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.
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 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.
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)
WEIGHT: APPROXIMATELY 145 lbs.
HAIR: SHORT & BROWN
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact KanComm Dispatch at (815) 933-3324 or 9-1-1.
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Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013
Trick 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.
•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.
•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.