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Coroner Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Victim

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey is seeking the public's help in identifying a male homicide victim, believed to be white or Hispanic, whose body was found in the 27-hundred block of Maryland Street in Gary earlier this month. Gary Police Corporal Gabrielle King says an officer on patrol November 4th discovered a burned out vehicle, and upon further inspection, found legs sticking out of it. Frey says the individual weighed 147 pounds, was 5’-6” with brown hair, and was wearing a red hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and a pair of Diesel tennis shoes. Officials say the only personal property found was a bronze whistle and an Acura key fob with an attached Ace Hardware house key. The coroners office says the victim suffered multiple stab wounds. Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call the Lake County Coroners Office at 219-755-3265....

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La Porte Rep Dermody to Chair Public Policy Cmte

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Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma today appointed La Porte State Representative Tom Dermody to chair the Public Policy Committee for the 2014 legislative session.  The Public Policy Committee works to address a variety of issues, including gaming, alcohol, abortion, and firearms. Dermody was elected to the legislature in 2006.
“Tom is a man of integrity and I am confident that he is right person for this job,” said Speaker Bosma. “Tom has exhibited strength in leadership, both in his role as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and as the Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee of  the Ways and Means Committee.  As the Chairman of Public Policy, he will deal with tough issues. I have total confidence that Tom will carry out the duties of his new responsibility with honor and fairness.”
“I am honored by this appointment by the Speaker, and I look forward to leading the Public Policy Committee.,” said Rep. Dermody. “Like my colleague, Rep. Bill Davis, before me, I will work to find common ground on important public policy issues affecting our state.  I am eager to serve in this new capacity in order to affect policies that will impact and significantly benefit the lives of all Hoosiers.”
Rep. Dermody  serves as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader where he assists Rep. Friend (R-Macy), Majority Floor Leader, as an advisor and counselor for the caucus by working with all of the members on any issues that may arise. In addition to his leadership role, Rep. Dermody formerly served on the Ways and Means Committee, and continues to serve on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee.
A full list of committee changes will be made available prior to the start of session.
“I look forward to starting the work before me. I am humbled by the opportunity,” said Rep. Dermody....

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signing in Illinois

Illinois is about to become the 16th state in the country to allow same sex marriage. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is signing the state's new same-sex marriage bill into law this afternoon. The law, titled the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, is set to take effect June first, 2014. It was approved by Illinois state legislators about two weeks ago. Opponents argued that same sex couples can already enter into a civil union in Illinois. Today's signing ceremony takes place at the UIC Forum in Chicago....

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Crash Closes Southbound I-65 in Tippecanoe Co

Indiana State Police say a crash involving two semi tractor-trailers closed southbound lanes of Interstate 65 in Tippecanoe County just south of Lafayette shortly before 8:30 this morning Eastern time.  No injuries were reported.  The crash occurred at the 163 mile marker.  Southbound traffic was being diverted onto State Road 38.  Traffic caught between the wreckage and State Road 38 was being allowed around the crash scene on the emergency berm.  Troopers say the interstate was closed due to a large amount of wreckage covering both southbound lanes....

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Portage Police Investigating Robbery

In Portage, police continue to investigate a robbery Monday night. Officers were called out to At Nature's Door on US 6, where shortly after 6 pm police say a subject grabbed an employee by the arm, forcing her to open the register and give him money. Authorities say surveillance shows the suspect coming from the rear of the property, northeast corner, and afterwards, going to the same location and disappearing into a wooded area. Police say the direction of boot prints appear the suspect would have run toward the area of Fiesta Avenue and the Willowcreek Estates Apartment Complex. Police say the suspect was wearing a black ski-type mask with the eye openings, a black hoodie with the hood over his head, blue jeans, black boots, and black gloves, with the palms and bottom of his fingers being white.  Police say the suspect appears to be 5'10" or taller with a stocky build.  Detectives who checked the area say they located a black semi-automatic looking BB gun in the woods near Fiesta. Anyone with information is asked to call Portage Police Detective Vaughan at 219-764-5705....

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219: VU Jazz Ensemble

Tonight The Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble will play an evening of jazz in the University Theatre in the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts.
The concert will begin at 7:30 pm, and will feature  Billy Foster on piano, Mike McGrath on trumpet, and student soloists.
The Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble is the premier jazz performance ensemble at Valparaiso University.
The VU Jazz Ensemble is directed by Jeffrey Brown.
Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
You can listen to my interview with Jeffrey Brown at News Audio On Demand on our webpage.

   

Urschels Donate $3M for Valpo Pavilion/Ice Rink

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The city of Valparaiso says the Urschel family is pledging three-million dollars toward the expansion of Central Park Plaza – specifically, to build a pavilion that'll also serve as as ice skating rink in downtown Valpo during the winter.
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Construction of the William E. Urschel pavilion is expected to begin in October of next year, with a planned opening for summer of 2015. William E. Urschel founded Urschel Laboratories in Valparaiso in 1910. The company designs, manufactures and sells food-cutting equipment like commercial potato chip slicers and lettuce shredders. [Images/Design Organization]...

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Dr. John T. Scully, 1924-2013

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Visitation is Friday and burial Saturday for cardiologist Dr. John T. Scully of Union Township in Porter County. Dr. Scully passed away Tuesday following a battle against cancer. Dr. Scully, born in Gary, volunteered to serve in the US Army during World War Two as a lieutenant in the Army Medical Administrative Corps. He practiced medicine for half a century in the Region, and was on the medical staffs at St. Anthony hospital in Crown Point, Methodist Hospitals and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. He served as medical director of the intensive care unit at St. Mary Medical Center for 27 years, and after he retired in 2000, the unit was named the John T. Scully ICU. Dr. Scully was 89....

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Dyer Police to Hold Meeting on Safety

In Dyer, the police department is holding an informational meeting for the public on safety, in light of a string of recent home break-ins. Since the first of October, there have been four burglaries and one attempted burglary, the most recent incidents occurring over the weekend in the 34- and 35-hundred blocks of Orchid Drive. Police are advising residents to keep their vehicles and homes locked and to make sure there's enough light illuminating entrance ways. The meeting is Thursday night Nov 21 at 6:30 at the police station on Hart Street. ...

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Repair Work Continues in Lowell, Cedar Lk, Crown Pt

Repair work continues into today (Wednesday) to address the extensive damage caused by Sunday’s severe storms, which resulted in more than 75,000 Northern Indiana Public Service Company electric customers losing service. As of Tuesday night, 760 remained without power. The storm damage was widespread, including three damaged transmission towers and more than 150 broken poles. Lowell, Cedar Lake and Crown Point were among the hardest-hit areas in NIPSCO's service territory.  NIPSCO says some individual outages could extend into Thursday.
For the outage map visit www.nipsco.com  ...

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