Portage: Multiple Reports Of Phone Scam

Posted on: August 14th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Yesterday Portage Police stated they received two reports from residents stating that they received suspicious phone calls. In each of these calls residents were advised that their social security number was used in the commission of a fraud in another state and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller goes on to demand bank account information, credit card information, or pre-paid gift cards in order to satisfy the bail amount listed on the arrest warrant. Legitimate law enforcement will never demand pre-paid gift cards or your banking or credit card information in order to avoid arrest.

Applications for Police Officer Being Accepted

Posted on: August 14th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Valparaiso Police Department is accepting applications for Probationary Police Officer. Applications are available at the Valparaiso Police Department, 355 Washington St., or at the department website, www.valparaisopolice.org. The applications may be completed on-line, mailed back to the department or returned in person. The minimum requirements to be considered for this opportunity are that the applicant must: be 21 years of age or older, hold a high school diploma or GED, be a United States Citizen, possess a valid driver’s license and have no prior felony convictions.

For more information about employment as a Valparaiso Police Officer,log onto the Recruitment section of their website. A lateral transfer program (salary) is also available to qualified applicants; however, testing is mandatory for employment consideration.

All applications must be returned no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 4th, to be considered for the scheduled agility/written tests.

Porter County Health Department Requirements For Gatherings And Events Announced

Posted on: August 14th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Porter County Health Department has developed requirements for gatherings and events in Porter County. For any gathering over 100 people, the host or organizer is required to contact the Porter County Health Department to discuss your COVID-19 Safety Plan. Examples of events include, but are not limited to, festivals, trade shows, musical performances (including bars), weddings, reunions, birthday parties, religious gatherings, vendor markets, business meetings, etc. Failure to notify Porter County Health Department in advance may result in closure of your event. For questions and to review your Safety Plan,call the Health Department 219-707-8158 or by email to [email protected]

Parthun: City will work with residents on payment plans as utility shutoffs resume

Posted on: August 13th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The City of La Porte is encouraging individuals behind on city utility payments to set up a payment plan, according to Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Parthun.

Parthun said the City suspended shut offs, penalties for late payments, and delinquency notices at the start of the pandemic in March. As people are getting back to work, she said procedures in the billing office will be shifting back to normal. The Utility Billing office will send delinquency notices by mail this Friday and resume shut offs for nonpayment on Aug. 21.

“The global pandemic has inflicted financial hardship on many families throughout the nation,” Parthun said. “As things slowly go back to normal and shut offs for nonpayment resume, we want to do what we can to help those in our community who have struggled to pay their water bills. That’s why our team in the Utility Billing office will work with qualified residents on creating a payment plan.”

Those who are interested in setting up a plan with the City of La Porte Utility Billing Office can learn more by emailing [email protected] or calling 219-362-3175. Residents in need of financial assistance can also reach Center Township Trustee Lisa Pierzakowski at [email protected] or 219-362-2736.

City Hall remains open by telephone and email only at this time. Parthun said residents with questions or concerns should call the Utility Billing Office for help, as staff will be able to accommodate residents virtually. 

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MCPD Officers Rescue Kitten

Posted on: August 13th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Monday evening in Michigan City, some citizens contacted the police department because they found a kitten in a storm drain near Tryon Street and E. Michigan Blvd. Corporal Greg Miller and Officers Brian Wright and Adam Brinkman were able to find and rescue the kitten. The kitten is currently being cared for by Julie and Natalie, Michigan City’s Animal Control Officers, but will likely be taken to one of the local shelters for adoption very soon.

If you would like to follow what animals are located by Animal Control Officers, follow their Facebook page- Michigan City Animal Control Services.

Man Killed by Gunfire on Michigan City’s South Side

Posted on: August 13th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

A man was killed by Gunfire in Michigan City on Tuesday. At around 8:45 P.M dispatch received a 911 call indicating that several shots were fired, and a subject had been shot in the area of Garden Estates West. Officers Matthew Babcock and Dalton Pflughaupt were first to arrive and encountered a group of people estimated to be 50+ in the area of Building 13 of the complex. Officers Babcock and Pflughaupt were able to locate a victim who was lying motionless on the ground. Officer Pflughaupt immediately began life saving measures until La Porte County EMS arrived and found the subject to be deceased. The victim was identified as 27 year old Darius C. Mitchell, of Michigan City. The MCPD Detective Bureau was immediately contacted and began to investigate the incident. The circumstances leading up to the shooting are unknown at this time and no suspects have been identified or detained. The Michigan City Police Department is investigating Mitchell’s death as a homicide.

MCPD would ask anyone who may have witnessed or has surveillance/cell phone video of the incident, to contact the lead detective on this case, Detective/Sergeant Anna Painter at 219-874-3221 Ext: 1077. You can contact MCPD via Facebook Messenger, through their crime tip hotline number of 219- 873-1488, or you can also call the WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78-CRIME and possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction. All WeTip call information is sent directly to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous.

La Porte Boy Honored at Unveiling of Museum Sculpture

Posted on: August 12th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The La Porte County Historical Society Museum is proud to announce its recent donation, a 9-foot copper sculpture of Icarus created by artist, sculptor, and former LaPortean Roland Hockett. Hockett grew up in La Porte, graduated from La Porte High School, and returned and taught art at La Porte High School upon graduation from college. Hockett, whose work is known internationally, now lives in Panama City, Florida, where he maintains his studio.

The statue, entitled “Icarus,” is a representation of the young man from Greek mythology who used wings crafted of feathers and wax in an attempt to fly. He flew too close to the sun, the wings melted, and he crashed into the sea.  

Reagan Buchanan, 11-year-old son of board member Drew Buchanan and his wife Jamie, was familiar with the story from Greek mythology and was asked to write a short description of the “Icarus” story to display with the sculpture.

Hockett was so impressed with Reagan’s story that Hockett selected a page from his sketch book of the statue’s preliminary drawings as a gift to Reagan. The drawing, signed by the artist, was presented to Reagan at the Museum’s unveiling of “Icarus” on August 1st. Reagan also has a younger sister, 9-year-old Brooke.

Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian and La Porte County Historical Society board member, was instrumental in establishing contact with Hockett nearly two years ago. The artist has since generously donated multiple paintings and drawings to the Museum culminating in the donation of this distinctive work.  

In the spring of this year, Hockett notified the Museum of his wish to donate the sculpture, which was crated and shipped from Hockett’s studio in Panama City to its new home, the La Porte County Historical Society Museum in La Porte.

The public is invited to come in and view the sculpture, and read Reagan’s story of “Icarus,” on display at the Museum located at 2405 Indiana Avenue, La Porte. The Museum is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For questions or information, please contact the Museum at (219) 324-6767 or [email protected]. Masks are required in the Museum and visitors will have their temperatures taken. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+), and children 18 and under are free.

Three Trooper Cars Struck by Impaired Wrong-Way Driver

Posted on: August 12th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

 Last night at approximately 10:20 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to a wrong-way driver on I-65 that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes from the 260 mile-marker. Troopers Davidson, Payonk, Grant and Joyner were able to locate the vehicle near the 259 mile-marker driving in reverse on the left shoulder.  The vehicle was a black 2011 Dodge Charger.  As the vehicle was backing up, it was scraping against the concrete barrier wall and the tires were deflated.  Troopers attempted to get the driver to stop, but he continued to drive in reverse from the scene.  The Charger started moving forward again traveling south in the northbound lanes towards the police cars and civilian vehicles.  The troopers then turned their vehicles in an attempt to block the driver from hitting other vehicles head-on.  During this time, Trooper Grant’s vehicle was struck by the black Charger.  Troopers continued in an attempt to block the driver from going towards civilian traffic, but the Charger turned around, avoiding the police cars and started going north in the northbound lanes.  Troopers followed the Charger again and the driver attempted to turn around once more to go the wrong way on the interstate.  Troopers then successfully “boxed the Charger in” to prevent the vehicle from going into oncoming traffic. Trooper Payonk, Trooper Davidson and Trooper Grant’s police cars were then involved in a second collision with the suspect vehicle.  There were no injuries to either the suspect or any of the troopers that were involved in the crashes.  As the suspect was being arrested, a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun was located under the suspect.  He had been sitting on it as he was driving. 

Trooper Davidson detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath.  The driver was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for medical clearance as well as for a chemical test for intoxication.  While there, he tested more than three times the legal limit.  The legal limit in Indiana is .08%.  The driver, identified as Paul D. Alvarado, 39, from Highland, IN, was transported to the Lake County Jail.  He is preliminarily charged with the following:

  • Resisting Law Enforcement- Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Handgun No License- Class A Misd.
  • Operating While Intoxicated (Endangering)- Class A Misd.
  • Operating While Intoxicated above .15%- Class A Misd.
  • Operating While Intoxicated- Class C Misd.
  • Leaving the Scene of a Crash- Class B Misd.
  • Reckless Driving- Class B Misd.
  • Wrong Way Driving- Infraction

All persons named in this release are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. All charges mentioned are merely accusations, actual charges will be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

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MCAS Information On Back To School Schedules and Options

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Michigan City Area Schools stated on their Facebook page that their online learning program will be different from the eLearning that students experienced last spring. One significant difference is that students will be required to log on for instruction during the school day.The elementary school day will still be 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., while the middle and high school day will be adjusted slightly to 7:45 am – 2:15 pm. Specific schedules for online work will be shared with each family by your child’s school. Throughout the school day, students will receive instruction through a combination of “live” and recorded class lessons, and they may participate in Zoom sessions connecting them with their classmates and teacher. They will also have scheduled time away from the computer screen, working independently (reading, completing “pencil and paper” homework, taking lunch breaks, etc.) Attendance during the school day is important and will be recorded for all students.

MCAS have partnered with several organizations to offer supervised learning programs. Each of the groups are now registering students for their daytime programs; most will begin August 24 and will serve students in grades K-8. Those organizations are listed on the Michigan City Area Schools’ Facebook page. 

Some families may prefer an option for learning this school year that does not follow a traditional school-day schedule. Therefore, MCAS have expanded the Michigan City Virtual Academy to serve grades K-6, in addition to 7-12.

More information on the virtual academy and registration for the academy can be found on the Michigan City Area Schools’ Facebook page.

La Porte: First-ever Friday Night Live Event At La Stitch Postponed Following Uptick In Covid-19 Cases

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The City of La Porte’s first ever Friday Night Live at La Stitch event has been postponed, according to Mayor Tom Dermody and Director of Development Tom Casey.

Casey said the event was created to provide more outdoor dining space downtown amid the pandemic. However, after four straight days of Indiana COVID-19 cases topping 1,000, Casey said city officials do not feel it is safe to launch the event at this time.

Dermody said they hope to launch the event on Oct. 16. For more information on the event or updates on the postponement, follow the City of La Porte Facebook page.

Lake County Pursuit Results in Gun and Drug Possession Charges

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Monday morning in Lake County, Indiana State Trooper Griffin was patrolling near the intersection of Broadway and 48th St.  A silver Nissan Altima disregarded a stop light and as a result Trooper Griffin initiated a traffic stop.  The vehicle failed to stop and a brief pursuit took place.  The vehicle stopped at 45th and Maryland where both male occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody.  One of the occupants was a juvenile and the driver has been identified as 20 year old Jelani D. Long, from Gary.  Mr. Long was transported to the Lake County Jail and is being charged with the following:

•           Resisting Law Enforcement

•           Dealing Marijuana

•           Possession of Handgun No License

•           Possession of Marijuana

•           Possession of Paraphernalia

The Gary Police Department assisted at the scene.  The vehicle was impounded by AC Towing.

Arrest Made in Homicide Investigation

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

On Sunday August 9th, 2020 at approximately 11:00 P.M., the La Porte County Regional Dispatch Center received a 911 call stating that a female was unconscious at 315 N Ashland Avenue in Michigan City’s Eastport Neighborhood. Shift 3 Patrol Officers arrived on scene to find a female who had suspected stab and laceration wounds to her chest and neck. Emergency lifesaving measures were attempted but proved to be unsuccessful as the female had succumbed to her injuries. The victim was identified as 68-year-old Doris Hull of 315 N Ashland Avenue.

The Michigan City Police Department’s Detective Bureau was called out to immediately investigate. Detectives worked throughout the evening processing the scene and interviewing witnesses. Detective Melissa Sopher, with
the assistance of La Porte County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roule, were able to present a probable cause affidavit to La Porte County Superior Court #1 Judge Michael Bergerson this evening. Judge Bergerson found that probable cause existed to charge the victim’s nephew, Alontae Pierre HOOD, 30, of Chicago, Illinois with Murder.

HOOD is currently being held at the La Porte County Jail on a $1 Million cash only bond. HOOD will have his initial court appearance in La Porte County Superior Court #1 on Tuesday August 11th, 2020 at 8:30 A.M. in front of
Judge Bergerson.

Agencies assisting at the scene included: La Porte County EMS and the La Porte County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning. The Michigan City Police Department would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Doris Hull.

The police department would ask anyone with information about this incident to contact the lead detective on this case, Detective Melissa Sopher at 219-874-3221 Ext: 1049. We would also like to remind the public that you can
contact us via Facebook Messenger, through our crime tip hotline number of 219-873-1488, or you can also call the WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78-CRIME and possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction. All
WeTip call information is sent directly to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous!

Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law

Pressel: New resources available to support Hoosier moms, newborns

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

To help lower Indiana’s high maternal and infant mortality rates, State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) said there are new resources available for Hoosier moms and their newborns.

With the seventh-highest infant mortality rate in the nation, more than 600 Hoosier babies died before their first birthday in 2017, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Indiana also has one of the highest maternal mortality rates. Pressel said engaging more at-risk expectant mothers in early prenatal care is key to lowering these numbers.  

According to Pressel, the recently launched Maternal and Child Health MOMS Helpline connects pregnant women to early and regular prenatal care, along with a network of prenatal and child health care services within their local communities and throughout the state. Women in need can visit in.gov/isdh and click on “MOMS Helpline,” or call 1-844-MCH-MOMS (1-844-624-6667) for resources.

Pressel said the MOMS Helpline is just one of several tools Indiana offers to support expectant and new mothers. The perinatal navigator pilot program, established in 2019 through a law Pressel supported, connects expectant mothers to prenatal care, and provides referrals for wrap-around services and home-visit programs in Indiana’s highest-risk counties. He said more than 10 programs are already operating, including LaPorte County’s, which launched June 23.

With many Hoosier babies born addicted to drugs, and to help expectant mothers receive referrals to treatment programs early, they can also be screened for substance abuse. Pressel said women are often more motivated to seek addiction help when they become pregnant.

Visit in.gov/isdh for more resources and information on Indiana’s efforts to support Hoosier moms and babies.

The South Shore Line will be busing passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend International Airport

Posted on: August 9th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The South Shore Line will be busing passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend International Airport while we upgrade our track and segments of overhead wire between Michigan City and South Bend.  

The temporary busing period is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. 

During this time, train service between Carroll Ave. and South Bend will be canceled, with buses arriving and departing with passengers to match our weekday train schedule between Carroll Ave. and South Bend.  

Please note that bus service to and from Hudson Lake Station will not be available during this time. Hudson Lake passengers are encouraged to board at the Carroll Ave. Station.

Additionally, westbound Tr 422 & Tr 424 and eastbound Tr 401 operating exclusively between Michigan City and South Bend are canceled during busing.

NOTE: No bikes will be transported via bus between South Bend and Carroll Ave. during this time.

WESTBOUND: South Bend passengers will board buses located just north of the train platform at the South Bend International Airport. Passengers will disembark the bus at Carroll Ave. and board their normally scheduled trains for the balance of their westbound trips. 

EASTBOUND: South Bend passengers will disembark their trains at Carroll Ave. and board a bus for the remainder of their eastbound trips.

NIPSCO Crews Enlisted to Support Hurricane Isaias Recovery Effort Forty Employees Dispatched East

Posted on: August 7th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


During the evening of Thursday, Aug. 6, approximately 40 NIPSCO employees travveled east to assist with the Hurricane Isaias restoration efforts. An estimated 3.7 million customers across the east coast remain without power since Tuesday evening. Check out the full release on WIMS FACEBOOK

HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES STATEWIDE COVID-19 CASE COUNTS

Posted on: August 7th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 1,253 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 72,254 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

A total of 2,821 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 10 over the previous day. Another 202 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.           

As of today, nearly 33 percent of ICU beds and nearly 81 percent of ventilators are available across the state.

To date, 817,104 tests for unique individuals have been reported to ISDH, up from 804,345 on Thursday.

To find testing sites around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.

La Porte Community Schools Reminder To Register For One Of The Three School Year Options

Posted on: August 7th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

La Porte Community School Corporation is reminding everyone to register your student by today for one of the three options available for the 2020-2021 school year. These options are “Traditional LPCSC Programing”, “Distance Learning”, and “LPCSC Homeschool Academy”. More details on these options can be found on the La Porte Community School Corporation Facebook page and www.lpcsc.k12.in.us .

South Central Schools Chromebook Pickup Info

Posted on: August 7th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

South Central Schools announced Chromebook pickup will take place on Monday, August 10th from 8:00am – 6:00pm and Tuesday, August 11th from 8:00am – 3:00pm. Pull up to the cafeteria doors (door #15) in the back of the building and a staff member will come to your vehicle to assist. You may come any time during those hours. If you have not returned a Chromebook from last year, you will not receive a new Chromebook until the original Chromebook is returned. They will also take any remaining textbooks or library books that students still have in their possession from last school year.

Grammy Award-nominated Conductor Returns For Hoosier Star

Posted on: August 7th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Alastair Willis , Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, will be returning to the podium to lead an ensemble of musicians from the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in the 15th annual Hoosier Star. For the first time the event will be held virtually on Saturday, September 12 at 7:00 PM CDT .

Washington Park Zoowill reopen

Posted on: August 6th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

OFFICE OF MAYOR DUANE PARRY

City of Michigan City

Mayor Parry has made the decision to re-open the Washington Park Zoo on an appointment only basis beginning Friday August 7th, amending his original order.  The Zoo will be open to the public by APPOINTMENT ONLY from 10 am-4 pm with gates closing at 2:30pm. Zoo visitors must enter the secondary entrance to Washington Park located on Lake Shore Drive across from the zoo.      Check out the WIMS FACEBOOK page for the full release         

Indianapolis Blvd lift bridge to be closed overnight on Friday

Posted on: August 5th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

INDOT announced a road closure for Indianapolis Blvd (U.S. 12/20) in East Chicago between Riley Rd and McShane Ave from approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, August 7 to 6 a.m. on Saturday, August 8.

The contractor performing work on the Indianapolis Blvd lift bridge over Lake George Canal will need to have the bridge lifted during those overnight hours. Drivers should seek an alternate route.

World War II B-17 Flying Fortress Coming To La Porte Municipal Airport

Posted on: August 5th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

This WWII B-17 is one of only five currently flying. Both LaPorte Municipal Airport and Sentimental Journey are celebrating their 75th anniversary. In fact, Saturday August 15 will be the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. There will be tours available during the week, and rides on the weekend.

They will be arriving on Monday morning, August 10 at 11 am Central, and are making themselves available to the media at that time.

Gov. Holcomb Statement on Indy 500 without Spectators

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s decision to run the Indianapolis 500 without spectators:

“Throughout this unprecedented process, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always prioritized the safety of the fans. I am grateful for Roger Penske’s leadership and his entire team for thoughtfully approaching this decision with transparency and collaboration. I want to encourage Hoosiers to continue to social distance, wear masks and take precautions so we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and hear the roar of the engines at the track next May.”

La Porte Hospital Participates in Relay for Life on Aug 8 – La Porte County

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser every year. However, due to COVID-19, the American Cancer Society has reinvented the event this year.

The walking, running, and fundraising by teams in La Porte County will be taking place as a “virtual” event. Donations to the Relay for Life fund everything from breakthrough cancer research to free rides for cancer treatment appointments.

In honor of those touched by cancer, this year the annual luminaria display will be placed on the La Porte Hospital front lawn, at 1007 Lincolnway.

Relay for Life teams will drive their decorated vehicles from the La Porte Fairgrounds to La Porte Hospital at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 8th. Following the caravan of vehicles, there will be a brief ceremony near the luminaria display on the front lawn at La Porte Hospital with Bailey Lenig singing the National Anthem and La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody and State Representative Jim Pressel speaking.

Community members are encouraged to drive by and appreciate the moment. For safety, those who attend will be expected to wear face coverings and stand at least six feet from one another.

Supporting the ongoing fight against cancer, donations can be made online by visiting Relay for Life of La Porte County.

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La Porte Hospital provides full service hospital and outpatient care to residents of La Porte County and surrounding areas. The mission of La Porte Hospital and La Porte Physician Network is to improve the health of our patients and communities.

The Salvation Army Joins Forces With Walmart to “Stuff the Bus” for Kids in Need

Posted on: August 3rd, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Michigan City volunteers and community members donate school supplies for local children returning to school during the pandemic – whether online or in the classroom

(MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana) (August 3, 2020) – Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming up to provide new school supplies to hundreds of local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event at Walmart, 5780 Franklin Street, Michigan City on August 7, 8 and 9.

For kids preparing for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. In light of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve. This year, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Michigan City is one of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. When shoppers visit Walmart on August 7, 8 and 9 they can purchase and drop off requested items at Salvation Army collection bins at the front of each store.

Items collected through this school supply drive will be given to Michigan City Area Schools to distribute during the Back to School Rally and throughout the school year.  The Back to School Rally is set for Saturday, August 8 from 10am to 2pm at Michigan City High School, 8466 W. Pahs Road.

“There are hundreds of children in Michigan City whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, the electric bill or insurance,” said Major Becky Simmons from The Salvation Army of Michigan City. “We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to the novel coronavirus.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has provided more than 65 million meals through a combination of prepared meals and food boxes, 1.45 million nights of safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to more than 778,000 people, in addition to the financial assistance, hygiene kits, and youth programs the organization provides in almost every ZIP code in America.

For those unable to make it to Walmart that day, there is a searchable online registry listing all the items needed; each item requires just one click to purchase by visiting www.walmart.com/registryforgood and searching for The Salvation Army of Michigan City.

According to Betsy Kohn, communications director for Michigan City Area Schools, the most needed items are hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, washable markers, colored pencils, folders, report covers (with prongs/fastener), notebook paper (3-hole, college and wide ruled), composition books, index cards (3×5, ruled), scissors (5-inch), pens and dry erase markers.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services that help them overcome poverty and economic hardships.

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to hundreds of local children in need.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit www.samichigancity.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operations around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

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HOOSIER STAR 2020

Posted on: August 1st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

HOOSIER STAR, which takes place Saturday, September 12, 7:00 PM CDT .
Each finalist will sing a song of their choice with musicians from the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Alastair Willis . 1st place Adult and Youth Winners will receive a $1,000 prize. 2nd place Adult and Youth Winners will receive a $500 prize.
For the first time the event will be completely live-streamed and free to view on the following sites:
Hoosier Star FacebookLCSO FacebookLCSO WebsiteLCSO YouTubeWIMS 1420 Facebook
Hoosier Star will also be broadcasted via WIMS on AM 1420 , 95.1 FM and 106.7 FM (simulcast). PLUS the tunein app for WIMS
Voting will take place during the competition by going to www.lcso.net . $10 per vote.
The LCSO thanks V. Michael & Cherri Drayton , Duneland Media , Horizon Bank , La Porte Hospital , and NIPSCO for their generous sponsorship of this event. 
More information about this event and other offerings by the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra can be found by going to www.hoosierstar.com or www.lcso.net .
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Berrien County, MI: Drowning At Warren Dunes

Posted on: August 1st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

In Berrien County this past Thursday, a few minutes before 9pm eastern, first responders were called to the Warren Dunes State Park for a water rescue involving a 13 year old girl from Otsego, Michigan that was missing and last seen in the water. First Responders and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search for the victim but were unable to locate the female in the

water. The search was suspended after dark and resumed the following morning.

On Friday the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Dive Team along with the Lake Township Fire Department and Great Lakes Drone Company resumed the search for the girl. Chikaming Township Police Department received information of a body that had washed up on the shoreline near Pier Street beach in Lakeside Michigan. Responding Officers were able to confirm this was the missing girl from Warrant Dunes State Park.

Missing Person In New Buffalo During Last Week’s High Waves and Rip Currents

Posted on: August 1st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

In New Buffalo this past Thursday, just after 7:30 pm eastern, first responders were dispatched to the New Buffalo City Beach to assist with a subject who had gone missing in the water near the US Corp of Engineers break wall. Rescuer’s searched the water and the rocks in the break wall and were unable to locate the individual. The missing individual is a 24 year old from Villa Ridge, Missouri, who was a contractor working in the area. A helicopter and UAV were used to do aerial searches. There were nearly 6tf waves and strong rip currents at the time of the search. The City of New Buffalo said that the high waves severely hindered the rescue efforts. Two New Buffalo Police officers suffered minor injuries from the break wall. At the time, other beach-goers had found themselves in distress in St. Joseph and Lake Township causing “multiple water related incidents” at the same time. WIMS will continue to follow this story.

2021 MCPD K-9 Calendar Fundraiser

Posted on: July 31st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


The Michigan City Police Department (MCPD) currently has two K9 Officers: Officer Mike Petrie and his K9 Edo and Corporal Mike Oberle and his K9 Axel. K9 Edo is a one-year-old Belgium Malinois that was born in Poland. K9
Edo is certified in the detection of illegal drugs, tracking, criminal apprehension, and article/area searches.


K9 Axel is a 4-year-old German Shepherd that was born in Hungary. K9 Axel is also certified in the detection of illegal drugs, tracking, criminal apprehension, and article/area searches. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, Corporal Oberle is unable to continue to be the handler for K9 Axel. MCPD has begun the process of selecting a new handler for K9 Axel, however; the biggest hurdle that we face is that certifying a new handler with K9 Axel is going to cost over $8,000!

Due to the tough economic times we are facing in Michigan City, being able to fund the training for K9 Axel and his new handler is going to be very difficult. Understanding these challenges, K9 Officer Petrie has taken the initiative to reinstitute the MCPD K9 Calendar Fundraiser! K9 Officer Petrie is personally traveling to several businesses within Michigan City and selling a business card sized advertisement space on the 2021 MCPD K9 Calendar for $200. We have 49 advertisement spaces to sell and all profits will go to help fund the training of MCPD’s new K9 handler! Once the advertisement spaces are filled, the 2021 calendars will be printed and available for next year!


We want to sincerely thank Scotty and staff from Scotty’s Dynamic Designs for their continued support of MCPD and for taking on this task of putting together our 2021 K9 Calendar!


MCPD will also be accepting monetary donations from businesses and the public to assist with K9 training, K9 Demonstrations, K9 health and wellness, and the future purchase of additional K9’s. Anyone wishing to donate to this great cause can drop off or mail a check or money order to the:

Michigan City Police Department


Attn: K9 Donation Fund
1201 E. Michigan Blvd. Michigan City, IN 46360
Please make sure that you write “K-9 Donation Fund” in the memo section of your check/money order so that we
can assure that the funds are placed into the correct account. 100% of donations that are properly marked for the
K-9 Donation Fund will be used for the MCPD K9 program!

La Porte City Hall to continue service via phone and email through August

Posted on: July 31st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

City Hall will continue to do business online and over the phone throughout the next month, according to La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody.

Dermody said City Hall was set to open by appointment only starting August 3. However, Governor Eric Holcomb announced Thursday that Indiana will remain at Stage 4.5 on the Back on Track Indiana plan until the end of August. Dermody said this extension means City Hall will remain closed to the public for a while longer.

“As the numbers begin to rise again throughout the state and nation, we must practice caution and do all we can to protect our residents and employees,” Dermody said. “Though our doors at City Hall have been closed to the public, our team has continued to provide quality service to our residents through phone and email. We will continue working hard to help the citizens of La Porte in new and creative ways, during this pandemic and beyond.”

Dermody said plans to reopen City Hall by appointment only are tentatively set for August 31. However, he said that date is subject to change as officials continue to monitor the spread of the virus.

City Council and Board of Works meetings will remain open to the public but are limited to the first 21 people. For more information or to watch meetings live, follow the City of La Porte Facebook page.