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Some NW Ind Beach Areas Closed

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Some areas of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are closed today (Tue Oct 30 2012) due to high winds and waves brought on by Hurricane Sandy.  Public Information Officer/Park Ranger Bruce Rowe says in the Michigan City area, Mount Baldy and Central Avenue access points are closed today; in Porter County, the Porter Beach parking lot is closed, and in Portage, the Portage Lakefront and Pavilion are open, but the beach, breakwater and Riverwalk are closed.

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Ind Toll Road Ban Extended

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UPDATE from Indiana Toll Road: ITRCC (Indiana Toll Road Concession Company) has EXTENDED the Wind Ban currently in effect. This ban will remain in effect through Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8:00 pm EST THIS BAN IS EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE INDIANA TOLL ROAD. This ban is in effect for all Triple,  Long Double and High Profile Oversize Permit Loads (EXCLUDING LOW PROFILE STEEL HAULERS)

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CP Woman Charged in 2002 Slaying

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A Crown Point woman was arrested Monday in connection with the death of her husband in Arizona ten years ago. Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione worked with the Prescott, Arizona Police Department in locating 61-year-old Jane Leslie Carpenter, a-k-a Jane Leslie, who was taken into custody in northwest Indiana on an Arizona warrant for first degree murder charges. Authorities say shortly after her husband's death, Carpenter returned to Indiana.  Reports say Carpenter ran an interior design business based out of her house in Crown Point and was arrested as she arrived at a client's house in LaPorte.

Here's the news release from Indiana State Police:

 

 

LaPorte County-A Crown Point woman was arrested this morning, Monday, October 29, 2012, on a warrant issued out of Prescott, Arizona for 1st Degree Murder.

 

Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione worked with the Prescott Arizona Police Department in tracking down Jane Leslie Carpenter (aka Jane Leslie), 61 of Crown Point and arresting her.  This warrant stems from an investigation into the murder of Carpenter’s husband in June 2002 when they resided in Prescott.  Shortly after the murder Carpenter returned to Indiana.  Additional information was received by Prescott Police this past year which led to the warrant being issued for her arrest.

 

Carpenter was arrested as she arrived at a client’s house in LaPorte.  Carpenter (Leslie) ran a business based out of her house in Crown Point.

 

Carpenter (Leslie) was taken to LaPorte County Jail where she will await extradition back to Arizona.

 

Assisting:  Detective Sergeant Rick Strong and Detective Brian Kubiak

 

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School Announcements Tue Oct 30 2012

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Tue Oct 30 2012

Tri-Township School officials this morning report Wanatah and LaCrosse Schools are on a TWO-HOUR delay due to winds

In East Chicago, school officials have announced that Lincoln Elementary will be closed today due to power outage

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School Delays Tue Oct 30 2012

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Tue Oct 30 2012

Tri-Township School officials this morning report Wanatah and LaCrosse Schools are on a TWO-HOUR delay due to winds

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Power Outages Across the Region

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High winds are battering the Region. The number of power outages is growing across northwest Indiana this morning.  As of 7am, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) was reporting more than 2,200 outages, with nearly 1,000 of those in Michigan City.  There were more than 500 outages in Valparaiso and more than 200 in LaPorte.

The numbers are changing throughout the morning.  For the latest outage information click here: http://www.nipsco.com

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South Shore Delays Tue Morning

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5:58am: From NICTD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District): South Shore westbound trains are experiencing delays of approximately 10-15 minutes traveling west of Michigan City because of broken rail in Michigan City.  This is expected to affect rush hour South Shore trains arriving in Chicago between 6:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

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High Winds Affecting Region Commute

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Windy conditions stemming from Hurricane Sandy will affect our Tuesday commute in Northwest Indiana.  The Region's Traffic Center with Radio One Communications reminds you to give trucks extra room on the highways and expressways.  There is a multi-trailer ban in effect on the Indiana Toll Road across the entire state.  Gusty winds can cause power outages and damage to overhead traffic signals.  All intersections with flashing red or dark signals must be treated as all-way stops unless law enforcement is on the scene directing traffic.   Motorists should be on guard for flying debris as well.  Be especially cautious in construction zones where temporary signage may blow onto the road.   Watch out for limbs and power lines that may be downed in the high winds. Officials urge motorist to never drive across downed lines.

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CP Woman Arrested in 2002 Slaying

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A Crown Point woman was arrested Monday in connection with the death of her husband in Arizona ten years ago. Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione worked with the Prescott, Arizona Police Department in locating 61-year-old Jane Leslie Carpenter, a-k-a Jane Leslie, who was taken into custody in northwest Indiana on an Arizona warrant for first degree murder charges. Authorities say shortly after her husband's death, Carpenter returned to Indiana.  Reports say Carpenter ran an interior design business based out of her house in Crown Point and was arrested as she arrived at a client's house in LaPorte.

Here's the news release from Indiana State Police:

LaPorte County-A Crown Point woman was arrested this morning, Monday, October 29, 2012, on a warrant issued out of Prescott, Arizona for 1st Degree Murder.

Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione worked with the Prescott Arizona Police Department in tracking down Jane Leslie Carpenter (aka Jane Leslie), 61 of Crown Point and arresting her.  This warrant stems from an investigation into the murder of Carpenter’s husband in June 2002 when they resided in Prescott.  Shortly after the murder Carpenter returned to Indiana.  Additional information was received by Prescott Police this past year which led to the warrant being issued for her arrest.

Carpenter was arrested as she arrived at a client’s house in LaPorte.  Carpenter (Leslie) ran a business based out of her house in Crown Point.

Carpenter (Leslie) was taken to LaPorte County Jail where she will await extradition back to Arizona.

Assisting:  Detective Sergeant Rick Strong and Detective Brian Kubiak

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Sandy Closes Michigan City Park, Center

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News Release from Michigan City Mayor's Office:

Washington Park Closure

Michigan City, IN – Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, Park Superintendent Jan Orlich, Fire Chief Ronnie Martin, and Police Chief Mark Swistek announce that access to Washington Park will be blocked off at the Lakeshore Drive entrance beginning Monday evening until Wednesday.  The Michigan City Senior Center will also be closed on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  Citizens and visitors of Michigan City are advised to avoid the lakefront area. 

With the effects of Hurricane Sandy moving into the area and expected to affect our area for the next 24-48 hours, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is asking the City of Michigan City to take precautionary measures and close access to the City’s Lakefront in order to ensure public safety and also to monitor infrastructure for possible damage caused by the expected powerful winds and waves.  A high wind warning is in effect and wind gusts coming directly down the length of Lake Michigan in excess of 50-60 mph are possible. 

With wave heights of 25 feet, rescues will not be possible, please take this situation very seriously and avoid the lakefront, waterfront, and pier at all costs. 

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Coast Guard: Stay Off Water

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US Coast Guard News Release:

Based on the current forecasted track of Hurricane Sandy, the Coast Guard is advising mariners to use caution to avoid heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and dangerous surf that will impact the eastern Great Lakes area this week.

The Coast Guard is advising boaters to prepare now and carefully monitor the hurricane’s progress.

Stay informed – The public should monitor the progress and strength of Hurricane Sandy through local television, radio and internet. The National Weather Service lists marine weather forecasts and current storm advisories regularly at www.nws.noaa.gov. Boaters can monitor the storm's progress on VHF-FM marine radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained through small craft advisories and warnings on channel 16.

Secure your vessel – Boat owners are urged to move their vessel to a protected mooring or haul-out location well in advance of the storm. Mariners are reminded that drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures prior to a storm. Drawbridges are generally authorized to remain closed up to eight hours prior to the approach of gale-force winds of 34 knots or greater and whenever an evacuation is ordered. If owners decide to keep vessels in the water, they should double-check their heavy weather moorings. Vessels or paddlecraft that have been removed from the water and put onto a cradle or trailer need to be tied down as well.

Never stay with your boat – Your boat should be stripped of anything that can become loose during the storm. These items include life jackets, life rings and canopies. This also includes removing the mast in sailboats. Boat documents, radios and other valuables should be removed prior to the storm.

Be cautious of hazardous materials – If you have hazardous materials on your boat, you are responsible for any spills that may occur. Take the necessary precautions to remove or secure them prior to any heavy weather.

Stay clear of beaches – Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by Hurricane Sandy. Surfers and paddlesport enthusiasts are urged to stay clear of beaches and other waterways until local officials say the water is safe.

Evacuate as directed by state and local officials – If mandatory evacuations are set for your area, you are urged to heed evacuation orders. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate those in danger during the storm.

“Staying off of the water and moving your vessel out of harm’s way are the best defenses when a storm is approaching,” said Capt. Andrew Sugimoto, chief of the 9th Coast Guard District Incident Management Branch.

“It’s important that, if you cannot remove your vessel from the area or get it out of the water, you take the necessary precautions to secure additional mooring lines and put out additional anchors. But if it’s too late to more or secure your vessel, leave it as it is. Don’t risk your safety.”

The Coast Guard recommends not going back out onto the water until authorities declare it safe to do so.

For information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane, please view the following site http://www.uscg.mil/news/stormcenter/ .

For information on Hurricane Sandy's progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center's web page at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's site for tips to prepare, plan and stay informed at http://www.ready.gov/ .

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LCSP Marine Unit Ready for Gales

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In anticipation of the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, the Lake County Police Department's Marine Unit reports they will be staffed 24 hours a day, due to the high winds and waves on Lake Michigan, and to ensure no boats are on the lake. The Lake County Sheriff says as of noon Monday, waves were approximately eight feet, and were anticipatedl to rise as high as 20 feet during the night time hours Monday....

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Sandy Delays Dredging

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In East Chicago, there's been no dredging of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal since 1972 – and thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the work will wait a little longer. A ribbon-cutting was held as scheduled Monday morning at the confined disposal facility at Indianapolis Boulevard and Riley Road, but today's Times reports that the actual start to the removal of contaminated sediment will wait until the winds settle down. The US Army Corps of Engineers will be taking out millions of cubic yards of polluted sediment from the waterway....

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2nd Gun Buyback Termed a Success

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2nd Gun turn in

[Photo Provided/City of Gary]

City of Gary News Release: Gary Police officials are calling the City’s second Gun Buyback hosted this past Saturday “another success.” According to Deputy Police Chief Larry McKinley, a total of 107 guns were turned in exchange for Wal-Mart gift cards. Local churches once again partnered with the GPD to serve as the turn-in locations.

Police Chief Wade Ingram and his command staff monitored all of the turn-in locations and stated everything went smoothly.

 

“The previous gun turn-in was successful, so citizens were asking if we could do it again,” said Ingram. “Active participation like this by Gary residents is one way to help us to keep the city safer.”

Ingram also intends to review his budget in hopes of hosting more gun buybacks in 2013. For more information, contact Chief Ingram at (219) 881-1201.

 

Listed below is the breakdown of the weapons that were turned in and the turn-in locations:

 

41 Long Guns (shot gun, rifles)

 

66 Hand Guns

 

Total: 107

Moving In the Spirit Church Ministries                    4031 West 11th Avenue 

 

Grace Unity C.O.G.I.C.                                             3435 West 21st Avenue 

 

Marquette Park United Methodist Church                215 North Grand Blvd.  

 

Pilgrim M.B. Church                                                   1301 West 21st Avenue 

 

Trinity M.B. Church                                                    1831 Virginia Street      

 

Embassies of Christ Kingdom Ministries                    4285 Cleveland Street   

 

Beyond 4 Walls Christian Center                              875 South Lake Street   

 

New Beginnings Fellowship Church                          4500 Harrison Street  

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NIPSCO Prepared to Handle Storm

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – As the effects of Hurricane Sandy begin to enter the region, NIPSCO employees and its electric distribution system are prepared to meet the potential challenges posed by high winds forecasted for later tonight into Tuesday across northern Indiana.

 

The company has taken specific measures to ensure its preparation, including:

  • Increasing staffing at customer call center.

  • Scheduling extra work crews to handle any system problems.

  • Postponing scheduled work that would require equipment to be out of service.

  • Putting work crews out in the field to monitor the system and respond quickly to any problems.

 

As always, NIPSCO will remain in contact with area public officials in the event potential problems arise.

 

Reporting an Outage

Most important to your safety is to avoid downed power lines, damaged poles or other hazardous situations. Every downed wire should be treated as though it is a live wire.

 

Once you are in a safe place, you can report the problem a few different ways:

  1. On your computer – Visit NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter and enter some basic information about your location.

  2. From your smart phone or other mobile device – Search NIPSCO and your device will be automatically directed to our mobile site where you will find a button on the main page to report an outage.

  3. Via phone – Call 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726) and follow the automated prompts. You can ask to receive a call back when power has been restored.

 

Staying Informed

Regular updates regarding the current number of customers affected, where outages are located and when power is expected to be restored can be found in a variety of ways, including:

 

  • NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter Find current information on the status of power outages and estimated restoration times.

  • m.nipsco.com – View the same outage map and details on NIPSCO.com from your mobile device.

  • Facebook.com/NIPSCO or Twitter.com/NIPSCO – Follow NIPSCO’s progress through popular social media channels to view photos and power restoration updates.

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Storm Safety Information

Customers can also prepare for storms by following the customer safety tips below:

  • Monitor the weather and know what conditions are forecasted for your area.

  • Check to see if shrubs or trees need trimming or if you have any weak limbs. Be particularly careful when working near power lines.

  • Compile a storm preparedness kit, including essential medicines, non-perishable food items and water, flashlights, portable radios, extra batteries and a manual can opener.

  • If someone in your family requires life support equipment, make prior arrangements for a back-up power supply. This may mean having a back-up power supply such as a generator or going to a health care facility that has back-up power.

  • Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36 to 48 hours if the doors remain closed. If the freezer is half full, the food will generally keep 24 hours.

 

Find more storm safety tips and monitor the status of power restoration at NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter.

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NIRPC's New Executive Director

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The full Commission of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission held a public meeting Monday with only one item of their agenda--considering employment of a new NIRPC Executive Director.  Following an executive session that lasted about 45-minutes past the advertised start time of the public meeting, the new director was announced.  By a unanimous vote by all 34 commissioners present, the Planning Commission approved Tyson Warner as NIRPC's Executive Director effective January 1st of 2013 through December 31, 2014.   Warner is presently the holding a comparable executive director position for about a half dozen counties in Kansas, and had previously been the planning director in nearby, Will County, Illinois.

Tyler Warner NIRPC 10-29-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I-DOT Warns of Hazardous Conditions

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is warning truckers and other motorists of a high wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Chicago area and much of northern Illinois. The advisory warns of potentially hazardous driving conditions overnight tonight as a result of high winds spawned by Hurricane Sandy.
According to the Weather Service, sustained winds speeds between 30 and 39 miles per hour are expected between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., with gusts between 45 and 57 miles per hour. Higher wind gusts are expected near the lake. 
The Weather service warned that downed tree limbs and power lines are likely, and it said that “driving may be difficult, especially in high profile vehicles. Motorists should be alert and use caution.”
The Weather Service has also issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning for areas along Lake Michigan, with wave heights reaching 18 to 23 feet along the Lake Michigan shoreline by Tuesday.
For updates on traffic conditions around the state and the Chicago Metropolitan area, go to www.travelmidwest.com.
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NIPCSO Prepared to Handle Storm

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – As the effects of Hurricane Sandy begin to enter the region, NIPSCO employees and its electric distribution system are prepared to meet the potential challenges posed by high winds forecasted for later tonight into Tuesday across northern Indiana.

 

The company has taken specific measures to ensure its preparation, including:

  • Increasing staffing at customer call center.

  • Scheduling extra work crews to handle any system problems.

  • Postponing scheduled work that would require equipment to be out of service.

  • Putting work crews out in the field to monitor the system and respond quickly to any problems.

 

As always, NIPSCO will remain in contact with area public officials in the event potential problems arise.

 

Reporting an Outage

Most important to your safety is to avoid downed power lines, damaged poles or other hazardous situations. Every downed wire should be treated as though it is a live wire.

 

Once you are in a safe place, you can report the problem a few different ways:

  1. On your computer – Visit NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter and enter some basic information about your location.

  2. From your smart phone or other mobile device – Search NIPSCO and your device will be automatically directed to our mobile site where you will find a button on the main page to report an outage.

  3. Via phone – Call 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726) and follow the automated prompts. You can ask to receive a call back when power has been restored.

 

Staying Informed

Regular updates regarding the current number of customers affected, where outages are located and when power is expected to be restored can be found in a variety of ways, including:

 

  • NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter Find current information on the status of power outages and estimated restoration times.

  • m.nipsco.com – View the same outage map and details on NIPSCO.com from your mobile device.

  • Facebook.com/NIPSCO or Twitter.com/NIPSCO – Follow NIPSCO’s progress through popular social media channels to view photos and power restoration updates.

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Storm Safety Information

Customers can also prepare for storms by following the customer safety tips below:

  • Monitor the weather and know what conditions are forecasted for your area.

  • Check to see if shrubs or trees need trimming or if you have any weak limbs. Be particularly careful when working near power lines.

  • Compile a storm preparedness kit, including essential medicines, non-perishable food items and water, flashlights, portable radios, extra batteries and a manual can opener.

  • If someone in your family requires life support equipment, make prior arrangements for a back-up power supply. This may mean having a back-up power supply such as a generator or going to a health care facility that has back-up power.

  • Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36 to 48 hours if the doors remain closed. If the freezer is half full, the food will generally keep 24 hours.

 

Find more storm safety tips and monitor the status of power restoration at NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter....

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Power Line Safety with Storms

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The region is expected to be battered by high winds tonight and tomorrow, which is why the Jasper County Rural Electric Membership Corporation is offering some safety tips. First and foremost, they ask that you stay away from power lines, and note that as the wind picks up, it could cause trees to be uprooted, or branches could break, causing damage to power lines. They also advocate not touching any trees or limbs that are in contact with power lines, as they could be energized and very dangerous, and remind you to also avoid broken or low power lines.

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Snapped Wire Causes Brush Fire

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burns harbor fd Multiple units responded this morning to a brush fire in Burns Harbor this morning. Marcus Rogola, Safety officer for the Burns Harbor Fire Department, says a wire that powers the South Shore Rail's trains snapped just before 8 this morning, and sparks ignited a grass fire 60 feet long by 25 feet wide, on both sides of the railroad tracks on Route 12, between the ArccelorMittal and NIPSCO buildings. Authorities say they spent about 20 to 25 minutes at the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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