Lake County Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced an agreement that is contemplated to result in the settlement of litigation surrounding the move of the IV-D Child Support out of the Gary, Indiana Court House. The agreement was the result of a collaborative effort involving Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen, Lake County Clerk Michael Brown, Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter, and Lake County Councilpersons Elsie Franklin and Jerome Prince.
Judge Stefaniak indicated that while he understood the factors that led former Juvenile Judge Mary Beth Bonventura to close the Court, he was pleased that the parties were able to reach a solution that would ensure access to justice for citizens in the northern part of Lake County. This decision also honors the investment that has been made in the Gary Courthouse. Judge Stefaniak also praised the members of the Lake County Commission and Lake County Council for the flexibility in the use of resources to govern the Court.
Mayor Freeman-Wilson applauded the agreement and indicated that she knew that Mayor Anthony Copeland and the citizens of East Chicago and other north Lake County communities would join the citizens of Gary in their appreciation of the opportunity to attend hearings in the Gary Courthouse. She further indicated her willingness to develop employment opportunities and work with Judge Stefaniak to ensure compliance and prevent parents from having to be brought into Court.
Judge Stefaniak will assume full-time responsibilities at the Juvenile Court on December 20, 2013. He anticipates that a full service IV-D Court will return to Gary in January 2014 as well. ...
More signs of the season in Northwest Indiana as East Chicago gets ready for two tree lighting celebrations.
Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Parks and Recreation Department invite residents to the Magic of Christmas, According to the City's website, a tree Lighting celebration to be held this Friday (Dec. 6. 2013) at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Main Street and Broadway in downtown Indiana Harbor. Following that at 6:30 p.m., East Chicago's main tree lighting will take place at City Hall, on Indianapolis Blvd. The city says hot chocolate will be served and families can take a photo with Santa Claus at City Hall. Plus, a free surprise for the city's children with parent while supplies last. Gift recipients must be from East Chicago, parent ID's will be checked, according to the City's website.
More about the tree lighting available at: http://www.eastchicago.com ...
(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner; Law enforcement gather for
news conference at LaPorte County Fairgrounds)
An iPhone GPS tracker assisted La Porte County Sheriff's Detectives in recovering thousands of dollars in allegedly stolen property from a residence in rural Coolspring Township last week. La Porte County Detective Sergeant Andrew Hynek says the collaborative effort between the La Porte County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan City Police Department has led to the arrest and charging of 33-year-old Nicholas Rife with three counts of residential burglary. His wife, Stephanie Rife, was also arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. The investigation was also aided by serial-number confirmation and anonymous informants and links the recovered items to a dozen or more burglaries throughout western La Porte County. Hynek says modern technology proved very valuable in the initial stages of the investigation.
Hynek advises all homeowners to take precautions against burglaries by recording serial numbers and taking photos of your property.
As the investigation continues, recovered items are being viewed by potential victims so that they may be returned to their rightful owners. Hynek advised victims who believe their property may have been recovered to contact the detective in charge of their case in order that an inquiry can be made with the La Porte County Sheriff's Office....
The Street Department request that residents cooperate by following these rules:
- No plastic bags are to be used
- Branches, rocks and other debris must be kept out of the leaf piles
- Leaf piles should be loose in large piles in front of the property as close to the curb as possible, but away from the sewer drains.
- Please do not use Toters, leaves will not be picked up in those containers
December 9 – 14, 2013
Area 1 is marked by Franklin Street on the west, Michigan Boulevard and Roeske Avenue on the east and Kieffer Road on the south.
December 16 – 21, 2013
Area 2 is marked by Lake Shore Drive and U.S. 12 and Shoreland Drive on the north, Michigan Boulevard on the south and Meer Road on the east.
December 2 – 7, 2013
Area 3 is marked by County Line Road on the west, Franklin Street on the east, Kieffer Road on the south and Lake Michigan on the north....
Authorities are seeking the public's help to locate a man who assaulted a Wendy's employee at the drive-thru window on Saturday night. LaPorte Police report they received the call just after 10pm and were informed an elderly woman driving a large white vehicle, possibly a Lincoln or Cadillac, with a male passenger in his 20's, pulled up to the drive-thru to collect their order. Police say the man got upset because there was too much ice in his drink, exited the vehicle and began slamming the drive-thru window open and closed before reaching inside a grabbing an employee's arm. The employee was able to pull away from the man, who got back in the vehicle which exited the area. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to please contact the LaPorte Police Department and you can remain anonymous....
Police in Valparaiso are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred this morning at a bus stop on the corner of Valparaiso and Union Streets. Police report they were notified by school officials around 9am that an older white male subject yelled at a ten-year old boy who was waiting for his school bus and allegedly ran towards the child, who in turn ran back to his house and locked the doors until his school bus arrived. The child was able to safely enter the bus and notified the bus driver of what had transpired. The older white male subject is described as possibly in his 50's, wearing a jean jacket and blue jeans, who is bald with some gray hair on each side of his head. ...
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