The Porter County Sheriff's Office is currently selling bracelets to support Officer Vanderpool and his family through his fight with leukemia. The bracelets read “Vanderpool 143” on one side and “Strength in Numbers” on the other. They are for sale for a minimum donation of $1 each and all funds go directly to Ofc. Vanderpool. They can be purchased Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM to 4 PM at the Sheriff’s Office. See the Porter County Sheriff’s Office Records Department if you’d like one.
The MCHS Athletic Department held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday to officially unveil their renovated Fitness Center and Weight Room. With over $100,000 in improvements, the room offers weight and strength training equipment as well as cardio machines, to help students and staff improve their health and wellness, and help student-athletes with their on-field performance. Healthcare Foundation of La Porte contributed $75,000 toward this renovation.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday the passing of Lieutenant Bryan Kersey after a long illness. The LCSD released the following statement on its Facebook page: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that today, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department lost Lieutenant Bryan Kersey after a long illness. As a career police officer, he dedicated his entire life to protect and serve others as a member of the United States Army. He served with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years, where he’s remembered as a gentle giant; available to help his colleagues or a “brother
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Thursday released data on school enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Enrollment in Indiana’s public and accredited non-public schools has grown to 1.12 million students,. The IDOE says this is a modest increase from the previous school year. The IDOE says enrollment growth in Indiana’s schools is significantly driven this year by a 5.25% increase in kindergarten enrollment compared with the 2020-2021 school year. The IDOE also says the growth comes as some families are enrolling their children in a K-12 school for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indiana’s schools serve
-Due to the Winter Weather there will be no meal delivery all of La Porte County Meals on Wheels on Thursday January 20. Clients please use blizzard box. Thank you from Cheryl And the crew. -Michigan City Schools - Elearning on Thursday. (AK Smith Career Center included) -Due to winter weather advisories in and around La Porte County, classes scheduled at the Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Westville campus will be held virtually on Thursday, Jan. 20. Classes and other activities at the Hammond campus will take place in person as scheduled. Students should check Brightspace. Faculty and staff assigned to
Indiana State Department of Health COVID advisory level weekly update, test kit information from LaPorte County Health Department
The Indiana State Department of Health Wednesday updated the weekly COVID county advisory levels. All counties in the state are at a red level which is the highest score of 3. Positivity is up in Newton, Jasper, Starke and St. Joseph counties. Positivity is down in LaPorte, Porter, and Lake counties. See specific positivity levels and additional information on the Indiana COVID-19 Dashboard and Map website. Additionally, the LaPorte County Health Department is reminding the public that the federal government is making COVID-19 tests available free to all households. The department says it takes less than a minute. The department
The South Shore Line announced that their first delivery of rail material arrived for our Double Track project this past weekend. The first delivery of rail material consisted of 50 strings of rail, each of which being 1,600 feet long. The South Shore Line says this is enough to lay 7.5 miles of track. Passengers on midday trains will be bused Thursday and possibly Friday as this rail delivery is unloaded. More information on the South Shore line can be found on their website.
Indiana State Police announced the arrest of a suspect who was being sought in connection with the carjacking of a Good Samaritan which occurred on Jan. 8. Police say that on Jan. 13, Randy Terrell Brown-Watkins was arrested on separate charges in Decatur, IL. He is being held at the Macon County Jail pending formal extradition to Lake County, Indiana.
The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2022 inaugural awards. The Chamber of Commerce has a tradition of celebrating members during its Annual Member Dinner. In addition to the recognition of milestone members and legacy businesses, this year the Chamber will be announcing winners in several award categories including Community Impact, Small Business, Large Business, Young Professional, and Ambassador. These five award categories will recognize individual people and businesses who have made a difference in our business community during the year of 2021. Nominations will be qualified by the Chamber Awards Committee. Finalists in each category
The VNA Hospice of Northwest Indiana is proud to announce that it has achieved Level 5 status in its We Honor Veterans program again for 2022. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) awarded the VNA Hospice with the status on Monday, January 17, 2022. It is the highest level a hospice provider can achieve in the program; only nine other hospices in the State of Indiana have achieved this distinction, with the VNA Hospice being the only such provider in Northwest Indiana to be recognized with the program’s “Five Stars.” “We were excited to receive our first Level Five recognition in 2021
2021 Climate Report highlights continued commitment to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions NIPSCO’s parent company, NiSource Inc. today highlights its environmental sustainability commitment in a detailed 2021 Climate Report that outlines the company’s continued trajectory of emissions reductions and initiatives aimed at a sustainable and resilient energy future that is supportive of a just transition for all stakeholders. Highlights from this year’s report, which are driven by NiSource’s environmental and sustainability performance, include the following goals: •100% coal-free by rebalancing its energy mix by 2026-2028 •90% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with a 63% reduction already accomplished •50% reduction in methane emissions from
In a story WIMS has been following, Portage Police have given an update and identified the victim of a fatal crash that occurred on US 20 Monday night. At around 11:33 p.m. officers of the Portage Police Department responded to the area of US Highway 20 and Jensen Drive regarding a report of a rollover motor vehicle crash. Officers located a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer off the roadway resting on its roof just northwest of the intersection. The driver, despite wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. There were no other occupants or vehicles involved in this crash. The Portage
Porter County Sheriff’s Office seeking woman wanted on multiple felony warrants for theft, narcotic possession
The Porter County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 44 -year-old Carie Ann Rippe. Rippe is described as around 5 feet 6 inches, 140 pounds with brown hair which may be dyed blonde on occasion, green eyes with pierced ears and pierced nose and a few tattoos. Rippe has no known employment or vehicles, however previously owned a gold-colored 2010 Ford Escape. Police added that Rippe has several ties to the north Porter County area, namely Portage and Chesterton, and is also believed to frequent area hotels. Rippe is wanted on multiple felony warrants for theft, as
In order to accommodate ongoing work for the double track project, the South Shore Line plans to bus midday passengers between Carroll Ave. and Dune Park stations, now through Thursday, Jan. 20, with Friday, Jan. 21, being a contingency date. Service to Beverly Shores is suspended during busing. Buses will arrive and depart with passengers to match the SSL’s train schedule between Carroll Ave. and Dune Park. Westbound passengers should be prepared to board buses in front of Carroll Ave. Station and re-board westbound South Shore trains at Dune Park. Eastbound passengers will detrain at Dune Park to board buses,
Rokita administration’s total 2021 recoveries topped $210 million Attorney General Todd Rokita announced today that his office’s Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has received $316,241 on behalf of the Indiana Medicaid program as part of a $4.9 million resolution of allegations against PharMerica Inc. The company is one of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacies, providing supplies and services to nursing homes and other facilities. This recovery is the culmination of 14 years of litigation under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws in Indiana and 10 other states. In September 2007, whistleblowers James Banigan and Richard Templin
A class of three volunteers were the third and final group in 2021 sworn in as Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA), joining Franciscan Health Hammond’s program to represent those unable to advocate for themselves. Jada Jarrett and Jaylah Jarrett, who joined virtually, and Caitlyn Lent were sworn in at a ceremony at Lake Superior Court. They join 15 volunteers who had been sworn in earlier in the year as part of spring and fall classes. “This is a program that is sorely needed in our community,” said Lake Superior Court Probate Commissioner Ben Ballou, who performed the
Echoes Of Pompeii, a 10-piece orchestra/band that gives fans the true sound of a Pink Floyd concert will perform at the La Porte Civic Auditorium this Friday at 8 p.m. VIP Tables (8 Seats) are $500. Reserved seating tables (8 Seats) are $300, general admission is $25, and $20. Tickets available at civictix.eventbrite.com . The event is described as "a state of the art visual, and sound show with lasers, videos, and images of the iconic band."
The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department is looking for ice rink attendants to work evening and weekend shifts through Feb. 21. This is a seasonal position. Job duties include collecting skating and skate rental fees, maintaining the area around the ice rink, inventory and other assigned tasks. For more information or to submit an application see the link provided on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department Facebook page.
A fatal crash occurred Monday night in Portage according to Portage Police. At 12:47 a.m. Tuesday, the police announced that all lanes of US Highway 20 east of Center Street and west of Samuelson Road are closed until further notice. At around 11:33 p.m. officers responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover in the area of Jensen Drive. Upon arrival the driver, who was the only occupant, was found to have sustained fatal injuries. The Portage Police Department Crash Reconstruction Team is on scene conducting the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is encouraged to contact
Roadways throughout La Porte County are becoming slick due to freezing drizzle in the area. Deputies are currently working several property damage crashes. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and adjust driving behaviors accordingly to road conditions