Valpo Brewfest Tickets Go On Sale Friday 2/5

Tickets are Expected to Sell Out Quickly
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February 4, 2016-Tickets to the 2016 Valpo Brewfest will go on sale this Friday, February 5th at 12p.m.
Last year we saw a record ticket sellout in less than 15 minutes. We’re expecting to sell out quickly again this year.
VIP tickets are $90 and include 1 hour early admission to the fest, a souvenir tasting cup, unlimited sampling from more than 150 beers, exclusive VIP beers from Bells, and complimentary snacks.
General Admission tickets are $50 and include unlimited sampling of the more than 150 beers from local and regional craft brewers and a souvenir tasting cup.

Designated Drivers can accompany VIP or GA ticketholders to provide safe transportation and must purchase tickets. DDs must be over age 21 and cannot consume alcohol. VIP DD ticketholders enter an hour early with the VIPs, receive complimentary soda, bottled water and snacks and a souvenir tasting cup along with entry for $25. GA DDs enter with GA ticketholders and receive complimentary soda and bottled water and the souvenir cup for just $15.

The popular festival will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 1:00 p.m. (noon for VIPs) to 4:30 p.m. in Central Park.

Tickets will be available Friday at noon, here: http://valpobrewfest.com/tickets/

Contact info@valpobrewfest.com.

After Multiple Burglaries, Munster Police Issue Alert to Residents

February 4, 2016-After several residential burglaries where the intruders gained entry through the rear of a home, Munster Police are alerting residents to be on the lookout and ensure that doors are locked.  In a written release today,  Munster Police said daytime burglaries or attempted burglaries had occurred in the 7900 block of Harrison, the 400 block of River Drive and the 300 block of Belden Drive.  “Each of these incidents involved attempted or successful forced entry to a rear door” the alert stated.

Police ask Residents to report ANY suspicious individuals in their neighborhoods. Residents should be on the lookout for individuals who are hanging around a neighbor’s home or who are sitting in parked vehicles for long periods of time acccording to Police. “Residents should also report individuals who knock on their door asking for random people who do not reside there, as they may just be checking to see if someone was at home. If you see something suspicious, please call 911 immediately” the report continues.

Please make sure that your doors are always secured, and to lock exterior storm doors as well. Windows should always be kept closed and locked, and residents should encourage each other to watch out for suspicious activity while neighbors are at work or out of town.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged call the Munster Police Department’s Investigations Unit at 219-836-6632 or the department’s Crime Tip Line at 219-836-1010; You can remain anonymous.

Kyle Allen Sworn in as Lake County Commissioner

February 4, 2016-Lake County has a new Commissioner, Kyle Allen of Gary. Allen was sworn in last night after a caucus of precinct committee members selected him to replace Roosevelt Allen, Jr. who passed away on January 9, 2016. Roosevelt Allen was re-elected as Commissioner in Lake County’s 1st District in 2014. Kyle Allen will serve the remainder of his 4 year term which expires on January 1, 2018. In addition to Kyle Allen, four other candidates sought the position of Commissioner. Chris Meyer of Crown Point, Lita Fillipo of Gary, Pastor Eric Gardner of Gary and David Spott of Hobart.

A board of three commissioners serves as the chief executive of Lake County government. Each Commissioner is selected from voters within their district and the The three member panel could be analogized to a city mayor, with the County Council providing the legislative branch. Each Lake County Commissioner is elected from a District which is determined by the Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, based on population. The First District is comprised of the entire Cities of Gary, Merrillville, Lake Station, New Chicago, Hobart and part of Crown Point. (see http://cms.lakecountyin.org/opencms/export/sites/default/lcportal-cms/commissioners/maps/district1/COUNTY_COMMISSIONER_DISTRICT_1_2013.pdf ).

In his capacity as Commissioner, Roosevelt Allen also served on numerous board which are crucial to region government. Among those is the 911 Board and the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission. NIRPC is the chief planning agency for all of Northwest Indiana and their primary function is developing a long term plan for growth in the region.

Kyle Allen is the son of Dozier Allen, former Calumet Township Trustee who is a cousin of the late Roosevelt Allen, Jr. Kyle Allen served as a Gary Common Councilman until he was selected as Commissioner, and was President of the Gary Common Council until earlier this month.

Buncich Calls on Legislators to “Save Us From Further Embarrassment”

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February 3, 2016-On election night, Sheriff/Democratic Chairman John Buncich and Munster Republican Chair Andy Qunell vowed to work together to ensure that we would never have another Robert Battle on the ballot. Each bemoaned the travesty that occurred when Battle, sitting in jail and accused of drug dealing and murder, was easily re-elected to a $44,000 per year council position in East Chicago. Sheriff Buncich has carried through on that promise to follow through, sort of . . .

On February 1, 2016 Sheriff/Chairman Buncich sent a letter to each of our local legislators. In the letter he called the re-election of Battle a “travesty” and asked for some type of relief-either permanent or temporary. Buncich concludes the letter by asking legislators to “amend Indiana statutes to . . . save our county of lake from further embarrassment.”

For his part, Munster Republican Chair Andy Qunell says “this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Robert Battle’s constituents in East Chicago’s have been without a councilman for at least six months and he is collecting a paycheck. This is a community that cannot afford that.”

The Robert Battle case made national news as he was sworn in to office in the Porter County Jail where he is being held on federal charges.

$62 million is waiting for Northwest Indiana residents to claim Attorney General Zoeller seeks rightful owners

Source: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller

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February 3, 2016-In 2015 the Indiana Attorney General returned a record breaking $88 million in unclaimed property to thousands of residents or former residents of Indiana or their heirs. Of that $88 million, $7.5 million was returned to Northwest Indiana residents, but there is more where that came from. The Indiana Unclaimed Property Division still holds over $400 million that is just waiting to be claimed by rightful owners.

“Approximately one in three Hoosiers has unclaimed property and most are surprised to learn that they do. And while we returned another record amount last year, we received more than we returned,” Zoeller said. More organizations are turning over unclaimed funds and there is now more than $400 million waiting to be claimed statewide.”

Unclaimed property includes investment earnings, insurance proceeds and benefits, wages, and money from savings and checking accounts. Less than one percent of unclaimed assets are tangible, physical items, such as those found in safe-deposit boxes. It is important to note that unclaimed property does NOT include abandoned vehicles or real estate.

Business are required by law to turn over to the state any unclaimed property after three years of inactivity. The Attorney General’s Office serves as the custodian of these assets and holds them for 25 years or until the rightful owner is found.

Business owners and charitable organizations should also check annually for unclaimed property.

In total, the state’s unclaimed property database holds more than $400 million in assets. In 2015, the Attorney General’s Office returned a record 108,000 properties totaling more than $88 million in unclaimed property. In the past 10 years the office has returned more than $535 million.

The Unclaimed Property database can be searched 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at www.IndianaUnclaimed.gov. The Unclaimed Property Division’s toll-free number is 1-866-IN-CLAIM (1-866-462-5246). This is a free service of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

Griffith Police Seek Help Identifying Phony Electrical Worker

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February 2, 2016-Griffith Indiana Police are seeking help from the public in identifying and locating an individual who dressed as an electrical worker and entered a Subway restaurant. According to the statement, the individual “left after deceiving employees out of $150.00” at 7:45 p.m. on January 30, 2016.

“The middle aged, male, black suspect was (pictured above) was wearing work clothing and a hard hat displaying a “Block Electric” insignia when he approached the young employees and advised them he was there to complete maintenance. The suspect had employees call the owner of the business and once the connection was established the cut the phone cord out of sight of the employees and appeared to carry on his side of the conversation with the owner. The employee heard the suspect acknowledge that the employee was to give him $150.00 from the cash register” according to Police. The suspect left in a newer red Chevrolet Camaro.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect should call Detective John Mowery at 219-924-7503 ext. 256 or the Griffith Police Anonymous Tip Line at 219-922-3085.

Iowa Caucus: Cruz Wins Republican Race; Clinton, Sanders Too Close to Call


February 1, 2016-Ted Cruz has bested a large field of Republican contenders to take the State of Iowa today as the nation’s first Presidential contest was held in Iowa. Cruz tweeted “Thank you Iowa. Its our time” to supporters at approximately 10:30 p.m.

In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders are locked in a battle that is too close to call. Just moments ago, Sanders tweeted the following:

We will update this as additional information becomes available.

One Hospitalized After Drive By Shooting on Van Buren in Gary

February 1, 2016-The Gazette has confirmed that one man was shot in the face tonight in what was reported as a drive-by shooting in the 600 block of Van Buren. Police and EMS were dispatched just before 6:00 p.m. after several residents reported a man shot in the face. When paramedics arrived, they discovered that a friend had driven the man to the hospital. CSI arrived and processed the scene which had multiple shell casings. The condition of the gunshot victim is not known at this time.

This is a breaking story. We will update it as more information becomes available. Please Like us on Facebook for more breaking stories and original reporting.

Hammond Police: 4 Subway Armed Robberies May be Related

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February 1, 2016-Hammmond Police have reported a string of four armed robberies at Subway Restaurant locations in just over a month. According to Lt. Richard Hoyda of the Hammond Police Department, the Subway Restaurant at 4538 Calumet Avenue has been robbed 3 times since December 20, 2015. According to the reports, the suspect descriptions are similar but there is no person of interest in the armed hold-ups at this point in time.

According to Police, On December 20, 2015 a black male subject entered the Subway at 4538 Calumet Avenue. The subject had his face covered with a hoodie “exposing only the mouth area.” The subject then handed the worker a plastic bag, displayed a black firearm and demanded money. The subject then fled on foot.

On December 22, 2015, at the same Subway Location on Calumet Avenue, a black male entered wearing a hooding and brandishing a black semi-automatic weapon. Again the subject demanded all the cash in the register and fled on foot. Officers searched the area extensively with the assistance of K-9 officers but did not locate a suspect according to the report.

On January 20, 2016 at 4538 Calumet Avenue a black male walked into the Subway and was leaning on the counter. As the employee approached the subject from the rear, he demanded that she open the register and give him all the money according to the report. According to Police the suspect said he had a gun on his hip and he was not afraid to use it. The suspect then left and got into a dark colored vehicle and drove westbound according to Police.

On January 30, 2016, at about 8:30 p.m. police were called to the Subway Restaurant located at 7518 Calumet Avenue after an armed robbery. According to Police, “An unknown male entered the restaurant wearing a grey colored hoodie sweatshirt, black baseball hat, dark colored jeans, dark colored shoes, gloves on hands, and some type of mask covering his face. The subject displayed a handgun and told the employee that she needed to empty the register. The subject fled on foot in an unknown direction with an undetermined amount of U.S. Currency. No one was reported injured.

Anyone with information regarding any of these armed robberies is asked to contact
Hammond Police Detectives at 219 852 2906