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Gracie's TLC Operators Charged with Abuse of Residents

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office has charged the operators of Gracie's Tender Loving Care in Gary with abusing and neglecting residents. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says 40 year old Gracie Hathaway and Eldon Johnson both of Gary, are accused of illegally operating four group homes and each face eight felony charges, including neglect of a dependant, criminal confinement, and battery. Corp. King says, according to the affidavit, the people inside of these homes were locked inside, left alone, and stunned with stun-guns, as well as taking money from the residents and just giving them a small stipend to live off of. Corp King says, at last check, Hathaway and Johnson remain at-large.
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Thousands Without Power in NW Indiana

NIPSCO's Outage map is reporting many customers without power at this time most likely due to the severe thunderstorms that rolled through the region this afternoon. At last check, almost one-thousand customers are without power in the Munster area, almost 900 in the Hammond area, and just over 50 in Portage. While an exact cause has yet to be determined, crews have been assigned or are in the process of being assigned, with restoration times anticipated sometime this evening. For more information visit http://www.nipscooutages.com/WSSNisourceOutageMap/outagemap.html?action=city&&reloaded=true
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Davenport Man Could Possibly Be Named New E-911 Director

The current E-911 Director of Davenport, Iowa, has been unanimously approved today by Lake County police and fire chiefs to possibly become Lake County's new E-911 director. The Times reports Brian Hitchcock could be named director during a June 11th meeting of the Lake County Council. If named, Hitchcock faces the task of consolidating the 911 services of seventeen city, town and county law enforcement agencies by the end of next year –as mandated by state law – or face losing millions in public safety dollars from the state. The former director resigned at the end of February.
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IN SOS Moving to Electronic Reminders for Business

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 30, 2013) – Secretary of State Connie Lawson today announced technology upgrades to her office’s customer services. Secretary Lawson launched an online tool to allow Hoosier businesses to receive e-mail notices when it is time to file business entity reports. All Indiana businesses are encouraged to update their e-mail address with her office immediately. The Secretary of State’s office is in the process of phasing out paper reminders for business entity reports and moving to e-mail notifications. This change may save as much as $100,000 a year, allowing Indiana to continue to have some of the lowest business filing fees in the country.

“Your Secretary of State’s office has been on the leading edge of smart government services online, and this upgrade is overdue,” said Secretary Lawson. “Moving to e-mail notifications is the next step in modernizing our system and keeping fees low.”

All businesses are required to file a Business Entity Report with the Secretary of State’s office. Currently, the Secretary of State’s office sends out a paper reminder when a business entity report is due. Starting January 1, 2014, e-mail reminders will replace paper reminder. Businesses that wish to continue receiving reminders to file their report should update their e-mail address immediately at www.in.gov/sos.

“Indiana was one of the first states to allow businesses to register and file their business entity reports online,” said Secretary Lawson. “Former Secretaries Sue Anne Gilroy and Todd Rokita brought this office light years ahead of other states and today’s launch continues that tradition.”
For-Profit Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (domestic and foreign) are required to file biennial reports.  The filing fee is $30.00 and the report is due during the month the entity was formed.  Nonprofit Corporations (domestic and foreign) are required to file annual reports.  The filing fee is $10.00 and the report is due during the month the entity was formed. Failure to pay a business entity report will result in the business being administratively dissolved or revoked.

All business entity reports may be filed online at www.in.gov/sos/business/3672.htm. By filing online you will receive a discounted filing fee.
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Door Still Open for Allegiant to Comeback to Airport

Allegiant Air reported a lack of demand led to its decision to end service in a few months at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. Airport Marketing and Communications Liaison James Ward says while the last Allegiant flight to Florida out of Gary/Chicago is scheduled August 10th, there is a possiblity once the runway is completed, Allegiant may re-evaluate, and noted the door is still open for discussion for future opportuntities.
The airport's 166-million dollar runway expansion, extending the seven-thousand foot main runway by 19-hundred feet, is scheduled for completion in December, which gets the airport ahead of a 2015 Federal Aviation Administration's mandate that all airports have at least one-thousand feet of safety area for planes. Meanwhile, Ward says they are looking at bringing in other airlines to fly out of Gary.
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Kieft Resigns from EDCMC for IEDC

Kieft Resigns from EDCMC for IEDC
(Photo Courtesy of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City)
Economic Development Corporation Michigan City announced today the resignation of Executive Director Kevin Kieft as Kieft leaves to accept an opportunity with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Kieft served the organization for nearly seven years, and was promoted to Executive Director last year. The group recently began developing a long-term initiative to highlight local economic development opportunities and build an action plan for a sustainable business environment, and they say that won't be interrupted during this interim period.
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Alcohol a Factor in Motorcycle Crash that Injured Hobart Man

Indiana State Police say a 41-year-old Hobart man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash late Wednesday evening on I-94. Troopers say a preliminary investigation revealed the motorcycle driver, was in the right lane when he lost control of his 2001 Harley Davidson. Police say the man was not wearing a helmet, and fell off his bike and slid across the eastbound lanes of I-94 until he came to rest on the inner shoulder. He was taken to a local hospital then later airlifted to Oak Lawn. Police say he tested positive for alcohol with a point-1-3-percent [.13% ]Blood Alcohol Content; and only had a motorcycle learner’s permit endorsement, and was cited for both.
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Gary Begins Neighborhood Revitalization

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson today announced a project she's been collaborating on with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for nine months – the Neighborhood Revitalization Project. Also working with Gary Councilwoman Carolyn Rogers, along with Carol Brown with the University of Chicago and her students, the community wide neighborhood-by-neighborhood cleanup is intended to engage the entire community for the collective good of the city. Sarah Taylor, a Marshalltown Terrace resident, spoke about the need for residents to band together for the good of their neighborhood, and that this pilot project was a reinforcement of that effort. The pilot project kicks off this Saturday in the Marshalltown neighborhood with cleanup , beautification activities, city-provided services, signmaking and abandoned buildings tracking. Residents are meeting at Peppermint Park, Marshalltown Terrace, off of East 23rd Avenue, between Wisconsin Ave and Marshalltown Dr, starting at 9am.
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Road Closed for Fire Cleanup

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Officials report a road closure having to do with the major fire in downtown Valparaiso in early March. Michigan Street is scheduled to be closed for fire debris cleanup from Lincolnway south to alleyway, from 7am to 5 pm on May 30, 31, open for the weekend (June 1 and 2), and re-closed Monday June 3-Wednesday June 5.
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Persons of Interest in Home Invasion

Merrillville Police say they have two persons of interest in connection with a home invasion Sunday night. Merrillville Detective Commander Robert Wiley says no charges have been filed at this time, but interviews have been taken and they expect charges to be filed soon. Officials say police were investigating the report of five masked men entering a home in the 74-hundred block of Bigger Street about 9-o'clock Sunday night, allegedly using the victims' credit and debit cards to withdraw cash and taking jewelry and other personal items, and the victims' cell and landline phones.
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