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Porter K9 Harley participates in search for evidence in Gary officer's murder

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The Porter Fire Department’s K-9 unit--Harley--and his handler, Deputy Fire Chief Jay Craig, participated Wednesday in the search for evidence related to the fatal shooting on Sunday of Gary Police Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield.

Craig and Harley conducted their search from 9 a.m. until around 2 p.m. in the area of 23rd Ave. and Harrison Street, Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today.

The two joined scores of other volunteers on Wednesday in the search for evidence. Chief Craig said that searchers were particularly hopeful of finding the murder weapon. Instead they found a camera and cell phone, which may or may not be related to Westerfield’s murder, Craig said.

Diesel Spill

Meanwhile, at 9:46 a.m. Wednesday the PFD responded to a diesel spill at the Travel America South truck stop at 1441 U.S. Highway 20, where a minivan collided with a semi tractor in the parking lot.

The tractor’s diesel tank was breached, Craig said, and 70 gallons of fuel were spilled.

TA cleaned up the spill itself, after firefighters deployed 11 50-pound bags of oil dry, Craig said.

The PFD cleared the scene at 10:48 a.m.


Posted 7/10/2014