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Eighth and final defendant pleads guilty in New Buffalo cocaine ring

U.S. Attorney Mark Totten announced that 35-year-old Adrian Romero Antunez, a Mexican national in the United States on a tourist visa, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Romero Antunez was the final defendant to plead guilty in a transnational and interstate cocaine ring that centered around New Buffalo, Michigan resident 33-year-old Ivan Huerta Hernandez. Through conduits in Mexico, Huerta Hernandez was supplied by sources located in Chicago, including Romero Antunez. Huerta Hernandez then distributed cocaine to dealers in West Michigan and Northern Indiana. On the morning of November 3, 2021, approximately 90 federal, state,

May 26th, 2022|Local News|

Chesterton Town Council pledges donation of police and fire protection for annual Fireworks on the Lakefront

The Town of Chesterton is reporting that the Town Council has pledged a donation of police and fire protection for the annual “Fireworks on the Lakefront” event.  The Town of Chesterton said that, “in the past the Duneland Chamber of Commerce has asked each of the Tri-Towns to contribute $2,500 in cash toward the expense of holding the annual Fireworks on the Lakefront event, as well as $2,500 in in-kind service, that is, police and fire protection. The Town said that "this year, however, the Chamber has no need for cash, as its president, Maura Mundell, told the Chesterton Town

May 26th, 2022|Local News|

Portage man arrested for child pornography possession

A Portage man was arrested Tuesday for child pornography possession, Indiana State Police announced.  Members of the Indiana State Police Cyber Crimes Unit and the Lowell Post All Crimes Policing Team (ACP) served a search warrant in the 2400 block of Monnier Street in Portage.  As a result, 24 year-old Patrick J. O. Alaniz, of Portage was arrested.  Police say the arrest was the result of an extensive investigation conducted by detectives from the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The investigation began after a cyber tip was received in September 2021 from the National Center for

May 26th, 2022|Local News|

Update: Michigan City Area Schools announces USDA 2022 Summer Food Service Sites

Michigan City Area Schools has updated sites for the Summer Food Service. Knapp Elementary was added. Lake Hills breakfast time was changed to 8:00 - 8:45 am Under the Enrolled Sites: Madeline Smrt Center breakfast times were changed to: Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. (8:45 – 9:15 a.m. June 13-June 17). Those changes have been made to the information below. Michigan City Area Schools has announced plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled

May 26th, 2022|Local News|

Roundabout construction to begin at S.R. 2 and U.S. 6 in Westville

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Co. will begin a roundabout project in Westville at the intersection of U.S. 6 and State Road 2 on or after Tuesday, May 31. Construction will be conducted in three phases, with the intersection of U.S. 6 and State Road 2 partially closed during the first two phases. The project will be ongoing through late October. Phase one will be in place through early August, with the north and west portions of the intersection closed. U.S. 6 will be closed between State Road 2 and Lowman Lane, with an official detour following State

May 26th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City’s Grand Prix announces schedule

The 13th Annual Award-Winning Great Lakes Grand Prix, featuring some of the world’s fastest and most exciting powerboat racing, will be back August 3-7 at Michigan City’s Washington Park, it was announced earlier this week by Jack L. Arnett, CEO of the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event will again present teams from all seven continents racing across the waters of Lake Michigan in some of the world’s fastest powerboats, reaching speeds nearing 175 miles per hour. Along with the boat races, Arnett announced other weekend highlights – the downtown Boat Parade and Block Party on Saturday night

May 25th, 2022|Local News|

Pine Elementary Multisensory Environment room dedicated

Michigan City Area Schools announced the Multisensory Environment (MSE) room at Pine Elementary was officially dedicated Monday.  Pine says the room features special equipment such as a crash pad, swing, bubble tubes, and much more. A video for more information about the MSE at Pine and similar rooms across the district can be found here.  

May 25th, 2022|Local News|

Four arrested during narcotics search warrant in Cedar lake, pit bull killed

Four people were arrested Tuesday morning during a narcotics search warrant in Cedar Lake, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. At around 9:15 a.m., officers with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force and SWAT Team and Cedar Lake Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 7200 block of W. 129th Lane in Cedar Lake. Officers had received information that methamphetamine was dealt from the home. Seven individuals were detained during the search of the home. Officers arrested 30-year-old Ty Pozza and 20-year-old Jordan Fletcher, both of the residence in Cedar Lake. Police

May 25th, 2022|Local News|

Update: Silver Alert canceled for Merrillville teen

A Silver Alert that had been issued for a missing 17-year-old was canceled on Tuesday. The original Silver alert was declared this past Friday for Amari McDade out of Merrillville. The Indiana State Police did not provide any further details.  

May 25th, 2022|Local News|

South Shore Line Double Track NWI Project construction update

The following is an update from NICTD on the South Shore Line (NICTD) Double Track NWI Project construction that is ongoing: INFORMATION UPDATED 5/24/2022 GARY- MILLER STATION AREA All buildings have been demolished for the construction of the station and parking lots in Miller. New sewer work has begun in both the west and east parking lots. Parking is available but temporarily restricted while work near Miller Station progresses. Vehicular and pedestrian access from Melton Road (US 20) will be closed, and the driveway from Old US 12/Dunes Hwy will remain open. Construction activities may occur on the shoulder of Old

May 25th, 2022|Local News|

Washington Park Zoo announces new website 

The Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City announced Monday the release of a new website for the zoo.  The Zoo said on its Facebook page, “Washingtonparkzoo.com is designed to provide an excellent user experience with even more features to come that will continue to enhance the site's educational value and make planning your next visit simpler than ever.” See more zoo updates on the Washington Park Zoo Facebook page.  

May 24th, 2022|Local News|

INDOT provides update on U.S. 41 work near St John

INDOT has provided an update on work being done on U.S. 41 near St. John. "Work continues on U.S. 41 after several conflicts with local utilities pushed project completion into this year", INDOT stated. INDOT says road resurfacing should be complete by the end of this week, with work on a box culvert across from Target continuing through possibly July.  

May 24th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Police remind motorists to ‘Click It or Ticket’

The Michigan City Police Department, along with other agencies across Indiana, will be increasing patrols as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign ahead of Memorial Day weekend. For the next three weeks, officers will be out in full force making sure drivers and passengers are buckled up and children are properly secure. Their goal is to reduce the number of traffic injuries and fatalities from lack of seat belt use, a continuing concern. The overtime patrols are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with grants administered by ICJI. Police say vehicle collisions continue

May 24th, 2022|Local News|

Pedestrian injured after being struck by car in Michigan City

A pedestrian was injured early Sunday after being struck by a vehicle on Franklin Street in Michigan City.  At around 1:00 a.m., dispatch received a report of a serious bodily injury crash at the intersection of Franklin Street and Westwind Drive. Officers located a Toyota Corolla stopped on Franklin Street in the center turn lane, facing south, and a female lying on the ground near the front of the vehicle. Michigan City Fire Department and LaPorte County EMS personnel quickly arrived on scene and began with patient care. The pedestrian, later identified as Casey Wallace, was then transported to Franciscan

May 24th, 2022|Local News|

Franciscan Health and Lurie Children’s partner to provide top neonatal care in Northwest Indiana

Franciscan Health Crown Point and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago announced a new partnership that the two organizations say will bring one of the nation’s top neonatology programs to Northwest Indiana. Beginning September 2022, Lurie Children’s neonatologists will staff the 20-bed Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Franciscan Health Crown Point, caring for the most vulnerable babies and their families close to home. “Lurie Children’s is excited to partner with Franciscan Health Crown Point on creating a regional center of excellence for neonatology in Northwest Indiana,” said Tom Shanley, MD, President & CEO of Lurie Children’s. “Infants

May 24th, 2022|Local News|

Dog helps La Porte County Sheriff’s deputies find missing owner 

A dog that was reported missing along with her owner assisted the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office find her owner, police said. The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office said that several deputies responded to a residence Friday afternoon to assist a case manager in locating a missing and endangered adult female and her dog, Delilah. As deputies investigated, Delilah showed up, but darted off to an area behind the residence. Deputies checked the backyard, exterior buildings and along the roadway, without success. While waiting for additional assistance, deputies spotted Delilah running in a nearby pasture. Delilah ran towards an area

May 22nd, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s deputies celebrate World War II vet’s 100th birthday

Thursday afternoon, deputies participated in the 100th birthday celebration of Mr. Wilbur Lawson, a rural La Porte County resident. Lawson is a World War II veteran and gunner of a B17. To help commemorate his 100th birthday, there was a flyover from a vintage military aircraft and he was presented with a proclamation from the State of Indiana.

May 22nd, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Health Department informing public children ages 5-11 can now receive booster of COVID-19 vaccine

The La Porte County Health Department is informing the public that children aged 5-11 can now receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The booster can be administered 5 months after receiving the second dose of vaccine. Children aged 5-11 who are severely immunocompromised should receive a booster 3 months after their second dose of vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine available to children aged 5-17. The La Porte County Health Department COVID vaccine clinic is located at 901 Lincolnway in La Porte. The current hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Walk-ins

May 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Holcomb invited to speak at World Economic Forum in Switzerland

Governor Eric Holcomb announced he will be discussing Indiana’s investment in advanced manufacturing at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland on Monday.   “Davos 2022 facilitates conversations between global thinkers, international dignitaries, government and business leaders to share their visions for the year ahead,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I’m proud to represent Indiana on a world stage to discuss all the innovative ways Hoosiers can be part of the solution regarding the myriad of challenges facing our state and world today.” Holcomb will deliver remarks at the The Augmented Manufacturing Experience panel which feature panelists Sharan Burrow, Belgium General

May 22nd, 2022|Local News|

Silver alert issued for missing Merrillville teen

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared for a missing Merrillville teen.  The Merrillville Police Department is investigating the disappearance of 17-year-old Amari McDade, described as a black female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 140 pounds, black hair with brown eyes, and last seen wearing a burgundy jacket, black pants, and black shoes. McDade is missing from Merrillville and was last seen on Thursday, May 19, at 11:46 a.m. She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.  Police say if you have any information on Amari McDade, to contact the Merrillville Police Department at 219-660-0001

May 21st, 2022|Local News|
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