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Gary PD Seek Help in Wednesday Shooting Incident

Gary Police say that anyone with information regarding a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the 22-hundred block of West 17th Avenue is encouraged contact them and ask for Detective Lorenzo Davis. Public Information Officer, Corporal Gabrielle King, says a 74 year old woman and a 22 year old man were shot and hospitalized, and at last check the 22 year old, identified as Richard King, had been released.
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16 Year old Homicide Suspect Remains At-Large

A 16 year old male suspect remains at-large at last check, regarding a double homicide that claimed the lives of two brothers, and for an armed robbery that took place minutes before the shooting. Gary Police Public Information Officer, Corporal Gabrielle King says17-year-old Johnte Crawford, who is in custody, and 16-year-old Donnell Wilson, who is at-large, each faces two-counts of murder and one-count of robbery armed robbery, for the two separate incidents that began with the robbery in the 15-hundred block of Ellsworth Place Sunday afternoon.
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Brief Lockdown at Gary HS Over Missing Gun

In Gary today, officials say Lew Wallace STEM Academy was on lockdown for about twenty minutes after one of the school security officers realized he didn't have his gun.  Reports say the missing weapon was not related to a fight that broke out between students today. The officer reportedly went home where he located his weapon, and the lockdown was canceled.
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Butler Moves On While Valpo Knocked Out of Tourney

Valparaiso fought hard but just could not overcome Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today, falling to the Spartans, 65 to 54. Senior guard Ben Boggs led the Crusaders in scoring with 15 points. Also in NCAA Tournament action this afternoon were the Butler Bulldogs, who defeated Bucknell 68 to 56, and move on to face the winner of the Davidson verses Marquette game.
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Foul Play Not Suspected in Strangulation Death

The Lake County Sheriffs Office says foul play is not suspected in the strangulation death of a Schneider woman. The Lake County Coroners office says the manner of death was pending for 41-year-old Tracy Ritter-Loitz. Lake County Police responded to a medical call to the woman's Schneider residence in reference to a medical call. Tri-Creek EMS was on scene treating Ritter-Loitz, who was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where she died Monday night.. The case remains under investigation.
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How Tweet It Is: Twitter Turns Seven

Here in northwest Indiana, a statue has its own Twitter account... that would be the bronze likeness of Orville Redenbacher at downtown Valparaiso's Central Park. And that's not that unusual for the social-media-revolutionizing machine. Twitter turns seven years old today (Thursday). On March 21, 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first social-media tweet, typing "just setting up my twttr". He spelled it T-W-T-T-R and used only 24 of the allowed 140 characters. Fast-forward to today, the company's Elaine Filadelfo says 200 million users tweet 400 million times a day and just over every two days there are a billion tweets sent.
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Powerball Jackpot Now $320M

Powerball continues to climb. The jackpot is now an estimated 320-million dollars for Saturday night's drawing after no one matched all the numbers. Hoosier Lottery officials it's is the largest in the game since last November's historic $587.5 million run ended with jackpot winners in Missouri and Arizona.
Indiana leads the nation in Powerball jackpot wins with 38. A Hoosier Lottery player laid claim to the very first Powerball jackpot win in the first Powerball drawing in April 1992. Two of the game's top ten ranking jackpots -- $314.3 million and $295 million -- were also scored in Indiana.
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Kouts Council Vacancy Filled

Kouts has a new councilwoman. 36-year-old Nicole Markovich will fill the remaining term of Democrat Orville Jefferson, who left his at-large seat on the town council to become the town's building inspector. Markovich was the only person to file for the vacancy.
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Broken Rail Delays South Shore

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A broken rail is delaying westbound South Shore trains today, according to officials with Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. NICTD issued this advisory this morning:
Westbound South Shore Trains originating out of the Shops/Carroll Avenue are expected to be 15-20 minutes late due to a broken rail causing red signals west of our 11st Station in Michigan City. Please be at your departing station on time incase delays are shorter than expected.
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Lake, Starke Counties: Unhealthy

The healthiest county in the state is Hamilton, just outside Indy, according to a newly-released study. Porter made it into the top 20; Lake County, however, was at the other end, at number 81. One Region county, Starke, ranked just five spots above the bottom of the list. That's according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual report, which not only ranks the health of all 92 Indiana counties but the overall health for every county in all 50 states using a formula to measuring health and longevity.
Health indicators used in the study include smoking, obesity, and alcohol use as well as income and education.
For all the county rankings and data click here: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/indiana/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank
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