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Warming centers announced for Valparaiso, Portage

The City of Valparaiso and the City of Portage announced the following organizations are serving as warming centers: Valparaiso: ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฌ๐— ๐—–๐—” (219) 462-4185 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr. - Open Mon โ€“ Fri 5:00 am โ€“ 10:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am โ€“ 6:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am โ€“ 6:00 pm ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜†, ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต (219) 462-0524 103 Jefferson St. - Open Mon โ€“ Thurs 9:00 am โ€“ 8:00 pm., Fri 9:00 am โ€“ 6:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am โ€“ 5:00 pm, Sun 1:00 pm โ€“ 5:00 pm ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™Š๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ (219) 548-2800 2001 Calumet Ave. - Open Mon โ€“ Fri

January 31st, 2023|Local News|

NIPSCO recognizes National Energy Assistance Day

In recognition of National Energy Assistance Day on Wednesday, February 1, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is raising awareness about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and other financial support to help customers with their utility bills. Approximately $4.5 billion in LIHEAP funding was released nationally in November 2022. Of that amount, more than $94 million was allocated for eligible Indiana residents. Customers experiencing financial difficulty paying their energy bill are encouraged to find out if they qualify for LIHEAP and explore other assistance options available to meet their individual needs. โ€œWe exist to deliver safe, reliable

January 31st, 2023|Local News|

Porter County Sheriffโ€™s Police seeking information on South Haven shooting

The Porter County Sheriffโ€™s Police is seeking the publicโ€™s help in connection with a shooting Sunday night, Jan. 29, in South Haven, the Town of Chesterton said on its Facebook page. According to police, at 7:08 p.m. officers responded to the 700 block of Ind. 149 in Portage Township following a report of a person with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers located a man who had been shot. The man was transported to hospital for treatment and his condition was not known Monday morning. An investigation is ongoing.

January 31st, 2023|Local News|

Lake County Sheriff alerts public of door-to-door scam

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. is alerting the public about a scam where one suspect attempts to lure a homeowner outside or distract them while another suspect breaks into the home to commit a robbery. In the latest incident, Martinez says, a suspect knocked on a Lake County homeownerโ€™s front door and told him his family had performed repairs at the property many years ago. โ€œHe asked the homeowner for permission to install a sign advertising his business on the lot,โ€ Martinez stated. โ€œThen, he asked the homeowner to come outside and indicate where his property line was for

January 31st, 2023|Local News|

Traffic stop in St. Joseph County leads to arrest of 2 on drug charges

A traffic stop on U.S. 31 in St. Joseph County led to the arrest of a Ft. Wayne woman and South Bend man for drug charges Sunday afternoon, according to the Indiana State Police. At around 2:00 p.m., an Indiana State Trooper stopped a Pontiac after observing a violation as the Pontiac traveled northbound on U.S. 31 near Kern Road.ย  While the Trooper spoke to the driver, 21-year-old Alaysha Rau of Ft. Wayne and passenger, 22 year-old Deyquawn Fitch, of South Bend, he smelled the odor of marijuana, according to police. A search of the Pontiac resulted in troopers finding

January 31st, 2023|Local News|

Local police departments complete crisis intervention training

This past week, several La Porte County Sheriffโ€™s Office deputies, along with officers from the La Porte Police Department, Michigan City Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, Steuben County Sheriffโ€™s Department and personnel from the La Porte County E911 Center, attended and completed a 40-hour crisis intervention training (CIT) course. CIT is grant-funded and provides advanced training in dealing with individuals suffering a mental health crisis, the LCSO says. Course attendees received training from fellow law enforcement officials, community mental health providers, doctors, social workers, and interacted with individuals living with various mental health diagnoses. The goal of the grant

January 28th, 2023|Local News|

DNR hosting virtual public meetings to discuss proposed spongy moth treatments

The DNR is hosting two virtual public meetings Monday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to discuss proposed spongy moth treatments. An invasive insect, Spongy moth (Lymantria dispar), causes tree defoliation and kills trees. While open to the public, meetings are geared towards proposed treatment area residents including LaPorte, Kosciusko, Fulton, Marshall and Starke counties. To get a list of times, dates and map of treatment areas, see on.IN.gov/spongymoth and click on '2023 Indiana Spongy Moth Treatment Program'. ย 

January 28th, 2023|Local News|

First responder, police vehicles receive picture communication boards in Starke County

All first responder and law enforcement vehicles in Starke County will have picture communication boards, according to a social media statement from Starke County Sheriff Jack Rosa. Through a grant provided by the Autism Society of American and Todayโ€™s Champions, the Autism Society of Indiana purchased the boards. The communication boards will give police, fire fighters and EMS providers a way to communicate with a person who may be nonverbal, have limited English skills, have autism or other disabilities or mental health issues. All participants also received a training video on how to implement the communication board, according to Rosa.

January 28th, 2023|Local News|

Michigan City Chamber of Commerce announces Ambassador of the Quarter

The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) announced Carly Levandoski as the Ambassador of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of 2022. โ€œI am honored to be the Ambassador of the Quarter!โ€ stated Levandoski. โ€œWhether working as an ambassador or with a client, I remember the line from Mary Poppins, โ€˜In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and-snap! โ€”the jobโ€™s a game!โ€™ I try to make work fun and get satisfaction out of helping others.โ€ The Ambassador of the Quarter is given to an individual who has shown dedication to

January 28th, 2023|Local News|

Rotary Club of Michigan City seeks nominees for Alinsky Award

The Rotary Club of Michigan City is pleased to announce it is accepting nominations for the 2022 Paul J. Alinsky Award. This award is presented in honor of Paul Alinsky, who was a past President of the Rotary Club, past Chairman of the Board for the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, and founder of Sentinel Alarm Company. Paul passed away in 1997 and the award was created to keep his memory alive. It is presented annually to a person from the Michigan City community who exhibits dedication to community service, as well as excellence, passion and innovation in their vocation

January 28th, 2023|Local News|

DNR to send out Deer Management Survey in February

Every year, Indiana DNR sends out the Deer Management Survey to gather observations and opinions from both deer hunters and non-hunters interested in deer management. The survey responses are used to improve deer management. The survey is scheduled to be sent out during the first week of February. The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife said on its Facebook page the survey will be sent to all individuals who have an email address in their online license system and/or those who have checked in a deer in the past five years. Individuals who wish to receive the survey, but

January 27th, 2023|Local News|

District 1 Conservation Officer of the Year selected

Indiana Conservation Officer Trevor Bolt has been selected as the 2022 District 1 Officer of the Year. District 1 includes St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Miami, and Wabash counties. Bolt is assigned to Marshall County where he has served since 2017. In addition to his normal duties as a field officer, Bolt serves as a division defensive tactics instructor. The district award puts Bolt in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is presented to the top overall conservation officer in the state and is selected from the 10 district winners. The Pitzer Award is named after Conservation Officer

January 27th, 2023|Local News|

Suspect in custody related to multiple Valparaiso High School threats

A teen from Ohio has been arrested in connection to multiple threats that were called into Valparaiso High School over the past few weeks. The Valparaiso Police Department released the following statement on its Facebook page: "Over the last few weeks, the Valparaiso community has been alerted to potential threats within Valparaiso High School, with reports of possible violence called in on January 9, 17, and 26. The threats, communicated by phone, have interrupted school days by panicking our students, staff, and parents. Although it has been difficult to read about these events or receive communication from concerned children within

January 27th, 2023|Local News|

La Porte County Fire Science students teach fire extinguisher use to their peers

More than 100 students in La Porte County Career and Technical Education programs will receive certificates for completing a course in the use of fire extinguishers thanks to lessons provided by Fire Science students at the A.K. Smith Career Center. With the help of their instructor, retired Michigan City Fire Department Captain Rob Schaffer, the Fire Science students created a presentation and demonstration for the proper use of fire extinguishers and invited all of the career tech classes to attend a session. This included a hands-on experience using a fire extinguisher โ€“ and in most cases, it was their first

January 27th, 2023|Local News|

Local Porter County teens join statewide initiative to awareness of the dangers of tobacco

VOICE, Indianaโ€™s statewide youth empowerment program, and the Indiana Department of Health hosted a Youth Day of Action Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse to highlight actions that can be taken to lessen the impact commercial tobacco products have on young Hoosiers. Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver, MD, FACEP, peer educators, and youth advocates from around the state were in attendance. Local VOICE groups and young people from across Indiana came together at the Statehouse to โ€œLink Upโ€ (the theme of the day) with their local representatives and other adult advocates to work towards preventing youth tobacco use. Each VOICE group

January 26th, 2023|Local News|

Chesterton resident receives national award for volunteering at Indiana Dunes State Park

Dan Barriball of Chesterton, who has volunteered more than 1,200 hours for Indiana Dunes State Park during the past five years, received a national award as the 2022 Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer of the Year at the recent National Association for Interpretation (NAI) conference. The annual award is presented to an NAI member who has worked five or more years as a volunteer interpreter, whose educational background is not in interpretation, and whose current volunteer duties are in frontline interpretation or administration of an interpretive program. To be nominated, the individual โ€œmust demonstrate a mastery of interpretive techniques and program development

January 26th, 2023|Local News|

Frank Dessuit named to Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission

Mayor Matt Murphy of Valparaiso has announced that Frank Dessuit was named to the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission. โ€œFrank is an active community leader with diverse interests and experience. He will be an excellent addition to the Redevelopment Commission,โ€ said Mayor Murphy. Dessuit is retired after 41 years of service with NIPSCO where he worked primarily with electric grid computer systems. He also volunteered as a basketball coach and managed the intramural sports program for Washington Schools for 20 years. Today he works part-time at BucherTech, serves on the Washington Township School Board and is an active volunteer with Grace Chapel.

January 26th, 2023|Local News|

Indiana State Police requested to investigate officer involved shooting in Gary

Indiana State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that took place Tuesday in Gary in which a man sustained fatal gunshot wounds, according to a press release from the ISP. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Indiana State Police were requested by Chief Jerry Williams to investigate an officer involved shooting that took place at the 1500 block of Chase Street in Gary. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division Lowell Post and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene. Preliminary investigation shows that at around 3:00 p.m., patrol officers with the Gary Police Department responded to 911 hang up calls

January 26th, 2023|Local News|

Interventional cardiologist performs first PFO closure at Franciscan Health Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana โ€“ Franciscan Health Michigan City in December performed the first patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure procedure in the hospitalโ€™s history, thanks to the addition of a new interventional cardiologist to the Franciscan Physician Network. Interventional cardiologist Kamal Sadat, MD, and his team performed the procedure via a cardiac catheterization technique on Dec. 1 without having to do cardiac surgery. Dr. Sadat joined the Franciscan Physician Network at the Franciscan Health Heart Center Michigan City in the fall of 2022. For many patients born with a PFO โ€“ also known as a hole in the heart -- the

January 26th, 2023|Local News|

Purdue Northwest rolls out 2023 Homecoming events

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) presents its annual Homecoming celebration with a weekโ€™s worth of activities for the campus community, alumni and public through Feb. 3. Homecoming is one of PNWโ€™s most anticipated spring semester festivities. Philanthropy, student life, networking, and sporting events capture the spirit and energy of the metropolitan university and its Pride Athletics teams. The celebration kicks off today (Wednesday) with โ€œDecorate the House,โ€ in which the PNW community is invited to brighten up its campuses with creative designs on designated office and building windows. The PNW community also actively supports its students during Homecoming through the Chancellorโ€™s

January 25th, 2023|Local News|
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