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    • The Indiana Real Estate Markets Report released by the state’s Realtors shows that statewide, when comparing March 2014 to March 2013, the number of closed home sales decreased 11.2 percent to 5,243 and the median sale price of those homes increased 4.3 percent to $119,900. The release also showed that the average sale price increased 5.2 percent to $142,259 and the percent or original list price received increased 1.1 percent to 91.6 percent.

    • Governor Mike Pence received word on Tuesday that FEMA has granted his appeal for federal assistance for the severe winter storms that impacted much of the state from January 5-9 this year. The major disaster declaration from FEMA will allow grants to 19 counties. The state can now request assistance for additional counties. However, counties that were denied assistance include Lake and LaPorte.

    • A Chesteton police officer assigned to a regional drug enforcement unit made a traffic stop on I-94 which resulted in the arrest of four people. 42 year old Michelle Hanson, Winamac, was charged with narcotic drug possession, possession of a hypodermic syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. 34 year old Jeremy Tidwell of Michigan City, was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. 34 year old Trevor Lee Comer of Trail Creek, was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance and 40 year old Chris Comer of Trail Creek, was charged with possession of a hypordermic needle, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

    • 24 year old Amanda Bolka was arrested Saturday and charged Tuesday with Class D felony possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia and operating with a suspended license, both Class A misdemeanors. Bolka was stopped for a traffic violation and police said she admitted using heroin in a convenience store bathroom in LaPorte. A bag containing seven syringes and a spoon were recovered from Bolka’s vehicle.

    • 58 year old Guy McDaniel of South Bend and 43 year old Warren Heath III of South Bend, were arrested after a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road. A Portage police officer stopped the vehicle because of speeding and noticed the windows were down despite the fact it was raining. When the officer approached the car, he noticed the smell of marijuana and saw ashes on the driver’s shirt. A gallon-sized plastic bag of raw marijuana was found inside the car and police said it weighed 233 grams. McDaniel was charged with dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. Heath was charged with dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance.

    • Fort Hood Shooter Was Being Treated for ‘Mental Issues’

      Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images(KILLEEN, Texas) — An Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental health issues gunned down three colleagues at Fort Hood Wednesday before killing himself, authorities said. Authorities are investigating whether an argument on or near the Texas base might have sparked the mayhem, sources tell ABC News. The suspected gunman was identified by law enforcement and military sources as 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez. Lt. Gen. Read more…

    • Senate Panel Keeps Up Attack on GM and CEO Mary Barra

      Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate lawmakers were unforgiving in their attacks Wednesday on General Motors and its top official for allegedly covering up problems with an ignition switch in vehicles linked to 13 deaths. Basically a replay of what happened a day earlier, GM CEO Mary Barra faced intense grilling and accusations that she was either ignorant or deliberately stonewalling on what she knew about the defective ignition and the Read more…

    • 7.8-Magnitude Aftershock Strikes Off Chile’s Coast

      Aldo Solimano/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A 7.8-magnitude aftershock struck off the coast of Chile on Wednesday, one day after an 8.2-magnitude quake struck nearby. The aftershock hit about 25 miles southwest of the city of Iquique and 6 miles beneath the ocean floor, according to the United States Geological Survey. Tsunami warnings were issued for Chile and Peru, but there is no destructive tsunami threat to Hawaii, officials said. There’s Read more…

    • President Obama: Shooting ‘Reopens Pain’ at Fort Hood

      JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Breaking from an evening of Democratic fundraising in Chicago, President Obama Wednesday night offered prayers for the victims of the latest Fort Hood shooting and vowed to “get to the bottom of what happened.” “Obviously, this reopens the pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago,” Obama said during an impromptu appearance before reporters inside the Chicago Cut Steakhouse. “We know these families. We Read more…

    • "Big Bang Theory" Celebrating "Star Wars" Day

      Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — CBS’ The Big Bang Theory will be celebrating “Star Wars Day” with a special episode timed for the week of May 4. That holiday, observed by special screenings of the film series, events, and of course, Star Wars fans greeting each other with, “May the Fourth Be with You,” will be observed on the sitcom in a May 1 installment called “The Proton Transmogrification.” The Hollywood Read more…

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