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Man Gets Six years for Knife Attack

A 28 year old man received a six-year prison sentence today for a March, 2012, knife attack against a 19 year old man. William Tyler will get nearly three years credit for time served and must also serve two-years probation after his release. Tyler pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to the felony battery charge ...

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Two Teens Arrested for Break-in at School

Two suspects were arrested late Sunday night for breaking into the Kankakee Valley School Athletic Center. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office reports a deputy conducting a security check at the high school observed two subjects inside the security fence just before midnight. Authorities report a 17 year old juvenile and an 18 year old male were ultimately taken into custody. The Sheriff's Office reports the pair allegedly stole money and food items from the concession stands, and that while both suspects are prior students, neither are currently enrolled. An investigation continues. ...

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Hammond PD Investigating Weekend Robberies

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Police in Hammond reporting four similar robberies in the Hessville area from over the weekend. Chief Brian Miller says the two robberies reported on Saturday are believed to have been committed by the same suspects and Friday and Sunday's incidents are being examined to see if there is any link. Chief Miller says the victims have been juveniles who have had their cell phones and money taken. Police says the robberies have occurred between the hours of 4pm to 8pm, with two or three suspects possibly involved who are described as black males in their late teens, wearing dark hoodie type sweatshirts and face masks. Chief Miller reports one of the suspects allegedly had a silver colored handgun and that there may be a dark colored Dodge Caravan involved. Residents are being encouraged to call police immediately if they witness something suspicious. ...

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Purdue Calumet Professor Could be Noble Prize Recipient

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A Purdue University Calumet professor of physics who served on an international team of physicist researchers may learn tomorrow morning if they won the Noble Prize for their role in the discovery of the Higgs boson sub-atomic particle, otherwise known as the “God Particle”, a vital building block in shaping understanding about the composition and interaction of all matter in the universe. Wes Lukoshus, Purdue University Vice Chancellor of Advancement/University Relations, says Dr. Neeti Parashar, who has worked at the University since 2005, began research on the Higgs boson sub-atomic particle back in 1997, and several of her Purdue Calumet students have participated in the project.
Regardless of who wins the Nobel Prize for Physics, Purdue Calumet will hold a news conference at 1pm tomorrow to recognize the extraordinary collaborative contributions of Dr. Parashar regrading the Higgs boson discovery....

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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Martin Castro

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An East Chicago man wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Department for murder is the US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force “Fugitive of the Week”. 32 year old Martin Castro is described as 5'6”, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Martin Castro and his whereabouts is asked to contact task force investigations toll-free at (888) 805-6119 or by texting "capture" to Tip411 (847411) and all tipsters will remain anonymous. ...

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LaPorte PD Wanted Person of the Week: Timothy Cooper

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A 50 year old man wanted on warrant issued by LaPorte Circuit Court for two-counts of failure to appear for original charges of failure to register as a sex offender and sex offender registry violation is this week's LaPorte Police Department “Wanted Person of the Week”. LaPorte Police report Timothy Cooper is described as a black male, 5'9”, weighing 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
If you know his immediate whereabouts, call 911. If you have any other information on Cooper, please contact the La Porte Police Department at 362-9446, or La Porte Metro Operations at 325-9022. You can remain anonymous....

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Jobs Fair in Michigan City on 10/21 Postponed

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A jobs fair scheduled for later this month in Michigan City is the latest victim of the partial government shutdown. First District Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced the postponement of the Jobs and Opportunity Fair on October 21st, at the A.K. Smith Career Center. Congressman Visclosky says he is committed to working with area employees and civic leaders to provide constituents with opportunities to search, apply and learn about quality, good-paying jobs in the region....

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Munster and Whiting Receive Community Awards

Munster and Whiting officials are receiving awards from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns today.  Munster has earned the 2013 IACT Community Achievement Award for a gas-to-energy project at Centennial Park that turns methane from a former landfill off Calumet Avenue into electricity. For the fourth year Whiting is receiving a Green Community of the Year award among cities similar in size.
IACT launched the Green Communities Initiative in 2008to identify potential cost savings to communities facing budget shortfalls, promote economically competitive quality of life concepts, and ultimately serve as role models for citizens while better protecting our environment. The initiative will expand educational opportunities for municipalities and create a consolidated clearinghouse of data and programs that can be accessed by municipalities. Whiting had to fill out a 49- question survey in the areas of purchasing, operations, measuring success, and sample projects. Not only did the city meet the minimum score required to be a Green Community, but ranked highest among other communities its size. The city’s exemplary efforts in the area of green programs earned them the 2013 IACT Green Community of the Year award in the 5,000–9,999 population category. This is the City’s fourth consecutive IACT Green Community of the Year designation
Munster is being honored for its waste to energy project that takes methane gas from CentennialPark, a former landfill, and converts the gas to energy. Munster’s plant opened in November 2012,becoming the first municipally-owned landfill in Indiana to construct and operate this kind of system.The electricity generated from the plant is placed directly into the local utility grid and sold to NIPSCO, resulting in addedrevenue for the Town. As a result of leveraging the $2.5 million federal grant and additional TIF funds, the Town will see a reduction in operational expenses for more than 20 years at no cost to residential taxpayers, all while reducing their ecological footprint for many more years to come.
“When I hear about projects such as Munster’s waste to energy initiative, I am completely energized by the limitless creativity found in municipal government. To take an old landfill and make it into a beautiful public space is visionary. To then develop that space into a revenue -generating, environmentally responsible endeavor is inspiring,” said IACT Executive Director and CEO Matt Greller.

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$1M Ticket Sold in EC; Avon Woman Nearly Tosses Winner

Hoosier Lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth one-million dollars was purchased in East Chicago for this past Saturday night's drawing [Oct 5]. The ticket, matching the first five numbers but not the Powerball, was sold at Raceco at 4502 Indianapolis Boulevard. Prizes of $50,000 and more must be claimed at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.
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Meanwhile, a downstate Avon woman nearly threw away a ticket worth 100-thousand dollars. Hoosier Lottery officials say Tanya Raines admitted she was in a hurry when she scratched most, but not all, of the “20X the Cash” scratch-off on her way to work and because it didn't look like a winner, tossed it aside. Raines says she was cleaning out her car when she found the ticket and thought she better finish scratching it. She celebrates her 50th birthday today – she plans to put money aside for her nest egg and her 13-year-old daughter's college fund. [Photo/Hoosier Lottery]...

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$1M Lottery Ticket in Indiana About to Expire

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A one-million dollar ticket in Indiana expires today, according to the Hoosier Lottery,who says the ticket purchased in April at a Circle K in Jeffersonville, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball in the Wednesday April 10th drawing of this year. Lottery officials say the ticket holder has until 5 pm Eastern time today (Mon Oct 7 2013) to present the winning ticket to Hoosier Lottery officials at Hoosier Lottery headquarters on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. Officials say Powerball tickets purchased in Indiana expire 180 days from the date of the drawing.
Here's more info from the Hoosier Lottery:
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2013) - Do you remember what you were doing April 10 of this year? If you were in southern Indiana six months ago and purchased a Powerball ticket, you might want to drag out your spring jacket and check the pockets.
A $1 million Powerball prize won in the Hoosier state in the April 10 drawing is about to expire. The ticket was purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, Ind., just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky.
The ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in the Wednesday, April 10 drawing - and is set to expire Oct. 7, 2013.
The winning numbers in the April 10 drawing were: 1-36-40-52-53 PB:20.
The ticket holder has until 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Oct. 7 to present the winning ticket to Hoosier Lottery officials at Hoosier Lottery headquarters at 1302 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The ticket holder should sign the back immediately and contact Hoosier Lottery customer service.
Powerball prizes must be claimed in the state in which they were purchased. Powerball tickets purchased in Indiana expire 180 days from the date of the drawing. Profits from the sale of Powerball in Indiana stay in Indiana.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448....

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