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Defense Seeks Separate Trials for Liberty Twp Man

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A man accused of mutilating an animal and causing the death of his girlfriend's seven-month old son is asking to have the two charges separated when heis scheduled to go to trial in May. The Times reports a hearing on the matter will held on February fourth for 24 year old Benjamin Willis II. Published reports say Keagan Fishel died on March 10, due to blunt force trauma to the head, while animal abuse charges reportedly stem from incidents in 2009, and between February 21st and March 8th, of...

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INDOT: Watch for Potholes as Temps Increase

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With temperatures expected to rise above freezing later this week in Northwest Indiana, INDOT says the likelihood that potholes will form increases. INDOT says as the ice melts and contracts, heavy highway traffic loosens the pavement, forming potholes. INDOT says with most of Indiana's hot-mix asphalt plants closed until spring, they're using a cold-mix, which is a mixture of small stone and liquid asphalt, as a temporary patch, which does require ongoing maintenance, as they can reopen...

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Health Organizations Form Tobacco Free Indiana

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A new organization has been formed to work on multiple fronts to reduce disease and death caused by tobacco in Indiana. The Tobacco Free Indiana Coalition is made up of representatives from more than 100 local, state, and national public health organizations, as well as faith-based organizations. Campaign Coordinator Lindsay Grace says cigarettes and other tobacco products lead to chronic health diseases, and death, and their goal is to, “promote proven strategies that can help adults quit t...

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Autopsy and Investigation into Death of Illinois Infant

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An autopsy was reportedly scheduled for today regarding the death of a five-month old girl. The Times reports the infant was found unresponsive Sunday morning, at a home on the 93-hundred block of South East End Avenue in Sauk Village, Illinois, and was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, where she was pronounced dead later that afternoon. Published reports say the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are investigating, with the focus reportedly being on the conduct of...

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Nine Span Closes for Demolition Monday

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In Hammond, the Indiana Department of Transportation says the closure of the State Road 152 bridge over the rail yards – better known locally as the Nine Span on Indianapolis Boulevard – is scheduled for this Monday. The old structure will be demolished and replaced by a bridge that's expected to open by the end of this year, 2013.
Here's the official info from INDOT:
INDOT News Release Jan 07 2013: HAMMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of the S...

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Notre Dame v Alabama: BCS Title Game Tonight

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Number-one Notre Dame (12-0) takes on number-two Alabama (12-1) tonight [ Monday night] at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida for the BCS Championship. Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly says the goal from Day 1 was to play and win a national championship.
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For Many, Christmas Day is Today

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You may have put away your Christmas decorations, but many Orthodox Christians in the Region and around the world are celebrating the Nativity today. Some Orthodox Christian churches, including those in Russia, follow a different calendar.
Sunday night was Christmas Eve, and today is Christmas for many, but not all, Orthodox Christians in Northwest Indiana. Eastern Orthodox churches following the old Julian calendar celebrate the Nativity January 7th;  however, the Orthodox Church in America,...

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Indiana Legislators Back to Indy Today

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Indiana lawmakers return to the Statehouse today for the start of the 2013 session, which includes putting together a new two-year spending plan for the state. Legislators are also expected to discuss an income tax cut proposed by Governor-Elect Mike Pence.
The Indiana House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene this afternoon at 1:30 Eastern Time.
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"Statehouse Rock!"
From State Representative Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville)
Many of the younger adults remember watching “Schoolhouse Rock!” when th...

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Seven Flu Deaths Reported in Indiana

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ABC News today reports the flu season has come early this year and cases are rising rapidly with 18 deaths reported nationwide. Pediatrician Dr. David Rosenberg says children are very much at risk: "It's been an epidemic. It's huge and there have been a lot of admissions from the flu, more than ever."
The Centers for Disease Control considers Indiana's flu activity level high.  http://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/main.html
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Delivery of New Trash Containers to Begin

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City officials say Waste Management of Indiana LLC will start delivering new wheeled trash containers to Gary residents today Monday (Jan.7) as each of the city's 20-thousand households will receive a new 96-gallon green cart for waste collection. The Mayor's office say the wheeled carts should be used immediately upon delivery. In addition to the new containers, Waste Management is introducing a fleet of six new garbage trucks just serving the city of Gary.
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WGU Indiana Chancellor: New Year Can Be New Start

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For some Region residents, the New Year may mean back-to-school for perhaps the first time in a long time. Chancellor Allison Barber says that's where WGU Indiana, the state's nonprofit, online university, can comes in for many Hoosiers. Barber says one issue that plays over-and-over in an adult's mind is, 'should they finish that bachelor's degree,' or 'should they go further to get their master's degree,' so "we're challenging your listeners to go for a clean start in 2013 and pursue a...

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Indiana 'Talk to a Lawyer Day' Jan 21

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13th Annual Talk to a Lawyer public service event of the Indiana State Bar and local bar associations.  Volunteer lawyers will provide free 10-15 minute consultations at 8 NW Indiana sites in Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton Counties on the Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday, January 21, 3013:
Lake County:
East Chicago Shrine Center, 3711 Pulaski, 8:30 – 2:30
Westside High School, 9th and Gerry Sts , Gary, 11 -2,
Lake Station/New Chicago Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Lake Station, 12:30-...

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19 years in Prison for Man Convicted of Arson

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A 28 year old New Chicago man received 19 and a half years in prison at his sentencing Friday after being convicted in August of felony arson, intimidation, receiving stolen auto parts, and being a habitual offender. The Times reports Brandon Scroggin was accused of setting fire a vehicle belonging to his ex-girlfriend, as well setting fire to her brother's vehicle, after they broke up in March. Published reports say Scroggin has a long list of arrests, including five felony convictions, and...

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Pretrial Motions Granted in Upcoming Murder Trial

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Two pretrial motions were granted Friday in the case of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend. The Times reports a Porter County judge ordered the Porter County Jail to turn over records to be used in the trial of Dustin McCowan, and that a defense witness in prison at Westville be transferred for the trial. Published reports say remaining pretrial motions are expected to be addressed Wednesday, with jury selection to begin February 4th. The Times reports McCowan is accused of killing 19 year old...

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Neglect Charges Expected Against LaPorte Woman

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A 28 year old LaPorte woman is expected to be charged with felony neglect after her child was left home alone. The Times reports police were called to the five-hundred block of Circle Drive about 5:30 Thursday evening on a report of a child left unattended, and upon arrival, an officer spotted the front door of the home was left slightly open, and when looking through a window, noticed a three year old boy was left unattended. Published reports say an officer took the child to the police...

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Second Prison Escapee Captured

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Police say an escaped bank robber was captured yesterday afternoon at an apartment complex across the street from a police department. Published reports say Kenneth Conley was one of two bank robbers who staged a daring escape from a downtown Chicago high-rise federal jail last month. Conley, who had been at-large for 17 days, had disguised himself as an old man, when officers approached him Friday in Palos Hills. Authorities reports Conley could not provide any identification, and punched an...

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3 Arrested in LaPorte for Illegal Drug Distribution

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Three people were arrested Thursday as the result of an investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics within the City of LaPorte. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports 21 year old Vandaze Buchanan and 23 year old Brittany Chapman, both of Chicago, and 26 year old Brett Tanksley, of LaPorte, were arrested at a home located on the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue. Authorities report Buchanan is charged with two felony counts of dealing heroin, and Chapman is charged with two felony...

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Jasper County Man Wins $100,000 in Lottery

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A Jasper County construction worker reportedly broke out into song as he posed with his oversized check for 100-thousand dollars. Hoosier Lottery reports Steve Stone of Rensselaer won the money on January third after playing the Wild Cherry Slots scratch-off game. The Times reports Smith and his wife claimed the prize Thursday in Indianapolis, and that the winning ticket was purchased at the Rensselaer Food Mart, located on the seven-hundred block of McKinley Avenue, in Rensselaer.


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Job Compliance Forum in Gary Wednesday

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The Mayor of Gary is holding a “Job Compliance Forum” on Wednesday to discuss guidelines for local, state, and federal projects taking place in Gary, and how Gary residents can be considered for jobs on those projects. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says, “This forum is one of several ways that we intend to keep citizens informed and trained for these job opportunities.” Congressman Pete Visclosky, who will also be attending the forum says, “Such dialogue will not only make government more efficient...

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Arnett Named NITDC President

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Michigan City, Indiana (Jan. 3, 2013) – The board of Northern Indiana’s official regional tourism organization unanimously named Jack Arnett, Executive Director of the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau, its new president Thursday at its monthly meeting.
Arnett, who has headed the LaPorte County tourism bureau since 2007, will begin serving as president immediately. In that capacity, he will oversee the seven-county organization, which utilizes a regional approach to help improve...

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