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Crash Closes Entrance to Lakes of the 4 Seasons

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Shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, fire crews responded to a report of a vehicle versus a building in the 1000 block of N. Lakeshore Drive at Lakes of the Four Seasons.  Traffic tipsters reported that the guard shack at the subdivision's main entrance was reportedly struck by a vehilce contianing only the driver.  No injuries were reported but the accident caused a natural gas leak.  NPSCO repair crews were called to the scene and as a result of the leak the main entrance to Lakes of the Four Seasons remains closed at this time.
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Witnesses Report Animal Abuse Incident in LaPorte

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Police in LaPorte took possession of a three-legged dog that witnesses report was kicked continuously by a woman Tuesday night in the one-thousand block of Maple Avenue.   LaPorte Police report the woman told officers at the scene the dog belonged to her ex-boyfriend, and denied kicking the animal, which police reported as being very skittish and that it appeared to be malnourished and in a state of neglect.  The dog was taken to the LaPorte County Animal Shelter and a review of criminal charges has been forwarded to the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office.
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No Injuries after Crane Fire at US Steel Portage Plant

No one was reported injured and operations were not impacted according to US Steel officials after a small fire in a crane Tuesday night at their Portage facility.  Firefighters from Portage were called in to assist and provided an aerial truck to battle the fire, which is under investigation.
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Charbonneau In Canada Studying Environmental Issues

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STATEHOUSE (Aug. 20, 2013) — State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) will serve as a delegate to the Midwest-Canada Legislative Conference this week to discuss environmental issues impacting Indiana and the entire Midwest.
Charbonneau will meet with Canadian government officials and participate in an aerial flyover of oil sands operations. He will also tour Suncor Energy Inc., an international leader in oil sand to refinery-ready feedstock and visit CanmetENERGY, Canada’s largest research center on clean, renewable and efficient energy.
“The Midwest is uniquely positioned to utilize its natural resources for economic development,” Charbonneau said. “From protecting water throughout the Great Lakes region to developing wind energy in Northwest Indiana and beyond, Hoosiers are poised to lead the region in connecting environmental issues with economic impact.”
In addition to participating in the legislative conference, Charbonneau serves as chairman for two related study committees: Water Resources and the Environmental Quality Services Council. Both committees meet regularly to discuss environmental issues and may make recommendations to Indiana government departments, agencies or the legislature.
The conference will be held Aug 20-22 in Edmonton, Canada.

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Memorial Service and Fundraiser for I-65 Crash Victims

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A public memorial service to honor the seven people who perished last week in a fiery three-vehicle crash on I-65 in Jasper County will be held in Munster tomorrow. At last check, the crash remains under investigation and when completed, results will be forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office for review.   Meanwhile, fundraising efforts are underway for 27 year old Lindsey Williams and her two daughters, along with her sister and three others killed in the crash to help with the family's funeral expenses, and so far, over 12-thousand dollars has been raised, through over 400 contributors.  The memorial service will take place at noon tomorrow, in Munster, at the Family Christian Center.  For information on how to donate to the family's funeral fund, visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aa3j1

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Cook Co Jail Population Increases 3.7% in 11 days

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The population keeps growing at the Cook County Jail and if trends continue, the Sheriff's Office reports hard-earned legal successes will be jeopardized.  As of Tuesday, the Cook County Jail population stood at ten-thousand-182, a three-point-seven percent increase in just the last 11 days, and its the jail's highest population since October 11th, 2007. The Sheriff's office reports the closing of mental health clinic continues to yield a staggering amount of mentally ill individuals into the jail, typically for petty offenses.

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Owner Finds His 8 Birds Shot and Killed in Portage

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Police in Portage are investigating eight gaming birds shot and killed at a residence in the 17-hundred block of Samuelson Road.  Police report the owner informed officers that, between 3:30pm Monday and 2:30pm Tuesday, an unknown person or persons entered his property and shot his five maned geese, two mandarin ducks and one pheasant with what appears to be a low velocity round from a BB or pellet gun.  The victim stated he was raising and selling the birds and that he and other family members had been home during the time of the incident, but had not heard anything.

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ISP Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint in Jasper County

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Indiana State Police Lowell Post report they'll be conducting a sobriety checkpoint during the late evening hours tonight in Jasper County.  Drivers encountering a checkpoint will be required to produce a valid drivers license and registration, and can expect delays of two to three minutes if everything checks out. Troopers will also be conducting roving saturation patrols, aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout their district.

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Valpo Dome Could Go Back to City if Not Purchased

The empty dome building on Valparaiso's southeast side will be available for purchase during Porter County's tax sale on October 29th, but one-point-four million dollars in back taxes owed on the property may keep it from being bought.  If the property does not get purchased, a proposal for transfer of the building to Valparaiso could come before Porter County Commissioners, so it can be torn down and the land redeveloped.  The dome was erected in 2000, and has been empty since 2010. 
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IN July Unemployment Rate Remains at 8.4%

Indiana's unemployment rate for July remained unchanged over June but is ahead of the national average by a full one percent.  Figures released Monday by the state's Department of Workforce Development  indicate the Hoosier state's jobless rate is stalled at 8.4 percent for July. That translates to 266-thousand people looking for jobs last month.    
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