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Michigan Man Killed After Abandoning Vehicle, Walking Into Traffic on 80/94

28 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

Gazette Staff

Porter County-A Sawyer, Michigan man was hit and killed early this morning when he stepped in front of an oncoming car on I-94 and was killed.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jacob Raupp revealed that at approximately 1:15 a.m., this Saturday, December 28, 2013, morning Bradley A. Miner, 36 of Sawyer, Michigan, parked his 1999 Jeep Wrangler on the shoulder of I-94 west bound at the 29 mile marker (this is just east of the I-94 west bound truck scales) for unknown reasons. Miner then left his vehicle with some of his personal belongings inside and stepped out in front of a 2005 Buick LaSabre, driven by a twenty-five (25) year old man from Gary that was traveling in the middle lane.

Miner was struck and pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy with the Porter County Coroner’s Office of massive blunt force trauma. The driver of the Buick was not injured.

The right, middle and entrance ramp to the scales where closed until approximately 4:00 a.m., for reconstruction of the crash, investigation of the circumstances, removal of the deceased and car.

HazMat Tanker Rolls, Closing Toll Road for 2 Hours

19 Dec haz mat tanker rolls on indiana toll road

Gazette Staff

Lake County-A semi loaded with 30,650 pounds of Sodium Hydroxide Solution rolled
over on east bound Toll Road closing all lanes for almost two hours.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Aron Weller revealed that at approximately
10:05 a.m., this Thursday, December 19, 2013, morning a 2013 Peterbilt semi pulling
a tanker trailer, driven by Eugene W. Hejhal, 55 of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin was on the
entrance ramp from I-80/94 (Borman Expressway) when he took the ramp too fast to
negotiate the curve portion of the ramp onto east bound I-90 (Toll Road). Hejhal
lost control of his semi as it began to slide off the roadway, jack-knifed and
rolled onto its driver’s side across all lanes blocking all lanes east bound on the
Toll Road.

The semi, owned by Heniff Transportation Systems out of Alsip, Illinois was loaded
with Sodium Hydroxide Solution which is used as an additive for cleaning detergent.
No load was loss.

Hejhal was not injured and was wearing a seat belt.

One lane was reopened at approximately 11:50 a.m. and all lanes were reopened at
1:53 p.m.

Hejhal was cited for Speed Too Fast for Conditions.

The semi/tanker was totaled.
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Little Caesar's in Portage Robbed, Chief Williams Issues Statement

19 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

Gazette Staff

A police report indicates that there was a robbery at the Portage Little Caesar’s restaurant located at 6321 Central Avenue on Wednesday night. No weapon was brandished during the robbery. Police seek help from the public in finding a white male, 6 feet tall with a thin build. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portage Police Department at 219-762-3122

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT: We are actively following leads and working diligently to bring this person to justice. Unfortunately, across the region recently there have been a number of Robberies, some related, some not. Please know that these Police Agencies communicate with each other and share information to help bring a resolution to these cases as quickly as possible. Chief Troy Williams

Family Asks for Indiana Residents to Share Flyer

16 Dec Teleka Patrick has been missing since dec. 5

The family of Dr. Teleka Patrick is asking anyone along the 80/94 corridor to share the attached flyer in their neighborhoods. Dr. Patrick went missing on December 5, 2013 and her 1997 Lexus ES300 was found on that date in Portage, IN just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit. Anyone who saw the vehicle on that date should contact Indiana State Police immediately.  You can view our coverage of the incident here: Teleka Patrick Still Missing, Vigil Planned for Tonight

If you have a local business, please post this flyer in your window.

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Teleka Patrick Still Missing, Vigil Scheduled for Tonight

16 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Indiana and Michigan police continue to search for missing physician Teleka Patrick. Dr. Patrick went missing on December 5 in Kalamazoo, Michigan after being dropped at her car by a friend. The family is now taking to social media to try to find information regarding her whereabouts. Using the hashtag #findteleka, the family has connected with thousands of twitter followers. On the Find Teleka Facebook Page the family has connected with another 4,000 people. The family travelled to Portage and Gary this weekend to drop off flyers at local businesses. Dr. Patrick’s 1997 Lexus ES300 was found on December 5 by an Indiana State trooper. The car was abandoned along the roadside on I-94, just east of the Porter/Burn’s Harbor Exit. When asked what others can do, Dr. Patrick’s father told Fox News ““Keep sharing it. Forward it. Share it. Get the word out. We want everyone to know her face, and know her name.” ( http://fox17online.com/news/stories/missing-kalamazoo-woman-teleka-patrick/#ixzz2ndxUnWhJ )

Dr. Patrick recently finished her dual doctorate degrees in medicine and psychology at Loma Linda University. She was in Michigan to complete a residency program in psychiatry. Dr. Patrick’s father is a pastor in Florida which has rallied the religious community to help find her. The vigil is planned for tonight at 6:00 pm at Trinity Temple SDA Church 1615 East G Ave, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49004.

Teleka Patrick has been missing since dec. 5

Teleka Patrick has been missing since dec. 5

 

teleka patrick

Family Members of Teleka Patrick posted flyers in Portage and Gary this weekend.

Missing Michigan Woman's Car Found in Porter, IN Police Seek Your Help

10 Dec

Gazette Staff

The Indiana State Police and Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan are
asking for any assistance in locating Teleka Cassandra Patrick who has been reported
missing since Friday, December 6th, 2013.

Teleka Patrick, 33 of Kalamazoo, Michigan was reported missing on December 6th when
she failed to report for work in Michigan. She was last seen Thursday, December
5th, evening when she was dropped off at her vehicle in the parking lot at a
medical center in Kalamazoo.

Patrick’s gold 1997 Lexus ES300 was found abandoned by a trooper late Thursday,
December 5th night on I-94 west bound just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit in
Indiana.

Patrick is described as having black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160
pounds.

We asking anyone who may have seen Patrick, possibly gave her ride or have any
information about her whereabouts to call the Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242
or the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department at 269-383-8748.

Teleka Cassandra Patrick missing from Michigan; car found in Porter, Indiana

Teleka Cassandra Patrick missing from Michigan; car found in Porter, Indiana

NIPSCO Reports Munster, Portage, Chesterton, Valparaiso Have Most Power Outages

17 Nov

by Ken Davidson

NIPSCO is reporting that nearly 50,000 homes are still without power throughout the region. Scattered outages are reported throughout NIPSCO service areas but the highest numbers of outages are in Munster, Portage, Chesterton and Valparaiso. Valparaiso has the most outages at over 7500, followed by Portage with nearly 5,000 homes in the dark. NIPSCO crews are working feverishly to restore power to all homes. NIPSCO warns customers to watch for downed power lines and to never touch a downed power line.

You may view the status of your service, or that of a friend or loved one, by clicking here:

http://www.nipscooutages.com/WSSNisourceOutageMap/outagemap.html?action=city&reloaded=true

Appraiser Joe Wszolek Honored by Porter County Republicans

7 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Government runs efficiently when it has people who go above and beyond in serving their communities. Joe Wszolek, “Appraiser Joe”, is one of those people. Wednesday night he was honored for that service by the Porter County Republican Party. Appraiser Joe was presented the Highlands Award by Portage Mayor Jim Snyder. Congratulations Appraiser Joe!

Joe Wzolek receives Highlands Award

Appraiser Joe Wzolek holds the Highlands Award he received from the Porter County Republican Party.


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Porter County Trick or Treat 5:30-7:30 pm, Oct. 31

28 Oct

Gazette Staff

 

Trick or treat times in most Porter County communities will be from 5:30-730 pm on October 31, 2013.   The towns of Kouts, LaCrosse and Wanatah will have trick or treating from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The Gazette was unable to contact officials from the Town of Pines for verification of times.  If anyone has verified information on Pines, Indiana, please feel free to post it in the comments.

Thank you.

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