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Indiana in Brief

Sunday, December 2, 2012

* Center features scenes from 'A Christmas Story'

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) -- An exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center where children can have their pictures taken with Santa includes six animated displays depicting scenes from the movie "A Christmas Story," a fictional city based on Hammond

The Times of Munster reports the displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of Macy's Department Store in New York City.

They displays include The Hibge's Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, Santa's Mountain at Higbee's, The Bumpus Hounds and the Parker Living Room.

The 1983 movie takes place in 1939 or 1940 in the fictional northern Indiana town of Hohman. It was written by Gene Shepherd, whose hometown is Hammond.

* Police investigating murder, suicide in Elkhart

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) -- Police in northern Indiana are investigating whether a man's apparent suicide in Elkhart and the shooting death of a woman three miles away are related.

The Elkhart Truth reports police there investigating the shooting of 45-year-old Debbie McDowell of Elkhart went to a vacant restaurant after receiving information that a man there might know something about her death.

Police say when they got there they discovered the body of 63-year-old Ervin Howard.

The Elkhart Sheriff's Department received a call about a body in the parking lot of the former American Countryside Farmers Market about 10:50 a.m. Saturday.

They discovered Howard's body about an hour later.

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