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Driver Seriously Injured in Crash on 80/94

9 Dec

Gazette Staff

Lake County, Hammond-A driver was seriously injured early this Monday, December 9th, 2013 morning, when they lost control of the car they were driving.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper John Holmen revealed that at approximately 1:55 a.m., a black 2000 Mercury Mountaineer was west bound on I-80/94 just east of Cline Avenue when the driver was going too fast for road conditions (snow covered and slick in spots) and lost control. The Mountaineer spun out, went off the road and hit the inner barrier concrete wall. This caused the Mountaineer to bounce back onto I-80/94 where it came to rest in the middle lane.

A 2000 Freightliner pulling a soft sided trailer, owned by Vans Delivery Service out of Grand Rapids, Michigan and loaded with building material, driven by Michael W. Wilkins, 42 of Delton, Michigan was west bound and could not avoid the Mountaineer. The Freightliner after hitting the Mercury went off the road hit the inner shoulder concrete barrier wall and came to rest in the left lane.

The driver of the Mountaineer was ejected from the Mountaineer and came to rest in the left lane of the roadway. The driver was taken to Munster Community Hospital in Munster with critical life threatening head injuries. Family has NOT been notified. The driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Wilkins was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening injuries.

All lanes west bound were closed with traffic getting by on the outer shoulder until approximately 04:30 a.m. when all lanes were reopened. The lanes were closed for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the injured and vehicles and clean-up of the roadway.

Additional information concerning the Mercury’s driver will be forthcoming after family has been contacted.

UPDATE:  Driver has been identified as Andrea Taylor, 21 of Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Taylor was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn from Munster Community Hospital.

Traffic Stops Yield 82 Pounds of Marijuana!

8 Nov

Portage, Porter County-A traffic stop yesterday, morning, on the Indiana Toll Road yielded eighty-two (82) pounds of marijuana hidden in a car. Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Trooper Nedal Nabhan was east bound on the Indiana Toll Road, at approximately 10:29 a.m., yesterday, Thursday, November 7th, morning, when he stopped a gold 2005 Chevrolet Impala at the 26 mile marker (this is near the McCool Road overpass) for going 60 mph in a well posted 40 mph zone.
The driver, Armando M. Bautista, 23 of South Bend, Indiana, was very nervous and had inconsistencies in his answers. A canine with the Drug Enforcement Agency alerted on the Impala and a subsequent search of the Chevrolet revealed two large compressed bundles of marijuana in the trunk.
**Field weight of the marijuana was 82 pounds. **
Bautista was taken to Porter County Jail where he was charged with: Possession of Marijuana over 30 grams, Class D Felony and Dealing in Marijuana over 10 pounds, Class C Felony.

Schererville Police Charge Joel Hill With Armed Robbery

6 Nov

Gazette Staff


On November 6th, 2013 Schererville Detectives filed 5 Class B Felony counts against Joel B. Hill age 19, of Schererville, In..

The charges included: Armed Robbery
Attempted Armed Robbery
Criminal Confinement (3 Counts)

The charges are a result of the investigation into an Armed robbery that occurred on October 18th,2013 at the CHASE Bank located at 1801 Kennedy Avenue, in Schererville, In.. During the Robbery the suspect approached the victims vehicle as they were attempting to use the outside ATM at that location. The suspect approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, pointed a handgun at the driver and took the $40 in cash that she had just removed from the machine.   The suspect then ordered the driver to attempt to make another withdrawal using one of the passengers bank cards. After several unsuccessful attempts to get money from the machine, the suspect ordered them to leave. The three occupants of the vehicle came immediately to the police department to report the incident.
During the investigation of this Robbery, Detectives were able to develop a suspect through confidential information and believed that Joel B. Hill was responsible. The victims were able to positively identify Hill as the person whom robbed them at CHASE Bank, from a photo line-up.

Joel Hill is currently confined at Lake County Jail after being charged with Burglary on October 25th, 2013 in reference to a burglary that occurred on July19th, 2013 in the 100 block of Seville St. in Schererville, In..

Any questions or information please contact:

Brian Neyhart
Patrol Commander
Schererville Police Department
25 E. Joliet St.
Schererville, IN 46375

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Driver Arrested in Work Zone after Night of Celebrating

24 Oct

IN Hammond, (Lake County) Early this morning a Beecher, Illinois man out celebrating the evening before disregarded all the traffic control devices in the overnight work zone set up on I-80/94 east bound east of Calumet Avenue.At approximately 3:24 a.m., this Thursday, October 24, 2013, morning, Sergeant Wanda Clay who was working traffic security for the work zone construction being done overnight on I-80/94 east bound saw a 2005 Ford Explorer drive in between the construction barrels behind her and stop to talk to a construction worker in his vehicle. The exit lane, right and right middle lanes were closed in this area for the overnight construction leaving the left two lanes open for motoring traffic. The area was well posted, with signage, barrels, traffic control devices, construction workers and vehicles.Clay was sitting in the right middle lane in construction with all of her emergency lights activated less than ½ mile from the workers up ahead. As she watched the Explorer come up behind her she thought he might have been a worker until she realized his vehicle didn’t have an amber light on it. The Explorer passed her police car and was approaching a construction semi-tanker loaded with water sitting in right lane as she took off after it. The semi was blocking the Explorer when it attempted to move to the right middle lane to get around it. The semi was able to maneuver itself to block the Explorer as Clay approached to stop it; as there were workers out working in front of the semi.The driver of the Explorer identified as Kyle C. Ohlendorf, 23 of Beecher, Illinois had been out celebrating the night before and stated he was “lost and confused” when he went around the barrels to talk to the first construction worker.Ohlendorf was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device in a Work Zone and Operating While Intoxicated Refusal. He was taken to Lake County Jail.

Pursuit Ends In Motorcycle Crash

24 Oct

IN LaPorte County-An early morning pursuit ended with a motorcycle crash and the driver receiving life threatening injuries.Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione revealed that at approximately 1:19 a.m., the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department received information about a motorcycle crash that may have occurred on U.S. 421 and 250 South in Westville. Officers who responded were unable to locate the crash but shortly thereafter heard a motorcycle approaching their location. A deputy clocked a 2002 Harley Davidson Street Glide at an excessive speed on US 421 (in a well posted 55 M.P.H. zone) from State Road 2. The deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle but the driver would not pull over.The motorcycle went into a neighborhood off East Jefferson Street in Westville and continued until exiting back onto north bound US 421. The motorcycle driver later identified as William Knies, 39 of Westville, refused to stop as he continued north.As Knies approached US 421 (Franklin Street) and Valentine Court in Michigan City (this is approximately two blocks south of Ames Field) Knies lost control of the Harley when it hit a curb. Knies was ejected off the motorcycle and landed in the roadway. The Harley came to rest in the right lane on its sideKnies who was not wearing a helmet was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City and later transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries. Preliminary indications are Knies tested positive for alcohol (.28 B.A.C %) and also metabolic of tetrahydrocannibinol (THC).

Semi Loses Load of Lumber on Top of Car

24 Oct

user29390-1382654296-media1Lake County-A semi-flat bed loaded with lumber took the I-65 north bound to I-80/94 west bound ramp too fast losing his load of lumber on top of a passenger car traveling in the lane next to it.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Josh Roa revealed that at approximately 2:59 p.m., this Thursday, October 24, 2013, afternoon, a 2004 International semi pulling a flat bed loaded with lumber, driven by James Reynolds, 61 of Salem, Indiana was on the I-65 north bound to I-80/94 west bound ramp in the middle lane when he tookthe curve too fast. This caused his load of lumber to shift and his semi-flat bed to start to roll-over.

A 2009 Nissan, driven by Katrina Reillo, 31 of East Chicago, was in the right lane next to Reynolds’s semi when she realized the semi was losing its load and beginning to roll-over. Reillo was able to lie across her Nissan’s console toward the passenger side when part of the load of lumber landed on the driver’s side top crushing it. Reillo was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. She was wearing a seat belt. The semi was owned by Stonebelt Freight Lines out of Bloomington, Indiana.
Reynolds was treated and released at the scene for complaint of pain. He was wearing a seat belt.
Reynolds was cited for Speed Too Fast to Avoid a Collision and an Unsecure Load.

Semi Crash/Fire Closes West Bound Indiana Toll Road

22 Oct

by Vicky Black

user29390-1382469499-media2_f8fff5_240_180_PrsMe_Lake County-A three semi crash resulting in one semi catching fire and seriously injuring the driver has closed west bound I-90
(Indiana Toll Road) traffic. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Aron Weller revealed that at approximately 10:55 a.m., this Tuesday, October 22, 2013, morning a 2009 Kenworth pulling a tanker, driven by Dave A. Donervse, 32 of Paw Paw, Michigan was west bound in the right lane just east of the I-80/94/Ripley exit on the Toll Road.
Donervse was following a 2010 Sterling semi pulling double trailers, driven by James E. Filbert, 61 of Boardman, Ohio when traffic ahead slowed down. Donervse was unable to slow his Kenworth in time and struck the rear trailer of Filbert’s semi. This caused both trailers of Filbert’s semi to crash into each other and caused Donervse to
lose control. Donervse’s Kenworth veered off to the left where it pass a 2013 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, driven by Edward W. Bohnke, 52 of New Haven, Indiana that was in the right lane. Donervse’s Kenworth strew debris which hit and damaged Bohnke’s trailer. Donervse’s Kenworth then hit the guard rail and concrete median barrier which
caused the semi cab to catch on fire. Two GoodSamaritans were able
to pull Donervse from his cab.

Donervse was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with serious injuries. His tanker was owned by Rose Cartage Services out of Lansing, Illinois and loaded with salt. There was no load lost.

Filbert was treated and released at the scene with a minor injury and his
semi was owned by ABF Freight Systems out of Waterbury, Connecticut.
His trailers were loaded with general freight.Bohnke’s semi was owned
by Reba Transport out of Berne, Indiana and was loaded with furniture.
No load was lost.

Traffic west bound is still closed for investigation of the crash,
clean-up and removal of the burnt semi, damaged trailers and clean-up
of the roadway. Both lanes of traffic are expected to be re-opened shortly.