Natural Resources Commission Approves New Nature Preserve In St. Joseph County

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved the designation of Lydick Bog Nature Preserve in St. Joseph County during its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 15 at Fort Harrison State Park.
The action increases to 288 the number of state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act.
The Shirley Heinze Land Trust acquired Lydick Bog in 2015. The bog portion of the property provides an extremely rare habitat in northern Indiana. The property is 176.46 acres total and contains approximately 85 acres of upland forest, 65 acres of wetlands, and 20 acres of former agricultural land. The property contains freshwater wetlands interspersed with ridges and islands of upland forest. The wetlands are classified into four distinct types: a large bog along the northeastern section of the property, emergent wetlands, shrub-dominated emergent wetlands, and an ephemeral pond along the north-central portion of the property. The southern border of the property includes the northern shore of North Chain Lake.

Knox Among Several Communities Receiving Federal Grant Funding

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Thursday, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that 19 rural communities received more than $10.8 million in federal grant funding. The state of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects like: improving infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements and economic development.

The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible Wastewater Drinking Water Program projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.

The City of Knox is awarded $700,000 for wastewater system improvements. This project will replace the mechanical screening and grit removal equipment, construct a new pre-treatment building and make improvements to the plant force main and gravity sewer.

House supports Pressel’s bill creating alternative to paying court fees

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

State Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) legislation that would provide offenders the option of performing community service in lieu of paying court fees advanced to the Senate on Thursday.
Currently, a convicted person who does not pay their court fees by a specified date defaults on the money owed and can be sent to jail. Pressel’s legislation would enable a court to reduce some or all of the costs owed by a person convicted of a felony or misdemeanor through community service.
Pressel said courts could determine the number of hours volunteered, multiply the hours by the state minimum wage, and subtract that figure from the total amount owed. He said this legislation would give offenders a chance to re-enter the community and workforce, rather than continuing a cycle of sentences at the expense of taxpayers.
House Bill 1087 now moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.

Vehicles Will Be Towed From Interstates as Inclement Weather Approaches

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana State Police in Lowell will begin clearing abandoned vehicles from Interstate 65 and 80/94 in advance of the approaching weather system forecast for this weekend. Troopers will begin removing vehicles left along the roadside Friday, January 18th. Contrary to the usual practice of tagging abandoned vehicles for two hours within I-80/94 and I-65 or 24 or 72 hours for abandoned vehicles in other areas, all abandoned vehicles, regardless of allotted time, will be towed. These vehicles will be towed to reduce the risk to other drivers and to allow snow removal equipment to safely clear the roadways. All major highway systems in the seven county coverage of the Lowell District will be given priority. If your vehicle is towed from one of these locations contact the Lowell Post at 219-696-6242 for assistance with locating it. The State Police also stated, “Please prepare now for the inclement weather that is forecasted. Have a full tank of gas, fill your windshield wiper fluid, and be equipped with blankets, ice scraper, water, and a fully charged cell phone. Clean your car/headlights/taillights of snow/ice. If you don’t need to make a trip postpone it. If you need to make a trip allow extra time to get to your destination, reduce your speed, and leave an appropriate amount of space between yourself and other motorists”.

UPDATE on the Michigan City Homicide Investigation

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On January 16th, 2019, at approximately 7:59pm the Michigan City Police Department was dispatched to the 200 Block of Elston St. for a complaint of Shots Fired and someone in a vehicle possibly injured. Upon arrival, Officer Cody Washluske located a vehicle parked in front of 214 Jackson St. and discovered the victim, Justin Ameer Garner age 18 in the driver’s seat wounded from what appeared to be a single gunshot to the head. Officer Washluske summoned for EMS to expedite their response, but the victim was deceased. The LaPorte County Coroner’s Office was summoned to the scene.

Additional members of the MCPD Patrol Division, Investigative Division, and the LaPorte County Drug Task Force (HIDTA) quickly responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Several persons that were in the area of the homicide were taken to the Investigative Division immediately for questioning which lead to a suspect, Javan D. Brown age 16 whom was taken into custody.

On January 17th, 2019 a Probable Cause Hearing was presented by Lead Detective, Cpl. Michelle Widelski, with Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bethany Beckman in LaPorte County Superior Court 1, in front of Honorable Judge Michael Bergerson where a warrant was issued for Count I Felony Murder.

Mr. Javan Brown is being held in the LaPorte County Jail on a One Million Cash Only Bond.

If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation, please contact Lead Detective, Cpl. Michelle Widelski 219-874-3221 Ext. #1088 or [email protected]

Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Michigan City to Host World Class Marine Motorsport

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

A new partnership between the world’s leading marine motorsport brand, Powerboat P1 and OPA Racing has created the American Power Boat Association (APBA) Offshore Championship with Michigan City set to host the penultimate round. The two promoters have released details of the race sites in the six-venue series that will see the Great Lakes Grand Prix staged over the weekend of 3/4 August as it celebrates its 11th anniversary. Michigan City joins high-profile race events in Florida, Missouri and Michigan between May and the end of September. The aim is to strengthen the future of racing in the country by delivering an expanded, cohesive, world class championship split equally between northern and southern states, and the belief is that the new series will produce significant results commercially and also in terms of the sport’s organization and profile.

For the race weekend in Michigan City, P1 will serve up a double bill of powerboat and personal watercraft AquaX racing. The AquaX USA Pro Series attracts outstanding riders from across the United States and Canada, as well as South America and Europe, and the series will head to Indiana for the third round of the five-venue championship.

Jack Arnett, Executive Director of the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is excited about the opportunity presented by the APBA Offshore Championship and the Mayor of Michigan City, Ron Meer, added: “As we enter the second decade of the Great Lakes Grand Prix I am delighted about the new P1/OPA partnership and the far-reaching and positive impact it will have on our city. The Great Lakes Grand Prix continues to grow into one of Indiana’s and the

Midwest’s biggest events and showcasing more of these spectacular boats on our lakefront will undoubtedly increase the level of enthusiasm and excitement.”

Race Director, Rick Wright explains that the future of the Michigan City event is based on getting more national and international attention and expects the new series to achieve that: “We have spent a lot of time and effort building the event, and people come here to enjoy the weekend of racing with the racers treated like rock stars.”

Speaking from his office at P1’s race headquarters in Florida, P1 Chief Executive Azam Rangoonwala said: “Since we began racing in 2003, we have staged more than 600 races in 18 countries, but this will be our first visit to Michigan City and our aim is to stage a great weekend of sport and entertainment for residents and visitors. Partnerships are at the heart of our business and our events are designed to excite and entertain, ensuring spectator enjoyment and sponsor value with a significant impact for the local economy.”

The Mayor concluded by saying: “The City of Michigan City, our residents and businesses proudly look forward to welcoming the racers, their teams, families and all the fans to witness our beautiful community and another epic Michigan City Great Lakes Grand Prix.”

Notes for Editors: For more information about Powerboat P1 please contact Lucy Nicandri.

Contact: Lucy Nicandri on behalf of Powerboat P1 Contact: Lucy Nicandri Email: [email protected] Tel: 941-915-3498

NIPSCO electric rate case: Public input invited

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

If you would like to comment on Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s (NIPSCO’s) request for an electric rate increase, you have the opportunity to do so.
Consumers may:
· Send written comments to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) by Thursday, Jan. 31, and/or
· Speak at either of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC’s) public field hearings in this case.
The IURC public hearings are scheduled for:
· Monday, Jan. 28, in Hammond (Hammond High School Auditorium, 5926 Calumet Ave.) and
· Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Goshen (Goshen College Newcomer Center, 1900 S. Main St.).
Each hearing starts at 6:00 p.m. local time. Consumers are encouraged to arrive by 5:45 p.m. for an overview of field hearing procedures and the rate case process. During the field hearings:
· Consumers will be able to speak directly to the Commission, under oath and on the record, regarding the case.
· Consumers will also be able to submit written comments for the case record.
· Commissioners are not allowed to answer questions. However, OUCC staff will be available before, during, and after each hearing to address questions about the process.
The OUCC, the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the IURC, is using its legal and technical resources to review NIPSCO’s request and is scheduled to file testimony on Feb. 6th.
OUCC analysts are reviewing the potential impact of the proposed increase, including its effects on residential bills.
Consumers who wish to submit written comments for the case record may do so via the OUCC’s website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, via email at [email protected], or by mail at:
Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Deadline is no later than Jan. 31st.
Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 45159.” Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494. Please do not include account numbers or other sensitive information.
Additional parties that have formally intervened in this case include eight municipal governments (the Cities of East Chicago and Valparaiso, and the Towns of Highland, Schererville, Munster, Dyer, Griffith, and Winfield), the Sierra Club, the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, the Indiana Coal Council, Peabody Coalsales, Wal-Mart, and a number of the utility’s industrial customers (including Accurate Castings, ArcelorMittal, BP Products North America, Cargill, Enbridge Energy, NLMK, Praxair, and USG Corporation). Any testimony from the intervenors is due on Feb. 6th.
The OUCC is posting updates on this case at www.in.gov/oucc/2901.htm. Case updates are also available through the agency’s monthly electronic newsletter. Consumers can subscribe at www.in.gov/oucc/2877.htm.

South Shore Line Rail Rangers Onboard Educational Programs 2019

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

In partnership with both the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the APRHF Rail Rangers provide onboard educational programs on the South Shore Line through Illinois and Indiana. Rail Rangers Interpretive Guides narrate the passing scenery to the public — just buy a ticket at a station or ticket kiosk, grab a seat in the designated car (program takes place in one designated car on the train), and participate at no extra cost! No reservations are ever needed for South Shore Line programs, plus you can hop-on and off at any stop. These programs are presented in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park Service, and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD). Eastbound programs take place aboard the train that departs Chicago-Millennium at 8:40AM CT. Westbound programs take place aboard the train that departs South Bend at 1:05PM ET. For a complete schedule of intermediate stops that you can get on/off the train, a map, plus other FAQ’s on the Rail Rangers’ South Shore program, visit the Rail Rangers website at: http://www.dunestrain.com/

Upcoming program dates include the following:
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Friday Weather

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Cloudy, with a high near 31.  Snow is expected to start around 9pm and continue through the overnight hours. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Governor Holcomb Proclaims Jan. 20-26 “Indiana School Choice Week”

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Gov. Holcomb joins more than a dozen governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide in officially recognizing School Choice Week in their area of governance. Gov. Holcomb has issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 20-26 as Indiana School Choice Week. 
Parents, schools, and other planners have organized 981 events and activities across the state of Indiana for School Choice Week. These events, which include rallies, cocktail receptions, roundtable discussions, festivals, and school fairs, aim to spark conversations about the educational opportunities parents have, or want to have, for their children. 
More than 40,000 events have been independently planned for the week nationwide, raising awareness about opportunity in education.
As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From January 20st through 26th, more than 40,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week. For more information, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com

Two special births mark the transition to new Michigan City hospital

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The recent opening of the new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital also meant the transition from a location where mothers had given birth for more than a century. For many of these years, Brahms Lullaby would play hospital-wide to signal that a new life had entered the world. Three days before the hospital move, the song played for the last time as the staff celebrated the final infant born at the historic location. That baby girl, Mila Jonny, was born at 4:16 p.m., Jan. 9 to parents Melissa Anderson and Kyle Richardson of LaPorte. Four days later, Brahms Lullaby played for the first time at the new hospital, as Aiden Faulkner arrived at 10:22 a.m. on Jan. 13 to parents Ataya Faulkner and Matthew Boucher. Franciscan Health celebrated both births by providing gift baskets to each family. The new Family Birth Center welcomes expecting mothers at the new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital. The Center features private and deluxe birthing suites, state-of-the-art equipment featuring the latest technologies, along with an operating room suite for C-section deliveries.

NIPSCO electric rate case: Public input invited

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

If you would like to comment on Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s (NIPSCO’s) request for an electric rate increase, you have the opportunity to do so.
Consumers may:
· Send written comments to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) by Thursday, Jan. 31, and/or
· Speak at either of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC’s) public field hearings in this case.
The IURC public hearings are scheduled for:
· Monday, Jan. 28, in Hammond (Hammond High School Auditorium, 5926 Calumet Ave.) and
· Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Goshen (Goshen College Newcomer Center, 1900 S. Main St.).
Each hearing starts at 6:00 p.m. local time. Consumers are encouraged to arrive by 5:45 p.m. for an overview of field hearing procedures and the rate case process. During the field hearings:
· Consumers will be able to speak directly to the Commission, under oath and on the record, regarding the case.
· Consumers will also be able to submit written comments for the case record.
· Commissioners are not allowed to answer questions. However, OUCC staff will be available before, during, and after each hearing to address questions about the process.
The OUCC, the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the IURC, is using its legal and technical resources to review NIPSCO’s request and is scheduled to file testimony on Feb. 6th.
OUCC analysts are reviewing the potential impact of the proposed increase, including its effects on residential bills.
Consumers who wish to submit written comments for the case record may do so via the OUCC’s website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, via email at [email protected], or by mail at:
Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Deadline is no later than Jan. 31st.
Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 45159.” Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494. Please do not include account numbers or other sensitive information.
Additional parties that have formally intervened in this case include eight municipal governments (the Cities of East Chicago and Valparaiso, and the Towns of Highland, Schererville, Munster, Dyer, Griffith, and Winfield), the Sierra Club, the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, the Indiana Coal Council, Peabody Coalsales, Wal-Mart, and a number of the utility’s industrial customers (including Accurate Castings, ArcelorMittal, BP Products North America, Cargill, Enbridge Energy, NLMK, Praxair, and USG Corporation). Any testimony from the intervenors is due on Feb. 6th.
The OUCC is posting updates on this case at www.in.gov/oucc/2901.htm. Case updates are also available through the agency’s monthly electronic newsletter. Consumers can subscribe at www.in.gov/oucc/2877.htm.

Walorski Named Top Republican on Ways and Means Worker & Family Subcommittee

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) was named the top Republican, or ranking member, of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker & Family Support, which has jurisdiction over programs aimed at helping workers, children, and families thrive. The panel, previously called the Subcommittee on Human Resources, authorizes and oversees a wide range of programs and services, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Social Services Block Grant, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the Maternal, Infant, and early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, child and family services, and foster care and adoption. Walorski will also serve as a member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight.

Homicide Investigation in Michigan City

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On January 16, 2019, at approximately 7:59pm, the Michigan City Police received a call of a deceased subject inside a vehicle in the 200 block of Jackson Street. Upon arrival an adult male was located in a parked vehicle with a single gunshot wound to his head. Members of the Michigan City Police Department Patrol Division, Investigative Division, and the LaPorte County HIDTA Drug Task Force, are investigating this unfortunate shooting/ homicide.

No information on the deceased is being released at this point pending notification of family.

As this is an ongoing investigation, more information will be released as the case unfolds.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation please contact lead Detective Cpl. Michelle Widelski at 874-3221 Ext. #1088

Financial Peace University

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

No more money fights! With Financial Peace University, you and your spouse will learn how to create and stick to a budget, save for emergencies, and make a plan for the future. Doesn’t that sound peaceful? Financial Peace University is coming to Journey Church located at 3901 North 675 West in Michigan City for 9 weeks starting on Jan 28th at 7pm. If you’re interested in learning more feel free to contact us Journey Church at [email protected] and start your path to becoming debt free.

Tune in to Dave Ramsey every weekday from 1pm-4pm on WIMS for more information!

INDOT Kicks off 2019 Paint the Plow Campaign

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the kick off of its 2019 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 here: painttheplow.indot.in.gov
In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program.
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 painttheplow.indot.in.gov to find the contact information for your District.

Citizens Advised to Stay Off of Frozen Lakes and Ponds

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Indiana Conservation Officers are advising citizens across the state of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams this winter. Recent temperature drops across the state have brought about sheets of ice across some bodies of water. Indiana Conservation Officers say the best rule of thumb is, when walking on ice, to believe you are “walking on thin ice.” Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives. Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several unsuspecting areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.

Thursday Weather

Posted on: January 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

In Northwest Indiana today, expect a 50% chance of snow showers throughout the day. Temperatures will reach 34 degrees.

Governor Appoints Executive Director of IN State Board of Education

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On Tuesday, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said he has appointed Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski as interim executive director of the Indiana State Board of Education to replace Matt Voors, who has accepted a position outside of state government. Dr. Kwiatkowski will continue to be the governor’s senior education adviser. The board will review the governor’s appointment during its February 6 business meeting.

Senators Reintroduce Bill Boosting Agriculture Education

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced they have reintroduced legislation in the 116th Congress to update and modernize the charter for the Future Farmers of America (FFA), which will better reflect agriculture education in the 21st Century.
The National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act updates the FFA’s charter to allow for student officer vice presidents to reflect the regional diversity of the United States. Additionally, it provides governing flexibility for national officers in order to reduce operational delays caused by vacant seats. The amendments to the charter will also allow the FFA’s purpose to better match the innovative and hands-on approaches that many agriculture educators are implementing across the country.

Update On Monday’s Shooting In La Porte

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On Monday the LaPorte Police responded to a residence in the 1100 blk. of Clay St. in reference to a shooting. The female victim that was shot was flown to a hospital in Indianapolis. The current condition of the victim is that she is stable and appears that she will recover. The suspect, 37 year old Ronald Means was located in Griffith Indiana in Lake County around 3:30 PM on Tuesday and was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Means was booked into the LaPorte County Jail on the charges of Attempted Murder, Felon in Possession of Firearm, and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Mr. Means is innocent until proven guilty in court.

Two LaPorte County Youth Professionals Selected To The Prestigious 2019 Executive Journey Fellowship

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Two LaPorte County professionals, Brandi Lewis and Brenda Stellema, have been selected to join 28 others from youth-serving organizations across Indiana to The 2019 Executive Journey Fellowship. In response to a growing need for ongoing professional and personal renewal in the field of youth work, the Journey Fellowship was created in 2002 and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. The Executive Journey Fellowship provides Indiana’s youth workers greater opportunities to bring more meaning to their lives and make stronger commitments to the field of youth work.
Each of the thirty participants in the Journey Fellowship will attend a series of residential retreats designed to create new ways of thinking about and practicing youth work within existing systems and youth programs. Fellows are awarded personal renewal scholarships, and will be supported to make a difference within their local organizations and communities.

2019 Enchanted City Mayor’s Ball

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Mayor Ron Meer of the City of Michigan City will host the 2019 Enchanted City Mayor’s Ball. The proceeds will benefit Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Friendship Botanic Gardens. The Mayor’s Ball will be held at Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, Saturday, February 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Enchanting entertainment will be provided. The dress for the evening is Black Tie Optional. Tickets for the Mayor’s Ball are available now. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, Indiana. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships are available. For more information contact Mayor Ron Meer’s office at: 219-873-1400 Ext. 8.

South Shore Line Rail Rangers Onboard Educational Programs 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

In partnership with both the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the APRHF Rail Rangers provide onboard educational programs on the South Shore Line through Illinois and Indiana. Rail Rangers Interpretive Guides narrate the passing scenery to the public — just buy a ticket at a station or ticket kiosk, grab a seat in the designated car (program takes place in one designated car on the train), and participate at no extra cost! No reservations are ever needed for South Shore Line programs, plus you can hop-on and off at any stop. These programs are presented in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park Service, and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD). Eastbound programs take place aboard the train that departs Chicago-Millennium at 8:40AM CT. Westbound programs take place aboard the train that departs South Bend at 1:05PM ET. For a complete schedule of intermediate stops that you can get on/off the train, a map, plus other FAQ’s on the Rail Rangers’ South Shore program, visit the Rail Rangers website at: http://www.dunestrain.com/

Upcoming program dates include the following:
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019

La Porte Police Investigating Shooting

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On Monday, officers from the La Porte Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 blk. of Clay St. around 9:30 p.m. for a report of a possible shooting. One female victim was located inside the residence with what appeared to be at least one gunshot wound. Initial reports are that there was a verbal altercation between the female victim and male suspect who fled prior to officers arrival. Officers rendered aid to the victim and secured the scene for detectives. The female victim is in stable condition at a hospital in Indianapolis. At this time it appears that the suspect and victim were familiar with each other and that this was an isolated incident. This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available at this time as detectives from the La Porte Police Department continue to work this case.
Anyone with any information in regards to the incident is asked to call Detective Bowman or Detective Sergeant Airy at the La Porte Police Department (219)362-9446.

Indiana State Police Accepting Applications for Regional Dispatcher at the Lowell Regional Dispatch Center

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for a Regional Dispatcher position at the Lowell Regional Dispatch Center which is located at 1550 East 181st Avenue, Lowell.
Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services. The Lowell Regional Dispatch Center serves both the Lowell and Lafayette Districts of the Indiana State Police. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required. Successful candidates must have ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The Dispatch Center runs on a continuous 24 hours per day 7 days per week cycle. Applicants must be able to work multiple or rotating shifts, requiring weekends and/or holidays.
Pay starts at $30,082 per year.
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 25, 2019. For more information and to apply, visit http://careers.IN.gov.

Michigan City Conducting Additional Testing of Contamination Plume from Concord Cleaners

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On August 16, 2018, Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer announced that the City would seek to conduct air testing in all residences in a four block area bounded by Tryon Street, Walker Street, Michigan Boulevard, and 8th Street, in an effort to determine if vapors from the former Concord Cleaners ground water contamination plume are entering homes in this area. It has been determined that pollution from dry cleaning chemicals used by the former Concord Cleaners has gotten into the ground water and migrated with the ground water to the north/northwest toward Trail Creek. The plume area has been defined as a relatively narrow band of contaminated ground water that has the potential to affect homes in the area bounded by East Michigan Street to the southwest, East 8th Street to the northwest, Walker Street to the northeast and Tryon Street to the southeast. The City of Michigan City will be working closely with IDEM to determine if additional sampling and testing is warranted. IDEM may request a second round of sampling and testing to be conducted in January or February 2019. The City will update the public if more sampling is scheduled. The City will continue to pursue all means of cost recovery from the PRP – Begley Cleaners/Concord Cleaners – and continue to insist that they implement a proper and thorough cleanup of the contamination plume as soon as possible.

Wednesday Weather

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.

Winter Weather Advisory Now in Effect

Posted on: January 15th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

.WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT NOW, UNTIL 10 AM EST /9 AM CST/ WEDNESDAY…

* WHAT…Freezing drizzle expected. Total ice accumulations of a
light glaze.

* WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and
northwest Ohio.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The hazardous conditions could impact the
Wednesday morning commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing drizzle
will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and use
caution while driving.

Auditor of State Sworn In Alongside Secretary Of State, Treasurer Of State

Posted on: January 15th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On Monday morning, Auditor of State Tera Klutz, CPA, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell took their oaths of office at the Indiana Statehouse. The ceremony, emceed by Former Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, highlighted the strong female leadership within Indiana government. Governor Eric Holcomb spoke during the ceremony, highlighting the successes of all three officeholders before Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the oaths to each official.