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Arrest made in June shooting on I-80/94

Tuesday morning, detectives with the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division Lowell Post along with officers with the U.S. Marshal’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, served an arrest warrant in the 7000 block of Birch Ave. in Hammond. Arrested was 35-year-old Darrell A. Graham, from Chicago, IL. Graham was arrested without incident. The arrest was a result of an extensive investigation into the interstate shooting that occurred on June 3,2024, along I-80/94 in Hammond. In that shooting, a juvenile sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to their lower extremities. Graham is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, battery

July 24th, 2024|Local News|

Water main break, boil advisory issued for parts of Valparaiso

The City of Valparaiso posted the following statement to its social media at 4:21 p.m. Tuesday regarding a water main break and boil advisory: Valparaiso City Utilities crews responded to a water main break at Country Club Road. Approximately 150 customers within this service area may have experienced low water pressure or a complete interruption in water service. 𝐃𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐢𝐥 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐝 to residents and business owners along Country Club Rd, Timber Bridge, Creekside Dr, Creekside Ct, Quail Covey Rd, Quail Covey Circle, Bobwhite Circle, Pheasant Walk, Waxwing Ct, Partridge

July 24th, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City wins $4.6 million infrastructure grant

Mayor Angie Nelson Deuitch is proud to announce that Michigan City has been awarded a $4.6 million grant from the Indiana Residential Infrastructure Fund. The grant, awarded by the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), marks a significant step forward in the city’s commitment to enhancing residential housing development and infrastructure in Michigan City. “This $4.6 million will aid us in undertaking critical infrastructure projects that are essential for the growth and development of residential housing in Michigan City,” Mayor Angie said. “Thank you to the Indiana Finance Authority for recognizing our efforts and providing us with the resources needed to improve

July 24th, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City Police and Fire Departments to participate in Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

The Michigan City Police Department and the Michigan City Fire Department will be participating in a Battle of the Badges Blood Drive that is open to the public on Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14. The Michigan City Police Department will be hosting the blood drive on Wednesday, August 14 at the Michigan City Police Department from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments are preferred by scanning the code on the attached flyer, but walk-ins are always welcome. You can also call 800-632-4722 to make an appointment.

July 24th, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City celebrates gaining access to vital health data

The following is a statement made on social media from the City of Michigan City: The City of Michigan City is proud to announce its selection for the 2024 Put Us on the Map Challenge by the City Health Dashboard. This prestigious opportunity allows Michigan City to join a select group of cities nationwide in gaining access to critical local data that highlights the public health issues faced by local communities. "Access to local health data has been a long-standing challenge for smaller cities like ours,” said Mayor Angie. “Being a part of the Put Us on the Map Challenge

July 23rd, 2024|Local News|

First West Nile Virus case Of 2024 reported In Lake County resident

INDIANAPOLIS— The state’s first West Nile virus disease case for the 2024 season has been reported in a Lake County resident. West Nile virus activity has also been detected in mosquitoes throughout the state (26 samples taken from 15 counties). Additional information about the case is not being released to protect patient privacy. “Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance—their bites can potentially lead to serious illness,” said State Health Commissioner Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP. “Hoosiers can reduce their risk by wearing bug repellent and taking steps to remove breeding sites, like standing water in discarded tires or other containers around

July 23rd, 2024|Local News|

Congressman Mrvan announces $963,000 in Funding for Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana

Hammond, IND. – On Friday, July 19, in a press conference held at Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, Congressman Frank J. Mrvan (IN-01) and Challenger NWI Board Members announced that the Center will receive $963,000 in Community Project Funding. The funding will enable the Center to install and upgrade its Mission Control simulators, furthering its mission to provide inspiring and engaging STEM education opportunities for students throughout Indiana. “Congratulations to the leaders of the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana for your successful effort to secure this federal funding to continue your mission to advance STEM education across our

July 23rd, 2024|Local News|

Unity Foundation Awards Scholarships for 2024-2025 Academic Year

LA PORTE COUNTY, IN — Unity Foundation of La Porte County is awarding nearly $350,000 in scholarships to 148 students for the 2024-2025 academic year. The recipients are attending 48 colleges and universities across the United States. Since 1992, Unity has awarded approximately $4 million from sixty scholarship funds to help area students advance their education. Lauren Varga, Unity Foundation Marketing & Program Manager, said, “Unity Foundation is honored to administer this program and support local students each year. Beyond providing financial assistance, receiving these awards is proof to the recipients that their community is behind them as they pursue

July 23rd, 2024|Local News|

Surgeon Jovenel Cherenfant named Franciscan Health Munster Physician of the Year

MUNSTER, Indiana – Franciscan Health Munster general surgeon Jovenel Cherenfant, MD, has been named 2023 Physician of the Year by the medical staff. The Physician of the Year award is presented annually by the medical staff to a physician who embodies the Franciscan Alliance values of respect for life, fidelity to the Franciscan Alliance mission, compassionate concern, joyful service and Christian stewardship. “Thank you, Dr. Cherenfant, for your stewardship and humbleness,” the medical staff said in a statement announcing the award. “Dr. Cherenfant is a humbled and blessed man. Giving back to his patients and community is a must.” Dr.

July 23rd, 2024|Local News|

No parking and lane restrictions to take place on Portage Avenue in Portage

The City of Portage announced no parking and lane restrictions that will take place on Portage Avenue July 30-31. A contractor will be working along Portage Avenue milling and paving. They will be removing the intersection of Portage Avenue and Hamstrom Road, the Crisman Road approach, the Jackson Street approach, the parking lane from west of Pennsylvania Street to east of Jackson Street and the westbound lane between approximately 6444 and 6517 Portage Avenue. The city is asking drivers to refrain from parking on the north side of Portage Avenue during these dates. Dates are weather dependent and a flag

July 21st, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City Police Department taking part in National Night Out next month

The Michigan City Police Department 2024 National Night Out will be Tuesday, August 6, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 7th/Franklin Streets. This event is free to public and made possible through community sponsors. According to their website, "National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live." "Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas and select areas celebrate on

July 21st, 2024|Local News|

Cops Cycling for Survivors wraps up after 13 days of riding through the State of Indiana

The Crew with Cops Cycling for Survivrs started their trip throughout Indiana on July 8th. After almost 1000 miles and countless hours on the road cycling the team wrapped up on July 20th with a ceremony in Indianapolis. Thanks to the team, riders, familes, volunteers and incredible people along the way.  For pictures and information check out WIMS FACEBOOK PAGE. Also LIKE the Cops Cycling for Survivors FACEBOOK page and website.

July 21st, 2024|Local News|

Morgan Boulevard to close for 2 weeks in Valparaiso

The City of Valparaiso announced that to facilitate the streetscape project surrounding the Lincoln Highway Garage, Morgan Boulevard (from Lincolnway to Jefferson Street) will close on or about July 24 for approximately 2 weeks. The project will repair an older large diameter combined sewer as well as install new storm sewer to separate out a small section of the downtown. Drivers may take Roosevelt, Evans or Calumet as alternate routes.  

July 21st, 2024|Local News|

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE FATALITY CRASH

Yesterday at 11:54 AM, deputies responded to CR 300 North, west of Johnson Road, reference a single vehicle personal injury crash. The initial on-scene investigation completed by Deputy Josh Smith and assisting deputies determined the following had occurred. A red 2010 Ford Explorer was traveling west on CR 300 North. The vehicle traveled left of center and across the eastbound lane. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and collided with a tree along the south side of CR 300 North. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its driver’s side. The driver (lone occupant), Gregory W. CRITES (65 YOA)

July 20th, 2024|Local News|

Michigan City Chamber of Commerce Announces Ambassador of the Quarter

Press Release, Michigan City Chamber of Commerce: Michigan City, IN –The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce (chamber) announced Jessica O’Brien as the Ambassador of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of 2024.  “I believe the Chamber of Commerce is such an important part of growth and progress in my city, so I’m happy to volunteer my time to help them grow and succeed. The Chamber team is accessible and helpful, serving as a great resource and advocate for their members,” O’Brien said. The Ambassador of the Quarter is given to an individual who has shown dedication to the mission of

July 20th, 2024|Local News|

Indiana Department of Homeland Security to survey storm damage in Porter County

Indiana Department of Homeland Security teams will be in Porter County on Monday, July 22 to survey damage and most likely remain until Wednesday, July 24, according to Porter County Emergency Management. The Porter County Emergency Management Agency has requested the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s (IDHS) assistance in conducting damage assessments of properties throughout Porter County, resulting from the storm on July 15. IDHS teams will be in Porter County Personnel will be wearing IDHS clothing and also carry government credentials to identify themselves. Collecting assessment data using this process will help IDHS and Porter County determine if thresholds

July 20th, 2024|Local News|

Duneland Chamber celebrates community excellence at Annual Awards event

Press release, Duneland Chamber of Commerce: Chesterton, IN: The Duneland Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Community Awards Luncheon on July 17th at the Spa Special Event Center, celebrating the achievements and contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations within the community. This year’s event saw the highest number of attendees to date, reflecting the growing enthusiasm and support for recognizing local excellence. Joseph S. Pete was honored with the Putting Duneland on the Map Award. Wise Guys Liquors and Ruff Luxury Inn at the Dunes received recognition for New Construction, while the Duneland School Corporation earned the Business Renovation Award.

July 20th, 2024|Local News|

Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County recognizes volunteers

The Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County (TEPC) recently held a volunteer appreciation event for members and community partners engaging in efforts to promote smoke free air and to minimize smoking and vaping, as well as their related-illnesses, in Porter County. “Our volunteers are out of this world” was the theme to this year’s event that honored coalition members and organization partners for their dedicated support and participation,” said Carrie Higgins, Program Director for the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition. Captain Joe Hall of the Valparaiso Police Department and Chair of the coalition served as Emcee and presented

July 20th, 2024|Local News|

HUD warning of fraudulent Section 8 assistance advertisements

News release, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: (Flyer below is a scam ad) Fraudulent Section 8 assistance advertisements like the one above are appearing on social media sites in increasing numbers. They are also appearing through posted flyers using official agency logos. These sites and flyers direct members of the public to a fraudulent website, which harvests personal information and data. We are also learning that there have been recent reports of individuals posing as employees of Housing Authorities/ Agencies and have fraudulently obtained money from individuals seeking housing assistance.   What You Need to Know  A

July 19th, 2024|Local News|

La Porte Dumpster Program now available on some Saturdays

If you're a La Porte resident and looking to get rid of some unwanted items, you have another opportunity this weekend thanks to the Dumpster Program. This Saturday, July 20 is another Dumpster Saturday. Swing by the Street Department from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to dispose of any large, unwanted items. The city says the dumpsters tend to fill up quickly, so arrive early and be prepared to show proof of residency in the City of La Porte.

July 19th, 2024|Local News|

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