Police investigating stolen vehicle from Porter truck stop
The Porter Police Department is investigating a stolen vehicle from the Travel Center of America (north) truck stop. The vehicle was taken on January 19th at approximately 12:15 AM.
The surveillance video shows a male subject walk through the parking lot and get into a Blue 2016 Jeep Compass and drive away. A video is posted on the Town of Porter Police Department Facebook page. Please contact the Porter Police department 219-926-7611 with any information.
The League of Women Voters of La Porte County hosting Lunch With The League on Feb 13th
The League of Women Voters of La Porte County is pleased to present Diane Gonzales, Secretary of the La Porte County Board of Commissioners for the February 13 Lunch With The League. Her program will include updates on current projects and issues in La Porte County, and she will answer questions afterwards. Join the LWV for this informative 12:00 noon program at Patrick’s Grille, 4125 Franklin Street in Michigan City. The general public is invited and reservations are not required. For non-members, a donation is requested. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 and may purchase a lunch of their choice from the menu, in time for the noontime presentation. For more information about this event, please e-mail LWV at [email protected].
Michigan City Fire Department pays tribute to Captain Lee Brady
They may be gone but their service and sacrifice has not been forgotten. Yesterday, the Michigan City Fire Department paid tribute to Captain Lee Brady who died responding to call of a mayday on January 22, 1959 at the Liberty Theatre Fire. Captain Lee Brady was thirty six years old and had over twelve years of service on the Michigan City Fire Department. Captain Brady was assigned as an Assistant Fire Inspector and worked days on the Michigan City Fire Department. His shift for the day had ended at 4:00 PM and he was on his way home when the call came in for the Liberty Theatre Fire. Captain Brady responded to the scene and soon the call came in for a mayday inside the fire. Several firefighters inside barely made it out and Captain Brady was not one of them when the walls and flooring started to collapse. Captain Brady left behind is Wife Joan (Wolfe) Brady, who passed away eight years ago. He also had three children Rae Lynn, Diane and David. The family moved to Arizona in 1961 and has remained there since. Captain Brady’s funeral was a community shared event, including the funeral cortege stopping by the Central Fire Station, where Brady was assigned. During the Fire Departments morning radio test at 7am today an announcement was made in remembrance of Captain Lee Brady and a Brief moment of Silence before the test was to begin.
Get Active, Get Fit! prize awarded to 5 year-old from La Porte
The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) awarded its winter Get Active, Get Fit! prize on January 16, 2018 to Maddox Maxfield, a five-year-old from La Porte. His prize was his very first brand new bike and Spiderman helmet – his favorite superhero. Even through winter is here, it is important for children to continue being active. Sledding, building snowmen, and playing outside in the snow are all great ways to be active for 30 minutes or more each day. Maddox has stayed active this winter through the pre-school program at the YMCA. Among other community partners like the city and county parks and the library, the YMCA is a key partner in promoting Get Active, Get Fit! The program was created by HFL in conjunction with pediatricians and the city and county park departments to encourage children and families to get active. Learn about the different ways to participate in the program at hflaporte.org/get-active or sign up for the mobile app at getactivelaporte.org.
Deadly shooting investigation in South Bend
This past Thursday at around 8pm, the South Bend Police Department received a report of gunshots fired in the 1100 block of Clover St. Officers were dispatched to the area and located a single vehicle crashed on Hildreth St. near Twyckenham St. (this is approximately one block east of Clover). In an update, Friday an autopsy was completed for 17 year old Tysiona Crawford, the victim from Thursday’s homicide investigation. The forensic pathologist determined the cause of her death to be gunshot wound and the manner of her death to be a homicide. This remains an active and on-going investigation, and no arrests have been made at the issuance of this release. We will update the media with further information as we are able to do so. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact County Metro Homicide at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.
Nominations for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards are now open
Nominations for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards are now open. Chair of the House Committee on Commerce Small Business and Economic Development State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) explained the important role local businesses play. Morris also explained why they should be recognized for their service to communities. These awards honor businesses that were founded and have continuously operated in the state of Indiana for at least 50 or 100 years. Award recipients will be presented with a commemorative certificate from Governor Eric Holcomb at the Indiana Statehouse. Applications are due February 16th. All eligible companies are encouraged to apply online at www.iedc.in.gov/programs.
South Shore line offering additional capacity trains for the Chicago Women’s March
In order to accommodate an expected increase in passengers for the Women’s March Chicago on Saturday, January. 20th, the South Shore Line will have additional capacity available for Train 502’s run. In the afternoon, an eastbound passenger extra will run following the event. It will depart Millennium Station at 4:25 p.m. (Van Buren St. at 4:28 p.m.), run non-stop to Hegewisch and make all local stops terminating at Carroll Avenue, Michigan City. This train will not serve Hudson Lake or South Bend.
American Airlines restarting operations at South Bend International Airport
Governor Eric Holcomb, joined executives of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority Thursday to announce that American Airlines will restart operations at South Bend International Airport (SBN), adding two new nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). A key part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda, expanding nonstop flight options will help increase the state’s connectivity to key national markets and enhance quality of place for Hoosiers. The flights, which will begin June 7, will offer twice-daily service to both Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte, which serve as American Airlines hubs. Tickets for both routes will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 22. Dallas/Forth Worth was identified as a critical link by local businesses in the surrounding areas as well as by the University of Notre Dame, which has more than 150 students from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and more than 2,300 alumni currently living there. The South Bend International Airport estimates that the two new routes will have a $20 million impact on the region’s economy. For more details check out the WIMS Facebook page.
Congressman Visclosky speaking at Marquette Catholic High School next week
Marquette Catholic High School announced that Congressman Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN) will speak to several social studies classes on campus on Thursday, January 25th in the Rudy Hart Theatre. Visclosky serves as Indiana’s First Congressional District Representative in Washington D.C. In his 33rd year in politics, Congressman Visclosky is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and also serves as the Ranking Member on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The Gary native has long been an advocate for Northwest Indiana’s steel industry.
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship being held this Sunday
All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2018 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 at 1pm at the New Gym at St Patrick’s Church in Chesterton. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions.
The Indiana Arts Commission launches On-Ramp program to assist early entrepreneurs
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced the launch of On-Ramp, an accelerator program designed to assist early career creative entrepreneurs advance their business goals and objectives. The three-day Creative Entrepreneur Course will be May 18 – 20, 2018 in Madison, Indiana, and focuses on business skills, career goals, and community engagement learning. Those who complete the course are also eligible to apply for the On-Ramp fellowship, which includes up to $2,000 of project funding. More information on the specific training, mentorship and opportunities that On-Ramp provides is available at http://www.in.gov/arts/onramp.htm. Applications for On-Ramp must be completed through the Arts Commission’s online application system. Deadline for application is March 1, 2018.
Plans to stop Lake Michigan shoreline erosion
The Lake Michigan shoreline has a sand erosion problem that’s hurting commercial shipping and threatening natural habitats, but there’s a new plan to help. For about 200 years, man-made structures have been interrupting the southward drift of sand along the shoreline, which has lead to the erosion of some the region’s most scenic beaches. Towns along the lakefront, have worked individually to try to stop the erosion, but that’s had only limited success. Now Ethan Brown with the Alliance for the Great Lakes says his group and the state’s Department of Natural Resources are teaming up with north shore towns on a more coordinated plan. Brown says it’s all about creating a balance between enjoying nature and development. Thousands of men and women work on ships and barges and in steel and agriculture jobs at the Port of Indiana in Burns Harbor. But there are also homes and public beaches along the lakefront that are losing the sandy beaches because of erosion.
Jim Harper announces candidacy for Democratic nomination for Indiana Secretary of State
Jim Harper has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Indiana Secretary of State. After law school, Harper completed a federal judicial clerkship in Indianapolis. He now practices law in Porter County. Harper serves on the board of a non-profit law firm that provides free and reduced-cost legal services to veterans, as well as the Hilltop House, a Valparaiso non-profit that provides early-childhood education and other services to Porter County families. In 2016, Harper was the Democratic nominee for State Senate in the 5th District. The Democratic nominee for Secretary of State will be chosen at the Indiana Democratic State Convention on June 16, 2018. The general election is on November 6, 2018
“A Victorian Romance” at Barker Mansion
The public is invited to an afternoon of romance and jazz at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion with local musicians Steve Champagne, Mary E. Rapier and David Lahm on Saturday, February 10 from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. A Victorian Romance will celebrate love in a very unique way, as this year marks the 125th wedding anniversary of Katherine and John Barker, who owned the largest freight car factory in the Midwest. For more information check out the WIMS Facebook page @wimsradio.
The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte funding mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women
The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) will once again be able to fund mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women in La Porte and Starke County who do not have the resources to pay for these services. The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) awarded a $15,000 grant for 2018 to continue HFL’s Breast Cancer Project. All Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness special group recognition license plate by visiting any Indiana BMV license branch or online at www.in.gov/bmv for an annual $40 distinctive plate fee, $25 of which is a direct tax-deductible donation to IBCAT. The plate may be purchased to display on trucks with a declared weight of not more than eleven thousand (11,000) pounds, recreational vehicles, passenger motor vehicles and motorcycles.
Yeterday’s snowfall caused problems on many NWI roads
The snowfall affected the roadways in the WIMS listening area on Tuesday. The Westbound lanes on the Indiana Toll Road near the Michigan border were shut down for hours yesterday afternoon causing massive delays. All lanes were closed just after Chesterton. The accident involved two semi-trailers on the snow-covered stretch of the toll road. Eastbound traffic was backed up from Chesterton all the way to Gary. Also, westbound lanes of I-80/94 were closed near Cline Ave. due to a crash involving a semi tractor trailer. All lanes westbound I-80/94 were backed up from I-65 until past Cline Ave because of that crash.
Update on the shooting of a 17 year old in South Bend
In a story WIMS has been following, the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office has given an update involving the January 11th shooting death of D’Angelo Jennings. Eighteen year old Torreay Fennessee, appeared before a Magistrate for his arraignment and bail hearing. Bond was set at $100,000 cash. Mr. Fennessee’s initial hearing was scheduled for January 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office previously charged Torreay Jordan Fennessee with Voluntary Manslaughter, a Level 2 Felony, with a Firearm Sentencing Enhancement. Please be advised that the charges filed against the defendant are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR WESTVILLE
In a statement from the Westville Police Tuesday regarding the Westville boil water order, utility employees have the plant up and running and the first round of water samples has been sent off for testing. When these tests come back a mandatory second round of tests will be sent in. The utility workers are hopeful that the boil advisory will be lifted some time today. The police are relaying information as they get it. The advisory is for ingestion, the water is acceptable for bathing, laundry, cleaning.
Michigan City Public Library Announces Remodel Plans
The Michigan City Public Library is planning a $1.6 million, three-year remodel project that will add a Makerspace, new meeting room space and enhance computer availability. The first phase of the project will begin in February and should conclude by August. The cost of the remodel is spread over three years and paid for with saved and existing resources. No bond issue or capital project funds will be expended.
Phase I will begin in the Youth Services Department and include Audio-Visual and Periodical updates. The creation of a Makerspace located in the Youth Services is included in the first phase. The Makerspace is a STEAM-based collaborative work space for children and teens. Here they create DIY projects, invent new ones, work with electronics and robotics, and share ideas.
Youth Services will also get a new public service desk, improved shelving, an expanded BabyTalk area with activity tables, a puppet theater, and new fun and colorful chairs and tables. The teen area will have improved AV shelving, and meeting and lounge tables with electrical and data availability.
In addition to the refresh in the Youth Services area, there will be new audio visual and periodical displays, new lobby furniture and data and electrical enhancements.
Phase II of the project is scheduled for 2019. This phase includes the creation of private and enclosed study rooms with electrical and date enhancements and a private study room designed for up to 10 people with electrical and data updates. The Reference Department will get a new and expanded computer lab, a new public service desk, new staff offices, and a new Indiana Room for local history and genealogy.
Phase III will conclude the project in 2020. The Circulation Department will get a new public service counter, improved shelving in the lobby area, new furniture, and a redesigned main entrance. All areas of the library will be re-carpeted.
The architect on the project is Product Architecture + Design and the construction manager is Larson-Danielson Construction Company. During the construction some areas of the library will be closed and inaccessible to the public. The library plans to be open during the project. Consult the library’s website and social media for announcements of closed areas and collections.
Indiana adopting program to align inmates with gainful employment upon release
On Tuesday, Governor Eric Holcomb will detail the state’s plan to pilot a program aimed at teaching prison inmates in coding ahead of their release dates. Indiana will become the first state outside of California to adopt the program, known as The Last Mile, which aims to align inmates with gainful employment upon release. Indiana will first begin training women how to code at the Indiana Women’s Prison as part of the pilot. Holcomb will have more details Tuesday alongside the program’s founder, Chris Redlitz, and co-founder and program graduate Kenyatta Leal.
Four Winds South Bend to open today
Four Winds South Bend will open on today. The state’s newest casino is part of a $400 million planned investment that also includes a tribal village on the sovereign territory of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The casino sits on 166 acres and construction began more than two years ago. The property includes 175,000 square-feet of gaming space and is the fourth Four Winds-branded casino. It is expected to eventually employ around 1,200 people. Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony will include Pokagon Band Chairman John Warren, Four Winds Casino Resort Chief Operating Officer Frank Freedman and Four Winds South Bend General Manager Scott Rice, National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Sen. Donnelly calling on President to renew the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency
Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is among a group of senators calling on President Donald Trump to renew the declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. The current declaration, issued in October, is set to expire January 23. The letter suggests there has been “too little action taken” to battle the epidemic since Trump made the declaration on October 26. Donnelly praised President Trump for making the declaration at the time, saying it will take an “all-hands-on-deck approach” to tackle the issue.
INDOT kicks off Paint the Plow campaign for middle and high school art classes
INDOT announced the kick off of its 2018 Paint the Plow campaign, a community outreach program designed to promote safety and awareness of INDOT’s Winter Operations all year long. Each INDOT District invites art classes/programs from middle and high schools to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Applications and additional program details can be found at http://www.in.gov/indot/3427.htm. Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state. Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project. For more information or questions about the Paint the Plow campaign, visit http://www.in.gov/indot/3427.htm to find the contact information for your District.
17 year old shot and killed in South Bend
Shortly after 10 p.m. last Thursday night, the South Bend Police Department was called to the 1800 block of North Johnson Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 17 year old male in the home suffering from apparent gunshot wounds; he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has been positively identified as D’Angelo Jennings. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) was called out to handle the investigation. Investigators interviewed several individuals and continue to investigate; this is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the County Metro Homicide Unit at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP. In an update, the CMHU has arrested an individual in connection with the investigation into the death of Jennings. 18 year old Torreny Jordan Fennessee, was arrested and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on preliminary suspicion of Manslaughter. On Sunday the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office charged 18 year old Torreny Jordan Fennessee with Voluntary Manslaughter, a Level 2 Felony, with a Firearm Sentencing Enhancement in the January 11, 2018, shooting death of D’Angelo Jennings.
Study finds that prison populations are decreasing quicker for men than women
Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds that the number of incarcerated women is not falling as fast as it is for men. Nationally the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative, shows that most states have made progress in reducing their overall prison populations over the past ten years, but incarceration rates for women have generally stayed about the same. According to Wendy Sawyer, author of the report, one reason may be that women in prison may receive harsher punishments for rule violations than men do for similar infractions, extending their sentences. In Indiana, incarceration rates are falling for both men and women, but they’re falling faster for men.
PNW Westville closed due to boil water order from Westville
Due to a boil water order from the town of Westville, the Purdue University Northwest Westville Campus will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16, with anticipated reopening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 17. All classes are cancelled for Jan. 16 and classes are cancelled through noon on Jan. 17. Please check www.pnw.edu for updates.
This closing affects only the Westville Campus. The PNW Hammond Campus will be open on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Wednesday, Jan. 17, for normal operations and all classes will be held.
Monday, Jan. 15, is a university holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. No classes are scheduled at either campus and facilities are closed.
University of Notre Dame celebrating the opening of the Duncan Student Center
The University of Notre Dame is celebrating the opening of the new Duncan Student Center tomorrow. The nine-story facility, which is part of the $400 million Campus Crossroads project at Notre Dame Stadium, includes student dining options, recreational sports facilities and a 500-seat student ballroom.
Local man faces charges for shooting a dog
On Friday, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office filed two additional charges against Jon Hanley, 53, in connection with the December 30, 2017, shooting of a dog named Major in Lakeville, IN. After consulting the veterinarians who treated Major, the Prosecutor’s Office filed additional charges of Attempted Killing of a Domestic Animal, a Level 6 Felony, and Criminal Mischief, a Class A Misdemeanor, against Hanley.
The Prosecutor’s Office previously charged Jon Hanley in this same shooting with Criminal Recklessness, a Level 5 Felony, for discharging a firearm that created a substantial risk of bodily injury to Viola Woods.
His next court date is a status hearing on March 5, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. before the Honorable Judge Sanford.
Please be advised that the charges filed against this defendant are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
9th Annual Valentine’s Bazaar at Rittenhouse Villlage
Rittenhouse Village At Michigan City invites you to their 9th Annual Valentine’s Bazaar Event. With over 25 vendors, you are sure to find the perfect gift for those closest to you. 30 year, Seasoned Executive Chef, Leland Andersen, will be demonstrating his exquisite culinary skills, by providing a delicious breakfast for you to enjoy as you wander through our cozy community. Proceeds from breakfast and booth rentals will go to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, who have been raising money to help patients, families and caregivers facing the challenges imposed by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
The event will be at Rittenhouse Village at 4300 Cleveland Ave, Michigan City, IN on February 10th from 8:30am-1:00pm.
Fatal accident on the Indiana Toll Road
A crash on Friday morning between a semi and a passenger car has claimed the life of a man. The crash happened near the 50 mile marker in the westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road. This is about one mile east of the LaPorte exit. Preliminary investigation shows that a 2013 Hyundai driven by 36 year old Haifeng Yang, of South Bend, was traveling west when Yang lost control of the vehicle. A 2015 Freightliner, was also traveling westbound and could not avoid colliding with the Hyundai. The Freightliner hit the Hyundai in the right side, sending it into the north ditch. The Freightliner came to a rest in the center median. The Freightliner driver was uninjured in the crash. Yang received serious injuries and was transported to a hospital in South Bend. A front seat passenger in the Hyundai, 62 year old Qinglian Li, of Shanghai, China, received serious and life-threatening injuries. Li was transported to LaPorte Hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Chicago. 63 year old Jucai Li, of Shanghai, China, was sitting in the right rear side of the Hyundai and was pronounced deceased at the scene.. A two-year old riding in the left rear was securely fastened in a child seat and was uninjured. The Indiana Toll Road remained opened while reconstruction of the crash was completed. This crash remains under investigation and alcohol or drugs are not suspected as factors in this crash.