2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map Released

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The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) recently announced the release of the 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map. The all-new map is the first partnership of its kind between the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and IOTD and provides Hoosiers with a single map reflecting INDOT’s roadway accuracy and IOTD’s statewide attraction information.
“This new map is an exciting consolidation of the two existing maps and reflects the great roadways and destinations throughout Indiana,” said Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. “By housing this project with our tourism team, we have eliminated a redundant program while also providing a new outlet for our tourism partners to promote their attractions.”
The 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map is a combination of two Indiana map programs. In previous years, INDOT produced the official transportation map on a biannual basis and IOTD produced a yearly Indiana travel map. IOTD spearheaded the consolidation of these two maps into one, easy to read product that retains all the functionality of a traditional roadmap while also highlighting many of Indiana’s tourism destinations. The new map will be produced by IOTD on an annual basis.
“By partnering with INDOT to transition production of our state map to the tourism office, we are able to promote Indiana’s tourism partners, destinations and attractions to a wider audience,” said Mark Newman, executive director of IOTD. “From the cover photo to the partners advertised on the map back, this project is a great representation of the beauty, accessibility and travel opportunities that exist throughout Indiana.”
The undulating hills of Crawford and Harrison Counties grace the cover of this year’s map. The image, not often associated with Indiana, is representative of the state’s diverse landscape.
The new roadway map reflects the boom in infrastructure improvements Indiana has undergone in recent years. Among the many new roadway projects on the map: the new Interstate 69 corridor in southwestern Indiana, the Hoosier Heartland corridor and expansion of U.S. 31 in and around Kokomo, both expected to open by the end of this year, and the Fort to Port connection. Additionally, many other projects currently under construction with completion expected in the coming years are noted on the map. These new and future projects provide connectivity throughout all regions of the state and allow travelers within Indiana to safely and quickly reach destinations and attractions.

This year begins a two-year transition to move all production, administrative and sales oversight of the official state map to IOTD. The 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map will be available at the Indiana State Police and Indiana Office of Tourism Development booths in the expo hall at the Indiana State Fair. As in previous years, maps will also be available at state legislative offices, highway rest stops and state welcome centers. Individuals may also request a new map by visiting The 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map is free of charge.

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Final Market in the Park in DeMotte for 2013 on 8/7

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The last opportunity of 2013 for “Market in the Park” in DeMotte takes place tomorrow (Wednesday). The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce reports the event will take place from 2 to 7pm at Spencer Park. Crafters and food vendors, as well as live entertainment will featured, along with a bounce-house, balloon-art and face painting for the kids.
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Police Investigating Murder-Suicide in New Carlisle

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An investigating continues after two people were found dead this morning just east of the LaPorte/St. Joseph County line in New Carlisle. Published reports say police received a call after 7am and found a 42 year old man and a 39 year old woman dead in the home. Two children, ages 9 and 14, were inside the home at the time of the incident and were taken to be interviewed. Police are reportedly investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.
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Section of Hitchcock St in MC to be Closed for RR Repair

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A section of Hitchcock Road in Michigan City will be closed for a week starting tomorrow (Wednesday). City officials report the closure is due to train track crossing repairs on Hitchcock Road, north of Earl Road and south of Woodlawn Avenue, which is scheduled to be reopened for complete through traffic on Wednesday, August 13th. Detour signs will be posted.
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Powerball Jackpot Now at $425 Million, 3rd Biggest Ever!

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The Powerball jackpot has been raised again, and now stands at an estimated 425 million dollars, the third highest ever. Lottery officials report the record jackpot of 590 million was won in May in Florida, while the second largest jackpot of 587 million was split between two players in November 2012. If a Hoosier wins Wednesday's drawing, he or she would claim the largest jackpot ever won in Indiana. Powerball has been played by Hoosiers since 1992, and a Hoosier won the very first Powerball jackpot on April 22nd, 1992.
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Lawsuit Filed Against Dustin McCowan and his Father

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A lawsuit has been filed by the parents of Amanda Bach against Dustin McCowan, and his father, Joseph Elliott McCowan, for compensation in the murder of their daughter. The suit is under the Indiana Child Wrongful Death statute and claims the elder McCowan, a Crown Point police officer, failed to properly secure his firearms, alleging Dustin McCowan used one of them on September 16th, 2011, when 19 year old Amanda Bach was killed. McCowan is currently appealing his 60 year sentence, after being convicted in the death of the Portage teen earlier this year.
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Burglaries at Two Merrillville Churches

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Police in Merrillville are investigating burglaries at two area churches. Two weeks ago, a burglary was reported at Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church on Grand Boulevard, where the church's garage was reported to have been broken into and more than ten-thousand dollars worth of lawn maintenance equipment and other items were stolen, including two tractors, several lawn mowers and a canopy tent. Authorities say another break-in was reported about a month earlier on the other side of town at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in the 58-hundred block of Harrison Street. Details on what may have been stolen in that incident were not available.

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Gary, HUD Mtgs for GHA Residents Wednesday

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An administrator with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is joining Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson in hosting three town hall meetings for Gary Housing Authority residents Wednesday [Aug 7]. Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez will join Freeman-Wilson in hosting three town hall meetings throughout the city to explain how the partnership will work.  Last week the mayor announced the federal agency was partnering with the city to administer operations at the housing authority to address administrative, financial and management concerns.
Meetings Wednesday August 7:
Genesis Towers Ballroom, 578 Broadway, Second Floor
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
New Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1917 Carolina Street
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Center, 1845 West 37th Avenue
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Gary Schools Holding Bus Forums

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Gary public school officials are hosting a couple of opportunities for parents and students to pick up bus routes and other info on riding the school bus. Last September, school administrators in Gary, including Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt joined students on their ride to school after a variety of issues were brought to the district's attention, like changing bus routes. One of the bus transportation forums is tonight (Tue Aug 6) at 6 at Wirt-Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts. The other is this Friday, August 9 at 6 pm at West Side Leadership Academy. In Gary, the first day for students is Wednesday August 21st.

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Illiana Opponents Urged to Speak Out

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About a-hundred people attended a gathering in Lowell last night on the proposed Illiana Expressway, where local officials urged those who don't want the highway built to send that message to region planners –like those who are on the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), who still has to approve it. The gathering at the VFW Post was hosted by State Representative Rick Niemeyer, Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong, and West Creek Township Trustee Harold Mussman.  A newly-released analysis in Illinois by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning contends the two-state project would cost much more than officials have projected. The report also suggests the value of the highway, that would connect I-65 in southern Lake County in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois, has been overestimated.

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OE Names New President/CEO

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David Stupay
The executive director of a Chicago-based non-profit has been named President/CEO of Opportunity Enterprises in Valparaiso.  David Stupay, who begins August 5, will replace Ellen DeMartinis, who has been serving as Interim President/CEO since July, 2012.  DeMartinis will return to her position as OE’s Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.
“The Board of Directors has been so thankful for the incredible leadership that Ellen DeMartinis has provided during this transition period.  She has been wearing two hats – leading the organization as Interim CEO, while at the same time continuing to carry the load as our Chief Operating Officer.  Her commitment has gone beyond what the Board could have asked, and this has provided us with the time to do a thorough search for our new CEO,” shares OE Board Chair Lee Lane.  “As a result, we have been able to find a leader who has strong financial management skills, a proven track record of success, and the unique ability to truly inspire those around him.  We are absolutely thrilled to have David Stupay join us as our new CEO, and the staff is incredibly excited as well.  David’s selection came as the result of a unanimous decision by the Board and with the full support of every member of OE’s leadership team.  You really can’t start with a better foundation than that.”      
Stupay joined Esperanza Community Services, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Chicagoland area, in 2008 as Director of Finance and Operations, and has been Executive Director since August 2011.
Prior to joining Esperanza Community Services, Stupay held two director level positions at The Salvation Army. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Park Community Shelter and Coat Angels.
Stupay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southeastern University in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from North Park University.  He and his wife Vanessa recently relocated to Valparaiso.
Opportunity Enterprises serves approximately 1,000 individuals of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities throughout Northwest Indiana.  For more info visit .

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National Night Out Against Crime Events Tuesday

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Residents in many region communities Tuesday evening will be getting together with their local law enforcement agencies for “National Night Out”, in an effort to promote community-police partnerships and get to know one another. In Gary, multiple events are planned for National Night Out, from 6 to 9 pm, including events hosted by the city at Pittman Square Park at 51st and Pennsylvania Street, and Horace Mann track at 5th and Garfield. National Night Out in Hobart takes place from 6 to 9pm, at the Community Pool in the 800-block of West 10th Street. National Night Out in Valparaiso takes place from 6:30 to 9pm, and in Dyer, events are planned from 5 to 9pm, at Northgate Park.
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Influential Women of NWI Raise 8K for Local Charities

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Influential Women of Northwest Indiana awarded $8,000 to four charities associated with the United Ways serving Lake and Porter Counties with donations from sponsors and support of the 500 plus in attendance.  This year's very worthy recipients were: Discoveries Unlimited, The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Sojourner Truth House, and The Caring Place.
Every year, Influential Women of Northwest Indiana celebrates successful women who have achieved success in 11 different industries, ranging from construction and healthcare to education and government, but the organization does not stop at recognizing the business world. Nonprofits are also selected to receive funding for important projects that make a positive impact on the community.
"Each of these amazing organizations is well-established in making Northwest Indiana a better place to live and assisting women and girls in a variety of ways," Influential Women Organizer Andrea Pearman said. "Influential Women is passionate about giving back to these nonprofits that give so much throughout the year."
These nonprofits were chosen based on their mission and values, and how the funds would be used to empower women and girls, Pearman said.
Discoveries Unlimited, based in Valparaiso, was created to help pre- and early teens discover, and further interest in, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (S.T.E.M.). By forming mentoring relationships with S.T.E.M. professionals, the youth explore career opportunities and their educational requirements.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana acquires, stores and distributes more than 4.9 million pounds of food throughout Lake and Porter counties. Located in Gary, it is a
USDA-approved primary distributor of food to local pantries, shelters, daycare centers and soup kitchens.
Sojourner Truth House, also based in Gary, is a community resource and day center for homeless and at-risk women and children. It was founded to meet the needs of the
underserved in Gary and Lake County.
The Caring Place is a social service organization headquartered in Valparaiso that serves the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims, primarily in Lake, Porter and Starke counties. In addition to safe shelter, The Caring Place provides community education, support groups, legal counseling and case management, and independent living planning.
Pictured in the photograph are: (left to right)
Traci Owens, Administrative Assistant from Porter County United Way; Sherita Brewer, Development Manager with Sojourner Truth House; Jeni Elkins, Board Member with
Discoveries Unlimited; Mary Beth Schultz, Executive Director of The Caring Place;  Andrea M. Pearman, President of Diversified Marketing Strategies; Angie Williams,
Executive Director of The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
About Influential Women of Northwest Indiana:

Influential Women of Northwest Indiana is an organization devoted to providing women with the resources, recognition and motivation necessary to be successful in the
business world. Each year, Influential Women of Northwest Indiana honors the area's most successful women in eleven different industries, ranging from construction and
healthcare to education and government.
(photo and articl provided by Inluential Women of Northwest Indiana)

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Marrow Donor Registry Drive for Cook Co Sheriff's Officer

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COOK COUNTY, IL – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a marrow donor registry drive on Tuesday, August 6 in honor of Sgt. Encarnacion Roldan, who has served as a correctional officer in Cook County Jail for 28 years. In September 2012, Sgt. Roldan was diagnosed with Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. Sgt. Roldan is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
As such, Sheriff Dart is enlisting the entire Sheriff’s Office – with its nearly 7,000 employees across the county – to come together in a massive push to find a match for Sgt. Roldan within our own ranks. The Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the donor registry drive in three locations across the county:
  1. 26th and California (at a canopy outside the courthouse)
  2. Sheriff's Police headquarters in Maywood
  3. Daley Center
Health permitting, Sgt. Roldan will be on hand and available between 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the 26th/California location to answer questions on his battle with cancer as well as the importance of enhancing the national donor registry in order to save lives.
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LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week Zachary Roberts

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A 22 year old man wanted through LaPorte Circuit Court for failure to appear for felony theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. The LaPorte Police Department reports Zachary Roberts is described as a white male, 5'10”, weighing 220 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Zachary Roberts is asked to contact either LaPorte Police at (219) 362-9446 or LaPorte County Metro Operations at (219) 325-9022.  You can remain anonymous.
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ISP Troopers Conduct Active Shooter Training

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Starke County – Indiana State Police at Lowell held its very first Safe Schools/Active Shooter Training session today for school administrators. The training session was conducted at Knox Middle School and was attended by 40 school administrators from Starke and Pulaski Counties.

During the training session, troopers instructed school personnel on proper tactics for survival during an active shooter event. Troopers also conducted an active shooter scenario using blank ammunition. The scenario was designed to give the administrators a feel of what it might be like during an actual active shooter situation.

The training session was the result of several months of preparation by Indiana State Police in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Education to provide training for school administrators on the proper response to an active shooter.

The Indiana State Police has been tasked to serve as the lead agency in coordinating active shooter training with local school corporations throughout the entire state. Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter and Governor Mike Pence want to ensure that every effort is being made to provide the safest possible environment for all children in the State of Indiana.

This coordinated effort was launched early on with the Department of Education to create and implement a statewide training program that would involve all parties responsible for the care and safety of our children. This program, which was already in the developmental stages before tragedy in Newtown, CT, has come to be known as the “Safe Schools/Active Shooter” program. Dr. Rich Hogue of the Department of Education has been assigned as a liaison with the Indiana State Police to assist in this endeavor.

The purpose of this program is to educate school administrative personnel on proper response to an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds to active shooter situations and what school personnel can do to mitigate injury and the loss of life in an active shooter situation.

If you are interested in having a Safe Schools/Active Shooter presentation at your school or want more information about the program, contact Sergeant Ann Wojas at 1-800-552-8917.
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Homemade Explosive Devices Damage Mailboxes

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Five mailboxes in the Valparaiso area were either destroyed or damaged by homemade explosive devices early Sunday morning. The Porter County Sheriff's Office says the incidents were first reported just before 3am, and there were no injuries associated with the incidents, which took place in the 16-hundred block of Tippecanoe Court, the three-thousand block of Arran Quay Terrace, the two-thousand block of Carlisle Lane, the 24-hundred block of Honeleee Court, and in the 17-hundred block of Potato Creek Court.
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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Danielle Jackson

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A 30 year old man wanted in Porter County Court on a felony charge of dealing cocaine is the U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. Danielle Jackson is described as a black male, 6”00”, weighing 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Jackson was last known to reside in the 12-hundred block of East 51st Place in Gary and is also believed to frequent the area of Miller Beach in Gary. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Danielle Jackson is asked to contact investigators.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Danielle Lammar Jackson may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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Harvey Toddler Among 3 Killed in ATV Crash

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In downstate Clay County, Indiana Conservation Officers say three people, an adult female and two small children, including a one year boy from Harvey, Illinois, are dead after an off-road vehicle crash Sunday evening. The local sheriffs office received reports of an off-road vehicle being operated in a reckless manner before the vehicle struck a concrete culvert wall adjacent to a roadway east of Indiana 59 near Center Point, and the vehicle caught fire. Officials say a third passenger, a two-year-old boy also from Harvey, was listed in stable condition at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. The adult female operator of the vehicle was air lifted to an Indianapolis hospital where she later died. Officers say preliminary investigative conclusions indicate excessive speed and alcohol may be contributing factors.  Authorities say an Indianapolis man fishing nearby observed the accident and pulled the driver and surviving child from the burning wreckage. The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement says there have been 140 ATV accidents so far this year, claiming 12 lives and injuring 163.
Here are names of the victims as released by Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement today:
Xavier Rawls, 2 year old male, Harvey- Illinois, listed in stable condition at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. (Passenger)
Jaylen Rawls, 1 year old male, Harvey-Illinois, deceased (Passenger)
Nevaeh Dempsey, 2 year old female, Indianapolis, deceased (Passenger)
Andrea Allen, 22 year old female, Indianapolis, deceased (Operator)

Vehicle information:
1996 Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV/ single seat four wheeler

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One Dead, Four Hurt in East Chicago Shootings

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One man is dead and four others wounded after shootings in East Chicago. Police Chief Mark Becker says the first occurred Saturday night in the 39-hundred block of Drummond, where police believe three men, ages 21, 22, and 24 from East Chicago, Chicago and Gary were shot . About two-and-a-half hours later, early Sunday, Chief Becker says officers responded to the 38-hundred block of Euclid, where officials say 34-year-old Glenn Patterson, also known as Glenn Spates, of East Chicago was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say a second shooting victim, a 34-year-old East Chicago man, was located in the 39-hundred block of Drummond and investigators believe both were shot at Patterson's residence. It's not known if the two shooting incidents are related.
East Chicago Chief of Police Mark J. Becker released the following information:
On August 3, 2013 at 11:15pm officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 3900 block of Drummond.  It was determined that multiple rounds had been fired and two gunshot victims were located at that scene.  They are identified as Ronnie Riley, a black male, age 21 of East Chicago and Robert Billington, age 22, of Chicago, Illinois. The victims were treated at St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago. Riley sustained a gunshot wounds to his stomach and is being treated. Billington was treated and released for a “graze” type wound.
Shortly thereafter, a 3rd gunshot victim was located at Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana.  This victim has been identified Austin Earl Williams, age 24, of Gary, Indiana.  Williams was shot multiple times, to include a wound to his leg.  Williams was transported to Gary by an associate(s). Investigators were initially told conflicting stories, but now believe that Williams was shot in the 3900 block of Drummond as well and then transported to Gary. 
Detectives have a person of interest that they are pursuing in connection with this shooting.  There is no further information available at this time.
On August 4, 2013 at 1:45am officers responded to reports of a shooting and found Glenn Patterson, also known as Glenn Spates, a black male, age 34 and an East Chicago resident, shot in the face and the elbow in the 3800 block of Euclid. Investigation also located another shooting victim in the 3900 block of Drummond.  That victim has been identified as Geray C. Campbell, age 34, an East Chicago resident who was shot in the hand and the hip. 
Investigators believe that both men were shot inside Patterson’s residence by unknown individuals. Campbell successfully escaped the attack, but not without being shot.
Anyone with information regarding these events is requested to contact Detective Maurice Phillips at (219) 391-8306 or they may contact our tip line at (219) 391-8500.

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