Valparaiso Police Chief to Announce Run for Sheriff

An official announcement is planned for tomorrow afternoon in downtown Valparaiso in the race for Porter County Sheriff. The Times today reports Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner is planning to run for the post. Brickner, a Republican, has been chief in Valparaiso for the past decade and has been with the department for nearly thirty years. Last month, former Sheriff David Reynolds, a Democrat, formally announced his plans to run again. Reynolds, a Democrat, served two consecutive terms as sheriff, from 1999 to 2006. In Indiana, sheriffs are limited from serving more than eight years in a twelve-year span. Reynolds was succeeded by current Sheriff David Lain, also a Democrat, who is currently in his second term. ...

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Griffith Road Closure for Emergency Sewer Repair

The town of Griffith has announced plans to close the intersection of West Pine Street and North Raymond Avenue on Friday, October 25, for emergency sewer repair.  Closure time will be from 7am to 5 pm.  Town officials say the intersection will reopen that afternoon once repairs are completed.  Detour route will be posted at the affected area.  Questions may be directed to the Griffith Public Works office at 219-924-3838....

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Police Allege Teacher Took Students to Strip Club

A 31-year-old Hanover Central High School chemistry teacher is reportedly facing three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly taking students to a strip club and giving them alcoholic beverages at his home. A report in the Times today says Travis Lechien of Crown Point man has taught in the Hanover Community School district for a decade and has been suspended with pay since last month. An attorney for the teacher is quoted as saying their intention is to enter a plea of not guilty and attend the case.  The report says an iniitial hearing has been scheduled for November in Lake County court....

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Three Hammond Robbery Suspects in Custody

Hammond PD
The three suspects who allegedly robbed two Hammond Sanitation workers who were picking up garbage in an alley in the 500 block of Chicago Avenue Saturday, now face felony charges. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says the Lake County Prosecutor's office have charged all three suspects, who range in age from 20-to-23 years-old, with two counts of felony robbery. One of the suspects who allegedly fired his pistol in the direction of a female who was trying to drive around the garbage truck during the robbery, was also charged with one count of felony pointing a firearm and one count of Criminal Recklessness. Chief Miller says the bullet never struck the female or her car. All three suspects have been taken to the Lake County jail.

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Gary's Mayor Named to Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was one of several appointees Governor Mike Pence named on Tuesday to a Blue Ribbon Panel to plan the next generation of transportation infrastructure in Indiana.
The governor's office reports that the Panel is part of Pence's “Roadmap for Indiana,” to review projects related to all four modes of transit including by water, air, road and rail, and to identify a list of future priority projects to keep Indiana on the cutting edge. Mayor Freeman-Wilson is joined on the panel by 23 other notables including Andrew Fox of the Chicago and South Shore and South Bend Railroad and Pete Georgeon of ArcelorMittal USA Flat Carbon. ...

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Big Backup NB I-65 Due to Earlier Crash

NB I-65 crash 10-22-13
A jackknifed tractor trailor truck caused the closure of the two left lanes northbound I-65 near 61st Avenue.  Traffic tipsters reporting northbound traffic is backed up about eight miles to just before the US-30 exit.  In addition, INDOT is reporting road work has restricted the right lanes both diretions of I-65 near Ridge Road.  Expect backups and delays both directions of interstate 65.
(photo:  Looking north on I-65 toward the US-30 exit with northbound traffic backing up.  Provided by INDOT) ...

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Toll Road Crash Closes WB Lanes for over 3 Hours

Truck crash 1
( Burnt semi of Michigan truck driver.  Photo provided by Indiana State Police)
A three semi crash that caused one semi to catch fire and seriously injure its driver, closed the westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Rd for nearly three-in--a-half hours Tuesday.
A preliminary investigation says that at around 10:55a.m. a 2009 Kenworth pulling a tanker, driven by a Michigan man was in the right lane traveling westbound just east of the Lake Station interchange following a semi pulling double trailers driven by an Ohio man, when traffic slowed ahead.
The Michigan man was unable to slow his Kenworth in time and struck the rear of double trailer rig, causing the double trailers to crash into each other and causing the Michigan man to loose control. His Kenworth veered off to the left where it passed a third semi bulling a box trailer that was in the right lane. Debris from the Kenworth hit and damaged the the trailer of the third semi.
Truck crash 2
(Damaged double trailer semi.  Photo provided by Indiana State Police)
The Kenworth than hit the guard rail and concrete median barrier which caused the Michigan man's semi cab to catch fire. Two Good Samaritans reportedly were able to pull the truck driver from his cab he was taken to a Hobart hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the double trailer sustained a minor injury and was treated and released at the scene.
Westbound traffic on the Indiana Toll road was forced to exit after the Portage toll plaza onto State Road 249, which caused a huge backup on the bypass as well as westbound I-90 before the Portage exit. The westbound lanes were reopened around 2:15p.m. as the time was needed to investigate the crash, clean-up and remove the burnt semi, damaged trailers and clean-up of the roadway....

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219: Cedar Lake's Trunk Or Treat Food Drive

If you are looking for a great way to get the kids out of the house and support your neighbors this weekend, Cedar Lake has the answer. Listen to today's 219 On Demand to find out more on Cedar Lake's 2nd Annual Trunk Or Treat Food Drive this Saturday!

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UPDATE: Tanker Truck Fire on Toll Road

The westbound side of the Indiana Toll Road between Lake Station and Portage is closed at this hour due to an accident and tanker truck fire. Indiana State Police at the Toll Road say the tanker truck on fire was carrying salt.  Earlier we had word that two semi trucks may have been involved in this accident, which occurred on the westbound side of the Indiana Toll Road near Ripley Street.  Police say westbound traffic was being diverted at Willowcreek in Portage.   The fire reportedly started in the cab and did not reach the tanker portion, according to the latest information available from police....

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Crash on Toll Road in Lake Station

Indiana State Police at the Toll Road say they are responding to the report of an accident involving two semis.  The crash is reportedly on the westbound side before Ripley Street in the Lake Station area....

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