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Copper Wire Theft in Hobart

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Hobart Police are seeking help in regarding the alleged theft of 100 feet of copper wire taken from a Sprint cell tower last week. The Times reports surveillance cameras captured an image of the getaway vehicle, a low rider, purple, older model Chevrolet truck that has stock wheels. The incident is reported to have taken place on the 47-hundredth block of 61st Avenue, around 9:30 Wednesday night. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hobart Police Department.

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Merrillville Doctor Sentenced for Fraud

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A Merrillville doctor accused of 22 counts of defrauding health insurance companies, and a labor union health and welfare fund, by billing insurance companies for procedures he did not actually perform was sentenced Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Hammond reports Chief Judge Philip Simon sentenced 49 year old Mark Weinberger to seven years in prison, with two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay approximately 108-thousand dollars in restitution.

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IU Northwest Celebrates Renovation

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Indiana University School of Medicine – Northwest, and the successful renovation of their current facilities. Associate Dean Doctor Patrick Bankston says the state and nation are facing a severe shortage of physicians in the near future due to demographic reasons, like baby boomers retiring., so through great community support a one-million dollar fund raising campaign was held to help renovate and expand to increase enrollment to meet those needs by reconfiguring classrooms to accommodate up to 50 students, and will now begin raising funds for the expansion of the gross anatomy lab. Bankston says our generous donors are helping to improve the health and vitality of the region, and that the future of patient care in our region is dependent upon our ability to attract and educate enough of tomorrow's physicians and health care providers, today. To make a donation follow the web address associated with this story on our website.

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IL Man Convicted of Molesting Child

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A 19 year old Illinois man was convicted and sentenced Thursday for molesting a 12 year old child. Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter says Dominique Hayes pled guilty to the felony charge, and was sentenced to 17 years in prison at the Indiana Department of Corrections. Carter says the incident occurred while Hayes was visiting a family friend in East Chicago, on or about November 29, 2011.

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Suicide at Chesterton Motel

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A 48 year old woman was found dead Thursday at an area motel in Chesterton, reportedly due to an apparent suicide. Chesterton Police report the Michigan City woman had checked in just after midnight Thursday morning, and contacted the front desk about 9:30am to say she wanted to stay another night. Police say they were called after futile attempts by management to make contact with the victim to obtain payment. Officers reportedly had to force their way into the room, which had its security lock engaged, and a chair placed in front of the door. The woman's body was found lying on the bed, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head, with a firearm located next to the body. Authorities says they spoke to a tenant next door to the deceased, but he said he was sleeping and didn't hear anything out of the ordinary during the time the death is suspected to have occurred.

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INDOT: Snowplow Drivers Wanted

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If your seeking some work this winter the Indiana Department of Transportation has some openings. INDOT Spokesman Matt Deitchley says they need 16 snow plow drivers to work in the Lake County area, mostly near Gary. Deitchley says applicant requirements consist of a valid CDL and a high school diploma or the equivalent there of, and beyond that some experience wouldn't hurt either.  Potential employees should apply at the INDOT Gary Subdistrict building, located at 7601 Melton Road in Gary, on Friday morning, October 19th, between 9 and 2pm.  For more information, go to www.in.gov/spd/2334.htm, or visit either INDOT's Facebook or Twitter pages.

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INDOT Work Starting Monday

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says a resurfacing project will begin on U-S 41 in Hammond. INDOT reports lane closures will take place for southbound U-S 41, between 119th Street and 133rd Street, as crews will be resurfacing the roadway, weather permitting. INDOT also reminds motorists that on Monday I-90, in both directions, will be reduced to one lane, on IN 912 at the Cline Avenue East Junction and Grant Street, until 3pm that afternoon. As always please use caution while traveling through the construction zone.

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Rollover Thursday Night

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An overturned semi tied up traffic for several hours around the dinner hour Thursday preventing northbound I-65 traffic from accessing the on-ramp to westbound Borman (80/94). Sgt. Ann Wojas of the Indiana State Police says preliminary reports show the semi was going too fast to negotiate the ramp's curve causing the driver to brake. Sgt. Wojas says the driver then changed lanes, lost control which caused the load to shift flipping the truck onto its passenger side. She said the box trailer, hauling 40-thousand pounds of metal lids, split open scattering the lids across all lanes on the ramp. The driver, who was cited for Load Securement and Unsafe Lane movement was not injured.

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Another Roundabout for Valpo

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A new roundabout is coming to the five-points intersection of Vale Park Road, Roosevelt Road and N. Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso.  The Valparaiso Board of Public Works and Safety approved the 2.1 million dollar construction project on Thursday, according to http://www.nwitimes.com.  Officials say the project is scheduled to begin next spring.  The roundabout will have two lanes and will be built in three phases to minimize street closures, according to the article.

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Valpo Woman Faces Charges

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A Valparaiso woman faces two felony charges for allegedly stabbing a Center Township man.   Sgt. Larry La Flower, public information officer of the Porter County Sheriff's Department said on Tuesday, sheriff's police initially responded to a report of a car in a ditch.  Published reports say the 64-year-old victim told police he was checking his mail outside his home in the 1900 block of Crescent Rd. when he was approached by the woman he did not know, who apparently was involved in the accident, asking to use his phone.  Sgt. LaFlower says the man let the woman into his kitchen to use the phone where as she was leaving, reportedly grabbed a knife and stabbing him in the chest which led to a struggle.  Reports say when officers arrived at the home they found the man had been stabbed in the chest with abrasions to his hand and face.   Police later found the suspect walking nearby and placed her in custody. La Flower says a blood and urine test on the suspect found cocaine and marijuana in her system. The victim is in an intensive unit of a local hospital in stable condition after surgery to repair damage near his heart.

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CP Woman Reported Missing

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The daughter of a former Crown Point Police Chief is reported missing. Jeanne Rysiewicz has not been accounted for since September. Published reports say the 26-year-old woman was returning home from a family gathering in Fort Worth with her parents and sister. The family boarded the plane but reportedly Jeanne did not.   Airport officials say surveillance video shows Rysiewicz left the terminal on her own voluntarily. According to nwi-dot-com, investigators found her cell phone but it's battery was drained. They also found one of her two carry-on bags. Her father, Ed Rysiewicz retired from police department in 1997. Anyone who may have information about the missing daughter are urged to contact the Crown Point Police at (219) 663-2121.

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Dropped Charge Frees Valpo Man

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A Valparaiso man who was accused of killing his stepdaughter in the family's home last February is a free man this morning.  The Porter County prosecutor's office dismissed murder charges against 55-year-old Allen Warnes, because statements given earlier by three persons, originally implicating Warnes, were later recanted, according to http://www.nwitimes.com. Reports say because no physical or forensic evidence could be found to counter the recantations the charge was dropped. Warnes was to be released from the Porter County jail on Thursday, according to the article.

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Prompt Rescue Saves Region Man

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The outcome of a Cedar Lake man who was working in a deep trench when it suddenly fell in on him, Tuesday morning could have been a lot different. Cedar Lake Fire Chief Todd Wilkening says the victim is lucky to be alive as trench collapses are often fatal. The Times online is reporting that the 51-year-old man was working in a 7-foot-deep trench for a sewer line when the earth started to fill in on him near the 133rd and Parrish Avenue. Reports say a structure at the site to support trenches wasn't being used. Police and fire officials were called out to the scene about 9:15 am where they found the worked buried up to his chest. The worker was quickly rescued from the trench and taken to an area hospital. The fire chief says the worker could have suffered more significant injuries had the rescue taken longer.

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Indiana's First Meningitis Death

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The Indiana Department of Public Heath says, at last check, there are 21 confirmed cases in Indiana. One death has been reported and while the deceased is not an Indiana resident, the person did receive the contaminated medication injection in Indiana. Over 15-hundred people in Indiana have been exposed through either an epidural or joint injection, and Indiana State health Commissioner Gregory Larkin says it is important to remember that fungal meningitis is not contagious.

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Region Foreclosures Up in September

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Foreclosure filings for the region in September were up compared to the previous month. RealtyTrac reports Lake County, which has the second highest number of foreclosures in the Indiana next to Marion County, registered the largest increase with a total of 443 foreclosures, up 80 from August, with the Hammond region seeing 88 filings, and the Merrillville region with the highest ratio of foreclosures, with one in every 263 homes receiving a filing. There were 51 more foreclosures in Porter County in September from the previous month, with a total of 83 overall, and the Valparaiso region registering 44 of those. LaPorte, Jasper, and Starke Counties foreclosures increased by 26, 6, and 18 filings respectively from August to September. Newton County was the only exception to the trend, with filings down by 4 in September. For the state, Indiana foreclosures filings dropped by 45, with a total of three-thousand-743 in September.

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Griffith FD Open House Saturday

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The Griffith Fire Department will be one of many in the region this weekend holding an open house as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Lieutenant Don Hill says the event takes place Saturday, from noon to 4pm, and is free to the public. Lieutenant Hill says this year's open house promises to be their best ever, with the Junior Firefighter's Challenge obstacle course; Canadian National Railroad is bringing a scaled down freight train which gives kids and parents a short ride through the neighborhood, while teaching about safety near the rails. He says New York Life will be making photo I-D's for the kids, while Schererville Police will have a state certified instruct parents on proper child seat installation. Hill says if the weather is uncooperative, the fire station is large enough to accommodate most of the events.

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Harbor Canal Clean Up Delayed

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Another delay for the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal clean up project. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers says it's waiting on electric motors for pumps to help clear out over four-in-a-half million cubic yards of contaminated sediment. The Corps says the 150-million dollar project, which was supposed to begin earlier this month, has been delayed a couple of weeks. According to the EPA, the contaminated water ways are considered the most polluted in the in the Great Lakes area.

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Crenshaw Pleads Guilty

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A former Merrillville Town clerk has pleaded guilty, admitting to stealing bond money and filing a false tax return in 2009. The Times online today is reporting that Virlissa Crenshaw signed a plea agreement that would require her to pay over 150-thousand dollars to the town of Merrillville and around 55-thousand to the IRS. Published reports say in exchange for the plea deal, the US government agrees to not pursue criminal tax charges against Crenshaw's spouse for the tax years of 2007 to 2010. When the judge asked why she decided to plead guilty, Crenshaw responded, "Because I am Guilty," according to the article.

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Center Twp Man Stabbed

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Center Twp Man Stabbed A Center Township man who was reportedly stabbed on Wednesday says a woman asked to use his phone before before allegedly stabbing him.  Sgt. Larry La Flower, public information officer of the Porter County Sheriff's Department, says sheriff's police were dispatched to investigate a car in a ditch, with a possible intoxicated woman, before being called to a nearby home.  Reports say when officers arrived at the home they found a man had been stabbed in the chest with cuts to his hand and face.  Police found the suspect walking nearby and placed her in custody.  La Flowers says a blood and urine test on the suspect found cocaine and marijuana in her system.

 

 

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Center Twp Man Stabbed

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Center Twp Man Stabbed A Center Township man who was reportedly stabbed on Wednesday says a woman asked to use his phone before before allegedly stabbing him.  Sgt. Larry La Flower, public information officer of the Porter County Sheriff's Department, says sheriff's police were dispatched to investigate a car in a ditch, with a possible intoxicated woman, before being called to a nearby home.  Reports say when officers arrived at the home they found a man had been stabbed in the chest with cuts to his hand and face.  Police found the suspect walking nearby and placed her in custody.  La Flowers says a blood and urine test on the suspect found cocaine and marijuana in her system.

 

 

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