Porter County taxpayers – even those who've already received a tax sale notice in the mail – still have time to enter into a payment plan with the county treasurers office and keep the property off the list on tax sale day. Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko says property owners have until September 20th to enter into an agreement with up to a 25-percent down payment and monthly payments until June 20, 2013. After September 20th, Bucko says the down payment may be as much as fifty-percent. For more information call the Porter County Treasurers Office at 219-465-3470.
There were no injuries being reported after part of an exterior second floor wall in Merrillville collapsed, leaving the inside exposed. Firefighters responded around 1 am Wednesday to the Brugos Automotive building on West 73rd Avenue, according to nwi.com. It was storming in the Region at the time, but it's not known if weather played a role in bringing the wall down.
Munster officials are advising motorists that starting at 7 am this Monday [ September 10th] the Northcote Avenue Bridge will be closed for storm sewer work between Northcote and Baring Avenues along River Drive in Munster. Construction is expected to take up to four (4) days. The town says Baring will be available as an alternate north-south route.
Investigators from the State Fire Marshall's office are trying to determine the cause of a fire that took the life of a Union Township woman, Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Larry LaFlower, of the Porter County Sheriff's Department says the woman identified as 37-year-old Almeda Morales died of burns received when a fire reportedly broke out in the bedroom of her two-story residence in the 400 block of Pickwick Place in the Shorewood Forest subdivision. Sgt. LaFlower says her brother, who was at home when the fire started, escaped without any injuries. Union Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire shortly before noon today and contained the fire to the bedroom. Tim Beach, Assistant Fire Chief says Morales received burns to more than 50% of her body and was airlifted to University Hospital in Chicago.
A Union Township woman was seriously burned due to a fire inside a home in the Shorewood Forest subdivision shortly before, noon today. Multiple agencies responded to the report of a structure fire at a two-story home in the 400 block of Pickwick Place. Tim Beach, Assistant Fire Chief of Union Fire Rescue says the woman, who has not been positively identified, is believed to be in her 30's was airlifted to a Chicago hospital with burns reported over 50% of her body. Beach says a brother of the injured woman, also home at the time of the fire, escaped without any injuries. Fire was put out soon after firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation and Beach says drivers need to be aware that Shorewood Drive at Pickwick place is reduced to one lane due to the investigation.
Informational pickets are being held outside ArcelorMittal plants in northwest Indiana and elsewhere in the country as the United Steelworkers are in the midst of talks with the steel company on a new labor agreement. The current contract expired this past Saturday. The USW says about 14-thousand production, maintenance, office and technical workers from 15 USW local unions are participating in negotiations with the world’s largest steelmaker this summer in Pittsburgh. The union says keeping retiree health care premiums at an affordable is among the key issues. On Sunday, United Steelworkers and U-S Steel agreed on a tentative three-year agreement covering about 16-thousand workers, including those at Gary Works.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says renovations at Purdue's Hovde Hall had nothing to do with his becoming president this January, and that if he had been asked in advance, he would have asked that the work not be done. Hovde Hall houses the President's Office at West Lafayette. Daniels Tuesday issued a statement saying the work was part of a longstanding plan to renovate parts of Hovde Hall after many decades, and says he has asked that work not already be complete be canceled.
Authorities say a 29-year-old DeMotte man was taken to a Michigan City hospital then airlifted to South Bend after crashing into the back of a car waiting to turn into Palko Distributing on US 20 just a couple miles west of Michigan City, then colliding with two other vehicles, one of them a semi, just before 7:30 Tuesday morning. Porter County Sheriffs Police say two other drivers were also injured. All lanes of the highway were closed for about two-hours.
The city of Portage is holding a series of town hall meetings on a single day next week to talk about their new trash/recycling program. Residents will also be able to ask questions. Meetings will be held throughout the day Thursday, September 13, 2012, at these locations:
10am – City Hall Council Chambers (6070 Central Avenue)
12pm – Bonner Senior Center (5800 Lexington Avenue)
3pm – Real Life Community Church (3134 Swanson Road)
6pm – Nativity of Our Savior (2949 Willowcreek Road)
For more information, call Portage City Hall at (219) 762-5425.
The 34th Annual Popcorn Festival "pre-week" events are underway culminating in the Orville Redenbacher Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. Kicking off festival actvities was the official unveiling of the Orville Redenbacher statue at 4 p.m. this afternoon near Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso. Participants at the unveiling were encouraged to wear a bow tie. More info about Valpo's popcorn fest is available at the following link: http://valparaisoevents.com/pdf/2012_popcorn_fest_event_day_schedule.pdf
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Orville Redenbacher statue unveiled at Central Park Plaza this afternoon. City leaders in appropriate attire pose with statue.
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Region crowd that turns out for the Orville Redenbacher statue unveiling Tuesday afternoon at Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso.