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IDEM issues Air Quality Action Day for Northwest Indiana 

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) and is forecasting high ozone levels for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in the following region: Northwest Indiana – Lake, Porter, LaPorte IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone while remaining safe during the COVID-19 health crisis by making changes to daily habits. You can: Drive less: carpool, use public transportation, walk, bike, or work from home when possible Combine errands into one trip Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m. Keep your engine tuned, and don’t let your engine

July 19th, 2021|Local News|

Lane Closure in LaPorte County

There will be rolling lane closures on US 20/35 at the I-94 interchange in LaPorte County on Tues, July 20 starting at approximately 7am to perform a thorough inspection of a beam that was struck on the I-94/US 20 bridge. Temporary ramp closures may need to be utilized.

July 19th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Reminding Veterans of Military Family Relief Fund

The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs is reminding eligible veterans about the Military Family Relief Fund. The applicant must: -Be an Indiana resident -Prove a genuine financial hardship -Not have a household exceeding 2 times the federal poverty guideline -Lifetime limit of 2,500 of assistance available to each veteran Rules that have changed are: -No longer have 12 months of active duty service -Military service can be during peacetime or war time -Hardship does not have to be connected to military service -Certain other than honorable discharge codes may be considered All eligible applications must be filled out completely. Be

July 19th, 2021|Local News|

United Way Day of Caring August 6 volunteer registration now open

United Way Regional Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers to help local nonprofits during its annual Day of Caring event on Friday, August 6. As the largest single-day volunteer event across Northwest Indiana, Day of Caring brings together nonprofits, families, local businesses, municipalities, churches, civic groups and individuals to change lives by helping local nonprofits with facility improvements and client-support projects. United Way is looking for more than 700 volunteers to help with 67 service projects. Volunteers can choose from in-person, virtual and donation drive opportunities. Projects include painting, landscaping, building, cleaning, hosting social activities, taking kids fishing, collection drives and

July 19th, 2021|Local News|

Double Shooting Investigation (UPDATE)

On July 13th, 2021 at approximately 9:20pm, Officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 were dispatched to the 1100 block of Buffalo Street regarding an unconscious male bleeding from the head. Officers arrived on scene and discovered 39-year-old Michigan City resident Aaron Luncsford lying on the floor with a severe head injury. Luncsford had a faint pulse and was immediately transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital by LaPorte County EMS where he was later pronounced deceased. Officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 were then dispatched to the 100 block of West Homer Street 14 minutes later regarding a person who

July 19th, 2021|Local News|

INDOT Blood Drive On July 30

American Red Cross says they currently have a severe shortage of blood. INDOT will be hosting their annual blood drive on July 30. This drive is open to the public, and INDOT has plenty of available time slots for anyone interested in signing up. The drive will be at the La Porte District Office located at 315 East Boyd, from 10am-3pm Visit redcrossblood.org and enter 46350 in the zip code box to see upcoming blood drives and sign up to donate with INDOT.

July 16th, 2021|Local News|

United Way Day of Caring August 6 volunteer registration now open

United Way Regional Volunteer Center is seeking volunteers to help local nonprofits during its annual Day of Caring event on Friday, August 6. As the largest single-day volunteer event across Northwest Indiana, Day of Caring brings together nonprofits, families, local businesses, municipalities, churches, civic groups and individuals to change lives by helping local nonprofits with facility improvements and client-support projects. “Nonprofits could not do what they do without volunteers,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County. “This special day showcases the power of helping hands. We can’t thank our volunteers enough.” United Way is looking

July 16th, 2021|Local News|

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte to present check to city for upcoming project

The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte to present a check to City of La Porte officials for the Clear Lake Greenway Loop and Trail connection project. WHO: Healthcare Foundation CEO Maria Fruth, La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody, City Engineer Nick Minich, and other representatives from the Healthcare Foundation and City of La Porte WHEN: Wednesday, July 21 at 4 p.m. WHERE: Hoelocker Drive near the Clear Lake Boardwalk & Trail Head For questions, please contact Communications Director Jessica Bruder at 219-325-8368 or jbruder@cityoflaportein.gov.

July 16th, 2021|Local News|

Costumes Competition to Highlight 3rd Annual Bolt for the Heart!

On the eve of Halloween, the third annual Bolt for the Heart Family Run/Walk will welcome costumed racers and a friendly competition between police departments in service of raising funds for lifesaving automatic external defibrillators. This year’s race is set for 9AM, Saturday, Oct. 30, at Washington Park in Michigan City. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly toward purchasing AEDs for local law enforcement. “Bolt for the Heart is celebrating our tenth year of operation in Indiana and excited to announce our third annual 5K run/walk in Michigan City. This year we will add a 10K distance

July 16th, 2021|Local News|

Portage Fire Department Announce Passing Of K9 Bosco

The Portage Fire Department announced that on Tuesday K9 Bosco passed away. He served 13 years with the Portage Fire Department. PFD said that Bosco has been involved in every type of fire you could imagine from small car fires to murders. Bosco has worked cases that have resulted in numerous felony convictions, including murder and attempted murder. The department also said there have also been many cases that resulted in plea deals and lesser charges, and multiple cases still working their way through the court system. Bosco was also able to teach 100’s of school kids about fire and

July 15th, 2021|Local News|

City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department Reminding Public of Smoking/Vaping and Alcohol Rules

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department is sending a friendly reminder that Park Department policy prohibits smoking and vaping within 50 feet of playgrounds, splash pads and the skate park as well as baseball/softball fields and tennis courts during youth programs, including games, practices and lessons. Additionally, at Stone Lake Beach, smoking/vaping and alcohol consumption are prohibited in the Family Section.

July 15th, 2021|Local News|

Tickled Pink Event To Blend Comedy and Breast Cancer Prevention

Women will be able to share some laughs, a dose of healthy conversation and tasty refreshments and drinks at Tickled Pink, from 5-8PM on Thursday, Aug. 19 at Blue Chip Casino & Spa. The free event is presented by Franciscan Health Woodland Cancer Care Center Michigan City. Comedian Tracy DeGraaf, a breast cancer survivor and mother will share her journey through humor. Rebellious Magazine said DeGraaf has the “presence of a motivational speaker and the uplifting message of a preacher. Her everyday experiences resonate with fans who can be seen nodding along with punchline after punchline.” Also included in the

July 15th, 2021|Local News|

Michigan City Community Leaders Host a Candlelight Vigil Honoring the Legacy of Rep. John Lewis

— This Saturday evening, Michigan City community leaders will host a Good Trouble Candlelight Vigil for Democracy on the one-year mark of the passing of Rep. John Lewis. We join more than 100 vigils happening around the country. We will celebrate his extraordinary legacy and call on Congress to pass critical legislation to protect the freedom to vote, end gerrymandering, and get money out of politics to realize Rep. Lewis’ vision for a democracy that works for all of us. We demand that Congress pass a suite of laws to safeguard Voting Rights nationwide, including the For the People Act (S1), the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,

July 15th, 2021|Local News|

Double shooting investigation

On July 13th, 2021 at approximately 9:20pm, Officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 were dispatched to the 1100 block of Buffalo Street regarding an unconscious male bleeding from the head. Officers arrived on scene and discovered 39-year-old Michigan City resident Aaron Luncsford lying on the floor with a severe head injury. Luncsford had a faint pulse and was immediately transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital by LaPorte County EMS where he was later pronounced deceased. Officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 were then dispatched to the 100 block of West Homer Street 40 minutes later regarding a person who was shot. Responding officers located a 43-year-old Michigan City resident shot in the neck

July 14th, 2021|Local News|

Mucho Mas Burglary Arrest Made

The City of La Porte Police Department are pleased to announce that an arrest was made in the burglary that occurred at Mucho Mas! Fresh Mex Grill over the past weekend. Due to the ongoing investigation no further details will be released at this time. “Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.”

July 14th, 2021|Local News|

Donation To K9 Officer and Edo

The Michigan City Police Department thanked the Michigan City Exchange Club for their donation to K9 Officer Mike Petrie and Officer Edo. With the donation from the Exchange Club, they were able to outfit Officer Edo with a ballistic vest. Thank You Michigan City Exchange Club for your donation and helping keep our Officers safe! The Michigan City Police Department is a professional team of dedicated officers and civilian support staff who are committed to excellence in their areas of expertise and to working synergistically with their law enforcement counterparts and civilian partners to ensure a professional, trustworthy and engaged

July 14th, 2021|Local News|

Chesterton Police Officers Commended For Outstanding Professionalism Under Dire Circumstances

Three Chesterton Police Officers were commended for outstanding professionalism under dire circumstances at a meeting last week. The incident occured on June 9, as officers walked into a kitchen on the west side of town where a 14-year-old autistic boy, who minutes before had become violent with his family, had armed himself with a knife. Those officers would later walk that boy out of the kitchen, disarmed and unharmed, having used only words and kindness to deescalate the crisis. At its meeting Friday, the Police Commission agreed unanimously to authorize formal letters of commendation for Lisoski, Jesse, and Wracker. This

July 14th, 2021|Local News|

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Jail Administration Announces Reopening Of Public Video Visitation Room

The La Porte County Sheriff's Office Jail Administration has announced the reopening of the public video visitation room. The public video visitation room is located just outside the lobby of the La Porte County Sheriff's Office in the La Porte County Annex Building. Anyone visiting the Annex Building must first report to the security screening area located within the courthouse. La Porte County Jail inmates, who are eligible, are permitted one free in-person video visit per week. For more information, including terms and conditions along with how to schedule a visit, find the link provided on the LaPorte County Sheriff's

July 14th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana State Police Conducting “Trooper-in-a-Truck” Enforcement

The Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) along with the Lowell, Toll Road, Indianapolis, and Sellersburg Posts will be conducting a Trooper-in-a-Truck enforcement patrol on July 14. The Trooper-in-a-Truck initiative places a trooper in a commercial motor vehicle operated by a highly trained and qualified CDL driver. The trooper will observe for violations as the CMV driver drives the selected route. While no dangerous traffic violation will be ignored, the trooper-in-a-truck will be observing primarily for violations of Indiana’s “hand free” law.

July 13th, 2021|Local News|
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