Habitat for Humanity to Receive Grant for Homes in Gary

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In Gary tomorrow, representatives from the JP Morgan-Chase Foundation will be presenting a check for over 74-thousand dollars to Habitat for Humanity. The grant is scheduled to be awarded during a ceremony in Gary City Hall at 10:30am. The grant will be used for the construction of homes in the 17-hundred block of Adams Street, otherwise known as the “Field of Dreams.” ...

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Valpo Employee Food Drive Now Through 11/11

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The City of Valparaiso is currently conducting its “City Employee Food Drive”, which runs through November 11th. The food collected will be distributed to nearby food pantries for local families for the holiday season. You can drop off food items or financial donations at Valparaiso's Town and County or Strack and Van Til on Saturday, November 9th. Residents can also give at Valparaiso City Hall anytime through November 11th, during normal business hours, 8:30am to 4:30pm.  If you would like to make a financial contribution or give after business hours, you may contact Jeffry Van Syoc, city employee and organizer of the food drive at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  ...

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Revenue in Indiana Down Compared to 2012

Revenue for the state of Indiana failed to meet expectations during the first third of this budget year. From the July through October period, income tax revenue came in four-point-nine percent less than during the same period a year ago, totaling 76-point-six million dollars and the corporate tax revenue and riverboat wagering tax revenue were down about twice what was anticipated. Overall state revenue was down one-point-five percent compared to last year, at 64-point-five million.
On the bright side, October revenue came in at nine-million dollars above what was forecast, totaling one-point-zero-five billion, but that is still down three-point-three percent from what was taken in in October of 2012. ...

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Bears Fan Charged with Tazing His Packer Fan Wife

A Chicago Bears fan has been charged and could face up to 6 years in prison, after allegedly tazing his Packer fan wife following a bet on the Monday night football game. ABC News reports Wisconsin Bar owner Chris Neu says its started as a friendly bet between the man and his wife... "Everybody walked outside, and she assumed the position on the wall. She put two hands on the wall. And he walked behind her and zapped her on the butt." He says the first two shocks were consensual...But the third time set his wife off. "She was talking to people, and he had come out of the bathroom, and he snuck up behind her, and he goosed her with it one last time." They got into a fight, she called police. John Grant is now charged with illegal possession of an electric weapon. ...

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Safe Family Travel Enforcement Blitz 11/8-12/1

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Indiana State Police are joining approximately 250 other law enforcement agencies across the state to make the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Holiday travel period safer. The annual “Safe Family Travel" campaign effort begins tomorrow and continues through December 1st. Law enforcement will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts, including check points and saturation patrols, targeting drivers and unrestrained motorists.
Please help do you part to make the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period safe by observing the following safety rules:
-  If you are planning to travel make sure you are well rested, a fatigued driver is a dangerous driver
-  Avoid tailgating; remember the two-second rule
-  Make sure everyone is buckled up
-  Put down the electronic devices and drive
-  MOVE OVERr emergency and highway service vehicles...

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Longtime Highland School Board Member Dies

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A longtime Highland School Board member died this morning. The Times reports 78 year old Larry Vassar, who spent 32 years as a school board member, reportedly died in his sleep. According to the article, Vassar was a strong community supporter who loved his church and the town. The school board has 30 days to fill the remaining 13 months left on Vassar's term. Those who maybe interested are asked to contact the Highland School Board....

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Westville Correctional Center Employee Arrested

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For the second time this week a Westville Correctional Center employee has been arrested. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports 26 year old Joseph Altemus, of LaPorte, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for one-count of dealing a controlled substance, in this case hydrocodone, which is a felony. The warrant had been issued as a result of an investigation initiated by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit.
On Monday, a 51 year old Michigan City woman employed as a corrections officer at the prison was arrested for allegedly trafficking to prisoners. Prison officials did not disclosed what was being trafficked, other than saying the item was not an illegal substance. ...

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I-65 Lane Restrictions In Lake County Friday

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I-65, between US 30 and US 231, will have lane restrictions in place starting tomorrow in both the north and southbound lanes. INDOT reports crews will be patching stretches of the roadway requiring the closure of the driving lane of northbound and southbound I-65 in this area. Drivers are being asked to remain especially alert in this work zone due to the heavy congestion in the area....

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Valparaiso Man Charged with Rape and Incest

A 41 year old Valparaiso man was arrested Wednesday night on numerous felony charges, including rape and incest. Valparaiso Police say on October 28th, the victim's mother and grandparents informed police of an incident that had occurred this summer, between the victim and the suspect. Police investigated and learned of two separate incidents where the suspect had sexually battered the victim. The suspect is charged with two-counts of criminal confinement, two-counts of incest and two-counts of rape and at last check was being held in the Porter County Jail. ...

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Lake Co Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-Off in Highland

The Salvation Army of Lake County is celebrating the start of the holiday season this evening (Thu Nov 7) at their Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off Ceremony at Strack and Van Til, 9632 Cline Avenue, Highland, at 5 pm. The event will include a musical performance by The Salvation Army East Chicago Youth Band and Singing Company and hot chocolate for everyone. 2013 Lake County Advisory Board Chair Tom DeGiulio, Munster Town Manager, will kick off the campaign. The evening will wrap-up with the lighting of a six-foot tall red kettle. The event is free and open to the public. The Red Kettle campaign generates nearly 70-percent of the funds used year-round to provide programs and services to those in need. The iconic red kettles will hit the streets in Lake County Friday, November 8th. This year's goal for Lake County, Indiana, is 940-thousand dollars....

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