INDOT Work Starting Monday

The Indiana Department of Transportation says a resurfacing project will begin Monday on U-S 41 in Hammond. INDOT reports lane closures will take place for southbound U-S 41, between 119th Street and 133rd Street, as crews will be resurfacing the roadway, weather permitting. INDOT also reminds motorists that on Monday I-90, in both directions, will be reduced to one lane, on IN 912 at the Cline Avenue East Junction and Grant Street, until 3pm that afternoon. As always please use caution while traveling through the construction zone.

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Rollover Thursday Night

An overturned semi tied up traffic for several hours around the dinner hour Thursday preventing northbound I-65 traffic from accessing the on-ramp to westbound Borman (80/94). Sgt. Ann Wojas of the Indiana State Police says preliminary reports show the semi was going too fast to negotiate the ramp's curve causing the driver to brake. Sgt. Wojas says the driver then changed lanes, lost control which caused the load to shift flipping the truck onto its passenger side. She said the box trailer, hauling 40-thousand pounds of metal lids, split open scattering the lids across all lanes on the ramp. The driver, who was cited for Load Securement and Unsafe Lane movement was not injured.

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Another Roundabout for Valpo

A new roundabout is coming to the five-points intersection of Vale Park Road, Roosevelt Road and N. Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso.  The Valparaiso Board of Public Works and Safety approved the 2.1 million dollar construction project on Thursday, according to  Officials say the project is scheduled to begin next spring.  The roundabout will have two lanes and will be built in three phases to minimize street closures, according to the article.

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Valpo Woman Faces Charges

A Valparaiso woman faces two felony charges for allegedly stabbing a Center Township man.   Sgt. Larry La Flower, public information officer of the Porter County Sheriff's Department said on Tuesday, sheriff's police initially responded to a report of a car in a ditch.  Published reports say the 64-year-old victim told police he was checking his mail outside his home in the 1900 block of Crescent Rd. when he was approached by the woman he did not know, who apparently was involved in the accident, asking to use his phone.  Sgt. LaFlower says the man let the woman into his kitchen to use the phone where as she was leaving, reportedly grabbed a knife and stabbing him in the chest which led to a struggle.  Reports say when officers arrived at the home they found the man had been stabbed in the chest with abrasions to his hand and face.   Police later found the suspect walking nearby and placed her in custody. La Flower says a blood and urine test on the suspect found cocaine and marijuana in her system. The victim is in an intensive unit of a local hospital in stable condition after surgery to repair damage near his heart.

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CP Woman Reported Missing

The daughter of a former Crown Point Police Chief is reported missing. Jeanne Rysiewicz has not been accounted for since September. Published reports say the 26-year-old woman was returning home from a family gathering in Fort Worth with her parents and sister. The family boarded the plane but reportedly Jeanne did not.   Airport officials say surveillance video shows Rysiewicz left the terminal on her own voluntarily. According to nwi-dot-com, investigators found her cell phone but it's battery was drained. They also found one of her two carry-on bags. Her father, Ed Rysiewicz retired from police department in 1997. Anyone who may have information about the missing daughter are urged to contact the Crown Point Police at (219) 663-2121.

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Dropped Charge Frees Valpo Man

A Valparaiso man who was accused of killing his stepdaughter in the family's home last February is a free man this morning.  The Porter County prosecutor's office dismissed murder charges against 55-year-old Allen Warnes, because statements given earlier by three persons, originally implicating Warnes, were later recanted, according to Reports say because no physical or forensic evidence could be found to counter the recantations the charge was dropped. Warnes was to be released from the Porter County jail on Thursday, according to the article.

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Prompt Rescue Saves Region Man

The outcome of a Cedar Lake man who was working in a deep trench when it suddenly fell in on him, Tuesday morning could have been a lot different. Cedar Lake Fire Chief Todd Wilkening says the victim is lucky to be alive as trench collapses are often fatal. The Times online is reporting that the 51-year-old man was working in a 7-foot-deep trench for a sewer line when the earth started to fill in on him near the 133rd and Parrish Avenue. Reports say a structure at the site to support trenches wasn't being used. Police and fire officials were called out to the scene about 9:15 am where they found the worked buried up to his chest. The worker was quickly rescued from the trench and taken to an area hospital. The fire chief says the worker could have suffered more significant injuries had the rescue taken longer.

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Indiana's First Meningitis Death

The Indiana Department of Public Heath says, at last check, there are 21 confirmed cases in Indiana. One death has been reported and while the deceased is not an Indiana resident, the person did receive the contaminated medication injection in Indiana. Over 15-hundred people in Indiana have been exposed through either an epidural or joint injection, and Indiana State health Commissioner Gregory Larkin says it is important to remember that fungal meningitis is not contagious.

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Griffith FD Open House Saturday

The Griffith Fire Department will be one of many in the region this weekend holding an open house as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Lieutenant Don Hill says the event takes place Saturday, from noon to 4pm, and is free to the public. Lieutenant Hill says this year's open house promises to be their best ever, with the Junior Firefighter's Challenge obstacle course; Canadian National Railroad is bringing a scaled down freight train which gives kids and parents a short ride through the neighborhood, while teaching about safety near the rails. He says New York Life will be making photo I-D's for the kids, while Schererville Police will have a state certified instruct parents on proper child seat installation. Hill says if the weather is uncooperative, the fire station is large enough to accommodate most of the events.

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Region Foreclosures Up in September

Foreclosure filings for the region in September were up compared to the previous month. RealtyTrac reports Lake County, which has the second highest number of foreclosures in the Indiana next to Marion County, registered the largest increase with a total of 443 foreclosures, up 80 from August, with the Hammond region seeing 88 filings, and the Merrillville region with the highest ratio of foreclosures, with one in every 263 homes receiving a filing. There were 51 more foreclosures in Porter County in September from the previous month, with a total of 83 overall, and the Valparaiso region registering 44 of those. LaPorte, Jasper, and Starke Counties foreclosures increased by 26, 6, and 18 filings respectively from August to September. Newton County was the only exception to the trend, with filings down by 4 in September. For the state, Indiana foreclosures filings dropped by 45, with a total of three-thousand-743 in September.




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