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How Do You Love Gary Contest Begins Today

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City of Gary Launches Social Media Contest "How Do You Love Gary?"
 
Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this “Day of Love,” Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the City of Gary social media team are launching an exciting online contest called “How Do You Love Gary?” The City of Gary is looking for the citizen with the most Love for Gary! Upload your video nominating yourself or someone you know for the chance to have lunch with Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. Winners will also receive a FREE “I Love Gary...

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2 Area Youth Workers Selected to Journey Fellowship

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(Photo Courtesy of Portage Twp YMCA)
The Senior Program Director of the Portage Township Y-M-C-A, is among 27 executives from youth organizations across Indiana selected for the 2013 Executive Journey Fellowship. The Executive Journey Fellowship provides Indiana's youth workers greater opportunities to bring meaning to their lives and make stronger commitments to the field of youth work. Amber Alexander completed her first leg of the journey last week in Terre Haute, saying she made a lot of...

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Semi Hauling Plywood Tips, Slides and Smolders

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Indiana State Police say a semi rolling over this morning in Gary caused the contents -- approximately 40-thousand pounds of plywood -- to smolder. Troopers say the vehicle was on the I80/94 eastbound to I65 southbound ramp, and a prelminary investigation showed the rig was changing lanes when it went out of control and tipped over, and as the semi, hauling a rail container, slid against the concrete barrier wall for about six-hundred feet, the friction caused the...

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Two Arrested in Schererville Armed Robbery

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(Daniel Wright, Marcus Sharod Harris/Photos from Schererville Police] Authorities say two Chicago men –who are in custody in La Porte County – have been charged with an armed robbery in Lake County at the T Mobile Cellular on US 41 in Schererville last month. Schererville Police say a customer and five employees were ordered to the back of the store and held at gunpoint while one of the suspects filled a large duffel bag with cellular phones. Police say the female customer was kicked by one of t...

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Semi Accident has Expressway Ramp Closed

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The Indiana Department of Transportation reports the ramp of eastbound Interstate 80/94 is closed near Interstate 65 due to a crash.  INDOT is urging motorists to seek alternate routes traveling eastbound on 80/94 (Borman Expressway) near mile marker 11.0 in the Gary area.
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Big Delays on Borman, Accident on I65 Ramp

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In Lake County, an accident  is blocking some lanes of the eastbound Interstate 80/94 (Borman Expressway) ramp to southbound Interstate 65 in Gary. The Indiana Department of Transportation says to avoid the area if possible. A semi appears to be on its side.  No word on if there are any injuries.  There are big delays on the eastbound Borman Expressway approaching the southbound I65 ramp at this hour.
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GNIAR Reminder for Lake Co Property Owners

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The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS is reminding Lake County property owners that February 19 is the deadline to file an initial appeal of their property taxes. To read more about the appeal process in Lake County homeowners are encouraged to visit Lake County Assessor Hank Adams’ site or the Lake County Government site, and residents with questions are advised to contact your township assessor or county assessor's office directly. Here's the news release:
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Gary Hosting Two-State Gun Summit Today

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The issue of gun violence will be addressed in Gary this afternoon today instead of Friday as originally planned. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the two-state gun summit was scheduled after getting a call from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in Illinois.  Law enforcement from Indiana and Illinois will be discussing strategies to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands at the "Gun Trafficking Suppression Summit" at the Genesis Convention Center. One of the topics will be the flow of...

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Men Charged With Robbing Elderly Hobart Woman

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In Hobart, police have reportedly arrested a 50-year-old man, his 18-year-old nephew and another 18-year-old Hobart man, for allegedly robbing an elderly woman who had paid them to shovel snow earlier. Today's Times says police got several tips from the public about a January 31st home invasion and robbery in the 11-hundred block of West 38th Avenue. Police say the three men went door-to-door asking if they wanted their sidewalks shoveled, then allegedly came back a week later to rob the...

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Indiana Sunday Alcohol Measure Off the Table

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It looks like Indiana's Sunday 'blue law' booze ban will not be lifted this year. On Wednesday, the chairman of the House Public Policy Committee Bill Davis announced he would not hold a committee vote this session on a measure that would permit the sale of carry-out alcohol on Sunday. Small individually-owned liquor stores have urged legislators to keep the restriction in place.
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School Safety Bill on the Schedule

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Indiana state senators are taking up a bill today that called for setting aside ten-million dollars for school resource officers. The legislation, introduced after the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was not originally intended as a response to the massacre – it was actually born of concerns over bullying and gang violence in Indiana schools. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has said it would be the state's first formal proposal to address school safety in the wake of the...

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Free Call-A-Lawyer Program for IL Residents Saturday

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CHICAGO, ILL. (February 6, 2013) — Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer program will be taking calls on Saturday, February 15th, from 9 a.m. to noon at no cost. Call (312) 554-2001 to speak with an attorney about any legal question or issue.
Callers may explain their situations to an attorney who will then suggest self-help strategies to resolve their legal issues. If callers need further legal services, they will be advised to see their own attorney or, if they wish to...

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Pence Calls Medicaid Broken , Requests to Use HIP

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence today flatly refused to expand the traditional Medicaid program in Indiana, instead requesting federal approval to use the Healthy Indiana Program, or HIP,  to serve an expanded Medicaid population. Governor Pence called Medicaid, “broken”and that an expansion of traditional Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would cost taxpayers upwards of two-billion dollars over the next seven years. Pence also called for the Healthy Indiana Program model to be the basis for a...

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Valpo Citizens Police Academy Applications Available

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The Valparaiso Police Department is searching for community members that would like to learn more about the police department, as their “Citizen's Police Academy” is currently accepting applications. Classes begin at April 2nd, starting at 6:30pm, and will meet for nine-weeks. Applications are available at the Valparaiso Police Department, or online, at www.valparaisopolice.org and must be returned to the department by Friday, March 22nd. Limited space is available.
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Crown Point Bank Robbery Suspect Captured

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An investigation is continuing, with charges forthcoming, after a man who reportedly robbed Centier Bank in Crown Point was apprehended Tuesday night and taken into custody as a person of interest. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports they responded to an active alarm for service at 5pm, and upon arrival, officers were advised that one white male had entered the bank and demanded money, but did not display a weapon. Authorities say money was surrendered to the man, who fled on foot. The man...

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Property Tax Appeal Reminder

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The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS is reminding Lake County property owners that February 19 is the deadline to file an initial appeal of their property taxes. To read more about the appeal process in Lake County homeowners are encouraged to visit Lake County Assessor Hank Adams’ site or the Lake County Government site, and residents with questions are advised to contact your township assessor or county assessor's office directly.
 Lake County Assessor - 219.755.3100
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WinterFest in South Haven Canceled Due to Warm WX

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The unseasonably warm weather is being blamed for officials canceling the 1st Annual WinterFest, which was scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday in South Haven. The Portage Township Parks Department reports, at this time, there are no plans to reschedule the festival; however, they say as soon as the ice rink is ready open-skating will be made available to park visitors.
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SWAT Team Call to Schererville Explained

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Schererville Police have issued a news release regarding the Northwest Regional SWAT Team being called out earlier this week. Police say they got a report of someone holding another person at gunpoint in the 15-hundred block of Demeter Drive, and authorities say a language barrier later became an issue as officers could only determine that a male son had come over with a gun and taken his brother. When officers went to the son's house and were unable to make contact with anyone inside, but...

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Munster School Sexting Case Investigated

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Police in Munster were reportedly investigating a so-called "sexting" case involving about a dozen high school students. The Times has reported that school officials have not confirmed anything, but that several students are facing possible suspension over partially nude photos that may have been sent via cell phone.
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Gary Gun Summit to Address Interstate Trafficking

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The issue of gun violence part of last night's State of the Union Address as President Obama, in the final minutes of his speech, called on Congress to at least call a vote on gun control. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says an upcoming two-state gun summit in her city this week, scheduled after getting a call from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in Illinois, is also a result of efforts with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayors across the country, and Mayor Freeman-Wilson, in an initiative...

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