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Extra Valpo Patrols Result in Seven Arrests

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Valparaiso Police worked a number of extra drunk driving patrols that resulted in seven arrests – one of them by officers on bikes. Police say Saturday the department's bicycle patrol observed erratic driving and conducted a traffic stop at Brown and Franklin Streets.
Four arrests occurred throughout the morning and evening hours of July 5th, at Danvers Parkway/State Road 2; Calumet Avenue/ McCord Road; Brown and Campbell Streets, and Chicago and Campbell Streets. Two other arrests occurred on July 7th on US 30 and at Chicago and Sturdy Road.
Extra patrols, funded by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Porter County Driving Task Force ,were conducted from July 4th through July 7th.
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Michigan City Announces Code Sweep

Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer says the second code enforcement sweep of the year will be conducted this week – a two day sweep Wednesday [ July 10th ] and Thursday [ July 11th ] in an area roughly bound by Highway 12 on the north, County Line Road on the west, Earl Road on the south, and Wabash Street on the east. Personnel from various city departments will be participating, and residents are urged to fix any possible violations before the sweep gets to your area.  The Michigan City Fire Department will also be available city-wide to assist any elderly or disabled persons with installing or checking of their smoke detectors.  For information, call the Michigan City Fire Department at: 219-873-1440.
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Transition Begins for Strongbow Inn

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The transition gets underway today for new ownership of a Region restaurant tradition. Last week the sale of Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso was announced, as Hobart-based Luke Company is purchasing the restaurant and banquet facility from owners Russ and Nancy Adams.  "Nobody will notice a thing different," Russ Adams said.  "The staff is continuing," he told us today, "we're hanging on to the wonderful recipes, and these guys will do an excellent job."  Adams says his grandmother Bess Thrun opened Strongbow Turkey Inn in 1940, with a name based in Region history, a name that will continue on.
Strongbow Turkey Farm was started in the 1930’s by Dr. Walter and Bess Thrun (Russ Adams’ grandparents) and named for the Pottawatomie Indian chief who lived on the land with his tribe in the 1800’s. In 1940  Bess Thrun opened the Strongbow Turkey Inn on US Hwy 30 in Valparaiso with 28 seats. Known for the turkey the Thruns raised on the farm across the highway the first menu included hot and cold turkey and the now-famous Strongbow Turkey Pie. Over the years Strongbow has grown to not only a sizeable restaurant but also includes banquet facilities that accommodate up to 500 people. Strongbow currently employs 130 people.  Adams said that he is proud of what Strongbow has meant to his family – with his mother Chuggie and father Chuck running the business from 1951-1993 when Russ and Nancy took over. “We know that Strongbows helped put Valpo on the map,” he said.   The restaurant, now in its 73rd year, is along US 30 just west of State Road 49.
The Luke Company is a family owned and operated company based in Hobart, Indiana that was founded in 1967 by Ralph Luke.  It is owned by Tom Collins Sr., Tom Collins Jr., and Ryan Richardson and has grown to include 25 C-Stores, the $5 Carwash and County Line Orchard.  The Luke organization currently employs approximately 400 associates.
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Coast Gd Rescues, Assists 24 Over the 4th

Coast Guard rescue crews throughout the Great Lakes rescued or assisted 24 people from various boating incidents between late Wednesday night and early Friday morning, including a 39-foot cabin cruiser with four adults and two children aboard that ran aground in Lake Calumet Harbor. There were no reported injuries, pollution or damage to the vessel, but the boat was stranded.
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Merrillville FD Considers Green Roof

The idea of the green roof continues to grow. In Lake Station the city's new municipal building that opened in the Fall of 2011 features a living roof that absorbs and filters rainwater and helps insulate the building. In nearby Merrillville, the fire department is now looking at the possibility of planting a green roof at Fire Station Number One on West 73rd Avenue to provide a place where firefighters could grow vegetables for themselves. It would also reduce stormwater runoff, and give crews a place to stay active by gardening when not responding to any calls for service.
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Cops Cycling for Survivors Ride 2013

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Today [Monday, July 8, 2013] marks the start of the 11th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride. A departure ceremony was scheduled this morning [ 8:30 a.m. EDT ] at the Law Enforcement/Firefighter Memorial, adjacent to the State Capitol, in downtown Indianapolis. Fifty-one cyclists are taking part in a thirteen-day journey that will cover nearly one-thousand miles around the perimeter of Indiana, including northwest Indiana this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Funds raised are used to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty.
The group says this year the cyclists are recognizing the sacrifices of Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux [mew] who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on a training run around the perimeter of the Lake County Jail, and Indiana Department of Corrections Officer Timothy Betts, who suffered a heart attack while escorting an unruly prisoner to the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
On August 22, 2006, retired Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin of Merrillville and Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley of Indianapolis were killed during the ride when a large box truck struck the rear of the support truck, pushing the support truck into the cyclists.
The ride is scheduled to conclude on the afternoon of Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Link for route:  http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/route.html
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Suspected Heroin in NWI Traffic stop


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Indiana State Police say a weekend traffic stop in Northwest Indiana resulted in the seizure of more than five pounds of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of approximately 150-thousand dollars . A Senior Trooper from the Lowell Post made a traffic stop on a car on southbound I-65 around 8 am Sunday near the Remington exit at the 205 mile marker in southern Jasper County for allegedly going 97 miles per hour in a 70 mile an hour zone. Troopers say the driver, a 26-year-old Miami, Florida, man was taken to jail on felony drug charges and a speeding infraction.
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Silver Alert Cancelled

SILVER ALERT CANCELLATION

July 8, 2013

Indiana Silver Alert #008-2013 issued on July 8, 2013 for Timothy F. Fry has been cancelled as of 8:00 am today EST. This cancellation was requested by the Jeffersonville Police Department. Police say Fry has been located.
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ATV Crash Results in Injury

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV crash in Clinton County that resulted in an arm amputation. Officials say a 38-year-old man was operating a side by side off road vehicle on private property when he apparently accelerated during an attempt to jump a small dip on the property and lost control, with the vehicle overturning, and his arm becoming caught between the frame and the ground. Authorities say the ATV was also occupied by two children, ages 7 and 14, and a 59-year-old man, who were all uninjured.
Conservation officers say evidence at the scene indicates that driver lost his grip on the frame handle.
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South Split Project to Begin

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Region residents with plans to go to Indianapolis next month – parts of Interstate 65 and 70 will be closed starting in August for Operation South Split. INDOT says the work will close I-65 and I-70 between the north and south splits on the east side of downtown Indianapolis for up to 90 days, or three months, to rebuild and lower pavement below seven bridges. INDOT says it's become necessary to increase bridge clearances because of repeated accidents involving bridge strikes, posing a safety concern.  State officials say more than 400 collisions have been recorded at South Split bridges over I-65/I-70 since 1999 and the frequency of vehicle bridge strikes has increased in recent years.
web link for detour info:  http://www.in.gov/indot/files/South_Split_I-65-I-70_Detour_Map.pdf 

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