A fire Thursday afternoon at the LaPorte County Jail resulted in one inmate being taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports employees were alerted to a fire just before 1pm in a cell located in the south side of the jail. Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and inmates in the immediate cell block area were relocated to another secure area within the jail as firefighters ventilated the area. 35 year old Marzano Shelly, of Michigan City, who was being held in the jail while awaiting trial for murder, robbery, and other charges, was taken to Indiana University Health, in LaPorte. No other inmates were injured, and the jail was not evacuated.
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Police in Highland are investigating an armed robbery that took place just before 11:30 Wednesday night. Police report a 21 year old female and her two friends were approached by two black males as they were walking from the Main Street Festival back to their vehicle parked in the Highland High School parking lot. Authorities say one of the suspects pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her purse, at which point he grabbed it, and then then two suspects fled north on Erie Street. A male friend of the woman ran after the suspects, and confronted them, until he was struck by one of them in the head. Police say he refused treatment.
Both suspects are described as a six-foot tall black males in their late teens to early 20's, wearing black hoodies, one with a slender build, the other with a heavier build and short dread locks. Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Highland Police at (219) 838-3184.
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Sheriff's Police across the state line in Cook County will be stepping up enforcement patrols over the holiday weekend. According to Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, officers will be on the lookout for seat belt law violators during the nighttime hours Thursday, July 4th through Sunday July 6th.
Also, Extra patrols will also be conducted for various traffic violations as well. Sheriff Dart says the weekend reinforcements are funded through grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The patrols are done to help remind motorists to drive safely. In Illinois, motor vehicle crashes killed more than 50 people over the last five Independence Day holiday periods, according to IDOT.
An Indiana Farm Bureau survey shows Hoosiers can plan a summer picnic for less than $6 per person.
Hoosiers can serve a summer cookout of their favorite picnic foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk for less than $6 per person, according to an informal survey conducted by Indiana Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The average cost to feed 10 people is $54.89, or $5.49 per person, according to IFB’s survey. The American Farm Bureau survey showed a total cost of $57.20.
“Although retail food prices have increased modestly over the past year or so, most Americans should be able to find summer picnic foods at close to the average prices found by our volunteer shoppers,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist at AFBF.
“For many of us, nothing says the Fourth of July more than firing up the grill to prepare a meal,” Anderson said.
“As we celebrate America’s independence and the freedoms that so many have defended, we can also celebrate our country’s safe and affordable food supply,” said Isabella Chism, IFB 2nd vice president and chair of the Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, which is in charge of the market-basket survey program.
The summer picnic menu for 10 consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, chocolate milk, watermelon for dessert, and ketchup and mustard.
Sixteen volunteer shoppers participated in IFB’s survey. A total of 60 volunteer shoppers in 22 states, including Indiana, participated in the AFBF survey.
The picnic survey is part of Farm Bureau’s market-basket series, which also includes the annual Thanksgiving survey and two market-basket surveys on common food staples that can be used to prepare everyday meals.
Average Retail Prices – July Fourth Picnic Survey:
Ground round (pre-cooked weight), 2 pounds
Package of hamburger buns
Mixed meat hot dogs (1-pound package)
Package of hot dog buns
American cheese slices (1-pound package)
Pork spare ribs, 4 pounds
Deli potato salad, 3 pounds
Baked beans, 28-ounce can
Corn chips, 15-ounce bag
Lemonade (pre-mixed), 2 quarts
Chocolate milk (pre-mixed), 2 quarts
Watermelon, 4 pounds
Ketchup, 20-ounce bottle
Mustard, 16-ounce bottle
State health officials continue to encourage Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves at county and 4H fairs around the state this summer following detection of 12 cases of variant influenza A (H3N2v), also known as swine influenza. At least 10 individuals had exposure to swine at the Grant and Hancock county fairs and one individual had contact with swine at their home farm. Variant influenza A H3N2v was identified in Indiana last year, with a total of 138 cases in 2012.
The Indiana State Department of Health and local health departments continue to investigate these cases. Human infections with swine influenza are rare but have most commonly occurred after close proximity to live infected pigs, such as working with them in barns and livestock exhibits at fairs. Influenza viruses are not transmitted by eating pork and pork products.
“There’s no reason why Hoosiers shouldn’t enjoy our county and 4H fairs this summer,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “But now that we know swine influenza is circulating, it’s going to be important to take some extra precautions around the animals.”
Since there is no vaccine available for people to protect against this variant influenza A virus, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid sources of exposure to the virus. When spending time around animals this summer, State health officials recommend the following:
· Wash hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal.
· Never eat, drink or put anything in your mouth when visiting animal areas and avoid face-to-face contact with animals.
· People at high risk for flu complications should avoid close contact with swine in the fair setting particularly.
Symptoms of variant influenza A include: fever, cough, sore throat, chills, headache and muscle aches. Diarrhea and nausea may occur in children. Symptoms can begin approximately one to four days after being exposed to the illness and last from two to seven days.
State health officials recommend contacting your health care provider if you begin experiencing flu-like symptoms. And if you have visited a fair or been around animals, let your health care provider know. Influenza antiviral drugs can treat infection with this type of flu and quick treatment is especially important for people who are at high risk of serious flu complications, including the very young, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease and pregnant women.
According to the State Board of Animal Health, 29 pigs from the Grant and Hancock county fairs have tested positive for influenza. It is not uncommon for pigs to be infected with swine influenza viruses, but not show any signs of illness. If ill with influenza they typically recover.
While influenza is not an uncommon diagnosis in pigs, the State Board of Animal Health encourages swine owners to contact a veterinarian if their animals show signs consistent with flu, including coughing, respiratory illness, off-feed and fever. Most county fairs have a private veterinary practitioner on call for on-site assistance.
The State Board of Animal Health has encouraged county fair officials to do the following:
· monitor the health of all pigs for any signs of illness at check-in and throughout the event;
· vaccinate pigs, when appropriate; and,
· reduce the number of days the swine are housed on site.
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 309 infections with variant influenza A H3N2v in the United States. According to the CDC, most of these infections resulted in mild illness, though 16 people were hospitalized and one person died. Most of the people who were hospitalized and the individual who died had one or more high risk conditions.
For more information about variant influenza A H3N2v, visit www.StateHealth.in.gov or follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of the southbound Cline Avenue ramp (SR 912) to westbound I-80/I-94 beginning Monday, July 8th through July 22nd. Crews will be repaving sections of the ramp as part of a larger project involving I-80/I-94, between Cline Avenue and the Illinois state line. Additional I-80/I-94 lane restrictions and ramp closures are expected in the coming months.
Drivers wishing to travel southbound on Cline Avenue to westbound I-80/I-94 will be detoured east on I-80/I-94 to the Broadway exit (SR 53), then back on I-80/I-94 westbound.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
Within the last week the Griffith Police Department arrested 31 year old Antione T Gaines of Gary Indiana for a warrant arrest and 24 year old Jay Shawn Phippips III from Griffith Indiana for Driving While Suspended on two separate instances. The Griffith Police Department also arrested 23 year old Robert Timothy Donya Horton of Gary Indiana for Possession of Marijuana. These arrests stem from a cooperation with Officers of the Griffith, Highland and Munster Indiana Police Departments using the Violence Reduction Initiative Task Force Grant. The Violence Reduction Grant, which was obtained by the Highland Police Department, has allowed conspicuously increased police presence throughout the three communities. The result of these actions has resulted in traffic and investigative stops netting these arrests and numerous traffic violations within the Town of Griffith and will continue through the summer at various times and locations.
The right lane of the eastbound I-80/94 exit ramp onto southbound I-65 is blocked with several rescue vehicles and a fire truck due to a rollover crash with injuries reportedly involving two vehicles. Drivers can expect stop and go traffic with heavy volume from Cline Avenue to I-65.
(photo from INDOT)
The Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigation a shooting incident from Tuesday night in Calumet Township. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrived at one-thousand block of West 52nd Drive around 8pm, and found a 21 year old Merrillville man lying on the floor in the common area of the apartment building with a gunshot wound to the leg whose was hospitalized. Authorities have determined that words were exchanged between the victim and his companion, along with two other subjects, at which time the two suspect individuals walked toward the victim and began shooting, before fleeing the area.
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(Photo Courtesy of Relay for Life of Duneland)
Dangerous Divas, a team for this year's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Duneland, will host a bake sale during the Family 4th Fest on Thursday, July 4 at Hawthorne Park in Porter. The team has coordinated with the Chesterton Lions Club to have their delicious baked goods available during the annual pancake breakfast and turtle derby the morning.
Dangerous Divas was formed by Kylee Donnella, who lost her “Nana” to cancer. She decided to form a team to honor her. After talking to her friends about forming a team, she realized that being 12 years old doesn’t make you immune to cancer. Lots of Kylee’s friends had mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends who have fought cancer. Her team is a group of 12 to 13 year old girls committed to giving cancer a run for its money.
Please come out an support Kylee’s team as all proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life of Duneland, which will be held from noon to 6 a.m. July 13-14 at Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Ave. For more information about this year’s relay, please visit www.relayforlife.org/dunelandin.
Billy’s Sound Factory and the Hope, Faith, Family Relay for Life of Duneland team invite you to grab a friend, a few bucks and cast your vote for your favorite singer competing in this year’s karaoke fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
The team will be leading the karaoke singing contest and collecting votes (donations) during the evening hours on Friday, July 5 at Westchester Lanes and Lounge, 124 N. 8th Street, Chesterton. The finals will be 10 p.m. July 13 at this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Duneland at Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Ave., Chesterton.
For more information about the Relay Idol contest, please call Becky at (219) 873-0626, or if you are interested in starting or joining a team, log on to relayforlife.org/dunelandin. If you’re not able to join a team, simply log on to make a donation.
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