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You can hear more of our interviews with Jane Bisbee and Louella Richey at News Audio on Demand at regionnewsteam-dot-com
(Pierre Greer, Photo Courtesy of Michigan City PD)
Police in Michigan City say two subjects have been taken off the Michigan City Top Ten Most Wanted List, as they have been recently apprehended. Officials say Denquise Hart, who was wanted on a probation revocation for receiving stolen property is now in custody, and on Tuesday, police arrested Demetrius Howell without incident, who was wanted for escape and several other failure to appear warrants. Of course this now opens up two spots on the top ten list, which Michigan City Police say is now held by 26 year old Pierre Greer, of Chicago, wanted for felony forgery and identity deception. The other subject added to the list is 33 year old Beecil Minley, of Michigan City, wanted on a felony charge of dealing cocaine.
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“In the face of high-stakes politics and difficult choices, Senator Donnelly provided America’s job creators with a strong voice in Congress,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “This award recognizes Senator Donnelly for consistently demonstrating his support for pro-growth policies.”
The Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award, in its 25th year, is given annually to members of Congress based on key business issues outlined in the Chamber publication How They Voted. Members who support the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes qualify to receive the award.
According to the scorecard, Senator Donnelly received a 91% rating with the Chamber this year and collectively holds a 66% ranking during his tenure in Congress.
The Chamber scored Congress on 8 Senate and 12 House votes in 2012, including reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the establishment of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia, and the reauthorization of surface transportation legislation. Also scored were votes to repeal onerous provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, improve the process by which regulations are promulgated, and better secure the United States from cyber threats.
To view a complete list of the 2012 Spirit of Enterprise recipients, please visit www.uschamber.com/soe.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers.
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(Photos Courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Three men were arrested today on drug charges as the result of information provided by citizens after raids were conducted by the Lake County Sheriff's Department. Authorities report two raids were conducted in Lake Station where 55 year old James Baker, of Lake Station, was arrested in the 33-hundred block of Minnesota Street and 36 year old Michael Allen Baker, of Lake Station, was arrested in the 33-hundred block of Iowa Street. The Sheriff's Department says the third raid was conducted in Gary, where 40 year old Jermaine Stanley, of Gary, was arrested in the 48-hundred block of Vermont Place. Officials says each face charges of dealing drugs and that drugs were recovered at the scene of each arrest.
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(Photos Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
A 42 year old South Bend man has been charged with felony theft after exiting the LaPorte Walmart early Monday morning with a laptop computer he failed to pay for. LaPorte Police says Brian Kull was witnessed running to a van by a employee, that fled east out of the parking lot. Police say the employee notified a reserve officer, who then notified police of the suspected vehicle, and followed it until police could intercept it, at State Road 2 East and 900 East. Police say the driver of the suspected vehicle, 45 year old Dianna Krull, of Mishawaka, was also taken into custody and charged with aiding, inducing, or causing an offense, a Class D felony.
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Police in Maywood, Illinois, have confirmed a child abduction that took place today at 6th and Main in Maywood. An Amber Alert has been issued for Bryeon Hunter, a one-year old, black male, described as two-feet tall, weighing 30-pounds, wearing a two-toned blue stripe long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, blue and brown Nike boots, and that he was last seen by his mother at 2:15 this afternoon. Maywood Police described the suspected vehicle as a black two-door car with tinted windows. Authorities say three Hispanic male suspects were in vehicle, one described as a heavy-set, bald, and with a patch of hair in the back, while the other two are described as stocky. Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.
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FEMA points out that it's normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends...and everyone has different ways of coping. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. FEMA urges citizens to contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional councilors for counseling, and says events like Boston can also serve as a reminder to update your family disaster plan to prepare locally. For more information visit http://www.ready.gov/coping-with-disaster .
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A brief power outage around 2:30 this afternoon has left about 200 NIPSCO customers without power. According to NIPSCO's Outage Map, crews have been assigned, and power is anticipated to be restored by 5:30pm. To view the outage map, http://www.nipscooutages.com/WSSNisourceOutageMap/outagemap.html?action=city&reloaded=true...
Officials in Highland say in order to prevent flooding issues due to the heavy rains expected in the area, the city's street department is out checking the grates over storm sewers to make sure they are not blocked by any debris. Authorities are asking residents of Highland, if you have a grate over a storm sewer in front of your home, please make sure it is open, in case crews are now able to check all of them.
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement today saying the April revenue forecast is great news for Hoosiers and good news for the budget process. Governor Pence says the forecast has 290-million dollars more in revenue than the December forecast, giving him more confidence than ever that a balanced budget can be crafted to fund priories like roads and schools, and provide the kind of tax relief Hoosiers need and deserve. To view the April revenue forecast, visit http://www.in.gov/sba/files/rev_forecast_20130416_ECONOMIC_OUTLOOK_APRIL_16_2013.pdf...
INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Michael R. Pence is proclaiming April 15-19, 2013 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana. Work Zone Awareness Week marks the ceremonial start to highway construction season and aims to bring awareness to motorist and worker safety in work zones. The danger is real. In 2012, Eight people were killed and more than 500 were injured in Indiana work zones.
This year the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) produced a new public service announcement (PSA) titled “No One Drives Through Your Office at 70 mph”. The new video showcasing the dangers of speeding through work zones is featured on the INDOT YouTube page. INDOT encourages the media to share the new PSA and inform the public about Work Zone Awareness Week. Find the PSA at this link: ">
Highway workers aren’t the only ones at risk. Four out of every five deaths in highway work zones are drivers and their passengers. The majority of work zone injuries and deaths are caused by rear-end collisions, following too closely, or making improper lane changes.
The penalties in work zones are stiff. Motorists face fines of up to $1,000 for speeding, up to $5,000 for driving recklessly, and up to $10,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to eight years for injuring or killing a highway worker. These fines are used to fund additional Indiana State Police work zone patrols.
For more about Work Zone Awareness Week check out our Northwest District’s social media sites: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 16, 2013
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
11:30 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I've just been briefed by my national security team, including FBI Director Mueller, Attorney General Holder, Secretary Napolitano, and my Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, on the attacks in Boston. We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens, and to investigate and to respond to this attack.
Obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston. We know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of Americans, and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy.
This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual. That's what we don't yet know. And clearly, we’re at the beginning of our investigation.
It will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. But we will find out. We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice.
We also know this -- the American people refuse to be terrorized. Because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness, and generosity and love: Exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood, and those who stayed to tend to the wounded, some tearing off their own clothes to make tourniquets. The first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives. The men and women who are still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world, and the medical students who hurried to help, saying “When we heard, we all came in.” The priests who opened their churches and ministered to the hurt and the fearful. And the good people of Boston who opened their homes to the victims of this attack and those shaken by it.
So if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil -- that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.
In the coming days, we will pursue every effort to get to the bottom of what happened. And we will continue to remain vigilant. I’ve directed my administration to take appropriate security measures to protect the American people. And this is a good time for all of us to remember that we all have a part to play in alerting authorities -- if you see something suspicious, speak up.
I have extraordinary confidence in the men and women of the FBI, the Boston Police Department, and the other agencies that responded so heroically and effectively in the aftermath of yesterday’s events. I’m very grateful for the leadership of Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino. And I know that even as we protect our people and aggressively pursue this investigation, the people of Boston will continue to respond in the same proud and heroic way that they have thus far -- and their fellow Americans will be right there with them.
Thank you very much. And you can expect further briefings from our law enforcement officials as the day goes on. When we have more details, they will be disclosed. What I’ve indicated to you is what we know now. We know it was bombs that were set off. We know that obviously they did some severe damage. We do not know who did them. We do not know whether this was an act of an organization or an individual or individuals. We don’t have a sense of motive yet. So everything else at this point is speculation. But as we receive more information, as the FBI has more information, as our out counterterrorism teams have more information, we will make sure to keep you and the American people posted.
Thank you very much, everybody.
END 11:35 A.M. EDT
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- Minor Flooding on Kankakee River at Shelby
- Region Runner: 'We Can't Give In'
- President, Governor Direct Flags to Half-Staff
- Victim Suffered Smoke Inhalation
- Two Thwart Scanner Theft
- Attempted Purse Snatching in Valpo
- Jail Escape in St. Joseph County
- Toll Road Restaurant Robbed
- Body Found Outside Hebron
- Fire Sparked by Video Game
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