Gary Signs Agreement with Humane Society Calumet Area

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The Gary Animal Control Division has forged a partnership with the Humane Society Calumet Area out of Munster to assist with the intake of animals. The Board of Works approved the contract Wednesday. Commander Peter Sormaz of the Gary Police Department, who represented the City’s Animal Control Division during the negotiations, says Gary is not in a position to build a new facility at this time. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says she believes the plan will bode well with groups who have expressed concerns about the care and safety of the animals.  “We are extremely pleased with this agreement, and I applaud the Gary Police Department and the representatives from the Humane Society Calumet Area for their hard work in mapping out a plan that works well for both parties,” said Freeman-Wilson.  “The animals will continue to get the care they need," Sormaz said, "and we have gained a great partner in the Humane Society Calumet Area.”
According to the contract, the Gary Animal Control will transport animals to the Munster facility located at 421 45th St., and the City will pay the Humane Society $50 per animal per month for services performed. However, the Humane Society will waive the S50 fee for feral cats. The contract is not to exceed $82,000 annually and shall continue through December 31, 2014. The contract may be extended for up to four additional two-year terms so long as both parties agree.
Guardians who are looking to reclaim an impounded animal will pay a $15 fee for each day the animal has been impounded. Impoundment fees for less than three days will be waived. The Humane Society Calumet Area will begin providing services next week....

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Ninety Region Group Home Residents Being Moved

Officials say ninety residents of group homes in the Region are being moved to other facilities, some as far away as Fort Wayne, as the state will not be continuing its provider agreement with The Arc of Northwest Indiana, a non-profit agency operating more than twenty group homes in the area for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jim Gavin, director of communications and media for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, says the decision was made due to health and safety issues. Difficulty in providing adequate nursing services at the group homes was said to be a major factor in the move. ...

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Rollover Semi Blocking Lane on I65 Near Lowell

Traffic advisory for south Lake County: Big backups on northbound I-65 approaching State Road 2 Lowell Exit, due to semi rollover northbound blocking left lane near the scales....

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Minor Injuries in Lansing Helicopter Crash

Authorities say a 45-year-old Highland man was injured in a helicopter crash at the Lansing Municipal Airport Wednesday evening. Illinois State Police say an instructor and student were practicing hovering maneuvers around 5:15 when the helicopter struck the pavement, and that caused the aircraft to flip onto its side. Police say the student, Charles Fink, was taken to Community Hospital in Munster with minor injuries, and the instructor, 28-year-old Raymond Daniel of Schererville, was not hurt.  Also responding were Lansing Police and fire departments from Lansing and Lynwood....

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No Injuries Reported in Cedar Lake Barn Fire

No word at this time on the cause of a barn fire in Cedar Lake Tuesday night. Several departments responded to the 10900 block of Parrish Avenue around 6:30, and the structure was described as a total loss. Fire officials say to their knowledge, no one was hurt and no animals were inside the barn. Cedar Lake was assisted by crews from Lowell, Lake Dale, Lake HIlls, St. John, Beecher and Crown Point. ...

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Bike Trail Attack Reported in Glen Park

In Gary, police are investigating the report of a 21-year-old woman attacked by a man as she was walking along a bike trail on the south side of the city. The woman was in the area of 51st and Georgia in Glen Park around noon Tuesday when reports say a man grabbed her and knocked her to the ground. Police say she screamed and fought the man, who reportedly ran away from the trail area heading north. The victim was treated for scrapes. The suspect was not found. ...

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Another Illinois-based company moves HQ to Indiana

After just appearing for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Elkhart on Tuesday, and in South Bend the day before, Indiana Mike Pence returned to the Region for the groundbreaking of the new headquarters of Land O' Frost in Munster, Wednesday afternoon. 

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(L-R:  Joseph Simonetto, Munster Town Council President; Donna Van Eekeren, Chairwoman of Land O' Frost; Governor Mike Pence; David Van Eekeren, CEO Land O'Frost) 

Land O' Frost is the nation's second-largest seller of pre-sliced, pre-packaged lunchmeats is relocating it's corporate headquarters from just over the state line in Lansing to a three acre campus in Munster.  Officials say the move to the new 27,000 square foot facility, which is scheduled to be operational in 2014, will create up to 50 new jobs.
Governor Pence joined company executivest at the Wednesday afternoon groundbreaking celebration where he pointed out that Land O' Frost was the 24th Illinois company to relocate  to Indiana since 2010.  The governor adding that he hopes those companies and this one will soon have "lot's of company in the years ahead."

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(Van Eekeren family members and officials posing with Governor Mike Pence before one of the company's semi trailers)

(photos:  courtesy of Karl Berner)...

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Funnel clouds sighted in southern LaPorte County

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At about 6:05 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Sheriff's police in LaPorte County received a number of reports of a funnel clouds with one tornado reportedly on the ground near County Road 1000 South and 750 East moving in a northeasterly direction.  While there were no active watches or warnings in effect at the time, the National Weather Service did issue a special weather statement at 6:17p.m. CDT stating showers were producing funnel clouds across southern LaPorte County and that at 6:09p.m. a shower was producing a funnel cloud near Kingsford Heights, or 10 miles north of Knox, moving north at 5 mph.  

Some of the towns and communities immediately in the path of the storm included Wanatah, Kingsford Heights, Salem Heights and South Center.   

The Weather Service Northern Indiana Facebook page also reported receiving a number of reports of a funnel cloud in LaPorte County.  In response the weather service says the funnels were what they call a "landspout tornado."  "These types of tornadoes are generally weak, short lived, and undetectable by radar, but can do minor damage.  Because the weak tornado did not show up on radar, the National Weather Service was relying on reports phone din by LaPorte County Emergency Management.

The Region News Team has not received any reports of damages or injuries at this time.

(photo of "landspout tornado" courtesy of Sherry Frey) 



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Gov. shutdown affects National Do Not Call Registry

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The National Do Not Call Registry maintained by the Federal Trade Commission is among the numerous federal government services affected by the current shutdown. Many states, like Indiana, operate their own telemarketer-do-not-call lists that are not affected and remain in operation. Indiana's Do Not Call List is through the Indiana Attorney General's Office, and is for residential, wireless or VOIP telephone numbers or prepaid wireless numbers primarily in Indiana.  For more info:

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More charges expected in murder of two-year old

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Reports say charges against other individuals are expected as authorities continue to investigate the death of a two-year-old child. The LaPorte County Prosecutors office says 22-year-old Tommy Shannon, Jr., of Michigan City is in jail on no bond accused of murdering the boy, who coroners officials say died of blunt force trauma. Officials say the suspect was the boyfriend of the child's mother. Police say Shannon was brought up to LaPorte County from Evansville, where he was being held in the Vanderburgh County jail on unrelated charges.
(photo provided: Tommy Shannon Jr.)...

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