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Hoosiers Should Be Vigilant of Severe Weather Tonight

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be aware of the weather tonight as there is a possibility for severe weather and tornadoes.
The National Storm Prediction Center says there is a high risk for severe weather in northern Indiana tonight, while the rest of the state is under a moderate or slight risk. The “high risk” designation is not used often, and means patterns are developing which could cause extreme weather. The National Weather Service says these storms may bring widespread damaging winds, large hail, dangerous lightning, tornadoes, and torrential rainfall producing flash flooding.
Hoosiers should remain aware of changing weather conditions, and assess the need to travel while severe weather is in the area. Consider bringing any outdoor furniture or items inside.

Power Outages
With weather systems like this, it's not uncommon to see widespread power outages. While utility companies will be working to quickly repair any outages, storms of this size and magnitude often make it very difficult to restore power immediately.
Take the time now to charge cell phones, laptops and other devices, so that if power goes out, electronic devices will have a maximum charge.

Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:
  • Food and water for three days (includes a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day)
  • Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
For more information visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.
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Police Investigating Double Homicide in Gary

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In Gary, police are investigating a double homicide. Gary Police Corporal Gabrielle King says two cousins were found shot to death inside a home in Glen Park early this morning in the 49 hundred block of Washington Street. King says officers were dispatched to the scene around 5:30 this morning, for a call of shots fired, and found 18 year old Fredrick Stubbs and 19 year old Dontrell Wilson unresponsive in the bedroom of the residence. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Gary Police Detective James Bond at (219) 881-7300 Ext 3018.
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La Porte Homicide Autopsy Results Released

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La Porte County Coroner John Sullivan says it was one of the “most disturbing scenes” he has ever seen in many years as coroner as he reported today on autopsy results regarding the death of 48-year-old Kathy Jemiolo, whose body was found inside her home on “E” Street in La Porte early Tuesday.  Sullivan said the cause of death was multiple blunt force and sharp force trauma-type injuries.  Sullivan said the blunt force injuries to the head were from a baseball bat and sharp force injuries were inflicted by a knife. The autopsy was conducted by a forensic scientist at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.   La Porte Police announced the woman's husband, 60-year-old Joseph Jemiolo was taken into custody early Tuesday on a preliminary charge of murder. Authorities say Jemiolo served prison time on a manslaughter-related conviction several years ago in connection with the shooting death of his then-wife Nancy Jemiolo in 1978 on the southeast side of La Porte.
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Police Investigate Several Theft Reports in PC

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Porter County Sheriffs Police are reminding residents to lock their doors – cars, homes, garages – after a high number of thefts were reported this past weekend in unincorporated areas around the northern half of the county. Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says thefts ranged from a personal watercraft ... to an insulin delivery outside a home ... to plastic outdoor furniture ... to items taken from unlocked vehicles.  Sgt. LaFlower says there were thefts in Jackson, Liberty, Pine, Portage and Union townships, and overall the thefts were mainly reported from about Friday to Sunday.  Residents are also asked to call police if they see any suspicious persons or activity in the area.
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Train Collides With Farm Vehicle

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Authorities say an Amtrak train that left Indianapolis this morning heading for Chicago collided with a farm vehicle hauling at least a-thousand gallons of anhydrous ammonia in White County today, just west of Monon, and just a couple miles north of State Road 16. White County Emergency Management Director Dean Mullens says it's possible there was leak on impact, but the tank is upright and has been stabilized. None of the more than eighty passengers on the train was said to be hurt; officials say the driver of the farm tractor and the train engineer were transported for minor injuries. Mullens says the train passengers were taken to the Monon Fire Department by school bus after the collision, and they have since left by bus for Chicago.
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Severe Weather Concern for the Region

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Valparaiso University Meteorology Professor Dr. Bart Wolf, who's currently on his second storm-chasing trip this summer, talked to us today from Rapid City, South Dakota, about concern over severe weather back here at home.  Dr. Wolf says local conditions and those accompanying a system moving across the country are "kind of setting the table there for one of the more potent risks we've seen in some time for Northwest Indiana." Dr. Wolf says there's a pretty significant risk especially of damaging straight-line winds,especially this evening into tonight.
To hear our interview with Dr. Bart Wolf this morning, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
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Severe Weather, Heavy Rain Possible

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The National Weather Service says widespread severe weather is expected from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic today [ Wednesday ], with primary threats being large hail and damaging wind gusts. In addition to the severe weather, flooding will be possible as heavy rainfall is expected with the storms that develop and move into these areas.
http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/lot
Photo: Multiple cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning strokes during night-time. Observed during night-time thunderstorm.
Image ID: nssl0010, NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection
Photographer: C. Clark
Credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

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Mayor Clay Services to be Streamed Live

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Funeral Services for Gary Mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Clay are being streamed live on the internet today.  The City of Gary’s Department of Information Technology and Gary’s government access channel WJPN-TV are working together to ensure that the funeral of former Mayor Clay can be viewed by those who are unable to attend.
The ceremony will be streamed live on the internet at 11:00a.m. (CDT) Users should visit ustream.tv then type the words “Gary Access Network” in the search box. Gary residents with Comcast Cable service may view the funeral service live on WJPN-TV Channel 4.
“We know that countless Rudy Clay admirers near and far want to pay their respects,” said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “Thanks to the power of technology, we are giving them the opportunity to share in and witness a historic service via television or the internet.”

The funeral for Mayor Clay will take place Wednesday, June 12 at the Genesis Convention Center at 11:00a.m. In addition to Freeman-Wilson, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Judge Greg Mathis are scheduled to give remarks. The eulogy will be delivered by the Reverend Dr. Essie Clark-George, Presiding Elder of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
Clay also served as Indiana State Senator, County Recorder, County Councilman, County Commissioner in Lake County before becoming Mayor of Gary in 2006, and winning re-election the next year. Clay left politics two years ago because of prostate cancer. Clay was 77.
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Man Accused of Photographing Woman at Store

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Police in Hobart say a 21-year-old Hobart man was being held without bond Tuesday after allegedly being spotted exposing himself and taking pictures up a woman's skirt at the Kohl's Department Store on US 30. Authorities say Ashley Javon Toney has been charged in Lake County court with sexual battery, public indecency, public voyeurism and public nudity. Police say Toney is a registered sex offender who was previously convicted of sexual battery and criminal confinement in Porter County.
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Lake Council Debates, Agrees on E911 Post

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After some debate, the Lake County Council eventually agreed on a 112-thousand dollar annual salary for their new E-911 director, who'll be responsible for guiding the consolidation of Lake County's seventeen separate 911 systems by the end of 2014 –as mandated by state law – to prevent the county from losing millions in public safety dollars from the state. Lake County Commissioners named 50-year-old Brian Hitchcock of Davenport, Iowa, an E911 director for the Quad Cities area, to the position, pending the county council create a salary for him in the budget.  Hitchcock is a Minnesota native who helped guide consolidation of E-911 services for 30 public safety agencies in the Quad Cities area and elsewhere in the Midwest.
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Hammond School Supt in Accident

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The school superintendent of Hammond Schools told the the Times he was lucky to have survived an accident around 11-o'clock Saturday morning that police say showed the district vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, went through the parking lot of a donut shop at 173rd and Calumet Avenue, then crossed 173rd and struck a brick wall, fence and storage building, before crashing into a wooden playhouse in someone's yard. The report says 66-year-old Walter Watkins received a ticket for unreasonable speed.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hammond/hammond-schools-superintendent-crashes-into-playhouse/article_67454bad-e023-5dca-8d96-105ed26dec05.html


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Hammond Man Found Guilty of Child Molesting

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A Hammond man charged with molesting a young relative has been found guilty by a jury.   Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter on Tuesday announced Christopher Galvan was convicted for the incidents that occurred between August of 2011 and February 2012, and will be sentenced on July 3rd.
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Porter Co Police Present Medals at Special Olympics

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Members of the Porter County Sheriff's Office over the weekend were in Terre Haute for the Special Olympics. Sgt. Larry LaFlower says he, along with Officer Paul Czupryn, visited the campus of Indiana State University on Saturday to present medals, and found the experience to be both very fun and rewarding.
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PUC Ranked 2nd in State for Quality and Affordability

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            HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue University Calumet is Indiana’s No. 2-ranked college/university for providing a quality education at an affordable price.
            The College Database recently released its rankings of top Indiana higher educational institutions based on best financial return on investment. Purdue Calumet is ranked behind Purdue University at West Lafayette.
            “Value and affordability comprise the cornerstone of the Purdue education we offer at Purdue Calumet,” Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “This recognition verifies that an education built on academic excellence that enables personal and professional success can be both high quality and reasonably priced.”   

Rankings metric
            For its rankings, The College Database used a metric that considers institutions with annual tuition rates of less than $20,000 and new graduates who earn an average annual salary of at least $40,000. The College Database reported that recent Purdue Calumet graduates command an average annual salary of $42,900, while the tuition Purdue Calumet students pay is the lowest among ranked institutions.
            “With the cost of college a concern for many families, it’s important for students to find a school that produces successful, well-paid graduates,” Matt Davis, managing director of communication & partnerships for The College Database, said. “We believe it’s equally important to recognize the colleges and universities that offer both quality and affordable post-secondary options.”

Rankings of Indiana institutions
            Nine institutions qualified for The College Database Indiana rankings. They are:
1.     Purdue University (West Lafayette)
2.     Purdue University Calumet
3.     Indiana University (Bloomington)
4.     IIT Technical Institute (Indianapolis)
5.     Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
6.     Indiana State University
7.     Ball State University
8.     Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne (IPFW)
9.     University of Southern Indiana
            The College Database, according to its web site, uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau and American Fact Finder to develop its rankings. More comprehensive information can be accessed at the College Database website.

Other recent Purdue Calumet recognitions
            Purdue Calumet’s ranking by The College Database follows other recent recognitions the university has received, including:
·       “Best College/University” -- The Times of NW Indiana Best of the Region 2013 readership survey;
·       “Best Adult Educational Institution” – The Times of NW Indiana Best of the Region 2013 readership survey;
·       “Best University for Attaining a Technology Degree” – 2013 Best of Northwest Indiana Business magazine readership survey;
·       Top 100 status in awarding degrees to minority students – Diverse: Issues in Higher Educationmagazine.  
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MC Couple who Stole from Blind Woman Plead Guilty

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A husband and wife who stole over 100-thousand dollars from an elderly, Chesterton woman who was also blind pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony theft. The Times reports 48 year old Bary and 40 year old Robbin Bostic stole gold, silver and platinum coins and bars, jewelry, and cash from the woman they had helped care for, and will be sentenced to eight-years in prison. According to the article, most of the missing assets have been returned, and the Bostic's will be responsible for paying back the balance during their probation.
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Beware of Counterfeit Sports Merchandise During NBA/NHL Playoffs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warned the public today to beware of purchasing counterfeit sports apparel and tickets to playoff games.
Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing typically sold at these events.  Additionally, authorities have seen an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold to these events. Large sporting events such as the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Playoffs are prime targets for counterfeiters, many of whom travel the country with the sole intention of scamming innocent sports fans.  According to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, businesses worldwide lose an estimated $600 – 700 billion annually due to counterfeiting.
"The playoffs for these two leagues are meant to be a chance to celebrate the success of our favorite sports teams,” said IPR Center Director Lev Kubiak. “Instead, organized criminals are preying on that excitement, ripping consumers off with counterfeit merchandise and stealing from the American businesses who have worked hard to build a trusted brand."
“CBP remains ever vigilant in targeting, identifying and seizing shipments of counterfeit sports merchandise, including nearly $27 million worth seized in FY 2012,” said Assistant Commissioner Allen Gina. “CBP works closely with our partners in ICE/HSI to ensure violations of intellectual and property law are investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
HSI and CBP regularly team up with other federal agencies and state and local law enforcement during significant sporting events like the playoffs.  'Operation Red Zone' targeted counterfeit products surrounding NFL games between September 2012 and February 2013.  The operation netted 196,333 items including fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs. The items had a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of more than $17.3 million. Special agents from HSI, CBP, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and state and local police departments around the country worked in partnership with the NFL and other major sports leagues during the operation. In all, 168 tickets were seized with an MSRP of more than $154,000. Forty-one individuals were arrested nationwide during the operation including six federal and 35 state and local arrests.
Although counterfeiters are becoming smarter, fans can keep several key factors in mind when making purchases to avoid being victimized:
  • Shop at authorized retail locations, such as the official team stores rather than buying items from street vendors, flea markets, online auctions or other questionable sources
  • Look out for ripped tags or irregular markings on apparel
  • If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.  While some counterfeiters may attract fans with a low price tag or 2-for-1 deal, just as many try to legitimize their merchandise with a higher price point.  Purchasing authorized league merchandise guarantees the quality and life of that souvenir, while also providing a reputable source for concerns, returns, and exchanges.
Intellectual and Property Rights enforcement is a priority trade issue for CBP. CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive IPR enforcement program. CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR violative goods.
The HSI-led IPR Center is one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. Working in close coordination with the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, the IPR Center uses the expertise of its 21 member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions and conduct investigations related to intellectual property theft. Through this strategic interagency partnership, the IPR Center protects the public's health and safety and the U.S. economy.
To report IP theft or to learn more about the IPR Center, visit www.IPRCenter.gov.
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Coats: Immigration Reform Bill Must Be Improved

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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, today issued the following statement after voting for a procedural motion to begin Senate debate on immigration reform:
“I have serious concerns with the legislation that came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and cannot support it in its current form. However, the immigration system we have today has failed – it has failed the citizens of this country and it has failed those who have been standing in line for years trying to become citizens the right way. Over the next few weeks, the Senate should work to improve this bill through an open, fair and thorough debate that includes the input of the American people.
“I am particularly focused on enhancing border security measures to ensure the same mistakes made in 1986 do not occur again. We cannot just trust that the border will get fixed. Steps must be taken now to secure our borders, expand employer verification and improve the existing exit system. Fixing our immigration crisis is critical to growing our economy and strengthening national security, and I look forward to this important debate.”
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IN Supreme Court Indefnitely Suspends Philpot's Law License

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A former Lake County Clerk and Coroner has had his ability to practice law suspended indefinitely. Thomas Philpot was convicted last August to 18-months in federal prison for paying himself more than 24-thousand dollars in bonuses from federal child support incentive funds while he was Lake County Clerk. The ruling was issued by the Indiana Supreme Court on May 30th.
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Multi-Vehicle Crash Backing Up Eastbound Borman

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The left lane eastbound on the Borman (I-80/94 remains blocked due to an earlier multi-vehicle crash blocking the lane that occurred under the Chase Street overpass.   Traffic was reportedly backing up to just after Cline Avenue.
EB 80-94 crash at Chase St.  06-11-13
Hoosier Helper is blocking the left lane eastbound Borman (I-80/94) under the Chase Street overpass; the scene of an earlier multi-vehicle crash.
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SR 152 Lane Restrictions Begin Thursday in Hammond

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HAMMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces lane restrictions on State Road 152 in Hammond, between 165th Street and 169th Street beginning Thursday, June 13th through November 2013. Crews are resurfacing the roadway. One lane in each direction on State Road 152 will be maintained throughout the project.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT....

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