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Griffith Police Arrest Subject, Credit Vigilant Citizens for Helping

19 Dec interstate 80 94 accident

Gazette Staff

At approximately 12:15 pm on December 16, 2013, the Griffith Police were notified by a resident that a subject in a green compact car had approached her residence and rang her doorbell continuously. The resident, having just exited the shower, did not immediately answer the door and instead yelled to the subject that she would come to the door shortly. After making this statement, the subject quickly returned to the green car and left the area.

Griffith Sergeant Todd Dawes responded to the area of the complainant’s home and, in the area of the 900 block of Wheeler, located a green compact car parked in a driveway, running and occupied by two men. Sergeant Dawes made contact with the two men who advised that they were present at the residence to visit a friend. Despite their claims, Sergeant Dawes noted that the men appeared to be nervous and that their car had a large screen TV, a gaming system and a jewelry box in the back seat. Additional officers were summoned to the scene and the two men, identified as David Woods (19 YOA) of Gary and Shane Parks (19 YOA) of Chesterton, were detained. Further investigation at the scene revealed that forced entry had been made to the home and that a burglary had taken place. A subsequent warranted search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of all property taken from the Griffith residence as well as additional property that will likely be associated with other burglaries that have occurred recently in neighboring towns.

Both Woods and Parks provided statements to Detective Schoon regarding their involvement in this burglary.

On December 18, 2013, the Office of the Lake County Prosecutor charged David Woods and Shane Parks with Class B Felonies for Burglary. If convicted, Woods and Parks face 6 to 20 years in prison.

Chief Mance stated that, “Arrest like this show that the citizens of Griffith and the Griffith Police Department are working in unison to send a strong message that crime will not be tolerated in our community.”

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.

Indiana Deployed Soldiers Receive Christmas Trees from Home

25 Nov

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Indiana Army National Guardsmen from the 38th Sustainment Brigade received Hoosier-grown Christmas trees, donated by the Indiana Christmas Tree Grower Association, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 13.

“It is always good to have a piece of home and the Christmas trees do that for us here,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Vedder, 38th SB’s deputy commander from Lafayette, Ind. “We just want to express a warm thanks to all those folks that made this possible and thinking about us this holiday season.”

The Indiana Christmas Tree Grower Association has been sending trees abroad for the last six years and donated 300 trees as part of the 2012 Trees for Troops project. The trees were shipped from Indiana on Nov. 20, with a partnership with FedEx Corporation according to their website http://www.indianachristmastree.com.

“It’s a great show of Hoosier hospitality and patriotism of the Christmas tree growers of Indiana and shipping trees over here to Hoosiers,” said Col. Deedra Thombleson, 38th SB commander from Martinsville, Ind.

The 38th SB picked up the trees from the Camp Virginia USO. The USO received the trees to pass out to service members throughout Kuwait. The USO has been working with the Trees for Troops to spread the Christmas cheer to deployed men and women.

Keon Moore, the assistant logistics manager for the USO at Camp Virginia, said he enjoyed being part of giving trees to service members and doing “something to make you feel like it’s Christmas. That is an awesome feeling for us. We appreciate you guys being happy.”

Eighteen Christmas trees are being displayed outside the 38th SB’s work tents. The Soldiers will be decorating the trees for a little friendly competition among the sections. Each section was encouraged to be creative with decorating the trees.

Sgt. Rhandi Thomas, medic from Portland, Ind., said she was ready to decorate her section’s Christmas tree and that the contest makes it even better.

“I think it is amazing. If we are going to be here at Christmas time we might as well have fun with it.”

“I think it draws them closer to the holidays and brings them back to their roots of Indiana. It will increase the morale and just seeing them smile as they decorate the trees. They are now playing Christmas music in their tents. It will raise their spirit and morale around the holidays,” said Thombleson.

The soldiers of the 38th expressed how thankful they were to have the trees. Sgt. Wolgan Ramos, administrative specialist from Van Buren, Ind., “I would like to thank the people that were responsible for making this happen. Our section is very excited to get these trees. The smell of that fresh pine too; it just really hits you and you really can’t get that smell around here.”

Indiana Army National Guardsman Sgt. Rhandi Thomas, medic from Portland, Ind., gets in the Christmas spirit while decorating her section’s medical-themed Christmas tree on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 38th Sustainment Brigade based in Kokomo, Ind., received Christmas trees from the Indiana Christmas Tree Grower Association. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tina R. Eichenour, 38th Sustainment Brigade)   Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/803490/hoosier-christmas-trees-overseas#.UpQU2MSsiSo#ixzz2licG8bKn

Indiana Army National Guardsman Sgt. Rhandi Thomas, medic from Portland, Ind., gets in the Christmas spirit while decorating her section’s medical-themed Christmas tree on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The 38th Sustainment Brigade based in Kokomo, Ind., received Christmas trees from the Indiana Christmas Tree Grower Association. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tina R. Eichenour, 38th Sustainment Brigade)

Deputy Seriously Injured in Crash After Shots Fired Call

25 Nov

Jackson County: A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash. According to Sergeant Brian Wilson, yesterday evening at approximately 6:00 Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy, 47 year old Mark Holt of Seymour, was traveling westbound on S.R. 258 responding to a “shots fired” call near Norman. In the area of Base Road Deputy Holt crested a hill and his vehicle, 2012 Chevrolet Caprice, became airborne. When it landed Deputy Holt lost control and the vehicle ran off the north side of the roadway then rolled several times. Trooper Matt Holley, who was also responding to the same call, was a very short distance behind Deputy Holt and drove up on the crash almost immediately after it occurred.

Deputy Holt was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville, KY suffering from fractures to his ankle and feet, and multiple cuts and bruises. Deputy Holt was wearing is his seat belt at the time of the crash. The use of the seat belt coupled with air bags and other safety equipment in the vehicle greatly reduced the seriousness of the injuries he could have suffered in such a violent crash. Despite his injuries, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Also assisting with the investigation is Senior Trooper Jason Hankins, Troopers Matt Holley and Jared Black. Also assisting at the scene was Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies, Seymour Police Department, and Jackson County EMS. The crash remains under investigation.

South Hammond Crime Watch Meeting Tonight

21 Nov

Gazette Staff

South Hammond Crime Watch will meet this evening at the Hammond Housing Authority Office located at the corner of Chestnut and 173rd at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker for the evening will be Lisa Wein, Executive Director of Haven House, a Family Advocacy Center. Sgt. Muta will present the crime statistics for our South Hammond area. Please join us for an always informative meeting!

Four Marines Killed at Camp Pendleton

15 Nov

 

Four Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines were killed in an explosion at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday during range maintenance operations to dispose of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Zulu impact area aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

One Navy Hospital Corpsman and two Marines nearby were released after receiving medical treatment at the scene.

The names of the deceased Marines are:

Staff Sgt. Mathew R. Marsh, 28, of Long Beach, Calif., was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2003, and was promoted to his current rank in May 2009. Marsh’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He deployed twice to Iraq in 2005 and 2008 and twice to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2012 as a team leader.

Gunnery Sgt. Gregory J. Mullins, 31, of Bayou L’Ourse, La., was the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Staff Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. He joined the Marine Corps in March 2002, and was promoted to his current rank in February 2013. Mullins’ awards include two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He deployed twice to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a team leader.

Sgt. Miguel Ortiz, 27, of Vista, Calif., was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. He joined the Marine Corps in March 2006, and was promoted to his current rank in November 2009. Ortiz’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2007, to the Western Pacific in 2008 and to Afghanistan in 2012.

Staff Sgt. Eric W. Summers, 32, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon, Airfield Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, stationed aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2000, and was promoted to his current rank in October 2010. Summers’ awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He deployed to Kuwait in 2003, Iraq in 2004 and three times to Afghanistan in 2009, 2011 and 2012 as a team leader.

The Zulu impact area is used for firing explosive munitions such as grenades, mortars, artillery and rockets and for dropping munitions from aircraft. While live-fire training was ongoing at the adjacent Whiskey impact area, there was no live-fire training being conducted Wednesday in the Zulu area.

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Marines we lost yesterday. Explosive Ordnance Disposal is a small and tight-knit community, not just in the Marine Corps, but in the entire US military. Our focus now is on ensuring these families receive the help and support they need,” said Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Driver Arrested in Work Zone after Night of Celebrating

24 Oct

IN Hammond, (Lake County) Early this morning a Beecher, Illinois man out celebrating the evening before disregarded all the traffic control devices in the overnight work zone set up on I-80/94 east bound east of Calumet Avenue.At approximately 3:24 a.m., this Thursday, October 24, 2013, morning, Sergeant Wanda Clay who was working traffic security for the work zone construction being done overnight on I-80/94 east bound saw a 2005 Ford Explorer drive in between the construction barrels behind her and stop to talk to a construction worker in his vehicle. The exit lane, right and right middle lanes were closed in this area for the overnight construction leaving the left two lanes open for motoring traffic. The area was well posted, with signage, barrels, traffic control devices, construction workers and vehicles.Clay was sitting in the right middle lane in construction with all of her emergency lights activated less than ½ mile from the workers up ahead. As she watched the Explorer come up behind her she thought he might have been a worker until she realized his vehicle didn’t have an amber light on it. The Explorer passed her police car and was approaching a construction semi-tanker loaded with water sitting in right lane as she took off after it. The semi was blocking the Explorer when it attempted to move to the right middle lane to get around it. The semi was able to maneuver itself to block the Explorer as Clay approached to stop it; as there were workers out working in front of the semi.The driver of the Explorer identified as Kyle C. Ohlendorf, 23 of Beecher, Illinois had been out celebrating the night before and stated he was “lost and confused” when he went around the barrels to talk to the first construction worker.Ohlendorf was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device in a Work Zone and Operating While Intoxicated Refusal. He was taken to Lake County Jail.