Crown Point man dies, 7 injured in car
Star Staff Report
Schererville - A Crown Point man was killed and seven people were
injured late Sunday in a four-car accident on U.S. 30 east of Cline
Mile Orlovic, 44, of Crown Point, was killed when the
car in which he was a passenger was involved in a head-on collision
while traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of U.S. 30, according to
The car, a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu, was being driven by
Miroslav Orlovic, 19, of Crown Point. Police said Miroslav Orlovic had a
blood alcohol content of .21 percent.
According to police, the accident happened when
Orlovic's car struck a Chevrolet Cavalier being driven by Barbara Tazbir,
46, of Schererville.
Tazbir was driving eastbound in the left lane.
Directly behind her was a Plymouth Voyager van being driven by Bobby
Blaine, 31, of St. Louis, with three passengers. The van rear-ended
Tazbir's car. Directly behind Blaine's van was a Pontiac Grand Am driven
by Shaye Cunningham, 18, of Crown Point. Cunningham's car rear-ended
Miroslav Orlovic was taken to Broadway Methodist
Hospital with a broken right leg, broken right wrist and internal
Tazbir was transported to St. Margaret Mercy South
Hospital in Dyer with massive internal injuries.
Baine and his three passengers were treated and
released from St. Margaret Mercy South.
Cunningham was not hospitalized.
Police said there was no evidence the Orlovics or
Tazbir were wearing seatbelts. The others were.
Airbags were deployed in all vehicles except
Cunninghams, police said.
Charges were pending against Miroslav Orlovic.
Cedar Lake considers joint health
Town would join neighboring towns in employee health plan
By Sandi Radoja
CEDAR LAKE - Town manager Tim Brown discussed issues surrounding the
town joining other Lake County communities in a coalition to purchase
joint health insurance coverage for employees.
"It's been in the talking stages for some
time," said Brown after Tuesday's meeting. "I have discussed
it with the coalition for six months. It has its merits. But, obviously
there are interlocal agreements and other things that have to be
Representatives from the towns of Schererville, Dyer,
St. John, Highland and Griffith have already joined to hire a medical
consultant to make recommendations on how to provide lower cost health
care through large group power.
"Is it impossible? No. Does it make sense? Yes.
The numbers are there. But, there's a lot to think about first, Brown
said cautiously. Any action on the matter would not affect current
benefit plans until 2002.
A majority of council members voted to remove the unused
Havenwood Subdivision guardhouse from sewer billings now that they are
satisfied the building is empty, there is no running water to the
guardhouse, and restroom fixtures were removed. The guardhouse has
remained unused since development of Havenwood virtually stopped due to
lack of available sewer taps. That situation could change soon as the
town expects to make 200 new taps available within the next month.