USDA Launches New Program to Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity in Rural America

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $600 million in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s new ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. Answering the Administration’s call to action for rural prosperity, Congress appropriated funds in the fiscal year 2018 budget for this broadband pilot program. USDA Rural Development is the primary agency delivering the program, with assistance from other federal partners. USDA will make available approximately $200 million for grants (applications due to USDA by April 29), as well as $200 million for loan and grant combinations (applications due May 29), and $200 million for low-interest loans. Projects funded through this initiative must serve communities with fewer than 20,000 people with no broadband service or where service is slower than 10 megabits per second (mbps) download and 1 mbps upload. To help customers with the application process, USDA is holding a series of online webinars and regional in-person workshops. The full list of upcoming public webinars and workshops can be found at the ReConnect Program’s resource portal at reconnect.usda.gov.

Local K of C to Sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2019 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 at 1pm at the Classic Gym at St Patrick’s Church in Chesterton, IN.
The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions.
All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. The event is free.

South Shore Line Providing Extra Eastbound Train For Select Saturdays

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

For select Saturdays in December, the South Shore Line will provide an eastbound extra “shoppers special” train to help accommodate holiday travelers.
On Dec. 15th, this extra will depart Millennium Station at 4:25p (Van Buren St. at 4:28p), run non-stop to Hegewisch and make all local stops terminating at Carroll Avenue. The train will not serve Hudson Lake or South Bend.

MCPD Accepting Applications For Probationary Officers

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Michigan City Police Department is currently accepting applications for Full-Time Police Officer positions. Benefits include longevity pay, specialty pay, healthcare program including dental and vision, take home car program, retirement plan, paid vacations, personal days and much more. The testing date will be January 12th, 2019 at 8:00am.

Applicants must be between 21-36 years of age by date of appointment, possess a high school diploma or GED, a valid and unrestricted driver’s license, and be a United States citizen. Additionally, applicants must possess a good driving record, have no felony convictions, or misdemeanor battery charge. Applicants shall be subject to written and physical ability testing along with a thorough background check to include personal character. The Michigan City Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications may be picked up at the Michigan City Police Department or downloaded from the website at www.michigancitypolice.com/employment.html. For additional inquiries please contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at (219) 874-3221 Ext. 1020 or email at [email protected]. Submission deadline is January 8, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Applications can be dropped off or mailed to:
Michigan City Police Civil Service Commission
1201 East Michigan Boulevard
Michigan City, IN 46360

Power Lines Down and Road Closed at Franklin St. and Cleveland Ave.

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Michigan City Police Department’s Uniform Patrol Shift 3 was dispatched to the 100 block of East US Highway 20 on December 14, 2018 at 03:21 AM for a single vehicle motor vehicle crash involving property damage. A pickup truck was found to have struck a utility pole on the south side of the roadway. Power lines are down across the entire roadway which resulted in traffic being shut down for safety concerns. All lanes of East US Highway 20 are closed at US 421 (Franklin Street) and Cleveland Avenue. NIPSCO is on scene and expects the roadway to be closed for most of today while they replace a utility police. Drivers are urged to find alternate east and west routes. Some alternate east and west routes are Interstate 94 and US Highway 12.

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New Carlisle Man Charged With Mail Fraud

Posted on: December 13th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

A New Carlisle man has been charged with 4 counts of mail fraud. According to documents in the case, 61 year old Kevin Clinton was employed as the Chief Information Officer at a South Bend business. From about March 2012 through about October 2017, Clinton caused his employer to pay invoices to a sham company that he controlled for services that were never performed. Over the life of the scheme, payments to the sham company totaled about $2,286,359.25. Clinton took these funds for his own personal use and benefit. The United States Attorney’s Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court. If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Grants to support Indiana first responders and smoke detector campaign

Posted on: December 13th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security received nearly $1.3 million in federal grant awards recently to enhance training and resources for Indiana first responders and kickstart a statewide campaign to install 10,000 smoke detectors in Hoosier homes.
The funding will impact three specific areas across Indiana: 1) equipment and training for firefighters and emergency responders 2) fire prevention and safety in homes and 3) additional equipment and training related to hazardous chemicals. The total for the three awards is $1.29 million.
The grants, which were awarded following a lengthy application process, supplement the nearly $800,000 in federal funding IDHS returned to Indiana counties this year to support local emergency management projects and planning.
The Fire Prevention and Safety Grant ($521,130 for two years) primarily is geared toward reducing injury and preventing fire deaths in high-risk populations. In Indiana, more than 85 fatal fires have occurred so far in 2018, an increase from the previous year (72).
The Indiana State Fire Marshal will focus the grant funds on community risk reduction through a statewide smoke detector education and distribution campaign. The goal will be to install more than 10,000 smoke detectors and 1,000 shaking bed/strobe alarms for deaf and hard of hearing across the next two years. In addition, the “Get Alarmed Indiana” campaign is intended to enhance public safety education related to fire hazards for Hoosiers.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant ($372,856) will address the needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations in Indiana. This could include equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles and others resources for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related deaths.
The Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant ($401,236) will provide hazardous materials training and equipment to assist the more than 820 fire departments across Indiana, 90 percent of which are staffed by volunteers. IDHS will use the funds to purchase equipment and training resources that will be made available to communities across the state.

Senator Young Votes to Pass Farm Bill Which Now Moves To House

Posted on: December 13th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined his Senate colleagues yesterday in voting to advance the Farm Bill Conference Report, which is a bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill. This Farm Bill compromise improves risk management tools for farmers, strengthens food security while eliminating wasteful practices, and ensures Hoosiers can continue innovative conservation efforts that increase yield and prioritize soil health. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 87-13. It must now pass the House before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Franciscan Physician Network Adds 3 Primary Care Physicians

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Franciscan Physician Network is meeting the increasing need for primary care physicians with the addition of three board certified family medicine doctors in Michigan City. Jennifer England, MD, Kumari Singh, MD, and Liping Zhong, MD, Ph.D, have joined the Franciscan Physician Network Coolspring Health Center, 1225 E. Coolspring Ave. Dr. England has been at Coolspring since the summer, while Dr. Singh and Dr. Zhong joined more recently. For more information or to make an appointment, visit FranciscanDocs.org or call (219) 879-6531.

Duneland School Corporation Statement

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

“The Duneland School Corporation always places the safety and well-being of our students as its highest priority. We value the quality communication from our students and families allowing us to address concerns swiftly. A referral was made to administration that concerned a Chesterton Middle School teacher and a student. An investigation was conducted by the schools and was referred to local law enforcement. Duneland School Corporation took measures to immediately remove the teacher, who has since resigned, from the school and all school-related activities. This situation is unrelated to previously released information regarding the seven student suspensions that took place at Chesterton Middle School on December 7, 2018”

Grants to support Indiana first responders and smoke detector campaign

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security received nearly $1.3 million in federal grant awards recently to enhance training and resources for Indiana first responders and kickstart a statewide campaign to install 10,000 smoke detectors in Hoosier homes.
The funding will impact three specific areas across Indiana: 1) equipment and training for firefighters and emergency responders 2) fire prevention and safety in homes and 3) additional equipment and training related to hazardous chemicals. The total for the three awards is $1.29 million.
The grants, which were awarded following a lengthy application process, supplement the nearly $800,000 in federal funding IDHS returned to Indiana counties this year to support local emergency management projects and planning.
The Fire Prevention and Safety Grant ($521,130 for two years) primarily is geared toward reducing injury and preventing fire deaths in high-risk populations. In Indiana, more than 85 fatal fires have occurred so far in 2018, an increase from the previous year (72).
The Indiana State Fire Marshal will focus the grant funds on community risk reduction through a statewide smoke detector education and distribution campaign. The goal will be to install more than 10,000 smoke detectors and 1,000 shaking bed/strobe alarms for deaf and hard of hearing across the next two years. In addition, the “Get Alarmed Indiana” campaign is intended to enhance public safety education related to fire hazards for Hoosiers.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant ($372,856) will address the needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations in Indiana. This could include equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles and others resources for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related deaths.
The Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant ($401,236) will provide hazardous materials training and equipment to assist the more than 820 fire departments across Indiana, 90 percent of which are staffed by volunteers. IDHS will use the funds to purchase equipment and training resources that will be made available to communities across the state

Fatal Crash In Galena Township, LaPorte County

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a single vehicle fatality crash that occurred in Galena Township along County Road 1000 North. On Tuesday, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to County Road 1000 North, east of Beverly Lane, in reference to a vehicle crash in which the vehicle involved was fully engulfed in flames. Deputies arrived at the scene with Kankakee Fire Department and La Porte County Emergency Medical Services and found that a single vehicle was involved in the crash and was on fire. The fire was extinguished, and it was determined that the driver had been trapped inside and was deceased. Evidence at the scene indicated that the vehicle, a Kia passenger car, had been traveling east on 1000 North and just east of Beverly Lane, left the road to the right and struck a large tree. It appeared that upon impact with the tree, the vehicle burst into flames. The vehicle continued off the road to the south, through a livestock fence, and came to rest in a pasture. Crash Reconstructionists from the Sheriff’s Office were summoned to the scene and are currently collecting evidence and reconstructing the crash. In addition, the La Porte County Coroner’s Office arrived on scene and will begin the process to identify the deceased. At the time of this release, the identity and sex of the deceased is not known. Once additional information is learned, it will be released. At the time of this release, it is not known if alcohol or drugs were involved.

Michigan City SWAT Team Taking Monthly Training to New Franciscan Hospital

Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

As a proactive approach to interacting with the community and the new State of the Art Franciscan Hospital, the Michigan City Police SWAT Team (Special Weapons and Tactics), will take their monthly training to the hospital grounds on Tuesday evening December 11th beginning at 4:00pm to an undetermined conclusion time. Corporal Jeff Piotrowski, Officers Dave Cooney and Steve Forker, commanders for the elite SWAT team, approached the new hospital facility to receive permission to conduct their Active Shooter “walk through” and “training” inside the grounds and building of the new hospital. As the police will be present with numerous vehicles, personnel, and equipment at the hospital during this exercise The MCPD want to instill to the public that this is just a training exercise and nothing more. Officers will be wearing green SWAT gear and or uniform dress during these exercises. During this enhanced training there will be limited access to the entire grounds and parking areas.

Blessing held for Multi-Specialty Hepatitis C and HIV Clinic at Franciscan Health Hammond, the first of its kind in Indiana

Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

State Department of Health officials from both Indiana and Illinois were in attendance on last Thursday, for a blessing and open house for a first-of-its-kind clinic in the state that aims to fill an urgent need to test and treat patients for hepatitis C and HIV. The Multi-Specialty Hepatitis C and HIV Clinic is located on the first floor of Franciscan Health Hammond at 5454 Hohman Ave., and will serve both the Northwest Indiana and South Suburban Chicago communities. In the beginning, providers at the clinic will offer services from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. There will also be days available for free hepatitis C screenings with linkage to care support services. The screening and linkage to care portions of this effort are supported by the FOCUS (Frontlines of Communities in the United States) program of Gilead Sciences. Since the initial FOCUS grant award in July 2016, the program has screened more than 20,000 Franciscan patients and community members for hepatitis C in South Suburban Chicago and Northern Indiana, an increase of 145 percent. Through those enhanced screening efforts, 490 people living with chronic hepatitis C have been identified. Still, providing patients with additional support and linking them to care has been challenging until now.
A key innovation in the clinic is a partnership with Specialty Pharmacy to offer support in prescribing, preauthorization and pricing. Patients will be able to receive 340B pricing on prescription medications. In the 340B program, vulnerable or uninsured patients receive steep discounts on medicines from manufacturers as a condition of their drugs being covered by Medicaid. Programming in the future will provide further treatment and support for uninsured or underinsured patients. The clinic is also working with the hospital’s Charity Care department and other community agencies, such as the Aliveness Project, to secure additional resources for those who need them. Anyone interested in scheduling a screening or seeking support services or treatment can call the Multi-Specialty Hepatitis C and HIV Clinic at (219) 852-1563.

Chesterton Police Looking For Runaway Teens

Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Chesterton Police asking for public assistance to locate two teenagers that have ran away from home. Sixteen year old Aiden Moran and 15 year old Madaline Paugh last had contact with their parents during the evening hours on 12/05/2018. If you have any information please contact the Chesterton Police Department at 219-926-1136. Possible destinations are California, New Orleans, and Florida.

(More information and photos are posted to the Chesterton Police Facebook.)

Young’s GAO-IG Act Clears the Senate

Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced that his bipartisan legislation to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars spent by federal agencies has passed the Senate. The Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act requires federal agencies to provide annual reports to Congress on the status of implementing recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (IG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

“This bill keeps our government in check and protects Hoosier taxpayers. Increasing accountability in our federal agencies will better serve all Americans,” said Senator Young. “I’m proud that this legislation has passed out of the Senate and I look forward to working with the House to get the GAO-IG Act to the President’s desk and signed into law.”
As of 2016, there were more than 15,000 open and unimplemented federal agency recommendations from the IG, with a potential savings of $87 billion. Currently, GAO has over 8,000 open federal agency recommendations. The GAO-IG Act requires agencies to report on the status of such recommendations as part of their annual budget justification. This includes providing a timeline for implementation of outstanding recommendations, or providing justification for not implementing the recommendations.
The GAO-IG Act expands on legislation previously introduced by Senator Young that prescribes the same accountability measures to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Robbery at Pharmacy in Michigan City

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Michigan City Police received a report of an Armed Robbery that had occurred at CVS Pharmacy located at 3253 Franklin St. early Monday. It happened just after 3:30 a.m.
It was determined that three individuals were involved in the robbery where an undetermined amount of money and narcotics were stolen.The three suspects are described as black males, juvenile to young adult all wearing black. The Michigan City Police are requesting the public’s assistance in helping to identify the suspects and look for any witness information. Please contact Detective Corporal Michelle Widelski with any information
at 873-1465 ext. #1088 or email [email protected]

Pressel named vice chair of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) was recently selected to serve as vice chair of the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee.
Pressel was also reappointed to the House Elections and Apportionment Committee, and newly appointed to the House Roads and Transportation Committee and the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.
Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election. On Jan. 3, House lawmakers will convene in the House Chamber for the first day of the 2019 legislative session.
Standing committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas.

Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Jim Brown Resigns

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Governor Holcomb accepted Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Jim Brown’s resignation. Brown has led the IDVA during two administrations following a distinguished military career where he was awarded three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Brown has held several leadership positions in the U.S. Army and the Indiana National Guard. In his civilian capacity, he has 25 years of small business ownership and managed a transportation company. He has served as director since February 2013 and his resignation is effective Dec. 28th.

USDOT Awards INDOT $40 million for Interstate 65 Expansion Projects

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Transportation will receive two Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants totaling $40 million, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced late yesterday. INDOT will be awarded two $20 million grants to help fund two projects to expand and rehabilitate Interstate 65. The funds awarded to Indiana will support projects to add lanes to I-65 between S.R. 32 and S.R. 47 in Boone County and between S.R. 58 and S.R. 46 in Bartholomew County. Existing pavement will rehabilitated and various bridges will be rehabilitated or replaced along both segments. More information about BUILD grants is online at https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants/about.

First Day Hikes at Indiana State Parks Starting in January

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Usher in 2019 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks. First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2019 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends. First Day events at Indiana State Park properties include: Indiana Dunes State Park, 10 to 11 a.m.: Meet at the nature center for a special 3-Dune Challenge covering 1.5-miles. At the end, park volunteers will welcome hikers with snacks and a fire provided by the Friends of the Indiana Dunes group. Information on First Day events in Indiana is at StateParks.IN.gov/2420.htm

Three People Shot Sunday Morning in Michigan City

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

On Sunday morning, members of the Michigan City Police Dept. Patrol Shift 1 were dispatched to the 100 block of Sherman Avenue in reference to gunshots being fired. An immediate investigation began and it was determined three individuals had unfortunately been shot. The three injured persons received medical care for their respective injuries. The MCPD Investigative Division and the LaPorte County Drug Task Force were summoned to the scene to continue the investigation and, as of the time of this press release, the investigation is still very active with people being spoken with and evidence being collected. Det./Cpl. Greg Radiger is the Lead Investigator in this case. Anyone with information pertaining to this matter is asked to contact Cpl. Radiger at 219-874-3221 Ext. 1080.

The Boulevard Inn “New Year’s Package”

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Available December 28, 29, 30, & 31, 2018
This package for two includes:
Overnight accommodations in a spacious suite
$50 dinner credit for the Bistro on the Boulevard
A bottle of chilled champagne
Two keepsake champagne flutes
Bistro Charcuterie served on a keepsake board
A box of Kilwin’s chocolates
Bistro Breakfast Buffet for Two
Two Mimosas or Bloody Marys served in the Bistro
Late check-out of 2:00 pm
City View Suite —$269+ tax
Park View Suite —$299+ tax
Standard Two Bedroom Suite —$369+ tax
Two Bedroom Jacuzzi Suite —$399+ tax
Deluxe 2 Bedroom or Family Suite —$419+ tax
Lakeview Two Bedroom Two Bathroom Suite —$469+ tax
Premium Lakeview Two Bedroom Two Bathroom Suite —$499+ tax
Add a second night for just $109+ tax

To Purdue Northwest graduates: Paddle your canoe!

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

With the raising of a canoe paddle from Purdue University Northwest (PNW) alumnus and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Stephen R. Turner, a sea of graduates donning mortarboards at each of PNW’s three fall commencement exercises shouted, “Paddle your canoe!”

The refrain was a memorable cue offered by Turner during his keynote address to help the undergraduate, master’s and, for the first time at PNW, doctoral degree candidates navigate various obstacles as they embark on a new journey.

Ceremonies held on PNW’s Westville Campus Friday afternoon, Dec. 7 and two on the Hammond Campus on Saturday, Dec. 8 conferred 673 baccalaureate, 131 master’s and two applied doctoral degrees.

Chancellor Medallions were also awarded to undergraduates of each college earning the top grade point average: Dawn Bouton of Crown Point (IN), College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; Zephania Hill of Hammond (IN), College of Engineering and Sciences; Jens Larson of Portage (IN), College of Technology; Roberto Martinez of Hammond (IN), College of Business; Michelle Zurkle of Crown Point (IN), College of Nursing.

“Envision your next journey as a canoe trip on a river you’ve never seen,” Turner said. “You can choose your river, but you can’t possibly know exactly what you will find on it.”

Turner recounted lessons throughout his own journey as a first generation college graduate, which eventually led to his senior leadership position at Purdue Northwest.

From a bachelor’s degree in psychology to an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology, a master’s degree in education leadership, and finally an MBA, Turner connected his educational path to the log jams, forks and bends he encountered shaping his personal and professional growth.

“I’ve worked in three different public service sectors, held eight very different positions and earned four degrees each in a different discipline. Remember, however, this was not the journey I had planned,” said Turner. “Don’t be satisfied with a float trip. Certainly do not sit on the bank and let the current flow past you.”

“I’ve had an interesting, rewarding and fulfilling career and I want you to know that you can, too. Here’s how: first, decide which river you want to be on, then get into your canoe and … ,” as Turner raised his oar, the chorus rang out one final time, “Paddle your canoe!”

Indiana State Police Issue Silver Alert for Burns Harbor Man

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Burns Harbor Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Robert O. Mottinger, a 70 year old white male, 6 feet 0 inches tall, 180 pounds, gray hair with blue eyes, last seen wearing blue denim jacket with gray sleeves, gray sweatpants, and has several tattoos including:  an eagle on one shoulder, a cross on his chest, and barbed wire on both arms.  He is driving a red 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 four door pickup truck with Indiana plate VOF590.  The truck has a American flag/eagle designed bug deflector on the front.

Robert is missing from Burns Harbor, Indiana which is 158 miles northwest of Indianapolis and was last seen on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00 am.  He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

If you have any information on Robert O. Mottinger, contact the Burns Harbor Police Department at 219-787-9411 or 911.

Trooper Saves Woman’s Life after Being Pinned by Her Own Car

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

On Saturday, an Oswego, Michigan woman was brought back to life after she got herself pinned between her vehicle and a toll booth.

Preliminary investigation revealed at approximately 9:19 p.m., Trooper Ala’a Hamed responded to a personal injury crash that occurred on the Indiana Toll Road west bound at the 1 mile marker (this is the West Point Toll Plaza-one mile east of the Illinois/Indiana border).  Upon arriving he saw that a silver Buick SUV was against the toll booth with a female entrapped between the driver’s side and the booth.

The female was unconscious and unresponsive with no pulse at this time.  Hamed had a bystander and a toll attendant hold on to the female as he attempted to move the car.  As he slowly moved the Buick the female was freed.  After laying her on her back, Hamed reassessed her vitals and again found she had no pulse.  After retrieving his department AED (Automated External Defibrillator) from his police car he applied the AED pads to her body. The AED advised after being activated it could not locate a pulse and to begin CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  Hamed began CPR and during this time Hammond EMS arrived on scene.  While still hooked up to the AED and on the EMS stretcher the AED activated twice resuscitating her.

She was taken to Franciscan Health Hospital in Hammond and later airlifted to Christ Advocate Medical Center in Illinois with serious injuries.  She was later identified as a 40 year female from Oswego, Michigan.

Witness stated that the female had taken a long time to pay her toll (this area is an electronic toll where you can swipe a debit/credit card or pay cash).  They saw her open her door to retrieve something that had fallen to the ground (later found to be the woman’s debit card).  The woman put her leg out between her car (Buick) and the toll booth and continued looking at the ground.  The Buick lurched forward and the woman became wedged between the open car door and the yellow waist high toll box that the toll gate is mounted to.  A witness pushed the help button at the toll gate and tried to open the passenger door but it was locked.  The woman at this time was awake and speaking but the car moved forward two more times each time wedging her further into the box.

The witness and another male were able to get the passenger window down and place the Buick in park, when shortly thereafter Hamed and a toll attendant arrived.

Valpo Police Seeking Identification of Theft Subjects

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Valparaiso Police are investigating the theft of property from the Valparaiso Best Buy. The theft occurred on December 3, 2018 at approximately 6:00 p.m. The males entered the store and removed numerous display items, before exiting the store and fleeing the area in a silver Dodge passenger vehicle with false plates.

Chesterton Police Looking For Runaway Teens

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Chesterton Police asking for public assistance to locate two teenagers that have ran away from home. Sixteen year old Aiden Moran and 15 year old Madaline Paugh last had contact with their parents during the evening hours on 12/05/2018. If you have any information please contact the Chesterton Police Department at 219-926-1136. Possible destinations are California, New Orleans, and Florida.

(More information and photos are posted to the Chesterton Police Facebook.)

Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Jim Brown Resigns

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Governor  Holcomb accepted Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Jim Brown’s resignation. Brown has led the IDVA during two administrations following a distinguished military career where he was awarded three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his service in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Brown has held several leadership positions in the U.S. Army and the Indiana National Guard. In his civilian capacity, he has 25 years of small business ownership and managed a transportation company. He has served as director since February 2013 and his resignation is effective Dec. 28th.

USDOT Awards INDOT $40 million for Interstate 65 Expansion Projects

Posted on: December 8th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Transportation will receive two Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants totaling $40 million, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced late yesterday. INDOT will be awarded two $20 million grants to help fund two projects to expand and rehabilitate Interstate 65. The funds awarded to Indiana will support projects to add lanes to I-65 between S.R. 32 and S.R. 47 in Boone County and between S.R. 58 and S.R. 46 in Bartholomew County. Existing pavement will rehabilitated and various bridges will be rehabilitated or replaced along both segments. More information about BUILD grants is online at https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants/about.