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Police Seeking Vehicles Alledgedly Involved in Shooting

Police in Merrillville are seeking the public's help in locating a vehicle believed to be involved in a shooting that took place this afternoon.  Authorities report officers were dispatched to 58th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street around 4pm.  Anyone who may have witnessed a maroon van and a silver Dodge Durango in the vicinity of that area around that time is asked to please contact the Merillville Police Department.  At last check there were no reports of any injuries.
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SR 312 Closure in EC for Rail Crossing Repair

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of State Road 312 at the railroad crossing in East Chicago between Huish Drive and Grasselli Street beginning Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd. Crews will be repairing the railroad crossing.
A detour will take eastbound SR 312 traffic north on U.S. 20 (Indianapolis Blvd), east on U.S. 12 (Columbus Dr), south on SR 912 (Cline Ave), and back to SR 312. Westbound SR 312 traffic will be detoured north on SR 912 (Cline Ave), west on U.S. 12 (Columbus Dr), south on US 20 (Indianapolis Blvd), and back to SR 312.
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.

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LMMSDC Elects Officers

A commission charged with developing a comprehensive environmental master plan for redevelopment and development within the Lake Michigan corridor elected its officers today.  The Lake Michigan Marina and Shoreline Development Commission met at the NIRPC building in Portage and during the meeting elected Michael Kuss, manager of the Michigan City Sanitary District representing the Mayor of Michigan City, Chairman. Anthony Copeland, Mayor of East Chicago, was elected Vice Chairman, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary was elected Treasurer.
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Hammond PD Hires Four New Officers

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The Hammond Police Department welcomed four new officers to the force today.  Chief Brian Miller reports all four are current sworn police officers that were serving on different departments. The new officers are Gabriel Nava and Michael Rivera, both formerly of the East Chicago Police Department, Albert Hulitt formerly of the Gary Police Department, and Thomas Uszakow formerly of the Munster Police Deaprtment.  Chief Miller says his department is very fortunate to have these four officers, who each bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience, and will be in their Field Officer Training Program in the next few weeks. 
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Martin to be Charged Friday

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The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports charges will be signed tomorrow against a 45 year old Jackson Township man who barricaded himself inside his home for nine-hours Wednesday.   Police say the incident began when officers went to Eric Martin's home, on County Road 1050 North, to investigate an alleged battery by Martin against his father.   Authorities say Martin was eventually subdued by hard foam beanbag rounds.

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Charges Filed Against Man Who Claimed to be Shot

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Police report false informing charges have been filed against a 33 year old man who claimed he was shot outside of his vehicle, at a gas station on US 6 and Swanson Road late Saturday afternoon.  The Times reports Portage Police investigated the incident, and determined the man was accidentally shot at a Portage residence by another person who was handling the gun.  Charges have been forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review, but no charges have been filed against the man who shot him.

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Record Enrollment at La Lumiere School

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La Porte, Ind. – August 14, 2013 – La Lumiere School began its 50th Anniversary year Sunday, August 11 with 216 students, the largest opening day enrollment in school history.  The student body is comprised of a diverse group of day and boarding students.  Day students come from as far east as South Haven, MI, and as far west as Schererville.  Boarding students choose La Lumiere from 10 countries and eight states.  Countries represented among the current student body include Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, Egypt, Grand Bahamas, Japan, Korea and Panama. States represented include Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin.
La Lumiere School is pleased to announce the further development of the School’s academic Areas of Excellence, as well as new program offerings for the 2013-2014 school year and beyond.  The Areas of Excellence strategy provides an intensive educational experience for our students in critical subjects.  Among the first academic Areas of Excellence are 21st Century Math & Science and Global Studies.  La Lumiere’s recent efforts to develop Areas of Excellence have driven the national and international recruitment and hiring of several new teaching faculty.
About La Lumiere School
La Lumiere School is a co-educational, independent boarding and day secondary school providing a college-preparatory education based in character, scholarship and faith.  Our rigorous education, personal relationships, and focus on values create a rich learning environment for students.  They are known by faculty, staff and other students from all grades.  This familiarity enables our students to make lasting connections, engage in academics, participate socially and define their paths.  Founded in the Catholic tradition in 1963, the student body consists of over 200 students from a rich diversity of backgrounds. It is situated on a beautiful rural estate, 25 miles west of South Bend, 60 miles east of Chicago, and 8 miles from both La Porte and New Buffalo. La Lumiere School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA).
More information about La Lumiere School can be found at http://www.lalumiere.org/

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IL Bans Indoor Under 18 Tanning and eCigarette Use

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took steps to protect the health of youth across Illinois by signing legislation that prevents anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds and electronic cigarettes, an increasingly common cigarette alternative. The Governor was joined by legislators, health professionals, survivors of melanoma and their families, and teens who have recognized the dangers of skin cancer and nicotine addiction. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.
“Our young people have their whole lives ahead of them and we want them to be well, grow and thrive in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “I am signing these new laws today so that our youth and their families can be spared the consequences of very serious and preventable health problems that are caused by dangerous habits formed at a young age. Together these measures will protect the health of Illinois youth and save lives in the long-run.” 
Sponsored by State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), House Bill 188 prevents youth under the age of 18 from using tanning beds, which studies have shown can lead to cancer. According to research, people who begin using tanning beds at a young age have a 75 percent higher risk of developing melanoma. Over the past 40 years, the rate of young women with melanoma has grown by 800 percent. 
Current law in Illinois allows minors to access tanning beds with parental or guardian consent. The new legislation is designed to respond to increased worldwide awareness of the dangers of melanoma and an understanding of the urgency required in the prevention of skin cancer. HB 188 passed with the strong support of the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association. The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.
Governor Quinn also signed Senate Bill 1756, sponsored by State Representative Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) and State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), which bans anyone under the age of 18 from using electronic cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products. While electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco, these products do contain nicotine, which is the highly addictive substance that makes smoking difficult to quit once someone begins. Dependence on nicotine is the most common form of chemical dependence, impacting almost 20 percent of all Americans.
“Nicotine has been proven to be a harmful and addictive substance,” Senator Mulroe said. “We ban children from purchasing it in all of its other forms.  This law just helps us keep up with the advancements in the ways it is being sold.”
The law takes effect January 1, 2014.
For more information on the dangers of skin cancer and melanoma, visit www.cancer.org. For more information on the dangers of nicotine addiction and how to quit, visit www.smokefree.gov.
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Lane Closures on US 41 in Newton Co Start Monday

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NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces lane restrictions on U.S. 41, between State Road 10 and State Road 14, beginning Monday, August 19th through Thursday, August 22nd. At least one lane in each direction will be maintained on U.S. 41 throughout the project. Crews will perform a chip seal operation to preserve the road surface. Please note: this project is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions aren’t ideal.
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
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.

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Five Women Arrested in Hammond Prostitution Sting

Five women were arrested during a prostitution sting on Wednesday by the Hammond Police Department. Chief Brian Miller says an undercover officer cruised the downtown area in an unmarked vehicle during the early, evening hours and waited for the ladies to flag him down.
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