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.
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
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
Hejhal was cited for Speed Too Fast for Conditions.
The semi/tanker was totaled.
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
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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Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a shooting incident that occurred atthe Jasper Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area shooting range on Wednesday afternoon. Timothy P. Tackett 54 of Porter, IN drove himself to Porter Regional Hospital to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to his hand. Tackett was later transported by ambulance to Christ Advocate Hospital in Chicago, IL for specialized treatment.
Tackett was allegedly adjusting a sight on his rifle when it fell, causing it to discharge. Tackett was struck in the right hand as a result of the gunshot. Tackett advised Conservation Officers he did not realize the gun was loaded. The incident remains under investigation to determine how Tackett sustained his injuries.
Conservation Officers encourage those handling all firearms to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, always treating the firearm as if it wereloaded. Indiana Conservation Officers offer hunter safety courses that teach the care and proper use in handling firearms. For more information on hunter safety courses, go to www.in.gov/dnr/, or contact your local DNR Law Enforcement Headquarters.
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
Patrick is described as having black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160
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