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Interview: 'Black Water' Back at Lowell School

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Visit News Audio on Demand here at our website for our interview today with Tri-Creek Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nathan Kleefisch concerning the discolored water at Lake Prairie Elementary School. 
Discolored water was coming out of some faucets at Lake Prairie Elementary School near Lowell Wednesday. The gray-colored water led to drinking fountains being turned off and bottled water being provided to students and staff as a precaution. The school is outside of town limits and not part of the municipal water system. It's an issue Tri-Creek officials have dealt with at Lake Prairie for years, including last year. School officials say the well water has been determined to be safe, despite its color, and that they've been working with state and county health officials. Dr. Kleefisch says the discoloration has varied over the years, with a variety of extremes, where at times it's looked like there's mud in the water....

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NB 65 Closed Just South of Lowell

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12 noon -- Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post report all lanes of northbound I-65 are closed south of the Lowell/Route 2 exit due to an accident.  A caller to the Region News Team reports a vehicle on fire in the area.
We also have word from a caller of a backup in the area of northbound Cline Avenue in the Hammond area, with a car sideways blocking the left lane as you exit north from the Borman Expressway....

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Suspicious Package Found to be a Cooler

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Police say no explosives were found in a suspicious package that halted South Shore and Metra Electric trains in Chicago during Wednesday morning's rush hour. Police say what they did find was a large cooler that had a cellphone, wires, and a Thermos inside, and they say investigators were able to identify the owner and determine there were no malicious intentions on the part of that person. The trains were stopped around 7 am before the Van Buren stop after the package was spotted by a South Shore crew on a platform at the Van Buren station. All service resumed about ninety-minutes later. ...

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Discolored Water Reoccurs at Lowell Grade School

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Discolored water was coming out of some faucets at Lake Prairie Elementary School in Lowell Wednesday. The black water led to drinking fountains being turned off and bottled water being provided to students and staff as a precaution. The school is outside of town limits and not part of the municipal water system. It's an issue Tri-Creek officials have dealt with at Lake Prairie in the past, including last year. School officials say the well water has been determined to be safe, despite its color, and that they've been working with state and county health officials....

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IUN's First Coffee with a Cop a Huge Success

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Chief Patricia Nowak and Officer Ricardo Garcia were on hand at IU Northwest’s recent “Coffee with a Cop” event, in which the campus and community came out to meet the campus officers in an informal, conversational setting. Nowak said the event was a huge success, and the IUPD-Northwest is planning on future meet-and-greets.
About sixty people came out for the very first "Coffee with a Cop" event hosted by the Indiana University Police Department-Northwest (IUPD-NW) at the campus cafeteria Tuesday.
IUPD-NW Chief Patricia Nowak said she was thrilled with the turnout for the inaugural meet-and-greet, in which officers engaged in informal conversation, providing campus and community members the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work, both on the IU Northwest campus, as well as in the community, most specifically in Gary.  The conversations touched on such topics as careers in law enforcement, the desire for more citizens’ and kids’ police academies, and the IUPD-NW’s involvement in patrolling the University Park area immediately surrounding campus.
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Sergeant Melvin Blakely, Jr. (foreground) speaks to a resident at the recent “Coffee with a Cop” event at Indiana University Northwest. The meet-and-greet attracted about 60 campus and community members who enjoyed an informal conversation with campus officers.
Overall, Nowak said the folks she chatted with expressed satisfaction with their safety and security on campus, appreciate the department’s presence immediately surrounding the campus and feel the officers are friendly and approachable.“It is important that the campus, and community, have an awareness of what we do, and how we serve,” Nowak said. “Building relationships builds trust.”
The university says a commitment to community engagement efforts, such as Coffee with a Cop, have become more greatly embedded into the mission of IUPD-NW since Chief Nowak joined the squad in July 2012. Similar community-based efforts include the Citizens’ Police Academy, the Youth Citizens’ Police Academy, and the annual Shop with a Cop program, among others. “The concept of community policing efforts is to build trust with our constituents,” Nowak said. “The IUPD-NW sees great value in getting to know, and serving the needs of not only the IU Northwest campus, but also the citizens of Northwest Indiana.”
The meet-and-greet was one of several such gatherings that are taking place nationwide as part of a U.S. Department of Justice initiative. Because of the high turnout and valuable information gleaned from the event, Chief Nowak anticipates hosting more meet-and-greet events in the future.
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Gary Signs Agreement with Humane Society Calumet Area

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The Gary Animal Control Division has forged a partnership with the Humane Society Calumet Area out of Munster to assist with the intake of animals. The Board of Works approved the contract Wednesday. Commander Peter Sormaz of the Gary Police Department, who represented the City’s Animal Control Division during the negotiations, says Gary is not in a position to build a new facility at this time. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says she believes the plan will bode well with groups who have expressed concerns about the care and safety of the animals.  “We are extremely pleased with this agreement, and I applaud the Gary Police Department and the representatives from the Humane Society Calumet Area for their hard work in mapping out a plan that works well for both parties,” said Freeman-Wilson.  “The animals will continue to get the care they need," Sormaz said, "and we have gained a great partner in the Humane Society Calumet Area.”
According to the contract, the Gary Animal Control will transport animals to the Munster facility located at 421 45th St., and the City will pay the Humane Society $50 per animal per month for services performed. However, the Humane Society will waive the S50 fee for feral cats. The contract is not to exceed $82,000 annually and shall continue through December 31, 2014. The contract may be extended for up to four additional two-year terms so long as both parties agree.
Guardians who are looking to reclaim an impounded animal will pay a $15 fee for each day the animal has been impounded. Impoundment fees for less than three days will be waived. The Humane Society Calumet Area will begin providing services next week....

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Ninety Region Group Home Residents Being Moved

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Officials say ninety residents of group homes in the Region are being moved to other facilities, some as far away as Fort Wayne, as the state will not be continuing its provider agreement with The Arc of Northwest Indiana, a non-profit agency operating more than twenty group homes in the area for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jim Gavin, director of communications and media for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, says the decision was made due to health and safety issues. Difficulty in providing adequate nursing services at the group homes was said to be a major factor in the move. ...

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Rollover Semi Blocking Lane on I65 Near Lowell

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Traffic advisory for south Lake County: Big backups on northbound I-65 approaching State Road 2 Lowell Exit, due to semi rollover northbound blocking left lane near the scales....

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Minor Injuries in Lansing Helicopter Crash

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Authorities say a 45-year-old Highland man was injured in a helicopter crash at the Lansing Municipal Airport Wednesday evening. Illinois State Police say an instructor and student were practicing hovering maneuvers around 5:15 when the helicopter struck the pavement, and that caused the aircraft to flip onto its side. Police say the student, Charles Fink, was taken to Community Hospital in Munster with minor injuries, and the instructor, 28-year-old Raymond Daniel of Schererville, was not hurt.  Also responding were Lansing Police and fire departments from Lansing and Lynwood....

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No Injuries Reported in Cedar Lake Barn Fire

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No word at this time on the cause of a barn fire in Cedar Lake Tuesday night. Several departments responded to the 10900 block of Parrish Avenue around 6:30, and the structure was described as a total loss. Fire officials say to their knowledge, no one was hurt and no animals were inside the barn. Cedar Lake was assisted by crews from Lowell, Lake Dale, Lake HIlls, St. John, Beecher and Crown Point. ...

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Bike Trail Attack Reported in Glen Park

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In Gary, police are investigating the report of a 21-year-old woman attacked by a man as she was walking along a bike trail on the south side of the city. The woman was in the area of 51st and Georgia in Glen Park around noon Tuesday when reports say a man grabbed her and knocked her to the ground. Police say she screamed and fought the man, who reportedly ran away from the trail area heading north. The victim was treated for scrapes. The suspect was not found. ...

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Another Illinois-based company moves HQ to Indiana

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After just appearing for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Elkhart on Tuesday, and in South Bend the day before, Indiana Mike Pence returned to the Region for the groundbreaking of the new headquarters of Land O' Frost in Munster, Wednesday afternoon. 
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(L-R:  Joseph Simonetto, Munster Town Council President; Donna Van Eekeren, Chairwoman of Land O' Frost; Governor Mike Pence; David Van Eekeren, CEO Land O'Frost) 
Land O' Frost is the nation's second-largest seller of pre-sliced, pre-packaged lunchmeats is relocating it's corporate headquarters from just over the state line in Lansing to a three acre campus in Munster.  Officials say the move to the new 27,000 square foot facility, which is scheduled to be operational in 2014, will create up to 50 new jobs.
Governor Pence joined company executivest at the Wednesday afternoon groundbreaking celebration where he pointed out that Land O' Frost was the 24th Illinois company to relocate  to Indiana since 2010.  The governor adding that he hopes those companies and this one will soon have "lot's of company in the years ahead."
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(Van Eekeren family members and officials posing with Governor Mike Pence before one of the company's semi trailers)
(photos:  courtesy of Karl Berner)...

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Funnel clouds sighted in southern LaPorte County

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At about 6:05 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Sheriff's police in LaPorte County received a number of reports of a funnel clouds with one tornado reportedly on the ground near County Road 1000 South and 750 East moving in a northeasterly direction.  While there were no active watches or warnings in effect at the time, the National Weather Service did issue a special weather statement at 6:17p.m. CDT stating showers were producing funnel clouds across southern LaPorte County and that at 6:09p.m. a shower was producing a funnel cloud near Kingsford Heights, or 10 miles north of Knox, moving north at 5 mph.  

Some of the towns and communities immediately in the path of the storm included Wanatah, Kingsford Heights, Salem Heights and South Center.   

The Weather Service Northern Indiana Facebook page also reported receiving a number of reports of a funnel cloud in LaPorte County.  In response the weather service says the funnels were what they call a "landspout tornado."  "These types of tornadoes are generally weak, short lived, and undetectable by radar, but can do minor damage.  Because the weak tornado did not show up on radar, the National Weather Service was relying on reports phone din by LaPorte County Emergency Management.

The Region News Team has not received any reports of damages or injuries at this time.

(photo: "landspout tornado" courtesy of Sherry Frey)

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Gov. shutdown affects National Do Not Call Registry

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The National Do Not Call Registry maintained by the Federal Trade Commission is among the numerous federal government services affected by the current shutdown. Many states, like Indiana, operate their own telemarketer-do-not-call lists that are not affected and remain in operation. Indiana's Do Not Call List is through the Indiana Attorney General's Office, and is for residential, wireless or VOIP telephone numbers or prepaid wireless numbers primarily in Indiana.  For more info: http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2446.htm
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More charges expected in murder of two-year old

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Reports say charges against other individuals are expected as authorities continue to investigate the death of a two-year-old child. The LaPorte County Prosecutors office says 22-year-old Tommy Shannon, Jr., of Michigan City is in jail on no bond accused of murdering the boy, who coroners officials say died of blunt force trauma. Officials say the suspect was the boyfriend of the child's mother. Police say Shannon was brought up to LaPorte County from Evansville, where he was being held in the Vanderburgh County jail on unrelated charges.
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Hammond to cancel wastewater contracts

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Griffith, Whiting and now Highland are joining forces in Lake County court over the Hammond Sanitary District decision to cancel longtime contracts for treating wastewater. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., says the three communities don't pay enough for service in light of the cost of new infrastructure required by the US EPA meant to keep stormwater overflows from going into the Grand Calumet River during heavy rains. McDermott tells the Times that Hammond and Munster residents are unfairly bearing the cost of these mandated improvements. ...

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Southbound Cline Avenue reopened to traffic

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Authorities say southbound Cline Avenue has been reopened to traffic, closed earlier due to fuel spill that resulted from an earlier accident involving a semi.  Traffic had been backed up all the way to BP and the mills around the noon hour.  Traffic tipsters first reported the incident that caused a tractor trailer truck to jackknife across two lanes of southbound Cline Avenue at the entrance ramp from 169th Street around 11:20 Wednesday morning.  Northbound traffic was unaffected, however police did divert traffic onto 169th Street while fire crews were mopping up the spilled fuel.  There were no injuries reported....

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Garbage Cans and Mailboxes Vandalized Overnight

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In Porter County, sheriffs police are investigating nearly twenty instances of damage to mailboxes and garbage cans on the eastern side of the county overnight. Porter County Sheriffs Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says a lot of the vandalism took place between Sager Road east to County Road 450 East, and between County Roads 500 North and 100 South. "We had 18 reports of vandalism in Washington and Morgan Townships, mainly in Washington Township, where we had garbage cans and also mailboxes that were damaged," Sgt. LaFlower said, and anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriffs Department Detective Bureau at 219-477-3140.  Sgt. LaFlower says based on the damage reports, it appears whoever was responsible may have driven their vehicle into the the plastic trash and recycling containers that had been put out by the roadside for pickup, pushing them into mailboxes, but they're still investigating. ...

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Accident Has Traffic Backed Up on Cline

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12 noon -- From the Region Traffic Center: We have word of an accident and possible fuel spill on southbound Cline Avenue in Hammond. The accident scene is between Michigan and 173rd Street.  No information on if there are any injuries....

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Governor Pence Disappointed in Shutdown

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Indiana Governor – and former Congressman -- Mike Pence says the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is a frustration, expressing his disappointment in a statement issued today.   Pence also says he has long supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Pence contends the law’s medical device tax has cost Hoosier jobs. “ This tax increase hits Indiana particularly hard,” the governor said, as Indiana is "home to half the nation’s orthopedic industry.”
Here's the text of the Governor's statement:
The government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is a frustration to me and every American and is a result of a lack of leadership by the Obama Administration. I am disappointed that this administration has made no effort to find common ground. The President has resolutely refused to compromise at any point.
I have been a legislator, and now I’m an executive. I know that it takes give and take to reach agreements between an administration and a legislature. On behalf of every Hoosier, I urge him to change course and seek agreement to reopen the government as soon as possible.
I have long supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this week I pointed to a possible area of agreement in urging the Senate to repeal the law’s medical device tax. This tax increase hits Indiana particularly hard as we are home to half the nation’s orthopedic industry, and it has already cost Hoosier jobs. The President must step up and work with Congress to resolve this issue in the best interest of the American people....

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