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8300 Columbia Avenue Closed Due to Gas Line Rupture

17 Dec

Gazette Staff

Munster Police have just announced a gas line rupture at 8300 Columbia Avenue will shut down that portion of the road until further notice.  The gas rupture may have occurred during sewer work which is taking place in the area.

UPDATE:  At 11:55 am the Munster Police Department announced that NIPSCO cleared the area and there is no longer a closure due to the gas leak.  The road remains closed in the area due to sewer repairs.

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Columbia Avenue Closed North of Ridge Road in Munster

17 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Columbia Avenue will be closed just north of Ridge Road until at least the first of the year.  In a written statement, the Munster Police Department stated that sewer repairs were the cause of the closure.  Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

MUNSTER: Columbia Avenue Closed at Broadmoor Today and Tomorrow

16 Dec

Gazette Staff

Munster Police are advising that southbound Columbia Avenue at Broadmoor will be closed today for sewer repair. “It will be closed till at least 5pm and if not fixed today, then it may possibly be closed tomorrow as well.” Munster PD said in a written statement.   Travelers are advised to choose alternate routes.

 

Miss Print Seeks Help for Haven House

5 Dec Angel Tree Hosted by Miss Print of Munster and Hammond

by Ken Davidson

Angel Tree Hosted by Miss Print of Munster and Hammond

Angel Tree Hosted by Miss Print of Munster and Hammond

Miss Print of Munster and Hammond is once again hosting an Angel Tree to benefit Have House Domestic Violence Shelter.  The friendly staff of Miss Print invites you to stop by and pick a card from the tree.  Each card has an item which the Shelter needs.  Among the items listed are toiletries, toilet paper, office supplies and other staples used by the Shelter to help domestic violence victims.   Donations are accepted during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-Noon on Saturday(Munster location only).  Miss Print has two locations, 8244 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana and Miss Print Sign Company at 6931 Calumet Avenue in Hammond. Donations are accepted at either location. Please follow Miss Print on Facebook for more information about them.

The Gazette spoke with Lisa Wein, Executive Director of Haven House, to discuss her holiday wish list.  Lisa told us that the greatest need with winter coming is twin size blankets.  Donations of gently used clothing items for women and children are always welcome also.   Volunteers are always needed at Haven House and you can find more information about volunteering on the Haven House Website. Donations are also accepted at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church located at 7132 Arizona Street in Hammond and the Jean Shepherd Community Center located in Dowling Park.

The purpose of Haven House is to provide safe housing, the essentials for everyday living, and support services to female adults and their children who are victims of domestic/sexual assault and to assist them in breaking the cycle of violence through education, counseling, advocacy, referral and skill building techniques.  Haven House, Inc, founded in 1983 and located in Hammond, IN. is a 24-hour emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their dependents. Haven House provides services to Hammond, East Chicago, Whiting, Munster, Griffith, and Highland, which comprises a significant geographic area of Northwest Indiana.

Kankakee County Sheriff Issues Alert for Missing Munster, IN Man

20 Nov

Gazette Staff

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 21 year old Munster, IN man that went missing last Friday. His vehicle and cell phone were recovered in the Grant Park area and the missing man, Ricky Spindler, is suspected to be on foot (possibly in the area).

RICKY SPINDLER 21 YEARS OLD
MISSING FROM: Munster, IN (FRI, NOV 15th)
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 602/604
WEIGHT: APPROXIMATELY 145 lbs.
BUILD: THIN
EYES: BROWN
HAIR: SHORT & BROWN
RACE: CAUCASIAN/HISPANIC

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact KanComm Dispatch at (815) 933-3324 or 9-1-1.
Click for a printable version of this flyer.

Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013

Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013

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.

Cell Phone Thefts May Not Be About Phones

21 Oct

by Ken Davidson

It appears that organized rings of criminals are perpetrating armed robberies for cell phones in northwest Indiana. First, we had the 5 Hessville armed robberies which appear to be gang related. At that time, Chief Brian Miller suggested there were similar robberies in East Chicago and Merrillville. Now an armed robbery in Schererville and reports of one in Dyer are causing great concern. According to a report issues by computer security giant Symantec, up to 50% of smart phones are lost or stolen in some major cities. The number is rising rapidly. The real question is why are these thefts on the rise and the answer may be personal information.

While there is a tremendous danger involved in the vicious armed robberies, the thefts may not be about the phones at all. Symantec reports that users are storing more data on their portable devices and are protecting it less. Bank accounts, credit cards, addresses and passwords and other personal information call all be retrieved by the savvy criminal after stealing a cell phone.

“If this was a test, mobile consumers would be failing,” said Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec. “While consumers are protecting their computers, there is a general lack of awareness to safeguard their smartphones and tablets. It’s as if they have alarm systems for their homes, but they’re leaving their cars unlocked with the windows wide open.”

Those perpetrating the robberies may not be computer geniuses but a nationwide spike in thefts of electronic devices indicates that there is a thriving market for stolen devices. You can bet the street gangs have gotten into this lucrative market and are selling phones internationally.

Experts advise using security software such as Symantec’s Norton Mobile Security 3.0 The Software allows you to erase your data remotely if your portable device is lost or stolen.

Symantec also suggests additional security tips for a smartphone or tablet:

General Security Principles for PDAs and Smartphones
• PDAs and Smartphones must be password protected, preferably with a strong password (eight digits,
alpha-numeric)
• Devices must not be left unattended (while charging, for instance) – unless secured in a locked device or
room, or with an appropriate alarm6
• The wireless port on PDAs and smartphones must be disabled (to prevent transmission of confidential
data to unauthorized individuals)
• Appropriate anti-malware software must be installed and kept up to date
• Device operating systems must have the latest patches installed (which means keeping in touch with
your supplier’s Web site(s), as automatic updating is not yet a big feature of PDA and smartphone
operating system support)
• Any confidential (including corporate) information stored on a device must be encrypted, perhaps stored
in an encrypted database
• Back up regularly – by synchronizing the device with a linked computer