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....
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.
(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."
(Van Eekeren family members and officials posing with Governor Mike Pence before one of the company's semi trailers)
(photos: courtesy of Karl Berner)...
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)
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: http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2446.htm
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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