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Concrete restoration and bridge work continues on I-65

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Co. will implement ramp closures and restrictions at the I-65 and U.S. 30 interchange the next two weekends. The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change but is currently as follows: -The ramp from I-65 southbound to U.S. 30 will be reduced to one lane from the evening of Friday, July 22 through the evening of Sunday, July 24. -The ramp from westbound U.S. 30 to southbound I-65 will close the evening of Friday, July 22 and reopen the morning of Monday, July 25. -The ramp from eastbound U.S. 30 to southbound

July 19th, 2022|Local News|

Woman dies in Michigan City shooting

Michigan City Police have opened a homicide investigation after a woman died in an apparent shooting early Sunday. At 01:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Springland Avenue and Roeske Avenue for a call of shots fired. They were further notified that a subject was believed to have been struck by gunfire. Upon their arrival, officers located an unresponsive adult female in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that went off the roadway at Springland Avenue and Roeske Avenue. Officers found that the woman had an apparent gunshot wound, at which time they attempted lifesaving measures. The woman

July 18th, 2022|Local News|

City of Portage Utility Department taking orders for rain barrels

The City of Portage's Utility Department is taking orders for 55- gallon rain barrels for residential usage. The limit is one barrel per household. The cost is $25 each. A limit of 135 barrels will be sold at that price. After the limit is met, additional barrels may be purchased for $54. The deadline for mail orders is Aug. 19 and for online orders, the deadline is Aug. 22 See a flyer on how to order the barrels on the Portage Indiana Government Facebook page. A link to the company to order online has been posted to the Portage Indiana

July 17th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte Fall Baseball registration for Minor, Major and Junior divisions now open

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department announced that Fall Baseball registration for Minor, Major and Junior divisions is now open. Emphasis will be on instruction and constructive competition as players look to take their games to the next level. Players must be age 8-11 for Minor and Major divisions and age 12-14 for the Junior Division (as of April 30, 2022). Cost is $60 for Minor and Major divisions and $100 for Junior Division and registration is available at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue), by phone (219-326-9600) or online at www.laporteparkandrec.com. The deadline is Friday,

July 16th, 2022|Local News|

Collective Artisan Market returns to Fox Park for LakeFest 2022

The Collective Artisan Market returns to Fox Park for LakeFest 2022. The curated artisan pop-up event will be from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater. Shop small and support 75-plus locally-owned small businesses. There will be live music, food vendors, high school artists and more. Admission is free. Visit www.laportelakefest.com for the full schedule.

July 16th, 2022|Local News|

Washington Park Sticker office to close August 5

The Michigan City Parks and Pavilion will be closed on Friday Aug. 5 due to the Great Lakes Grand Prix taking place. Parking operations will resume Aug. 8 with regular hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Saturday office hours from 9 a.m. to noon end July 30.

July 16th, 2022|Local News|

Work begins on Portage’s $2.6 million paving program

Work has begun on the City of Portage’s $2.6 million 2022 paving program. The paving program is funded through a $1 million state Community Crossings Matching Grant program along with city and Redevelopment Commission Funds. There are rolling lane closures. Streets included in this portion of the paving project include: - Plaza Avenue between Plymouth Street and the end, east of Dombey Road - Houston Avenue between Sloan Street and Willowcreek Road - Lakewood Avenue between Venus Street and Jacqueline Street - Venus Street between Lakewood Avenue and the Cul-de-sac - Christy Street between Stone Avenue and Tilford Avenue -

July 16th, 2022|Local News|

Portage Police Officer retires after 30 years of service

The Portage Police Department Friday congratulated Lieutenant Ross Haynes #93 on his retirement from the Portage Police Department.  Lt. Haynes began his career with the City of Portage on July 19, 1992, Throughout his career, Lt. Haynes served in numerous roles from patrol officer, instructor, field training officer, supervisor, SWAT Team member, and administrator while holding the rank of Captain of the Patrol Division. As an instructor Haynes was state certified to teach firearms and physical tactics. Certifications that he put to good use, providing the highest quality of training not only to members of the Portage Police Department but

July 16th, 2022|Local News|

Update: St. Joseph County identifies inmate who died in jail

Indiana State Police have released the name of the St. Joseph County Jail inmate who was found dead Thursday morning. The deceased inmate has been identified as 49 year-old Christine Dezenzo of Elkhart. Dezenzo was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on July 13 at 12:28 p.m. This investigation is ongoing and there is no other information to release at this time.   Original release: St. Joseph County- The Indiana State Police has been requested to investigate the death of an inmate at the St. Joseph County Jail. The Indiana State Police were contacted Thursday morning, July 14, 2022,

July 16th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help identifying burglary suspects

The La Porte County Sheriff's Office is asking the public if they recognize a vehicle or two individuals in photos that were posted to the department's Facebook page. They are being sought in connection with a burglary that occurred on July 3rd at a business along US 20. Those with information are asked to contact Detective Aaron Banic by email at abanic@lcso.in.gov or by phone at 219-326-7700, ext. 2407.

July 15th, 2022|Local News|

Airport Road and Lute Road to close temporarily in Portage

In Portage, Airport Road between Monda Avenue and Lute Road and Lute Road east of Sarah Street will be closed to all traffic Monday, July 18 through Tuesday, July 19. Airport Road between Monda Avenue and Lute Road will be closed to all traffic Wednesday, July 20 through Thursday, July 21. These are separate closures than previously issued. The closures will not open for evening traffic.

July 15th, 2022|Local News|

One dead in Michigan City shooting, person of interest detained

A 53-year-old man is dead after a shooting Wednesday evening in Michigan City. Police were called to the 1600 block of East Michigan Boulevard at 08:02 p.m. regarding a person suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers located 53-year-old Michigan City resident Jimmy Brown inside a vehicle. Brown was suffering from multiple life-threatening injuries, so officers provided life saving measures until EMS and Michigan City Fire Department personnel arrived. Brown and a passenger riding with him were transported by EMS to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital for medical treatment. Brown eventually died from his injuries while the passenger riding with him

July 15th, 2022|Local News|

Michigan City Area Schools seeking more “high dosage” tutors to help students stem pandemic learning slide

As Michigan City Area Schools prepares for school to open in August, the district is again seeking retired educators, future educators, and other community members to assist students who have fallen behind academically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Students in our district, like school-age children across the country, experienced learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said MCAS Superintendent Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins. “High-dosage tutoring is just one way we are working to help students get back on track.” MCAS began high-dosage tutoring as a pilot program at several schools last spring and hopes to increase the number of tutors this

July 15th, 2022|Local News|

La Porte man charged with murder in connection to 2021 Michigan City shooting 

Michigan City Police announced Thursday that a La Porte man was arrested in connection to an August 2021 homicide that occurred in Michigan City.  On August 9, 2021 at around 7:34 PM police were called to Eastside Liquors regarding a person who was shot in the parking lot of Eastside Liquors located at 1509 East Michigan Boulevard. Officers were dispatched to the scene and discovered 34- year-old Leland Collins of Michigan City suffering from life threatening injuries. Officers immediately began life saving measures until EMS arrived. Collins was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital where he later died from

July 15th, 2022|Local News|

FSSA announces new funding for mental health services, launch of Indiana 988 for crisis response

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Division of Mental Health and Addiction is providing new funding to help build and support projects in Indiana to improve mental health services for Hoosiers. It includes funding appropriated by the Indiana General Assembly in House Enrolled Act 1001, and additional funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act and other sources. The largest investment is in Community Catalyst Grants provided to 37 recipients. The $54.8 million provided in these grants includes $22.3 million of local and grantee match dollars as well as $32.5 million in federal funds. The goal of the

July 15th, 2022|Local News|

LCSO August 21 Performance at Friendship Botanic Gardens To Feature Hoosier Star Alumni

The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) and Friendship Botanic Gardens are proud to announce “SUMMER SYMPHONY SPECTACULAR!”. The concert will be held on Sunday, August 21 at Friendship Botanic Gardens' Celebration Pavilion. Tickets are $30 for adults and children ages 12 and under will be admitted for free.  Horizon Bank will be serving as the sponsor for the evening. LCSO Associate Conductor, Chuck Steck , will lead the LCSO in selections of marches, songs from Sophisticated Ladies and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.  Joining the LCSO will be Joseph and Afyah Giuliani . This brother/sister team

July 15th, 2022|Events, Local News|

Pipe lining projects to begin on U.S. 20 in St. Joseph County 

An Indiana Department of Transportation contractor will begin two pipe lining projects on U.S. 20 in St. Joseph County on or after Wednesday, July 20.  The first pipe is located just west of the U.S. 20/31 bypass and State Road 23 interchange. The right outside shoulder and lane of westbound U.S. 20/31 will be closed and the eastbound shoulder of U.S. 20/31 will be closed through this area. The ramp from State Road 23 to westbound U.S. 20/31 will remain open, but traffic will be shifted to accommodate the work zone.  The second location is at the U.S. 20 and

July 14th, 2022|Local News|

2022 Neil Thompson Memorial Scholarship recipients recognized

Three students from La Porte County received scholarships Wednesday in honor of fallen La Porte County Sheriff’s Patrolman Neil Thompson. The students were presented with the scholarships at the La Porte County Sheriff’s Merit Board July meeting. Alexis Becker (daughter of Brian and Leslie Crook) is a 2022 graduate of La Porte High School. Roman Piergalski (son of Brian and Ursula Piergalski) and Nicholas Boyd (son of John and Amy Boyd) are 2022 graduates of New Prairie High School. Alexis will be attending Indiana University and plans to major in psychology. Roman will be attending Nova Southeastern University and plans

July 14th, 2022|Local News|

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest invites nominations for 2022 awards

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest has opened nominations for the 2022 Innovators Awards. In addition to inducting Individual and Team Honorees into the Society, three unique awards will be considered: Richard C. Sussman Prize for Team Innovation, Society of Innovators Fellows, and the John H. Davies Lifetime Achievement Award.  Purdue Northwest says the Society of Innovators “celebrates the spirit of creativity and ingenuity by discovering, honoring and celebrating innovators from across the seven-county region of Northwest Indiana.”  “Celebrating individuals and teams driving innovation in Northwest Indiana shines a bright light on the incredible spirit of innovation that has

July 14th, 2022|Local News|

Lake County officer involved in fatal crash in Gary 

One person died Wednesday after a crash involving a Lake County police officer in Gary.  Wednesday afternoon at around 12:10 p.m., the Indiana State Police Lowell Post was contacted by the Lake County Sheriff's Department to investigate a crash involving a Lake County Officer. The crash occurred within the city limits of Gary at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Colfax Street, police said. Preliminary investigation by the Indiana State Police revealed that a black, 2019, Dodge Charger police car, was traveling east on 5th Avenue when it struck a silver, 2005, Toyota Corolla that was making a left turn

July 14th, 2022|Local News|
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