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Marine Veteran Searches for Service Dog Allegedly Stolen From Indiana Yard – NBC Chicago

A U.S. Marine veteran from Hobart, Indiana, believes her service-dog-in-training was stolen from her front yard after not seeing him since Dec. 29. Natalie Padilla served as a Marine from 2005 to 2009. After having symptoms of anxiety and depression, Padilla said she purchased Dart, a silk terrier-poodle mix, for emotional support when he was 10 weeks old. Padilla last saw Dart on Dec. 29 when he was in her yard on Ash Street in Hobart at around 7:30 a.m. She said she heard barking that sounded unlike his usual bark and then there was silence. “He is so comforting ... Read more

Weather Rollercoaster Could Bring More Rain, Snow to Area Later in Week – NBC Chicago

Residents tired of the weather rollercoaster should prepare for another ride as yet another storm system could threaten the Chicago area toward the end of the work week. Beginning Thursday, forecast models are indicating that another heavy precipitation event could be in the cards for the region, with a chance of rain, sleet and snow once again threatening to create travel headaches for drivers and travellers. Before we get to that weather however, there are still issues to deal with Sunday. A winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of northwest Indiana, as Porter and LaPorte counties deal with ... Read more

Chicago Suburb Named 2nd Best US City to Live in – NBC Chicago

A Chicago suburb has been named the second best city in which to live in the U.S., according to a new ranking released Tuesday. 24/7 Wall Street ranked Winnetka near the top of the list, coming in second only to Manhattan Beach in California. The publication noted that the North Shore community “boasts a high per capita concentration of restaurants, bars and theater companies as well as a total of 27 parks that span nearly 250 acres.” Winnetka also has a median household income of $220,577 – more than three times the national median of $60,293, 24/7 Wall Street said. ... Read more

Family Mourns Woman Killed In Merrillville – CBS Chicago

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (CBS) — A woman’s family was trying Tuesday to put together how she ended up dead in a Merrillville, Indiana hotel – and how her alleged killer was then gunned down in a violent standoff with police in Gary. As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reported, the suspected killer – Keenan McCain, 29 – was the boyfriend of victim Betty Claudio, 44. And McCain had a troubling past. Claudio’s body was found over the weekend at the Merrillville Hampton Inn. Claudio was a much-loved mother and aunt. “She literally would do anything for anybody, and for somebody to take ... Read more

Woman Gives Birth To Twins In Two Different Decades – CBS Chicago

CARMEL, Ind. (CBS Local) — Two twins who were born within an hour of each other in Indiana not only have different birthdays, they were born in different decades. Joslyn and Jaxon were born last week at Ascension St. Vincent Carmel hospital. Dawn Gilliam of Pendleton delivered Joslyn at 11:37 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2019 at four pounds, 11 ounces. Little brother Jaxon arrived at 12:07 a.m. in the new year and new decade at 4 pounds, 5 ounces. “We’ve known for a while that she was going to be born first,” Gilliam told reporters in the maternity ward ... Read more

ArcelorMittal Steel Plant In Indiana Accused Of Manipulating Test Results In Wake Of Chemical Spill – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Indiana state regulators say the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Burns Harbor has been manipulating test results, following a toxic chemical spill that killed 3,000 fish in the Little Calumet River last summer. In a letter to the company, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management said ArcelorMittal has made a practice of redoing tests that showed violations, and using the new tests to replace those results, sometimes after they already had been reported to the state. “This practice is not allowable,” IDEM Deputy Director Rick Massoels wrote in the letter. Steelmaker ArcelorMittal accused of manipulating its required test ... Read more

Police Fire Shots At Smart Car With Suspected Thief In Indiana – CBS Chicago

HOBART, Ind. (CBS) — The driver of a tiny car caused big problems for police in Indiana this past weekend. Police say the chase started with a theft. The driver is now in custody, but as CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported Monday night, he didn’t go quietly. A rental Smart car led police from four departments on a chase through the streets of Northwest Indiana on Sunday. “He was all over the place, but he was surprisingly fast for a little guy,” said David Tirado. Tirado recorded cellphone video as the chase inched by. “I didn’t think they took ... Read more

String Of Hammond Home Invasions Connected – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The startling string of home invasions in Hammond continues. CBS 2’s Tara Molina reports from the police station, asking investigators what’s being done about this, with another invasion late last night. Police said they believe one man is behind all of them. His MO is the same in all four incidents: waking people up in the middle of the night, threatening them with a gun and stealing every valuable item he can carry. White Oak Avenue. The most recent street hit in a string of home invasions in Hammond. Around 10:00 Thursday night, a woman woke up ... Read more

Community College Offers Free Tuition To Those Who Want To Become Volunteer Firefighters – CBS Chicago

ELKHART, Ind. (CBS Local) — A national shortage of volunteer firefighters and first responders has prompted a community college in Indiana to offer free tuition to get more people to join up. Ivy Tech Community College, with more than 40 locations statewide, will provide funding for students for two years and up to $250,000 for the program starting the 2020 spring semester. Students who are interested can apply now. “It’s kind of like a GI Bill for volunteer firefighters,” Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association president Paul Holcomb told the South Bend Tribune. The IVFA has lost more than 1,400 volunteer firefighters ... Read more

Hammond Residents Traumatized After Armed Home Invader Strikes 3 Times – CBS Chicago

HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — Police say victims are being targeted inside their own homes in a series of frightening attacks in Hammond, Indiana. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported spoke to one of the victims Wednesday. The pair of grandparents had a gun pointed at them as they stuffed their prized possessions into a bag for the man with the gun. They remained shaken Wednesday, so they weren’t ready to go on camera just yet. The husband said he was on the couch at home in the 4300 block of Elm Avenue sometime before 8 p.m. Monday, when he heard a ... Read more

Same Man Believed To Be Behind 3 Home Invasions In Hammond, Indiana – CBS Chicago

HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — Police in Hammond, Indiana warned the public Tuesday evening about three home invasions that happened the night before. Around 8 p.m. Monday, police were called to the 4300 block of Elm Avenue. The man and woman who live there said they heard a noise and found a man had entered their home, police said. The man pulled a gun and demanded money and jewelry, police said. He took off with stolen items and no one was hurt. While officers were investigating that crime, they were called around 8:40 p.m. to the 4900 block of Oak Avenue. ... Read more

Notre Dame Eyes Strong Finish Vs Iowa State In Bowl Matchup – CBS Chicago

 (AP) — No team coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff semifinals begins the next season with a goal of reaching the Camping World Bowl. No. 14 Notre Dame (10-2, No. 15 CFP) welcomes the opportunity to play Iowa State (7-5) on Saturday, though, and the upset-minded Cyclones are just as excited about the potential long-term benefits of facing a marquee program such as the Fighting Irish. “One of the really great things about bowl games is you are putting an exclamation point on a really powerful chapter of a senior class and the 2019 football team. But ... Read more

Effort to Reopen Bridge Between Indiana, Illinois Gets Boost – NBC Chicago

An effort to reopen a Wabash River bridge between Indiana and Illinois that was closed in 2012 amid safety concerns is getting a $350,000 boost from the state of Indiana. Indiana officials announced the funding Friday for the Harmony Way Bridge, which runs between New Harmony, Indiana, and White County, Illinois, The Evansville Courier & Press reported. Although there’s no timeline for reopening the span, the New Harmony-Wabash River Bridge Authority said the funding is “seed money” which represents a critical step toward repairing and reopening the bridge. “This money will cover half of the estimated inspection and repair costs to ... Read more

Crowd Turns Out To Remember Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher – CBS Chicago

GARY, Ind. (CBS/AP) — A crowd turned out on Saturday to remember former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, one of the first African American mayors of a large U.S. city. The funeral was held at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary. Hatcher died on Friday at the age of 86. In the late 1960s, Hatcher and Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes were the first black men to win the mayor’s office in a city with a population of over 100,000. Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher (left) with current Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson. (CBS) Elected in November 1967, Hatcher first took office ... Read more

Illinois, Indiana Representatives Split Along Party Lines on Impeachment Vote – NBC Chicago

Elected representatives from both Illinois and Indiana were split on party lines as the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday night.  By a vote of 230-197, the House voted to impeach the president on charges that he abused the power of his office in phone calls with Ukrainian officials, during which we allegedly put pressure on Ukrainian officials to open investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the former VP’s son Hunter Biden.  By a vote of 229-198, the House also voted to impeach the president on charges that he obstructed Congress’ investigation into ... Read more

Driver in Deadly Indiana Bus Stop Crash to be Sentenced Wednesday – NBC Chicago

An Indiana woman who plowed her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus is expected to be sentenced Wednesday. Alyssa Shepherd, of Rochester, Indiana, was convicted of reckless homicide and two other crimes in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash. She could face up to 21 ½ years in prison at sentencing. Authorities said Shepherd was driving a pickup truck at around 7:30 a.m. when she struck four children who were crossing a two-lane road to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus near Rochester, about 100 miles ... Read more

Indiana Man Offered Plea Deal In Death Of Granddaughter On Cruise Ship – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — The Indiana grandfather charged in the accidental death of his 18-month-old granddaughter on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico is considering a plea deal. Authorities in late October charged Salvatore Anello, 50, after his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, fell when he raised her up to an open window on July 7. Anello was handcuffed and taken to jail in Puerto Rico. But his family has always maintained it was an accident. Salvatore Anello is charged with negligence homicide in the death of his 18-month-old granddaughter, who fell from a cruise ship. (Credit: Policia de Puerto Rico) The Puerto ... Read more

Father of 4-Year-Old Killed in Gary Was Gunned Down in Chicago Earlier This Year: Police – NBC Chicago

The father of a 4-year-old boy who was shot and killed in northwest Indiana early Monday morning had been gunned down earlier this year in Chicago, police confirmed Monday. Tory Dukes, 32, was shot and killed in the 8500 block of South Aberdeen on Sept. 3, according to police. On that day, a ShotSpotter alert had summoned officers to the neighborhood, where they found Dukes lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head. No suspects are in custody in connection with the case, and Area South Detectives are continuing to investigate the case, the department told NBC ... Read more

Man Found Slumped Over Wheel After Crashing Into Lake Station Building – CBS Chicago

LAKE STATION, Ind. (CBS) — A man was found slumped over the steering wheel Sunday after a car crashed into a business in Lake Station, Indiana. Around 10 a.m., officers were called to 925 Central Ave. in Lake Station, after a car slammed into a commercial building. Officers found the white Chevrolet Blazer at the scene with front-end damage. The west wall of the 925 Central Ave. building sustained severe damage, with the exterior concrete having been pushed in, police said. The man driving the vehicle was found slumped over the wheel, and officers got him out of the front ... Read more

Former Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher Dead at 86 – NBC Chicago

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, who became one of the first black mayors of a big U.S. city when he was elected in 1967, has died. He was 86. Hatcher died Friday night at a Chicago hospital, said his daughter, Indiana state Rep. Ragen Hatcher, a Gary Democrat. She did not provide a cause of her father’s death. The Hatcher family said in a statement that “in the last days of his life, he was surrounded by his family and loved ones.” “While deeply saddened by his passing, his family is very proud of the life he lived, including his ... Read more

Indiana Resisting Marijuana Trend of Neighboring States – NBC Chicago

Indiana’s Republican Statehouse leaders are firmly against taking any steps toward following neighboring states in legalizing marijuana use during the upcoming legislative session. They might not be able to avoid talking about it during the 2020 election campaign. Indiana lawmakers have not seriously debated proposals such as allowing medical marijuana or removing the threat of jail time for possessing small amounts of the drug, even as recreational marijuana sales have won approval in Michigan and Illinois and medical use is allowed in Ohio. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’ll remain opposed as long as the federal government classifies marijuana as a dangerous ... Read more

‘Straight Out of the Grinch’: Woman Accused of Stealing Holiday Decor as Indiana Town Prepares for Christmas

Police in a northwest Indiana town are looking for a real-life Grinch who was caught on camera stealing holiday decorations from city officials. The woman is accused of stealing $300 worth of branches and other items as Chesterton employees prepared to decorate 12 town-owned planters before Thanksgiving last week. “We had all of our materials spread out on the ground,” said Jennifer Gadzala, the Chesterton special projects coordinator. The thief also allegedly took “a big box of fresh winterberry, which is hard to come by,” Gadzala said, and 12 crystallized snowflake sticks. Man in Police Uniform Robs Currency Exchange: Officials ... Read more

Wild Waves Threaten Indiana Dunes In Portage – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Dramatic flooding at the Indiana Dunes. It’s so bad, a popular part of the park is threatened. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reports there’s a push to shut that lakefront down. The howling wind and frozen scenery won’t stop Michelle Dover from visiting the Indiana Dunes. “Actually we just wanted to see what it actually looked like in real life with the waves crossing over to the other side,” Dover said. She’d only seen it in videos, like one taken on Monday. It shows Lake Michigan crashing past the dune and into a separate body of water, behind ... Read more

At Least 3 Deaths Reported in Gary Fire: Police

At least three people are dead following a fire Friday afternoon in northwest Indiana, authorities said.  The fire was reported near 20th and Noble in Gary. Footage from the scene showed a charred home with several windows blown out. The fire appeared to have been put out as of 1 p.m. but a heavy police and fire response remained at the scene.  Gary police said the fire department reported three fatalities at the location but the cause of death remained undetermined.  Check back for more on this developing story.