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Michigan City Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Rape

A Michigan City man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to a felony rape charge. The LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office reports Rah-Sha'N Cherry admitted that on or about November 26th, 2012, in Michigan City, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a female minor by force while he was armed with a knife. The judge suspended the last five-years of Cherry's sentence, which can be served on probation. Cherry also faces charges in Lake County. ...

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Roll Over Semi Loses Load of Paper

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(Photos Courtesy of the Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
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A semi that lost part of its load of paper garbage during a rollover incident this morning temporarily shutdown the ramp from the Indiana Toll Road to the I-80/94 eastbound ramp in Lake Station. Indiana State Police Lowell Post report the semi, driven by a 28 year old Michigan man, was on the ramp, just before 7am, when a vehicle in front of him allegedly slammed on the brakes, causing him to brake, and in-turn the semi lost control and rolled over. Part of the load spilled into the median and the top of the box trailer split open. State Police report the ramp was closed off and on until just before 9:30am. The driver of the semi was not injured, but was cited for going too fast to avoid a collision....

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Ammonia Spill at Munster PepsiCo Plant

An ammonia spill this morning at the PepsiCo plant in Munster forced the evacuation of employees in Munster. Fire officials report the spill, which occurred around 4am, was contained to inside the facility. No injuries were reported and there was no danger to the public. ...

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Public Invited to View Sheriff's Mounted Posse Training

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The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse Unit will be trained this weekend by a former 28 year member of the London, England, Metropolitan Mounted Branch. The Sheriff's Office reports instructor Mark Weller has been assigned to Buckingham Palace, has had numerous commendations for bravery, and is the current Director of Horsemanship Instruction at Culver Military Academy. Training will take place tomorrow and Sunday, from 8am to 5pm each day, at the Draft Horse Arena, located in the northwest corner of the LaPorte County Fairgrounds and is open for public viewing....

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Secretary of Defense to Indiana: Stop Discriminating

US Secretary of State Chuck Hagel on Thursday issued a stern warning to several states, including Indiana, to stop denying same-sex couples and their families benefits, which he says is in violation of federal law. Today, an Indiana National Guard spokesperson says a decision was never made to not process benefits, rather the decision was delayed in order to understand the impact of these new benefits. Last month the Department of Defense began providing benefits to same-sex spouses of military members and eligible civilian employees following the US Supreme Court's June 26th ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. ...

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Indiana National Guard to Honor 7 Fallen Soldiers

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A shadow box unveiling for seven fallen soldiers of the Indiana National Guard takes place Sunday at Valparaiso University. The ceremony will honor the sacrifices of the 113th Engineer Battalion soldiers. Friends, family and community leaders will attend the unveiling, which is scheduled to take place at 3pm. The shadow boxes will be permanently mounted in the Indiana National Guard Valparaiso Armory.
Those being honored are:
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Chavez
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Metzger
Sgt. Brian Leonhardt
Spc. Robert Tauteris
Spc. Christopher Patterson
Spc. Nicholas Taylor
Spc. Sergio Perez...

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Illiana Expressway Open House in Gary

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The first of four open house dates scheduled by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission regarding the Illiana Expressway takes place tomorrow. The hearing is scheduled for November 2nd, in Gary, from 10am to 12pm, at Indiana University Northwest. NIRPC's full board will take a vote on amending its regional plan to include the expressway on December 12th.
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will commence a 30-day public comment period on October 14, 2013 and ending November 20, 2013 to gather public comments on amendments to NIRPC’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (2040 CRP) and 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) which will add the proposed I-65 expansion and Illiana Expressway. Additionally, the public comment period encompasses a new Air Quality Conformity Analysis which includes these projects.
As part of this public comment period, four public meetings will be held as follows:
  • November 2: John W. Anderson Library, Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • November 5: Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Avenue, Lowell, IN, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • November 13: NIRPC, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • November 19: Michigan City City Hall, 100 E Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information visit http://www.nirpc.org/illiana-expressway-project...

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Region HS Bands Head to State Finals

The 40th Anniversary Indiana State School Music Association State Finals for High School Marching Bands is this Saturday [November 2, 2013] at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and two bands from Lake County will be competing. Lake Central High School's “Tribe of Pride” will complete in the Class-A contest. Munster High School's Mustang marching band will complete with the Class B bands for the third year in a row. The classes represent enrollment size for the schools. Organizers say the event is widely known as one of the best State High School Marching Band contests in the country. Forty bands, ten in each class meet at the State Finals to decide the four State Champions.  Admission is $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and pre-school.  The schedule of participating bands is located at www.issma.net . One-hundred-nine Open Class bands began performance on October 19 at one of four regional sites. Eighty bands, twenty in each enrollment category, determined by size of school,  continued to Semi-State performance on October 26.
Chesterton High School's marching band will also perform at Lucas Oil Stadium tomorrow. The Trojan Guard Marching Band brought home the title of Indiana State School Music Association’s 2013 Scholastic Class “A” State Title in an event was hosted by Lawrence Central High School of Indianapolis last weekend. Their performance Saturday will be part of the "Open Class" State Finals, and there will be an awards ceremony afterward recognizing them as the new Scholastic Class “A” State Champions....

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Region Residents Reminded to Turn Back Clocks

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday. Saturday night/Sunday morning when we turn clocks back an hour and return to Standard Time. Fire departments around the Region remind residents that it's a great time to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Beginning in 2006, all of Indiana started observing Daylight Saving Time.  Before then, most of the state stayed on Eastern Standard Time year round.  Now, most of the state remains on Eastern Time, but also makes the switch to Daylight Saving Time in the Spring.  The Region is on Central Time, along with a handful of counties in the far southwestern corner of the state....

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Gary Police Investigate Shooting Death

In Gary, authorities say police are investigating the shooting death of a Gary man in the 32-hundred block of Georgia Street Thursday evening. The Lake County Coroners office says 57-year-old Terence Farmer suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at 7:30 pm. The shooting reportedly occurred in the driveway of the victim's house. There have been more than forty homicides in the city this year.  A shooting death earlier this month in the 500 block of east 16th Avenue marked the 43rd homicide in the city this year, the same number as all of last year. ...

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