(Photo Courtesy of the City of Gary)
A total of 61 weapons, 42 handguns and 19 rifles, were turned in on Saturday in Gary, at their second gun buyback event this year. Chelsea Whittington, Director of Communications for the City of Gary, says this was the fourth such gun buyback since Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's administration started in 2012, and the hope is to have one or two more by the end of this year. Whittington called the event a success, not only because guns were taken off the streets, but also because it gave the city an opportunity to partner with local churches to raise awareness about the efforts of the Gary Police Department. She says the event also lets potential criminals know the City of Gary is partnering with the eyes and ears of the community, to work together, to make the city safer.
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(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A 19 year old man wanted for felony attempted murder with a deadly weapon by the Lake County Sheriff's Department is this week's “Fugitive of the Week” by the U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force. Eric Martel Johnson was last known to reside in the 21-hundred block of Delaware Street in Gary, and is also wanted by authorities for battery, aggravated battery, and battery causing serious bodily injury, all of which are felony charges. Eric Johnson is described as a black male, 5'6'', weighing 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Eric Johnson's whereabouts 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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In Lake Station, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Dan Avitia helped save a two-year old Valparaiso girl Memorial Day afternoon. Around 3:30 pm, Avitia, a fourteen-year veteran,was in the area of I-80 west bound just west of Central Avenue, when a dispatch came out about a child having a medical emergency. Avitia located the SUV parked on the inner shoulder. Police say the child had bluish tinged lips, and not breathing; Avitia revived the child who was taken to a local hospital for observation. The mother said her daughter had been on medication for an illness. The girl was given two teddy bears by the Indiana State Police. These bears are given to children to comfort them if they become involved in a stressful situation.
US citiies with largest numeric population increase [courtesy US Census Bureau]
New data from the US Census Bureau show cities and towns across the Region losing population over the past two years, with some exceptions, including Crown Point and St. John in Lake County … Valparaiso, Chesterton and Kouts in Porter County, and Westville in La Porte County. Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012 were in Texas, according to new population estimates, and the Lone Star State also stood out in terms of the size of population growth, with five of the 10 cities and towns that added the most people over the year.
New York continued to be the nation's most populous city by a wide margin, with 8.3 million residents in 2012, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago, and the list of 15 most populous cities has remained unchanged since last year; however, the list's order has changed slightly, including Indianapolis shifting downward a spot from twelfvth to thirteenth, as Austin Texas moved up, also pushing Jacksonville, Florida, down on the list along with Indy. Indianapolis with about 835-thousand people.
State city/town lists: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2012/SUB-EST2012-3.html
“This Memorial Day, I join all Americans as we celebrate the lives of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the many freedoms we enjoy in our great nation. Our Armed Forces are filled with brave men and women from across the country, but today I especially honor those from our great state of Indiana.
"They are our family, friends, and neighbors who have chosen to serve at any time, at any place. It’s a sacrifice beyond imagination, but they serve because of their belief in American values and freedoms. We honor the Hoosiers who we have lost in the past year while serving in Afghanistan.
· Marine Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell from Kokomo, who died after defending a breach at Camp Bastion.
· Army Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn of Lafayette, who succumbed to wounds caused by small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.
· Marine Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske of Dubois, who lost his life following combat operations in Helmand.
· Army Spc. Sergio E. Perez, Jr. from Crown Point, who died from injuries following a rocket-propelled grenade explosion to his vehicle.
· Army Spc. Nicholas A. Taylor of Berne, who lost his life when the armored vehicle he was driving was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
· Marine Lance Cpl. Hunter D. Hogan from Norman, who died while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province.
· Marine Lance Cpl Joshua E. Witsman of Covington, who died while supporting combat operations in Helmand.
"We also acknowledge those servicemembers who we have lost to suicide. Suicide is a shadow killer, but the service of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines is still honorable, and should be honored.
"Forever, we are in debt to all the men and women from our state who lost their lives in combat and in all other conflicts. We will always owe our gratitude to our fallen heroes whose sacrifices grant us our freedoms and remind us every day that as Americans, we will always fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The holiday was officially proclaimed in 1868 to honor Union and Confederate soldiers and was expanded after World War I to honor those who died in all wars.
Today, Memorial Day honors over one million men and women who have died in military service since the Civil War.
The infographic at this link compiles statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Defense to honor our men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
[Information courtesy of the US Census Bureau]
Indiana has previously settled with four other publishers: Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., Simon & Schuster Inc., and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan for allegations relating to the same conduct, Zoeller said, adding that Indiana’s antitrust action based on the same allegations against Apple Inc. remains pending with trial scheduled in June 2013.
Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville:
May 27 - Monday at 10:00 a.m. the following will be shared:
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Service
First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville Service
May 27 - Monday at 11:45 ....SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Service
May 27 - Monday at 12:30 ... Battle of the Bulge Memorial Ceremony
Crown Point: Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 27 at 10:30am. The parade will begin at Joliet/West St to Main Street ending on Wells Street at the Maplewood Cemetery. The Ceremony will begin there at 11am.
Gary Memorial Day parade – May 27 – 10:00a.m.
Griffith War Memorial Event --10:00 AM-10:45 AM: at Griffith War Memorial, Broad and Oak Streets
Hammond Mohawks Memorial Day Program, St. Casimir, 4340 Johnson Avenue
Hobart Memorial Day Ceremony- May 27 – Eight veterans organizations will be gathering at the Hobart Doughboy, across from Burns Funeral Home, at 11:00 am to give tribute to all of our fallen troops from Hobart, Indiana. The eight organizations are The American Legion, The Sons of the American Legion (SAL), Marine Corps League (MCL), MCL Auxiliary, American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Chapter 13, V.F.W., V.F.W. Auxiliary, V.F.W. Mens Auxiliary. The names on the Doughboy statue that will be read are from WW1, WW2, Vietnam War, Korean War, and the Global War on Terrorism. All eight organizations will be presenting a wreath in honor of our fallen troops. The Marine Corps League Honor Guard will be firing a volley of three rounds followed by the playing of taps. The conclusion will be a closing prayer.
Kouts: Kouts will be having a Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the Kouts American Legion Post 301. The parade will kick off at 10:00 A.M. on Monday May 27th. It will proceed from the High School through town to the intersection at Rt. 8. There will also be a Memorial Service at the cemetery on Rt. 8 at approximately 10:45 A.M. All are welcome.
Lake County Memorial Day Program, 2:30 pm, gathering sponsored by Lake County Parks at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Leroy, Stoney Run County Park 142nd Avenue & Union Street
Porter: Hawthorne Park on Monday, May 27th at 1:00pm to help honor our veterans for Memorial Day. In addition to their annual services this year they will be dedicating the James Butz Honorary Parkway in memory of US Army Spc James Butz. Officials say the 21-year-old combat medic from Porter was killed in September 2011, by an improvised explosive device when he rushed to the aid of two wounded troop members, who also died in the attack in Afghanistan.
- Flags at Half-Staff for Memorial Day
- Local Drive Underway to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims
- Allegiant Air Announces End of Service Out of Gary
- Memorial Day Weekend Services at Calumet Park Cemetery
- Recreational Water Illness Injury Prevention Week
- Local Influential Women Honored at Awards Ceremony
- Festival to Honor US Service Members Tomorrow at Griegers
- 3 Juvenile Girls in Custody for Fight Behind LaPorte Business
- Highland Man Commits Suicide on Highland RR Tracks
- Agreement Reached with Penguin for Price-Fixing and Collusion
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