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Indiana based hotel manager says data breach hit hotels in 8 states

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A nationwide hotel operator is investigating a suspected data security breach that may have compromised credit card and debit card information of customers who stayed at properties in eight states last year, the company announced Monday.

White Lodging Services Corp. said in a statement that the suspected breach affected cards used at hotel restaurants and lounges between March 20 and Dec. 16 at 14 properties it manages. The front desk system also was affected at one property, according to White Lodging, which did not say how many customers may have been affected.

“The unlawfully accessed data may have included names printed on customers’ credit or debit cards, credit or debit card numbers, the security code and card expiration dates,” the company said in a statement released by spokeswoman Kathleen Quilligan.

Merrillville, Ind.-based White Lodging, which owns and manages 168 hotels under various brands in 21 states and is a separate entity from specific hotel brands, said the breach may have affected properties in: Chicago; Indianapolis and Merrillville, Ind.; Austin, Tex.; Richmond, Va.; Erie, Penn.; Louisville, Ky.; Plantation, Fla.; and Denver, Boulder and Bloomfield, Colo.

White Lodging said it is working with federal law enforcement officials and the credit card companies and has initiated a review of all its properties. The properties include hotels under various Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton brands and include more than 30 restaurants. The company has nearly $1 billion in annual revenue and nearly 9,000 employees, according to its website.

White Lodging identified the properties affected by the breach as:

- Marriott Midway, Chicago, IL

- Holiday Inn Midway, Chicago, IL

- Holiday Inn Austin Northwest, Austin, TX

- Sheraton Erie Bayfront, Erie, PA

- Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin, TX

- Marriott Boulder, Boulder, CO

- Marriott Denver South, Denver, CO

- Marriott Austin South, Austin, TX

- Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis, IN

- Marriott Richmond Downtown, Richmond, VA

- Marriott Louisville Downtown, Louisville KY

- Renaissance Plantation, Plantation, FL

- Renaissance Broomfield Flatiron, Broomfield, CO

- Radisson Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN (both food and beverage and front desk system)

 

Charges filed against escaped Michigan prisoner

IONIA, Mich. (AP) - A convicted killer captured in a stolen car in Indiana after a daring one-day escape from a Michigan prison has been charged with kidnapping and other crimes, officials said Tuesday.

The charges were filed in Ionia County, Mich., while police were hunting for Michael David Elliot, who was arrested Monday night in LaPorte County, Ind., more than 150 miles from the Ionia Correctional Facility.

Elliot, 40, was charged with escape, kidnapping and carjacking, according to the Ionia County District Court. He is accused of escaping through two prison fences Sunday night and then stealing a Jeep with a woman inside while armed with a box cutter.

The woman escaped when they stopped for gas in Elkhart County, Ind. The Jeep was later found abandoned in nearby Shipshewana, Ind. By evening, Elliot was captured in another stolen vehicle in LaPorte County, Ind.

Michigan now will seek to extradite Elliot.

The woman whom Elliot abducted was able to call 911 from a concealed cellphone while Elliot was pumping gas at the store near Middlebury, Ind.

In the 911 call, the woman calmly tells the dispatcher her location and says she has been abducted.

“I’m hostage to an escaped convict from Ionia Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich.,” the woman says, according to a recording of the 911 call.

On the dispatcher’s advice, she ran to a restroom and locked herself inside. Elliot knocked on the door, but the woman stayed locked in there until police arrived.

Authorities then launched a door-to-door hunt of the area, but didn’t track Elliot down until hours later after getting a report of a car stolen from a factory in the city of LaPorte, said sheriff’s Maj. John Boyd. A deputy who happened to be nearby spotted the Chevrolet Monte Carlo “within a few seconds,” he said.

Elliot tried to run but he was arrested and taken to jail, where he was being held without bond, Boyd said.

 

Duneland School 2014 retirees

put in 241 years of service

By JEFF SCHULTZ

The Duneland School Corporation will say goodbye to nine of its teachers and staff retiring this year.

Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett said the corporation is “graduating” 267.5 years of teaching experience with 241 of those at Duneland among the retirees.

“Their efforts will surely be missed. We thank them for their time, energy, and commitment to our kids,” said Moffett.

The retiree with the most years is Chesterton High School mathematics teacher Stephen Kearney who started teaching 44 years ago. Kearney is also a 1966 graduate of CHS, Moffett added.

Putting in another 40-plus years is Yost Elementary P.E. teacher Connie Hamilton whose teaching career spans 42.5 years with 41 of those at the Duneland Schools.

Yost 4th Grade teacher Mary Jo Keck is retiring with 32 years of service exclusively at Duneland.

Liberty Elementary 4th Grade teacher Richard Piechnik has 37 years of teaching service with 26 of those at Duneland.

Yost Elementary 4th Grade teacher Debra Imhof has 26 years of service at Duneland.

Yost music teacher Martha Kearney has taught for 23 years at Duneland.

Duneland Schools guidance director Dianna Whitman has 25 years of experience with 21 of those at Duneland.

Liberty Elementary 3rd Grade teacher Claudia Trzeciak is retiring after 19 years of teaching.

CMS English teacher Linda Peele is retiring with 17 years of teaching, nine of those at Duneland.

Duneland School Board President Ralph Ayres echoed Moffett’s comments saying these nine educators have shown dedication to the “Duneland Difference.”

“They never truly retire. They keep on educating,” he said.

Also in his personnel report, Moffett named appointments including Bailly Elementary ELL aide Nicole Clark, Duneland maintenance department worker Kyle Jimenez, groundskeeper Greg Martinson, custodian Donna Nay, CHS JV softball assistant coach Emily Frikken, CHS 9th Grade basketball coach Casey Martin, Duneland high ability aide Melissa Valtierra and Liberty Elementary tech aide Dawn Madura.

Resignations for this month are Duneland high ability aide Laura O’Dell, CMS instructional aide Matt Mullin, Bailly Elementary ELL aide Jodi Thieleman, and Duneland maintenance worker Jim Romanak.

Taking child care leave from Feb. 10 to March 6 is Yost Elementary 1st Grade teacher Erin Rhodes.

Schools set makeup day Feb. 17; Spring head count lower than fall

By JEFF SCHULTZ

Winter’s deluge of arctic air and mounds of snow will stick around for another week and while Duneland School students may be getting a kick out of the back-to-back snow days, they may not like hearing they will be making up one of those on President’s Day, Feb. 17.

At Monday’s Duneland school board meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dave Pruis said the district missed a total of five days last month due to the “polar vortex,” specifically Jan. 6, 7, 8, 20, and 21. The Indiana Department of Education approved a waiver for Jan. 6 and 7, which leaves three days that Duneland will need to reschedule.

“It’s in everyone’s best interest that we make up what instructional time we can for our students,” Pruis said.

The administration had set aside Friday, Feb. 14 as the first make-up day, with a second on Friday, April 25. But to avoid tacking on more days to the school calendar, Pruis announced the decision that Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 17, will be the third designated make-up day.

Pruis said he realizes some families may have already made plans for recreational activities, but asked that all children attend school that day. President’s Day is a national holiday that students typically have off.

“We hope we don’t have any more visits from the polar vortex,” said Pruis. “Whenever we cancel school, we understand it’s a big inconvenience. Students may be cheering but moms and dads aren’t. The staff and teachers aren’t exactly happy about it either. It all goes to show that safety is the number one priority.”

Pruis added that Duneland is lucky to have “dodged a bullet” on Jan. 22 when a narrow band of heavy snow showers was moving towards Porter County, then moved west dumping more than 20 inches on some areas of Lake County.

“You can’t predict it,” he said.

ADM Count

Also in his superintendent’s comments, Pruis said Monday was the spring 2014 average daily membership count date, which will be used to determine how much a school will get in funding for the next six months, or the rest of the fiscal year.

Pruis said the unofficial number as of Monday stood at 5,687.5 students, about 35 less than what the count was in September. He said that is “not too bad” considering there were reportedly 28 students at the high school who graduated midterm.

Also, the school board signed to receive an Indiana Secured Safety Grant for the 2015 fiscal year with funds from the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of a school corporation or a charter school to employ a school resource officer, perform a threat assessment and to purchase equipment to aid in emergencies.

School corporations that are Duneland’s size can receive a matching grant of up to $50,000 a year.

Utility agreement

Pruis mentioned a new ruling by the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission would require the board to approve an amendment with the Damon Run Conservancy District’s agreement for sanitary sewer and water utility services.

Board member Ron Stone said he would be apprehensive giving his approval on a new agreement with DRCD, saying it bothered him that some constituents in Liberty Twp. have said they’ve “gotten jacked” with rate increases when they were told rates would be lower with the annex of Porter Regional Hospital.

Duneland Director of Services Greg Lindy said there are changes to the fee structure but it will not be an increase on the rates the school corporation is currently paying the DRCD.

“It’s the same amount as it used to be,” Lindy said.

With that, Stone ended up voting in favor of the amendment with the rest of his peers, 5-0.

Field trip to Georgia

In other business, the board approved an out-of-state field trip for CHS students who will travel to Kennesaw, Ga. to participate in the Locomotive Half Marathon and Locomotive Thunder 5K events.

Pruis said the 13 students and the five adult supervisors going on the trip are paying the expenses themselves and providing their own transportation. The group will leave Friday after school and will return Sunday night, he said.

Legislation

School Board president Ralph Ayres announced the Porter County Retired Teachers Association will hold its third annual legislative forum open to the public at Wheeler High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

He also noted Monday was the last day that house bills could be voted on by state representatives to be passed on to the Senate. The Senate will need to have their bills ready to pass to the House on Wednesday, Ayres said.

“After this week, we can get a better photograph as to where this affects public education,” he said.

Accolades

Pruis also praised the CHS Debate team, which recently brought home the title of State Champions. This if the 24th state title CHS has received since 1983, he added.

Chesterton held a lead over its closest rival West Lafayette by a total of 15.5 points.

Pruis also lauded the Westchester Intermediate students who scored high in the 5th/6th grade Corn Belt Thinking Cap Quiz.

Another mention was the CHS girls swim team who were champions in the Duneland Athletic Conference in January.

Meeting Dates

The board approved its upcoming meeting dates for Monday, March 3, and Monday, April 14.

NIPSCO: Frigid temps lead to spike in gas consumption, cost

The average temperatures across northern Indiana during January were 39 percent colder than last year Ñ17 degrees this past January, compared to 28 degrees in January 2013Ñresulting in the average residential natural-gas customer’s increasing consumption by 34 percent over last year.

That increased consumption will cost customers around $36 more than they paid in January 2013 and $19 more than what was originally projected, the Northern Indiana Public Service Company said today.

Actual bills will vary by customer, of course, depending on household size, age of appliances, and usage, among other factors.

“The first two months of the year typically represent the highest bills of the year for Indiana homes and businesses, as well as other parts of the Midwest,” said Deb Owen, NIPSCO’s executive director of customer service. “Our region experienced some of the coldest days in the last several decades, resulting in higher than normal usage. Even with thermostats being set at a fixed temperature, it doesn’t escape the fact that heating systems have to constantly run to keep up with dropping outdoor temperatures.”

“The extreme cold has increased the price of all heating energy around the country, including natural gas and propane,” NIPSCO said. “Throughout these conditions, NIPSCO did not experience any significant operational challenges to serve its customers, and NIPSCO has been able to acquire the additional supplies to meet the critical demand.”

“Higher market prices may impact bills in future months, and forecasts for February are calling for colder than normal temperatures, which may also increase customer usage,” NIPSCO added.

Nearly two-thirds of a customer bill is determined by the cost of natural gas and a customer’s usage, NIPSCO noted. “By law, NIPSCO has no mark-up and makes no profit on the cost of natural gas billed to its customers. Before billing, natural gas commodity costs must be reviewed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).”

“NIPSCO continues to be the lowest natural gas cost provider in IndianaÑ$40 below the state average for JanuaryÑaccording to the IURC’s monthly residential bill comparison survey,” NIPSCO said.

During this extremely cold winter, NIPSCO still encourages customers to be efficient in the use of energy.

Estimated Bills

“The extreme temperatures and weather also posed unsafe conditions for NIPSCO meter readers to provide actual reads for many customers and, instead, customers received estimated readings,” NIPSCO said. “For those customers who received an estimated bill, their actual usage will be reconciled the following month. Customers can enter their meter reading anytime through their online account or through NIPSCO’s automated phone system.”

Billing and Payment Options

Customers who are experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to call NIPSCO’s Customer Care Center to determine what options might be available to offer help. Solutions include:

¥Payment Assistance Programs: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive state and federal utility assistance dollars, as well as support funds from separate NIPSCO programs, by visiting their local community action agency.

¥BudgetPlan: A free service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy bills by spreading out gas costs over an entire year.

¥Payment Arrangements: Allows customers to make an initial payment within four days of the agreement, then spread the remaining unpaid balance over three months, plus current bills as they are due.

For more information on billing options and payment assistance, visit NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance

Through NIPSCO’s energy efficiency programs, customers can pinpoint ways to manage their energy usage and, in turn, their bills. A full list of programs available to NIPSCO customers to help manage energy use can be found at NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy

VPD Fifth robbery by same suspect

A suspect in four armed robberies in Valparaiso is believed to have committed a fifth on Friday, of Ribordy Liquors at 1665 W. Morthland Drive.

According to Valparaiso Police, at 5:35 p.m. a male subjectÑhis face partially coveredÑentered the business with a handgun and demanded cash from the register. He was last seen running westbound from the store.

The suspect was described as being a black male, 5’ 7’’ in height and 150 pounds, wearing baggy blue jeans and a hooded sweat shirt.

Investigators believe the suspect to be the same man who robbed at gunpoint three other city businesses: the Valparaiso Quick Trip, twice, on Nov. 22 and again on Dec. 2; Buz’s Liquor Store on Dec. 15; and the Save Gas Station on Dec. 18.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Persons may also contact the VPD anonymously, by sending a tip to TIP411 (847-411) and enter the keyword “Valpo” prior to sending the message.

 

 

ISP Avoid stupid driving behaviors or dont drive at all during this snowstorm

The Indiana State Police is reminding motoristsÑas the season’s next storm approaches the regionÑthat winter weather doesn’t cause traffic accidents.

Bad driving decisions and skills cause traffic accidents.

“Warnings about hazardous driving conditions will be issued by city, county, and state law enforcement as well as by local and national media,” the ISP said in a statement released today. “Many will heed the warnings. Many more will ignore the warnings. With another major storm approaching, the Indiana State Police, again, reminds motorists to limit travel when possible. If travel is not necessary, then stay home.”

“Most calls for service received by the Indiana State Police and other police agencies during winter storms are for crashes and motorists that slide off state roads and interstates,” the ISP added. “It is important to remember that snow and ice covered roads do not cause crashes. The crashes are caused by unsafe driving on the snow and ice covered roadway.”

For those who must travel in bad weather, the ISP offers these tips:

¥Leave sooner and expect your travel time to be twice as long as normal.

¥Drive slower.

¥Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by at least five times greater than normal.

¥Approach intersections with great care. Other drivers not paying attention will slide through red lights.

¥Signal all lane changes and turning movements.

“The posted speed limit may be more than twice as fast as the reduced speed drivers should travel to reduce the possibility of a collision or loss of control that puts a vehicle into a retaining wall, ditch, or another motorist,” the ISP said.

Indiana Codes 9-21-5-1 specifies that “Speed shall be restricted as necessary to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle, or other conveyance on, near or entering a highway.”

“Motorists losing control of their vehicle or who are involved in a crash resulting in a police report should expect to be cited for this offense, which carries a maximum fine of $500,” the ISP said.

“If you are involved in a crash, are uninjured, and all vehicles are drivable, involved drivers should move to a safe place completely off the road, be it the next exit or to the parking lot of a business, to await law enforcement response for a police report,” the ISP said. “It is important to remember that crashes involving injury or lane blockage receive priority attention ahead of property damage crashes. So keep in mind that it may be an extended period of time before law enforcement arrives.”

The whole reason for moving drivable vehicles off the road after an accident, the ISP added, “is to avoid secondary crashes of other inattentive motorists crashing into your scene or sideswiping you if you’ve only moved to the side of the road.”

And there’s something else to keep in mind, the ISP said: “Crash scenes with vehicles disabled in the roadway and state police presence may have the state police vehicle facing the wrong way with emergency lights and headlights on. This is to warn approaching motorists of impending danger.”

And remember this as well: Indiana’s Move Over Law states motorists must change lanes away from the emergency or utility vehicle if they can do it safely.

If not possible to move away from the emergency vehicle, motorists must slow down and proceed with caution. “Please give us room to work,” the ISP said. “We are asking motorists to slow down and/or move over when safe to do so.”

Vehicles included in the Move Over law are police vehicles, ambulances., fire trucks and rescue equipment, highway incident-response vehicles, highway work vehicles including snow plows, and tow trucks.

More: “The point of not calling police agencies for road information during snow emergencies cannot be overstressed. Calling police departments about road conditions may delay action on critical life emergency 911 calls. Road conditions are likely the same for the area you want to know about as they are looking out your front window.”

Citizens calling state police facilities to ask for road conditions will be directed to either call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Road and Weather automated system at (800) 262-7623 or visit the INDOT traffic map at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf

The 800 phone service is voice activated and updated with timely road conditions across Indiana. The INDOT web link allows users to check on specific locations for current closures and other road information.

For Indiana county travel status reports, visit www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory

 

CPD Two crashes on 49 separated by a minute

A three-vehicle accident on Ind. 49 on Sunday was followed a minute later by a two-vehicle accident which involved one of the original three vehicles, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, at 8:44 a.m. Gabriella L. Royko, 18, of Liberty Township, was northbound on Ind. 49 when her brakes “locked up” as she was approaching a red light at 1100N. Royko clipped the rear bumper of a second vehicle stopped in the right lane, then bounced off and clipped the bumper of a third vehicle stopped in the left lane, police said.

The driver of the second vehicle was Guy A. Jocius, 64, of Valparaiso. The driver of the third vehicle was Charles T. Compton, 56, of Valparaiso.

All three drivers moved their vehicles to the shoulder of the road, where at 8:45 a.m. Royko’s vehicle was rear-ended by Christopher L. Klimek, 40, of Valparaiso, as Klimek was northbound on Ind. 49. Klimek advised police that “it looked like there was plenty of room to make it around” Royko’s vehicle but “as he got closer his tires lost grip and he rear-ended it.”

Police estimated total damage in the first crashÑto Royko’s 2013 Ford Focus, Jocius’ 2009 Honda Civic, and Compton’s 2012 Honda CR-VÑat up to $5,000.

Police estimated total damage in the second crashÑto Klimek’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and Royko’s Ford FocusÑat up to $2,500.

DHS Keep checking weather forecast today

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is urging Hoosiers to be prepared for the winter storm predicted to hit the state today, in some places during the afternoon rush hour.

“Indiana is expected to get another round of heavy snow and ice that could make travel hazardous throughout the state,” DHS said in a statement released today. “The National Weather Service predicts five to 10 inches of snow could fall in portions of central and northern Indiana, and there is a possibility for accumulations of ice and snow for portions of southern Indiana.”

“The timing of this storm could impact Hoosiers traveling home from work or to evening activities and could affect travel on Wednesday,” DHS noted. “State agencies, including Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, are urging drivers to remain patient and not become overconfident behind the wheel.”

DHS is advising folks to monitor local media throughout the day to keep abreast of the latest weather forecast.

Local Emergency Management Agencies provide updates on county travel status. Counties may be placed under travel advisories, alerts, or warnings. The county travel status map can be found at www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory

In severe winter weather situations, law enforcement may be busy responding to emergency calls for service. DO NOT call local law enforcement or 911 for road information. Visit http://indot.carsprogram.org or call (800) 261-ROAD for road information.

For more winter weather safety and preparedness tips, visit www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.htm

 

Stephen R. Grieger service Saturday February 8

Stephen R. Grieger, of Pine Township, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

He was born on July 7, 1964, to Roger Grieger, who survives in Michigan City, Ind., and Sandra Keiffer-Grieger, who survives in Bemidji, Minn.

Also surviving are his brother, Jerry Grieger of Squaw Lake, Minn., along with three nieces.

A memorial visitation and service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at New Creation Church, 9009 W Pahs Rd., Michigan City, Ind., from 3 until 6 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton. To send an online condolence, visit www.whitelovefuneralhome.com

 

Constance Wallace service Thursday

Constance "Connie" S. Wallace, age 62, of LaPorte, Ind., passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at IU Health LaPorte Hospital following an extended illness and a recent fall.

She was born in Valparaiso, Ind., on January 21, 1952 to George and Doris (Maney) Stout.

She was married to her beloved husband Paul Wallace who preceded her in death in 2008.

Surviving are her siblings, Dennis (Connie) Stout of LaPorte, Pam (Bob) Furdo of Chesterton, Ind., Debbie Moulton of Chesterton, and Candace (Paul) Jones of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Linda (Bob) Parlin of LaCrosse, Ind.; aunt, Margaret Rhoda of Chesterton; her step-children, Michael (Rachel) Wallace of Colorado, Trinity (Joe) Jiminiz of Michigan City, Ind., and Chad (Debbie) Wallace of Union Mills, Ind.; seven step-grandchildren, Madison, Gavin, Trenton, Kayla, Alexis, Devon, and Cory; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Virginia Hoffman, Sue Barr, as well as Fred and Nadine Ellington whom she loved like her own.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and special friend, Charlotte Gilton who passed away the same day and hour as Connie.

Connie retired from LaPorte Hospital as an Ultrasound Technician after over 35 years of faithful service. She was a member of the Stillwell Rod & Gun Club and Salem United Methodist Church, where she served on the financial committee as well as serving the church in any way she could. She enjoyed fishing and hunting with her husband for many years. Connie was a very selfless person who always put the needs of others before her own. Her many acts of friendship, kindness, and love will never be forgotten.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Family and friends will be received from 1-4 p.m. prior to the service on Thursday. A private cremation committal will take place.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Dr., Mishawaka, IN, 46545.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com

 

Rep Moseley working to protect pensions

State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, led Indiana House members this past week in passing legislation that helps protect pension benefits for numerous public employees and teachers from the risks of private sector control.

By an 83-16 margin that included strong support from Republicans and Democrats alike, representatives passed House Bill 1075, legislation co-authored by Moseley that tells the Indiana Public Retirement System’s (IPRS) board of trustees that it cannot use third party vendors to oversee annuities available to employees who work for state and local units of government and schools.

“This margin should make it clear that the House feels that the state needs to be in control of the retirement benefits, rather than having those matters pushed off to a private party that is more interested in collecting profits for itself than protecting the futures of thousands of people across Indiana,” Moseley said.

“I hope it also serves as a warning to the people who serve on the IPRS board that they must be accountable and responsible for their actions,” he added.

State retirees are on a system that contains two parts: a defined benefit plan that is funded by the government and schools for its workers and a savings account that can be funded by employees or employers.

When a worker retires, he or she can cash out the savings account in a lump sum, roll it into a different retirement account, or convert it into an annuity that pays out benefits over a number of years.

At present, the annuity carries a 7.5-percent interest rate, which IPRS board members felt was too high. Their solution was to transfer administration of the annuities over to a third party, which would set an interest rate for the accounts.

“The involvement of a private entity in the affairs of public employees was upsetting to many of us, and those feelings were aggravated by the attitude of IPRS board members, who appeared to believe that they could do what they wanted and they didn’t really care what anyone else felt,” Moseley said.

The board maintained that attitude, even after being told by Moseley and other members of the Pension Management Oversight Commission (PMOC) that they preferred state control over all aspects of the retirement system.

“They continued to be belligerent, which led the legislators on PMOC to proceed with House Bill 1075, which was authored by State Representative Woody Burtonk (R-Whiteland),” Moseley said. “It is my hope that this spirit of bipartisanship on behalf of so many dedicated state workers will continue as this matter proceeds through the Indiana Senate in the weeks to come.”

 

CHS sets seven Duneland Conference swim records to win 18th straight title

Steve Whitaker certainly sounded like a broken record on Monday night as the Chesterton public address announcer constantly announced another broken record at the Duneland Athletic Conference boys swimming championships.

The Trojans broke seven conference records, including three pool records, as the hosts dominated the DAC meet for the 18th straight year, knocking off runner-up Crown Point 537-378.

Aaron Whitaker broke four conference records, including pool records in the 100 Fly (48.20) and the 100 Back (49.15). The 100 Back record was previously held by Crown Point’s Paul Schmidt (2002, 52.22). With Whitaker’s win, Chesterton now holds every DAC record.

“It’s cool to see that we have people that cover the entire spectrum,” Whitaker said. “We’re keeping the tradition alive.”

Along with keeping up the tradition and adding another year to an impressive streak, Whitaker was happy to leave the pool deck with what the senior felt was a statement performance to the rest of the state.

“We’re still here,” Whitaker said. “We knew the scores from the (2013 state) second place team and we wanted to send a message.”

Whitaker helped set the tone from the beginning of the night as he combined with Gary Kostbade, Blake Pieroni and Jack Wallar to break Chesterton’s 2008 record in the 200 Medley Relay by nearly two full seconds. The Trojans hit the wall in 1:33.66, more than six seconds ahead of Crown Point.

The Bulldogs were playing catch-up for the rest of the night as Pieroni set the second of his three school records in the 200 Free (1:39.12) in the first individual race of the evening. Pieroni later set a pool record in the 100 Free (44.56), besting Seth Barry’s 2002 time of 45.97.

“The weather has been unfortunate lately and it was different coming in here on a Monday night,” Pieroni said. “I thought we did a good job and handled it alright. I was happy with most of my times.”

Ethan Whitaker won both of his individual events (200 IM, 500 Free) and helped set conference records in the 200 (1:25.90) and 400 (3:11.23) Free Relays. The Trojans swept all 11 swimming events as Jack Wallar added victories in the 50 Free (22.07) and 100 Breast (58.45).

“We’re excited about the end of the season,” Kinel said. “This (process) has been crazy and a little hard, but it’s very rewarding. We had a lot of great swimming tonight.”

Boys DAC Swim Championships

At Chesterton

Team Results

1. Chesterton 537, 2. Crown Point 378, 3. Lake Central 288, 4. Valparaiso 286, 5. Portage 215.5, 6. Michigan City 159.5, 7. LaPorte 153, 8. Merrillville 85.

Individual Results

200 MEDLEY RELAY -- 1. Chesterton (Aaron Whitaker, Gary Kostbade, Blake Pieroni, Jack Wallar) 1:33.66*, 2. Crown Point 1:39.98, 3. Lake Central 1:42.79, 4. Michigan City 1:45:13, 5. Portage 1:45.35, 6. LaPorte 1:48.55.

200 FREE -- 1. Pieroni (C) 1:39.12*, 2. Andrew Antonetti (V) 1:45.77, 3. Josh VanNevel (C) 1:46.09, 4. Jack Kurfman (C) 1:46.75, 5. Isaiah Parrish (V) 1:48.47, 6. Mikee Janes (P) 1:52.01.

200 IM -- 1. Ethan Whitaker (C) 1:57.63, 2. Patrick Curley (C) 1:58.94, 3. Andy Hurst (C) 2:00.85, 4. Josh Barajas (LC) 2:01.23, 5. Greg Logothetis (CP) 2:05.03, 6. Timothy Schoof (MC) 2:06.29.

50 FREE -- 1. Wallar (C) 22.07, 2. Wesley Slaughter (C) 22.08, 3. Kostbade (C) 22.49, 4. Andrew Kvachkoff (CP) 22.55, 5. Connor Homans (LC) 22.66, 6. Taylor Schooler (CP) 23.35.

100 FLY -- 1. A.Whitaker (C) 48.20*, 2. Tony Kincaid (C) 52.52, 3. Joey Karczewski (CP) 52.81, 4. Timothy Schoof (MC) 53.82, 5. Curley (C) 54.18, 6. Alexander Nunn (L) 55.84.

100 FREE -- 1. Pieroni (C) 44.56*, 2. Slaughter (C) 48.20, 3. Antonetti (V) 48.71, 4. Parrish (V) 49.17, 5. Jack Kurfman (C) 49.28, 6. Connor Homans (LC) 49.38.

500 FREE -- 1. E.Whitaker (C) 4:41.54, 2. VanNevel (C) 4:49.14, 3. Barajas (LC) 4:58.20, 4. Rastovski (V) 5:07.08, 5. Nunn (L) 5:08.31, 6. Alden Wright (C) 5:11.56.

200 FREE RELAY -- 1. Chesterton (Wallar, Pieroni, E.Whitaker, Kostbade) 1:25.90*, 2. Valparaiso 1:39.49, 3. Crown Point 1:32.68, 4. Lake Central 1:32.91, 5. Portage 1:39.08, 6. Michigan City 1:40.54.

100 BACK -- 1. A.Whitaker (C) 49.15*, 2. Karczewski (CP) 54.19, 3. Nate Rodriguez (C) 54.69, 4. Hurst (C) 54.81, 5. A.J. Huls (CP) 56.30, 6. Ben Klimczak (L) 57.01.

100 BREAST -- 1. Wallar (C) 58.45, 2. Kvachkoff (CP) 59.02, 3. Kostbade (C) 1:00.77, 4. Andrew Gillen (C) 1:01.56, 5. Matt Applegate (LC) 1:04.60, 6. (tie) Joel Uban (V) 1:07.97, Logan Nippert (LC) 1:07.97.

400 FREE RELAY -- 1. Chesterton (E.Whitaker, Curley, Slaughter, A.Whitaker) 3:11.23*, 2. Valparaiso 3:18.37, 3. Crown Point 3:24.12, 4. Michigan City 3:25.88, 5. Portage 3:32.64, 6. LaPorte 3:33.65.

Diving -- 1. John Fannin (P) 467.70, 2. Alex Morgan (LC) 388.15, 3. Drake Hunt (LC) 368.15, 4. Brandon Crosby (P) 357.90, 5. Sage Chiaro (CP) 351.10, 6. Demitri Malher (CP) 327.25.