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Dog Found, Seeking Owner in Merrillville

4 Nov

Gazette Staff

 

Anyone missing/know me? I'm at Merrillville Animal Hospital 219-240-1008

Anyone missing/know me? I’m at Merrillville Animal Hospital 219-240-1008

The Lake County Animal Control is reporting that the dog, above has been found and is being held at the Merrillville Animal Hospital.  The dog has reportedly been there since Friday.  If you know someone who is missing this dog, please have them call Merrillville Animal Hospital at 219-240-1008

 

Merrillville Dems: All Are Welcome

4 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

Carol Miano presented a clear message at the inaugural meeting of the Merrillville and the Region Democratic Club:  If you share our values, you are welcome here.  Democrats from Merrillville, Gary, Hobart and other communities joined Miano to discuss ways that they could encourage others to get involved in local politics.  “We do not endorse candidates” explained Miano.  The club is seeking new members who are interested in getting involved in their local communities in any way.  One of the fundraisers Miano spoke about benefitted the Ross Township Food Pantry.

Lake County office holders were also on hand to talk to constituents and offer encouragement to the club.  County Treasurer John Petalas made a brief appearance and County Clerk Mike Brown also attended.  Ross Township Trustee Joe Shudick and Merrillville Councilman Don Spann were also in attendance.

The next meeting of the group takes place on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Merrillville Slovak Club 6920 Broadway.

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Merrillville Town Council Member Carol Miano speaks at the Merrillville and the Region Democrat Club

Fugate Found in Cooler at Piatak Meats

4 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

The office of Merrilee Frey is confirming that a body was found in the cooler at Piatak Meats, 6200 Broadway in Merrillville.  27 year old Andrew Fugate, the son of co-owner Steve Fugate, reportedly arrived at the store at 4:00 a.m. to begin his workday.  Sources confirm that his body was found at 7:00 a.m. when another employee showed up for work.  The Coroner confirms that the case is being treated as a homicide.  Sources close to the investigation have stated that Fugate was shot but the Gazette has been unable to confirm that with authorities.  Merrillville Police are being assisted by Sheriff John Buncich in the investigation.

Police are asking anyone who drove by the store between 4:00 am and 7:00 am to contact them at 219-769-3722.

Homicide investigation at Piatek Meats

Homicide investigation at Piatek Meats

 

Lake County Trick or Treat Hours 5-7 pm Oct. 31

28 Oct

Gazette Staff

 

trick or treat times announced in hammond, griffith, highland, dyer, st. john, lowell, cedar lakeTrick or treat hours for all Lake County cities and towns will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the exception of Gary.  Trick or treat hours in Gary will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 31, 2013.  As a reminder, the Indiana State Police offer the following halloween safety tips:

The Indiana State Police would like to remind parents of a few safety tips to observe during the Halloween holiday. Parents and children will be out in full force next week trick-or-treating and the Indiana State Police would like to remind parents that observing just a few rules will help can make the evening both fun and safe.
Costume Tips-
•Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
•Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a child’s vision, which makes tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous.
•Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.Trick or Treating-
•Make sure older children trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they will be.
•Instruct children to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
•Encourage children to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well lighted streets.
•Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers.
•Follow your communities trick-or-treating hours.

Treats-
•Remind children not to eat any of their treats until they get home.
•Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
•Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Remember to inspect fruits

Additionally, many communities, schools and churches offer children safe alternatives to trick-or-treating designed to keep children safely within parents’ view. Some hospitals and schools allow children to trick-or-treat by going from room to room virtually eliminating the dangers associated with being out walking on the street after dark.

TJ Snow Lead Suspect in Parent's Murder

21 Oct

by Ken Davidson

Thomas TJ Snow is in custody in Hawley, Minnesota after being arrested on a warrant for robbery stemming from a gas station robbery in Newton County, Indiana on Thursday October 17. Sheriff John Buncich confirmed that TJ Snow is officially a suspect in his parent’s death and has been questioned. Buncich described Snow as willing to talk to detectives but stated he has not confessed nor has he been charged. Sheriff Buncich asks that anyone who may have had contact with TJ Snow in the time between October 4 and October 18 to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 219-755-3371.

This update is live from the courthouse and further details will be provided as soon as possible. You can read the Gazette’s full cooverage of the Snow murders on our home page at The Northwest Indiana Gazette.

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Tom TJ Snow is considered a suspect in the murders of Clifford and Joyce Snow.

Bufkin Sentenced in Date Abduction Case

21 Oct

Gazette Staff

HAMMOND, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in federal court:

Dedrick Bufkin, 20, of Merrillville, Indiana, a defendant in the case U.S. v Toney et al., was sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 60 months’ imprisonment and two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. According to documents filed in this case, Diamond Toney established on online relationship with a victim through a dating website. Toney and Bufkin, armed with a gun, met the victim at an arranged site, tied him up with string and duct tape, and ordered him into the trunk of his own vehicle. Toney and Bufkin took money, a cell phone, and wallet from the victim and held him captive in the trunk for approximately five hours before letting him go. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

Polka Fest at Merrillville Town Hall Sun 10/13

12 Oct

 

 

The Town of Merrillville will host a polka fest on Sunday October 13 at the town hall.  The free event features music, dancing, fun and door prizes according to the town website.  For more information see http://www.merrillville.in.gov/applications/DocumentLibraryManager/upload/polka_fest_2013.pdf