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A lake effect snow event is expected to impact the Region just as holiday travelers may be taking to major highways for Thanksgiving travel. Forecasters with the National Weather Service says lake effect snow is likely especially the further east you go in Northwest Indiana, into Porter and especially La Porte County, including the Indiana Toll Road and Interstate 94, starting tonight and continuing through Wednesday. Currently we have Lake Effect Snow Watches posted tonight through Wednesday for Porter and Starke Counties, with a Lake Effect Snow Warning for La Porte County tonight through Wednesday.
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Dozens of traffic tipsters reported extremely hazardous conditions and spin-outs, including one eastbound on the Indiana Toll Rd. at the Broadway exit, which was moved to the left shoulder.
Icy roads may have contributed to a crash involving a semi and three other vehicles affecting the northbound lanes of Cline Avenue at the US 20/5th Avenue exit. Emergency crews responded to a rollover wreck on US-231 at Montgomery Street just east of the intersection.
Shortly before 6:30p.m. CST reportedly a semi jackknifed blocking the left lane northbound I-65 just south of the US 231 Crown Point exit.
Around the same time a traffic tipster reported that southbound State Road 49 was at a standstill just south of US Highway 6 and that traffic was moving about 20 mph.
A traveler from Virginia driving northbound on I-65 reported in on the Northwest Indiana Traffic Tip Hotline (219-405-7743) that she first encountered icy conditions just south of Winimac in the Fair Oaks area where she reportedly saw a police car in the ditch. About the same time another driver reported that I-65 in the same area was nothing but a sheet of ice.
A public service worker on the way to her police job called in to say that the Broadway overpass over I-94 was a sheet of ice in the Gary area and that it took her 10 minutes to make it over it and she said cars attempting to cross were spinning out with no traction.
INDOT has dispatched their entire fleet of trucks to salt all the major expressways and area roads. Drivers are being urged to stay off of area roads as travel is extremely hazardous, if not impossible in some areas....
(Photos Courtesy of Franciscan Alliance)
Thanksgiving turkeys were recently purchased for 40 area families by the Merrillville Rotary Club. Franciscan Alliance reports club members raised nearly four-hundred dollars for the turkeys, which were purchased at a Strack and Van Til store in Crown Point and club members Ralph Neff and Brian Popp offered to match and double the donation, which was made to St Clare health Clinic in Crown Point today.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson wants Hoosiers to be more responsible with their money this holiday season and has offered useful tips on ways to save. Lawson says her office has put together a smart shopping guide and will be releasing helpful tips on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest over the next five-weeks.
Secretary Lawson’s Top Five Tips
1) Don’t assume the best deals will be found on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Some items – like toys, brand-name TVs, and Christmas decorations – drop in price much closer to the holiday. Exercise equipment, winter clothes, and international airfare prices drop in January and February.
2) Beware of restocking fees! You may have to pay for a returned item to be repackaged and replaced. Some retailers charge up to 25 percent or more, so it’s important to check the retailer’s return policy.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask for price adjustments. Hold onto your receipts and watch ads to see if the items you’ve purchased drop in price. Most stores will credit you the difference if you show them your receipt.
4) Pay with cash or use a debit card. When you run out of money, you’re done shopping. If staying on budget is important to you, then leave the credit cards at home.
5) Beware of free holiday lunches or dinner investment seminars! Scammers exploit emotions of loneliness during this time of year by providing free meals.
Secretary Lawson's office teaches Hoosiers about investment fraud and financial literacy through Indiana Investment Watch. The education program is funded primarily from fines imposed on violators of securities laws. Indiana Investment Watch has educational materials covering various types of fraud, as well as general financial literacy tools. Workshops and outreach events held throughout the state provide more in-depth information on detecting and avoiding scams. Secretary Lawson believes the most effective form of investor protection is investor education....
The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office is offering the public some tips to help prevent your family from becoming burglary victims this holiday season. The Sheriff's Office reports would-be thieves take advantage of you being out-of-town, so to assist law enforcement in helping to prevent burglaries they ask you secure all doors and windows in your home. Authorities also suggest using automatic timers to turn on house lights and to stop mail or newspaper delivery if out-of-town for an extended period.
Other tips include:
- Have a neighbor/relative remove snow to give appearance as if someone is home
- Report suspicious activity to law enforcement IMMEDIATLEY
- Record serial numbers to ALL valuables, and keep the list of numbers hidden
- Do not place “big box items” or valuable item boxes at curb for recycling/garbage as this just advertises to potential thieves. Rather, break down boxes and/or turn boxes inside-out.
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department works hard to prevent burglaries, and solve those that do occur. Any civic organization that is interested in having a property crimes detective come and speak about this topic at greater length is asked to contact Sgt. Andy Hynek at 326-7700 Ext 2401....
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