesterton and is in the process of constructing what will become its new manufacturing and global headquarters.
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