League of Women Voters of La Porte County Present Joie Winski at Upcoming Lunch with the League

Posted on: July 20th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The League of Women Voters of La Porte County will present Joie Winski, Auditor of La Porte County, on Tuesday, August 14th for Lunch With The League. Reservations are not required, but for non-members, a donation is requested. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. and may purchase a lunch of their choice from the menu, in time for the 12 noon presentation. Patrick’s Grille is located at 4125 Franklin Street, Michigan City. Lunch/Dinner With The League presents timely and relevant discussions about local issues every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Patrick’s Grille. All information about the League’s activities may be found on the website, LWVlaporte.org, or on Facebook. For more more information about this event, please e-mail LWV at [email protected]

Michigan City Man Sentenced For Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Intent to Distribute Cocaine

Posted on: July 20th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

29 year old Joseph Antonio Williams of Michigan City, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and having possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II. Williams was sentenced to 188 months in prison followed by 3 years supervised release. According to documents in the case, a controlled buy was set up with Williams. During the buy, Joseph Williams was caught selling 1.7 grams of cocaine. After the buy, law enforcement saw Williams remove a screen from a window on the side of a house. As it was suspected that Williams was breaking and entering into a residence, officers drove to the scene, where Williams fled on foot. After a foot chase, police caught Williams and found a firearm in his pants pocket. This case was investigated by the ATF and the Michigan City Police Department.

CAPTAIN SELECTED TO ATTEND FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION NATIONAL ACADEMY

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is announcing that Administrative Captain Derek J. Allen has been selected and approved to attend an upcoming session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA). In October 2017, Captain Allen was nominated by the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office to attend the FBINA. Since then, Captain Allen has undergone a vetting process and recently learned that he has been selected and approved by the FBI to attend an upcoming session. The FBINA, established in 1935, is a professional course of study for United States and international law enforcement officials. Four (4) times a year, some 225-250 law enforcement leaders converge on Quantico, Virginia for the FBINA. During the 11-week session, Captain Allen will enroll in University of Virginia accredited courses. In addition to the coursework, a large emphasis is placed on physical fitness. Each week, academy attendees participate in a fitness challenge culminating in the final challenge, the Yellow Brick Road. The Yellow Brick Road is a 6.1 mile run/obstacle course.The mission of the FBINA is “to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.” Less than 1% of all law enforcement leaders worldwide are awarded the opportunity to attend the FBINA. The last Sheriff’s Office Deputy to attend the FBINA was retired Major George Ritter in 1996.

Donnelly Continues Fight to Protect Hoosiers with Pre-Existing Conditions

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly continued his fight for quality, affordable health care coverage for Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions by joining a resolution that would allow the Senate’s Legal Counsel to represent the Senate in Texas v. United States. This would enable the Senate to defend protections for Americans with pre-existing condition against the current lawsuit seeking to make this provision unconstitutional. In February, the State of Indiana filed a lawsuit with 19 other states arguing that the health care law should be struck down, including essential coverage. The Department of Justice filed a brief in federal court in June arguing insurers should no longer have to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 30 percent of Hoosiers under the age of 65 (more than 1.1 million people) have pre-existing conditions that could have left them with no coverage or facing higher rates, before the Affordable Care Act prohibited such discrimination. The Department of Justice and State of Indiana’s actions are among the attempts to undermine critical health care protections for consumers and create uncertainty in the health care marketplaces. Last month, Centene and CareSource filed their 2019 plans for Indiana’s health insurance marketplace, with a proposed average premium increase of 5.1%. Both Centene and CareSource suggested that premiums would have been lower if not for actions by the Administration and some in Congress. The Administration proposed and is working to finalize a rule that would allow short-term “junk” insurance plans to be sold for up to 12 months. These plans would not have to cover essential health benefits, like mental health and prescription drugs, and coverage could be denied based on pre-existing conditions or limited by the imposition of annual or lifetime caps.

Next Level Indiana Trust Fund’s First Progress Report

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The first progress report for the state’s new Next Level Indiana Trust Fund was posted yesterday by the fund’s Investment Board. The report, submitted by the program administrator 50 South Capitol Advisors, LLC, shows that as of June 30th, two funding commitments have been made—one to Indianapolis-based High Alpha Capital and another to the Foundry Group, based in Boulder, Colo. The fund administrator will provide these updates twice per year to the Next Level Indiana Trust Fund Investment Board. Review the first progress report online at www.in.gov/tos/2344.htm. The Next Level Indiana Trust Fund was a key component of Gov. Holcomb’s 2017 Next Level legislative agenda and aims to build and support increased entrepreneurship and innovation in the state. Created by 2017 Indiana General Assembly, the fund was established by the Indiana Finance Authority as a charitable trust that operates separately from the state of Indiana. The board acts as the trustee for the fund. The fund uses a fund-of-funds approach with a policy that emphasizes good investment performance and growth in Indiana’s investment community and technology businesses.

Indiana College Completion Rate Increases By 14%

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Indiana is making progress in moving the needle on college completion, according to state education officials. The 2018 College Completion Report released this week reveals an increase of 14-percentage points over the past five years in the number of college students graduating on time, which is now about four in ten. Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says it’s a record high, and a reflection of the efforts of colleges and universities, as well as the support of elected leaders. The report shows improvements in college completion rates across all Indiana campus types, with nearly half of all students at public four-year colleges graduating on time. Lubbers says a supplemental report is coming soon, highlighting data on Black and Hispanic students, including a double-digit rise in the last five years in the on-time completion rate.

American Legion Department of Indiana Stat Commander Elected

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Rodney Strong was elected The American Legion, Department of Indiana state commander by delegates from the 11 districts throughout the state during the 100th annual Indiana American Legion Convention in Indianapolis. The American Legion is comprised of military service veterans who have served honorably during times of conflict in defense of their nation and has been active within Indiana since 1919. The Indiana American Legion has supported veterans from every major conflict since World War I, to Iraq and Afghanistan within its membership. Rodney is a proud member of Byron Cox Post 72 headquartered in Crawfordsville, Ind., where he has been a member for 28 years and served the post in various positions including membership chairman, Hoosier Boys State Chairman and post commander. He has also served the Sixth District as a capable and proficient District Vice Commander, Sixth District Commander and is currently the 6th District Hoosier Boys State Chairman. Rodney has served the Department of Indiana as Southern Vice Commander, Rehabilitation Commission Chairman, Americanism Commission Chairman and Internal Affairs Commission Chairman. He is also a 54-year member of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 72 and served as S.A.L. Detachment Commander of Indiana from 1993-94. Cmdr. Strong is the only person in Indiana to serve as both S.A.L. Detachment Commander and Department of Indiana Commander. Rodney earned his American Legion eligibility by honorably serving in the United States Navy from 1980-84, where he completed two tours off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon and one tour off the coast of Grenada. Rodney has a 100% American Legion Family. His motto this year is, “A century of service and still going Strong.” Strong’s “Commander’s Project” this year is to help the friends of Ernie Pyle World War II museum to raise $30,000 or more towards the $90,000 they need to make improvements to Ernie Pyle’s birthplace and a museum highlighting the famous journalist’s life and writings as a correspondent during World War II. The historic site is owned and operated by the Friends of Ernie Pyle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Pyle’s legacy in Dana, as well as throughout Indiana and the nation. To learn more about veteran’s benefits, youth scholarships and programs, and how The
American Legion changes lives in your community, visit www.indianalegion.org .

Off Duty Lifeguard and EMT Rescue Two Children from Lake Michigan

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

According to a press release, Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a near drowning of two children that occurred shortly after 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening in Lake Michigan near the Michigan City Pier. Two Michigan City men, Devin Newton, an off duty Superior Ambulance EMT and Myles Wright, an off duty Deep River Waterpark lifeguard were near the Michigan City Pier when they heard screams for help. Both men ran toward the screams for help and saw two young girls struggling in extremely rough water approximately halfway up the pier. Devin Newton attempted to throw a life ring to the two girls, which was made difficult by the strong winds. Myles Wright climbed off of the pier and entered the water on the rocks while being battered by heavy waves, some exceeding 5 feet and managed to reach both girls with the life ring. Both children were pulled to safety and returned to family members. Indiana Conservation Officers are still working to identify the victims, as they were no longer on scene when investigating officers arrived. They are believed to be around 12 years old and residents of Illinois. Their parents or guardians are asked to contact Indiana Conservation Officers at 812-837-9536. It is currently unknown how or where the two children entered the water. The swim area at Washington Park was closed at the time due to high waves and rip currents. Indiana Conservation Officers commend the lifesaving efforts of Devin Newton and Myles Wright. Both men’s training and experience likely prevented two drownings from occurring. Entering the water to attempt to rescue someone should always be a last resort unless properly trained and equipped.

Congress Members Walorski, and Others Lead Bipartisan Letter Warning Against Auto Tariffs

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of 149 members of Congress called on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross not to put American jobs and economic growth at risk by imposing tariffs on automobiles and automotive parts. In a letter led by U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), and Ron Kind (D-Wis.), the members highlighted the economic benefits of the auto industry and warned of negative consequences if the ongoing Section 232 national security investigation into imports of automobiles and automotive parts results in tariffs, quotas, or other restrictions.

Porter County Man Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Thirty-four year old Portage resident Javan Comer, pled guilty to unemployment insurance fraud in Porter County Superior Court 2 on July 9, 2018. Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee began an investigation and determined that Comer was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Comer was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to repay DWD $10,140 for the benefits he fraudulently collected. DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working. Since 2013, Indiana courts have ordered fraudsters to repay millions in restitution to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. You can help combat unemployment insurance fraud and abuse by reporting it online at www.in.gov/dwd/fraud. Your efforts will help ensure tax dollars are spent wisely and unemployment insurance benefits are paid only to people who are eligible to receive them. You do not need to provide your name or any other identifying information in order to file a complaint.

Citywide School Supply Drive Under Way

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

In Michigan City, nine local organizations have announced a community-wide school supply drive, which runs through August 7th. Supplies collected during the drive will be distributed to area students who are in need of materials to start the school year. Many area businesses, including major retailers such as Walmart and Al’s Supermarket on Franklin Street, have set up collection bins to accept donations from their employees and the general public. Additional collection sites are located at Captain Ed’s Candy Island & Furniture Showroom, CLH CPAs & Consultants, Dunes Optical, First Trust Credit Union, Jazzercise, Life Care Center of Michigan City, the Michigan City Area Schools’ Administration Building, Members Advantage Credit Union, Michigan City’s City Hall, and St. John’s United Church. Businesses, churches, and other organizations are invited to join in the collection drive. Supplies collected by community organizations and individuals may be brought to the Elston Cafeteria (enter on the west side of the building on Spring Street, near the Holdcraft Performing Arts Center) on Tuesday, August 7, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Suggested donations include: pencils, black pens, spiral notebooks and 3-hole notebook paper (especially college rule), markers (washable), dry erase markers, glue sticks, erasers, pencil boxes, 2-pocket folders, antibacterial wipes, facial tissues, backpacks (new or gently used), “Ziploc” sandwich bags, rulers, highlighters, composition books, calculators, and ear buds/headphones.
“Many families in our community are struggling to make ends meet,” says Pat Harris, chair of the Citywide Back-to-School Rally committee. “We hope that this drive will help assure that every student is prepared for school this fall.”
Distribution of the supplies will take place during a Citywide Back-to-School Rally on Thursday, August 9 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Elston’s Gill Field. The event is a collaborative effort supported by numerous community agencies. This year, the organizing committee for the Back to School Rally includes representatives from Indiana Black Expo, MDWise, Michigan City Area Schools, HealthLinc, Anthem, American Licorice, the YMCA Elston Branch, Sodexo, and the LaPorte County NAACP. Volunteers are needed on August 7th and 8th to assist in sorting school supplies and on August 9 for the Back-to-School Rally. Information on volunteering, sponsorships, and exhibiting at the Rally may be found at educateMC.net/backtoschoolrally .

South Shore Line Temporary busing beginning 7/23 – Carroll Ave to SB Airport

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

From July 23-27, the South Shore Line will temporarily be busing weekday (Mon-Fri) passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend International Airport while they upgrade sections of track and overhead wire. During this period, there will be no train service to or from Hudson Lake, and Trains 401, 422 and 424 between South Bend and Carroll Avenue will be canceled. No bikes will be transported via bus for Trains 6 and 11. Train service between Carroll Ave. and Chicago will not be impacted.

Barker Mansion Behind The Scenes Tour In Michigan City

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The popular Behind the Scenes Tours journey into the nooks and crannies of the building which are normally off-limits. Guests discover remnants of the past such as the central vacuum system, the furnace, and intricate electrical panels. The two-hour tour takes participants on back stairways and into the basement. The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905, after he expanded onto his father’s original 1857 home on the same site. Barker took advantage of the mansion’s location right next to the Haskell and Barker Car Company, bringing many of the factory’s advanced mechanical amenities to the home. The tour will be offered once per month throughout the summer. Dates are July 18 and August 15. The tour begins at 7 pm Central Time. Cost is $15 per adult and $10 per senior of youth, 15 and under. Advance registrations are required via Eventbrite. For more information, visit www.barkermansion.com or call (219) 873-1520.

Cedar Lake Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Indiana State Police arrested a Cedar Lake man in connection with a child pornography case on Tuesday morning. Detective Chuck Meyer with the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and Trooper Butch Crowder served a search warrant at a residence in Cedar Lake. 25 year old Sean Wassird of Cedar Lake, was arrested on two counts of possession of child pornography that stemmed from an investigation that began in September 2017 and resulted in a search warrant being issued for the residence. Wassird was taken into custody and transported to the Lake County Jail in Crown Point.

Portage Man Arrested for Disarming

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, a Porter County Sheriff’s Officer was stopped at the stop light of US Hwy 6 and McCool Road around 1:00 am, when he observed a 2008 Chevy passenger car westbound on US Hwy 6 turn improperly, north onto McCool Road and abruptly turn into a gas Station. He then observed the male driver quickly walk into the store and a female passenger exit the vehicle and sprint around to the driver seat. The Officer made contact with the male, later identified as 28 year old Jonathan Stone from Portage, as he came out of the gas station. Stone denied he was driving and provided a different name and date of birth (later determined to be his brother’s information). When his real name was discovered, it was determined his license status was Habitual Traffic Offender. Stone was advised he was under arrest and then he fled on foot. Officers gave chase and attempted to taze Stone as he fled, this was ineffective. When Officers caught up to him and brought him to the ground to gain control, Stone continued to resist. The Officer then felt Stone reach back with his right hand and grab his gun on his duty belt. Another Officer assisting with the arrest, attempted to taze Stone, with success, as the other officer retained his weapon in the holster and they were able to handcuff him. Stone was medically cleared at Porter Regional Hospital and later transported to PCJ on the charges of Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer, Habitual Traffic Offender, Identity Deception and Resisting Law Enforcement.

AG Curtis Hill: Beware ads suggesting you’ve won a prize

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of advertising pitches that mislead consumers into thinking they have won prizes. This tactic is often employed to lure people to locations where they are subjected to used-car sales pitches. Last month, the Office of the Attorney General won a judgment in Marion County Superior Court against The Car Center LLC in connection with such a ploy. Approximately 35,000 people received a deceptive mailing from The Car Center indicating they had won $5,000. The court judgment orders restitution in the total amount of $28,187.76 for six consumers. The judgment also orders The Car Center to pay civil penalties in the amount of $108,500, for a total monetary judgment of $136,687.76. Additionally, The Car Center is enjoined from operating as a motor vehicle dealer in the state of Indiana. The Office of the Attorney General also has pending lawsuits against three promotion companies that design and send advertising mailings deemed deceptive by the Office of the Attorney General. These companies are Traffic Jam Events LLC, Xcel Media Group and Prophecy Marketing. Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a scam or targeted by scammers should file a complaint with the Office of Attorney General at indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.

Indiana Department of Education Announces Nearly 70 Schools Recognized by ASCA as Model Programs

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced nearly 70 schools were recognized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as model programs. Indiana surpassed the record number of schools for one state in a given year receiving the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation with 69 schools receiving this honor. RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools committed to delivering an exemplary comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. Since the program’s inception, more than 800 schools across the United States have been designated as RAMP recipients. This year, 140 schools nationwide will receive the RAMP designation. Schools were recently honored during ASCA’s annual conference in Los Angeles, California. For more information regarding RAMP designation and to view a complete list of Indiana recognized schools, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/student-services/student-assistance/recognition .

FOP #75 FLY IN PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

FOP #75 hosting an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast!!!
(Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage and Orange Juice)
• Price : $7.50 for Adults and $5.50 for Children 5-12, Ages 4 and Under Free!!!
• K- 9 Demonstration at 10am
• Airplanes & Helicopters
• Classic Cars on Static Display
• MC Police Vehicles, MC Fire Trucks and “EDITH” House Will Also Be On Display
• Airplane Rides and Skydiving will also be Available for an Additional Cost (Weather Permitting)
Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:00 AM -12:00 PM
Michigan City Municipal Airport
1300 St. Road 212, Michigan City, IN 46360

WIMS Wins 2018 Cardinal Community Service Award

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Broadcasters Association is, again, recognizing the outstanding local work of their member stations with 2018 Cardinal Community Service Awards. Named after the Indiana state bird – the Cardinal – and organized by Congressional districts, the awards are a symbol of dedicated service by membership. Team WIMS will be an award recipient for Stuff A Bus. WIMS along with First Trust Credit Union, Salvation Army of Michigan City, and Al’s Supermarkets partner for an event called “Stuff A Bus” to raise money and collect food for families in La Porte County. Over the course of several weeks, listeners and businesses stuff bags with food donated by Al’s. These bags are sold for $5.00 each to customers who in return donate back to the cause. WIMS thanks all who are involved in this wonderful community event!

10th Street Closure Starts Tomorrow In Michigan City

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The South Shore Line announced that 10th street will be closed between Willard Ave. and Kentucky St. for track repairs in Michigan City. The closure will begin on August 13th and reopen on August 31st.

Duneland Chamber Hosting Annual State of the Chamber & Community Awards

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce will host their annual State of the Chamber & Community Awards Wednesday, July 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Allure on the Lake in Chesterton. With a lively welcome from Ric Federighi of WIMS Radio, the event will kick off with an update on what the Chamber has accomplished so far this year and what their goals are moving forward. Immediately following are the Community Awards portion of the program. Many local organizations, businesses, and individuals are being awarded for their efforts in making the Duneland community a better place to live, work, and play. For more information about the Duneland Chamber of Commerce or upcoming events, or to RSVP please call the Chamber at 219.926.5513, or email [email protected]

Porter County Accepting Applications for Truck Driver/Laborer

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Porter County is accepting applications for the position of Truck Driver / Laborer. The work hours are from M-F 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Incumbent serves as Truck Driver / Laborer for the Highway Department, responsible for operating various trucks, tools and equipment in clearing and maintaining county roads and right-of-ways. Applicants must submit an application to the Human Resources Director, Rhonda Young, at the Administration Building, Room 205, or by email, [email protected]. Accepting application until the position is filled. For more information and to download an application visit: www.porterco.org/jobs.aspx

7th ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BALL

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

DRESS TO IMPRESS on Saturday, August 12th for the 7th ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BALL put on by The Kiner Law Foundation in collaboration with the N.A.A.C.P. LaPorte County! This year’s event will take place at the Washington Park Senior Center in Michigan City from 6pm-midnight.
Enjoy a night of dancing and music by DJ Xtraordinaire, along with delicious hors d’oeuvres!
For details and tickets, contact Dan Granquist for State Rep at 219-728-2882, or email him at [email protected]

MCHS MCJROTC SUPPORTS COMMUNITY DURING THE SUMMER

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The summer is the traditional time for students to take time off and relax from the rigors of the school year. The cadets of the Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) are spending part of their time away from the classroom supporting the Michigan City/LaPorte County community. During June, the cadets participated in three events: the Michigan City KiIddie Parade, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the Michigan City Summer Festival Parade. Besides the community service, the cadets have already participated in two week-long camps. One was a Leadership Camp in Wisconsin, the other a Cyber Security Camp at Purdue Northwest-Hammond. Both camps, like all MCJROTC activities, are done at no cost to either the cadet or MCHS. The drill team is also conducting summer drill in anticipation of the upcoming military drill season. MCHS qualified for the National MCJROTC Meet last year, placing first in one of the events. Their goal is to not only qualify this year, but to win and become the National MCJROTC Champion. This year’s competition is in the Washington, DC area. The biggest community service project in which the cadets will be involved is the Michigan City Area Schools’ Back-To-School Rally. Local vendors donate school supplies for over 1000 students. The cadets help with the two day preparation for the Rally, then the set-up, functioning of the Rally, and the clean-up afterwards. The Rally is on August 9th at the Elston Football Field.

USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. USDA is making investments in 35 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funds can be used to finance drinking water, storm water drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. Locally, the Town of North Judson will use a $4,892,000 loan to convert a portion of the town’s combined sewer collection system into separate sanitary and storm sewers. The town is currently under an agreed order with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. This project is part of the town’s Long-Term Control Plan and is the result of a Rural Development Pre-planning Grant. Rural community leaders can apply for these funds electronically by using the interactive RD Apply tool. They can also apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

Valparaiso Police Participating in National Night Out, Neighborhoods Wanted

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Valparaiso Police Department will be participating in the 35th annual National Night Out on Tuesday August 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. National Night Out is an national event designed to unite community members and police against neighborhood crimes. Police Chief Jeff Balon is inviting community members to organize an activity for the event. “This is a great night for community members, neighborhoods and crime watch groups to organize special activities in their neighborhoods”, explained Chief Balon. Valparaiso Police Officers will be visiting the special activities planned in each neighborhood to show their support. Officers from the K-9 team, Bicycle Unit, Patrol Division and Detective Division will be present in neighborhoods to show their support. This is the 14th year the Valparaiso Police Department has participated in National Night Out. Start planning your activities today and notify the police department of your involvement. In previous years neighborhoods have planned cook-outs, ice cream socials and live music. Officers from the department would like to attend your event. For further assistance, questions or to notify the Valparaiso Police Department of your participation. To register your event call Sgt. Michael Grennes at 462-2135 (ext: 2313) or email at [email protected].

Indiana State Police and Pulaski County Sheriff Department Joint Enforcement Effort

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana State Police (ISP) All Crimes Policing Team (ACP) based out of the Lowell District joined forces with Pulaski County Sheriff Department (PCSD) to conduct a multi-jurisdictional enforcement effort in Pulaski County this past weekend.

Friday, July 13th from 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., officers saturated the roads in Pulaski County.  This combined effort led to 19-traffic citations issued, 125-warnings, with a total of 144 traffic contacts. There were 8 criminal arrests, 2 driving suspended prior, 2-operators never licensed, and 4-warrant arrests (one being a felony warrant).

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department with the success of this enforcement effort are planning similar enforcement with the ISP All Crimes Policing Team in the near future.

The ISP ACP Team is a specialized team of Troopers who work all seven counties within Indiana State Police District 13 (Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke Counties) to address violent crime and drug activity.  The ISP ACP Team provides additional manpower and resource support to local agencies with the common goal of making each community as safe as possible.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Guns, Drugs Recovered In Lake County

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

On Thursday, Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group (PCMEG) executed a search warrant in the 800 Block of Elkhart Street in the Aetna Area, with the assistance of the Gary Narcotics Unit and Gary S.W.A.T. PCMEG recovered 3 handguns, ammunition, drugs (including cocaine, marijuana and steroids), paraphernalia, scales and approximately $1,500.00 in cash from the residence. Arrested on initial charges of Felony Possession of Narcotics, was 47 year old Gary resident, Marshall Brown. PCMEG is filing additional charges with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for Dealing. Brown was transported to the Lake County Jail.

Duneland Chamber of Commerce Hosting Annual State of the Chamber & Community Awards on Wednesday

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce will host their annual State of the Chamber & Community Awards Wednesday, July 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Allure on the Lake in Chesterton. With a lively welcome from Ric Federighi of WIMS Radio, the event will kick off with an update on what the Chamber has accomplished so far this year and what their goals are moving forward. Immediately following are the Community Awards portion of the program. Many local organizations, businesses, and individuals are being awarded for their efforts in making the Duneland community a better place to live, work, and play. For more information about the Duneland Chamber of Commerce or upcoming events, or to RSVP please call the Chamber at 219.926.5513, or email [email protected]

Dunes Summer Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Dunes Summer Theatre presents the Tony-Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opening Friday, July 20. The show runs for three weekends, ending August 5. Performances are Friday/Saturday at 7 PM CST and Sundays at 2 PM CST at 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michiana Shores, Indiana 46360. Tickets for the show are $15 for Seniors and Students, and $18 General Admission. To order tickets, visit dunesartsfoundation.org or call 219-879-7509. The newly air-conditioned Dunes Summer Theatre is operated by the Dunes Arts Foundation a 501(c)3 organization.