ISP: Changes to Indiana's Methamphetamine Law

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Troopers working from the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Section want Hoosiers to be aware of changes to the Indiana criminal code as it relates to methamphetamine. For most law abiding citizens the law will have little if any effect on their day to day lives. For people who have been convicted of engaging in activities related to the illegal manufacturing and use of methamphetamine, the changes to the law can lead to their arrest if violated. Officers want people to pay close attention to Indiana criminal code 35-48-4-14.5(h).  It states, in part, that a person convicted of one of the listed criminal offenses is prohibited from possessing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine within seven years of the person's sentence. They can obtain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine if dispensed under a prescription.
** AS OF JULY 1st 2013 **
Indiana law regarding the Sale and Control of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine: 
A person may not purchase and a pharmacy may not sell to one individual: more than
(1) 3.6 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, on one day; 
(2) 7.2 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, in a 30 day period; or, 
(3) 61.2 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, or both, in a 365 day period. 
(I.C 35-48-4-14.7(d) and (e)) 
Prohibits a person convicted of one or any of the following charges: 
(1) Dealing in methamphetamine, 
(2) Possession of more than ten grams of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or 
(3) Possession of anhydrous ammonia or ammonia solution with intent to 
manufacture methamphetamine, 
Troopers Want to Make the Public Aware of Changes to Indiana’s Methamphetamine Law
(4) Possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to 
manufacture a controlled substance, 
(5) Unlawful sale of a precursor; 
from possessing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine within seven years of the person's sentence, unless dispensed under a prescription. 
It is illegal for a person to sell, transfer, distribute, or furnish a chemical reagent or precursor to another person with knowledge or the intent that the recipient will use the chemical reagent or precursors to manufacture a controlled substance. 
(I.C. 35-48-4-14.5(g)) 
Citizens are encouraged to call their local law enforcement agencies with any information about the possession, distribution, or manufacturing of methamphetamine. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.

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Lake Co Sheriff Dept Partnering with Gary PD

Erik Gill
(Photos Courtesy of the Lake Co Sheriff's Office)

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich announced today that he is in partnership with the Gary Police Department to address the street violence occurring there due to gangs and drugs.  The Sheriff's Department Tactical Officers served a narcotics search warrant in the 15-hundred block of Pierce Street in Gary on Wednesday morning and arrested 48 year old Erik Gill Sr. on two-counts of dealing a controlled substance and maintain a common nuisance.  They also raided a residence in the four-thousand block of Jackson Street in Gary, and while no one was home at the time, authorities seized two A-K 47 assault rifles, a double-barrel sawed off shotgun, nine pounds of marijuana, almost 40 grams of crack cocaine and 66 grams of powder cocaine.
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Sheriff Buncich says they need the public's help to make a bigger impact to cleanup the neighborhoods, and ask citizens to contact their hotline number 1-800-750-2746, and assures potential tipsters that there is no call I-D associated with the hotline and all callers can remain anonymous.
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Traffic Advisory Issued for Weekend Events in LaPorte

The La Porte Police Department is issuing a traffic safety advisory in relation to several events in La Porte this weekend.
- The weekend kicks off with the Mayor's Fitness Friday walk/ run/bike event. This weekly event is on Friday evening, August 16th, beginning at 5:15 p.m. 
Motorists are asked drive with awareness of runners & walkers on the route, which begins at Michigan Av./ Maple Av. (near the YMCA), and continues south on Michigan Av. to Beechwood Golf Course and back.
- On Saturday, August 17th, the 2nd annual Taste of La Porte will take place at the Chamber of Commerce Square & Historic Train Depot in the 400 Blk. of Michigan Av. The event is 3 p.m - 9 p.m.
Motorists should be aware of increased pedestrian traffic and some traffic/ parking congestion in the surrounding area.
- Also on Saturday is the annual La Porte County Blues Fest at the Dennis F. Smith Ampitheater in Fox Park. The event, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #54 and SDY promotions begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m.
Motorists should be aware of increased pedestrian traffic and some traffic/ parking congestion in this area as well.
To assist with traffic safety and ease of parking, a free shuttle will be available to transport patrons between the Taste of La Porte and the Bluesfest.

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Two More Heroin Arrests Made in LaPorte

Benjamin Heiman
(Photos Courtesy of the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office)
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The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office today report the 6th and 7th arrest made in the last two weeks involving heroin.  31 year old Benjamin Heiman was arrested at his home, in the three-hundred block of Niles Street in LaPorte, without incident on an outstanding warrant for two felony counts of dealing heroin.  The Sheriff's Office reports this afternoon LaPorte Police, assisted by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit, took 29 year old Amber Malstaff into custody, on an outstanding warrant for felony possession of heroin, after a traffic stop was initiated in LaPorte. Malstaff is being held without bond and authorities report additional arrests are anticipated.
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EC Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of Drugs and $12,000

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Chief Mark J. Becker, East Chicago, Indiana Police Department today released the following information:
On August 15, 2013 at approximately 5:50pm, a vehicle occupied Timothy Pearson,
34 years of age and Kevin Rhodes, 40 years of age, was curbed by an officer assigned to the department’s recently established “STOP Team”.  The officer had been patrolling the area of Guthrie and Deodar Streets, East Chicago, Indiana when he recognized Pearson to be in the vehicle.  The officer had prior knowledge of the existence of an arrest warrant was on file for Pearson and proceeded to curb the vehicle.
Pearson’s arrest warrant was based on a recent traffic stop made earlier this week, again initiated by a STOP Team officer, who at that time had found him to be in possession of marijuana.  Rhodes was also found to have outstanding arrest warrants on file with East Chicago Police as well as with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Both Pearson and Rhodes are residents of East Chicago.
At the time of the traffic stop last night, as the officer approached the vehicle, he observed a clear plastic bag containing a green leaf like substance, consistent in appearance with that of marijuana, to be sitting on top of the gear shift control.  Both suspects were taken into custody.
As a result of the investigation, STOP Team officers executed a search warrant at 4016 Grand Blvd.  As the officers approached the residence, they noted a strong smell of marijuana, which was detectable from standing outside the residence.
Upon entry into the residence, Adrian Paynes, female, 34 years of age, was found to be present. The ensuing search found approximately 11 pounds of marijuana, two loaded hand guns, over $12,000 in US Currency and several television sets that are suspected to have been stolen from locations yet unknown.  Paynes was taken into custody and is facing related charges.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has joined in the investigation.  A decision will be made in the near future as to perhaps seeking federal charges.
Chief Becker commended the actions of all involved, from those involved in the traffic stops, to the detectives who executed the search warrant.  Becker also stated his gratitude for the assistance provided by the ATF, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.
Additionally, Chief Becker noted that recently area law enforcement agencies have had several discussions as to how to deal with increased murders, gang presence and other types of violent crime.  Those discussions are continuing and new initiatives will soon appear.  Although new ideas and methods are welcome, as is evidenced in this investigation, increasing traffic enforcement is a very basic and effective manner to help reduce the violence the Region has faced.  As of July 1, 2013 the East Chicago Police Department has already exceeded the total traffic stops made for all of 2012.
Research has proven that one of the simplest ways to reduce crime is to stop those who drive poorly. People who commit serious crimes oftentimes make for poor drivers. If we remain aggressive and stop would be criminals for minor traffic issues, we will positively impact our crime rate.  The STOP Team is one such initiative that the department has deployed in furtherance of increasing a very visible police presence in the city.
The STOP Team is an aggressive patrol based initiative that the department initiated in April of this year. Those assigned to the unit are expected to deal with any and all public safety issues that may arise.  Those issues range from dealing with speeding in school zones to dealing with those who would opt to use locations in East Chicago to distribute illegal drugs.   
Through July, over the course of just 3 ½ months, the team has executed nearly 800 traffic stops, made 137 arrests and continue efforts to reach out to the community to gain their trust and assistance in addressing matters such as that described in this release.  The activities of this team coupled with the diligence of all of our officers and support personnel, are very much responsible for the 18% reduction in violent crime during the first 6 months of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012.

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3 Region Students Complete Visclosky Internship

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Ashley Mason of Purdue University Calumet with Congressman Pete Visclosky

Three students from Northwest Indiana have completed a summer internship at Indiana 1st District Congressman Pete J. Visclosky's Merrillville District Office.

According to a press release from the congressman's office those students are, Ashley Mason of Lowell, a college student entering her senior year at Purdue University Calumet, Cassidy Schwartz of Munster, a high school student entering her senior year at Munster High School and Sofia Grimsgard of Valparaiso, a high student entering her junior year at Valparaiso High School.

Mason majors in journalism with a minor in political science.  She is a graduate of Lowell Senior High School, class of 2010. According to the release She intends to seek a graduate degree in political science following graduation at Purdue University Calumet.

“I appreciate Ashley’s work in my Merrillville office this summer,” Congressman Visclosky said.  “Her dedication to public service is commendable and I hope that her experience in our office will serve her well in graduate school.”

Schwartz is co-president of the Munster branch of Child Rights and You (CRY) nonprofit organization.  She is also an active member of the National Honor Society and Speech and Debate Team at Munster High.  She plans on pursuing a degree in cognitive neuroscience with a minor in Spanish when she attends college next year. 

“I appreciate Cassidy’s willingness to take on the responsibility of serving as an intern in my Congressional office.” Congressman Visclosky said. “Throughout her internship, Cassidy’s attitude and high standards proved to be assets to my office. As someone who has dedicated their life to public service, I know these attributes will serve her well in the future.” 

Grimsgard is an active member of the Valparaiso High School Student Council, French and Spanish Clubs, as well as the Speech and Debate Team.  She plans on pursuing a degree in political science and/or communications in college.  “Congressman Visclosky defines the term hardworking, so interning for him during this summer has been an absolute pleasure,” said Grimsgard.  “Also, working with the casework staff to serve the constituents of the First Congressional District has been an amazing experience.”

“I appreciate Sofia’s commitment to public service through her participation in my office’s internship program,” said Congressman Visclosky. “Sofia proved to be a valuable asset in our day to day operation and I’m thankful that at her young age she had the willingness to serve in this capacity.  I wish her continued success in all of her future endeavors and I am confident that she will be successful in her academic and professional pursuits.”
Congressman Visclosky offers internships in his district and Washington, D.C. offices throughout the year. 

Intern applicants must be enrolled in high school or college, be eligible to receive school or service organization credit, and are encouraged to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Visit:

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Cassidy Schwartz of Munster High School with Congressman Pete Visclosky

Visclosky and Sofia Grimsgard
Sofia Grimsgard of Valparaiso High School with Congressman Pete Visclosky

(photos provided by Congressman Pete Viscosky's office)




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Martin Charged with Attempted Murder in Standoff

A 45 year old man who shot at officers and barricaded himself inside his home for nine-hours Wednesday has been charged today with six counts of felony attempted murder, seven counts of felony criminal recklessness and one felony count of aggravated battery. Court documents report Eric Martin, of Porter County's Jackson Township, fired multiple shots from inside the home, located in the three-hundred block of East 1050 North.  On Thursday, a search warrant of the residence was executed and investigators found all the exterior doors had been barricaded from inside and discovered seven spent shell casings, as well as seven locations where the bullets exited the living area of the home.  The incident began after officers went to the residence to question Martin about a complaint of battery by Martin against his father, who also resides at the same residence, and who advised officers his son had punched him, gouged his eyes and cut his neck with a knife.
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Seven Killed in Three Vehicle Crash on I-65

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Seven people, three adults and four children, were killed a fiery three-vehicle crash just before 10pm Thursday night on I-65 near the DeMotte/Roselawn exit.  Indiana State Police Lowell Post report a preliminary investigation revealed a semi pulling a box trailer driven by 55 year old Howard Stratton of Grand Rapids, Michigan, rear-ended a stationary Jeep Cherokee that was stopped in traffic due to a backup caused by an approaching work zone.  The impact ignited a fire which engulfed the Jeep, along with the cab and part of the trailer of the semi that struck the Jeep, and part of a trailer from a semi in front of the Jeep.  Authorities say the Jeep was taken to the Keener Fire Department to make an extrication, where a total of seven bodies were discovered.  Four of the deceased were from Merrillville, while the other three, which included the driver, were from Atlanta, Georgia.  Stratton was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the other semi was not injured.  An investigation continues. 
The names of the deceased are being released with permission from Jasper County Coroner Andy Boersman. 
- Amado Mangual, 49,  Merrillville, IN
- Lindsey Williams, 27, Merrillville, IN
- Yazmin Goldman, 5, Merrillville, IN
- Arielle Goldman, 3,  Merrillville, IN
- Jamin Osborne, 5,    Atlanta, GA
- Jasmin Osborne, 7,  Atlanta, GA 
- Yvette Williams, 35,  Atlanta, GA
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Fair Numbers Up in the Region

Now that they're all wrapped up, here's a look-back at fair attendance numbers in the Region....Lake County attendance reportedly topped last year's numbers by more than 12-thousand, for a total of nearly 222-thousand fairgoers for 2013.  In Porter County, Fair Manager Kevin Hannon says overall this year's event beat last year's numbers on many levels, including carnival, midway vendors and grandstand.  Hannon reports an estimated 120-thousand through the gates this year, on par with last year, and gate receipts up 15-percent over 2012.  In La Porte County, attendance numbers were said to be a few percentage points higher than last year.  

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Purdue Professor Invents RoboDesk

Alexander Lo, a researcher in the Purdue Center for Paralysis Research, uses an iPad on the RoboDesk. The RoboDesk is an assistive technology being developed at Purdue University to help people with disabilities use iPads and other mobile devices more easily. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
Hoping to foster independence and improve quality of life for the disabled, a Purdue professor has invented “RoboDesk”.  The device is a motorized wheelchair tray that makes it easier to position and remove a tablet or other mobile device without being limited by a table or moving in and out of the chair.  Associate Professor of Engineering Practice Brad Duerstock says it could also be used as a writing surface or meal tray, and allows the user to get through doorways.   

Brad Duerstock, a Purdue University associate professor of engineering practice in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and School of Industrial Engineering, is developing the technology and other assistance technologies in the Purdue Institute for Accessible Science. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
Duerstock says he hopes to get RoboDesk licensed and manufactured within the next three years.  He also says he hopes the device encourages more people with disabilities to pursue higher education. 

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