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Another Illinois-based company moves HQ to Indiana

After just appearing for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Elkhart on Tuesday, and in South Bend the day before, Indiana Mike Pence returned to the Region for the groundbreaking of the new headquarters of Land O' Frost in Munster, Wednesday afternoon. 


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(L-R:  Joseph Simonetto, Munster Town Council President; Donna Van Eekeren, Chairwoman of Land O' Frost; Governor Mike Pence; David Van Eekeren, CEO Land O'Frost) 


Land O' Frost is the nation's second-largest seller of pre-sliced, pre-packaged lunchmeats is relocating it's corporate headquarters from just over the state line in Lansing to a three acre campus in Munster.  Officials say the move to the new 27,000 square foot facility, which is scheduled to be operational in 2014, will create up to 50 new jobs.
Governor Pence joined company executivest at the Wednesday afternoon groundbreaking celebration where he pointed out that Land O' Frost was the 24th Illinois company to relocate  to Indiana since 2010.  The governor adding that he hopes those companies and this one will soon have "lot's of company in the years ahead."


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(Van Eekeren family members and officials posing with Governor Mike Pence before one of the company's semi trailers)


(photos:  courtesy of Karl Berner)...

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Funnel clouds sighted in southern LaPorte County

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At about 6:05 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Sheriff's police in LaPorte County received a number of reports of a funnel clouds with one tornado reportedly on the ground near County Road 1000 South and 750 East moving in a northeasterly direction.  While there were no active watches or warnings in effect at the time, the National Weather Service did issue a special weather statement at 6:17p.m. CDT stating showers were producing funnel clouds across southern LaPorte County and that at 6:09p.m. a shower was producing a funnel cloud near Kingsford Heights, or 10 miles north of Knox, moving north at 5 mph.  

Some of the towns and communities immediately in the path of the storm included Wanatah, Kingsford Heights, Salem Heights and South Center.   

The Weather Service Northern Indiana Facebook page also reported receiving a number of reports of a funnel cloud in LaPorte County.  In response the weather service says the funnels were what they call a "landspout tornado."  "These types of tornadoes are generally weak, short lived, and undetectable by radar, but can do minor damage.  Because the weak tornado did not show up on radar, the National Weather Service was relying on reports phone din by LaPorte County Emergency Management.

The Region News Team has not received any reports of damages or injuries at this time.

(photo of "landspout tornado" courtesy of Sherry Frey) 

 

 

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Gov. shutdown affects National Do Not Call Registry

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The National Do Not Call Registry maintained by the Federal Trade Commission is among the numerous federal government services affected by the current shutdown. Many states, like Indiana, operate their own telemarketer-do-not-call lists that are not affected and remain in operation. Indiana's Do Not Call List is through the Indiana Attorney General's Office, and is for residential, wireless or VOIP telephone numbers or prepaid wireless numbers primarily in Indiana.  For more info: http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2446.htm
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More charges expected in murder of two-year old

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Reports say charges against other individuals are expected as authorities continue to investigate the death of a two-year-old child. The LaPorte County Prosecutors office says 22-year-old Tommy Shannon, Jr., of Michigan City is in jail on no bond accused of murdering the boy, who coroners officials say died of blunt force trauma. Officials say the suspect was the boyfriend of the child's mother. Police say Shannon was brought up to LaPorte County from Evansville, where he was being held in the Vanderburgh County jail on unrelated charges.
(photo provided: Tommy Shannon Jr.)...

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Hammond to cancel wastewater contracts

Griffith, Whiting and now Highland are joining forces in Lake County court over the Hammond Sanitary District decision to cancel longtime contracts for treating wastewater. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., says the three communities don't pay enough for service in light of the cost of new infrastructure required by the US EPA meant to keep stormwater overflows from going into the Grand Calumet River during heavy rains. McDermott tells the Times that Hammond and Munster residents are unfairly bearing the cost of these mandated improvements. ...

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Southbound Cline Avenue reopened to traffic


Authorities say southbound Cline Avenue has been reopened to traffic, closed earlier due to fuel spill that resulted from an earlier accident involving a semi.  Traffic had been backed up all the way to BP and the mills around the noon hour.  Traffic tipsters first reported the incident that caused a tractor trailer truck to jackknife across two lanes of southbound Cline Avenue at the entrance ramp from 169th Street around 11:20 Wednesday morning.  Northbound traffic was unaffected, however police did divert traffic onto 169th Street while fire crews were mopping up the spilled fuel.  There were no injuries reported....

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Garbage Cans and Mailboxes Vandalized Overnight

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In Porter County, sheriffs police are investigating nearly twenty instances of damage to mailboxes and garbage cans on the eastern side of the county overnight. Porter County Sheriffs Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says a lot of the vandalism took place between Sager Road east to County Road 450 East, and between County Roads 500 North and 100 South. "We had 18 reports of vandalism in Washington and Morgan Townships, mainly in Washington Township, where we had garbage cans and also mailboxes that were damaged," Sgt. LaFlower said, and anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriffs Department Detective Bureau at 219-477-3140.  Sgt. LaFlower says based on the damage reports, it appears whoever was responsible may have driven their vehicle into the the plastic trash and recycling containers that had been put out by the roadside for pickup, pushing them into mailboxes, but they're still investigating. ...

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Accident Has Traffic Backed Up on Cline

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12 noon -- From the Region Traffic Center: We have word of an accident and possible fuel spill on southbound Cline Avenue in Hammond. The accident scene is between Michigan and 173rd Street.  No information on if there are any injuries....

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Governor Pence Disappointed in Shutdown

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Indiana Governor – and former Congressman -- Mike Pence says the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is a frustration, expressing his disappointment in a statement issued today.   Pence also says he has long supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Pence contends the law’s medical device tax has cost Hoosier jobs. “ This tax increase hits Indiana particularly hard,” the governor said, as Indiana is "home to half the nation’s orthopedic industry.”
Here's the text of the Governor's statement:
The government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is a frustration to me and every American and is a result of a lack of leadership by the Obama Administration. I am disappointed that this administration has made no effort to find common ground. The President has resolutely refused to compromise at any point.
I have been a legislator, and now I’m an executive. I know that it takes give and take to reach agreements between an administration and a legislature. On behalf of every Hoosier, I urge him to change course and seek agreement to reopen the government as soon as possible.
I have long supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this week I pointed to a possible area of agreement in urging the Senate to repeal the law’s medical device tax. This tax increase hits Indiana particularly hard as we are home to half the nation’s orthopedic industry, and it has already cost Hoosier jobs. The President must step up and work with Congress to resolve this issue in the best interest of the American people....

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Caucus to be Scheduled for Lake County Assessor

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The first Republican elected to countywide office in Lake County in half a century resigned Tuesday for health reasons. 77-year-old Lake County Assessor Hank Adams has been battling cancer for the past year. Adams was elected in 2010. Prior to taking on the role of county assessor, Adams served as St. John Township's assessor for 16 years, and was a town councilman in Schererville before that. A caucus of Republican precinct committeemen will be called within thirty days of the office officially being designated as vacant. ...

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