Silver Alert issued for missing South Bend man

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared. The South Bend Police Department is investigating the disappearance of 28-year-old Stefan Thurmand. Thurman is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds, and has black hair with brown eyes. Thurmand is missing from South Bend and was last seen on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 3:45 pm. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.  If you have any information on Stefan Thurmand, contact the South Bend Police Department at 574-235-9201 or 911. Check the Indiana State Police - Public Information Office and South

October 6th, 2022|Local News|

Two Michigan City High School students arrested for alleged bomb threat prank

Two Michigan City High School Students were arrested on Wednesday after an alleged bomb threat prank was posted to social media. Wednesday morning, a 14-year-old student and 15-year-old posted to social media and created a scare at Michigan City High School. School Resource Officer Sgt. Steve Forker worked quickly and efficiently with the Michigan City Area Schools administration to make an arrest for intimidation against both suspects. Police said that because of the nature of the hoax, a bomb threat, the matter had to be taken seriously. The Michigan City Police Department “wanted to assure the public that threats of

October 6th, 2022|Local News|

City of New Buffalo hosting ribbon cutting for new Dune Walk

The City of New Buffalo will hold a ribbon-cutting event for the community’s new dune walk on Oct. 8 at 11:00 a.m.  The project was managed by Abonmarche Consultants and made possible through funding commitments from the City of New Buffalo, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and The Pokagon Fund. The City of New Buffalo says the original Dune Walk had become unsafe and in 2018 they began the process of planning, funding, designing and construction of a new Dune Walk.  Cider and donuts will be served after the ribbon cutting and people will be able to explore the

October 5th, 2022|Local News|

Arrest made in connection to officer involved shooting in South Bend

An arrest has been made in connection to an officer involved shooting that occurred in South Bend last Thursday. Indiana State Police say a warrant was served by the Indiana State Police E.R.T. at 4540 Hickory Road Apartment 3C in Mishawaka at around 7:12 p.m. Tuesday evening. As a result of the warrant, 20-year-old Ian Steven McDonald Austin of South Bend was arrested for attempted murder. According to police, an Indiana State Excise Officer had been in the area working a special detail around local convenience stores when he began to follow a vehicle northeast on Rockne Drive. Near the

October 5th, 2022|Local News|

Duneland Chamber of Commerce hosting Trick or Treat in downtown Chesterton

Downtown Chesterton businesses will be offering trick or treating for Duneland families this year on Friday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m. The Duneland Chamber says parents and their children should visit businesses along Calumet and Broadway. The Chamber will be handing out goodies along with other local businesses in the chamber parking lot. “We expect over 1,000 local children and their families to this trick or treating event,” says Maura Mundell, the Chamber’s President. “The streets are filled with little super heroes, witches, monsters and ghosts. It is fantastic! We welcome all organizations and businesses who want to give out

October 5th, 2022|Events, Local News|

NIPSCO encourages customers to become more energy efficient on National Energy Efficiency Day 2022

In recognition of the 7th annual National Energy Efficiency Day (#EEDay2022) on Wednesday, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is joining regional and national organizations, businesses, utilities, universities, and individuals in promoting energy efficiency to the public and its customers – "the most immediate affordable way to meet our energy needs, save on energy bills, and reduce their carbon footprint." NIPSCO says it is “proud to have made significant, forward-thinking investments in energy savings with the NIPSCO Energy Efficiency Programs that provide incentive opportunities to both residential and business customers looking to save energy.” The company went on to say,

October 5th, 2022|Local News|

Two people dead after crash on U.S. 30 in La Porte County

Two people are dead after a crash on U.S. 30 in La Porte County. At 7:49 a.m., deputies were summoned to the 6300 west block of US 30 for a crash involving a semi and a passenger vehicle. Starke County EMS personnel arrived and advised that two occupants of the passenger vehicle were deceased. The initial crash investigation completed by deputies determined a 2019 Mack semi-tractor was pulling a 2015 Hyundai trailer. The truck had just exited the Plaza 30 Truck Stop and was beginning to travel eastbound on US 30. While doing so, the trailer separated from the semi-tractor

October 5th, 2022|Local News|

Paladin, Inc. hosts Blacklight Bingo on October 22, 2023

Paladin, Inc. will host "Blacklight Bingo" on Saturday, October 22, 2023 from 5:00-8:00 PM CDT at Paladin, 4315 East Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN. WIN prizes, drinks for purchase, and SO much fun! The event is 18+. Tickets are $40.00 per seat which include four cards PLUS a bonus game. All proceeds from this event go towards supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

October 4th, 2022|Events|

Burn ‘Em Brewing Presents 2023 Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash

On Saturday, January 21, 2023, Burn 'Em Brewing is hosting "Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash." The event will take place from 12-5 PM CST at 718 Freyer Road, Michigan City, IN. They will be serving new barrel aged variants as well as the return of The Gluhwein Ljo, served warm! Food will be provided by: Barebones. Doors open at noon with LIVE music starting at 12:30 PM. Live music includes: JANKY LIMO, SYPIAN FAMILY BAND, MG BAILEY. VIP: $75.00, GA Presale: $20, $25 At the door. Purchase your tickets at

October 4th, 2022|Events|

Lane shift during construction in Lake County, on-ramp at Calumet to close

On the Indiana Toll Road (I-90) traffic will be shifted to alternate lanes between milemarkers 3.4- 4.6. Work is scheduled through Dec. 6. In addition to the lane shift the on-ramp at Calumet Avenue for east-bound traffic will close Oct. 31 - Dec. 6. Follow WIMS on Facebook and for more roadwork project announcements. 

October 4th, 2022|Local News|

Closures for Mulberry Avenue in Portage

In Portage now through Thursday, there will be rolling closures on Mulberry Avenue between Willowcreek Road and Vivian Street. The city's paving contractor is milling out existing asphalt and is placing a new asphalt surface as part of the city's 2022 street paving and repair project. The dates are weather dependent. A flag person will be on-site directing traffic.

October 4th, 2022|Local News|

Police identify victims of fatal Indiana Toll Road crash

Indiana State Police have identified three people who died and two others who were injured in a crash on the Indiana Toll Road Sunday evening in St. Joseph County. The driver of the white SUV, a 2017 Ford, has been identified as 31 year-old Mark Pelini, of Canfield, OH. The front seat passenger has been identified as 31 year-old Jillian Marian, of Youngstown, OH. The driver of the black 2017 Ford pickup has been identified as 56-year-old David Taylor, of Harrisburg, PA. The deceased front seat passenger has been identified as 57-year-old Jane Beecher, of Harrisburg, PA. The injured backseat

October 4th, 2022|Local News|

Body recovered from Lake Michigan in Berrien County identified

A body that was recovered from Lake Michigan in Berrien County last week has been identified. The Grand Beach/Michiana Police Department along with the Berrien County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau were able to positively identify the body found in Lake Michigan in the Village of Michiana last week. The South Bend Police Department Crime Lab was instrumental in helping with this case and were able to use a fingerprint to make a positive ID. The victim was identified as 48-year-old Jason A. Ryno from Joliet, IL. The investigation is ongoing, but there is no suspicion of foul play.  

October 4th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Sanitary District hosting ribbon cutting ceremony for Cheney Run Wetland Preserve

The Michigan City Sanitary District will host a ribbon cutting for the official opening of the Cheney Run Wetland Preserve at Karwick Nature Park on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Sanitary District General Manager, Milorad “Mike” Milatovic, is pleased to announce the official opening of the Cheney Run Wetland Preserve at Karwick Nature Park, over 10 years in the making. All who wish to attend are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10:00 a.m. The park has no mailbox, but the address for the driveway and parking area is 804 S. Karwick Road. A walking

October 4th, 2022|Local News|

3 people dead, 2 injured in Indiana Toll Road crash in St. Joseph County

Three people died and two others were injured after a crash on the Indiana Toll Road on Sunday evening in St. Joseph County. At around 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, police began receiving calls of a serious crash on the Indiana Toll Road near mile marker 67.6 involving two vehicles that had eastbound lanes blocked. Preliminary investigation indicates that an SUV was traveling westbound when it struck a deer. The SUV then crossed the center median and collided with a Ford pickup truck that was traveling eastbound. Both the driver and passenger of the SUV died as a result of the

October 3rd, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line providing special service for Chicago Marathon

The South Shore Line has announced special train service for the Chicago Marathon from Oct. 6 to 9. The South Shore Line invites all Bank of America Chicago Marathon runners and observers to leave their vehicle at one of  their train stations in Indiana and take the South Shore Line to Chicago for all Bank of America Chicago Marathon events. Thursday/Friday, Oct.. 6-7: Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up: For the convenience of Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants, on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7, the South Shore Line will stop the

October 2nd, 2022|Local News|

Burns Harbor Police warning public of recent thefts from vehicles in surrounding communities

The Burns Harbor Police Department is advising the public to make sure they are removing valuables and securing their vehicles. Police say that surrounding communities had several thefts of vehicles in addition to items that were reported being taken from vehicles Friday morning.   Police also say if you see anything suspicious or abnormal, to give them a call so that they have the opportunity to check it out.

October 1st, 2022|Local News|

Northbound I-65 off-ramps in Merrillville to close for concrete restoration

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the upcoming temporary closure of two I-65 off-ramps in Merrillville. This information is according to the Town of Chesterton’s Facebook page. Ramp 253A, northbound I-65 to U.S. 30, is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 and reopen by 6 a.m. on Oct. 10. Ramp 255A, NB I-65 to 61st Avenue, is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 14 and reopen by 6 a.m. on Oct. 17.  In the event crews need to complete more work on this ramp it will again close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 21 and

October 1st, 2022|Local News|

Health Department announces changes to COVID-19, monkeypox dashboards

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) recently announced changes to its COVID-19 dashboard to reflect new publishing schedules and additional surveillance tools. The COVID dashboards at will be updated each Wednesday by 5 p.m. The IDOH says this change reflects a national shift to evaluating weekly metrics rather than daily case counts and will ensure that trends in COVID-19 activity remain available to the public and healthcare providers to help inform decisions. The IDOH said in a news release, "Breakthrough case counts and hospitalizations have been removed from the vaccine dashboard at and from the youth dashboard in recognition of

October 1st, 2022|Local News|

Lane closures on U.S. 41 in Hammond

Starting Monday, the Indiana Toll Road will be working on the structures over U.S. 41 in Hammond until the beginning of December. Watch for the right lanes of 41 to be closed in each direction. The work is being done by the Indiana Toll Road.

October 1st, 2022|Local News|
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