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Man With Muscular Dystrophy Finishes Marathon

The Chicago Marathon started Sunday morning, but for one runner it didn't finish until early today. 38 year old Venezuelan Maickel Melamed crossed the finished line in Chicago around 1:30 in the morning, guided by the cheers of dozens of people. Melamed suffers from muscular dystrophy. He finished the 26.2 mile race in 16 hours a 46 minutes. The time wasn't officially recorded, as the time mats had already been taken down. He has previously run marathons in New York and Berlin. ...

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2 University of Chicago Professors Win Nobel Prize

Two University Of Chicago professors have won a Nobel Prize for Economics. ABC News reports 60 year old Lars Peter Hansen developed a statistical method to test theories of asset pricing. He says he was walking his dog, when he got the call. Eugene Fama, who's been at the University of Chicago for more than 50 years, is known as the the father of efficient market hypothesis. He was asked if he ever thought as a young economist he'd be in this place... "I thought about how I'd feed my family...(laughing)" He won't have to worry about that any more. The Nobel Prize comes with a 1.2 million dollar reward. ...

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Cedar Lake Police Invesigating Home Burglary/Fire

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Cedar Lake Police are seeking help from residents after a house in the 136-hundred block of Cardinal Lane was broken into and a fire was set. Police say at approximately 11:40am Sunday, they received a call from the homeowner saying he returned from being out-of-town to find the rear door of his residence had been kicked in. Officers arrived and entered the home, only to encounter large amounts of black smoke and a couch on fire in the lower level of the residence. Firefighters were called to the scene and authorities report it appears the fire had been smoldering for several hours and may have burnt itself out. Anyone with information, or if anyone saw anything suspicious between 3pm on October 12th to 11am October 13th, is asked to contact Cedar Lake Police....

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Chicago Man Arrested for Illegal Buying/Selling Wildlife

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A 47 year old Chicago man has been arrested in Starke County for illegally buying and selling wildlife. Conservation Police report officers served search warrants late this morning in Hamlet, at Alexander Moy's Starke County property, known as the Kankakee Valley Fish Farm, for evidence related to illegal wildlife sales, and various equipment and animal species used in the illegal operation were reportedly located at the property and seized as evidence. Authorities say their investigation of Moy began in 2011, after they received complaints Moy allegedly purchased whitetail deer from members of the public and during the course of their investigation they learned Moy was actively reselling the wildlife to markets and restaurants in Chicago's China-town. Conservation Police say an investigation continues which could lead to more arrests.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, or has information on the illegal taking, possessing, or selling of wildlife; please contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. You can report any fish and game violation to your local Conservation Officer’s District Office, or the IDNR Tip Hotline at: 1-800-TIP-IDNR....

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IUNW Alumni Assoc. hosts Chicago Chocolate Tour

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Chocolate lovers, the Alumni Association of Indiana University Northwest invites you to take a tour of Chicago Chocolatiers on Saturday, October 19th.  Alumni Director Paulette LaFata-Johnson says the all-day bus tour begins at the Macy's Frango Mint Viewing Kitchen with "sweet" stops along a five to seven-block walk.  Tour goers will then be given about three hours free time at Water Tower Place before heading back to the university at around 5p.m.

LaFata-Johnson says the $70 fee includes bus transportation to and from I-U Northwest, box lunch, tour, samples and a "chocolate challenge." She says there will also be two door prizes one of which is a chocolate basket to be given away.  Paid Alumni members will receive a discount. 
For tickets, or more information, contact the IU Northwest Office of Alumni Relations at (219) 980-6769 or a rel="nofollow" href="http:http://www.alumninw@iun.edu.
You cna hear more about the tour by clicking on http://www.regionnewsteam.com and selecting the News Audio On Demand link.
(photo:  Paulette La Fata-Johnson, Alumni Director, Indiana University Northwest; http://www.iun.edu )
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Another Suspect Charged in 2012 Double Homicide

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A 21 year old Hammond man was formally charged today in an April 2012 double-homicide. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports Alejandro Sanchez was picked up by police on Friday afternoon and charged today with two-counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Jeffery Trinka and Jennifer Guinn. Authorities report the double homicide occurred in the 15-hundred block of West Lincolnway, during the early morning hours of April 7th, 2012, on the southwestern fringe of Valparaiso. A November 4th trial date has already been scheduled for another suspect in this case, 20 year old Julius Garza, of Hammond, who is also charged with two-counts of murder....

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Autopsy on Jail Inmate Postponed

An autopsy anticipated to be performed today on a Porter County jail inmate who was found unresponsive in her cell early Saturday morning has been postponed. The Porter County Coroner's Office says at this time an autopsy has been moved to Wednesday, but ultimately it depends on the availability of the pathologist. The female inmate in question was brought to the jail at 10:15 Friday night and placed in a padded cell, after being deemed a threat to herself and others following a suicide screening, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Office. Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says at 12:30 am Saturday, the woman, identified as Autumn Mc Ilvain, was found unresponsive and was transported to Porter Regional Hospital where she later died....

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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Wanda Montanez

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A 53 year old woman wanted by the Porter County Sheriff's Office for three-counts of dealing dangerous drugs is the US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force “Fugitive of the Week”. Wanda Montanez, who is from the Portage area, is described as a white female, 5'06”, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Wanda Montanez and her whereabouts is asked to 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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Garden Area Dedicated Across from Hospital

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Deacon Bill Walsh, a chaplain at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Michigan City, officiates at a blessing and dedication ceremony Oct. 11 for a new employee and community garden area across from the hospital at Wabash and Ripley Streets.  A spokesman for Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City says the area was created through free-of-charge efforts of Tonn and Blank Construction of Michigan City and Lakeshore Landscaping of Valparaiso. The site formerly was the location of a hospital-owned house that was used as a priest residence and later for offices and storage before it was razed more than a year ago.
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Bill Beven, hospital director of facilities, and Sister Marcene Franz (shown in the second photo) said at the ceremony officials decided to transform the site into a place for rest, reflection and recreation for employees and the public. It is equipped with park benches and a picnic table and is adorned with statues of St. Francis and St. Joseph (shown) that were relocated from the hospital grounds by Tonn and Blank. Beven thanked Jeff Elisha, Lakeshore sales manager; Brock Rhodes, Tonn and Blank project manager and Jason Bailey, company superintendent; for their firms’ generosity.  [Photos/provided]...

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Audio: 911 Call of Alligator on Indiana Interstate

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Just north of Indianapolis, in the Hamilton County community of Fishers, police locate an alligator along Interstate 69. A motorist phoned in the sighting to police, who responded and located the three-foot long reptile, who authorities believe may have been on his own for weeks, if not months. The alligator was taken to a reptile rescue in central Indiana.  
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Fishers Police say early Saturday morning a driver on I-69 called 911 to report an alligator walking along the southbound lanes near the 206 mile marker. Fishers Police officers responded and located the animal. The animal was dirty and appeared to have been running loose for some time, according to police. The animal appeared to be in good health. The officers safely secured the animal and contacted a reptile rescue service in Strawtown, Indiana. A representative from Strawtown responded and took custody of the alligator. Fishers Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Tom Weger says officers believe the alligator was most likely someone’s pet who got too big to handle and ended up being released. [Photos/Fishers Police]
To hear a portion of the the 911 call, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website....

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