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City of La Porte Fire Department offers lifesaving CPR classes

The City of La Porte residents looking to become certified in CPR can do so through the city's fire department, according to Fire Chief Andy Snyder.   Beginning this month and lasting through the end of this year, the department will be offering a monthly CPR class. The class is free to all LaPorte County residents, and participants walk away with their certification. Snyder said becoming certified in CPR can give people the ability and confidence to help in emergency situations.   "CPR is a great skill to have in your arsenal, regardless of your age or profession," Snyder said.

April 12th, 2021|Local News|

Purdue Northwest offers summer engineering camps

Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering will offer summer enrichment camps for middle and high school students interested in learning more about mechanical and civil engineering disciplines. The Purdue Northwest Summer Engineering Camps will take place in June and July. Camp attendees can choose to attend virtually (via Zoom), or in-person at PNW’s Hammond Campus, where university social distancing guidelines will be followed. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of civil and mechanical engineering through interactive, laboratory and classroom experiences, including the opportunity to visit the new PNW Design Studio. Participants will engage in hands-on activities

April 12th, 2021|Local News|

Keeping Moms and Babies Safe During the Pandemic

The delivery of babies has been a happy event for the labor and delivery teams at Northwest Health over the past year. Thousands of infants have taken their first breath at one of the Northwest Health hospitals and been a welcome sight in the midst of the global pandemic. While the virus has changed many things in the world – the hospitals’ birthing centers are a pleasant constant, located in a separate, enclosed area to provide specialized care and services. A dedicated team of nurses, certified nurse midwives and board certified obstetricians work exclusively with the moms and babies through

April 12th, 2021|Local News|


The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile vaccination clinic as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. WHEN : 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT, April 13 to 17 WHERE : Rural King, 1340 St. Rd. 2 West HOW : Register online by visiting ourshot.in.gov or call 211 (866-211- 9966) and a representative will schedule an appointment for you from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT daily. Appointments are encouraged, but walk -ins are accepted while vaccine supplies last. This site will offer the Pfizer vaccine. “As we continue the fight against COVID

April 9th, 2021|Local News|


La Porte County Sheriff John T. Boyd is announcing the release of the 2020 Annual Report. The 2020 Annual Report contains crime related and statistical information in the following categories: calls for service, information in the areas of offenses, arrests, crashes, citations, the Jail Division, the Warrants Division, and the Civil Division. “This year’s annual report year reveals some major reductions in certain areas of major crimes, such as robberies and burglaries. However, just as there were some reductions, there were also increases in certain statistical areas,” stated Sheriff Boyd. The number of calls for service in 2020 decreased by

April 9th, 2021|Local News|

Ramps at U.S. 30 and State Road 49 interchange to be closed

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces ramp closures at the U.S. 30 and State Road 49 interchange near Valparaiso next week. The following ramps will be closed for approximately two days beginning Thursday, April 15: Southbound State Road 49 to eastbound U.S. 30 Northbound State Road 49 to westbound U.S. 30 Westbound U.S. 30 to southbound State Road 49 These ramp closures are part of the bridge maintenance contract causing lane closures on State Road 49. The ramps will be closed to facilitate bridge deck overlay work and bridge painting. A bridge deck overlay is a protective treatment done to

April 9th, 2021|Local News, Traffic|

GARDEN QUESTIONS?  Get answers from the Garden Hotline

La Porte County Master Gardeners are available via Garden Hotline to help the public with a wide variety of home gardening questions.  The hotline will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until noon CDT, from April 12 through September 29, 2021. Master Gardeners will answer questions on house plants, landscaping, flowers, fruit trees, vegetables, trees, shrubs, lawns, insects, and garden pests.  The answers related to your yard and garden issues will be provided with research-based materials produced by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service or other land grant universities in the region. The Garden Hotline phone number is 219-324-9407.  Michigan

April 9th, 2021|Local News|


On April 8, 2021, at 2:30 AM, Deputy Jet Balenia was dispatched to the area of Wozniak Road and CR 450 North, rural Coolspring Township, reference a hit and run crash involving a fence. Upon arrival in the area, Deputy Balenia learned of a second crash that had just occurred on Wozniak Road near Surrey Lane. Surrey Lane is located approximately three (3) miles south of CR 450 North. Prior to leaving the area of the hit and run crash, Deputy Balenia located a silver bumper in the lawn of a residence in the 7500 west block of CR 450

April 9th, 2021|Local News|

Shooting at Pullman Park leaves two injured

The LaPorte County E- 911 Regional Dispatch Center received a 911 call on April 7 th , 2021 at 10:23 P.M. regarding gun shots being fired at Pullman Park on the city’s west side. Multiple officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 3 responded to the scene and learned two victims had been shot. Both victim s left the scene prior to officers arriving and were transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital by third parties with non - life - threatening injuries . The Investigative Division also responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. Officers met with both victims

April 8th, 2021|Local News|


On April 7, 2021, at 8:30 PM, Deputy Wade Wallace was stopped southbound on Vail Street near Michigan Boulevard waiting for the traffic control device to cycle. A Major passenger vehicle was also stopped directly in front of Deputy Wallace. HEATH A. HAFERKAMP Once the traffic control device cycled, traffic traveled south across Michigan Boulevard and onto Poplar Street. The vehicle that Deputy Wallace was traveling behind made a right turn into the parking lot of the Go-Lo, a business located at 1133 East Michigan Boulevard. While executing said turn, the vehicle committed a traffic infraction. Deputy Wallace initiated a

April 8th, 2021|Local News|

Bowl For The Cure raises $8,000 to provide assistance with cancer testing and treatment for local patients

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, local bowlers took part in the 20th annual Bowl For The Cure event, raising $8,000 to help pay for cancer tests and treatment for patients in need.   The Michigan City United States Bowling Congress Bowling Association (MCUSBCBA) has held the event since 2002 and has donated nearly $70,000 to the Franciscan Health Michigan City Breast Center since 2008. The funds supplement the cost of mammograms and follow-up treatment for women in LaPorte and Porter counties who are unable to afford tests or treatments on their own or through insurance. The funds also

April 8th, 2021|Local News|


On April 6, 2021, at 1:45 AM, Deputy Michael Sweet was stopped at the intersection of US 30 and Old US 30. After a westbound vehicle passed by him, he observed an equipment violation (traffic infraction) on the rear of the vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated by Deputy Sweet in the 6300 west block of US 30. The driver identified herself as Angela M. GAINES (27 YOA) and the front seat passenger identified himself as Paul L. HARGROVE (37 YOA). GAINES and HARGROVE, both from Ainsworth, Nebraska, each had suspended driver’s licenses. Deputy Sweet quickly established probable cause that

April 8th, 2021|Local News|

Hunting and Fishing update from DNR

Renew your hunting and fishing license Your 2020-21 annual hunting and fishing licenses expired on March 31. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to renew. Purchase your license online, at a local retailer, or through the DNR Customer Service Center.   Now is a great time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Outdoor activities can improve mental health and well-being. Treat yourself to a moment of peace or reconnect with family and friends out on the water.     First Free Fishing Day, May 2 Indiana’s first Free Fishing Day of the year is May 2.

April 8th, 2021|Local News|


On April 5, 2021, at 5:43 AM, deputies were summoned to the intersection of US 35 and CR 250 South, rural Pleasant Township, reference a two-vehicle personal injury crash.  At 5:45 AM, Deputy Josh Smith arrived at the scene and located a deceased male subject in the northbound lanes.  The initial crash investigation completed by Deputy Jake Pisowicz and other deputies determined the following had occurred.   A silver 2016 Nissan, driven by Adam FEDOROWICZ (67 YOA) of La Porte, was traveling southbound on US 35 in the driving (right) lane approaching CR 250 South.  A red 2006 Jeep, driven by Melissa

April 7th, 2021|Local News|

April’s Celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week 2021

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.® Announces April’s Celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week 2021 Northwest Indiana will join 80 countries in celebrating this year’s World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21. Keeping with the United Nations’ declaration, the week’s theme is “2021, Year of the Creative Economy.” “This pandemic year has been a remarkable year for creativity and innovation. Businesses, schools, health care, churches and other charities, government and families have been in the same boat: sink or swim, innovate or die,” said Cynthia Hedge, CEO of the Center for Creative Solutions. “Many of those innovators are right here

April 7th, 2021|Events, Local News|

UPDATE from 4/7/2021 Two Semi Crash Closes I-94 for 12 Hours

A two semi crash caused I-94 to be closed for 12 hours in Lake Station on Tuesday Morning. At around 1:30 a.m., troopers from the Indiana State Police Lowell Post were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on I-94 eastbound at the 15 mile-marker.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2015 Dodge Dart was traveling east at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a Toyota Camry.  The Toyota was traveling in the right lane when it was rear-ended.  This impact caused the Toyota to spin and come to a rest in the left lane.  Debris was scattered across the entire

April 7th, 2021|Local News|

MCHS Senior Josiah Miller Named Indiana “Academic All-Star”

Michigan City High School senior Josiah Miller has been named a 2021 Indiana Academic All-Star. Miller is one of only 40 seniors in Indiana to receive the honor, which is sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). The students were selected from a field of 270 outstanding nominees from the state’s private and public accredited high schools. Academic All-Star distinction recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom first and foremost, but who also are actively involved in their schools and communities, and take on leadership roles in those activities. The program is produced by IASP, with support from

April 6th, 2021|Local News|

Northwest Medical Group Opens New Location in Michigan City

Northwest Medical Group has opened a new Primary Care location at 3012 Franklin Street in Michigan City where Maribonn Tiangson, M.D., a board certified internal medicine physician is now seeing patients.   “The best thing about practicing medicine is being able to build an alliance with my patients. Identifying their signs and symptoms and listening closely to them makes all the difference in helping them be as healthy as possible.” said Dr. Tiangson.   As a young child, Dr. Tiangson knew she wanted to be a physician because it was the best way she knew to make a difference in

April 6th, 2021|Local News|

American Heart Association offers guided movement breaks to inspire activity and enhance well-being at home

 One in four U.S. adults are sitting for longer than eight hours each day, and this lack of activity is bad for mental and physical health. The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is urging adults to move more and sit less throughout the day. “For too many of us, our daily routines have become more sedentary over the past year due to the pandemic, making it even more important to find ways to increase physical activity in our day,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, the American Heart Association’s

April 6th, 2021|Local News|


On April 5, 2021, at 5:43 AM, deputies were summoned to the intersection of US 35 and CR 250 South, rural Pleasant Township, reference a two-vehicle personal injury crash. At 5:45 AM, Deputy Josh Smith arrived at the scene and located a deceased male subject in the northbound lanes. The initial crash investigation completed by Deputy Jake Pisowicz and other deputies determined the following had occurred. A silver 2016 Nissan, driven by Adam FEDOROWICZ (67 YOA) of La Porte, was traveling southbound on US 35 in the driving (right) lane approaching CR 250 South. A red 2006 Jeep, driven by

April 6th, 2021|Local News|
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