One person in custody, one injured after shooting in Portage

One person has been arrested and another person was injured after a shooting Tuesday in Portage. At approximately 9:53 a.m., Portage Police Officers were dispatched to the 6600 block of Old Porter in reference to a report of a shooting. Upon the Officers’ arrival, they located a 33 year old male victim, who had sustained what is believed to be a non-life threatening injury, resulting from a gunshot. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the shooting had occurred as a result of an altercation between several parties who knew each other.  The suspect, a 32 year old

May 22nd, 2024|Local News|

State Road 39 reopened over Kankakee River

The State Road 39 bridge deck overlay project over the Kankakee River in La Porte/Starke Counties is complete, and the road has reopened to traffic. The project reopened almost 2 weeks sooner than originally announced. Follow the WIMS Facebook page and for more roadwork updates.

May 22nd, 2024|Local News|

Arrest made in U.S. 20 fatal crash investigation

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday announced an arrest in connection to a fatal crash that happened this past February on U.S. 20. Police arrested 40-year-old Lashea C. Bird in connection in with the death of Kendra L. Murphy. On February 12, 2024, Bird was the driver of a motor vehicle traveling west on U.S. 20.  Murphy was a passenger in the vehicle being operated by Bird.  The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree located on the northwest corner of U.S. 20 and Wilhelm Road. Bird sustained an upper body injury in the crash and Murphy

May 22nd, 2024|Local News|

Nightly lane closures on I-65 in Jasper County

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. - Watch for nightly lane closures on I-65 between mile marker 200 (near U.S. 24) and 217 (between State Road 14 and State Road 114) through mid-October. This project includes resurfacing and roadway patching, and I-65 is reduced to one lane in the area where work is occurring. Lane closures are set up each evening and taken down the next morning. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns as the work zone location changes. Work hours will be from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the evenings of Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday,

May 22nd, 2024|Local News|

Porter County Sheriff’s Office unveil Porter County Sheriff’s Fallen Officer Memorial

Last Friday, the Porter County Sheriff's Office concluded National Police week by unveiling their Porter County Sheriff’s Fallen Officer Memorial during a short ceremony at the station. “Some of the Officers listed on the stone were currently serving at our Agency when they died in the Line of Duty and others had left and went to serve elsewhere, but once a Porter County Sheriff’s Officer - Always a Porter County Sheriff’s Officer,” the Porter County Sheriff’s Office said on their Facebook page. The fallen officers listed are: Ross J. Krieger End of Watch 08/26/44 Edward J. Blakley End of Watch

May 21st, 2024|Local News|

MCPD, MCFD, LaPorte County EMS offering safety education courses to citizens

Michigan City Police, Michigan City Fire, and LaPorte County EMS have partnered and will be educating our community to make “Michigan City Safe Citizens.” In an effort to educate our citizens on what to do in different situations, they will be offering four different courses to help you better manage emergency situations. June 6, 2024 – Michigan City Police Department will be covering “GUN SAFETY” and will cover topics pertaining to gun safety, proper storage, and handling of firearms. MCPD will be handing out free gun locks to those who attend. June 13, 2024 – LaPorte County EMS will be

May 21st, 2024|Local News|

Storms rip through the area Monday evening

There was a lot of damage after the storms passed through LaPorte County earlier Monday evening. Most of the damage was between Westville and Kingsberry in the central part of the county. Scipio Township seems to have most of the utility poles, power lines, and trees down. There were three large electrical transmission towers that were toppled during the strong wins. That was near the area of County Road 400 S. and County Road 500 W. which is south and west of La Porte. Thank you Mike Kellems for the update and pictures. #wims #nwi #localradio

May 21st, 2024|Local News|

Career Scholarship Account Application Now Open for Indiana High School Students

Press Release, Indiana Department of Education: The State of Indiana is now accepting applications for students to participate in the Career Scholarship Account (CSA) program during the upcoming school year. The first-in-the-nation CSA program provides $5,000 annually for tenth through twelfth grade students enrolled in eligible work-based learning programs, including internships, apprenticeships, applied learning experiences and credential attainment experiences. “In K-12 education, we have an incredible opportunity to help every student find their purpose, know their value and understand the possibilities for their life’s path,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “In order to maximize the four years

May 21st, 2024|Local News|

PCCTE High School Fire & Rescue Program Students Graduates

Press Release, MAAC Foundation: Valparaiso, Indiana – The MAAC Foundation is proud to announce the graduation of its dedicated and hardworking Fire and Rescue Program students. This year’s graduating class has shown exceptional commitment and perseverance, completing a rigorous curriculum that combines academic studies with hands-on training in fire and rescue services. The graduation ceremony will take place on May 29, 2024, at 6:00 PM CST at The MAAC Foundation. The event will honor the achievements of these outstanding students  who have demonstrated both academic excellence and practical skills in fire safety, emergency medical response, and disaster preparedness. “The graduating

May 21st, 2024|Local News|

Regional professionals complete 2023-24 Leadership Northwest Indiana program

News Release, Purdue University Northwest: The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest (PNW) proudly announces the graduates of the Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) program. This premium leadership program, facilitated by a team that includes faculty members from PNW’s College of Business, as well as leadership practitioners, meets once a month for 8 months. A 360 assessment and custom coaching are program highlights. The facilitation team provides research-based leadership content and skill-building for effective leadership in the workplace and in life. “We are thrilled with such a great turnout this year. Thirty-nine willing participants started and completed the program with excellence,” said

May 20th, 2024|Local News|


Yesterday (5/19) at 1:58 PM, deputies responded to the 8300 west block of CR 400 North, reference a two-vehicle crash.  The initial on-scene investigation completed by Deputy Xavier Biggerstaff and assisting deputies determined the following had occurred.   A black 2016 Audi, being driven by Cynthia L. SCHOOF (74 YOA) of La Porte, had been traveling east on CR 400 North.  The Audi traveled left of center and into the westbound lane of travel.  A blue 2021 Subaru, being driven by Susan A. HALL (68 YOA) of La Porte, had been traveling west on CR 400 North.  A collision between

May 20th, 2024|Local News|

Helping Students Soar: Michigan City High School Celebrates Ten Years of Successful Early College Program

Michigan City High School celebrated a milestone on Friday, May 17, as it marked the 10th Anniversary of its Early College, the first program of its kind in the Northwest Indiana region.   The MCHS Early College program launched in August 2014, when it was certified by the University of Indianapolis’ Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL). Founders of the program, including MCAS Superintendent Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins, Associate Superintendent Dr. Wendel McCollum, former Curriculum Director Jan Radford, School Board Member and former teachers’ union president Phyllis Stark, Counselor Rhonda LaMarr, and former principal Bonnie Manuel were honored during

May 20th, 2024|Local News|

Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix tributes coming to Hobart Art Theater

Check out the latest at the Hobart Art Theater with Tom Lounges and WIMS. Your chance to pick up a pair by sending your name, address, phone number to Listen for your chance to win as well. For more information visit

May 20th, 2024|Local News|

Paladin “Garden of Inclusion” Event held at Blue Chip Casino

A wonderful evening with TEAM WIMS at the “Garden of Inclusion” with Paladin, Inc. Gala last night at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa. Thank you to all of the sponsors and those that “Make a Difference”. Thank you Mark J. Hublar Speaks for the awesome speech. For more information about Paladin visit www. Thank you to our sponsors Paladin NIPSCO and Arnett Construction & Roofing Derrick Wayne Arnett #nwi #localradio #wims

May 20th, 2024|Local News|


On Sunday afternoon at 1:10 PM, deputies responded to the 3400 north block of US 35, reference a motorcycle crash with injuries. The initial on-scene investigation completed by Deputies Andy Morse and Sawyer Laffoon determined the following had occurred. A green 2012 Can-Am Spyder motorcycle was traveling northwest on US 35. For an unknown reason, the motorcycle left the east side of the roadway in the 3500 north block. The motorcycle traveled across a lawn and collided with a tree and landscaping. The motorcycle continued traveling off the roadway and crashed into some boulders, before coming to rest in a

May 19th, 2024|Local News|

Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.® Honors Antonio Conley with the CREO!

The Center for Creative Solutions bestowed its CREO! to Antonio Conley at Michigan City’s First Friday (May 3, 2024). Conley received the prestigious award for starting and running the Michigan City Kidspreneur Program for young entrepreneurs and creatives. The event marked the last one of northwest Indiana’s celebration of World Creativity & Innovation Week, sponsored by the Center. The honor recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to promoting a culture of innovation in the region. Outside his role as lead volunteer for the program, Conley wears many hats. An engaged father of four children, Conley works as a

May 18th, 2024|Local News|

Salvation Army to Host 9th Annual Donut Eating Contest

Payonk will compete with 13 other contestants for the title of Donut Champion during the 9th Annual Donut Eating Contest to support The Salvation Army of Michigan City. It will take place on Friday, June 7 at Blue Chip Casino in the Stardust Event Center. Doors open at 9am and the contest will begin at 10am.   The event is free and open to the public.   With a $10 donation to The Salvation Army, the public can vote for the person they think will eat the most donuts in 10 minutes. A winner will be drawn at random from

May 18th, 2024|Local News|

Attorney General Todd Rokita sends out $8.8 million in next round of opioid settlement funds to Hoosier communities

Attorney General Todd Rokita is dispensing more than $8.8 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties in the next round of opioid settlement funds distributed under his leadership.  Attorney General Rokita and his team secured these settlements from companies that allegedly contributed to the state’s opioid epidemic through irresponsible and/or unlawful actions.  “Hoosiers have seen far too many of our loved ones suffer and even die from opioid addiction and overdose,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Misconduct by drug companies helped start this epidemic in the first place, and it has played a large role in perpetuating the crisis. We can’t

May 18th, 2024|Local News|

IDEM Forecasts Air Quality Action Day in North Central and Northwest Indiana for Saturday

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has forecasted an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) for Saturday, May 18, 2024, for North Central and Northwest Indiana. Ozone levels are expected to be in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range (Orange) in the following areas: North Central Indiana, including the cities of: Elkhart, Goshen, Knox, Logansport, Plymouth, Peru, South Bend, Warsaw, Winamac and all other cities within the area. 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 80's on Saturday which is well above

May 17th, 2024|Local News|


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