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Feature Stories for October 19, 2000

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Crown Point man dies, 7 injured in car accident

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 Avenue. 
    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 Schererville police. 
    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 Blaine's van. 

    Miroslav Orlovic was taken to Broadway Methodist Hospital with a broken right leg, broken right wrist and internal injuries. 
    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 insurance
Town would join neighboring towns in employee health plan

By Sandi Radoja 
Star Correspondent

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 considered." 
    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. 



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