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Jury Convicts Portage Man of Molesting Two Girls

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A Portage man faces 20 to 50 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on four counts of child molesting. The Times reports the jury deliberated for almost 12 hours before agreeing to convict Scott Nicol for molesting two young girls. According to the article, the allegations occurred in Portage between January 2010 and August 2011. A sentencing date has been scheduled for October 11th.
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MC Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Child Molestation

A Michigan City Man was sentenced to 45 years for his guilty plea to three felony counts of child molestation. The LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office reports Raven McGinty admitted to the charges, that occurred between April 2000 and September 2006, in Michigan City, and another instance in May of 2012, and in each incident with a child under the age of 14. The judge, who remarked this was one of the worst cases she had seen as both a judge, and as a former prosecutor, sentenced McGinty to fifteen years on each of the three counts, to run consecutively.
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Gary Man Faces Felony Gun and Drug Charges

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A 28 year old Gary man faces several drug charges after the Lake County Drug Task Force executed a car stop on Monday in an alley behind the four-hundred block of Arthur Street in Gary. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports they confiscated a .45 caliber semi-automatic HI-POINT pistol, as well as 144 grams of marijuana packaged for distribution and a scale. At last check, Christopher Sallie was being detained at the Lake County Jail.
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LaPorte PD Arrest Two on Separate Warrants

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Two LaPorte residents wanted on separate warrants were taken into custody on Thursday. The LaPorte Police Department reports 28 year old Amanda Childers, who was wanted on a warrant from LaPorte Circuit Court for felony theft, surrendered herself to police. Childers had been listed as the department's “Wanted Person of the Week”.
Meanwhile a during a traffic stop Thursday night, police stopped a moped driven by 45 year old Sean Westman for allegedly failing to yield the right of way for oncoming traffic. During the stop, police were able to verify that Westman was wanted on a warrant for felony intimidation, and he was transported to the LaPorte County Jail.
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Griffith Safety Extravaganza is Saturday


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The Griffith Safety Extravaganza is back. The town held a similar event for a number of years. The extravaganza will feature the town's police and fire departments, ambulance service, Lake County Sheriff, and more. Griffith Police Patrolman Jason Jaques says a SWAT crew will be there, the town's new K-9 unit will have demonstrations, and the Lake County Sheriffs helicopter will be landing around 2-o'clock and is expected to be there for about two hours. It's free to attend, and visitors will be able to donate toward the construction of a new animal shelter in Griffith. You can hear our interview on the event with Patrolman Jason Jaques at News Audio on Demand.
The Griffith Safety Extravaganza is Saturday Sept 14 at Central Park, from 11 am to 5 pm.
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Minor Injuries in Valpo Collision

Valparaiso Police say two cars collided at Calumet Avenue and Burlington Beach Road Thursday afternoon, and one of the cars then struck a school bus that was stopped at the light at that intersection. Police say no one on the bus was injured. Authorities say one of the drivers of the two cars involved in the collision reported minor injuries.
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Indiana Warns of Health Care Scams

A heath care fraud alert is being sounded by many state officials, including the Indiana Department of Insurance, as the insurance marketplaces are being set up. Consumers are being warned about fake sites and phone calls from scammers. New health care exchanges open for business next month and states are on the lookout for health scams.  Emily Peters of Patient Fusion a website for doctors and patients says there are two kinds of scams, "One is fake insurance exchanges. The second is fake doctors."The biggest warning sign from these sites? "They're going to ask you to wire transfer money through something like Western Union or MoneyGram," Peters said. "No legitimate company is ever going to ask you to wire transfer money."  The Indiana Department of Insurance says individuals being called Navigators under the new federal health care law are currently going through a training and licensing program in Indiana to assist consumers with finding a health care policy.
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Ten Years Since Gov O'Bannon Passed Away

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Frank O'Bannon (b. 1930)
Governor of Indiana
January 13, 1997 - September 13, 2003
It was ten years ago today that Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon passed away while in office. O'Bannon, a Democrat, was governor from 1997 until his death in 2003 at the age of 73. O'Bannon, Indiana's 48th governor, suffered a stroke while attending a trade conference in Chicago and died days later. He was succeeded by Lt. Governor Joe Kernan. O'Bannon was a native of downstate Corydon, Indiana's first state capital.
Indiana Governor's Portrait Artist - Michael Chelich
Michael A. Chelich (b. 1963)
Artist, Indiana Governors' Portrait Collection
Image of Portrait/Indiana Historical Bureau
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US 20 in La Porte Co Reopens

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The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has re-opened  US Highway 20.  The crash that occurred in the 5600 East block of US Highway 20, east of Rolling Prairie, at approximately 6:34 am this morning has been cleaned and removed from the roadway.
La Porte County Sheriff's Police say the crash remains under investigation and information is limited at this time.  However, the road was closed as the result of a two (2) vehicle crash between a semi- truck and sport utility vehicle.  One of the occupants has since been transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
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Visclosky: We Need South Shore Expansion

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First District Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky wants forward motion on expanding the South Shore commuter rail line in Lake and Porter Counties, and he told state lawmakers here in the Region:  "I ask for your assistance in fashioning a permanent, non-federal source of matching revenue to expand the South Shore line to the communities of Lowell and Valparaiso." The Congressman said expansion is critical to keeping younger northwest Indiana residents living in the Region and working in Chicago: "Young people today simply are not driving as much, and we must recognize that preference," Visclosky said. " Young people today are more likely to want to live in urban areas and are more open to non-driving forms of transportation than older Americans".
Visclosky testified before the Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions, as the committee held a field hearing at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) offices in Portage Thursday.
You can hear his testimony here at our website at News Audio on Demand.
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