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NIRPC Passes Illiana, Lowell Residents Outraged, Union Members Cheer

12 Dec

by Ken Davidson

In perhaps one of the most contentious public meetings of the year, a room full of people who face losing their farms and family homes squared off with union members looking for temporary jobs.  Union members cheered as NIRPC voted to approve the Illiana Toll Road while farmers cried.  Perhaps the best comment was from a Lowell resident who said “move the road closer to Cedar Lake and Crown Point since they want it so bad.”  That comment clearly points out the irony of communities who have nothing to lose weighing in on the fate of people’s homes in rural south county Indiana.

Christine Cid stood up to the machine once again and voted against the Illiana.  You will recall that Cid was the lone democrat on the County Council standing against the income tax.  This time Cid was joined by County Chair Thomas McDermott.  McDermott, acting as Mayor of Hammond, clearly stated that communities along the 80/94 corridor may be harmed by the southern corridor.  Thus, the question as to why Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson decided to support the controversial plan.  Freeman-Wilson would appear to have the most to lose with the construction of the tollway as she has pinned Gary’s revitalization hopes to the plan to be a transportation hub.  The Illiana Toll Road is expected to be a catalyst for the proposed Peotone Airport as well as a truck route to avoid congestion.  The primary economic growth Gary has seen in recent years has been along the 80/94 corridor.  In the event the Illiana is successful in removing even 20% of the truck traffic from the area, that could be a large loss in jobs and tax revenue for Gary.

The real story here is Governor Mike Pence.  Pence chimed in today praising the Board for passing the plan.  Pence would do well to remember his base if he plans to run for re-election.  It seems that he was outmaneuvered politically during this entire process.  Maybe we will see a Governor McDermott after all.

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TJ Snow Waives Extradition, Awaiting Transport to Newton County

22 Oct

by Ken Davidson

 

thomas tj snow

Mugshot of Thomas TJ Snow who is currently in custody in Hawley, Minnesota

Minnesota Court records indicate that Thomas J. Snow waived extradition in Clay County Minnesota at yesterday’s hearing.  Newton County officials did not have details as to when he would arrive in Indiana but were aware of the hearing results.  TJ Snow will be transported to Newton County to face armed robbery charges for allegedly robbing a gas station on Route 10 on Thursday October 17.  Lake County Sheriff John Buncich has named TJ Snow a suspect in the deaths of popular Morton High School teacher Clifford Snow and his wife Joyce Snow.  TJ Snow has not yet been charged in that case but will be brought back to Lake County to face an unrelated felony charge of fleeing police.

The Gazette will keep you posted on the details of the case as they progress.

Charge Information
Charges: Snow, Thomas Jeffrey Statute Level Date
1. Fugitive from Justice from Other State 629.13 Felony 10/18/2013
Events & Orders of the Court
DISPOSITIONS
10/21/2013
Disposition (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J.)

1. Fugitive from Justice from Other State

Extradition waived
OTHER EVENTS AND HEARINGS
10/21/2013 Extradition Document
10/21/2013 Acknowledgement of Rights
10/21/2013 Extradition Hearing  (11:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Vaa, Galen J.)Result: Held
10/21/2013 Waiver of Extradition (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J. )
10/21/2013 Affidavit of Mailing (Judicial Officer: Vaa, Galen J. )