Valparaiso Man Charged with Rape and Incest

A 41 year old Valparaiso man was arrested Wednesday night on numerous felony charges, including rape and incest. Valparaiso Police say on October 28th, the victim's mother and grandparents informed police of an incident that had occurred this summer, between the victim and the suspect. Police investigated and learned of two separate incidents where the suspect had sexually battered the victim. The suspect is charged with two-counts of criminal confinement, two-counts of incest and two-counts of rape and at last check was being held in the Porter County Jail. ...

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Lake Co Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-Off in Highland

The Salvation Army of Lake County is celebrating the start of the holiday season this evening (Thu Nov 7) at their Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off Ceremony at Strack and Van Til, 9632 Cline Avenue, Highland, at 5 pm. The event will include a musical performance by The Salvation Army East Chicago Youth Band and Singing Company and hot chocolate for everyone. 2013 Lake County Advisory Board Chair Tom DeGiulio, Munster Town Manager, will kick off the campaign. The evening will wrap-up with the lighting of a six-foot tall red kettle. The event is free and open to the public. The Red Kettle campaign generates nearly 70-percent of the funds used year-round to provide programs and services to those in need. The iconic red kettles will hit the streets in Lake County Friday, November 8th. This year's goal for Lake County, Indiana, is 940-thousand dollars....

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Lake Co Govt Workers to Be Honored for Military Service

In Crown Point, about one-hundred veterans of the Armed Forces will be honored in a special ceremony, Friday November 8, 10am, leading up to Veterans Day.  Those veterans are all Lake County Government employees, men and women who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, representing a total of nearly five-hundred years of combined service, that includes wars and conflicts that span a half-century, from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. They'll be individually recognized at the Lake County Government Center at 93rd and Main in Crown Point, in the Auditorium of Building "B", and Ray Guiden, Service Officer in the Lake County Veterans Service Office, told the Region News Team the public is invited.  The veterans are employed across over twenty different offices of Lake County Government. You can hear our interview today with Ray Guiden at News  Audio on Demand here at our website.

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Highland Town Council President Leaving

The town of Highland will have a new councilman soon. Town Council President Brian Novak has resigned, citing a decision to focus on his professional career. Novak, representing the 4th ward on the community's northeast side, has been on the Highland council for six years. Highland Democrat precinct committeemen will need to gather for a special election to fill Novak's vacancy. [Photo/Town of Highland]...

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219: American Legion Riders of Post 485 Toys For Kids Ride

American Legion Riders of Post 485 is sponsoring the Toys for Kids Escorted Ride on Sunday, November 10th.
Registration fee is $10 and $10 unwrapped toy is required.
Breakfast will be served by the Ladies Aux for $6 from 9 a.m. to noon. The ride begins at 12:30pm
Toys and donations can be dropped off at the American Legion Post 485, 7485 Burr Street in Schererville.
This event will benefit the Calumet Detachment and the needy families of American Legion Post 485.
For more information contact Smitty 219-308-0263, or listen to the interview at News Audio On Demand.


Hobart Chamber Names Next Executive Director

The Hobart Chamber of Commerce has announced Dawn Duty will be their next Executive Director.  Mike Adams will retire from the position at the end of the year after seven years of service.  Duty, whose term begins January first, has over 25 years of non-profit professional experience that includes the Boys & Girls Clubs, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Kids Alive International. Duty was born in Chicago and lived in suburban Chicago until her family moved to Northwest Indiana ten years ago. The Hobart Chamber of Commerce says Duty and her husband and their teenage son live on a small rural horse ranch in Porter County. 'I look forward to serving the City of Hobart and the Chamber of Commerce,' says Duty. 'Hobart has great history and this warm vibrant City continues those traditions with potential for economic and community development. I look forward to being a part of your team!'  [Photo courtesy/Hobart Chamber of Commerce]...

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Issues Reported with Indiana Welfare Website

Problems with Indiana's welfare website. A spokesman for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration told the Indianapolis Star that Hoosiers who receive food stamps and other benefits have been unable to get information on the status of their cases for the past couple of weeks. Clients have been advised to call a toll-free number, 1-800-403-0864, or visit Division of Family Resources offices in the meantime. The website itself is running, but no word on when the specific site issues would be resolved. ...

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Former Library Director Sentenced to Probation

In Hammond Federal Court, former East Chicago Public Library Director Manuel "Manny" Montalvo was sentenced this week to 24 months probation, including four months of home confinement after pleading guilty to providing false information on his 2009 federal tax return. Court records say he was accused of falsely listing business and medical expenses for which he'd already been reimbursed by the board. The sentencing followed a plea deal reached in August....

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Semi Accident Sends Driver to Hospital

In south Lake County today, an early morning roll over crash on northbound I-65 between Lowell and Crown Point sent one person to the hospital. Indiana State Police report the driver stated around 4:30 this morning he reached down for a drink between the driver and passenger seat, and when he looked up the semi had drifted off the road, and when his tires hit the gravel he lost control and the semi overturned. The windshield had to be broken out to get the 36-year-old driver identified as Jeffrey Keel from Mayville, Wisconsin, out and he was taken to a local hospital with a large wound to his head that was said to be non-life-threatening. Police say he was wearing a seat belt.  The Freightliner was loaded with produce coming from Florida City, Florida, to Lemont, Illinois. No load was lost. The right lane of the interstate was closed for about three hours. The driver was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement and Log Book Not Current.  [Photo/Indiana State Police]...

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Two Democrats in Race for Lake Co Assessor

Two Democrats are now running for Lake County assessor in 2014. Schererville Town Councilman Michael Troxell this week announced plans to run for the post. Last month, Lake County Councilman Jerome Prince of Gary announced his campaign for county assessor.
Lake County began this week with a newly-elected county assessor. 46-year-old Jolie Covaciu of Cedar Lake was selected in a county Republican caucus of precinct committee members Friday to fill a post formerly held by the late Hank Adams. Adams passed away early last month at the age of 77 shortly after stepping down from his elected post for health reasons. Covaciu is Lake County's first female county assessor. Adams was the first Republican elected to a countywide seat in Lake County in over half a century. ...

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