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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


Police to Serve for Special Olympics at Red Robin Sat. 10/12

12 Oct

Gazette Staff



To Serve and Protect will take on a new meaning Saturday as local police officers serve burgers and more in local Red Robin restaurants.  The officers will donate all tips to help Special Olympics as a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign.  Red Robin locations in Schererville, Merrillville, Valparaiso and Mishawaka will be participating in the event.  The event runs from 11 am to 3 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm this Saturday October 12.

Michael Teem, executive director, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics stated “Our annual Red Robin Tip-A-Cop events are always a good time for a great cause,  the tremendous level of law enforcement and community support, and the unparalleled generosity from Red Robin and Coca-Cola, are what will make this event so successful this year. The money raised will be used to support both Special Olympics events and the mission of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.  Throughout the United States, such funding will support year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports.”

Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) campaign in support of Special Olympics. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop, is supported by more than 100,000 law enforcement officers worldwide who help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. As the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, LETR funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

For more information about the Tip-A-Cop events and to see a list of participating restaurants, please visit www.redrobin.com/specialolympics.