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State Trooper Hit on I-65, No Injuries, Car Totalled

19 Dec ISP Vehicle crash

Gazette Staff

Lake County-An Indiana State Trooper’s police car was hit while the trooper was standing outside his police car covering an earlier crash.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Taylor Bryant revealed that at approximately 4:35 a.m., this Thursday, December 19, 2013, morning, Trooper Brandon Henderson responded to a single vehicle crash on I-65 north bound at the 256 mile marker (this is one mile north of the 61st Avenue exit). That crash involved a 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up who had hit a “slick” spot in the left lane, causing the driver, Ryan P. Scheidt, 26 of Lake Village, to lose control, spin out and hit the guard rail on the outer shoulder head on. The Dodge Ram came to rest facing north straddling the guard rail. Henderson’s fully marked police car was parked behind the Ram pick-up with all of its emergency lights on and Henderson was outside of his 2012 Dodge Charger police car talking to Scheidt standing next to Scheidt’s driver’s window.

At approximately 4:45 a.m., a 1994 Toyota Camry, driven by Chris A. Bracamontes, 27 of Merrillville was north bound on I-65 in the center lane when he saw the crash up ahead. Bracamontes changed lanes to the left lane and lost control after hitting a “slick” spot. The Toyota spun out of control and hit Henderson’s Charger in the rear pushing it into the rear of Scheidt’s Ram pick-up.

Neither Henderson nor Scheidt were injured. Bracamontes was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. Bracamontes was cited for Driving While Suspended.

The 2012 Dodge Charger police car was totaled.

Popular Mexican Restaurant Closes Suddenly

19 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

They had the best margaritas . . . that was the comment I heard from three separate people when I told them about the closing of La Carreta mexican restaurant today.  Employees at a nearby store told of a “raid” by Indiana State Police officers prior to the sudden closing yesterday.  A sign on the door simply says “We are closed, sorry for the inconvenience.”

La Carreta has two locations in Lake County, one located in Merrillville and one in Schererville.  Ironically, the restaurant battled internet rumors of a health department closure earlier this year.  That rumor spread from Louisiana where a high school newspaper published a spoof article that the restaurant had been closed.

Speculation based on the involvement of the Indiana State Police revolves around a state tax or alcohol license issue.  A public record search revealed no apparent tax liens.  The Gazette has submitted a public records request and will follow up on this story. See the updates  State Police, Marion Prosecutor Confirm Restaurant Raids and Margaritas Flow Again at La Carreta
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A sign on the door indicates that La Caretta is closed

 

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Carretta mexican restaurant is closed, at least temporarily

Merrillville Dems: All Are Welcome

4 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

Carol Miano presented a clear message at the inaugural meeting of the Merrillville and the Region Democratic Club:  If you share our values, you are welcome here.  Democrats from Merrillville, Gary, Hobart and other communities joined Miano to discuss ways that they could encourage others to get involved in local politics.  “We do not endorse candidates” explained Miano.  The club is seeking new members who are interested in getting involved in their local communities in any way.  One of the fundraisers Miano spoke about benefitted the Ross Township Food Pantry.

Lake County office holders were also on hand to talk to constituents and offer encouragement to the club.  County Treasurer John Petalas made a brief appearance and County Clerk Mike Brown also attended.  Ross Township Trustee Joe Shudick and Merrillville Councilman Don Spann were also in attendance.

The next meeting of the group takes place on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Merrillville Slovak Club 6920 Broadway.

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Merrillville Town Council Member Carol Miano speaks at the Merrillville and the Region Democrat Club

Fugate Found in Cooler at Piatak Meats

4 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

The office of Merrilee Frey is confirming that a body was found in the cooler at Piatak Meats, 6200 Broadway in Merrillville.  27 year old Andrew Fugate, the son of co-owner Steve Fugate, reportedly arrived at the store at 4:00 a.m. to begin his workday.  Sources confirm that his body was found at 7:00 a.m. when another employee showed up for work.  The Coroner confirms that the case is being treated as a homicide.  Sources close to the investigation have stated that Fugate was shot but the Gazette has been unable to confirm that with authorities.  Merrillville Police are being assisted by Sheriff John Buncich in the investigation.

Police are asking anyone who drove by the store between 4:00 am and 7:00 am to contact them at 219-769-3722.

Homicide investigation at Piatek Meats

Homicide investigation at Piatek Meats

 

Cell Phone Thefts May Not Be About Phones

21 Oct

by Ken Davidson

It appears that organized rings of criminals are perpetrating armed robberies for cell phones in northwest Indiana. First, we had the 5 Hessville armed robberies which appear to be gang related. At that time, Chief Brian Miller suggested there were similar robberies in East Chicago and Merrillville. Now an armed robbery in Schererville and reports of one in Dyer are causing great concern. According to a report issues by computer security giant Symantec, up to 50% of smart phones are lost or stolen in some major cities. The number is rising rapidly. The real question is why are these thefts on the rise and the answer may be personal information.

While there is a tremendous danger involved in the vicious armed robberies, the thefts may not be about the phones at all. Symantec reports that users are storing more data on their portable devices and are protecting it less. Bank accounts, credit cards, addresses and passwords and other personal information call all be retrieved by the savvy criminal after stealing a cell phone.

“If this was a test, mobile consumers would be failing,” said Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec. “While consumers are protecting their computers, there is a general lack of awareness to safeguard their smartphones and tablets. It’s as if they have alarm systems for their homes, but they’re leaving their cars unlocked with the windows wide open.”

Those perpetrating the robberies may not be computer geniuses but a nationwide spike in thefts of electronic devices indicates that there is a thriving market for stolen devices. You can bet the street gangs have gotten into this lucrative market and are selling phones internationally.

Experts advise using security software such as Symantec’s Norton Mobile Security 3.0 The Software allows you to erase your data remotely if your portable device is lost or stolen.

Symantec also suggests additional security tips for a smartphone or tablet:

General Security Principles for PDAs and Smartphones
• PDAs and Smartphones must be password protected, preferably with a strong password (eight digits,
alpha-numeric)
• Devices must not be left unattended (while charging, for instance) – unless secured in a locked device or
room, or with an appropriate alarm6
• The wireless port on PDAs and smartphones must be disabled (to prevent transmission of confidential
data to unauthorized individuals)
• Appropriate anti-malware software must be installed and kept up to date
• Device operating systems must have the latest patches installed (which means keeping in touch with
your supplier’s Web site(s), as automatic updating is not yet a big feature of PDA and smartphone
operating system support)
• Any confidential (including corporate) information stored on a device must be encrypted, perhaps stored
in an encrypted database
• Back up regularly – by synchronizing the device with a linked computer