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Female Robbed at Gunpoint Outside Village Discount in Hessville

28 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

by Ken Davidson

The Gazette has confirmed that a female was robbed at gunpoint outside the Village Discount Store in Hessville on December 26. A necklace and cash was taken in the robbery. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a hoodie. A handgun was used in the incident and the suspect fled on foot.

The Gazette received this report in conjunction with today’s very similar robbery at the same location. It was reported by Hammond Police on crimereports.com today:

Robbery 12/26/2013 07:20 PM 2700 Block 165TH ST 201300085645 Robbery

Hammond Police Department

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Lake Station Talk on FB, Focusing on the Positive

14 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Bill Stearns is happy about progress being made in Lake Station and is not happy about all the spam, negativity and name calling in many of the Facebook groups.  So he formed his own.  According to Stearns, the mission of the Lake Station Talk Facebook page is to “give people good & uplifting things to say. He hopes to bypass the negativity & have search engines pick up on his page’s positive posts & comments.”  Stearns explains:

Anyone can make a group or a page & slap a name on it. Some are monitored by the administrator of the page/group. Many of these self made pages & groups are unmonitored or controlled at all. Search engines gather information from all over the internet, Facebook included. These pages represent Lake Station. It is up to the creator of the page what type of content will be acceptable on their group/page.


His group is open to anyone. Stop by the group & see what is going on.

Lake Station Talk

Lake Station, IN Talk

Lake Station Talk brings a positive message about Lake Station IN to its members.

Tech Giants Ask Government to Reform Spy Program

9 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Rarely do we see tech giants Google, Apple, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Yahoo join forces.  That is exactly what has happened today.  In a seething letter, the respective CEO’s of the above companies all sign on to a plea to standardize government intrusions into the digital lives of citizens.  The statement begins:

The undersigned companies believe that it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information. . . .We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.

Apparently, the risks and costs associated with complying with endless government information requests has taken its toll on these corporations.  The real question for me is where are the cellular phone companies on this issue?  Where are the people on this issue?

This report comes on the very day that the Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana State Police have purchased a piece of equipment that will allow them to monitor cell phones without a warrant.  According to the Indy Star, the Stingray device can be mounted on a police vehicle and can monitor all cellular communications in the area. State police refused to comment on the system. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2013/12/08/indiana-state-police-tracking-cellphones-but-wont-say-how-or-why/3908333/

The full text of the Tech Giant letter is as follows:

An open letter to Washington

Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress,

We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.

For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorized surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.

We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight. To see the full set of principles we support, visit ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com


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Lake County Animal Shelter Hosts Visitor from North Pole

7 Dec Lake County Animal Control gives a holiday welcome

by Ken Davidson

The Lake County Animal Sheriff’s Animal Control and Adoption Center had an out of town visitor today. Santa Claus himself travelled from the North Pole to Crown Point to pose for pictures with pets of fans of the shelter. Many of the animals who came in for photos had been rescued from the shelter in years past. In getting their pictures taken, participants supported the future of the shelter as all proceeds went to medical treatment for the dogs. Photography services were donated by Nina G Photography. Nina G. works tirelessly for the rescue of animals and we hope that you will give her a like on Facebook.

The Animal Adoption Center still needs donations and has published the following wish list:

1. Purina Tidy Cats non-clumping litter
2. Counbry Value dog food
3. Country Value cat food
4. Purina Kitten Chow
5. Laundry detergent (HE)
6. Paper towels/bath towels
7. Clorox disinfecting wipes
8. monetary donations for medical care and spay/nueter
9. Gift cards

If you wish to help the shelter you can stop by at 3011 W. 93rd in Crown Point (in northwest corner of lot of government center) or call 219.769.7016 for more information.

obe terrea fowler

Obe is escorted by his human companion Terrea Fowler as he waits in line to get his picture taken with Santa.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Schererville Animal Shelter Discussion

26 Nov Dogs waiting for homes at the schererville, indiana animal control facility

by Ken Davidson

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If you are not a fan of Schererville Crime Watch on Facebook, the Gazette highly recommends you check them out.  A recent report by the Watch, led to an interesting discussion regarding the Schererville Animal Control facility.

While on a traffic stop in the 5800 block of Phillips Road, a gray kitten jumped into my squad car and would not exit. I transported it to the shelter for safe keeping.

The simple elegance of the report is touching to me.  A police officer on routine patrol rescues a kitten.  It gets better however.  Like those who posted on the wall, I did not know that Schererville had a shelter facility. This led to the inevitable discussion of the many animals in need during the holiday season. Schererville Crime Watch quickly and appropriately pointed to the the needs of the animals by posting:  “Please take us home for the holiday. We’ve got no where to go. If you are interested, please call Jan or Justin down at the Schererville Animal Shelter at 865-6992.”  Great job Schererville PD and Schererville Crime Watch.

Cats at the Schererville Animal Control Facility.

Cats at the Schererville Animal Control Facility.

Coroner Identifies Gary Homicide Victim as Missing Chicago Bartender

21 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Just one day after asking for help from the public in identifying a Gary Homicide victim, the office of Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey has issued a statement that the victim has been identified as Emmanuel Dominguez of Chicago.  The coroner further stated that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.  This incident occurred on November 4, 2013 in the 2700 block of Maryland Street in Gary, Indiana.

This appears to be the same Emmanuel Dominguez who was reported missing on Halloween in Chicago.  CBS Chicago reported at that time that “Family members have mounted missing person flyers around that warehouse district where he was last seen.”  Dominguez’ car was discovered days after halloween according to published reports.  He was last seen with his girlfriend who was questioned by police.

Emmanuel Dominguez

The body of Emmanuel Dominguez of Summit, IL was identified by Lake County, IN Coroner Merrilee Frey today.

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Family Still Searching for Ricky Spindler, Crown Point, Winfield Areas

21 Nov

by Ken Davidson

The family of Ricky Spindler searches frantically for him. A recent Facebook post says “PLease share our page with friends and family! Especially people in Illinois and Indiana! He is off medication and needs to be found! This is urgent! He is not with friends!!” There have been reported sightings of him in Crown Point and Winfield at gas stations. The family believes he may be headed to Indianapolis. If you are in these areas, please print the attached flyer and take it to local gas stations and convenience stores. You can view and share the Ricky Spindler Missing Facebook Page by clicking here.

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Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013 last seen crown point indiana area

Ricky Spindler, Missing since 11/15/2013 last seen crown point indiana area

Hobart Police Arrest Lowell Burglary Suspect

19 Nov

Gazette Staff

During the early morning hours of November 18th, 2013, the Hobart Police Department arrested John Earl Lucas, Jr, formerly a resident of Lowell, IN, outside of the Dollar Inn, located at 1855 Mississippi Steet, Hobart, IN, on an arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was filed by the Lowell Police Department October 24th, for Receiving Stolen Property and False Informing, related to a burglary reported in the 200 block of Oakley Avenue on October 6th, 2013. The investigation regarding other burglaries reported October 21st-22nd continues and we anticipate additional charges against Lucas, Jr. in the near future. We would like to thank the Hobart Police Department and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshal’s Service for their assistance in apprehending Lucas, Jr.

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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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LCAC To Host Soup Cook Off in Hessville

7 Nov

The Lake County Animal Control will host a soup cook off at Moochies Pub in Hessville on November 16, 2013. The event will run from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 and all proceeds go directly to supporting the shelter. Donations of supplies are sought.

lake county animal control soup cookoff

Lake County Animal Control will host a Soup Cookoff on Saturday November 16 in Hessville.


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