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Missing Menorah Returned

In Munster, a nine-foot tall metal menorah was taken from a rabbi's front lawn sometime Saturday night, police say, and discovered in a backyard a few blocks away not long after the fifty-pound menorah topped with red lights was reported stolen Sunday. There was no damage and police say the theft appears to have been a random act, possibly a prank....

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Illiana Vote Tuesday

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's Transportation Policy Committee votes on the Illiana Expressway tomorrow (December 3rd), and the 9am meeting's been moved to Woodland Park in Portage in anticipation of a big turnout. The full commission is scheduled to vote December 12. The proposed highway would span 47-miles – 12 miles in Indiana and 35 in Illinois – connecting I-65 near Lowell to I-55 in Illinois. The Indiana Department of Transportation has proposed amendments to add both the Illiana and an expansion of I-65 to NIRPC's 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan to move the project forward for federal funding.
Additional info from NIRPC: The Transportation Policy Committee consists of transportation stakeholders, transit operators, and transportation advocates from around the region. The NIRPC Full Commission consists of elected officials from all three counties, all 41 municipalities, and two townships. There is also a governor’s appointee. At the Full Commission, voting is normally one vote by each of the 53 Commissioners. A Commissioner may call for a weighted vote, in which case voting is weighted by proportional population....

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Driving Through Cook County? Buckle Up

Drive Sober Illinois
The "Click It or Ticket" Thanksgiving weekend campaign is underway at various locations throughout Cook County, illinois. 
IDOT is partnering with Cook County Sheriff's Police, Illinois State Police and nearly 250 other local law enforcement agencies to crack down on seat belt law violators through Saturday, November 30th.
According to a media advisory, More than 700 Safety Belt Enforcement Zones will be conducted with half during night-time hours, when belt use is typically at its lowest.
To learn more about Illinois' "Click It or Ticket" program log onto:  http://drivesoberillinois.org...

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Police Ask Public to Help Identify Shooting Suspect

East Chicago PD
East Chicago police investigating a shooting Saturday morning that took the life of a 23-year old man and injured his pregnant girlfriend who were both asleep at the time.
Published reports say shortly after 6:35 a.m. police responded to a shooting in the 35-hundred block of Grand Blvd. in East Chicago. A number of people, including four or five young children and a male adult were also in the home at the time of the shooting and escaped injury.
A family member reported seeing a large man lean into a bedroom window with a handgun but police say witnesses were unable to provide a clear description of the gunman.
The Lake County Coroner pronounced the victim, Rolando Munoz Cuevas III dead at 8:10 a.m. as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Chief Becker says an attempt by the deceased to sever previous gang ties may have been a motive of the crime.
Anyone with information about the shooting are asked to contact the East Chicago Police Department at (219) 398-COPS or the anonymous tip line at (219) 391-8500.
Read more about this developing story at:  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/east-chicago/ec-man-killed-pregnant-girlfriend-wounded-in-shooting/article_ff110e22-3c13-5469-887f-8d68270fb565.html...

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Indiana DNR Investigates ATV Rollover Accident

IN Dept of Conservation
Indiana Conservation officers are looking into an ATV accident that happened Saturday in downstate Morgan County that put the 71 year-old driver into the hospital with back and rib injuries.
The Indiana Department of natural Resources says the Brooklyn, Indiana man was attempting to maneuver up a steep hill on his property in the town of Bethany, about 50 miles west of Indianapolis, lost control and was thrown from the vehicle.  The machine then reportedly rolled back on top of Miller.
A preliminary report shows the driver had limited experience operating an ATV and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. 
Indiana Conservation Officers urge riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.
For more information on using ATV equipment safely visit:  http://www.in.gov/dnr...

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Two Joliet Men Charged in Black Friday Incident

A $400,000 bond has been set for a Joliet man who faces attempted murder and shoplifting charges in connection to a Black Friday incident at a Kohl's store in southwestern suburban Romeoville.
The Chicago Tribune reports that following an alleged shoplifting incident, police tried to stop 51 year-old Robert Russell Jr., from getting into a car driven by another man.
Russell allegedly closed the car door on the officer's arm as the car dragged him. According to the article, another officer fired shots at the car with one of those shots reportedly hitting the driver's arm.
The officer who was dragged was treated and released at a Bolingbrook hospital and the driver was also taken to a hospital but has not yet been charged.
Another Joliet man, 28 year-old Gerald Chamberlain Jr., involved in the incident reportedly stayed in the store and is in custody on a 100-thousand dollar bond.
Both Russell and Chamberlain have criminal histories will appear before a Will County judge on Tuesday....

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NWI Mobile Food Pantry to Visit Hammond Monday

Mobile Food Pantry NWI
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana mobile food pantry will be making a stop to distribute food Monday afternoon in Hammond.
All Region residents in need of assistance can receive food food bank officials say participants should bring valid proof of Indiana residency and bags or boxes to carry food.
The mobile pantry will be at the North Township trustee's Circle of Services building located at 2835 165th Street in Hammond from 3 to 5 o'clock Monday, December 2, 2013.
You can hear more about programs offered by the food bank by downloading our recent Region Newsmakers interview with the food bank's executive director Arlene Peterson at http://www.regionnewsteam-dot-com. ...

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Gary Man Dies in Friday Shooting

Gary Police and the Lake County Sheriff Crime Lab continue to investigate a shooting that resulted in the death of a Gary man Friday afternoon.
According to the Lake Count Coroner's office, shortly before 4 o'clock, investigators were called out to the 4400 block of Virginia Street in Gary, where they found 33-year old Eugene Jackson with multiple gunshot wounds.  The death has been ruled a homicide....

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Congratulations! Andrean 59ers are 3A State Champs!

Capping off a 14-0 season, Andrean just brought back to the Region the Class 3A state title with a final score of Andrean 35, Brebeuf Jesuit 27.  Congratulations to coach Phil Mason in his sixth year at Andrean and the entire Andrean Football team in their victory. ...

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Outage Affected Hammond, Highland Area

Northern Indiana Public Service Company reports about three-thousand customers, both businesses and residents, lost power for about ninety-minutes this busy Black Friday morning in and around the Hammond/Highland area, just a little east and west of Indianapolis Boulevard and both north and south of 175th Street due to an apparent problem with a transformer at a substation. Power was restored by about 11 am. The outage also affected traffic lights along a stretch of the Boulevard....

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