(HAMMOND, Ind.) LATEST: A man was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of a 13-year-old boy who was killed when shots were fired at a group of trick-or-treaters on Halloween in northwestern Indiana #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.05: He was being a kid out with his aunt trick-or-treating, walking with a group of kids,” DeLaCruz’ mother, Jasmine Anderson, told the newspaper. “And some ignorant, sick person decided to shoot at kids.”

#AceDailyNews says according to AP Report: Indiana man charged in fatal shooting of trick-or-treater: Desmond Crews, 23, of Gary is also charged with attempted murder in the shooting Sunday in Hammond that killed Thomas DeLaCruz Jr., of East Chicago, and wounded another 13-year-old, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. It wasn’t immediately known Wednesday if Crews has an attorney….

One of the trick-or-treaters told police that he exchanged words with a man about 30 to 45 minutes before the shooting, which happened around 7:30 p.m. The man threatened to get a gun and shoot them, according to court documents.

The group later saw a car with five or six people inside who appeared to be staring at them. The man who had exchanged words with one of the youths got out of the car with some of the other occupants. Another man took a “shooting stance” and shots were fired at the trick-or-treaters, court records said.

A police officer captured Crews after the father of one of the youths chased him in the neighborhood, according to court records.

A gun and ammunition were found later in a storage barrel.

Other possible suspects were being investigated, police said.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.05: 2021:

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(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) JUST IN: SPD REPORT: Police are searching for a suspect they believe is responsible for two armed robberies at gas stations in recent weeks #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.22: The incidents happened at Speedway gas stations on 10th Street and on 16th Street. In both incidents, the man came in with a gun and asked for cash. There have been a few gas station robberies in the Indy area recently, including one in Lawrence that resulted in a clerk being shot in the head.

#AceDailyNews says according to Fox 59 News reports I think anytime someone walks into a gas station, and pulls out a gun, and sticks that in someone’s face, it’s a bold move,” said Lt. Jim Thiele with the Speedway Police Department. “In both of [the incidents], the suspect was armed with a weapon, and in both, the suspect had a backpack that was utilized.”Speedway police are looking into any possible connections.

10 years later: Indy convenience store shooting survivor, family continue push for increased safety in stores

“We are aware there were some other gas station robberies within central Indiana locations. We understand there could well be connections between these robberies, but at this point we have not reached a conclusion as to those things. We would not speculate on that,” explained Lt. Thiele.

Jennifer Carney works at the Speedway location on 10th Street. While she wasn’t there during the incident, she did hear about the situation from her coworker. She can empathize with him. She says more than 20 years ago, she was caught in an armed robbery while working at another gas station.

“Two minutes in and out. It was that quick,” said Carney about the recent robbery. “It’s terrifying for them to hit one store and then a couple days later wind up hitting another store.”

Carney says often Speedway police make a point to stop in and check on their clerks just to make sure they are safe. She believes more could be done to keep gas station employees from getting in harm’s way.

“How come we don’t have that protection glass around us? Some of the other Speedways have them. Why can’t we get them?” questioned Carney. “Hopefully they catch the guy, and no one gets hurt in the process.”

Exterior cameras snagged video of a light colored sedan. Speedway police believe that is the suspect’s vehicle. They also say gas stations can be easy targets for crooks because they are often open late at night. This means there may be less people inside who decide to be a hero, and foil their plans.
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#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Oct.22: 2021:

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(INDIANA) Justice Dept Court Report: Project Safe Childhood: Jury Convicts Registered Sex Offender for Using Facebook to Conspire to Produce Child Pornography #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.19: According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Lorenzo Johnson, 33, of Hammond, used a fake Facebook account to identify women with access to children who were experiencing financial difficulties. Johnson, a registered sex offender, offered those women money to take sexually explicit photos of minor children.

#AceDailyNews reports that a federal jury convicted an Indiana man yesterday for conspiring with multiple women to send him sexually explicit pictures of infants and young children and Johnson succeeded in persuading three co-conspirators to send him photos depicting the sexual abuse of infants and young children whom the co-conspirators knew…..

Johnson gave an interview to FBI agents stating that he had solicited the production of child pornography from other Facebook users as a means of blackmail. Johnson’s co-conspirators have been indicted for conspiring to produce child pornography. Johnson was previously convicted in 2009 in Illinois for aggravated sexual abuse involving a minor.

“This verdict sends a strong message that people who sexually abuse young and helpless children — and those who memorialize and disseminate that abuse — will be held accountable,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Department of Justice is committed to utilizing its resources to track down these offenders and rescue victims of pernicious sexual exploitation.”

“My office will not tolerate crimes against children, and we will continue to partner with federal, state and local agencies to investigate and prosecute individuals whose criminal conduct harms and exploits such vulnerable victims,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Tina L. Nommay for the Northern District of Indiana. “I wish to thank the attorneys with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice for their invaluable assistance in this case.”   

Child sexual abuse and exploitation is one of the FBI’s top investigative priorities and this conviction demonstrates our commitment to stopping these unthinkable offenses,” said Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “The FBI will use every resource in its power to fully investigate and bring to justice those that prey on the most vulnerable of victims. As a result of the tireless work and close coordination with our state and local law enforcement partners, Johnson will be held accountable for his actions and will no longer be a threat to our community.” 

“Sexual predators who prey on the most vulnerable members of our society and believe they can elude federal law enforcement will be investigated, identified and will find themselves in prison,” said Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office. “This verdict demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to investigating cases such as this with a sense of urgency to ensure there is one less predator victimizing our children.”

Johnson was convicted of three counts of conspiracy to produce child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography, and one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum penalty of 180 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office investigated the case.

Trial Attorney Eduardo Palomo of the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Kelley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.19: 2021:

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INDIANA: ‘ SEVEN BODIES OF WOMEN FOUND WITH LINKS TO SERIAL KILLER HELD IN CUSTODY ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Indiana) – October 20 – The bodies of seven women found over the weekend in north west Indiana have been linked to an unidentified possible serial killer who is in police custody and led authorities to at least three of the bodies, officials said Monday.

The women were found throughout Hammond and Gary, according to the Lake County coroner’s office. The Chicago Sun-Times cited police sources saying the man in custody is a 43-year-old resident of Gary.

Hammond Chief John Doughty said police will have more information at a press conference Monday at noon local time, but said the man gave police information on three other dead women, all in Gary.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. called the person of interest a “serial killer” in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon and said he has “admitted to a couple of homicides in Hammond,” that date back to 1994 or 1995.

He also said in his posts that the man is a convicted sex offender.

“The suspect Hammond arrested for the Motel 6 murder is an admitted serial killer,” McDermott wrote.

“The suspect gave up the location of a body in Gary that was confirmed found where he said it would be.”

Source: 

#ANS2014

#indiana, #united-states

WASHINGTON: ‘ Supreme Court Denies Gay-Marriage Appeals in Five States ‘

#AceBreakingNews – Washington) – The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. 

The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

The court’s order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. 

That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. 

But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.

Source: 

#ANS2014 

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` Oil leaked from ` BP’s Whiting Oil Refinery ‘ into Lake Michigan ‘

#AceEnvironmentNews – INDIANA – March 25 – Oil leaked from BP’s Whiting oil refinery in Indiana into Lake Michigan after a mechanical glitch on Monday afternoon, Reuters reported.

The spill has been contained, according to Indiana environmental officials.

Sources say a relatively small amount of oil was released, but the exact amount was unknown. BP said Tuesday that the largest crude distillation unit at the 405,000-barrel-per-day refinery was back to normal operations following an overnight malfunction that led to the leak.

#ANS2014

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” Affordable Healthcare for Who? Certainly Not for the Citizens – According to These Figures”

Blue Cross Brand Bullies

#AceHealthcareNews says during the “Christmas” period l was looking at certain companies that purport to serve the betterment of society and especially the ” Health Care System” one such company that had certain articles – very skilfully woven was “Blue Cross” looking deeper and a little research later l found more this time from various new providers.

One of the worst things about companies that are involved in the “Healthcare Industry” is that they look first at turnover, secondly profit and thirdly at their future growth. The word “Care” should be applied in thought, word and deed, but it never gets a look in, as smoke and mirror’s covers up the #truth.     

This latest article confirms my suspicions and highlights not the article that l will add to the bottom of this post, but what really certain not-for-profit companies really mean by not-for-profit as these fee scales show:

WASHINGTON – The New Year brings yet another negative surprise from Obamacare: a raft of new taxes and fees that already are translating into higher health insurance premiums for average Americans.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest private health insurer, has notified customers it’s raising their premiums by as much as 10 percent in January because of eight new levies and fees in the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Blue Cross linked the increase to taxes and fees taking effect Jan. 1.

“The ACA includes new taxes and fees,” the insurance giant told each policyholder in a three-page letter, titled “Information about Your 2014 Renewal.” “The costs required to pay these new taxes and fees are included in your premium and will not be charged separately.”

Blue Cross of Montana sent out a similar notice, while Blue Cross of Alabama cited the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”

"Mackin Disputes Obama's Statement"Blue Cross polices and costs are expected to set a standard for the industry, influencing how insurers adjust to the law, which is also raising premiums because of mandates that expand coverage and benefits. Aetna has also blamed taxes and fees for coming rate hikes.

Specifically, the insurance companies have referenced two Obamacare charges taking effect Jan. 

1. One is a flat 2 percent tax on all health insurers, which is expected to raise $8 billion for the administration to help pay costs of the overall act in 2014, but raise health-care premiums for consumers by more than 3 percent. The other is a yearly “reinsurance fee” of $63 per person insured.

2.There’s also a $2 fee per policy that funds a new federal bureaucracy called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Insurers also must pay a 3.5 percent user free to sell health plans on the HealthCare.gov website.

Although these taxes are imposed on insurance companies, policyholders end up paying for them in the form of higher premiums. Over the next decade, the Washington-based Heritage Foundation estimates the average American family will pay roughly $5,000 more in premiums to pay for them all.

And these are just the Obamacare taxes and fees that insurers are warning customers they’re passing on to them. There are also hidden taxes, such as the medical equipment levy that will make heart valves, stents, pacemakers and other medical devices more expensive.

All told, there are more than 20 new or higher taxes and fees embedded in the Affordable Care Act – more than half of which affect families earning less than $250,000 a year.

The new taxes, which cost more than $675 billion over the next decade, include:

  • A 2.3 percent excise tax on U.S. sales of medical devices that’s already devastating the medical supply industry and its work force.

The levy, which took effect Jan. 1, 2013, is a $20 billion blow to an industry that employs more than 360,000 working in plants across the U.S.

"Stop the Healthcare Rip-Off's"Several major manufacturers have been impacted, including:

  • Stryker Corp. of Michigan, which blames the tax for 1,000 layoffs.
  • Indianabased Zimmer Corp., which cites the tax in laying off 450 and taking a $50 million charge against earnings.
  • Indiana-based Cook Medical Inc., which has scrubbed plans to open a new U.S. factory each year.
  • Boston Scientific Corp., which has opted to open plants in tax-friendlier China and Ireland to help offset a $100 million charge against earnings.
  • Minnesota-based Medtronic Inc., which expects an annual charge against earnings of $175 million.
  • A $50,000 excise tax on charitable hospitals that fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance” and other rules set by the Health and Human Services Department (took effect in 2010).
  •  A 3.8 percent surtax on investment income from capital gains and dividends that applies to single filers earning more than $200,000 and married couples filing jointly earning more than $250,000 (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  A $24 billion tax on the paper industry to control a pollutant known as black liquor (took effect in 2010).
  •  A $2.3 billion-a-year tax on innovator drug companies (took effect in 2010).
  •  A 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons (took effect July 1, 2010).
  •  An $87 billion hike in Medicare payroll taxes for employees, as well as the self-employed (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  A hike in the threshold for writing off medical expenses to 10 percent of adjusted gross income from 7.5 percent (took effect Jan. 1, 2013.).
  •  A new cap on flexible spending accounts of $2,500 a year (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  Elimination of the tax deduction for employer-provided prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  An income surtax of 1 percent of adjusted gross income, rising to 2.5 percent by 2016, on individuals who refuse to go along with Obamacare by buying  a policy not approved by the government (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  A $2,000 tax charged to employers with 50 or more workers for every full-time worker not offered health coverage (delayed).
  •  A $60 billion tax on health insurers (effective Jan. 1, 2014).
  •  A 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac, or higher cost, health insurance plans (goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018).

As promised here is that article posted and sent to my news desk: 

DETROIT, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the only health insurer to offer coverage to people in all of Michigan’s 83 counties on the federally-run health insurance marketplace that opened today at 8 a.m.

Blue Cross and its affiliated HMO, Blue Care Network of Michigan, offer some of the lowest-priced plans across Michigan’s 16 rating regions.  In the majority of counties in Michigan, BCBSM or BCN bronze and silver plan options offer some of the most affordable premiums on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Products, pricing and plan design are available onwww.healthcare.gov and on the BCBSM website at www.bcbsm.com/myblue.

“Blue Cross and Blue Care Network have worked very hard to put affordable health insurance options in front of Michiganconsumers as uninsured people and small employers begin open enrollment today,” said Terry Burke, BCBSM vice president for individual business.  “As people examine their choices, Blue Cross will be offering guidance – both online and on the phone – to help people make a health plan choice that is right for them.”

The Blues offer a total of 18 options for coverage.  These products are available on the federally-run Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, opening today, through independent Blue-certified insurance agents and directly through BCBSM and BCN.

“The Affordable Care Act has significantly changed what health insurance covers, how it’s sold and what it costs. With the marketplace now open, consumers will be able to choose from 18 competitively priced Blues products, with options available toMichigan residents in every county,” Burke said.  “We are proud to offer some of the lowest-priced plans in Michigan.  These affordable options give more people the opportunity to choose Blue Cross plans.”

Both Blue Cross and Blue Care Network will offer plans at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Catastrophic levels. Under ACA guidelines, Bronze plans will cover 60 percent of health care expenses, Silver plans cover 70 percent, and Gold cover 80 percent. Catastrophic plans, available to individuals under the age of 30 or those qualifying for a hardship, have a higher deductible and are not associated with metal level actuarial values. 

Editor – says judge for yourself.  

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