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Northwest Indiana Responders Helping in Surfside, FL

Jul 8, 2021
Indiana Task Force One

UNDATED - Some rescuers from Northwest Indiana are on the scene in Surfside, Florida looking for people who went missing in the condominium collapse.

The "Times" reports 80 first responders and trained civilians of Indiana Task Force One spent their Fourth of July searching for the remaining missing people.  The building partially collapsed June 24th.

Jay Settergren, Indiana Task Force One leader and battalion chief for the Indianapolis Fire Department is at the site, as well as Captain Ryan Cusack, of Crown Point Fire Rescue, and Crown Point native Deanna Lazowski are among the group sent to Florida.  

They do not yet know their return date.

City of Crown Point Addresses Parking Issue Downtown

May 20, 2021

CROWN POINT - After many years of dealing with congestion and parking limitations downtown, the city of Crown Point is looking at ways to solve the problem.

The city is investing just under $60-thousand dollars into a parking study that is to result in a final design of new parking solutions, according to the "Times."

The Crown Point Board of Works on Wednesday unanimously approved an agreement with American Structurepoint, an engineering consulting firm, that will conduct the parking study.


LOWELL - Several Northwest Indiana Communities are getting grant funds to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

State Senator Rick Niemeyer, a Republican from Lowell, said in a news release that cities and towns in Senate District 6 will receive nearly $3.5 million.

Cedar Lake received just over $101,450; Crown Point ..... just over $566,000; Dyer received just under $675,000; Kentland received around $142,000; Lowell received $1 million; Schererville received just over $410,000; and Winfield was awarded just over $535,000.

The Indiana General Assembly established the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program in 2016 to advance community infrastructure projects, strengthen local transportation networks and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges.

Since it was put into place, the program has awarded more than $930 million in state matching funds for local construction projects.

Dairy Belle Coming to Dyer

Mar 18, 2021
Northwest Indiana Times


DYER - Dairy Belle is coming to Dyer.  It's opening next to Pop's on U.S. 30, about three miles west of its existing location on U.S. 30 in Schererville.

The new ice cream parlor in Dyer will be around 1,800-square-feet with indoor seating, an outdoor patio and a drive-thru.  It will be the first Dairy Belle to occupy a newly constructed location, and it will be open year-round.  The Dyer location is projected to be open by mid-summer.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point, Hammond and Michigan City are going to start inoculating health care workers.  

Robert Blaszkiewicz, Communications and Media Relations Specialist for Franciscan Health - Northern Division, says the three Franciscan locations are among the hospitals designated to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

"We have received our initial doses of vaccine," Blaszkiewicz says. "And so we are ready to being vaccinating front line health care workers tomorrow on Friday."  

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Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran on Wednesday, November 11th, two days after he learned that he tested positive for COVID-19.  Here's the full conversation in which Uran talked about his experience.


City of Crown Point

CROWN POINT - Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran has tested positive for COVID.

Uran disclosed on social media that he received his positive results from Great Lakes Laboratory after taking a test Monday morning.  
He said he developed flu-like symptoms late Sunday evening, that deteriorated very quickly as the night went on that caused him to reach out to the city of Crown Point covid task force for guidance.  

The mayor said he spent several hours on Monday notifying the people who were in close or direct contact with him, per CDC guidelines.  

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on a protests in across Northwest Indiana, North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan won the Democratic primary for the US House District 1 seat, Darian Benson and Carter Barrett have a report on black health disparities and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ivy Tech Community College VP of Academic Admissions Dr. Russ Baker about a guaranteed admissions agreement with Indiana University … All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

NW Indiana man shot by state trooper following pursuit

Jun 2, 2020

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — State police say a northwestern Indiana man was shot and wounded by a state trooper he allegedly wedged between his vehicle and the officer’s cruiser following an overnight vehicle pursuit.

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Crown Point, IN - About 100 protestors gathered in Crown Point, Monday afternoon, to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd was the Minneapolis, MN man who was killed after now former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 mintues. Floyd cried out "I cannot breathe," while Chauvin knelt on his neck.

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A woman in Crown Point is self-quarantining in Crown Point, after testing negative for the flu, strep-throat, and RSV. She's being tested for Coronavirus on Monday, March 16.

Sheila Kezy, OB tech at Franciscan Health Crown Point, demonstrates the use of a temporal thermometer on a coworker at the screening station at the hospital’s main entrance. New screening procedures for visitors, including checking for fever, began at the hospital on Thursday.Credit Franciscan HealthEdit | Remove

Indiana State Police

NORTHWEST INDIANA - A 57 year-old man died Monday night after driving the wrong way on the Indiana Toll Road and getting into a head-on collision with a semi.

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Glen Fifield says it happened after 5 p.m.     

Indiana State Police Toll Road received 911 calls of a vehicle crash at the 40.6 mile-marker involving a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle.  The car was reportedly traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes prior to the crash.  

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a possible police impersonator may have stopped two female motorists in northwestern Indiana in recent weeks.

Indiana State Police say a motorist was stopped on southbound Interstate 65 near Crown Point the night of July 8 by a man in a black or dark blue Ford Crown Victoria with red and blue lights inside. She told state police the man didn't identify himself as an officer and yelled at her for allegedly speeding.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of fatally strangling an elderly woman and her daughter in northwestern Indiana has been ordered to get another mental health evaluation.

The Times reports Lake County Judge Samuel Cappas ordered the evaluation Thursday for 47-year-old James Lohnes of Crown Point. The judge scheduled an Oct. 17 pretrial hearing and a Nov. 12 trial.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say they've confirmed that a human foot found in April in a pond in northwestern Indiana was that of a missing Indianapolis-area woman.

Police responded in Crown Point after a fisherman reported snagging what appeared to be a human foot. Officers determined the remains were human and a distinct tattoo led authorities to believe the remains belonged to 30-year-old Najah Ferrell of Avon, who has been missing since mid-March.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a human foot has been found in a pond in northwestern Indiana.

The Times reports police responded Monday afternoon in Crown Point after a fisherman reported snagging what appeared to be a human foot. Crown Point police Chief Pete Land says in a statement that officers on the scene confirmed the remains were human.

The Lake County coroner's office said late Monday that remains had been found. The office is working with law enforcement agencies on the investigation.

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Officials in northwestern Indiana's Lake County are holding off buying 22 new police cruisers amid questions about where the money will come from to outfit them for duty.

The county's commissioners delayed purchasing the new cruisers Wednesday until Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. can explain how the county can cover the full cost of getting the vehicles ready for the road.

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Officials in northwestern Indiana's Lake County are holding off buying 22 new police cruisers amid questions about where the money will come from to outfit them for duty.

The county's commissioners delayed purchasing the new cruisers Wednesday until Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. can explain how the county can cover the full cost of getting the vehicles ready for the road.

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Election officials in northwestern Indiana's Lake County have approved a state-mandated consolidation of the county's small voting precincts.

Lake County's elections board approved a new precinct map Tuesday that shrinks the county's precincts from 523 to 364 ahead of the May 7 minicipal primary elections.

Jury acquits Indiana man accused of killing woman's dogs

Nov 1, 2018

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a northwestern Indiana man who authorities say stole two dogs that belonged to a woman he formerly dated and killed them .

The Times reports a jury on Wednesday cleared 24-year-old Anthony Priestas of two felony counts of killing a domestic animal.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police say three schoolchildren have been hospitalized after the bus they were riding on was rear-ended by a car in northwestern Indiana.

Crown Point police say the three children complained of minor back pain after the collision Tuesday morning. About 30 children were on the bus at the time.

Police say a 40-year-old Crown Point man who was driving the car suffered a hand injury and was treated at the scene.

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police departments in northwestern Indiana are turning to key fobs as a way to unlock doors at local schools electronically so officers can quickly enter if there's an emergency.

The Times reports that the newly implemented system in Crown Point gives officers access to all doors at every school in the district. Officers will also be issued a school ID card.

Governor's Workforce Cabinet Meets For The First Time

May 1, 2018

CROWN POINT - The City of Crown Point is raising funds and collecting goods in support of Hurricane Harvey victims.  Diana Bosse,  Special Events Administrator for the City, says one hundred percent of funds and goods collected will be donated to the communities in and around Alvin, Texas.  

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John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Crown Point Councilwoman Carol Drasga about the Seward Johnson statues in Crown Point, IN.

Fireworks and Fourth of July Safety

Jun 27, 2017
KFox 14


The best way to celebrate Independence day is with some good food, company and of course  fireworks. The worst way, though, would be a trip to the emergency room or even prison. But the two can be avoided with firework safety tips.

It’s important to know two things when using fireworks, knowing your firework, by reading the directions and instructions before igniting, and most importantly know your local laws.