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IDEM adds Northwest Indiana to Air Quality Action Day

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has added Northwest Indiana to the agency's Air Quality Action Day forecast for today Thursday, June 20. Ozone levels are expected to be in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range (Orange) in Northwest Indiana, including the cities of: Crown Point, Gary, Hammond, Kentland, LaPorte, Michigan City, Portage, Rensselaer, Valparaiso and all other cities within the area. High temperatures are expected to reach the 90-degree mark again on Thursday at inland areas south of Lake Michigan which, when combined with slightly lower humidity in the afternoon, light and variable winds and a chance for

June 20th, 2024|Local News|

Porter County Sheriff’s Office requested to investigate officer involved shooting in Portage

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has been requested to investigate an officer involved shooting, according to a statement from the PCSO. Police say at approximately 1:08 a.m. on Wednesday, the Portage Police Department requested the Porter County Sheriff’s to investigate the officer involved shooting. Preliminary investigation shows that on Tuesday at approximately 11:21 a.m. officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Marine View Drive for a well-being check. A man was located in the area with a firearm, according to police. The man was transported to an area hospital with a single gunshot wound. Police say there is

June 19th, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City Police Department announces passing of retired officer

The Michigan City Police Department announced the passing of retired Corporal Kenneth Waltz. Corporal Waltz served on the Michigan City Police Department for 20 years and completed assignments in the Uniformed Patrol Division and Investigations Division. “He served this community with dedication, integrity and professionalism,” MCPD said on Facebook. “The MCPD Family is thankful for the service of Corporal Waltz and mourn his loss as we keep his family in our prayers.  Rest in peace Corporal Kenneth Waltz!!”

June 19th, 2024|Local News|

One Killed in Early Morning Crash on I-80/94

Lake County- This morning just after 1:00 a.m., troopers were dispatched to I-80/94, westbound near the 1.0 mile-marker for a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a semi. This location is near Calumet Ave., approximately one mile east of the Illinois/Indiana state line. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Kevin Council shows that a white Jeep Grand Cherokee had been traveling westbound on I-80/94 near the 1.1 mile-marker when it struck an attenuator in the gore area for the exit ramp to Calumet Ave. The Jeep came to a rest in the right lane of the interstate, facing eastbound in the westbound lanes.

June 19th, 2024|Local News|

Indiana Man Sentenced to 90 months in Prison for Ponzi Scheme

INDIANAPOLIS- (June 19, 2024) –Brian Simms, of Lebanon, Indiana, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on one count of felony wire fraud. Simms pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud were dismissed as part of the plea agreement entered into with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. During the course of the investigation by the Indiana Securities Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigators found that Simms was offering investment opportunities though his company, Brendanwood Financial Brokerage LLC. Simms was not licensed to sell securities nor registered

June 19th, 2024|Local News|

City of Valparaiso announces Cooling Centers

The City of Valparaiso has announced the availability of a number of community organizations to offer cooling centers to help keep the city safe during this week’s heat wave. “We encourage people to visit these cooling centers and to check on those who may not have functioning air conditioning,” said Mayor Jon Costas. The following Cooling Centers will be in place for this week and future heat waves:  Valparaiso YMCA, (219) 462-4185 1202 Cumberland Crossing Open Mon – Fri 5:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Porter County Public Library,

June 19th, 2024|Local News|

20 minute full closures taking place on State Road 49

CHESTERTON -- The Indiana Department of Transportation has an update for those who travel State Road 49 in northern Porter County. Switching to the next phase of work will require a 20 min full closure of each direction today June 19. Southbound State Road 49 will have a full closure around approximately 9 a.m., and the northbound closure will occur around 1 p.m. INDOT says to consider seeking alternate routes or expect possible delays. After these closures, traffic will utilize the inside lanes while the outside lanes are closed for bridge replacement work. This project is scheduled through late October.

June 19th, 2024|Local News|

City of Michigan City reminds public of Fireworks Ordinance

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching the Michigan City Police Department would like to remind everyone that fireworks can only be discharged by persons 18+ years old and only during set dates and times outlined in city ordinance 54-231. Inside of the corporate limits of Michigan City, fireworks can only be discharged on the following dates and times: June 29th-July 3rd from 5:00 p.m. until 2 hours after sunset July 4th from 10:00 a.m. until midnight July 5th-9th from 5:00 p.m. until 2 hours after sunset 10:00 a.m. on December 31st until 1:00 a.m. on January 1st The city

June 18th, 2024|Local News|

Government closures for Juneteenth closures in Michigan City

City Hall of Michigan City will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. The Michigan City Transit and Refuse departments will be closed as well, meaning bus service will not run on Wednesday, nor will trash and compost pick-up. Wednesday’s waste collection will be pushed to Thursday; and any incomplete routes will be finished on Friday with regular trash and compost pick-up.

June 18th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office announces recent hiring of 2 deputies

La Porte County Sheriff Ronald C. Heeg officially announced the recent hiring of two Merit Division (Patrol) Deputies – Alexander J. Nolan and Daniel E. Diaz, both hires effective June 10. Deputy Nolan was born in Michigan City and is a 2021 graduate of Hobart High School. He recently graduated from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy where he was a member of Basic Recruit Class 24-51. Deputy Nolan resides in Lake County. Deputy Diaz was born in Munster and is a 2012 graduate of Merrillville High School. Prior to joining the agency, he was a Lieutenant with the Indiana

June 18th, 2024|Local News|

Franciscan Health Michigan City offering Produce Prescription Program

Franciscan Health Michigan City is offering a new Produce Prescription Program aimed at assisting with chronic disease management. Upon successful completion of the free, four-week program, participants will receive produce vouchers for fresh fruit every month for six months. The Produce Prescription Program originated in Franciscan Alliance’s Lake County Fresh Start Market healthy food pantries, which allow those in need to shop free of charge. The Produce Prescription Program later expanded to locations in Central Indiana and is now available in Michigan City. The expansion into Michigan City was made possible by an Indiana Department of Health Together We Will

June 18th, 2024|Local News|

Oil Cooler Issue Sidelining New Indiana State Police Dodge Durango Patrol Vehicles

News Release, Indiana State Police: The Indiana State Police began the transition from the Dodge Charger, a vehicle which it has used for its police fleet since 2010, to the Dodge Durango police package vehicle in May 2023. ISP has ordered a total of 516 Durangos (approximate value of $25.8M). Over the last year, a total of 219 of these have been issued into the field for patrol duties. During this timeframe, 39 Durangos (18%) have experienced a mechanical failure due to a defective oil cooler. Using this same ratio, ISP would anticipate having an additional 40 Durangos experience this

June 18th, 2024|Local News|

Salvation Army of Michigan City lobby open as cooling center Tuesday and Thursday

The Salvation Army of Michigan City’s lobby is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm for anyone who needs to hydrate and escape the heat. The lobby will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. See a list of additional cooling centers around Michigan City on WIMSradio.com and the WIMS Facebook page.  

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

U.S. 30 to be reduced to one lane in Porter County

U.S. 30 will be reduced to one lane with flaggers directing traffic in the work zone between County Road 450 East and County Road 575 East for guardrail repair on Tuesday, June 18. Work is expected to start around 6:30 a.m. and be ongoing for several hours. INDOT says motorists should expect increased delays through this area while this important work is underway.

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

Valpo Names Downtown Quiet Zone

The City of Valparaiso’s Board of Works and Safety has named the city’s downtown a Quiet Zone to enhance the experience of visiting downtown. “Our downtown is surely a special and welcoming place. We want to respect what has been created by reducing unreasonable noise,” said Mayor Jon Costas. “Loud noises affect the downtown experience and we’re looking to respect those who are shopping, dining and visiting our award- winning downtown,” said Costas. The City of Valparaiso is looking specifically to reduce unreasonable noise created by defective or modified exhaust systems, revving engines, horns, loud radios, engine braking and other

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

Cooling Centers locations are OPEN to the public in Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY – Mayor Angie Nelson Deuitch urges the citizens of Michigan City to check on family, friends, neighbors, pets, and especially the elderly during extreme weather to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe. If you or someone you know in Michigan City needs a cool place to stay during the excessively hot temperatures this season, these are COOLING CENTER locations open to the public: Michigan City City Hall 100 E. Michigan Blvd. (219) 873-1400 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Michigan City Police Department 1201 E. Michigan Blvd. (219) 874-3221 Seven days weekly 8 a.m. – 4

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

Expect delays with heat advisory on the South Shore between Michigan City and South Bend through Tuesday evening

Expect delays with heat advisory on the South Shore between Michigan City and South Bend. Due to the ongoing heat advisory now in effect for Northern Indiana through 7 pm Tuesday, June 18, the South Shore Line has implemented a temperature-based speed restriction for the area between Michigan City and South Bend. Train maximum speeds will be decreased to minimize heat-related damage to track and overhead wire, and passengers may expect approximate 15-20 minute delays for all trains until the speed restriction has been lifted. Passengers please be at boarding stations on time in the event delays are less than

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

Southwest Enforcement Team – South Office: Recent Activity

SAINT JOSEPH COUNTY, MICH. Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) south detectives, along with Michigan State Police (MSP) Marshall Post troopers, stopped a vehicle on June 6 in Lockport Twp after observing multiple traffic violations. The vehicle was subsequently searched after an MSP K-9 team alerted to possible illegal contraband within the vehicle. During the search, detectives located and seized 15 ounces (425 grams) of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Marquevion Peake, a 27-year-old Kalamazoo man and passenger of the vehicle was arrested and lodged in the Saint Joseph County jail for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. The driver, a 20-year-old Kalamazoo resident

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

Texas Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

SOUTH BEND – Late Friday, June 14th, Joshua Gregg, 48 years old, of Roanoke, Texas, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty after pleading guilty to wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson. Gregg was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $175,643.92 in restitution to the victim of the offense. According to documents in the case, from 2011 through 2020, Gregg committed a years-long fraud scheme against his former employer by claiming and receiving reimbursement for hundreds of thousands of dollars to which

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

Save The Dunes-Dunes Dash 5k

Join Ric Federighi and Team WIMS this weekend on Saturday, June 22nd at 8:00 AM for the Save The Dunes-Dunes Dash 5k. Where: West Beach – 376 North County Line Rd, Gary, IN Check-In begins at 7:00 AM Race begins at 8:00 AM The event will be professionally timed by T&H Timing Awards will be given to the top finishers

June 17th, 2024|Local News|

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