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Right Lanes of NB/SB I-65 Closed for Construction

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Construction work on I-65 are causing some delays for motorists this afternoon. Both the right lanes of northbound and southbound I-65 is closed near Ridge Rd due to construction work, so expect delays as you travel northbound and southbound on I-65 in that area. ...

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Charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament for LAUW

Charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament for LAUW

Lake Area United Way and Horseshoe Casino teamed up for a charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament.  Tournament Chair Aaron McDermott says the idea came about because he wanted to create a unique fundraiser that had not already been done and Horseshoe Casino provided the perfect setting .  McDemott says they look forward to growing the event even more next year.  Lake Area United Way Relationship Manager Shellie Dell says just the proceeds from the first day of the tournament, October 16th, went toward their organization.  Dell says right now they are in the middle of their 2013-14 Employee Giving Campaign and the goal is to get a combination of one-thousand new donors and volunteers.

If you would like more information on how to donate to the Lake Area United Way, visit http://lauw.org/...

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Police Officer Arrested on Drunk Driving Charge

A 33 year old South Bend police officer from LaPorte who crashed his vehicle Saturday evening has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports an off-duty deputy came across the crash, in the 39-hundred block of North County Road 350 East, and reported the vehicle struck two telephone junction boxes. Authorities report 33 year old Jeff McKee was still behind the wheel of his pickup, which was running, and sitting about halfway off the road, when officers arrived. ...

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Leaf Pick-Up Season Begins in Valparaiso

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In Valparaiso, the city's fleet of seven leaf vacuum crews will begin picking up leaves today (Mon Oct 21) and continue through November 29. City officials say the trucks follow the trash routes, but because of the unpredictability of the wind and weather, it's difficult to commit to a specific pickup day for each neighborhood each week. Public Works Director Matt Evans says they may add occasional Saturday pickups during the heaviest part of the season. Residents are asked to keep sticks and any other items out of leaf piles. City officials say non-leaf items and debris can damage equipment and lead to downtime for repairs. After November 29th, leaves must be left in biodegradable bags for pickup.  The city also says there will be no additional leaf pick ups in the Spring, so any leftover leaves from the Fall season must be bagged for pick up. [Photo/Laura Waluszko, Radio One Communications]
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Additional info from the city:
- Crews will begin at 7 am and continue until dark, if necessary
- Leave your leaves in the right-of-way -- literally off the street -- for pick up.  City officials say the leaves should be left on the grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb, to keep leaves from becoming a roadway hazard and to keep them from being washed into the storm sewers during heavy rains.  Leaves cannot be picked up in alleys.
- Leaves should be the only thing in the pile -- no sticks, bricks, boards or other items. Public Works cannot pick up mixed piles with brush and leaves together until separated by the resident.  Public Works does not pick up any debris from contractors, regardless of the time of year.
- Additional items should be placed off the street, near the curb.
- Although it's preferable to leave leaves unbagged and unconvered through Nov. 29, leaves may be placed in biodegradable bags (NO plasitc) or covered with a tarp at the curb to prevent them from blowing.
- Please bag any leaves remaining after the leaf pick-up season ends on Nov. 29.
- For more information about leaf pick up, or other services of Public Works, visit the city's website at www.valpo.us...

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Problems Plaguing Facebook Users

Region residents having trouble updating their status or posting on Facebook in general this morning are not alone. There are reports of update problems elsewhere in the country with people getting error messages. Posts on another social media juggernaut, Twitter, are relaying the experiences....

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First Widespread Freeze of the Season Possible

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The first widespread freeze of the season could hit the Region tonight.  The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch from late tonight through Tuesday morning. Meteorologists say temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. [Image/National Weather Service Chicago]
Here's a link to the Chicago National Weather Service website:  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/...

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Temporary Busing in Effect for Bridge Replacement

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District says South Shore is temporarily busing passengers between South Bend, Hudson Lake and Carroll Avenue Station in Michigan City while NICTD is replacing a bridge east of Michigan City. Busing is expected to continue thru November first.
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District website:
www.nictd.com ...

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Serious Injuries Reported in Crash Near LaCrosse

US Highway 421 south of LaCrosse in rural Dewey Township was closed for an extended length of time for a crash resulting in serious injuries. La Porte County Sheriffs Police say for unknown reasons Friday afternoon a southbound passenger vehicle crossed the center line and struck the axles of a northbound trailer that was being pulled by a semi-tractor. after striking the trailer axles, police say the soundbound vehicle then crashed into a Jeep that was also traveling northbound on US 421. Deputies arrived on scene north of County Road 2300 South shortly before 2 pm.  The driver of the southbound vehicle was airlifted from the scene to a South Bend hospital. A juvenile passenger of that vehicle and the driver of the semi were taken to a Porter Regional Hospital for treatment.  Police say the crash investigation was on-going and results of toxicology tests were pending for the driver of the southbound vehicle.    
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of  the following agencies:  Indiana State Police, Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, La Porte and Porter County Emergency Medical Services and the La Crosse Volunteer Fire Department....

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Region Football Sectional Game Moved

The opening round 4A high school football sectional game this Friday night [Oct 25] between Lowell and Gary West Side has been moved from West Side to East Chicago Central High School, reportedly due to concerns over field conditions, including problems with some lights. A representative from the Indiana High School Athletic Association traveled up to Gary last week.  ...

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Highland Firefighter Killed in Off-Road Vehicle Crash

Indiana Conservation Officers, Highland and Lake County Police are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle crash in the 29-hundred block of Condit Street early Sunday that killed an off-duty Highland fireman. Officials say 50-year-old Richard Haschke of Highland was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple head injuries. Authorities say there were two passengers, a 31-year-old La Porte man transported to the hospital for a broken arm and a 42-year-old Highland man who was treated and released at the scene. State and local authorities say it appears alcohol may have been a contributing factor. Emergency crews responded shortly before 3:30am where conservation officers say a Polaris Ranger was overturned in the roadway. Highland Police released a statement saying the vehicle involved belong to the Highland Fire Department, but the victim was not authorized to use it and was not responding to any type of incident on behalf of the town of Highland. Conservation officers say safety belts were not being worn by any of the occupants of the Ranger.



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