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I-80/94 concrete restoration work moving to phase 3

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor has moved to the next phase of concrete restoration work on I-80/94 between I-65 and State Road 912/Cline Avenue. Overnight lane closures will be utilized on westbound I-80/94 between mile marker 12 and 5 the evenings of June 19-20 and June 20-21 to change the traffic configuration. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns overnight and delays due to lane closures. Beginning on or after the morning of Wednesday, June 21, I-80/94 westbound will be setup for phase three. Work will be done in the right driving lane and

June 18th, 2023|Local News|

Franciscan Health Michigan City staff receive tools, training for patients with autism

Franciscan Health Michigan City emergency department staff members and local first responders are better equipped to help patients with autism spectrum disorder thanks to help from one of their own. Crown Point Fire Lt. Matt Kodicek, who also serves as lead EMS instructor in Franciscan Health Crown Point’s emergency management services department, recently conducted Ben’s Blue Bags training sessions for hospital staff and local first responders at Franciscan Health Michigan City. The bags contain sensory stimulation items for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that help deescalate over-stimulation during emergency situations. Kodicek leads training to help healthcare workers and first responders

June 17th, 2023|Local News|

New Suspect Arrested In Jail Lobby Fire Investigation

Based on new information gathered by Lake County Sheriff’s Department investigators, a new suspect has been arrested in connection with the jail lobby fire that occurred on June 5, 2023.  The suspect is identified as 40-year-old Terrance Craig, of Gary.  He was booked into the Lake County Jail June 12, 2023. From the beginning of this investigation, our detectives were considering two persons of interest.  One was Ryan Andrews, who was identified in a photo lineup by witnesses.  A warrant for Andrews was issued so that we could find him and question him.  Both Andrews and Craig shared some similar

June 17th, 2023|Local News|

Persons of interest in custody after Lake County man found deceased in Portage Township

Two persons of interest were in custody in Hamilton County, Ohio, following an investigation into the death of a Lake County man found in the Chustak Public Fishing Area, on Tuesday, according to a Facebook post by the Chesterton police Department. According to the post, the deceased was identified as Lake County resident Derek William Hartz, whose body was found at approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday off a small trail in the 76-acre fishing area, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said. The Chesterton Police Department said “Investigators succeeded in identifying Hartz—whose body had sustained unspecified trauma—from an in-house database photograph, which

June 15th, 2023|Local News|

City of La Porte reminds residents of fireworks ordinance as holiday approaches

With the 4th of July holiday less than a month away, City of La Porte Fire Chief Andy Snyder urges residents to keep the city's fireworks ordinance in mind. "Independence Day is a favorite holiday for many of our residents," Snyder said. "While we know everyone is eager to start celebrating, we urge our residents to be respectful of their neighbors and to keep the city's firework ordinance in mind. Our fire and police departments, along with the code enforcement team, will be keeping a watchful eye over the next several weeks to make sure everyone is following the rules."

June 15th, 2023|Local News|

Franciscan Health partners with Boys & Girls Clubs to distribute kid-friendly meal kits

Franciscan Health is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana to provide kid-friendly meal kits that encourage family time around the dinner table. The Fellowship and Meals (FAM) Kits are distributed monthly to members of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Hammond and Gary. The FAM Kits include kid-friendly meals young people can easily make themselves as well as meals intended to be prepared and consumed as a family. The food for the meals is provided through Franciscan Health’s partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Each kit also includes a family activity, such as

June 15th, 2023|Local News|

Aerial mating disruption treatments scheduled for spongy moth in Starke County

Aerial mating disruption treatments conducted by Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) divisions of Forestry and Entomology & Plant Pathology to slow the spread of spongy moth, formerly called gypsy moth, are planned for the week of June 19. Spongy moth is one of North America's most devastating invasive forest pests and has caused thousands of acres of defoliation across the eastern United States. Mating-disruption treatments for this destructive pest using SPLAT GM-Organic are planned in Starke, Fulton, Marshall,  and Warsaw counties. They will take several days to complete. Treatment begins shortly after sunrise but could be delayed due to

June 15th, 2023|Local News|

State Road 104 to close, State Road 4 closure postponed

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - CSX will close their railroad crossing on State Road 104 between U.S. 6 and Barley Rd near Walkerton on or after Monday, June 19. State Road 104 will be closed for approximately two weeks while CSX upgrades their crossing. Motorists should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 6, State Road 23 and Stat Road 4. The previously scheduled State Road 4 closure between C.R. S 500 E and Taylor Rd near Fish Lake has been postponed until after State Road 104 reopens. State Road 4 will be closed for a culvert

June 14th, 2023|Local News|

GM, Samsung SDI to build $3 billion EV battery plant in New Carlisle area 

NEW CARLISLE, Ind. – Governor Eric Holcomb on Tuesday announced plans to bring a more than $3 billion EV battery cell plant to St. Joseph County. The new battery cell plant, a joint venture between General Motors and Samsung SDI, is scheduled to begin operations in 2026. GM and Samsung SDI, will build the plant just east of New Carlisle at Larrison Boulevard and Indiana 2. The new facility will house production lines to build nickel-rich prismatic and cylindrical cells and is expected to help significantly increase the accessibility and affordability of EVs, according to a press release. When complete,

June 14th, 2023|Local News|

State Road 53 to have lane closures for bridge work

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - An INDOT contractor will conduct bridge work resulting in lane closures on State Road 53/Broadway between 66th Place and 59th Avenue in Lake County on or after Monday, June 19. State Road 53 will be reduced to one lane in each direction with alternating lane closures through late September for a bridge deck overlay project over Turkey Creek. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns in the area. INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through

June 14th, 2023|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest recognized among top education programs for literacy preparation in teaching

News release by Purdue University Northwest: HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) undergraduate program in Elementary Education received recognition from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) for its rigorous preparation of future educators in how to teach reading. PNW earned an “A” grade in NCTQ’s new report, “Teacher Prep Review: Strengthening Elementary Reading Instruction.” PNW was among 23% of higher education institutions to earn the grade for meeting standards set by literacy experts for most effective teaching methods of reading instruction, which is referred to as the “science of reading” by educators. “Earning an ‘A’ grade

June 14th, 2023|Local News|

OB/GYN wins Franciscan Health Michigan City St. Luke Award

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Franciscan Physician Network OB/GYN Sharmilee Thota, MD, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2023 Franciscan Health Michigan City St. Luke Award. The winner of the St. Luke award, named for the patron saint of physicians and surgeons, is nominated by and voted upon by the nursing staff. The award recognizes physicians who have an outstanding rapport with nurses, patients and their families; show respect for the nursing profession; provide education and act as a resource to staff; serve as a role model and exhibit a team approach to care. "I am humbled to accept

June 14th, 2023|Local News|

Michigan City High School MCJROTC conducts leadership camp

Press release by Michigan City Area Schools: The Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) conducted a leadership camp at St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin from June 5th-9th. The camp’s objective was to improve on leadership skills that had been developed during the academic year, in a field environment. MCHS planned, organized and conducted the camp, which was also attended by cadets from Indianapolis Ben Davis, Romeoville, IL, and Portage high schools. Among the activities were rappelling, negotiating high wire obstacles, archery, land navigation, water survival, improvised raft building, paintball, and more.

June 14th, 2023|Local News|

Juvenile charged with burglary and criminal mischief in La Porte, additional individuals believed to be involved in damage to vehicles

A juvenile was charged with burglary and criminal mischief and more individuals are believed to be involved with the vandalism of vehicles, the City of La Porte Police Department said on Monday. On the morning of June 5, officers responded to a burglary at Carter’s Barbershop, located at 711 Jefferson Ave. Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that the suspect was a male juvenile.  During the investigation it was also learned that the same juvenile was directly involved with vandalizing over 20 vehicles on the east side of the city that same weekend. On Monday, the male

June 13th, 2023|Local News|

U.S. 20 to remain closed in East Chicago

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor will begin a road rehabilitation project on U.S. 20 between Columbus Drive and Chicago Avenue in Lake County on or after Monday, June 16. U.S. 20 is currently closed in this location for a local water and sewer improvement project for the City of East Chicago and will remain closed through late September for this rehabilitation work. Through traffic should seek an alternate route. The detour will follow Chicago Avenue, Railroad Avenue and Columbus Drive.

June 13th, 2023|Local News|

Purdue University Northwest recognizes Juneteenth with a Celebrate Freedom Day

News release by Purdue University Northwest: Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will celebrate Juneteenth from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 19 in Founders Plaza north of the Student Union and Library Building, 2233 173rd Street, Hammond, IN. PNW’s Juneteenth recognition, titled “Celebrate Freedom Day,” is free and open to the public. The event is collaboratively produced by PNW’s Cultural Heritage Celebration Committee and office of Student Life. Event features will include performances by the Portage High School “Steppaz” step-dance team and the Lauren Dukes band; roller skating and laser tag provided by ThrillAmaze Mobile Family Entertainment; art activities

June 12th, 2023|Local News|

U.S. 41 to close in Hammond for railroad work

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) plans to close their railroad crossing on U.S. 41 in Hammond between Gostlin St. and Chicago St. beginning on or after Monday, June 19. U.S. 41 will be closed for approximately two weeks in this location while NICTD rebuilds their at-grade crossing. INDOT says motorists should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow State Road 312, U.S. 12, and U.S. 20.      

June 12th, 2023|Local News|

Popular summer camp returns to St. Luke in July

St. Luke United Lutheran Church in Trail Creek will hold its annual Vacation Bible Camp July 10-14. This popular all-day camp will run from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - Noon on Friday. The camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade (entering first through sixth grade). A hot lunch will be served each day except Friday. The camp is conducted by college-age counselors affiliated with LOMIK (Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Indiana Kentucky).  An ice cream social will be held the evening before camp begins (Sunday, July 9 at 6:30pm) so

June 12th, 2023|Local News|

Results for Singing Sands Sand Sculpting Festival

Here are the official results from Singing Sands Sand Sculpting Festival 2023! Thank you to Terry Greetham and his team from Michigan City Special Events as well as all of the volunteers who made this event so successful for year two!

June 12th, 2023|Local News|

One dead after rollover crash in Cedar Lake

One person died Friday following a rollover crash in unincorporated Cedar Lake, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department said. At around 10:20 a.m., officers responded to the scene of a rollover crash in the 11600 block of Wicker Avenue. Emergency medical personnel at the scene determined that the operator of the vehicle was deceased. The preliminary investigation determined that the driver was heading northbound on Wicker Avenue when the vehicle crossed into lanes of oncoming traffic. The vehicle hit a guardrail, began to roll over and hit a tree. The vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side. The victim was

June 10th, 2023|Local News|
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