Child dies in crash on I-80/94

GARY, Ind. – A 6-year-old girl died in a crash that occurred early Wednesday on Interstate 80/94. At around 1:30 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a crash with occupant entrapment on the eastbound lanes of I-80/94 at the 7.5 mile-marker.  This is approximately 1.5 miles east of Burr Street.  Preliminary investigation showed that a 2016 Nissan Altima was stopped in the right lane.  A 2014 Volvo semi pulling a loaded trailer was traveling in the right lane. The truck rear-ended the Nissan “causing catastrophic damage.” The Nissan was occupied by two adults and three children.  None of the three children

March 9th, 2023|Local News|

La Porte police investigating shots fired incident

An investigation into gunshots being fired is ongoing in La Porte. On Feb. 24 at around 11:48 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Toronado Drive and Mustang Drive in reference to a shots fired call. Responding officers found three spent round casings laying near the intersection of Toronado and Mustang. Responding officers were able to retrieve video surveillance from a nearby residence. The video surveillance showed a vehicle driving through the intersection when shots being fired could be heard. Due to the video surveillance’s quality, officers were unable to determine characteristics of the vehicle. The vehicle left the

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

Board-certified endocrinologist/internal medicine doctor joins Franciscan Physician Network

Board-certified endocrinologist and internal medicine doctor Fatima Kazi, MD, is now part of the Franciscan Physician Network and is accepting new patients in Munster. Dr. Kazi completed her training at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. Dr. Kazi’s fellowship training was in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Her clinical interests are thyroid disease, osteoporosis and bone metabolism, diabetes and pituitary disease. Dr. Kazi is accepting new patients at Franciscan Physician

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

La Porte Young Professionals hold Mayor’s Council to increase participation in local government

La Porte, IN – On Tuesday, March 7th, the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP) Young Professionals Committee (LPYP) held a panel discussion comprised of Mayor Tom Dermody, City Council Pro Tempore Tim Franke, and City Councilwoman Julie West. Dubbed the “LPYP Mayor’s Council”, the panel discussion brought together a showing of local young professionals, high school students, and elected officials. The goal of the event was to allow and encourage young professionals and students to interact with city leaders by asking questions, suggesting improvements, and providing feedback on the direction of the City of La Porte. “For a community

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

Roadwork taking place on Fiesta Avenue in Portage

Crews in Portage are repairing a sanitary sewer line on Fiesta Avenue between Fiesta Court and Marabella Avenue. The City of Portage says to expect slow traffic through Friday, March 10, weather pending. The city is asking the public to drive with caution in the area.  

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

Suspects arrested in connection to armed robbery

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Three men have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery that happened last month, the Michigan City Police Department announced Tuesday. An officer was patrolling the Eastport area of the city during the early morning hours of Feb. 21 when he heard someone yelling for help. He soon came into contact with a 22-year-old male who reported he had been the victim of an armed robbery near the intersection of Michigan Boulevard and Ridgeland Avenue. The victim was able to provide a description of the three suspects and the vehicle they were in. The officer

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

School-based prevention solutions and impact celebrated at Healthcare Foundation of La Porte

At an event bringing forth evidence-based prevention solutions from across Indiana, Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) hosted a Partners in Prevention (PiP) celebration at their Conference & Learning Center on Friday, March 3.  Maria Fruth, CEO, welcomed representatives from schools throughout La Porte County to celebrate their school-based prevention programming to combat substance use disorder, in collaboration with successes from schools in Indianapolis and Lafayette. Speakers from schools across Indiana shared overall learnings, student impact, and plans for sustainability.  In 2019, all schools in La Porte County were invited by HFL to apply for grant dollars to help them plan

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

Michigan City Chamber of Commerce announces 2023 board directors and officers

The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce announced newly elected directors and officers to the board for 2023. The following directors and officers were unanimously approved during recent Board of Directors meetings: Approved for their first three-year terms are Blake Applegate with Applegate & Company CPAs and Jesse Baldwin with Triplex Plating. Elected officers who will serve as the executive committee to the board for 2023 are Kim Giannetti with General Insurance Services as Chair, Sandy Smith with PNC Bank as Chair-Elect, Brenda Temple with Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa as Treasurer, and Bill Gertner with Horizon Bank as Secretary.

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

Phone scam returns to LaPorte County targeting elderly

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office says an old scam has resurfaced in the county in which elderly citizens are being preyed upon and swindled out of large sums of money. Several citizens are reporting as to having received a phone call from someone claiming to be a relative or a representative of their relative. The caller is telling the citizen they, or whom they represent, are incarcerated, and need money. Police say an elderly citizen received one of these calls last week. Being concerned about the relative, the citizen continued to speak with the scammers throughout the day as they

March 8th, 2023|Local News|

Indiana Toll Road begins 2023 Northwest Indiana Bridge Rehabilitation Project

The Indiana Toll Road has announced that construction has begun on their 2023 Northwest Indiana Bridge Rehabilitation Project. Construction is on six bridges on I-90 around Westpoint (Exit 1) Toll Plaza (Illinois/Indiana Stateline), followed on March 20 with 12 bridges on I-90 at Cline Avenue (Exit 10) (Gary/Chicago International Airport). In addition, guardrail improvements will take place between Cline Avenue (Exit 10) to Calumet Avenue (Exit 5) in Hammond. To expedite the overall project schedule, the majority of construction will occur Monday through Saturday between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT. The Indiana Toll Road says work will last through

March 7th, 2023|Local News|

Town of Chesterton seeking grant to fund new police station

The Town of Chesterton is seeking an Indiana READI grant to help fund new police station, according to the Town of Chesterton Facebook page. The Town of Chesterton stated, “In 2021, the Northwest Indiana Forum (NIF) received $50 million from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) program, a $500-million effort to jump-start economic development and place-making in 17 regions throughout the State of Indiana. “Now Gov. Holcomb is proposing what he’s called “a ‘READI Repeat’ or a ‘READI 2.0’ or a ‘READI Redo,’” including $500 million in his budget to make it so.” The Town of

March 7th, 2023|Local News|

Michigan City High School MCJROTC earns award at Ft. Wayne competition

The Michigan City High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) earned an award at the Ft. Wayne Concordia High School military drill meet on March 4. The Wolves finished 4th out of 14 schools in the Armed Regulation category.  Most of the schools were Army JROTC units, some of whom consistently compete in the All Service Drill National Championship held in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The judges were Army recruiters from the Ft. Wayne area. The Color Guard presents to the Head Judge. “This drill meet gave the opportunity for two of our cadets to command

March 7th, 2023|Local News|

New car seats available to select qualifying Indiana residents

Franciscan Health Crown Point and Geminus Regional Health Systems are partnering to host a free car seat safety clinic in Kouts. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Kouts Volunteer Fire Department at 108 E. Mentor St. in Kouts. Qualifying Indiana residents may receive a new car seat thanks to a generous grant from Geminus Regional Health Systems. A certified Child Passenger Safety technician will install the seats while supplies last. Caregivers must bring children to the event to allow the technicians to create a safe, proper fit. The National Highway Transportation Safety

March 6th, 2023|Local News|

Violent felon arrested after traffic stop in LaPorte County

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on Saturday they is a serious violent felon. Saturday at around  9:55 a.m., a deputy was traveling westbound on the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90) near the 46-mile marker when they slowed and began to make a U-turn in a center-median crossover.  Officials say an eastbound passenger vehicle caught the attention of the deputy as it was traveling at an excessive speed. The deputy completed the U-turn, began traveling eastbound, and caught up to the vehicle near the 48-mile marker.  The vehicle was paced by the deputy and found to be traveling at

March 6th, 2023|Local News|

2 dead in LaPorte County crash

Two people are dead following a single vehicle crash in LaPorte County early Saturday. Sheriff's deputies were called just after  3:50 a.m. to the 7400 west block of County Road 800 South, in rural Clinton Township, for a single vehicle crash.  The crash scene was located in the lawn of a residence on the north side of the roadway. The initial on-scene investigation determined that a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling eastbound on County Road 800 South. Deputies say for an unknown reason, the vehicle drove left of center, across the westbound lane and traveled off the north side

March 6th, 2023|Local News|

Michigan City Commission for Women hosting roundtable conversation and luncheon

To honor and celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, the Michigan City Commission for Women is inviting the public to attend a roundtable conversation and luncheon. The theme will be "Embrace Equity for Access to Healthcare for Women." See more information on the Michigan City Commission For Women Facebook page.

March 4th, 2023|Local News|

Michigan City Area Schools reminder: eLearning Day March 6

Michigan City Area Schools is reminding the district that Monday, March 6 is a scheduled eLearning Day for MCAS. This allows teachers and staff to participate in professional development. This is an "asynchronous" eLearning Day, which means students should log in for assignments and work independently. For more information, visit

March 4th, 2023|Local News|

Newton County Sheriff’s Office issues public alert for recent drug overdose deaths, overdoses

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has issued a public alert regarding drug overdose deaths and drug overdoses. Police say as of March 3, law enforcement agencies have responded to numerous drug overdose calls in the area. “There have been 4 overdose deaths in our immediate area,” the Newton County Sheriff’s Office stated on its Facebook page. “There is no easy way to write this as there are many views on addiction. But we recognize those that have lost their lives were someone’s son/daughter, brother/sister and/or someone’s parent. Our hearts go out to those families that have suffered a loss,” police

March 4th, 2023|Local News|

Altercation between brothers leads to firearm, narcotics charges

An altercation between two brothers led to both being arrested and charged with felonies, according to the Michigan City Police Department. On the morning of Wednesday, March 1, at around 7:05 a.m., Michigan City police officers were dispatched to the intersection of York and Main Streets regarding an altercation between two brothers. While enroute to the call, one of the brothers reported being shot at by the other. No one was located in or around the intersection. Police searched the surrounding streets and alleyways with negative results. Attempts to contact the caller via telephone were also unsuccessful. Just after 7:30

March 4th, 2023|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff releases 2022 Annual Report and statistics

La Porte County Sheriff Ronald C. Heeg announced the release of the 2022 Annual Report. The following details are from the La Porte County Sheriff's Office: The report contains crime related and statistical information in the following categories: calls for service, offenses, arrests, crashes, citations, and the Jail, Warrants, and Civil Divisions. “This year’s report reveals a slight increase in major cases investigated, but a decrease in violent crimes investigated. Throughout the report, there are reductions and increases in certain statistical areas,” stated Sheriff Heeg. The number of calls for service in 2022 decreased by 14%. A total of 24,724

March 3rd, 2023|Local News|
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