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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).

NWI Prosecutors Seek NO Wiretap Warrants in 2012

20 Jul

The Federal Government may be monitoring your telephone conversations but in Northwest Indiana criminals can feel confident that their communications are secure.   Indiana issued just 3 wiretap warrants in 2012. All of the warrants were issued  in Marion County. No wiretaps were requested in Lake, Porter, or LaPorte Counties. No data was reported for the Northern District of Indiana which would lead the reader to assume either an error in the report or that no warrants were requested.  State, Local and Federal officials are required by Federal Law to report all requests for wiretap warrants to the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts each year.

Indiana has a stricter law than most states for portable electronic monitoring requiring the chief law enforcement officer of the jurisdiction (sheriff, chief of police, or Superintendent of State Police) together with the Prosecuting Attorney of a county to verify the facts of the warrant under oath.  Only the Indiana State Police can install the monitoring equipment required for a wiretap warrant.  (IC 35-33.5-2).

In total 3,395 local, state and federal wiretap warrants were issued in 2012, the US Office of The Admistrative Courts Reports. The vast majority of those were issued for mobile devices in drug investigations. The numbers vary greatly b state with the feds, California and New York requesting the vast majority-over 2500.

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Source:  Administrative Office of the Federal Courts,  http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/WiretapReports/2012/Table1.pdf

Washington Park Zoo, Zoofari July 27

9 Jul

Washington Park Zoo Zoofari

Washington Park Zoo Zoofari

Washington Park Zoo to hold Zoofari family fun night. ZOOFARI is a “must not miss” event of the summer season!
July 27th 4:30 until 9:00

Your night of wild family fun begins with lively up close animal encounters and the chance to explore the zoo after normal hours. Meet a macaw, baby goat, baby alligator, snakes, kinkajou and more. Great photo opportunity!

As the expedition continues, at 5:00 you’ll tame your hunger with a scrumptious buffet including fried chicken, sloppy joe’s, hotdogs and more.

Stop and shop the extraordinary silent auction which starts at 4:30 and continues until 8:00. Enjoy live entertainment with the great D.J music from Mike Dempsey and at 6:30 p.m. be amazed by a special performance from the Magician Matt Kalita.

More Good Reasons to Attend…..free door prizes drawing for the kids and train rides. Dinner and entertainment all included with the ticket price of $ 20 for an adult, $10 for kids 12 -3 years and under 2 is free. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance before July 22nd. Swing by the zoo or call today and pick up yours. #washingtonparkzoo