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Valpo PD Seeking Help to Identify Subject of Interest in Theft

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(Photo Courtesy of the Valparaiso Police Department)
Police in Valparaiso have released a video surveillance photo of a person they say is a “subject of interest” regarding a May 8th purse theft. Authorities report a woman shopping at the Valparaiso Walmart informed them she believes someone took her wallet from her purse, which was located in the front of a shopping cart, while she was distracted. The woman says she returned home and contacted her credit card company and was informed that two-thousand dollars had been charged on her credit card at the Valparaiso Target store. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the subject is asked to contact Detective Lt. Tom Horn of the Valparaiso Police Department at (219) 462-2135.
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Driver of Friday's Fatal Crash in Newton County Identified

Newton County Sheriff Dept
A 22 year old from Brazil, Indiana, has been identified as the driver, and lone occupant, of a vehicle who was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Newton County Friday morning. The Newton County Sheriff's Office today reports Daniel Dillman was heading north on U-S 41, just north of Kentland, when for unknown reasons the vehicle drifted off the roadway. Authorities say when Dillman attempted to return to the roadway, he lost control, crossed the median, and into the path of a southbound tractor trailer. The truck driver was not injured.
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Fight at Citgo Station Friday in LaPorte

LaPorte PD
Battery charges has been forwarded to the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office for review after a fight between two women at a Citgo gas station Friday afternoon. LaPorte Police report the victim told them she was pumping gas when a red van pulled into the lot, and the driver, whom the victim recognized, got out and starting attacking her. Authorities say the two women fought until the driver of the van left prior to police arriving at the scene. Officers report the victim suffered injuries to her face and hands.
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Traffic Light Flashing Red at US 30 and Sturdy in Valpo

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Tipsters reporting the traffic light at US 30 and Sturdy Road in Valparaiso is flashing red at last check. Please use the intersection as a four-way stop until the issue can be resolved, or use an alternate route.
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Suspects Sought in Shooting

Hammond Police say two people, identities not known at this point, remain at large after a shooting incident in the parking lot of the Walmart in north Hammond Sunday afternoon. Hammond Police Lt. Richard Hoyda says it appears two men leaving the store around 2:30 were approached by two vehicles with multiple subjects, then the men went to their vehicle, and one began firing an handgun at the vehicles. Police say an employee who was outside suffered what appeared to be a graze wound from a bullet, and a parked vehicle was struck apparently by one of the vehicles leaving the scene.
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Armed Robbery in Hammond

Police in Hammond say someone dressed up a like a delivery person held up J-and-J Coins in the seven-thousand block of Calumet Avenue  this morning. Lt. Richard Hoyda says the subject came in carrying boxes, then pulled out what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun from some sort of bag, and a handgun was taken from the business. Police got the call around 9:15 am. No one was injured. Police say they're trying to determine whether a green four-door Ford Taurus seen leaving the scene was involved or not.
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Severe Weather Possible

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An unseasonably warm and tropical like airmass has arrived across the Region. After more than 300 reports of severe weather in the US on Sunday, the National Weather Service says another round of dangerous severe weather is expected today//Monday with the greatest threat once again in the southern Plains targeting Oklahoma and parts of Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. However, severe weather is also possible in northwest Indiana and Chicago.

[Photo courtesy NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)]

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Two Region Tickets One Number Shy

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Two Powerball tickets purchased in the Region came oh.. so... close. The record Powerball run that ended with a nearly 600-million-dollar jackpot winner in Florida produced 148-thousand non-jackpot-winning tickets for a combined 918-thousand dollars in winnings in Indiana Saturday night. Hoosier Lottery officials say that total includes eight tickets that came within one number of winning it all, matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball... sold in Crown Point, Hobart, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Brownstown, Kokomo and Spencer and each worth ten-thousand dollars. Hoosier Lottery retailers also reaped rewards, scoring more than $1.5 million worth of Powerball sales commissions since the start of the run March 31.
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Grass Clippings Do's and Don'ts

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Valparaiso’s Department of Public Works reminds residents that grass clippings do not belong in the trash and Public Works employees will not empty trash cans found to contain grass clippings. “Grass would add significantly to the city’s waste stream and add expense for all residents, so we must remind residents of other options for yard waste,” said Matt Evans, Public Works Director. “With a 90% water content, heavy grass clippings are too expensive to landfill—and too valuable to throw away!” he said.
The city offers the following guidelines:
  • Never place grass clippings in your garbage or recycling containers.
  • Use a mulching mower, or spread grass clippings underneath your shrubs. This replaces moisture and nutrients in your soil. 
  • For Valparaiso residents who still wish to bag, grass clippings may be brought to Valparaiso Public Works, 406 Don Hovey Drive, Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.
  • For Porter County residents who do not have city garbage service, grass clippings may be taken to the County's Boone Grove compost site only. For hours and directions, call 465-3694 or visit www.itmeanstheworld.org and click on “Compost” under “Services.”
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8 IL Lottery Checks Bounce

Eight lottery winners in Illinois were stunned when they went to cash their checks and they bounced. The Illinois Lottery confirms they bounced checks worth nearly ten thousand dollars. The smallest was for 847-dollars won by a Chicago woman -- the largest: more than 25-hundred dollars. That one belonged to Charles Cinquegrani from Norridge. Lotto official Mike Lang says it was human error - an employee forgot to approve the winning funds in time so the Lotto's bank - US Bank - didn't release the money when the checks arrived.  Lang says they're looking to possibly amending their procedures to minimize the likelihood that this could happen again.
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