US 24 Closure in Newton County Starts Monday

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GOODLAND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of U.S. 24, a half mile east of SR 55, in Goodland beginning Monday, July 22nd through August 15th. Crews will be replacing a culvert.
Drivers wishing to travel east on U.S. 24 will be detour north on SR 55, east on SR 16, south on U.S. 231, and back to U.S. 24. Drivers wishing to travel west on U.S. 24 will be detoured north on U.S. 231, west on SR 16, south on SR 55, and back to U.S. 24.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at and follow us at
You can find traffic restriction information at  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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Benefit Ride for Anna Orlando on July 21st

A benefit ride for Anna Orlando will be held on July 21 at Leroy’s Hot Stuff, 333 West US Hwy 20 in Porter. The event begins with a breakfast buffet at 10 a.m. for $6/person. The ride begins with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last bike in at 4 p.m. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple and includes lunch. Though you must be 21 to attend, you don’t need to have a bike to enjoy the day. Entertainment will be offered all day, compliments of Tommy Thompson Band, Train Wreck, Ron Buffington, and Christina Mayes. The event will take place rain or shine and will also include a silent auction and 50/50 raffle.
This benefit will raise funds to help fund cancer treatment for Anna (Sandy) Orlando who is bravely battling advanced cervical cancer. For updates on the event and Orlando’s journey, visit and search “Anna’s Healing Hearts,” where you may also give directly to the fund. The event is graciously organized by Joanne Spicketts-Cooper and Mary Chavez on behalf of the Anna and Philip Orlando family.
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Human Trafficker Arrested Following Missing Person Tip

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A 24 year old Olympia Fields, Illinois, man is in custody on human traffic charges following a missing person tip. The Cook County Sheriff's Office reports that, following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Sheriff's VICE Unit arrested Neal Price without incident Wednesday night after an investigation discovered internet advertisements for prostitution regarding a missing female juvenile, who was with Price at the time of his arrest. Price is charged with promoting juvenile prostitution, promoting prostitution, possession of a firearm and ammunition without a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card.
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Hobart Man Sencenced in Death of Jada Justice

A Hobart man accused in connection with the death of a two-year-old girl whose body was found burned and encased in concrete in a La Porte County swamp four years ago was sentenced to forty-years in prison in Lake County court on Friday. Timothy Tkachik pleaded guilty in 2010 to neglect. Co-defendant and former girlfriend Engelica Castillo was found guilty of murdering Jada Justice and is serving a 65-year prison term. Police say the child was beaten to death while the couple was babysitting her. A judge dismissed neglect charges against the child's mother last month.
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Statewide Silver Alert Issued for Missing Fishers, IN Teen

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A statewide Silver Alert has been issued regarding the disappearance of a 18 year old Fishers, Indiana, woman who is believed to be in danger. Indiana State Police report Peyton Rickhof was last seen wearing a pink tank top and black yoga pants on Thursday, July 18th, in Fishers, located approximately 15 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The missing teen is described as a white female, 5'08”, weighing 140 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes, and is believed to be driving a black 2006, Mercury Mariner SUV, with Indiana license plate number SGC-405. Authorities say Rickhof may be disoriented and require medical assistance. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Peyton Rickhof is asked to contact the Fishers Police Department at (317) 773-1282.
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Elderly Hammond Man Gets 10 Years for Child Pornography

An elderly Hammond man on Thursday was sentenced to ten-years in prison and ten-years of supervised release after pleading guilty to felony possession of child pornography. According to court documents, almost 95-hundred images and almost 250 videos were found in 71 year old Jon Zondor's possession, who was also ordered to pay 500-dollars in restitution to two victims. The resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the FBI.
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Couple Sentenced for Illegal Dispencing of Pills and Tax Evasion

A husband and wife were sentenced Thursday in US District Court in Hammond after pleading guilty in January to tax evasion between 2005 and 2008, and for illegally dispensing millions of pills containing amphetamine-based controlled substances to patients at their facilities in Northwest Indiana and south suburban Chicago. 57 year old Doctor Rakesh Anand will begin serving his two-year sentence on August 30th, while his wife was ordered to begin her 30-day sentence on September 3rd. The couple was also ordered to pay over 745-thousand dollars in restitution to the IRS from the nearly five-point-two million that was seized from them and ordered forfeited. In addition to that, the couple remains civilly liable to the IRS for any and all back taxes and a civil fraud penalty of up to 75-percent of the underpayment, plus interest.
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March to End Violence in Hammond at Noon July 20th

Demonstrators will be marching in Hammond tomorrow, July 20th, as part of the Justice for Trayvon: 100 City Vigil. The Times reports members of area churches, and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition plan to march at noon, starting on Douglas Street, near the Hammond Federal Courthouse. According to the article, supporters of the march say while the not guilty verdict in case of George Zimmerman initiated these marches, violence in local communities across the state and the nation effects everyone and is reason enough to demonstrate against.
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Gary Kicks Off New Redevelopment Initiative

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Mayor of Gary, Karen Freeman-Wilson at Friday's press conference to announce the City's partnership with the EPA, HUD, DOT for Sustainable Communities Redevelopment Initiative
Leaders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation today joined Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, Indiana, to announce a new redevelopment initiative to revitalize four city neighborhoods. They are the Horace Mann, Downtown/Emerson, Aetna and Miller neighborhoods on the city’s north side. 

“I am pleased to announce that the City of Gary has been selected for a $350,000 U.S. EPA grant to establish a revolving loan fund that will be used to clean up contamination at brownfield sites in Northside neighborhoods,” said EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman. “The work we are starting here today -- through the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities -- will be good for the environment, good for the economy and good for Gary.”
The federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, EPA, HUD and DOT, along with other federal and state agencies, will work with the city and private foundations to identify additional resources needed for the Gary Northside Redevelopment Project to move forward.
“The interest that all of these federal agencies have taken in the city of Gary is both exciting and humbling,” said Mayor Freeman-Wilson. “We will continue to work with these entities as they look to invest in various neighborhoods throughout the city, ultimately leading to the rejuvenation of Gary’s economy.”
“Eighteen months ago, HUD convened a meeting of eight Federal Agencies to align our resources and join state and regional partners in a super effort to identify available resources and innovative strategies to support Mayor Freeman-Wilson and the development of sustainable solutions for Gary and Northwest Indiana,” said Antonio R. Riley, HUD Regional Administrator. “Today, we join together to continue the progress of that first meeting and many that followed in helping Gary achieve the future it deserves -- this shows the progress that can be made when a region and partners from all sectors act as one.”
“I appreciate Mayor Freeman-Wilson’s vision in initiating this project, and her constant efforts to leverage every available resource to improve the quality of life for Gary’s citizens,” said U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky. “This collaborative project between the city of Gary and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities will strengthen not only Gary but all of Northwest Indiana. I look forward to the progress of the Gary Northside Redevelopment Project, and I anticipate working with her and our agency partners to turn this vision into reality.”
Today’s federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities event in Gary included a tour of the Horace Mann, Downtown/Emerson, Aetna and Miller neighborhoods and discussions on transportation, housing and neighborhood stabilization, environment and brownfields, and public health.
For more information on the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities:
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SWAP Cleans Up Abandoned Homes in Dolton, IL

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A program that uses offenders sentenced to manual labor helped cleanup a dozen abandoned homes Thursday morning in Dolton, Illinois. The Cook County Sheriff's Office reports approximately 20 offenders with the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, picked up garbage, whacked weeds and mowed grass, transforming the lawns in front of homes located on East 140th Place, East 141st Place and East 142nd Place. The SWAP crews provide municipalities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations with free labor, and runs seven-days a week.
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