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  • In celebration of Law Day this year, the LaPorte County Bar Association will sponsor a public program on Friday, May 2, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the LaPorte Superior Courthouse, Superior Court No. 1, 300 Washington Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360. The program is titled “Why Every Vote Matters” and will address the significance of our right to vote in in the United States. This year’s Law Day celebration will include presentations by Senior Judge Steven King and high school students about their perspectives on voting. Additionally, the LaPorte County Bar Association will present the Liberty Bell Award to a deserving citizen who has fostered public understanding of law and its role in our community. - April 24, 2014 at 2:40 am

  • LaPorte County Treasurer Nancy Hawkins has announced that the current year tax bills, for 2013 payable 2014, will be mailed on Friday, April 25, 2014. This is the first time in more than 10 years that LaPorte County has mailed a tax bill on-time, with due dates in May and November. The tax statement will have two coupons attached. The Spring Installment is due by May 12, 2014 and the Fall Installment will be due by November 10, 2014. THERE IS NO 6-MONTH EXTENSION ON THIS TAX BILL. Questions on tax bills and payments can be addressed to the Treasurer’s office at 219-326-6808. Ext 2245 or in Michigan City at 219-874-5611, ext. 7782. If there are questions about the assessed valuation of the property, contact the Assessor’s Office at 219-326-6808, ext. 2268 or in Michigan Township, phone 219-874-5611, ext. 7084. If there are questions about the exemptions and deductions on the bill, those questions should be directed to the Auditor’s Office at 219-326-6808, ext. 2536. - April 24, 2014 at 2:39 am

  • In a story WIMS was following yesterday, the LaPorte Fire Department and NIPSCO, responded to a gas leak after a drilling company accidentally hit a pipe at a location off of Pine Lake Ave. LaPorte firefighters hosed down the drilling truck to eliminate sparks and NIPSCO workers were attempting to stop the gas leak. - April 24, 2014 at 2:38 am

  • 50 year old Vicki Childress was charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with Class C felony forgery, Class D felony counterfeiting and a Class A misdemeanor check deception. She is being held in LaPorte County Jail on a $15,000 bond. Childress lived next door to her 76 year old mother and had been intercepting financial records including bank statements from her mother’s mail for about three years. Childress stole approximately $100,000 from her mother. Childress also stole about $3000 from two other victims by writing counterfeit checks on their accounts for the purchase of laptop computers. Childress could face up to eight years on the felony counts. - April 24, 2014 at 2:38 am

  • The Indiana Real Estate Markets Report released by the state’s Realtors shows that statewide, when comparing March 2014 to March 2013, the number of closed home sales decreased 11.2 percent to 5,243 and the median sale price of those homes increased 4.3 percent to $119,900. The release also showed that the average sale price increased 5.2 percent to $142,259 and the percent or original list price received increased 1.1 percent to 91.6 percent. - April 23, 2014 at 2:55 am

News From Around The World

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  • Senate Panel Keeps Up Attack on GM and CEO Mary Barra

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  • 7.8-Magnitude Aftershock Strikes Off Chile’s Coast

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  • President Obama: Shooting ‘Reopens Pain’ at Fort Hood

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  • "Big Bang Theory" Celebrating "Star Wars" Day

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