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Semi-Tanker on Way to Clean Up Crash is Hit by Car

14 Dec

Gazette Staff

Gary, Lake County-A tanker on his way to the scene of an earlier roll over semi containing hazardous material was hit as the driver stood outside his semi.

Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Wanda Clay revealed at approximately 10:46 a.m., this Saturday, December 14, 2013, morning, a 2005 International semi pulling an empty tanker, owned by Transport Service Company out of Oak Brook, Illinois, had arrived at I-65 north bound just south of the crash that had occurred earlier this morning involving hazardous material.

At approximately 435 a.m. another semi/tanker owned by Transport Service Company was involved in a roll-over where a small leak of the Hazardous Material Hexanes it was loaded with was discovered. All lanes north on I-65 were diverted off to go west bound on I-80. The second semi was called from Transport Service Company to come to the scene so the Haz Mat liquid could be off loaded into the second tanker.

The driver of the second tanker, Anthony C. Smith, 51 of Chicago, Illinois, had gotten out of his semi, a 2005 International, after activating his hazard emergency lights, to talk to Hoosier Helper that was blocking I-65 northbound from the above earlier crash. Smith had gotten in front of his semi and was identifying himself to Hoosier Helper so he could have access to the earlier crash site when a 2009 Ford mini-van, driven by Tyrone Lashaun Hardin, 35 of Gary who was in the left lane came around the curve portion of the road, began to slide and hit the rear of the empty tanker. Hardin who was wearing his seat belt was treated and released at the scene. Smith was not injured.

The tanker sustained minimal damage and was able to be used to off load the hazardous material from the earlier crash and all lanes were re-opened on I-65 north bound at 4:07 p.m.

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.

Caviar fishermen cited for multiple offenses on Wabash River

26 Nov

Law enforcement officers from Indiana and Illinois have increased their enforcement efforts of domestic caviar regulations since the onset of the 2012-13 Wabash River shovelnose sturgeon season. Conservation Officers from both Indiana and Illinois have recently stepped up their patrols in the commercial fishing industry, particularly in the commercial harvest of shovelnose sturgeon, which is a fish that is sought after for its roe (eggs). 13 persons from both Indiana and Illinois have been arrested, cited, or warned for commercial fishing violations in the last year. Equipment seizures include 35 commercial fishing nets, three trot lines, 2 wire fish traps, and one boat/motor. These violations include:
• Unlawful use of a gill net (6 counts)
• Failure to tag commercial fishing equipment (7 counts)
• Unlawful use of leads on commercial device (2 counts)
• Unlawful possession of sturgeon under 25” (4 counts)
• Fishing with an illegal device (wire trap) (2 counts)
• Fishing without a license (3 counts)
• Checking sturgeon for presence of eggs with an illegal device (2 counts)
A combined effort between Indiana Conservation Officers and Illinois Conservation Police took place as a result of a number of citizen complaints along the boundary waters of the Wabash River, where shovelnose sturgeon are found. These investigations involved assets from both states, and included river patrols, intelligence gathering and surveillance. “Since we share the fisheries resources with the people of the State of Illinois, it only makes sense to ensure that our regulations and enforcement efforts remain similar,” says Master Officer Steve Kinne, a commercial fishing investigator for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “At least 25 additional violations are being investigated, involving several other individuals from both states.” The shovelnose sturgeon is a fish that is native to the waters of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Wabash Rivers. Although some sport fishermen consume the meat from shovelnose sturgeon, it is the eggs that have been targeted by commercial fishermen in recent years, because of the collapse of the European sturgeon market. Supplies of roe collected from sturgeon in the Caspian Sea plummeted after government deregulation in that region.
Female shovelnose sturgeon living in the Wabash River migrate upstream annually to spawn, or to lay their eggs. These eggs, referred to as roe, are eventually sold, processed, and distributed as caviar. Processed shovelnose sturgeon roe (eggs), commonly referred to as hackleback caviar, currently has a retail market value of approximately $320 / pound. One adult roe-bearing sturgeon can contain as much as one pound of eggs.
“The Wabash River population of shovelnose sturgeon is one of the last commercially exploited sturgeon populations in the world, therefore, strict enforcement of regulations are necessary to ensure proper management while allowing a sustainable harvest,” says Craig Jansen, Big Rivers Assistant Fisheries Biologist of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Commercial fishermen in both states are allowed to take shovelnose sturgeon with approved commercial fishing devices on the Wabash River, as long as they possess the required licenses. Illinois roe harvesters are required to have an Illinois commercial fishing license, an Illinois roe harvester license, and a sport fishing license. Indiana roe harvesters fishing on the Wabash River are required to have an Indiana commercial fishing license and an Indiana roe harvester license. Approved commercial fishing devices in either state include, but are not limited to, hoop nets, fyke nets, basket nets, and basket traps, or trap nets made of twine or cord. Gill nets are prohibited in both states for taking sturgeon.

2 Men Arrested for Shooting Deer Decoy

25 Nov

Covington, IN – Indiana Conservation Officers arrested Charles D. Hayes II, 21, of Danville, IL and Brandon L. Gates, 21, of Perrysville, IN after they shot a deer decoy and led officers on a pursuit that crossed state lines late Saturday night. After receiving several complaints of shots fired from the roadway in rural Fountain County, Indiana Conservation Officers placed a deer decoy at the location. Shortly after 10:00 p.m., a black Dodge pickup pulled up and shined the decoy. A few seconds later a single gunshot rang out from the vehicle. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit that crossed into Vermillion County, Illinois before the vehicle enter back into Indiana on US136 and pulled over. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody and transported to the Fountain County Jail without incident.
Hayes II and Gates are facing multiple misdemeanor fish and wildlife violations along with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle.

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.

Click for full size, printable flyer:

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

Allstate Issues Tips to Avoid Insurance Scams After Storms

21 Nov

Gazette Staff

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — While most home-repair contractorsare honest and provide quality work, Allstate Insurance reminds homeowners affectedby the recent tornadoes to be on the lookout for workers and companies engaging incontractor fraud.

Here are some ways to avoid getting scammed by contractor fraud in the aftermath ofthe storm.

Be wary of contractors who solicit door-to-door. Work only with established contractors and those who have a solid reputation.

Work only with licensed, bonded and insured contractors and have them provide you with documentation.

Require references and check them out.

Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against contractors you are considering. Victims of contractor fraud often file complaints.

Don’t feel pressured into signing a contract, and never sign a contract with blanks. A contract should include the contractor’s name, business name, phone number and address.

Avoid payment-in-full up front. Some contractors may require a partial up front payment, but the amount should not exceed approximately 20% of the total estimate amount.

Never let work begin on your home or business until the contract is finalized.

Don’t pay a contractor in full or sign a completion certificate until the job is completed and you are satisfied with the work and avoid making cash payments.

If anyone performs unauthorized work on your property and demands payment, consider contacting authorities.

Never let anyone persuade you to seek reimbursement for nonexistent or exaggerated losses or damages. This is insurance fraud, which is a felony.

Gary Case to be Featured on Chicago Crime StoppersTonight 11/9

9 Nov

Chicago Crime Stoppers Case Files will air a feature on the homicide of Tonya Ward who was murdered in Gary. The show will air tonight at 11:00 pm on My50 Chicago. Gary Police Detective Art Azcona will be featured.

Case of Tonya Ward will be featured on My50 Chicago tonight at 11:00 p.m.

Case of Tonya Ward will be featured on My50 Chicago tonight at 11:00 p.m.