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Update: Missing man found safe by Hobart police

The Cedar Lake Police Department announced on Thursday that Gary Shipley, who was missing, was found safe by Hobart police. A Silver Alert had been issued on Wednesday and is now cancelled. No further information was given in the update from police.  

April 4th, 2024|Local News|

South Shore Line Double Track NWI Project construction update

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) recently gave an update on the South Shore Line Double Track NWI Project. The NICTD Double Track Northwest Indiana Project includes construction of 26.6 miles of new second track between Gary and Michigan City along NICTD’s existing South Shore Line. Construction began in 2021 on this $649 million major infrastructure investment. The project is slated to reach completion in May 2024 on schedule. Elements of the project include approximately two miles of completely new right-of-way in Michigan City, platform reconfigurations at five stations, construction of 1,475 additional parking spaces, a new overhead catenary power

April 4th, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan Health Michigan City participating in 12th Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative

Franciscan Health Michigan City will provide free blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index screenings at three Michigan City barbershops on April 20 as part of the 12th Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative. The events, which are free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sharper’s Image inside Meijer at 5150 Franklin St., Platinum Designs at 1801 Franklin St. and Marvelous Cuts at 4327 Franklin St. Health education and giveaways will also be part of the events. The Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males along with hundreds

April 4th, 2024|Local News|

Town of Chesterton: Early Voting in the primary election to begin on Tuesday April 9

Early Voting at the Chesterton town hall will begin on Tuesday, April 9, and run through Monday, May 6, the Town of Chesterton said on its Facebook page. Voting hours are as follows: *8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. *11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. *8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and Saturday, May 4. Hours of voting on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, May 7: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

April 4th, 2024|Local News|

Chesterton Fire Department Captain Brandon Smith appointed Deputy Fire Chief

The Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously at its meeting Monday night, March 25, to appoint Captain Brandon Smith the Deputy Chief of Fire Operations. Smith joins on the CFD command staff Deputy Chief of Administration and Community Risk Reduction Aimee Gilbert. “The (Fire Department Oversight Committee) and myself interviewed three internal candidates,” Fire Chief Sean O’Donnell noted. Member Erin Collins, D-2nd—who serves as the Town Council’s liaison to the CFD and is seated on the FDOC—participated in those interviews. “Brandon did an excellent job and I think he’s going to make a great Deputy Chief,” she said.

April 4th, 2024|Local News|

Hannah Trueblood named to Valparaiso Board of Zoning Appeals

Hannah Trueblood has been named to the Valparaiso Board of Zoning Appeals by the Valparaiso City Council, announced Mayor Jon Costas. “Hannah Trueblood’s commitment to the community and background in service make her an excellent addition to our city’s Board of Zoning Appeals,” said Mayor Costas. Hannah Trueblood is a lifelong Valparaiso resident who has served as a full-time real estate broker since 2017. She has served on the Porter County Tax Board of Appeals, is a member of Northwest Indiana National Organization for Women and serves on the board for Valpo Next. She is the mother of two and

April 3rd, 2024|Local News|

East Chicago man charged after hitting troopers car, fleeing scene

An East Chicago man is facing charges after crashing into an Indiana State Trooper’s patrol vehicle and fleeing the scene. On March 7, at about 11:30 p.m., Trooper Kevin Council was assisting with traffic direction on Cline Avenue near the bridge over the Grand Calumet River. Council was parked in the left lane with his police emergency lights activated due to an earlier crash that other officers were investigating. An SUV rear-ended Council’s police car, then revved its engine, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Council had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment

April 3rd, 2024|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office alerts citizens of phone scam

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday that it is receiving reports of an individual who is posing as a La Porte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy over the phone. Police say the individual has spoofed the Sheriff’s Office phone number, 219-326-7700, and is contacting unsuspecting people regarding an outstanding warrant for failure to appear with jury duty. The individual requests money over the phone to clear up the warrant. “The La Porte County Sheriff's Office would like to inform the public that no staff from the Sheriff's Office will contact you via the telephone and request payments for

April 3rd, 2024|Local News|

Valparaiso offering Know Your Neighbor grant program

The City of Valparaiso is offering a Know Your Neighbor grant program to support neighborhood gatherings, planned activities, block parties and other creative ideas that bring neighbors together. Neighborhood groups are eligible to apply once per year for a $250 Know Your Neighbor grant to pay for food truck rental, live music, bounce house or other entertainment and more. If your neighborhood does not have an active association or is a newly forming group, you may qualify for up to $500 to bring neighbors together for the first time. The grant is awarded as a reimbursement. Applicants are responsible for

April 3rd, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Fire Department hosting third annual Pancake Breakfast

The third annual LPFD Pancake Breakfast will be on Saturday, April 20 for all-you-can-eat pancakes, served by local firefighters. Your $10 ticket gets you a meal, entry into a $100 cash giveaway and the opportunity to bid in the silent auction. All proceeds from both the breakfast and raffle will benefit the Arnold J. Devereaux Scholarship Fund, which awards eight to ten graduating seniors from local high schools each year. Tickets can be purchased at the Station 1 prior to the event and on the morning of. Children 4 and under eat free. For more information, call (219) 362-3456.

April 3rd, 2024|Local News|

DEA / ISP Drug Take Back Day- Saturday April 27, 2024

Press Release, Indiana State Police - Lowell District: Mark your calendars for Saturday April 27, 2024, as the Indiana State Police partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their 26th “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative.  The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of unwanted prescription drugs. Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment.  This program is for pill and liquid medications.  Vaping pens without batteries and vaping cartridges will also be taken.  Needles or

April 3rd, 2024|Local News|

State Road 39 to close over Kankakee River

LAPORTE AND STARKE COUNTIES, Ind. - An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor will close State Road 39 between County Road West 1800 South and State Road 8 beginning on or after Tuesday, April 9. State Road 39 will be closed through early June for a bridge deck overlay project over the Kankakee River. INDOT says motorists should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow State Road 8, U.S. 35 and U.S. 30. This project was originally announced for fall 2023 but was pushed back due to weather conditions.

April 2nd, 2024|Local News|

Owner returns to Michigan City after 19 years with new and innovative ideas for the Marquette Mall

The following statement is from the owner of Marquette Mall, Moshe Shemian: “Marquette Mall, which opened in 1967, was one of the first air-conditioned malls in the state. In addition to its poplar anchors, the mall housed a seven-story office tower that was state of the art. "Nineteen years ago, Moshe Shemian and partners purchased Marquette Mall in hopes of someday developing it into a viable centerpiece property. Over the years some progress took place yet nothing came of the original dream and revitalization until recently when Moshe Shemian saw his own vision. That vision was to buy out his

April 2nd, 2024|Local News|

New officer sworn in to Michigan City Police Department

The Michigan City Police Department welcomed Officer Robert Dokmanovic to the MCPD Family. Monday, Dokmanovic was sworn in at the Michigan City Police Department with a room full of family, friends and officers from police agencies in LaPorte County. The Oath of Office was administered by Mayor Angie Nelson Deuitch and the Oath of Honor was administered by Chief Of Police Marty Corley. Officer Dokmanovic is a lateral transfer to MCPD after serving six years with the Lake County Sheriff's Department. Mayor Angie welcomed Dokmanovic to the City of Michigan City during her comments to those in attendance. The addition

April 2nd, 2024|Local News|

Town of Chesterton: Washington Avenue closed between Creita and South Calumet as reconstruction set to begin this week

The Town of Chesterton announced on its Facebook page that Washington Avenue has been closed to through-traffic between Creita Street and South Calumet Road as reconstruction is set to commence this week. The Town of Chesterton says residents of that one-block stretch of Washington Avenue have access from both South Second Street and Creita Street, although the contractor—Milestone Contractors North Inc.—has placed staggered barricades in the approaches. The Town of Chesterton added that erosion control measures have also been installed in the work site and milling could begin as soon as Wednesday, April 3. Washington Avenue is being reconstructed between

April 2nd, 2024|Local News|

Update: Arrest made in connection to interstate shooting on I-65

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. - The Indiana State Police Lowell Post Criminal Investigation Division has made an arrest in the I-65 interstate shooting that took place on March 28. Donavon A. Brewer, 32, from Merrillville, IN, turned himself in to detectives on Saturday, March 30th.  Brewer is currently incarcerated at the Jasper County Jail.  He has been charged with attempted murder, criminal recklessness. This continues to be an active investigation. Police say if anyone has any dash-cam footage of this incident, please contact the Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242 and speak with Detective Hamed.   Original story: Indiana State Police are

April 2nd, 2024|Local News|

City of La Porte, RENOLIT invite public to celebrate Earth Day

La Porte residents are invited to give back to both our parks and planet this Earth Day, according to Park Superintendent Mark Schreiber. In partnership with American RENOLIT, the City of La Porte will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration from 8-10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at Fox Memorial Park. The festivities will include a ceremonial tree planting, park cleanup efforts and native wildflower planting. Schreiber said this is a great opportunity for residents to get their hands dirty while celebrating our parks and lakes. “For the last few years, the City has been proud to partner with American

April 2nd, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan WorkingWell to host free direct-to-employer solutions luncheon

News Release, Franciscan Health: CHESTERTON, Indiana – Franciscan WorkingWell is hosting a free, informative luncheon on April 24 to help attendees learn more about employer-based health and wellness programs. Franciscan HEALTHeACCESS is leading the region in advanced primary care models with more than 12 clinics and more than 40 company clients. As experts in the field, Franciscan representatives can explain how this medical model can improve the health of employees as well as a participating company’s bottom line. Luncheon topics include advanced primary care/employer-sponsored clinics, cost-saving medial models, HEALTHeACCESS, WorkingWell, advanced imaging, HEALTHeLIFESTYLE and more. The luncheon is scheduled to

April 2nd, 2024|Local News|

Survey reveals 56 percent of homeowners plan to dig without contacting 811 first, risking disruption to critical utility services

News Release, NIPSCO: In observance of National Safe Digging Month in April, NIPSCO today shared results from a recent national survey of 1,000 U.S. homeowners revealing that more than half (51 percent) plan to complete an outdoor do-it-yourself project that involves digging in the next year. However, over half (56 percent) of those planning projects do not intend to notify 811 ahead of time, putting themselves and their communities at risk. Thousands of buried utilities are damaged each year due to digging activities. Safe Digging Month reminds homeowners and contractors that digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities

April 1st, 2024|Local News|

City of Valparaiso to host blood drive with American Red Cross

The City of Valparaiso will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, April 5 at Valparaiso City Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org. According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

April 1st, 2024|Local News|

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