Experts to Offer Free Child Seat Safety Checks Clinic

LaPorte PD
La Porte, IN – Certified child passenger safety technicians are offering a free clinic to help parents determine if child car and/or booster seats are properly installed in their vehicles. This service will be offered at Al’s Supermarket 1340 SR 2W in La Porte on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. IU Health is conducting this event.
In Indiana, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of eight and 15. The main goal is to make sure every parent or caregiver has their child’s car seat or booster seat properly installed.
For older children, child passenger seat technicians can check the safety belt fit to ensure it properly protects them in case of a crash. Also, children under 13 should ride in the back seat of a vehicle for enhanced safety.
The evaluation takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This program is in conjunction with the National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2013).
The Automotive Safety Program has technicians available at more than 120 year-round child safety seat fitting stations across Indiana. Visit for a list of locations and a toll-free phone number to speak with experts about the proper installation of child safety seats.
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European Market replaces cancelled OZ Festival

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The Duneland Chamber of Commerce will be holding Chesterton’s European Market this Saturday, September 14 and next Saturday, September 21. The Wizard of Oz Festival, which will not be held this year, has traditionally occupied Chesterton the third weekend in September, though some state-wide publications have listed the event as occurring this coming Saturday, September 14. Chamber staff anticipate more than a few visitors coming to town with the expectation of experiencing the Oz Festival.
“The Duneland Business Initiative Group did an excellent job of getting the word out about the cancellation of the Oz Fest,” says Heather Ennis, the Chamber’s executive director. “DBIG has been an incredible partner to this community over the years, and we fully support their decision to step away from hosting this festival. We elected to host the European Market on Oz Festival weekend, so that Chesterton would still maintain a festive, tourist-attracting atmosphere. We fully anticipate that there will be folks coming to town expecting the Oz Fest, but in hosting the Market, we plan to do everything we can to make their experiences of our town good ones.”
To request information about Chesterton’s European Market, to RSVP for any of the Chamber’s events, or to request information on membership, please call the Chamber office at (219) 926-5513, visit, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The Duneland Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst organization committed to ensuring that its member communities are vibrant places to live, work and play. Through service to the towns of Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Dune Acres and Porter, the Chamber provides a unified voice for robust community-building events, meaningful educational programming and smart economic development in the Duneland area. For more information, please visit

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Woman Rescued After Her Vehicle Goes into Lake George

A woman was rescued this afternoon after her vehicle went into Lake George. Hobart Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Jeremy Ogden says officers were dispatched to the scene around 3pm and a witness informed them the woman was driving on Cleveland Avenue when she reportedly struck something along her way towards the downtown area of Hobart. Once in the downtown area, the woman continued down Center Street and ultimately drove into the boardwalk area, through a guardrail and into the lake where it slowly submerged.
Sgt. Ogden says a rescue diver arrived within a few minutes after being called, who broke the vehicle's window and pull the woman from the vehicle, who was transported to the hospital.  At last check, her condition is unknown. Sgt. Ogden says the rescue diver, Hobart Police Corp. Mark Grissom, was injured in the process, suffering a laceration to his hand, and no one else is believed to have been in the vehicle with the woman, whose name and condition have not yet been released.
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Man Struck by Two Vehicles in Portage Dies

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Police in Portage are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian. Police report at approximately 10pm Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the 58-hundred block of Central Avenue where they learned a 48 year old man was struck by an eastbound vehicle while crossing the street to retrieve his dog from a neighbors residence. Police say after being struck, the man's body landed in the westbound lane where it was struck again by a westbound vehicle. The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was airlifted from the scene to an Illinois hospital were he died from his injuries shortly after arriving. Authorities report both drivers involved tested negative for alcohol and an investigation continues.
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Valpo HS Evacuated Due to Odor, No Cause Found

Students and staff at Valparaiso High School were evacuated this morning. Valparaiso Fire Department Battalion Chief Les Abraham says an alarm activated by a detector went off around 8am, due to an odor by the cafeteria. An inspection of the general area took place but Abraham says nothing was detected by their equipment and the incident has been turned over to the school's maintenance department. Alarms at the the school were reset and held, but no cause could be ascertained.
Abraham says once the alarms were reactivated and the “all-clear” was given, students and staff were able to return to the building.
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MC Man Gets 20 years for Child Molestation

A Michigan City man who pleaded guilty to felony child molestation was sentenced to 20 years in prison on September 5th, according to an announcement made today by the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office. The Prosecutor's Office reports Kenneth Keller admitted to the molestation charge, which took place on or about March 3rd of this year, in Michigan City, with a child under the age of 14. Keller, who received the maximum sentence, will be be able to serve the last three-years of his sentence on probation.
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Pence Meets Subaru Leadership; Plants Symbolic Tree

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OTA, Japan – Governor Mike Pence spent the fifth day of his jobs trip to Japan on the road thanking Indiana’s current customers for their investments in Indiana.
Pence traveled northwest of Tokyo by train to Ota, Lafayette’s sister city, to visit the headquarters of Subaru, the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industries.

“Thousands of hardworking Hoosiers have jobs today because of Subaru’s commitment to Indiana,” said Pence. “On this trade mission, I’ve made it a top priority to personally thank Japanese companies for choosing Indiana out of a world of options. With our favorable business environment and a workforce highly skilled in advanced manufacturing, Subaru executives have noticed that Indiana is a state that works for business.”

In Ota, the governor toured Subaru’s facilities and joined its leadership for lunch where the group discussed its recently announced hiring plans. In May, Subaru of Indiana (SIA) announced plans to invest $450 million to build the Impreza at its Lafayette plant, creating up to 900 new jobs by the end of 2016.

Subaru has two assembly plant locations: Ota City, Japan, and SIA in Lafayette. SIA’s entire 832-acre Lafayette site has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SIA, which employs more than 3,600 associates in Lafayette, operates the country’s first zero-landfill automobile factory. Ninety-nine percent of the waste from the plant is recycled while the remaining one percent is converted into electricity.

During the afternoon, the governor met with executives from TOA Industries, which has a manufacturing facility in Mooresville, and Shigeru Co., Ltd., the parent company of Heartland Automotive based in Greencastle and Lafayette. Shigeru’s Greencastle location was established in 1987 to manufacture dashboards for Subaru and has grown to also include production for the Camry line at SIA. Shigeru executives and Pence discussed expansion plans the company is expected to announce in the near future that could create hundreds of new jobs for Hoosiers at its Lafayette facility.

To commemorate Shigeru’s 26 years of Hoosier roots, Pence planted a tree next to a tulip poplar, Indiana’s state tree that former Governor Robert Orr planted in 1987 on the company’s Ota campus. The black pine, Gunma Prefecture’s state tree, planted by Pence reaffirms Indiana’s long-term, growing relationship with the company.

“Today we planted a symbolic tree at Shigeru, a company with rich Hoosier heritage dating more than 25 years,” said Pence. “The tree represents the strength of Indiana’s deep relationship with this company, a bond that has created hundreds of good jobs for Hoosiers. Just like this tree will grow, we are committed to continuing to cultivate and grow our strong friendship and economic ties with Shigeru in the years ahead.”

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MC Revises Revised Crossing Closure Schedule

Michigan City, IN --- The City of Michigan City is updating information on crossing closures due to train track crossing repairs being performed by CSX Railroad. This schedule is approximate and could change due to weather and CSX progress. Updates will be provided.
Closing about September 11th with a planned re-opening about September 14th
 Ohio Street
Buffalo Street
Wabash Street

Closing about September 16th with a planned re-opening about September 19th
 Tilden Ave.
Jackson Street
Woodland Ave.
Closing about September 23rd with a planned re-opening about September 27th 
 Carroll Ave.
Greenwood Ave.
Roeske Ave.

Closing about September 23rd with a planned re-opening about September 30th 
 Franklin Street

Detour signs will be put in place to help guide citizens and visitors to alternative routes around these affected crossings.

The city appreciates your cooperation during the repair process.
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Woman Wanders Out Into Extreme Heat

Reports say an elderly woman who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease was found safe in Merrillville Tuesday evening after wandering outside yesterday afternoon in the extreme heat. Police say the woman, who is in her 80s, was found by her granddaughter on the ground in a wooded area not far from home in the 72-hundred block of Taft Street. She was transported to an area hospital, and her condition was not available. Numerous officers from Merrillville and Lake County Sheriffs Police, including a K-9 unit, took part in the search.

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Helicopter Assists Crown Point Search

In Crown Point Tuesday, a K-9 unit and the Lake County Sheriffs helicopter assisted in the search for someone who reportedly broke into a home shortly before 11:30 am, in the 13-hundred block of Madison Street. At last word, a suspect had not been located. Police say there have been three reports of residential burglaries since the first of August. Anyone with information is asked to call Crown Point Police at 219-663-2131.

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