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Governor at Purdue North Central

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in Westville this morning to tour and lead an education roundtable at Purdue University North Central.  Later, Governor Pence will honor Hoosier heroes who assisted in rescuing 6-year-old Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Illinois, from a hole that opened up at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Mount Baldy dune in Michigan City, trapping the boy under eleven feet of sand for more than three hours on July 12. This afternoon the Governor is scheduled to offer remarks at the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors Annual Meeting in Merrillville. 
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Safety App for Worksite Heat

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The Indiana Department of Labor is letting Hoosier employers and employees know about a new tool to help assess worksite heat safety. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration smartphone app is free and available for both Android and iPhones. State officials say in 2011, 61 workers died nationally from heat-related injuries and illnesses, and that same year, Indiana workers experienced 100 cases of non-fatal injuries and illnesses related to heat exposure.
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html
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Portage Man Dies on Interstate

Officials say a Northwest Indiana man died on Interstate 94 early this morning. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says his office was dispatched to mile marker 20, about a mile east of the Portage exit, just before 4 am. Harris says the man died of blunt force trauma; manner of death has not yet been ruled.  Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a preliminary investigation revealed that 44-year-old Mark Sulich of Portage parked his car on the outer shoulder for unknown reasons. Troopers say the semi driver noticed the Honda parked on the shoulder, looked to change lanes from the right to the middle lane, and as he looked back Sulich entered into the right lane for unknown reasons and was struck. Harris says according to eyewitneses there were no flashers or warning devices activated on Sulich's car.  The driver of the semi, a 37-year-old Avilla, Indiana, man was not injured. He was hauling approximately 36-thousand pounds of milk and juice. No load was lost. Troopers say the semi driver was cited for log book not being current.  Indiana State Police say the right lane was closed for reconstruction and investigation of the crash, removal of the deceased and car. The right lane was reopened at 7:45 am.
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Fire at Portage Restaurant

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The Portage Fire Department says a fire at Santini's Pepper Pot Pizza in the 32-hundred block of Willowcreek was struck quickly this morning. At about 4 am, a Portage Police officer noticed smoke in the area of Lute and Willowcreek Roads, then discovered a large amount of smoke coming from vents at the restaurant. Officials say the restaurant is currently closed due to extensive fire and smoke damage, but all other businesses in the strip mall will be able to remain open. South Haven Fire assisted at the scene. Cause is still under investigation.
Upon arrival, Portage Fire found heavy smoke in the restaurant and light smoke in the Kwik-Mart adjacent to the restaurant in the same building. Fire crews forced entry into the restaurant and found intense heat and smoke in the kitchen area. Officials say the fire was contained to the restaurant. Light smoke was removed from the Kwik-Mart to the west and Hair Express to the east, fire officials say, and no fire extension or damage was found in the adjoining businesses.
A first alarm was struck. Ogden Dunes, Burns Harbor, and Union Fire covered Portage Stations and South Haven Fire assisted at the scene. Fire investigators remained on the scene as of this morning.
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Three Injured in Crash

Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say failure to merge resulted in a single-vehicle crash on eastbound I-94 just east of the Burns Harbor exit early Tuesday afternoon that sent the 16-year-old driver from Grand Rapids, Michigan, her sister and her mother to the hospital, all with non life-threatening injuries. Troopers say a preliminary investigation revealed the teen was coming up to the end of a lane closure in a construction zone when she tried to get the middle lane, then had to swerve to avoid a semi, and struck a construction barrel and the concrete median barrier wall.
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Fatality on I-94

Indiana State Police have been at the scene of an accident involving a fatality on westbound Interstate 94 in Portage this morning. It happened around 4 am near State Road 249.
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Ambulance Patients Warned of Data Theft

Officials say as many as 860 people who used Valparaiso's ambulance service early last year may have had personal information stolen and letters have gone out alerting them. A statement from the city says there's no evidence any of the city's patients were affected, but the fire department has been notified that a former employee of Advanced Data Processing, the company that handles billing for Valparaiso's ambulance service, has pleaded guilty after being accused of illegally accessing patient data to try to file false federal income tax returns. Officials say those who could be affected used Valparaiso’s ambulance service between January first and June 21st of 2012.
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Pipeline Work to Begin

The US Army Corps of Engineers has given the go ahead for work to begin on the first portion of a new oil pipeline that would travel through Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties. Enbridge Energy wants to replace and upsize their existing Line 6B in northwest Indiana. The line originates in Griffith. Today's Times reports federal officials have approved work to begin on a section between LaPorte and the Indiana-Michigan state line.
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/enbridge-gets-ok-to-move-forward-with-pipeline/article_e444edbc-cea4-57e9-b774-6cf8c806bb7d.html
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Hammond PD Announce Checkpoint

The Hammond Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend as part of the statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" traffic safety campaign.  Motorists stopped during the checkpoint will be asked to provide their drivers license and registration and assuming there are no issues drivers should be stopped briefly.  Funding for this traffic safety campaign come from NHTSA through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
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First Responders to Train at Port

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor will be hosting Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 1 first responders in a drill today [Wednesday August 28]  designed to test readiness for a potential attack on Northwest Indiana through the port. Operation Safe Harbor will take place between 8am and 4pm and Schererville Fire Chief Joe Kruzan says it's likely increased helicopter and boating activity will be noticeable to the public. Numerous emergency response vehicles will also be on the roadways in and around the port. Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 1 includes participants from Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton and Jasper counties’ emergency services, partnered with many entities from the private sector.The drill has been designed to test and train agencies in proper communication and notification, scene security, safe flight and boating operations, decontamination, and use of special teams. Last May a similar exercise was conducted at Gary/Chicago International Airport.
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