(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
Police in LaPorte are seeking the public's help in locating a 26 year old man wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge and maintaining a common nuisance. LaPorte Police report Brett Tanksley is described as a white male, 5'8”, weighing 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police say Tanksley has a large tattoo of the grim reaper on his chest and the letters T-A-N-K tattooed across the fingers of his right hand. Anyone with information on Brett Tanksley's immediate whereabouts is asked to contact 9-1-1, the LaPorte Police Department at 362-9446, or La Porte Metro Operations at 325-9022. You can remain anonymous....
(11-2) East Chicago Central vs (10-3) Forte Wayne Dwenger at Zollner Stadium in Forte Wayne, 6:30pm
(12-1) West Lafayette at (13-0) Andrean, 6:30pm
(11-2) Rensselaer at (10-3) Tipton, 7pm
(12-1) Tri Central at (13-0) Winamac, 6:30pm...
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich told the Region News Team his department's patrols include some very heavily-traveled and well-known highways in the Region. "We're stepping up our efforts starting next week," Sheriff Buncich said, with concentrated efforts in the rural and unincorporated areas, as well as the heavily-traveled Cline Avenue corridor and Route 41.
Police are in the midst of an Operation Pull Over blitz that began November 8th and continues through December first that combines high-visibility seatbelt and impaired driving patrols. Extra patrols are also planned for Thanksgiving eve, referred to at “Blackout Wednesday” by law enforcement who say it's becoming the biggest drinking holiday of the year, surpassing New Year's Eve.
Thanksgiving Eve, or "Blackout Wednesday," is "quickly becoming the biggest drinking holiday of the year," said Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller, surpassing New Year's Eve, and with so many motorists on the roads for the Thanksgiving travel period, Chief Miller says they feel it creates "a deadly mix".
Also in Hammond, City Court Judge Jeffrey Harkin has raised the bond to $2000.00 cash for anyone arrested for driving while intoxicated. Arraignment will be Monday morning (December 2, 2013) following the holiday. "It’s my hope that by announcing these patrols and making our presence known, we will deter people from driving drunk," Miller said. "Please plan your partying with safety in mind. Always use a designated driver, and if that fails call a friend or a cab."
Hammond Police Lt. Patrick Vicari says in Hammond the ongoing crackdown also includes pedestrian traffic safety enforcement. "The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times in Indiana," Vicari said, "and It's the goal of the law enforcement agencies in this area to keep travelers safe while driving on our highways and our city streets."
Police also want to make sure motorists and their passengers are buckling up. "It's the best way to protect yourself against injury in a crash as well as your loved one," said Indiana State Police Trooper Glen Fifield. Fifield also said if you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there's" a high probability you're right," and people are encouraged to call 911 immediately.
Commander of the Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership, St. John Police Officer Steve Rudzinski added, "We just want to make sure people in this county and throughout Indiana are safe."...
Hammond, Indiana - United States Attorney David Capp announced that a Superseding Indictment was returned yesterday charging Jesus Valentin Fuentes, 39, of Chicago and East Chicago, Kiontay Kyare Pennington, 34, of Gary, Indiana, Oscar Cosme, 41, of East Chicago, Indiana and Adron Herschel Tancil, 36, of East Chicago, Indiana, for the May 16, 2003 murder of Julio Cartagena in East Chicago, Indiana.
The indictment alleges that Fuentes was one of the local leaders of the Two Six Nation, a violent criminal enterprise. In November 2003, Fuentes directed members of the Two Six to kidnap the family of Julio Cartagena (Cartagena was also a member of the Two Six), in an effort to recover a large quantity of cocaine stolen by Cartagena from Fuentes. Henderson, Pennington and other Two Six members allegedly kidnapped Cartagena’s children and mother of his children at gunpoint from their home in Hammond, Indiana. Hammond Police soon were able to rescue the family, none were harmed.
Thereafter, the indictment alleges that Fuentes directed Two Six members to kidnap Julio Cartagena. On May 16, 2003, Louis Henderson, Pennington, and Tancil, all alleged Two Six members, and Oscar Cosme, an associate of Henderson, shot and killed Cartagena in East Chicago during an attempted kidnapping. After the shooting these four individuals sped away in a vehicle driven by Henderson. The vehicle crashed and Henderson was killed.
- Count 1 of the indictment charges Pennington, Tancil and Fuentes with murder in aid of racketeering and kidnapping.
- Count 2 of the indictment charges Pennington, Cosme, Tancil and Fuentes with the use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (distribution of cocaine) and crimes of violence (murder and kidnapping).
These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Merrillville Field Office, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives HIDTA Taskforce, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Chicago Police Department and the Hammond Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Nozick.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. ...
Police in Chesterton continue to investigate a report of a woman being robbed in her home on Tuesday in the 11-hundred block of Pam Street. Chesterton Police today released a sketch of the alleged suspect who, according to police, approached the victim from behind and pushed her inside, implying he had a weapon, though none was displayed. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6-feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, with short curly hair. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Chesterton Police at (219) 926-1136....
(Photos Courtesy of State Senator Jim Arnold's Office)
Tuesday was Organization Day for Indiana legislators to kick off the 2014 legislative session, a mostly ceremonial day featuring the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers, but legislators also honored emergency workers who played a vital role in the July rescue of a 6 year old boy at Mt. Baldy. State Senator Jim Arnold, of LaPorte, authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 honoring the first responders, and Michigan City mayor Ron Meer, Police Chief Mark Swistek and Fire Chief Ronnie Martin were in attendance. Senator Arnold says, “the time, effort and professionalism that these first responders exhibited are no doubt the reason that a 6-year-old boy now has his whole life ahead of him...and for that, they deserve all of our respect and gratitude.”
The General Assembly will return to the Statehouse on January 7th. ...
(Photos Courtesy of the Lake County County Sheriff's Office)
Two North Chicago men are in custody after police recovered three-point-five pounds of crystal methamphetamine from their vehicle on Wednesday. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports officers pulled the vehicle over around 4pm for speeding and making unsafe lane movements while heading southbound on I-65, near Lowell. Authorities say while approaching the vehicle, their drug dog indicated on the engine area and upon investigating the engine compartment the drugs were allegedly located. 26 year old Alejandro Murilla and 18 year old Alexander Molina were each charged with dealing a controlled substance.
(Above: Alejandro Murilla. Below: Alexander Molina)
(Photos Courtesy of Nick Russ and the South Shore CVA)
This morning at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, officials welcomed back the South Shore Air Show... which is heading to a new location. Speros A. Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Gary Corbett, CEO of Fair Oaks Farms, announced that Fair Oaks Farms will play backdrop to the event at a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Fair Oaks Farms is a 33,000 acre attraction, allowing the two organizations ample room to make additions to the family-fun event. “Hosting an air show at a tourism destination, like Fair Oaks Farms, has yet to be done in the United States,” said Batistatos. “We have a real opportunity to bring in new facets to an event that is already a ‘must-attend’ for residents and visitors.” Additionally, Batistatos believes hosting the air show at Fair Oaks Farms will challenge conventional thinking on space used for events along the South Shore. “Northwest Indiana is such a unique area. There are many different features that can be highlighted and tailored to make an event truly special and successful,” said Batistatos. According to Batistatos, Fair Oaks Farms enthusiastically agreed to partner for the 2014 air show.
(An aerial view of Fair Oaks indicating the event space in 2014)
South Shore Air Show attendees will be able to enjoy the traditional, exciting aerial acrobatics in addition to exploring all Fair Oaks Farms has to offer. With the recent addition of The Pig Adventure, Fair Oaks Farms has numerous educational and entertaining activities for all ages. Proposed additions to the air show include a car show and live music entertainment.
Previously, the South Shore Air Show had been held on the beaches of Marquette Park in the Miller Beach section of Gary. Officials say this year's show was canceled due to the impact of automatic federal spending cuts, or sequestration. Dates for the 2014 South Shore Air Show will be announced in the coming months....
Two men were taken into custody on Wednesday after gunfire rang out as students were getting off their school bus in the three-hundred block of Vail Street in Michigan City. Authorities report there were two groups on each side of the street involved in the incident that occurred around 3pm. No injuries were reported and no homes or vehicles were hit by the gunfire, which police estimate lasted anywhere from 20 to 30 seconds. Michigan City Police report 21 year old Alexander Newton and 19 year old Isaac Newton were apprehended after a brief foot-chase and were both being held for resisting law enforcement, while the 21 year old was also charged with criminal recklessness and carrying a handgun without a permit. The cause of the incident remains under investigation....
A 29 year old man was taken into custody at gunpoint this morning after allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at three men and a woman while in the Valparaiso Steak 'n Shake parking lot. Valparaiso Police report the incident took place around 4am, after which they were called out and the suspect, William Ramsey, of Porter County's Center Township, was arrested after his vehicle was stopped at U-S 30 and Linwood Drive. Ramsey has been charged with felony intimidation and felony pointing a firearm.
Meanwhile police say the female subject who witnessed the incident and had the gun pointed at her fled the area and police are seeking her identity to assist in this case. The woman was reportedly driving a light blue Camry, and anyone with information regarding her identity is asked to contact the Valparaiso Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 462-2135.
They are looking for pet leashes, food, bedding, etc. Donations will be accepted at Smoochie Pooch at 503 Silhavy Rd in Valpo through Friday morning. The supplies will be sent to Pals for Paws in Kokomo who are fostering displaced pets and will then be set up for a food pantry. ...
The City of Crown Point has announced a collection drive for donations to help those affected by Sunday's severe weather outbreak in the especially hard-hit city of Kokomo. The National Weather Service says two tornadoes struck the city, both with a preliminary intensity rating of EF2. Region residents can drop off items through about 10 am
this Friday (Nov 22 2013) at the Crown Point Fire Station, 126 N East Street, in their training room, and Source One Real Estate at 855 E. North Street.
“The severe storms on Sunday devastated the lives of those who were in its path. The mission of “Crown Point Cares” is to help our fellow citizens whether they are from Crown Point or Kokomo,” said Mayor David Uran. Items needed are plastic containers, ziploc bags, diapers (all sizes), wipes, baby formula, shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, tooth brushes cleaning supplies, flashlights and batteries....
The Indiana State Police at Lowell is advising motorists to avoid I-80 eastbound / the Borman Expressway due to current traffic congestion. Troopers say a crash near the four mile marker in the Hammond area will cause traffic backups and detours for the next two hours The Indiana State Police suggest you seek alternate routes of travel. INDOT reports the right three lanes are closed near Kennedy Avenue due to crash cleanup....
- Prelim Data Show 26 Tornadoes in Indiana
- Fatal Shooting in East Chicago
- Gary Gospel Concert and Food Giveaway
- Donnelly Donates Shutdown Pay to IN Food Banks
- No Order from IDOI to Reinstate Canceled Policies
- Illinois Becomes 16th State Legalizing Gay Marriage
- Great American Smokeout: Commit to being Tobacco Free
- La Carreta in Merrillville and Schererville Raided
- Discrimination Charges Against Highland Restaurant
- Lugar Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
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