A Naperville, Illinois man faces charges of making terrorist threats, carjacking, criminal confinement and criminal recklessness after an incident this morning in the three-thousand block of Grant Street in Gary. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says an officer working security outside a building at that location was approached by a man, just before 3am, carrying a machete and a brief case with what he claimed held a bomb. After the man, later identified as Paul DeGerald, failed to stop and drop the weapon at the officer's request, so he was tasered, but pulled the cords out of his torso and broke them. The suspect then ran off and entered a semi and took off in the direction of the officer, who was joined by his partner, allegedly attempting to run over them. Corp. King says officers fired shots at the truck and the owner of the truck, who was sleeping at the time, awoke and pulled the emergency brake, stopping the semi. Police say DeGerald then started fighting with the owner of the semi, before exiting the vehicle, only to be tasered a second time, and again, he reportedly pulled out the taser cords and broke them, and after a brief struggle with the officers, was placed under arrest and taken to an area hospital.
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Good weather is being named a factor in construction projects moving along smoothly in the region this summer. INDOT Spokesman Matt Deitchley says the two bridge rehabilitation projects on I-94 are on schedule to be done by the end of the year. Another major project running on schedule is the new Nine-Span Bridge project in Lake County, where Deitchley says the beams are already set and they anticipate doing some bridge deck pouring in the next week or two.
Deitchley says while it may seem like there is more construction in the Region than usual, there isn't, just more taking place in major thorough-fares, which is why INDOT continues to stress patience when traveling through a construction zone and reminds motorists to slow down.
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You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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The academic year at Valparaiso University kicks off today with VU's largest incoming class in 36 years – 11-hundred new undergrads, including over nine-hundred freshmen. Anticipated total enrollment is expected to be nearly 44-hundred, the largest in 32 years. The College of Engineering anticipates 141 new freshmen, the highest number in 35 years, and the College of Nursing expects to enroll 115 new freshmen, the highest in the history of the College. An estimated 94 incoming students will enroll in Christ College — The Honors College, the second highest in the College's 46-year history.
This year's incoming class is also one of the University's most diverse, with international students from 20 different countries and domestic students from 41 states.
"We're thrilled Valpo continues its trajectory of growth and attracts students of promise who will embody the Valpo spirit of leadership and service," said Michael Joseph, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Valparaiso University. "Not only are we growing in numbers, but we continue to recruit and enroll outstanding students who excel in and out of the classroom."
The academic year begins today [Tuesday, Aug. 27], with the 85th annual Opening Convocation. During the service, all new students will be invited to come forward and sign the student-initiated Honor Code: I have neither given or received, nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid. The pledge signifies the students' commitment to academic integrity and to holding themselves and others to the highest standard.
In 1943, Valparaiso University student body president Barbara Bernthal led an initiative to institute a code of academic honor for all students. Seventy years later, the Honor Code is in tact as an expression of the Christian character of the University. It is led by a group of students known as the Honor Council, which strives to strengthen ethical self-discipline in students and to build pride in and the expectation of academic integrity for all Valpo students and faculty.
An independent Lutheran university, Valpo's incoming class is 25 percent Lutheran and 23 percent Catholic, with many other major religions represented.
Enrollment in the Graduate School and Law School at Valpo is expected to increase from last year as well, with 650 graduate students and 524 law students projected for the fall 2013 semester.
In Lake County, authorities are trying to find family members of a man who was found deceased last week. The Lake County Coroners office says William Wilson was pronounced dead Thursday after officers were asked to do a welfare check at the man's house in the 600 block of State Street in Hammond. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Coroners office at 219-755-3265.
The study also looks at how Indiana compares to the rest of the nation, finding that it ranked 40th among the states for 2010 per capita income, with the average resident bringing in $34,042 from all income sources. This is a decline from 1980, when Indiana ranked 30th, which was itself a decline from 1950, when Indiana ranked 21st in the nation.
Two people are dead after separate shooting incidents in Hammond this afternoon. The Times reports around noon, a 20 year old man killed himself in the parking lot of McDonald's, in the 74-hundred block of Kennedy Avenue, and the death has been ruled a suicide.
Then around 4:30pm, one man was killed and another injured in a shooting in the 79-hundred block of Indianapolis Boulevard. According to the article, an alleged drug deal was taking place, when an argument began and a man in the backseat was shot in the head, and pushed out of the vehicle into the parking lot. The vehicle fled and was stopped by police on May Street, with one man taken into custody and the other transported for a gunshot wound to the leg, which reportedly occurred during the argument. No further information is available at this time.
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(Photos Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana)
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson recently helped with the final installation of vinyl siding for a Habit for Humanity home being constructed in the 600 block of Tyler Street in Gary. Habit for Humanity made the announcement today and stated the Mayor expressed interest in coming out to paint at the Tyler Street home, if her schedule allows it. The home is being built for a Habitat partner, Carla Keaton, who along with her daughter and grandchild, are planning on moving in sometime in October.
If you are interested in volunteering on a build, please contact Kristin Marlow-Kellemen, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 219-923-7265 ext. 316 for more information. You can also visit the Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana website at nwihabitat.org for the complete build schedule.
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(Photos Courtesy of US Marshals Service)
A 26 year old man wanted by authorities in Arizona for four-counts of attempted murder, and who has close ties to the Gary area, is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force “Fugitive of the Week”. Authorities report Cameron Taylor is one of the U-S Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted fugitives, and has been a fugitive since July of 2009. Taylor is described a violent member of the “Vista Bloods” gang, who is also wanted on four-counts of aggravated assault, endangerment, assisting a criminal street gang, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Cameron Taylor is a black male, 5'11”, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cameron Leezell Taylor may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 49 year old convicted last month by a jury for felony child molesting was sentenced to eight-years today. The Times reports Jackie Robson plans to appeal and claims he is the victim of false accusations. According to the article, Robson, of Porter County's Liberty Township, was accused of molesting three juvenile girls, between January 2008 through April 2012, but the jury only could reach a verdict on the one-count.
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Police in Michigan City say a ten-year old boy ran to a safe location and made contact with an adult after being approached by a white man with a beard, driving a van that was dark purple in color, who reportedly offered the boy a ride to school. Michigan City Police report the incident occurred at approximately 8:20am, in the area of Broadbrook and Dorchester, in the Village Green neighborhood, as the child was walking to Knapp Elementary School. Authorities say they are investigating this incident and stepping up patrols as a result around area schools.
The following safety tips are being sent to the parents and students:
· Make sure children walk or bike to school (or any other location) with a friend.
· Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help.
· Teach your children to ask permission before leaving home or playing outside. Make sure they check in with you if there is a change of plans.
· Caution children never to accept a ride from anyone unless you have told them it is okay to do so in every instance.
· Remind children that it is okay to say “no” to anything that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused – and that they should tell you if anything or anyone makes them feel this way.
· Tell children that if anyone tries to grab them, they should make a scene and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and making as much noise as possible.
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Three juveniles were arrested for truancy Friday afternoon, and one faces additional charges of possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement. LaPorte Police report they responded to a call of possible truancy of three teens just after 12:30pm, at Clark Field. Police say a 16 year old girl, and two 14 year old boys were found and after checking with school officials it was confirmed that all three were suppose to be in school. Authorities report officers could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the teens, and during a search discovered a baggie of marijuana in the pocket of one of the boys, who was taking to the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center. The other two teens were taken back to school.
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- LaPorte County Sobriety Checkpoint Results
- Rail Safety Awareness Week in Indiana
- First Year IU Student Dies From Injuries Sustained in Fall
- Gary Man Severely Injured in Motorcycle Crash
- Man Dies in Pond Near Toll Road
- Heat Wave Hits the Region
- Man Dies in Pond Near Toll Road
- Rail Safety Week in Indiana
- Gary Man Hurt in Crash
- Pence Delivers Weekly National GOP Address
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