Next Phase of Roundabout Work

The third and final phase of work on Valparaiso's newest roundabout is set to begin next week.  City officials have announced that traffic patterns will shift on September 10th, when Vale Park Road will be closed 200 feet west of the five-points intersection. Additional restrictions will be in place.  Trucks will not be allowed through the intersection.
Valparaiso Five-Points Roundabout Phase Three:
Vale Park Rd will be closed to all traffic from approximately 200' west of 5-Points Intersection to the intersection.  There will be no access to or from Vale Park West at the intersection.
Official detour:
Calumet Ave to Glendale Blvd, to Valparaiso St to Vale Park Rd; OR
Calumet to Bullseye Lake Rd to Vale Park Rd
Due to the closure of Vale Park Rd West (see separate closure info above) and Phasing on the 5-Points Roundabout Project, Calumet Ave, Roosevelt Rd and Vale Park Rd East will be limited to the following directions:
Northbound Calumet can continue north on Calumet or east on Vale Park.
Southbound Calumet can ONLY continue south on Calumet.
Northbound Roosevelt can go north on Calumet or east on Vale Park.
Official detour:
Roosevelt: Calumet Ave to Glendale Blvd; Vale Park: Calumet Ave to Country Club Rd to Silhavy Rd; Truck Route: Calumet to Burlington Beach to SR49 OR Calumet to Rte130 to SR149...

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Lot of Lightning in Fri Storms

Not all the thunderstorms were severe across the northwest Indiana/Chicagoland area Friday night, but forecasters say the storm event featured a lot of lightning, especially in counties northwest of Chicago. Within a one-hour time frame, from 6-to-7 pm, the National Weather Service says there were nearly four-thousand cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

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Wastewater Contracts Canceled

Hammond's Sanitary District has voted to cancel longtime contracts with Whiting, Highland and Griffith for treating wastewater. Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr says the three communities don't pay enough for the 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. The Mayor is quoted as saying nothing will change in the interim, and that he wants to sit down and renegotiate terms of the deal, saying Highland, Griffith and Whiting residents on average pay less than a third what Hammond and Munster residents are charged.

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Gary Incidents Investigated

Police in Gary are investigating the report of a 23-year-old man hit by gunfire while walking along Clark Road near Fourth Avenue around midnight Friday morning. Police say the man said he heard shots fired, then realized he had been shot. Gary Police are also investigating the report of a 15-year-old boy attacked and robbed of his cellphone around 7-o'clock Thursday night in the 49-hundred block of Vermont.

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Longtime State Rep Retiring

A longtime Indiana lawmaker is leaving due to health reasons. Republican New Haven State Representative Phyllis Pond of House District 85 in the northeast portion of Allen County is resigning her seat effective October 15 after recently being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Pond, a former kindergarten teacher, was first elected into office in 1978.  She is the longest-serving Republican state representative in Indiana.
During her long tenure, she has served on several key committees including the House Ways and Means Committee and the Judiciary Committee.
House Speaker Brian Bosma says Pond's legacy will continue to be remembered through the many pieces of legislation she has been involved with, including the Primetime Education Bill, which lowered class sizes to 18 in kindergarten through the third grade as well as providing class sizes larger than 18 with a  teacher’s aide. 

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Thousands Lose Power, FB Games Postponed

About 13-hundred NIPSCO customers were without power as of this morning, mostly in Hammond and East Chicago area. Last night storms knocked out electricity to thousands of people in Northwest Indiana.
Outage map (refresh for latest info):
Several Region prep football games were canceled last night as strong thunderstorms rolled through the area. Games have been rescheduled for this morning and evening.
Here's a list of Northwest Indiana prep football games that were postponed until today:
Andrean at Merrillville
Boone Grove at Bishop Noll
Bowman Academy at Lake Station
Calumet at Hammond Clark
Culver at South Central (Union Mills)
Chicago Lindblom (Ill.) at Gary West Side
East Chicago Central at Lake Central
Griffith at Wheeler
Hammond v Highland (at Highland)
LaPorte at Hobart
Lowell at Hammond Morton
Mishawaka at Crown Point
Munster at Chesterton
Pioneer at Winamac, susp. to Sat
Rensselaer Central at North Newton, susp. to Sat
Whiting at Hammond Gavit


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61 year old Woman Overcome by Carbon Monoxide

Cedar lake Metro PD
Authorities in Cedar Lake discovered a 61 year old unresponsive female in one-unit of a four-unit town house this morning after being called to the ten-thousand block of 130th Lane in reference to a strong smell of gas. Cedar Lake Police report first responders safely evacuated three of the four units and found the woman laying on a bed with no signs of life, who appeared to have passed away sometime during the night. Investigators determined the female victim accidentally left her vehicle running in an attached garage and went inside the house and that after several hours; the victim was overcome by the carbon monoxide fumes from her vehicle's exhaust. Police report fire units registered carbon monoxide levels of four-thousand parts per million inside her unit, safe levels are considered anything under 40 parts per million. Authorities report no other leaks were discovered and the remaining units were aired out and rechecked, at which time the other residents were allowed to return inside. Investigator report they believe this was a case of an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
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IN Toll Rd Lane Restrictions Removed for Labor Day

GRANGER, Ind. – Due to the upcoming Labor Day weekend, ITR Concession Co. (the Indiana Toll Road) once again announces the removal of lane restrictions during this time to help ease the arrival of holiday traffic.
With Labor Day approaching, ITRCC has halted construction work beginning at 5 a.m. Aug. 29 and in effect until 8 p.m. Sept. 3. An exception is made for construction on the Ripley Street overpass (MP 20.5); however, two lanes remain open in each direction in that area. Exceptions will also be made for emergency repairs, and ITRCC reminds motorists to use caution while traveling and that speed limits will be enforced.
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Portage Woman Charged in the Death of Ricky Kimble

A Portage woman has been charged for an alleged hit-and-run which resulted in the death of a LaPorte, whose body was discovered by a mowing crew earlier this month. According to court documents, Patricia Callahan is charged with three-felonies: leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, reckless homicide and insurance fraud. The body of 50 year old Ricky Kimble, was found in a grassy ditch, just south of eastbound I-80/94, about a mile west of the Portage exit, on August 6th, and an autopsy determined he died due to blunt force trauma to the body, which resulted in multiple fractures to his legs and spine, as well as traumatic internal injuries. Kimble, who had been reported missing by family members on August 5th, had reportedly been walking along I-80/94, and court documents state due to the distance between his body and personal belongings, he had been hit by something traveling at a considerable speed.
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50 year old Woman Gets 50 years for Felony Battery

Billie Jo Moore
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 50 year old woman who was found guilty by a jury last month of two-counts of felony battery was sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Times reports Billie Jo Moore received 20 years total for one-count of aggravated battery and one-count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and another 30 years for being a habitual offender. According to the article, the victim, Robert Gottschling, testified he allowed Moore to enter his home so she could use his phone following her car accident, and after making a couple of calls, she picked up a knife and attacked him.
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