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President of COPS Cycling for Survivors Foundation, and Mstr. Trooper of the Indiana State Police. Rich Crawford at the Porter County Sheriffs Department headquarters in Valparaiso
Drivers on US-30 need to be aware of a police motorcade escorting some 50 cyclists participating in the COPS Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride is in the right lane traveling westbound on US-30 from Valparaiso to Merrillville. Mstr. Trooper, Rich Crawford, President of the organization says fifty-one cyclists set out on Monday on a thirteen day trip that will cover nearly one-thousand milles around the perimeter of the state. Crawford says funds raised during the ride help surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty. The group is traveling to Merrillville, to remember Lake COunty Corrections Officer Britney Meux who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on a training run near the Lake County Jailm and Indiana Department of Corrections Officer Timothy Betts, who suffered a heart attack while escorting a prisoner to the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
Support vehicle for Cycling for Survivors cyclists at Porter County Sheriffs Department in Valparaiso on Friday, July 12, 2013
Cycling for Survivors cyclists depart for Graceland Cemetery before heading westbound on US-30 toward Merrillville for an overnight stay before leaving for the 65 mile trip to Kentland Saturday morning
(photos courtesy Jay Stevens & Radio One Communications)
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 30 year old Gary man was taken into custody after leading police on a chase Thursday afternoon. The Times reports police attempted to arrest Danielle Johnson after receiving information about his alleged involvement in a possible drug deal in a restaurant parking lot off US 20, but Jackson fled east on US 20 evading authorities until he apprehended in a business parking lot in the 300 block of US 20 in Burns Harbor. According to the article, Jackson had his 11 year old son in the vehicle with him during the pursuit, who was released to relatives.
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STARKE/LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of State Road 39, between SR 8 and U.S. 30, beginning Monday, July 15th through the end of the day Tuesday, July 16th. Crews will perform a chip seal and fog seal operation to preserve the road surface. Please note: this project is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions aren’t ideal.
Drivers wishing to travel northbound on SR 39 will be detoured west on SR 8, north on U.S. 421, east on U.S. 30 and back to SR 39. Drivers wishing to travel southbound on SR 39 will be detoured west on U.S. 30, south on U.S. 421, east on SR 8, and back to SR 39.
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
The fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
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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A non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training will receive over one-million dollars in grant money for youth development. Indiana US Congressman Pete Visclosky announced today that Anew Life Youth Development Corporation will receive the funds for its YouthBuild Gary program, who works with partners throughout Northwest Indiana to assist youths looking to build professional skills while earning their degree. The Corporation's Executive Director, Pastor Marvin Davis, says the opportunity will allow them to build a stronger network of services for the YouthBuild Gary Program, and allow 60 selected youth a great pathway to self-sufficiency.
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Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart on Thursday issued a statement regarding the newly passed Firearm Concealed Carry Act, saying the earliest date an individual could be issued a conceal-carry license and be authorized to carry a concealed handgun under the Act would likely be February 10th, 2014. Sheriff Dart also reminds the public that conceal-carry licenses issued by other states does not authorize you to be able to carry a concealed handgun in Illinois, and that possession of a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card does not authorize the carrying of a concealed handgun under the Act.
Meanwhile, published reports say 14 Illinois County State's Attorney's report they will not arrest those carrying a handgun who have a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card, despite state police officials warning that they will arrest anyone carrying a gun.
Carrying a concealed handgun without a license constitutes aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, which is a felony, and punishable by one-to-three years in prison.
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Vector Control is conducting the mosquito adulticiding (spraying for adult mosquito control.) The department started spraying on the outer perimeter of the city in late June and will continue working their way into the middle of the city until all areas have been treated. At that point, the process will start over again and spraying will continue until the mosquitoes are no longer a nuisance.
In addition to the adulticiding, vector control is also larvaciding low lying areas where there is standing water. With the excessive rain and warm temperatures, mosquitoes are particularly thick this season. Residents can help alleviate the breeding of new mosquitoes by addressing these items on their property:
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers
- Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard
- Clean gutters periodically
- Keep drains, ditches & culverts clean of weeds & trash so water will drain properly
- Cover trash containers to keep out rain water
- Repair leaky pipes & outside faucets
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week & store them indoors when not in use
- Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation
- Fill in tree rot holes & hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete
- Change water in bird baths & plant pots or drip trays at least once a week
- Keep grass cut short & shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there
The City of Michigan City would like to thank our citizens for their patience and active participation in these efforts.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Vector Control Department at 873-1500.
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In Crown Point, Saints Peter and Paul Macedonian Church is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. His Beatitude, Archbishop G. G. Stefan of Ohrid and Macedonia, arrived for this week's event. The church at 97-hundred Broadway was built in 1988, but the original church was built in the 51-hundred block of Virginia Street in Gary's Glen Park neighborhood and consecrated in 1963. Officials say the church was the first Macedonian Orthodox church to be built in North America.
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