Woman Suspected of Running Prostitution Ring

Authorities say a Chicago woman extradited from Hong Kong is accused of operating a prostitution ring out of three massage parlors in Lake County, Indiana. United States Attorney David Capp announced that 55-year-old Rita Law has been charged in a sealed complaint filed on October 17, 2013, now unsealed, with transporting an individual for the purposes of prostitution. The US Attorney's Office in Hammond says Law was arrested on October 18, 2013 after deplaning from a Cathay Pacific airline flight in Hong Kong. Homeland Security Investigations' Hong Kong office coordinated with the Hong Kong Department of Justice and the Hong Kong Police Force to both arrest and extradite Law back to the United States to face the charge in the complaint. This charge was filed as the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations Hong Kong....

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219: Bowman Academy Christmas Project

The students at Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary raised over $5100 dollars and adopted 40 angels from the Lake County Salvation Army.
The Christmas project was successful as the students were able to purchase toys and clothes at the Portage Walmart and delivered the gifts
to the Lake County Salvation Army.
You can hear my interview with physics teacher Rob Kania at News Audio On Demand on our webpage.
Rob is very proud of his students at Bowman Academy.
Merry Christmas!


Teen Sentenced in Shooting Death

Matthew Knight
A Lake County judge has sentenced a Merrillville teenager to eleven-years behind bars in connection with a shooting that left a 14-year-old boy dead earlier this year. 16-year-old Matthew Knight, who has a juvenile court record that includes firearm possession, pleaded guilty in October to reckless homicide and a gun-related sentencing enhancement, though reports say he did not admit to being the shooter. Police say in March, Depree Mims was shot through a living room window of his Merrillville home as he stood up to get a blanket for other children in the room. Knight was one of four suspects initially charged with murder and criminal gang activity within days of the shooting. [Photo/provided]...

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Redrawn Map Removes Councilman from District

The Porter County Board of Commissioners has approved a redistricting plan that resulted in removing current 2nd District Councilman Jeremy Rivas from his district. The four districts are all on the ballot next year, and the new maps, officials say, shrink population differences between them in accordance with a state law that requires the populations to be as equal as possible. Rivas, a Democrat, has said he will move to another precinct in Portage Township so can he run for re-election. The new maps were supported by the lone Democrat on the Board of Commissioners. Commissioners President Republican John Evans said he sided with Democrats who were the majority on the board the last redistricting in 2001, when the GOP lost a seat on the county council in the next election.
Officials say redistricting has to take place during an odd-numbered year. The county began looking into redistricting in late 2011, but no action was taken. In October, county officials got word of research by students at DePauw University in 2011 and 2012 claiming population between districts is not as equal as it should be as per state law, but the accuracy of data used has been called into question. ...

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Two Winning Tickets for Mega Millions Jackpot

Two winning tickets for the giant Mega Millions jackpot -- overnight lottery officials confirmed winning tickets were sold in Atlanta, Georgia and in San Jose, California for the more than 636 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot.  "We sold two winning tickets - one in California, one in Georgia. And they will share the jackpot," sad Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and the lead official for Mega Millions. " The jackpot is we believe going to, when we finish counting all of the wagers, be even a little higher than the 636 million we were anticipating."


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Gary PD, Mayor Meet with ISP for Assessment Follow-Up

City of Gary
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Gary Police today met with Indiana State Police for a roundtable discussion, in the Indiana University Northwest Campus Library Conference Center, which included a review of actions taken by Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram since the issuance of an October report completed by the Gary Police Department Technical Assessment Team. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says State Police stand ready to continue the partnership of manpower and ideas. Mayor Freeman-Wilson says the assessment shows Gary Police have taken significant steps to address crime, from increased manpower on the streets to the implementation of more technology. Follow up meetings to assess progress will be scheduled.
Highlights of the meeting are listed below:
-   Transferring more officers to patrol
-   Prior to the assessment, 40% of manpower was assigned to patrol; now 66% of manpower is assigned to patrol.
-   Officers were transferred from desk duty to patrol, and their positions were filled with reserve officers and civilian staff.
-   Through grants and donations, GPD is in the process of acquiring more than 50 in-car computers.
-    Indiana State Police will provide additional crash investigation training scheduled to begin the first quarter of 2014.
-    As previously announced, 10 new officers were sworn in November 6 and will start their academy training on January 13, 2014 with additional plans in place to fill police vacancies in 2014.
-    Indiana State Police will continue manpower participation in monthly saturation patrols with the Gary Police Department.
Other areas discussed included operation procedures in the lock-up area, establishing a cold case investigative squad, decrease of crime with the exception of homicides, resident locations of parolees, use of grant funds for saturation patrols and enforcing curfew violations to reduce overnight criminal acts....

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Gary Marina Access Road Ground Breaking

KFW addresses crowd

A ground breaking ceremony was held today in Buffington Harbor for the final part of the Gary Marina Access road extension project. The project when finished will connect the Interstates and Cline Avenue to the Lake Michigan waterfront. Vice President of American Structurepoint Chris Murphy says access is important to economic development opportunties and the construction of this project will help to facilitate that opportunity.   The extension is scheduled to be finished late next year....

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Visclosky Urges PUC Grads to Stay in the Region

(Photos Courtesy of Nick Russ)
Friends and families packed the Hammond Civic Center today to witness the commencement of the Purdue University Calumet fall and summer graduates. Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky in his commencement speech urged the new graduates to stay in the region, “find something that can be persistent, work cooperatively and be urgent.”
The dean of Indiana’s congressional delegation also encouraged the graduates to remain positive. “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t!” he said. “. . . Have hope and undertake your journey with confidence and resolve.”   Purdue Calumet Student Government President Adam Cooper, representing the study body, added brief remarks, encouraging his former classmates “to become lifelong learners. . . Continuing to learn is an excellent and absolutely necessary way to stay ahead of the curve.”
The 907 fall graduates represent the largest fall graduating class in Purdue-Calumet history.

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Don Snemis Named Next Commissioner of BMV

Starting Monday, January 6th, a new commissioner will be running the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Indiana Governor Mike Pence today named Donald Snemis the next Commissioner of the B-M-V. Snemis is a lawyer and a partner at Ice Miller LLP's Indianapolis office, where he concentrates on business and environmental litigation. Snemis has more than 25 years' experience practicing law in Indiana as well as state and federal courts across the country. He is a graduate of Ball State University (B.S. 1985) and earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1988). Snemis is a lifelong Hoosier and currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Kimberly Snemis, and their two sons. ...

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Protections maintained Against Traded Imports of Hot-Rolled Steel

Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly says he appreciates the International Trade Commission's decision today to maintain existing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders against unfairly traded imports of hot-rolled steel. Donnelly issued a statement following the decision saying, “the steel industry supports over 150-thousand jobs in Indiana and is a critical component in our nation’s manufacturing sector. While good trade policies can create jobs and fuel economic growth, trade only works when everyone plays by the same rules.” Senator Donnelly testified before the International Trade Commission in October to emphasize the importance to Indiana’s steel industry of maintaining existing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders against unfairly traded imports of hot-rolled steel....

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