Suspect in Custody After Stand Off with Sheriff's Department

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A former Hobart Police Officer and Porter County Animal Control Officer is in custody at last check after an incident Wednesday night. The Porter County Sheriff's office reports they responded to the 13-hundred block of Gilleevan Drive for a welfare check on a suicidal man with a weapon, who allegedly fired a shotgun out the back door as officers approached the residence.  Authorities report during the negotiations, the suspect, Eric Mosher, made death threats toward the negotiator. Officials say after finally agreeing to come out of the residence, Mosher reportedly became non-compliant with officers, and he was shot with non-lethal rounds until he complied. Mosher was taken to Porter Regional Hospital for treatment, and later to the Porter County Jail, charged with intimidation, and criminal recklessness, both felony charges, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.
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Series of Open Houses for Disabilities Awareness Month

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March is Disabilities Awareness Month, and a series of open houses/program fairs for The Arc of Northwest Indiana gets underway today in Hobart, at the East Center on West Old Ridge Road. Sue Crisman, Director of Public Relations for The Arc of Northwest Indiana; says it's about giving people choices.  Other open houses are coming up next week.

Be a part of Disabilities Awareness Month. Access, engagement and relationships presents “The Choice Is Yours”!
The Arc Northwest Indiana will be hosting Open Houses/Program Fairs at the following location, dates, and times:
On Thursday, March 14th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the East Center, 2395 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana.
On Thursday, March 21st, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Center, 2660 West 35th Avenue, Gary, Indiana.
On Wednesday, March 20th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the South Center, 550 East Burrell Drive, Crown Point, Indiana.
On Wednesday, March 27th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West Center, 9600 Kennedy Avenue, Highland, Indiana.

Information regarding Respite Care, Supported Living, Residential Services, Pre-vocational Training, Group Habilitation, Social Integration Programming, Volunteer Services, Behavior Management, Self Advocates, Family Support, Community Connections, Recreation, Job Placement and Supported Employment Follow Along Services, Medicaid Waivers, Master Trusts, and Northwest Indiana Adult Guardianship Services will be available.
For more information please call The Arc Northwest Indiana at (219) 884-1138 to speak with Sue Crisman, Director of Public Relations at extension 6562 or Mike Mayden, Transition Services Coordinator at extension 6368.
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Moseley Vows to Continue Fight for Hoosier Steel Industry

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INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Chuck Moseley (D-Portage) vowed today to continue fighting for legislation that would assist Indiana’s steel industry, even as Republicans who control the Statehouse continue to reject those efforts.
            Moseley attempted to ignite debate on the issue this week by offering an amendment that would have provided reduced income tax rates and additional economic incentives to encourage the manufacture of wind turbine components using steel produced in the United States in general and Indiana in particular.
            However, the Republicans who control the Indiana House refused to allow debate or a vote on the amendment, which was offered to Senate Bill 529, legislation that calls for creation of an Indiana Office of Energy Development within the governor’s office.
            “They said that my amendment was too similar to legislation I filed for consideration (House Bill 1193) that didn’t get a hearing in a House committee earlier this session, and so to consider the matter was against their rules,” Moseley said.
            “I fail to understand how the same people who claim that they are concerned about creating more jobs for Hoosiers can turn around and refuse to even consider talking about a proposal that will create a ton of jobs in our country and in this state,” he continued.
            In recent years, Indiana has expanded its commitment to alternate energy sources, such as wind power. Moseley noted that commitment is reflected in the numbers of wind turbines located along Interstate 65 in the northwest part of the state.
            “Those turbines are being built overseas in China and shipped to Indiana for installation in our state,” Moseley said. “Each one of those turbines contains 200 tons of plate steel. Why shouldn’t we be manufacturing that steel here in Indiana, instead of China?”
            Senate Bill 529 is designed to consolidate most of the state’s efforts at expanding alternative energy sources, including proposed incentives to attract developers to Indiana.
            “This is a rapidly growing industry, and we have the potential to take full advantage of many of the wonderful resources that are within our state’s boundaries, including the hard-working men and women who produce our steel,” Moseley noted.
            “Today’s action shows an unwillingness to move toward a policy that creates more jobs for Hoosiers,” he continued. “It is a slap in the face of working folks in this state.”
            Despite the setback, Moseley said he would continue to pursue passage of his proposal through the rest of the 2013 legislative session.
            “I have been working on this plan for a couple of years now, and I know it is the right thing to do,” he concluded.
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Crash Had I65 Closed

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Southbound I-65 was shut down for a time in Jasper County last night. Indiana State Police Lowell Post say a preliminary investigation shows a northbound semi went out control and through the median cable barriers, up onto southbound I-65 traveling across both lanes. The semi came to rest upright on the outer shoulder of southbound I-65 facing north. Troopers say a car southbound on I-65 then hit the cable barriers that were strung across southbound I-65 lanes still attached to the semi. The semi driver was treated at the scene, and the other driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his arms.

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PUC Ending Classes at South Lake Co Center

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Purdue Calumet has announced they will not offer classes next fall at their south Lake County facility – and they're considering their options for future use of the two-story building two miles south of US 30 on Broadway in Merrillville. The Chancellor says the decision is due to declining enrollment, and will save the campus 280-thousand dollars a year. The ALC opened in fall 2005 as a feeder facility to the Hammond campus, and offered primarily freshman and sophomore level classes.

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Student Expelled for Gun at School

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In Merrillville, published reports say a Pierce Middle School student was expelled after bringing a gun to school last week. According to the Superintendent, there was a feud between the student and another child, and that the weapon appears to have been meant to “impress” to some extent, with no intent to use it. Officials say there were no threats made.

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Holcomb Re-Elected State GOP Chair

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Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb was re-elected Wednesday during the first meeting of the State Central Committee following county and district re-organization. Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston, Secretary Barb McClellan and Treasurer Peter Deputy were also re-elected. Holcomb was first elected State Chairman of The Indiana Republican Party in January 2011. Prior to that, he served as Governor Mitch Daniels' Deputy Chief of Staff, Campaign Manager, and also managed the Aiming Higher PAC.

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Asner Released From Hospital

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According to his publicist, veteran actor Ed Asner has been released from a Chicago-area hospital after being transported there by ambulance from a performance in Miller Tuesday night. Asner was performing a one-man show at Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary when he was taken off stage. His publicist also says the 83-year-old Asner was suffering from exhaustion.  The seven-time Emmy winner has been touring the country playing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the past three years.

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Sobriety Checkpoints Saturation Patrols this Weekend

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220 vehicles were stopped, three people arrested for operating while intoxicated, and one wanted person was also arrested as a result of Saturday evening's sobriety checkpoint, conducted by the LaPorte County D-U-I Task Force. Authorities say the checkpoint was held along Franklin Street, in Michigan City. Deputies and officers reported receiving some positive feedback and public support from those brought through the checkpoint.
The results of the sobriety checkpoint are the following:
  • 220 vehicles stopped briefly at the sobriety checkpoint
  • 1 operating while intoxicated arrest
  • 1 wanted person arrested
  • 1 driving while suspended (prior violation) summons issued
  • 1 driving while suspended (infraction) citation issued
  • 1 license violation citation issued
  • 1 license violation warning issued
Meanwhile, officers from Valparaiso, the Porter County Sheriff's Office, Hebron and Kouts Police Departments will combine their forces for saturation patrols, targeting the Valparaiso and southern Porter County areas for this St. Patrick's Day weekend.
“Operation Pull-Over Blitz” campaigns in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties continue through March 24th.
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Donnelly to Indiana Veterans: I'm Here to Help

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Washington, D.C. — Senator Joe Donnelly spoke with Indiana media today to engage the nearly 500,000 Hoosier veterans and their concerns, including the timely receipt of benefits and healthcare, securing civilian employment, the Veterans History Project, and a recent controversy over the placement of a medal recognizing drone pilots and cyber warriors over battlefield decorations including the Purple Heart. 
“I’m focused on ensuring that veterans earn the benefits they earned and that we appropriately honor their sacrifices,” said Donnelly.  “This takes a comprehensive approach.  From VA benefits and employment programs to recording veterans’ experiences with the Veterans History Project, I want Hoosier veterans to know that I am their advocate in Washington.” 
Donnelly encouraged veterans to contact his office in the event of difficulty with a VA claim or GI Bill benefits, giving the number to his Indianapolis office, 317-226-5555, and his official website,  The Senator said he is making other efforts to contact and support Hoosier veterans as well, citing a letter to the editor on the Veterans History Project that recently ran in several Indiana newspapers.  A copy of that letter can be found by following this link,
Donnelly also expressed optimism that the Department of Defense would “do the right thing” and rank medals earned on the battlefield above a new decoration honoring drone pilots and cyber warriors.  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a review of the medal’s order of precedence this week after veterans groups and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers criticized the decoration’s placement above battlefield decorations including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. “I’m pleased that Secretary Hagel has initiated this process,” said Donnelly.
You can hear the Donnelly's conference call "On Demand" at
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Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina Named New Pope

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio  of Argentina ... now Pope Francis the first ... in Rome ... the choice of the cardinals was announced to thousands of frenzied onlookers, crowding to get a glimpse of the red-clad balcony of St. Peter's Basilica ... and the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.  Bergoglio becomes the first ever Latin American Pope.
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Cardinals Chose New Pope But Yet to Release Name

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ABC News reports white smoke is billowing from the roof of the Sistine Chapels, bells ringing ... and in St. Peter's Square the flags are waving. After just five ballots, the Catholic cardinals have chosen a new Pope, but at this a name has not been released.
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Asner Hospitalized for Exhaustion During Gary Show

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A performance by actor Ed Asner Tuesday night in Gary was cut-short after he was taken to a Chicago hospital. The Times reports the actor was hospitalized for exhaustion, and at last check he was expected to be released sometime today. Published reports say Asner was taken from the stage during a sold-out show of his one-man performance of F-D-R at Marquette Park Pavilion.
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Hobart Back to 3 Ambulances

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The city of Hobart is back to having three staffed ambulances. This past Friday, one was added to Fire Station Two on Old Ridge Road, on the west side of the city. It was moved from Fire Station One on Tenth Street, which is now home to a new Advanced Life Support engine, which is similar to an ambulance, but doesn't provide transport. Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor says the fire chief had looked at a system that would place ambulances on the north and south sides of the city, and in the middle – on 10th Street – there would be an ALS engine as well as a rescue truck and battalion chief vehicle that could respond to any emergency. To hear Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor on this and a number of topics, visit our Region Newsmakers On Demand at Regionnewsteam-dot-com

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Region Man Gets Another Chance at $1M

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Hoosier Lottery officials say a Region man has defied amazing odds. Chris Ziegler of Valparaiso, a US Marine and wartime veteran who served in the Gulf War, is one of five finalists in an upcoming Hoosier Lottery Lucky Millionaire drawing in which one of the five will walk away with a million dollar prize – and this isn't his first shot at the Lucky Millionaire prize. Ziegler, who currently works as an EMT, was also a finalist in the previous Lucky Millionaire drawing last September. He didn't walk away with the million dollars that time --the prize went to Greg Langel of South Bend, so he kept entering his non-winning tickets into the mylottery second-chance drawing. One of his entries was drawn in the Jan. 30 drawing, earning him $500 and a second shot at the $1 million. The drawing is Friday at the Indianapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival.
The four other finalists are Shane Dorsett of Bedford, Michael Richardson of Warsaw, Lorrie Warner of Warsaw and Bonita Henson-Turner of Crete, Ill.

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Info Session in MC on Local Construction Jobs

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There's another opportunity today (Wed Mar 2013) for Region residents to connect with the construction and building trades. Michigan City officials, in partnership with NIPSCO and the Indiana Plan for Equal Employment, schedled two public information sessions on construction jobs needed for NIPSCO’s air quality improvement project at the Michigan City Generating Station. The first session was Tuesday evening, and another takes place today, 9am to 12:30 pm., at Michigan City City Hall. Construction for the multi-year 250-million dollar project is expected to continue through 2016.

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Gary Airport Tower Appeal Planned

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The Gary Jet Center is reportedly planning to appeal the impending tower closure at Gary/Chicago International Airport resulting from the sequester cuts. The jet center manages jet aircraft and handles operations for fueling and cargo handling requirements at the airport. The airport itself had already announced it would not contest the closing, scheduled for April 7.

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Lake County, Lowell Agreement Approved

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The Lake County Council has approved an agreement merging Lowell's dispatch operations with the sheriffs department. Under the merger, the town's two dispatchers continue as employees of Lowell. It's unclear how a county-wide consolidation of all seventeen E-911 services in Lake County that the state is mandating by the end of next year will affect that.

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Crusaders Going to NCAA Tourney

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The Valparaiso men’s basketball team is going back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 after a 62-54 victory over Wright State to earn the Horizon League tournament championship at the ARC Tuesday night. Valparaiso, 26-and-7, set a new program record for victories in a single season on Tuesday as well with their 26th win of the 2012-2013 campaign. The Crusaders will find out their Second Round opponent for the 2tourney Sunday evening when CBS unveils the brackets [ 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17]. Valpo will be holding a viewing party for the selection show in the Harre Union ballrooms starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

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Nine-Span Demolition Continues

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In Hammond, the Nine-Span Bridge is coming down – span-by-span. Demolition work began a couple months ago on the historic bridge on Indianapolis Boulevard. When it's rebuilt, the Indiana Department of Transportation says it won't be a nine-span anymore.
The Nine-Span, spanning the railyards as it connects Hammond and East Chicago, was built in the mid 1930s. INDOT says the new bridge is expected to open before the end of the year.
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