Hammond to cancel wastewater contracts

Griffith, Whiting and now Highland are joining forces in Lake County court over the Hammond Sanitary District decision to cancel longtime contracts for treating wastewater. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., says the three communities don't pay enough for service in light of the cost of new infrastructure required by the US EPA meant to keep stormwater overflows from going into the Grand Calumet River during heavy rains. McDermott tells the Times that Hammond and Munster residents are unfairly bearing the cost of these mandated improvements. ...

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Southbound Cline Avenue reopened to traffic

Authorities say southbound Cline Avenue has been reopened to traffic, closed earlier due to fuel spill that resulted from an earlier accident involving a semi.  Traffic had been backed up all the way to BP and the mills around the noon hour.  Traffic tipsters first reported the incident that caused a tractor trailer truck to jackknife across two lanes of southbound Cline Avenue at the entrance ramp from 169th Street around 11:20 Wednesday morning.  Northbound traffic was unaffected, however police did divert traffic onto 169th Street while fire crews were mopping up the spilled fuel.  There were no injuries reported....

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Garbage Cans and Mailboxes Vandalized Overnight

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In Porter County, sheriffs police are investigating nearly twenty instances of damage to mailboxes and garbage cans on the eastern side of the county overnight. Porter County Sheriffs Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says a lot of the vandalism took place between Sager Road east to County Road 450 East, and between County Roads 500 North and 100 South. "We had 18 reports of vandalism in Washington and Morgan Townships, mainly in Washington Township, where we had garbage cans and also mailboxes that were damaged," Sgt. LaFlower said, and anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriffs Department Detective Bureau at 219-477-3140.  Sgt. LaFlower says based on the damage reports, it appears whoever was responsible may have driven their vehicle into the the plastic trash and recycling containers that had been put out by the roadside for pickup, pushing them into mailboxes, but they're still investigating. ...

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Accident Has Traffic Backed Up on Cline

12 noon -- From the Region Traffic Center: We have word of an accident and possible fuel spill on southbound Cline Avenue in Hammond. The accident scene is between Michigan and 173rd Street.  No information on if there are any injuries....

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Governor Pence Disappointed in Shutdown

Gov Mike Pence
Indiana Governor – and former Congressman -- Mike Pence says the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is a frustration, expressing his disappointment in a statement issued today.   Pence also says he has long supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Pence contends the law’s medical device tax has cost Hoosier jobs. “ This tax increase hits Indiana particularly hard,” the governor said, as Indiana is "home to half the nation’s orthopedic industry.”
Here's the text of the Governor's statement:
The government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is a frustration to me and every American and is a result of a lack of leadership by the Obama Administration. I am disappointed that this administration has made no effort to find common ground. The President has resolutely refused to compromise at any point.
I have been a legislator, and now I’m an executive. I know that it takes give and take to reach agreements between an administration and a legislature. On behalf of every Hoosier, I urge him to change course and seek agreement to reopen the government as soon as possible.
I have long supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this week I pointed to a possible area of agreement in urging the Senate to repeal the law’s medical device tax. This tax increase hits Indiana particularly hard as we are home to half the nation’s orthopedic industry, and it has already cost Hoosier jobs. The President must step up and work with Congress to resolve this issue in the best interest of the American people....

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Caucus to be Scheduled for Lake County Assessor

The first Republican elected to countywide office in Lake County in half a century resigned Tuesday for health reasons. 77-year-old Lake County Assessor Hank Adams has been battling cancer for the past year. Adams was elected in 2010. Prior to taking on the role of county assessor, Adams served as St. John Township's assessor for 16 years, and was a town councilman in Schererville before that. A caucus of Republican precinct committeemen will be called within thirty days of the office officially being designated as vacant. ...

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Police Investigate Suspicious Incidents at Park

Valpo PD
Valparaiso Police are investigating the report of suspicious incidents in Kirchoff Park. Police say female teenagers told authorities they have observed a male subject on numerous occasions this week following the girls and staring at them, making them uncomfortable, and others report witnessing the same behavior. Police arrived in the park shortly after 6-o'clock Tuesday evening, but were unable to locate the male subject, described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old, 5’9”, average/thin build, and dark brown/ear length curly hair., wearing an orange t-shirt and light blue jeans, and riding a bicycle to and from the park each day. Police continue to investigate....

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UPDATE: NICTD Reports Train Service Resumes

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is reporting that all South Shore train service has resumed. Inbound South Shore and Metra Electric trains had been stopped in the vicinity of Van Buren this morning due to the report of a suspicious package at Van Buren and Michigan. Van Buren is the stop before Millennium Station at Randolph Street. The package has reportedly been secured....

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Police Respond to Suspicious Package in Chicago

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District reports inbound South Shore trains are being stopped in the vicinity of Van Buren Street due to police activity. Metra Electric District is reporting inbound trains are also being halted in the vicinity of Van Buren.  Chicago Police and Fire units are responding to the report of a suspicious package in the area of Van Buren and Michigan. The Van Buren stop is the last one before Millennium Station at Randolph Street. Estimated length of delays unknown at this time. ...

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Sen Donnelly Academy Information Nights Postponed

Due to the current government shutdown, Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly's office has announced all their Academy Information Night events scheduled around the state, including northwest Indiana, will be postponed until further notice.
The five events were meant for high schoolers interested in applying for one of the five Military Service Academies to help students navigate the application process and outline the additional requirements that are needed to be considered for a nomination from Senator Donnelly.   
The dates for all Military Service Academy Information Nights events were as follows:
Monday, September 30
TIME:     5:00 PM -7:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office , 205 W. Colfax Avenue, South Bend, Indiana
Tuesday, October 1
TIME:     5:00 PM -7:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office, 203 East Berry Street, Suite 702B, Fort Wayne, Indiana
TIME:    5:00 PM 7:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office, 702 North Shore Drive, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Wednesday, October 2
TIME:     5:00 PM -7:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office, 10 West Market Street, Suite 1180, Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday, October 3
TIME:     5:00 – 7:00 PM CDT
WHERE: Senator Donnelly’s Regional Office, 123 NW 4th Street, Suite 417, Evansville, Indiana
TIME:     5:00 PM -7:00 PM CDT
WHERE: American Legion Post #94, 4 Monroe Street, Valparaiso, Indiana...

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