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Search Continues for Missing Michigan Doctor

Teleka Patrick
(Photo Courtesy of Indiana State Police)
The search continues for a doctor from Kalamazoo, Michigan - who has been missing for two weeks. Officials say Teleka Patrick vanished from her hospital parking lot. Her purse and cell phone were found at the hospital - her car was discovered abandoned in a ditch the night of December 5th on westbound I-94, just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit. Richard Fuller with the Kalamazoo Police Department says the Indiana State Police have gone out in the area looking all over for any clue related to this case.
Teleka Patrick is described as a black female, 5'7”, weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have seen her, possibly gave her a ride, or has any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact either the Indiana State Police Lowell Post or the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department....

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LAC Utilities Boil Order for N Burlington Beach Rd

LAC Utilities has announced a water boil order notice for North Burlington Beach road in Valparaiso. There was a main water leak last night 12/18, and residents in the area should boil their water for three minutes before using. Those affected are directed to not drink the water without boiling it first, boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Symptoms of contaminated water include: diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. LAC Utilities says if you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, please seek medical advice. Affected residents will be informed when they no longer need to boil your water, and for more information please contact lac utilities at 219.464.3770. Again, this is for North Burlington Beach residents only....

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Agreement Reached Over 'Petcoke' Piles

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced an agreement with a Hammond firm over "petcoke" and “met coke”. The company is being required to remove piles of the powdery materials from their facility on the southeast side of Chicago. Petcoke is a byproduct of petroleum refining, and met coke is metallurgical coke dust. Officials say they're trying to prevent petcoke from being carried by winds into nearby neighborhoods. Two weeks ago, the city of Chicago launched a campaign asking residents to report sightings of petcoke dust. Officials say inhaling the dust can contribute to respiratory health problems. Chicago is also considering new regulations requiring petcoke to be stored indoors.

For details on today's announcement:
http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2013_12/121913Petcoke_Release.pdf...

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Rollover Tanker Blocking EB Indiana Toll Road

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Officials report eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road are currently closed at Milepost 21 (near the Lake Station exit) due to a tanker truck rollover. The lanes are estimated to be closed for approximately 2 hours. Eastbound traffic is being diverted at the eastbound Lake Station Exit (MP 21).  The tanker truck rollover occurred at around 10:30 am CST.
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INDOT also reports the ramp of eastbound I-80/94 is closed near the Indiana Toll Road due to a crash. Motorista are advised to seek alternate routes as you travel eastbound on I-80/94 near mile 16....

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Robbery at Little Caesar's Pizza in Portage

In Portage, police are investigating a robbery at Little Caesar's Pizza in the 63-hundred block of Central Avenue late Wednesday night. The police report states a man entered the restaurant around 10-o'clock, inquired about having several specialty pizzas made, then asked to have other employees come up to the front counter. Police say he then demanded they take all the money from the cash registers and put it in a bag. No weapon was displayed or implied police say, and the male suspect was described as white, 6-foot tall, thin build, blue eyes, and wearing a hat with a mask covering his mouth and chin area....

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Governor Statement on Passing of Hoosier Soldier

Indiana Governor Mike Pence today issued the below statement regarding the passing of Hoosier soldier Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams, of Elkhart.
"It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams, a heroic Hoosier who fell this week in the midst of his third deployment defending our freedom in Afghanistan. Jesse Lee Williams is an American hero whose service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by the people of this state and nation. On behalf of the First Lady and Hoosiers everywhere, I send our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends and all those mourning the loss of this exemplary Hoosier soldier.”
ABC News reported this week that a helicopter crash claimed the lives of six US service members in southern Afghanistan, citing officials saying there was no insurgent activity in the area at the time....

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Valparaiso Convenience Store Robbed

Valparaiso Police say a convenience store was held-up Wednesday evening by an individual they believe is involved in three other armed robberies over the past few weeks. Officers responded to the Save Gas Station in the 900 block of Roosevelt Road around 6 pm, where the subject had entered the store, approached the clerk, displayed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash. The suspect is described as male, approximately 5’8”, 160 lbs with a dark complexion, and has worn the same clothing in each instance, a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with a diamond or star type of print on it, with dark colored pants and white shoes. He also wears a mask and gloves. Buz's Liquor Store on East Lincolnway was robbed just after midnight this past Sunday, and the Quick Trip Convenience Store/Chesters Fried Chicken was held-up twice within a week-and-a-half in late November.
Anyone with information is asked to call “We Tip at 1-800-78-Crime. There is a reward available. Individuals can also contact police anonymously by sending a tip to TIP411, (847-411) and enter the keyword “Valpo” prior to sending a message.

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Indiana State Police Car Hit, Trooper Unhurt

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In Lake County early today, police say an Indiana State Police squad car was totaled while the trooper was standing outside covering an earlier crash. Around 4:30 this morning Trooper Brandon Henderson responded to a single vehicle crash on northbound I-65 a mile north of the 61st Avenue exit. Police say a Dodge Ram pickup truck hit a “slick” spot and spun out, hit the guard rail head on and came to rest straddling the rail. Henderson’s fully marked 2012 Dodge Charger police car was parked behind the pick-up with all emergency lights on when police say a few minutes later a driver who saw the crash up ahead changed lanes and lost control after hitting a slick spot, striking the squad in the rear pushing it into the rear of the pick-up. One of the drivers was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The trooper and the other driver were unhurt. [Photo/Indiana State Police]...

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Cedar Lk Fire Dept Merges into Town Government

In Cedar Lake, the volunteer fire department has officially become part of town government. Current Fire Chief Todd Wilkening will remain in his role and was sworn after the town council approved the merger Tuesday night. The department says they will continue to fundraise to buy much-needed equipment. Officials say the change, which was announced a few months ago, was necessary as the town continues to grow.

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Shoppers Warned of Major Data Breach at Target

A major security breach at Target - affecting tens of millions of people. The retailer says about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been compromised. Security expert Brian Krebs says the breach involved data stored on the magnetic strip of cards used in stores, not online and that the breach may extend to nearly all of the more than 17-hundred target retail stores nationwide. "If the bad guys can steal that information on the back of the card," Krebs said, "they can actually create a second copy of it." Target says the company has moved swiftly to address the issue and is working with law enforcement to resolve it. Security experts tell ABC News that they expect it could be well into the New Year before the issue is fully resolved.  Security experts are advising shoppers to check ATM and credit card statements....

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