Volunteers needed to count turkey broods
The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to count wild turkeys and their offspring from July 1 to Aug. 31.
Each summer, wildlife biologists and volunteers conduct brood surveys, counting the number of young wild turkeys observed with turkey hens to estimate how many young turkeys live through the summer. Summer brood survival is one of the primary factors influencing wild turkey population trends in various regions of the state and informs wild turkey management.
The goal this summer is to collect 3,000 brood observation reports from citizens across the state, with at least 25 brood observations in each county.
To help, please register as a 2019 participant at on.IN.gov/turkeybrood. Instructions for the survey and an illustrative guide on how to report observations of wild turkey broods and hens is provided on the website. Wild turkeys were reintroduced to Indiana beginning in the mid-1950s until the early 2000s. Today they are found across the state, but declines in brood production over the last decade have reduced the number of wild turkeys observed in some regions.
To learn more about wild turkey biology and management, visit on.IN.gov/turkey.
Senators Braun, Tester, Brown & Young Introduce Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of the American Legion
Yesterday, Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a Senate resolution celebrating the American Legion’s 100 year anniversary of serving veterans of the Armed Forces, their families and communities.
The resolution designates August 23 through 29 as “American Legion Week” to coincide with the Legion’s 100th Anniversary convention in their home city of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Representative André Carson (IN-07), who represents Indianapolis, will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
South Shore Line Bussing Today and Tomorrow
The South Shore Line will be busing passengers on four weekday trains today and Thursday, due to track and overhead wire work for Eastbound Trains 7 and 9 and Westbound Trains 18 and 20.
The busing will take place between Carroll Ave. and South Bend Airport stations.
Buses for these trains will arrive and depart with passengers to match the published Monday-Friday train schedule between Carroll Ave. and South Bend.
Bus service to and from Hudson Lake will not be available for Trains 7, 9, 18, and 20. These Hudson Lake passengers are encouraged to board at the Carroll Ave. station.
More information on this bussing can be found by clicking on the South Shore Line icon on WIMSradio.com.
Horizon Bank Awards Scholarships to Students in LaPorte & Lake Counties in Indiana
Horizon Bank Minority Scholarship Program awards eleven students with $1000 scholarships. Yolanda Davis, Vice President, Community Reinvestment Act Officer, presented the scholarships during the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc. Annual Scholastic Achievement Awards Luncheon on May 21, 2019.
The following students were awarded scholarships: Christopher French, Matthew Olchawa, Amanda Sparks, Antonio Mistretta, Dimetrious Poston, Sydney Starks, Yatziri Moreno, Faith Spencer, Jairo Cazares, Jamon Cavanaugh and Sylvia Williams.
“Horizon is committed to investing in the future of minority students’ education. We are pleased to provide these deserving students with scholarship money in hopes that after graduation they return to the area, join the workforce and strengthen their local communities,” said Davis.
Horizon’s Diversity Business Council developed the Minority Scholarship Program to encourage minority students to pursue higher educations. The scholarships awarded were based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and future potential. The application process was administered through a partnership with the Urban League of NWI Inc., along with community leaders who chose the recipients based upon scoring of set criteria.
AG Curtis Hill joins federal authorities in national crackdown on robocalling Represents the nation’s state AGs at Chicago press conference
Yesterday, Attorney General Curtis Hill joined federal authorities at a Chicago press conference announcing a national robocalling sweep organized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In “Operation Call it Quits,” the FTC and its law enforcement partners announced 94 actions targeting operations around the country.
Attorney General Hill was the only state attorney general attending the national press conference in Chicago.
At the press conference, Attorney General Hill also discussed his office’s recent civil complaint against a Maryland company and two individuals after receiving dozens of consumer complaints.
Of the consumers who complained to the Office of the Attorney General, all but one had telephone numbers registered on the Indiana Do Not Call List. In the complaint, the Office of the Attorney General alleges that these individuals and their company violated three Indiana statutes. As a result, they now could face up to $1.17 million in civil penalties, plus fees and costs.
Fresh from the garden: Franciscan Health, Purdue Extension and Duneland Health Council partner on healthy cooking classes
Residents of the city’s Eastport neighborhood enjoyed the first lesson in a series of healthy cooking classes using ingredients grown in the Walker Park Community Garden.
The inaugural class on June 20 was taught at the garden by Chef Erik Tannehill, who demonstrated the preparation of pesto veggie pasta with chicken. The demonstration used a new mobile kitchen facility purchased by the Franciscan Health Foundation with a $5,000 grant from the Duneland Health Council.
The cooking class is an outgrowth of the Walker Park Community Garden that is a joint effort of Franciscan Health Michigan City and Purdue Extension, and is also funded by a community development block grant through Michigan City. Land for the 24-bed garden, which includes 12 U-pick beds for residents, along with individual family beds, is donated by the Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department.
In the future, Franciscan hopes to partner with other organizations to provide the mobile kitchen for other educational programs with a focus on healthy eating.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust acquires 34 Acres of wetlands along the Little Calumet River in Chesterton
Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces that it has acquired 34 acres of wetlands and floodplain along the Little Calumet River in Chesterton. The property consists of three disjunct parcels, situated immediately south of the intersection of I-94 on either side of State Road 49.The acquisition will help connect the Heinze Trust’s 66-acre Keith Richard Walner Nature Preserve, located west of SR49, to a number of its other protected areas to the east, including the 87-acre Wykes-Plampin Nature Preserve, the 165-acre Dale B. Engquist Nature Preserve, as well as the 42-acre J. Timothy Ritchie Nature Preserve, located along Sand Creek, which flows into the Little Calumet River nearby. The property may be viewed by paddlers on the river. The nearby Keith Richard Walner and Wykes-Plampin Nature Preserves are open to the public for hiking and offer access to the river for paddling and fishing.
Applications now open for Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites
The Indiana Arts Commission is currently accepting grant applications for its Arts in the Parks & Historic Sites 2020 program. The grant program assists organizations and artists with bringing participatory arts activities into Indiana’s state parks and historic sites.
This grant opportunity funds participatory arts activities celebrating Indiana State Parks and State Historic Sites. Not only are the projects family-friendly fun, they are a great opportunity to build partnerships with a participating site and expand the audience for your organization’s work.
The application deadline for organizations is 4:30 p.m. (EDT) September 5, 2019.
The Arts Commission will host a program webinar July 9, 2019 at 6 p.m. (EDT).
More information can be found by going to www.in.gov/arts and clicking on “Programs”.
Arts Commission approves grants to arts providers
The Indiana Arts Commission recently approved grants awards to 431 community-based arts providers and individual artists throughout Indiana for fiscal year 2020.
During its June 14th Quarterly Business Meeting in Indianapolis, the Commission approved grant allocations totaling more than $3 million in state and federal funds for grants and programs provided by arts organizations and cultural program providers throughout the state, including grants to 56 individual artists.
The majority of the grants, totaling more than $2.5 million, will be distributed through the IAC’s 11 regions to small and mid-sized organizations through Regional Initiative Grants.
Update To Pub Shooting In South Bend
The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) continues to actively investigate after shots fired on June 23rd, outside of Kelly’s Pub, on 1150 Mishawaka Ave, resulted in the death of Brandon D. Williams and injuries to ten additional individuals. An autopsy was conducted Monday morning in Fort Wayne for Mr. Williams. A forensic pathologist ruled his cause of death to be gunshot wound and his manner of death to be homicide. According to witness accounts and limited video from the area, the parking lots immediately surrounding the pub were congested with cars and a crowd of approximately 75-100 individuals at the time of the shooting. While several witnesses have been interviewed at the County Metro Homicide Unit, this is an active and on-going investigation.
Investigators are still asking that anyone with information regarding this incident, or anyone there at the time of the shooting, to contact the County Metro Homicide Unit at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.
Watch fireworks at Indiana state park properties
The public can watch fireworks at several Indiana State Park properties, July 1-7. July 4th, Independence Day, falls on a Thursday this year. As a result, properties are hosting fireworks shows before and after the holiday. Personal fireworks are prohibited at Indiana State Parks.
Indiana Dunes State Park will have its fireworks show on July 1 at 9:15 p.m. CT on the state park beach. Bring lawn chairs for the show, which is hosted by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. Food vendors and other vendors will begin selling at 6 p.m. CT.
Watch individual state park Facebook pages for any updates or changes based on weather in the days before each event.
To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.
Knox, Indiana Man Charged With Distribution of Opioids and Testosterone
Forty-four year old Michael Henry Minix, of Knox, has been charged in a 6 count Indictment with distribution of and possession with intent to distribute schedule II and III narcotics.
According to a press release the Indictment alleged that, beginning in August 2017 through May 2019, Minix distributed Oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance, as well as Testosterone, Dianabol, and Metandienone, all of which are schedule III controlled substances. The Indictment also alleges that Minix possessed Testosterone with the intent to distribute.
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.
If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Upcoming Blood Drives
La Porte County:
6/24/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Laporte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway
7/8/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 East Lincolnway
6/26/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Michigan City Police Department, 1201 E. Michigan Blvd.
6/27/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Luke United Lutheran Church, 2000 E Coolspring Ave
6/28/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Franciscan Health Michigan City, 3500 Franciscan Way
7/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road
7/12/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 East 4th Street
6/29/2019: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 204 N. Ohio Street
6/27/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., DonLevy Laboratories, 11165 Delaware Parkway
7/11/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Matthias Church, 101 W Burrell Drive
7/13/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Steamwhistle Coffee Roasters, 924 S Court Street
7/9/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities – Hammond Sportsplex, 6630 Indianapolis Blvd
6/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wicker Memorial Park, 2215 Ridge Rd.
7/2/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Highland Parks & Recreation Center, 2450 Lincoln Street
6/24/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road
6/24/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave
6/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Living Hope Church, 9000 Taft Street
7/1/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave
7/3/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave
7/6/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave
7/8/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave
7/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pillar To Post Home Inspectors: The Tim James Team, 800 E 86th Ave
7/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave
7/5/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Rd
6/30/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 1 Wilhelm St.
7/15/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway
6/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Liberty Bible Church, 824 North Calumet Avenue
6/26/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fairhaven Baptist Church, 86 East Oak Hill Road
7/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton, 810 Michael Drive
7/3/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Chesterton Health and Emergency Center, 770 Indian Boundary Road
6/24/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., St. Peter Lutheran Church, 6540 Central Ave.
6/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Portage Public Library, 2665 Irving Street
7/12/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., YMCA of Portage, 3100 Willowcreek Rd.
6/25/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division St.
7/1/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Dr
7/1/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran School, 1700 North Monticello Dr.
7/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson Street
7/6/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Washington Evangelical Free Church, 3805 LaPorte Avenue
7/6/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Memorial Opera House and PoCo Muse, 104 East Indiana Ave.
7/7/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 753 North Calumet
7/8/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Valparaiso Nazarene Church, 2702 Glendale Avenue
7/14/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 3401 N. Valparaiso Street
7/15/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila, 1604 Lincolnway
St Joseph County:
6/25/2019: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Better World Books, 55740 Currant Road
7/10/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., University of Notre Dame – LaFortune Student Center, 315 LaFortune Student Center
7/3/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lincoln Township Community Building, 3098 S. 800 East (Fish Lake)
7/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Starke Hospital, 102 East Culver Road
7/9/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knox Community Center, 55 East Lake Street
7/3/2019: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Baileys Discount Center, 5900 S. Range Road
La Porte Jaycees 73rd Annual 4th of July Parade
Join the La Porte Jaycees for the 73rd Annual Celebration of the 4th of July in La Porte! This year’s theme is Family | Fireworks | Freedom, and there will be a float decorating contest for any parade entries that want to participate!
The parade will be held on Thursday, July 4, 2019 and will travel down Lincolnway (Hwy 2). The parade will begin at 10:00 am and will last approximately 2-3 hours.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/329486517705779/?active_tab=about
Crouch: Applications now open for new mentorship program
Paladin, Inc. awarded federal Head Start grant to provide comprehensive preschool programming to children ages 3-5.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust acquires 34 Acres of wetlands along the Little Calumet River in Chesterton
South Bend Shooting Outside Kelly’s Pub
Early Sunday morning, the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) received a report of gunshots fired outside of Kelly’s Pub, located at 1150 Mishawaka Ave. Officers were dispatched to the address and located one male adult victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The deceased victim has been identified as 27 year old Brandon D. Williams of Niles, Michigan, and his family has been notified. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning, June 24th, in Fort Wayne. Ten additional gunshot wound victims have been identified, and were treated at area hospitals. At the time of this release, five patients remain at the hospitals in stable condition. All others have been treated and released. According to witness accounts and limited video from the area, the parking lots immediately surrounding the pub were congested with cars and a crowd of approximately 75-100 individuals at the time of the shooting. While several witnesses have been interviewed at the County Metro Homicide Unit, this is an active and on-going investigation. Investigators are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident, or anyone there at the time of the shooting, to contact the County Metro Homicide Unit at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP. At the time of this release, no arrests have been made.
Paladin Receives Head Start Grant for La PorteCounty
Paladin, Inc., a social service agency founded in 1967, was recently awarded the Head Start grant after a long and competitive process. In addition to its services serving individuals with disabilities the organization is expanding its mission to advocate and support the elderly and children.
Head Start encourages the cognitive, social and emotional development of children ages three to five. In addition to education, the early childhood program focuses on the health, nutrition, and social well-being of the family. Head Start is responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Head Start believes that parents are the first and most important teachers to their children. The program aims to build relationships with families that support positive parent-child interactions and relationships, overall well-being, and provide families with connections to their peers and their community. Head Start also places high value on its long-standing community partnerships to provide its comprehensive services.
With this funding, Paladin will serve 189 children through center and home-based avenues throughout La Porte County. For more information on Paladin’s Head Start program and eligibility requirements, please visit https://cccheadstartlaporte.org/head-start/ or call (219) 873-2146 to be put in touch with an Enrollment Specialist.
Two Illinois Men Arrested on Multiple Charges
Two men from Illinois were arrested early this morning on numerous charges when troopers found guns and narcotics in their car.
Just after 1:30 a.m., on Monday, Trooper Kenneth Payonk made a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Malibu on I-94 east bound approximately 1 ½ miles west of the Portage exit for a suspected impaired driver. Motorists had called into the Lowell Regional Dispatch reporting that the Malibu was driving well under the posted speed limit and unable to maintain its lane of travel. After stopping the Malibu, Payonk observed that the driver seemed evasive and that the front seat passenger appeared asleep. The back seat passenger, a 24 year old female from Dolton, Illinois, was cooperative and later released. The male driver, later identified as 24 year old Steven Trunnell, of Harvey, Illinois, was asked to step out of the car and fled on foot. Payonk chased Trunnell and was able to catch up and gain control over him in a ditch. Trooper Carlson arrived shortly thereafter and assisted Payonk in placing Trunnell in handcuffs. Once Trunnell was detained, suspected narcotics (cocaine) were located on him. As the troopers escorted Trunnell back to Malibu, Carlson noticed that the male front seat passenger was now awake. When Carlson asked the passenger, later identified as 19 year old Cleveland Jordan III, of Dolton, Illinois, to place his hands up, Jordan smiled and kept his hands below his chest. As Carlson moved closer to the Malibu he could see a black handgun with an extended magazine on Jordan’s lap. Carlson gave loud verbal commands for Jordan to place his hands up and he ultimately complied and was removed from the car. Once outside the Malibu, Jordan began to resist, but was subdued and placed in handcuffs. A second handgun was found under the front passenger seat with a shaved off serial number. Another search of the Malibu yielded a third firearm which was found to be stolen through Clark County, Ohio.
Open containers of alcohol were located throughout the car, as was a scale, and small plastic bags of suspected marijuana.
Both Trunnell and Jordan were transported and incarcerated at the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso.
Lubeznik Arts Festival – August 17th and 18th
The 2019 Lubeznik Arts Festival (LAF), held by Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA), returns for its 38th year.
LAF takes place on LCA’s grounds to connect festival-goers to our dynamic programming and exhibitions. This event features fine art and fine craft exhibitors alongside contemporary art galleries, food and interactive family activities. All proceeds from this event are invested back in the community.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/603513936739003/?active_tab=about
Taste of Michigan City 2019 – August 2nd and 3rd
Michigan City Mainstreet Association‘s award-winning Taste of Michigan City returns, bringing dozens of local eateries to the Uptown Arts District®. Sample the many mouth-watering varieties of cuisine, Michigan City and the surrounding area has to offer.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/641627656355673/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1561392383986616
East Chicago Station improvement project
The South Shore Line announced that construction is set to begin that will add a second entrance/exit to the East Chicago Station platform. The project is expected to continue through December 2019, and will help accommodate the large influx of passengers at East Chicago Station. The improvements include converting the low-level platform to the east of the station into a covered walkway to access a new head house, stairwell and tunnel leading to the eastern parking lot. Additionally, other East Chicago Station projects include improvements to the existing head house, and the installation in 2020 of higher speed track switches to allow for faster and more efficient train movements. During the construction, there will be some reduction in available commuter parking due to construction laydown and access. The SSL continues to work with the project’s construction firm to minimize the loss of parking spaces for commuters. For more information, including station renderings, please visit https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/news/item/218-ssl-east-chicago-station-construction
Bridge Project Set to Begin Monday on SR 10 in North Judson
A bridge deck overlay project is starting Monday on State Road 10 in North Judson. The project is on the bridge over Bogus Run, just west of State Road 39. First, the work zone will feature one lane in each direction with a reduced speed limit (45 mph) and narrow lanes. Then, starting in early July, one lane of traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal. The project is expected to wrap up by late August.
Gov. Holcomb meets with agriculture leaders regarding delayed planting season
Franciscan Health Michigan City hosts blood drive June 28
Department of Insurance Warns Damage from Fireworks May Not Be Covered by Insurance
May Indiana Employment Report
AK Smith Hosts “Career Camps” for Area Middle School Students
Secretary of State Releases Primary Election Voter Turnout Report
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced that 13 percent of eligible Hoosiers voted in the May 7th municipal primary election. Not all Hoosier voters were eligible to vote in the municipal elections. Only voters who live in a city or town with an election this year or in a school corporation conducting a construction or tax levy referendum were eligible to vote.
The report was compiled by the Indiana Election Division from voter data gathered in 69 of Indiana’s 92 counties. There were 23 counties in Indiana this year that did not have a primary election.
Voter registration is now open for the municipal general election, set for Tuesday, November 5, 2019. If a voter voted in a past election and resides at the same address, there is no need to re-register. Voters can verify their registration by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com.
(The complete 2019 Municipal Primary Election turnout for each county can be viewed online at https://indianaenr.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/site/index.html .)