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SmartWater CSI Kits Available to Porter Co Seniors

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Fighting crime with water... SmartWater CSI. That's the name of a system using a special patented solution and a UV light to mark valuables track them back if they're stolen... and the Porter County Sheriffs Department is the only one...

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Conviction Reversed Over Language Barrier

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An Indiana Supreme Court case on language barrier has resulted in the reversal of a 1999 conviction of an Elkhart man accused of selling cocaine near a school. Officials say in the appeal, the man, a non-native English speaker, essentially...

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Valparaiso Police Investigate Second Van Incident

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Valparaiso Police are investigating the report of a second incident in as many days involving a man driving a white van and approaching a teenager in Beauty Creek Subdivision. Shortly before 4-o'clock Thursday afternoon police say they were called to...

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Community Hospital Dedicates New Addition

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In Munster, dedication and ribbon cutting Thursday evening for Community Hospital's new addition – featuring a family birthing center and intermediate care unit private rooms, and, on a clear day, a view of the Chicago skyline from the north-facing family...

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East Chicago Police Adding Nine New Officers

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In East Chicago, Police Chief Mark Becker has announced the hiring of nine new police officers, bringing the department's staffing level to 99 officers. The new recruits will attend the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Hobart in late July...

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Fire Investigation Continues at Former Church Hall

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Investigators continue to try to determine the cause of a fire Wednesday night at the former St. Sava Orthodox Church Hall on 49 th Avenue in Hobart. The company that owns the long-vacant building says it is working with the...

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Summer Driveway Safety Tips

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In an effort to keep our children safer, law enforcement agencies in Indiana are offering residential summer safety tips concerning driveways. Hammond Police Lt. Patrick Vicari told the Region News Team they ask parents...

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GM Blames Incompetence/Negligence for Delayed Recalls

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General Motors blamed incompetence and negligence for a delayed recall of millions of Chevy Cobalts and other small cars. The results of an internal investigation were made public today.  ABC News reports GM fired 15 employees and punished five others....

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Hammond, Lake Station Police Recognized for Traffic Safety

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Two Region police departments were recently recognized as being the best in Indiana for traffic safety in 2013 by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Both the Hammond and Lake Station Police Departments participate in the Operation Pull Over program and...

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LaPorte PD Issue 166 Seat Belt Tickets During Click It or Ticket

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The LaPorte Police Department recently concluded stepped-up enforcement of seat belt laws on June 1 st , as part of the 2014 National “Click It or Ticket” mobilization. Police announced today that 166 seat belt tickets and 12 child restraint...

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NWI Residents Appointed to Boards and Commissions

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A number of Region residents were recently named appointees by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to several boards and commissions. Laura Smith-Wynn of Lake County will serve a two-year term through July 1 st , 2016 on the Kids First Fund...

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Search Efforts Continue for Robert Ofcky

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Authorities continue their efforts to locate a LaPorte County man charged for possession of an explosive device. An arrest warrant was issued for 54 year old Robert Ofcky after deputies from the...

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Americans Prefer Murderers Get Life in Prison Over Death

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Life without parole - or death? A majority of Americans now say they'd rather see convicted murderers sentenced to life in prison, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. For the first time since ABC News and the Washington...

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Woman Jumps From Truck, Claims She Was Abducted

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In LaPorte, police say they were called to the two-hundred block of Pine Lake Avenue on Wednesday night to investigate a woman who jumped out of pick up and was yelling. Police report the 43 year old woman from South...

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Region Schools Share in Latest Round of Safety Grants

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Schools and school districts across the Region, large and small, are among 250 statewide sharing more than nine-million dollars to improve safety. The first awards announced last November through the state's Secured School Safety Grant Program also totaled more than...

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Utility Looking Into Cause of Outage

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A spokesperson for Northern Indiana Public Service Company says the utility continues to troubleshoot to try and determine what caused an outage that affected thousands of people in part of south Lake County early today. Customers were switched to another...

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Report of Student Approached Near Valpo Bus Stop

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Valparaiso Police say they are investigating an incident where a 13-year-old girl was reported to have been approached by an individual near a bus stop in Beauty Creek Subdivision. Police say at about 7:15 Wednesday morning then was walking to...

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Bus Driver Credited with Keeping Everyone Safe

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A bus driver is being credited for keeping everyone safe when that charter bus carrying students from Lake County, Indiana, caught fire Wednesday on Interstate 94 in Lake County, Illinois. The bus was chartered for students from Kahler Middle School...

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Power Outage in Lowell

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In Lowell, Northern Indiana Public Service Company is reporting about 4,500 customers without power this morning, which represents about half the number of residents.  We're also getting word of a power outage in the Lake Village area.   Lights are...

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Fire at Former Hobart Church Hall

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In Hobart Wednesday night, crews responded to a fire at the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Hall near 49 th and Liverpool on the far west side of the city around 8-o'clock. No injuries were reported and investigators are working...

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