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ISP Working to Reduce Road Fatalities

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Indiana State Police are putting an increased emphasis on reducing injuries and fatalities on Hoosier roadways. State Police report an enforcement program has been underway, cracking down on speeders, those who follow too closely, unsafe lane movement, and lane restrictions, using marked and unmarked vehicles, as well as high performance Mustangs, state police aircraft, and vehicles that look like INDOT work trucks. During their October traffic blitz, the Lowell Post reports three troopers...

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Retired Firefighter Killed in Hit Run

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Authorities are reportedly reviewing closed circuit camera video from a local business after a retired Steger firefighter was killed in a hit-and-run accident Sunday night in Crete. The Times reports 70 year old Leonard Bottando was struck by a vehicle while walking in the 13-hundredth block of Main Street, around 8:17 that night, and was pronounced dead at 12:18 Monday morning at Franciscan St. James Health hospital in Chicago Heights. Published reports say authorities are investigating this...

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Tips on Preventing Identity Theft

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With identity theft becoming so prevalent now days, authorities are offing some tips to safeguard you from this crime. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says guard your social security number with your life, and do not carry your social security card in your wallet or purse. Chief Miller also suggests making a xerox copy of everything in you carry in your wallet. Miller says beware of scams, either through phone calls or email, asking for personal information, and to use internet passwords with...

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1 Dead After 3 Vehicle Crash Sunday

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Hammond Police say an investigation continues and that alcohol is strongly believed to be a factor regarding a three-vehicle crash that killed a Gary woman and injured four others. Chief Brian Miller says a Ford Focus was traveling at a high rate of speed, southbound on Columbia Avenue, around 2:30 Sunday morning, when the driver went through a red light, at 165th Street, and t-boned a mini-van, driven by 42-year-old Damita Nicholson of Gary, which caused the mini-van to hit another vehicle....

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Dogs for Vets Program Coming

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A local dog training club is anticipating officially starting a new program in January that matches dogs with veterans. Trainer Colleen Sargent, with the Dunes iDog Training Club in Hebron, says they are working with a variety of shelters and any rescue groups with dogs, to match dogs with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and training those veterans to teach the dogs. Sargent says they need at least eight veterans, and that there is no cost to the veteran for the...

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Teen Dies in East Chicago Shooting

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A 17 year old from Calumet City was shot and later died from gunshot wounds suffered over the weekend in East Chicago. The Times reports Christian Taylor was pronounced dead at 11:40 Sunday morning, at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, after being wounded in a shooting on the 43-hundredth block of Baring Avenue in East Chicago. Published reports say the date and time of the shooting have no yet been made available, but that an autopsy was scheduled for today.

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Winter Prep Week in Indiana

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We hear Wheatfield saw some snow early today... enough to wipe off a windshield... and this just happens to be Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, as state agencies, like the Indiana Department of Transportation, encourage Hoosiers to be ready for whatever this winter may bring. INDOT spokesman Matt Deitchley says INDOT is thinking about winter long before it starts to get really cold, preparing for the season months in advance. All their snow plow drivers, for instance, regardless of...

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Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Up a Little

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An annual snapshot of prices says Hoosiers will pay a little more for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year. The Indiana Farm Bureau's informal survey of grocery stores in the Hoosier state this time of year indicated the holiday meal with all the trimmings, enough for ten people will cost about a-dollar-a-half more than last year.  The survey's shopping list, which included turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery,...

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Mall Reopens, Shooting Investigation Continues

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Westfield Southlake reopened for normal business hours Sunday, following a shooting incident Saturday evening that led to an evacuation of the Hobart mall that night. The Times reports a shot was fired into the ceiling, and three boys ages 14, 15 and 16, were taken into custody at the scene. At last word, police were searching for a fourth suspect, but no other information was available as of this morning.

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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.

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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/
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM CST /11 AM EST/ THIS
MORNING TO 8 PM CST /9 PM EST/ THIS EVENING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WIND
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM CST /11 AM EST/ THIS
MORNING TO 8 PM CST /9 PM EST/ THIS...

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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: http://www.nwitimes.com

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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 http://www.nwitimes.com

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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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