Nesquik Chocolate Powder Recall

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Nestlé USA announced the voluntary recall of limited quantities of Nestlé NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder in the 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canisters. The voluntary recall is limited to only NESQUIK Chocolate Powder, which was distributed nationally. No other varieties of NESQUIK powder or any sizes or flavors of NESQUIK ready-to-drink are affected by this recall.

Nestlé is removing the canisters from distribution because the company was notified...

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Explosion Kills Two in Indianapolis

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ABC News reports an explosion Saturday night on the southeast side of Indianapolis has claimed at least two lives, damaged several homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate the area. Officials still don't know what caused the blast but they wanted to make sure to get people out. One of the residents evacuated said "It was just so big and overwhelming you can't even explain it. So we were just trying to get out of there and that's what we did."


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Fatal Accident in Hammond

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Hammond Police say a Gary woman died after a three-car crash early Sunday morning that also injured four others, two critically, and the Times reports the case is being submitted to the prosecutors office for review. The crash occurred at 165th and Columbia Avenue, officials say. The Lake County Coroners office says 42-year-old Damita Nicholson of Gary died at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond shortly after 3:30 Sunday morning.


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Fire at Lake Station Compost Facility

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Officials say Lake Station fire crews have been at the scene of a fire at the city's compost facility throughout the overnight hours.  One listener tells us smoke from the fire can be seen from Interstate 80/94 this morning not far from Ripley Street.  The site is north of the Borman.   Authorities tell us crews have been on scene since 8pm Sunday.   No injuries are being reported.  We're told the fire is under control.


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Fourth Suspect Sought in Mall Shooting

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At last word, police were seeking a fourth suspect in a shooting at Westfield Southlake in Hobart Saturday evening.  The mall was evacuated about 6:30 pm after police say a shot was fired in one of the open areas, with the bullet lodging in a ceiling. There were no injuries reported.  The Times reports three suspects, ages 14, 15 and 16, were taken into custody.  Police tell the Times the shooting happened after two groups of youths got into a fight.


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Fourth Suspect Sought in Mall Shooting

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At last word, police were seeking a fourth suspect in a shooting at Westfield Southlake in Hobart Saturday evening.  The mall was evacuated about 6:30 pm after police say a shot was fired in one of the open areas, with the bullet lodging in a ceiling. There were no injuries reported.  The Times reports three suspects, ages 14, 15 and 16, were taken into custody.  Police tell the Times the shooting happened after two groups of youths got into a fight.

Westfield Southlake posted on their Facebook page that they would be open normal hours today.



Wind Advisory for the Region

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Region residents can expect very windy conditions today (Sunday November 11, 2012) . The National Weather Serivce Chicago issued a Wind Advisory early this morning. Here are details:

327 AM CST SUN NOV 11 2012 /427 AM EST SUN NOV 11 2012/

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Shooting Closes Mall - No Injuries Reported

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The Westlfield Southlake Mall remains closed at this hour after being evacuated due to a shooting earlier this evening. Published reports say an argument between a group of teenagers turned into an altercation.  The Times online is reporting that witnesses overheard some 13-14 year-olds saying there was going to be a fight and as they were walking away the witnesses reportedly suddenly heard gunshots around 6:30 p.m.  According to NBC 5, police have three teenagers in custody along with the weapon used during the shooting inside the mall with a fourth suspect at large.  Reportedly, just one shot was fired which lodged into the ceiling.  No one was injured.  Shortly after the mall was evacuated, the Lake County Mobile Crime Lab, Hobart Police and other departments arrived on the scene, according to the Times.   For the latest on this ongoing region story visit:

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Mall Evacuated After Shooting

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The Times online is reporting Westfield Southlake In Hobart was evacuated this evening
following a shooting. More info at the Times website

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DNR Driving Tips to Avoid Deer

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Fall is peak season for deer-related vehicle accidents and motorists should remember to drive defensively.

“Nearly 50 percent of all vehicle accidents involving white-tailed deer occur between October and December, with November by far the worst month,” said Chad Stewart, deer research biologist for the DNR.

The main reason for deer collisions is the seasonal increase in deer activity.

With their breeding season approaching, deer become more active in the fall. This activity often leads them to...

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DNR Says Thank You to Vets Sunday

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This Sunday is Veteran's Day and to show their appreciation the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is offering something special to veterans and active-duty military personnel. DNR Communications Director Phil Bloom says on Sunday, D-N-R parks, reservoir properties, and state forests will all be open for them free of charge. Bloom says veterans and military personnel should present I.D. or evidence of military service at the entrance gate.

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Valpo Man Sentenced in DUI Fatal

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A 66 year old Valparaiso man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday for killing a road service worker in 2010. The Times reports Jeffery Cleary was convicted on two felony and three misdemeanor drunk driving charges in the death of 63 year old Philip Amsden. Published reports say the verdict came on the 9th day of Cleary's retrial, and that he faced a maximum of 20 years in prison. According to the Times, Amsden was fixing a flat tire on a semitrailer, parked on the shoulder of I-65, south...

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Area Veteran's Day Events

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In Hammond, an Oak Hill Cemetery Civil War Dedication and Veterans Day Ceremony is 11 am this Sunday. Oak Hill Cemetery in on Hohman Avenue. 20th Indiana Infantry Civil War re-enactment group, Munster Girl Scout Troop 10051, American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association, and Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project will be among those participating.

Hobart's Veterans groups the American Legion, the Marine Corps Howlin (just like it looks, howlin') Mad Detachment 93, and the V-F-W will...

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8 More Alleged Gang Members Charged

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United States Attorney David Capp announced a Third Superseding Indictment charging eight additional individuals alleged to be members of the Imperial Gangsters street gang in a 41 count indictment unsealed today.

Attorney Capp says, "With this indictment we have now charged 23 members of the Imperial Gangsters.  The indictments allege 12 murders and eight attempted murders.  The Imperial Gangsters is an ongoing criminal enterprise and we will continue our efforts until all members are off the streets." 

Capp says that Count 1 charges the eight additional defendants with Conspiracy to Participate in Racketeering Activity and Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribute Five Kilograms or more of Cocaine and 100 Kilograms or more of Marijuana.  In addition, according to the US Attorney's office, this conspiracy count alleges that the Imperial Gangsters committed these offenses from 2002 to 2012.  Today's indictment alleges five additional homicides that were not alleged in previous indictments, and also alleges four additional attempted homicides that were not previously charged.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, FIreamrs, Explosives, the East Chicago Police Deaprtment, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the gary police Department, the Hammond Police Department and the Lake County HIDTA.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney David J. Nozick, according to the Attorney's office.

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.  If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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Asst. Attorney David Nozick, East Chicago police Chief Mark Becker, US Attorney David Capp, Robert Jones, FBI, Indiana, Gary, Chief Wade Ingram


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East Chicago Police Chief, Mark Becker

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Hurricane Sandy Donation Drive

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MUNSTER | Northern Indiana Region Franciscan Alliance locations are seeking donations to assist Hurricane Sandy victims on the East Coast.

Franciscan Physicians Hospital employees Lori Postma, Kari Wall, Mary Beth Kosiba and Robin Rossner, will deliver donations personally, departing November 16.

Items needed include canned goods, pet food, cases of water, diapers of all sizes, hand sanitizer, toiletries, wet wipes, household cleaning supplies, non-perishable prepared foods. Clothing is not...

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Coroner Reopens Levi Evans Case

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The Lake County Coroner's Office says the case of Levi Evans has been reopened. Coroner Merrilee Frey issued a press release today stating the case is being reopened to evaluate the possibility of additional factors that may have contributed to the circumstances of his death. The Times reports the 17 year old's body was found by three nearby residents of Ventura Estates, around 6:35, on August 8th, in a field behind a restaurant, near Lake Central School on U.S. 41, with no signs of apparent...

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Valpo Half Marathon Sunday

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This Veteran's Day runners from across the region and neighboring states will meet for the 3rd annual Valparaiso Half Marathon, which means some roads in Valparaiso will have limited to no traffic during that day. Officials say, in order to protect the runners, from 8am through 12pm, Murvihill Road, from Eastport Centre through County Road 450 East; County Road 450 East, from County Road 100 North to County Road 200 North; County Road 200 North, fromCounty Road 450 East to County Road 600 East;...

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52 Confirmed IN Cases of Meningitis

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The Indiana State Department of Health today confirmed another case of fungal meningitis in Indiana, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 52, with four deaths. The Times reports all four deaths have occurred in northern Indiana, with the fourth victim reportedly a 62 year old woman from St. Joseph County, according to a statement made by the county's health director to the South Bend Tribune for a report Thursday. Published reports say all four deaths have occurred in northern...

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4 Charged with Murder in Michigan City

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Four men are in custody, each charged with felony murder and robbery, in the death of a 69 year old Michigan City man. Michigan City Police say 20 year old Ryan A. Phelps, 18 year old Melvin Joseph Basford, and two Michigan City teens aged 16 and 17, have each been individually charged with murder, felony murder, and felony robbery, after a judge found probable cause during a hearing this morning in LaPorte County Superior Court. Police says Gerald Peters was discovered dead in his home, just...

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Lane Blocked on I65 Ramp to Borman

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Traffic-Advisory The ramp connecting northbound I-65 to the westbound Borman Expressway (I-80/94) continues to be partially blocked with an accident involving a semi this morning.  The right lane on the ramp is blocked by the accident itself and crews working the accident scene, while the left lane has been open to traffic slowly getting past.  This has been leading to delays northbound on I-65 starting at around Ridge Road (as of 6:35am).


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