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One fatality reported after multi-vehicle collision in Portage

Portage Police reported on their Facebook page Tuesday evening that there was one confirmed fatality after a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of Willowcreek Road and Lute Road. Police updated their post later in the night that all lanes of travel were clear and open. Police said further details will be released in a subsequent post. WIMS will continue to follow this story.  

November 9th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City man sentenced to over four years in prison for firearm offense

A Michigan City man was sentenced to over four years in prison on his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sergio Adams, 33, of Michigan City was sentenced to four years and four months in prison followed by two years of supervised release. In November 2021, police responded to an alert and recovered a handgun that had been possessed by Adams. At the time, Adams was on supervised release. Adams has three prior felony convictions, any one of which prohibit him from possessing a firearm or ammunition, according

November 8th, 2022|Local News|

Intersection of Broadway and 15th Street in Chesterton closed for three days

The intersection of Broadway and 15th Street in Chesterton will be closed to all traffic for three days, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg announced to the Town of Chesterton. The closure will be in effect around the clock. Indiana American Water Company is tying in a new main at this location. Schnadenberg expects the intersection to re-open to traffic late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10. Detours will be posted. Motorists southbound from the Town of Porter will be detoured onto Woodlawn Avenue.

November 8th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line announces temporary schedule revision to begin Nov. 15

In order to accommodate ongoing, temporary busing in relation to the Double Track NWI project, the South Shore Line will be implementing a temporary modified schedule to be in effect TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2022, until further notice. TEMPORARY MODIFIED SCHEDULE Busing between Carroll Ave. and Gary Metro Center stations remains in effect for all weekday and weekend trains. Bus service makes all intermediate scheduled station stops (with the exception of Beverly Shores and 11th St. – see below information). Passengers will be bused to/from the following stations on the temporary modified train schedule: Carroll Ave., Dune Park, Portage/Ogden Dunes, and Miller. Westbound passengers

November 8th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line to implement call-ahead bus service at Beverly Shores, 11th Street

In order to accommodate ongoing, temporary busing in relation to the Double Track NWI project, the South Shore Line announces that call-ahead bus service will be implemented at Beverly Shores Station and 11th Street Michigan City Station (bus stop temporarily relocated to 920 Franklin Street). Train service between Gary Metro and Millennium and between Carroll Ave. and South Bend Airport will operate as normal. Busing is ongoing to/from the following stations: Carroll Ave., Dune Park, Portage/Ogden Dunes, and Miller. As of Nov. 15, 2022, the regularly scheduled loop bus service to Beverly Shores Station and 11th Street will be temporarily

November 8th, 2022|Local News|

Portion of 1050 North closed in Chesterton for three days

A portion of 1050 North is closed in Chesterton for three days. 1050 North (Sidewalk Road) between State Road 49 and Kelle Drive is closed to traffic for three days, beginning Tuesday, Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg announced to the Town of Chesterton. The closure is in effect around the clock. Schnadenberg expects 1050N (Sidewalk Road) to be re-opened to traffic late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10. Detours are posted.

November 8th, 2022|Local News|

Office of the Indiana Secretary of State provides General Election Day information

Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan is reminding Hoosiers that today, November 8, is General Election Day. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Hoosiers can check their voting status, see polling locations, and view a sample ballot at IndianaVoters.com. “Indiana is a national leader in running safe and secure elections,” Secretary Sullivan said. “Hoosiers can cast their ballots with confidence thanks to the work of election administrators in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. I encourage every registered voter to visit the polls and make their voice heard.” More than half of Indiana counties now offer vote

November 8th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Police Department Street Hawk Patrol makes second major felony arrest in same week

The Michigan City Police Department says its Street Hawk Patrol made a second “major felony arrest” in the same week. On Nov. 5 at around 06:00 p.m. two officers were working a special patrol together called Street Hawk. According to the department, officers working this type of saturation patrol target different areas of Michigan City for gun violence, offenses involving individuals prohibited from possessing firearms, individuals possessing illegal firearms, individuals using firearms while committing a crime, “shots fired” calls for service, and narcotics eradication. The officers observed a Nissan Maxima commit multiple traffic infractions while following behind it along the

November 7th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Transit announces information for Election Day, Veterans Day

Michigan City Transit announced they will operate regular service hours on Election Day Nov. 8 and Veterans Day Nov. 11. Veterans and Active-Duty Military ride free on Nov. 5, and Nov. 11. More updates from the City of Michigan City can be found on the My Michigan City, Indiana Facebook page.

November 6th, 2022|Local News|

Porter County voters may now cast ballots at any vote center in the county on Election Day

Porter County voters may now cast ballots at any vote center in the county on Election Day Tuesday Nov. 8, according to the Town of Chesterton Facebook page.  “Previously on Election Day, Porter County voters were required to cast ballots at one—and only one—of the precincts located in their particular township, based on their street address,” the Town of Chesterton said on its Facebook page.  “On this Election Day, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will have their choice of 44 different “Vote Centers” throughout Porter County.” The Town of Chesterton went on to state that,

November 5th, 2022|Local News|

Indiana Department of Transportation looking for public input on 80/94 FlexRoad project

The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking public input for its 80/94 FlexRoad project. There will be two public meetings, one in-person and one virtual,  this month for the 80/94 FlexRoad project (I-80/94 from the Illinois State Line to I-65). The project, expected to improve traffic flow and safety along one of Indiana’s busiest interstate corridors, is moving to its next phase. The in-person meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. central time at the Purdue Northwest Student Union Library Building, Alumni Hall 2200 169th St. in Hammond. The virtual meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 17,

November 5th, 2022|Local News|

Duneland Schools, Chesterton High School mourn passing of English teacher Penny Jo Morris

This week the Duneland School Corporation and Chesterton High School suffered the loss of a teacher, colleague, and friend, Penny Jo Morris, after a long battle with cancer, according to the Town of Chesterton Facebook page. The Town of Chesterton stated the following on their Facebook page: “Penny spent most of her adult life as a stay-at-home mom, but when her youngest daughter graduated high school, she decided to attend college to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. This current year was her seventh year as an English teacher at Chesterton High School, where she taught English 9

November 5th, 2022|Local News|

Porter County Sheriff’s Office warning of more police imposter phone scams

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday it has again been receiving reports that citizens have been getting phone calls in which people were fraudulently claiming to be Law Enforcement Officials. “Sometimes callers can mask the caller ID information to make it appear as if the call is coming from a police department or other government entity,” the PCSO stated. “If you receive a call from a person claiming to be one of our officers and are concerned they are not who they say they are, please hang up and call 219-477-3000 to verify their identity.” Police also say

November 5th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Transit announces information for parade, Election Day, Veterans Day

Michigan City Transit announced that due to the Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 5, there will be Service Suspension and Service Delays beginning at 10:30 a.m. Normal service will resume at the conclusion of the parade. Michigan City Transit also announced they will operate regular service hours on Election Day Nov. 8 and Veterans Day Nov. 11 Veterans/Active-Duty Military ride free on Nov. 5, and Nov. 11.

November 5th, 2022|Local News|

Chesterton Police: Evidence points to CHS threat being false and outside of Porter County

Chesterton High School went into a “modified secure lockout” Thursday according to the Town of Chesterton Facebook page. The “vague threat” made against Chesterton High School late Thursday morning, is believed never to have been credible and to have originated outside Porter County, according to the Town of Chesterton. At 7 p.m. Thursday evening, the Duneland School Corporation released the following statement from Chesterton Police Chief Tim Richardson: “The Chesterton Police Department has worked tirelessly on its investigation into the threat communicated today to Chesterton High School that resulted in the school being placed on a Secure/Lockout. “Based on an

November 4th, 2022|Local News|

NIPSCO reminds you to keep your family safe: Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month

NIPSCO is reminding the public of the dangers of carbon monoxide during Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month. November is known across the nation as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month. NIPSCO says it cares about your safety and wants to use the occasion to remind the community about the risks of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is called the “Silent Killer” because it is an odorless, tasteless, non-corrosive gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, natural gas, propane, or oil) burn incompletely. Even though natural gas doesn’t contain CO, it can be produced when there’s not enough oxygen for fuels to burn

November 4th, 2022|Local News|

Portion of Boyd Boulevard closed today in La Porte

The paving of Boyd Boulevard is ongoing in the City of La Porte.  Mayor of La Porte announced on his Facebook page Thursday that Boyd Boulevard is currently being paved from Jefferson Avenue to Ohio Street.  Dermody is asking the public to use alternate routes through Friday (today) as this portion of the road is closed. 

November 4th, 2022|Local News|

Police pursuit into Illinois leads to recovery of ghost gun

A 27-year-old Chicago man was arrested and a ghost gun was recovered after a pursuit that ended in Illinois, according to Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. At around 11:24 a.m., a Lake County police officer observed the driver of an SUV talking on a cell phone with his seatbelt unfastened. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop near 24th and Grant Street in Gary. When the officer approached the car and began speaking with the driver, he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver admitted to having smoked wrapped marijuana cigarettes, which he pulled

November 4th, 2022|Local News|

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest announces 2022 Innovators Award Winners

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest has announced winners of the 2022 Innovators Awards. Winners will be inducted into the Society during the group’s annual luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center in Merrillville, IN from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST. The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest (PNW) aims to contribute to economic and community development throughout the region as the champion of innovation in Northwest Indiana. “As our region bounces back from the pandemic and the challenges of the times, it is both powerful and inspiring to honor the ingenuity of innovators

November 4th, 2022|Local News|
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