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Public demand has led to the addition of gluten-free menu items at a popular Region eatery. A press release announces that Jak's Warehouse in Schererville is helping Northwest Indiana pave the way with a gluten-free pizza as well as gluten-free birthday cupcake cake. The indoor family fun center also leads the way in charitable causes. Jak's is currently holding a donation drive for the Calumet area Humane Society to help recover after a recent fire. According the business, a free 5-dollar game card will be given for blankets, cleaning supplies, dog or cat food donated. The drive continues through this Friday.
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The 2013-2014 school year will begin today for Lake Station and La Porte Community school children.
Motorists are encouraged to be alert when approaching school zones, and to obey the posted school zone speed limit when children are present.
Please observe for children crossing the street , waiting near bus stops and for those getting on and off school buses. Remember, Indiana law requires that drivers stop for a bus when its “Stop” arm is extended.
Officers will be exercising zero tolerance for school speed zone violations and stopped school bus violations.
Parents can help their children by reviewing a few safety tips:
- Cross the street only at intersections and designated cross-walks.
- Do not walk in between parked vehicles.
- Obey instructions from the school crossing guard, if one is present.
- Walk to and from school in groups, if possible.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching or getting out of your seat.
- The bus driver has limited visibility around the bus. Teach your child to always cross in front of the bus.
With everyone’s commitment, we can help keep our children safe this school year. Citizens who observe dangerous or suspicious behavior near schools are encouraged to report same by calling police.
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Attempted vehicle break-in at Buffalo Wild Wings According to the report, on Saturday, August 17th, at approximately 12:21 a.m., police observed a teen male, wearing a backpack, walking from the area underneath the Pine Lake Av. overpass towards the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings. As police continued to watch the suspect, they observed him walk to the passenger-side of a blue Honda sedan. The teen was observed doing something with the door window of the vehicle, while periodically stopping to look around. A few minutes later, police saw the interior dome light come on inside the car as the suspect leaned inside. At this time the vehicle's car alarm went off and the headlights began flashing. The suspect ran north from the vehicle and after a short foot pursuit, was apprehended by police. While being placed into custody, the suspect, Dominique Wilson, 19, of Michigan City (IN), allegedly told police he was breaking into the vehicle because he was hungry and only wanted some change so he could buy a bag of chips. During a search of Wilson's person, loose change was found inside his pants pocket that he denied knowledge of. The owner of the Honda was located and confirmed the vehicle had been entered, but that nothing appeared missing at the time. He advised the windows were left down slightly, but the doors were locked. Wilson is charged with Attempted Theft, D felony.
*All defendants are presumed innocent until/ unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and are entitled to have a trial before a judge or a jury.
(photo provided by La Porte Police Department)
Walking/Jogging track at Old Fairgrounds Park in Valparaiso
Beginning Tuesday, August 20, the track at Fairgrounds Park will be temporarily closed for repaving. The track will be closed to the public during construction, which is estimated to take up to 10 days depending on weather.
The ¾ mile track, which is more than 20 years old, is in need of repair and repaving and is used by hundreds of walkers and joggers every day. Not only is the track being repaved, it is being widened to 8’ wide, making it better for users to walk, run and exercise together.
(photo courtesy Valparaiso Parks and Recreation)
Mayor Ron Meer and the City of Michigan City, Indiana announce a dual recognition program honoring all of the agencies and individuals involved in the rescue of Nathan Woessner on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
The first recognition program will be conducted by Indiana Governor Mike Pence at Michigan City City Hall (100 E. Michigan Boulevard) at 11:00 a.m. and will run approximately one hour.
At approximately 1:00 p.m., Mayor Meer and the City of Michigan City will present a recognition program in the Stardust Events Center at the Blue Chip Casino (777 Blue Chip Drive) in Michigan City.
Nathan Woessner and Family plan on being in attendance at both programs.
The parade for the team will be Tuesday, August 2th at 8pm. Players will be escorted by the police and fire departments around the square and led to the Cal Ripken fields on North Street for a brief ceremony.
“What an amazing accomplishment. We are so proud of these boys. They played hard and represented Crown Point at the World Series” said Mayor David Uran. “I would like to invite everyone to come out and join us to celebrate their success.” Residents are invited to watch the parade downtown on the square or at the Cal Ripken fields located off North Street.
The Bulldogs played teams from New York, Kentucky, North Dakota, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Hammond, Indiana.
Right lane closed WB I-80/94 near Cline Avenue backing up all WB lanes as well as traffic from SB Cline Avenue
Daytime patching work will cause heavy, stop and go traffic westbound on the Borman (I-80/94) for the next couple of days. Matt Deitchley, Media Relations Director for INDOT's La Porte District says the patching work is part of a long term project, " but the majority of this work will be done at night time. This is something that is happening today, tomorrow and Wednesday." Deitchley says that the work requires that the right lane westbound I-80/94 be closed right now for the next three days for short term ramp work that has to be completed now.
The ramp work is causing a trickle down effect, backing up traffic southbound on Cline Avenue as well. Drivers coming from BP or the mills may want to take Kennedy Avenue or Calumet Avenue to I-80/94 as alternates. Chicago Avenue should be avoided as railroad crossing work through Friday evening has Chicago Avenue closed between Kennedy Avenue and Graselli St. Traffic westbound on I-80/94 may want to consider the Indiana Toll Road past Cline Avenue as an alternate as well.
More information about the ramp work can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/indotnorthwest
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