UPDATE: Former high ranking Lake County police commander Daniel Murchek is indicted in the towing bribery scandal CROWN POINT — Dan Murchek, a former high-ranking administrator, is charged and will plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his involvement in the deepening Region towing bribery scandal.The U.S. Attorney's office made public early Friday a one-count indictment against Murchek, shortly after the 24-year veteran of the Lake County police force ended his law enforcement career with an abrupt resignation.U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John E. Martin arraigned Murchek, 57, of Schererville on the felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was freed on bond.Although Murchek pleaded not guilty Friday, attorney Caitlin Padula, who represented Murchek in court, said Murchek already has signed a plea agreement admitting he lied to FBI agents Nov. 14, 2016, when he denied receiving an illegal campaign contribution from an … [Read more...] about A history of corruption in government in Northwest Indiana continues
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Driving the Day Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2hzKdpt … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf Good Thursday morning. It’s going to be cold in D.C. today. Highs are in the upper 20s for today and tomorrow. Woof.Story Continued Below BIG IF TRUE -- “U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack,” by NBC News’ William M. Arkin, Ken Dilanian and Cynthia McFadden: “Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies ... What began as a ‘vendetta’ against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to ‘split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] … [Read more...] about SIREN: Senate Dems will help GOP replace OBAMACARE — PAUL RYAN dines with top TV reporters — Longtime D.C. WSJers take buyout — 5 new GEORGETOWN FELLOWS — B’DAY: Donna Brazile
Driving the Day Good Tuesday morning. Happy Fourth of July! The Capital Weather Gang: “D.C.-area forecast: Celebrate July 4 with a classic summer day and a chance of storms.” “Today: Partly sunny, hot, low p.m. storm risk. Highs: 89-93. Tonight: Possible evening storm, warm. Lows: 69-75.” http://wapo.st/2sIyFEY THE PRESIDENT is in Washington and will have a picnic for the military. He left the White House this morning at 9:23 a.m. THE VICE PRESIDENT is traveling to Grandville, Michigan, (population 16,000) for its Fourth of July parade. He’ll also attend the picnic.Story Continued Below WHAT THE WORLD IS TALKING ABOUT -- “North Korea claims it tested first intercontinental missile,” by AP’s Hyung-Jin Kim and Foster Klug in Seoul, South Korea: “North Korea on Tuesday claimed it successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world’s most … [Read more...] about HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY — NORTH KOREA claims it has tested an ICBM — ‘a 10,000-km-range missile that can hit New York isn’t far off’ — BACK TO THE BEACH: New Jersey gets budget deal — ALEXANDRA PELOSI’s new doc
WHITE HOUSE REGULAR NEWS BRIEFING - Transcript by CQ JANUARY 23, 2017 SPEAKER: WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER [*] SPICER: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for coming out to our first official briefing here in the Brady Room. I was going to start with a recap of the inauguration, but I think we’ve covered that pretty well. By the way, just as I get started, I know that Josh Earnest was voted the most popular press secretary by the Press Corps, so after reading -- checking my Twitter feed, I shot Josh an e-mail last night letting him know that he can rest easy, that his title is secure for at least the next few days. Let me begin by saying that the president has been closely monitoring the severe weather in the southeast. He spoke by phone with Governor Deal of Georgia yesterday and offered his condolences and support. Today, President Trump is focused on fulfilling his pledge to pursue trade policies that put America first. SPICER: The president began his day with a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo White House briefing by Sean Spicer
LATEST: Two caught in Portage with BB-style guns near school released by police, charges pending PORTAGE — Two men target shooting with BB-style guns Thursday triggered a district-wide lockdown of the city's public and private schools, Portage police said.The two men were later apprehended near Fegely Middle School, but have been released from police custody.Police Chief Troy Williams said the men were brought back to the station and later released. The reports will be forwarded to the Porter County Prosecutor's office for potential charges. The names of the two men were not released pending the filing of formal charges."It is not a crime to walk on a street with a rifle, but it's not the norm," Williams said.Reports of men with weapons near the school triggered a flood of police response just after 7:30 a.m.Williams said the incident is a reminder of the public safety concern created by people who carry weapons near public school buildings, especially 24 hours after a mass … [Read more...] about 5 important stories you need to know from Thursday: Two caught in Portage with BB-style guns near school released by police, charges pending. Indiana Supreme Court rules Lake Michigan shoreline belongs to all Hoosiers.
UPDATE: South Dakota man ID’d as person shot dead in officer-involved shooting at Merrillville car dealership MERRILLVILLE — A suspect accused of entering a car dealership armed with a knife Wednesday is dead following an officer-involved shooting at Art Hill Ford Lincoln dealership on U.S. 30, authorities have confirmed.The 30-year-old man was identified Wednesday afternoon by the Lake County Coroner's office as Jimmy Terry, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance, a spokesman for the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force, said the task force is investigating the shooting that involved Merrillville police. Merrillville police were called out at 11:38 a.m. to Art Hill Ford Lincoln, 901 W. Lincoln Highway, after receiving a 911 call that a man was armed with a knife and "chasing an employee" inside the dealership, Mance said. As officers arrived, Mance said they received updated information from 911 dispatch that Terry had … [Read more...] about 5 important stories you need to know: South Dakota man ID’d as person shot dead in officer-involved shooting at Merrillville car dealership. 3 Floyds files plans for major expansion that would more than double its size.
MAHONEY STATE PARK, Neb. — Nebraska Game and Parks commissioners established a new buck permit, distributed a few millions of dollars for playgrounds and trails, and heard about progress in improving the state’s pheasant habitat. They even met two flying squirrels — Wilbur and Orville — from the Lincoln Zoo. But nothing they did during a three-hour meeting Friday at Mahoney State Park generated a standing ovation like that given to two conservation officers for valor recognized recently by the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association. Craig Stover, the agency’s law enforcement chief, briefed commissioners on the deeds: » Officer Bryce Streger, who is based at Lake McConaughy, helped evacuate families from a re-ignited wildfire last March. Among them was an elderly man in a wheelchair and his wife as wind-driven flames were 40 feet from the couple’s house. Streger, who lived nearby, lost his dwelling and all of his … [Read more...] about Conservation officers honored at Nebraska Game and Parks meeting
The door was locked but the light outside was burning bright, and when the three women arrived for bridge with Mr. Haysom they were puzzled to find no one answering the bell. The cars were in the driveway. Though it was daytime, the porch lamp by the door had been left on. It was April 3, 1985, and the neighborhood was quiet. The women called Annie Massie, a friend who had a spare key, in case something had befallen their bridge partner or his wife. Holcomb Rock Road, where Derek and Nancy Haysom lived, snaked through central Virginia and into the hilly deep woods around Lynchburg. Derek, seventy-two, was a South African engineer. He had met Nancy, an American, known as Cita, in Johannesburg when they were both divorced. They’d joined their families, and, in 1964, they had their only child together, Elizabeth, raised in Nova Scotia, where Derek ran a steel mill. The house on Holcomb Rock Road, which they’d bought a few years earlier for retirement, was modest, but it had a … [Read more...] about A College Romance That Led to Murder
Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story misspelled Ocwen spokesman John Lovallo’s name.HOLT, Mich. — Nearly nine years after her home was rebuilt on national television, Arlene Nickless must turn in her keys.Designers with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — with the help of hundreds of volunteers — built her family's home in 2008 following the death of Tim Nickless, her husband of 18 years. But Arlene Nickless has been struggling to manage the mortgage for years and must leave by Monday.The home was foreclosed on in September and has been up for auction online for weeks.This past Sunday, cardboard boxes were stacked on the dark hardwood floors once showcased in nationwide broadcasts. The 2009 Ford Flex given with the home sat in the driveway hooked to a moving trailer. ► Food Network: Ty Pennington, Amanda Freitag cook up 'Diner Revival' ► TNT: Ty Pennington's favorite tool is … [Read more...] about Bank forecloses on ‘Extreme Makeover’ homeowner
It was hard not to root for President-elect Donald Trump when he went to the Carrier air conditioning factory in Indianapolis 10 days ago to announce a deal to save about 800 jobs the company had planned to move to Mexico. For those who have not watched it, the video that surfaced during the election — in which a company manager tells assembled workers their jobs will be sacrificed to "stay competitive and protect the business for the long term" — is a film noir of heartless corporate greed in an open global economy. Yet the move has been roundly savaged — by conservatives, who say the President-elect is picking winners and losers, and by liberals, who point out that Trump exaggerated and that Carrier is still moving hundreds of jobs to Mexico, and besides, President Obama saved far more jobs when he rescued the auto industry. And, cynics are quick to add, most manufacturing jobs aren't coming back, and Trump should stop pretending otherwise; automation … [Read more...] about Trumponomics: The way forward: Don’t belittle his jawboning, wheeling and dealing — build on it