Young and Bipartisan Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Release of Imprisoned Journalists

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

According to a press release, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee —along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have introduced a Senate resolution calling for the immediate release of two Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who are imprisoned in Burma. The reporters were arrested last December for reporting on the ethnic cleansing against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, and they were recently sentenced to seven years in prison. Specifically, the resolution calls for the convictions against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be nullified, and calls upon President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately engage Myanmar at the highest levels possible in order to secure the release of these two journalists. It also calls upon Secretary Pompeo to make a determination on whether the actions of Myanmar’s security forces constitute genocide or crimes against humanity, and to work to impose appropriate sanctions on high-ranking military officials. Senators Merkley, Rubio, Young, and Warren were joined on the resolution by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.).

South Bend Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison For Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering

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

Forty-three year old Teray Bush, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. after pleading guilty to Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering. Bush was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. According to documents in the case, in October 2017, Bush transported almost 2 pounds of methamphetamine from Michigan to Indiana as part of a plan to distribute it. Bush has four prior felony convictions and two misdemeanor convictions. He has violated his parole or probation twice and has twelve other contacts with the law.

NIPSCO Eyes Plan for Cleaner, Lower-Cost Energy Future

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

Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), announced as part of its future electric supply planning process, that analysis shows the most viable option for customers would include moving up the retirement of a majority of its remaining coal-fired generation in the next five years and all coal within the next 10 years.  Likely replacement options point toward lower-cost renewable energy resources such as wind, solar and battery storage technology. While not yet final, NIPSCO outlined the option for its electric generation strategy at a public meeting with customers, consumer representatives, environmental organizations and other stakeholders taking part in the company’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process.  The timeline for NIPSCO’s five remaining coal-fired units identified in the analysis shows the expected retirement of its R.M. Schahfer Generating Station (Units 14, 15, 17 and 18) located in Wheatfield, Ind. no later than 2023, and its Michigan City Generating Station (Unit 12) located in Michigan City, Ind. by 2028. Retiring the approximate 1,800 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation will significantly accelerate carbon reductions across the NIPSCO footprint and will result in further reductions, both in timing and magnitude, beyond previously announced targets. Operation of NIPSCO’s existing natural gas-fired Sugar Creek Generating Station in West Terre Haute, Ind. and the Norway and Oakdale Hydroelectric Dams along the Tippecanoe River would continue. During the meeting, NIPSCO leaders said the company has been – and will continue – working with stakeholders and regulators to solicit further input to aid in formulating its final plan, which the company plans to submit to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission by Nov. 1, 2018. More information about NIPSCO’s electric supply strategies and the IRP process can be found at NIPSCO.com/IRP.

Hammond Man Arrested on Possession of Child Pornography

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

 

Today, a Hammond, Indiana man was arrested on charges of Possession of Child Pornography as a result of an investigation conducted by Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Unit which consist of officers from the Indiana State Police, Hammond Police, and Homeland Security.

After receiving tips in July of this year from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children an investigation led to a search warrant being executed today, September 19, 2018, for a residence on 165th Street in Hammond.

The search warrant led investigators to discovering images of child pornography in the home.

Roger Orich, 64 of Hammond, Indiana was arrested without incident and taken to Lake County Jail in Crown Point and was charged with Possession of Child Pornography a felony.

National Roundabouts Week

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

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) kicked off the first National Roundabouts Week on Monday. When it comes to making travel through intersections safer, the modern roundabouts being built by state, local and tribal agencies are true lifesavers. In fact, roundabouts reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by about 80% when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections, according to the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual. This is a huge benefit, considering that thousands of people are killed in crashes related to intersections every year. It’s reassuring to know there are now over 4,000 modern roundabouts across the country, and the number is growing. This is why FHWA is launching “National Roundabouts Week,” a campaign to conduct education, outreach and awareness to the U.S. traveling public about roundabouts in order to support state and local efforts to build these safer intersections. National Roundabouts Week runs through Friday. The National Roundabouts Week web page can be found at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/NRW/.

U.S. 30 in LaPorte County

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

Yesterday, on U.S. 30 in southern LaPorte County, a vehicle struck an attenuator warning motorists about road work happening. This crash took place in the eastbound driving lane as a shoulder blading crew was moving through the area. Though the attenuator and civilian vehicle were badly damaged, no major injuries were reported. There have been a rash of these types of incidents lately. Earlier this summer, two such incidents took place just days apart in St. Joseph County.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Votes Unanimously to Support Nomination of Hoosier Kip Tom

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

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced yesterday that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to advance the nomination of Mr. Kip Tom of Leesburg, Indiana. Mr. Tom is nominated to be Ambassador and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. His nomination now heads to the full Senate. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee that oversees multilateral development and the United Nations, as well as its agencies, Senator Young wrote the President on August 9, 2017, and recommended that Mr. Tom be nominated for the position. Senator Young also chaired Mr. Tom’s August 23, 2018, nomination hearing.

LA PORTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ACCEPTING MERIT PATROL DEPUTY APPLICATIONS

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

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for Merit Patrol Deputy. Applicants who successfully complete and pass the various stages of the hiring process will be ranked on a list for any future vacancies that may arise within the Merit Division of the Sheriff’s Office.  The hiring process will include the following stages: application phase, physical agility testing, written examination, computerized voice stress analysis examination, background investigation, Merit Division interview panel and a Merit Commission interview. Applications can be found online by accessing the Sheriff’s Office website: www.laportecountysheriff.com or by picking them up at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2:00 PM (CST).  Individuals who apply and meet the required standards will be notified by letter with further instructions. The starting salary for a Merit Patrol Deputy is $47,106. Completed applications can be dropped off at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office, sent via standard mail, or as a scanned attachment and sent via email. Applications will not be accepted via facsimile. All completed applications being sent via standard mail shall be sent to the following:
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office
Attn:  Chief Deputy Ronald C. Heeg
809 State Street
La Porte, Indiana 46350
All completed applications being sent via email shall be sent to the following:  [email protected]. Any questions should be directed to Chief Deputy Heeg at        219-326-7700 Ext. 2335 or at the previously listed email address.

Candidate Forum Taking Place Wednesday, September 26th.

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

The League of Women Voters of LaPorte County (LWVLC), and the Better Government Study Group (BGSG), are sponsoring a Candidate Forum set for Wednesday, September 26, at 6:00 PM at Michigan City Hall Council Chambers, 100 E Michigan Blvd. Invited to participate are State Representative District 9, County Commissioner, County Council, and Michigan City School Board. Candidate forums are moderated Q&A sessions, with written questions submitted by the audience and organizers. Unopposed candidates will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves, but will not participate in the Q&A. For Additional Information Contact:

LaPorte County League of Women Voters:
Jo Ann Engquist, 219-874-9939 or [email protected]

LaPorte County Better Government Study Group:
Leigh Morris, 219-363-2294 or [email protected]

Pollution Prevention Week is time to celebrate achievements, commit to new actions

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

To honor environmental achievements and spur the renewed commitment of business, industry, citizens, and government, Governor Eric J. Holcomb has issued a proclamation designating September 16 to 22, 2018 as Pollution Prevention Week in Indiana. Indiana’s proclamation coincides with National Pollution Prevention Week, also observed the third week of September.
The week will feature the 21st Annual Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade show. The conference is open to all public and private sectors who wish to exchange ideas, share experiences, and promote practices that help the environment. Presentations include discussions with industry leaders on sustainability, pollution prevention, and saving energy in manufacturing, as well as an interactive conference track that focuses on wastewater issues.
New organizations will be inducted into the Partners for Pollution Prevention during the conference, and there will be a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence presentation. The Governor’s Awards recognize Indiana’s leaders who have implemented outstanding environmental strategies into their operations and decision-making processes. By seeking out and utilizing innovative environmental practices, these facilities and programs have reduced waste, saved money, and contributed greatly to Indiana’s environmental protection efforts, benefiting the health and welfare of the state’s communities and the state. The Indiana Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence were introduced on June 24, 1994 when Governor Bayh announced the first recipients of the award.  The awards were established to recognize organizations that voluntarily went above and beyond their regulatory requirements by reducing the use of toxic materials or generation of environmental wastes, and to transfer these project successes to other organizations for possible implementation. Since the awards inception in 1994, IDEM and successive Governors have expanded the awards to seven categories: Energy/Renewable Resources, Greening the Government, Land Use/Conservation, Environmental Education/Outreach, Pollution Prevention, Recycling/Reuse, and Continuous Improvement. IDEM is excited to award successful and innovative projects again this year.
The Pollution Prevention Week Proclamation and additional information can be found at www.idem.IN.gov/ppp/2360.htm .

Purdue University Northwest hosts Fall Career Expo on Sept. 28

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

Job-seeking alumni, students and community members are invited to attend Purdue University Northwest’s Fall Career Expo Friday, Sept. 28 at the university’s Fitness & Recreation Center, 2320 173rd St., Hammond. The Fall Career Expo is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to all alumni and students of Purdue University regardless of campus affiliation. The general public is welcome to attend this event from 1 to 2 p.m. Job seekers are encouraged to come dressed for an interview and have multiple copies of their resume ready. Business professional dress is recommended. The event is free and registration will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.pnw.edu/career-center/careerexpoemployer/.

Several Donnelly Provisions Included in Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Combating Opioid Abuse

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

Several of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s provisions passed the Senate yesterday as part of bipartisan legislation that would help combat the opioid epidemic. The Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA) passed with broad bipartisan support on a 99-1 vote. Donnelly’s provisions would improve access to opioid abuse treatment services and help speed up the approval of non-opioid or non-addictive treatments for pain. Other provisions in the legislation would reauthorize a state grant program that has already brought nearly $22 million to Indiana over the last two years, would help state and local governments improve prescription drug monitoring programs, and would help states increase the number of drug disposal programs. As law enforcement continues to fight the spread of fentanyl and heroin, the legislation would reauthorize and improve the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program. Donnelly has pushed to fully fund this program, which currently helps Marion, LaPorte, Lake, and Porter Counties partner with federal and local law enforcement and access federal funding to combat drug trafficking in Indiana. The bill would also provide resources to help protect officers from accidental exposure to dangerous narcotics while they are treating an overdose victim.

The Acorn Theater Welcomes The Kimberly Gordon Quartet

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

Fourth generation Chicagoan and critically lauded vocalist Kimberly Gordon is sought after by the elite jazz listener. With a deep understanding of the American Songbook it has led her on a path that celebrates composers, lyricists, and jazz masters alike.

The Kimberly Gordon Quartet will be performing at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan this Friday, September 21st, at 8pm ET.  To purchase tickets for the show, go to www.acorntheater.org

Elkhart Man Crashes Stolen Car Stating He Felt He Was In A Dream

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

An Elkhart man crashed a stolen car late Thursday night on the Indiana Toll Road stating he felt like he was in a “dream”. On Thursday night, Trooper Matthew Drudge took a preliminary report of a vehicle crash on the west bound Indiana Toll Road at the 55.9 mile marker (this is the 3 North Service Plaza). The driver, later identified as 36 year old Matthew J. Aaron of Elkhart, driving a 2014 Kia Soul, stated he felt like he was in a “dream”. Evidence showed and witnesses stated that the Kia was at a high rate of speed when it attempted to exit the toll road and enter into the 3 North Service Plaza. The Kia went off the roadway, drove over a concrete curb, and went airborne into a traffic sign that was at the beginning of the plaza. After hitting the sign the Kia overturned/rolled in the gravel/rocky median between the gas pumps and the service plaza. Aaron gave a false name and date of birth originally to Trooper Drudge. The Kia was reported stolen out of Elkhart County. Aaron was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital where he was unruly and disturbing other patients even after he was asked to quiet himself down. Aaron was later found to be in possession of twelve credit cards belonging to the owner of the stolen Kia. Alcohol/drugs may be a factor in this crash. Toxicology results are pending. Aaron was later released from the hospital and taken to La Porte County Jail in La Porte where he was charged with Vehicle Theft, Unauthorized Control of a Motor Vehicle, Identity Deception, Theft of Property, Disorderly Conduct, and False Informing.

Krueger Middle School Students Welcome Scientists from NOAA

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

Krueger Middle School in Michigan City was honored to welcome more than 30 scientists from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and coastal programs across the Great Lakes states on Wednesday, September 12. The guests were in town as part of the Annual Great Lakes Coastal Zone Management Meeting, which was hosted this year by the IDNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program. The visit to Krueger was a stop on a day-long bus tour organized by the Coastal Program to highlight sites and partnerships across the region. The visitors participated in a student-led hike showcasing the school’s Bird Trail activity centers, followed by a presentation and Q&A session by students and Environmental Science Teacher Daisy Lee. The presentation outlined Krueger’s award-winning environmental science initiatives, including the Living History and Field Days tours, cafeteria composting and recycling, monarch butterfly protection, and experiential learning.

Grant Award Announcement for Porter-Starke Services to Address Opiate Addiction

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

This past Friday, U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN), and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN-01) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a grant to Porter-Starke Services under the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment program. The $449,393 grant award is the first year of an anticipated $1.2 million program to address the increased instances of opiate addiction and overdose deaths.   Specifically, the funding will be used to increase access to medication assisted treatment plans, which include counseling and other supportive services. The funding also will be used to improve services to individuals in the criminal justice system, as well as increase the use of tele-psychiatry and engage the community in the design and evaluation of treatment and response to these disorders.

LA PORTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO INCREASE PATROLS DURING HOMECOMING SEASON

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

Homecoming season is officially upon us and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is increasing enforcement and presence throughout the County in an effort to keep our students and motorists safe. For the next month, South Central, New Prairie, La Porte and Michigan City high schools will be celebrating their homecomings, and each is a week-long celebration culminating with football games and dances. Traditionally, class rivalries and competitions occur during this week and at times have carried over in the form of incidents of underage drinking, reckless driving and criminal behavior such as vandalism. The Sheriff’s Office reminds students and parents to discuss their school’s activities to avoid dangerous and illegal activity. Parents should encourage their children to make good decisions and remind them of the consequences of drinking and drug use.
Several safety tips are provided to help insure a safe 2018 homecoming season:

1. Get informed – Find out the details from your children and school about homecoming festivities. Ask questions such as “who, what, where and when.”
2. Help your children come up with a plan – Find out what events your child will attend and track them. Find out who your child will be with and who is driving.
3. Remind your child of your expectations – No illegal activity such as alcohol or drug use, vandalism, unsafe driving and curfew.
4. Have a “Fail Safe” plan – Let your children know that if they find themselves in a dangerous situation they can call for a ride or help with no questions asked.
5. Get in touch with other parents – Talk to the parents of the children that your child will be with to ensure that you are all on the same plan and are mutually looking out for them.
6. Check in with your child – Reach out to your child during their festivities to see how they are doing and if they need anything.
La Porte County law enforcement are united in the goal to keep our children safe and have a zero tolerance for underage consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages. They will also seek out and criminally charge those who provide drugs or alcohol to minors.

Grant Award Announcement for Porter-Starke Services to Address Opiate Addiction

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

This past Friday, U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN), and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN-01) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a grant to Porter-Starke Services under the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment program. The $449,393 grant award is the first year of an anticipated $1.2 million program to address the increased instances of opiate addiction and overdose deaths.   Specifically, the funding will be used to increase access to medication assisted treatment plans, which include counseling and other supportive services. The funding also will be used to improve services to individuals in the criminal justice system, as well as increase the use of tele-psychiatry and engage the community in the design and evaluation of treatment and response to these disorders.

IHS Marks Hispanic Heritage Month with New Exhibit

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

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) with a new exhibit about Indiana’s Latino community—both past and present. The exhibit, Be Heard: Latino Experiences in Indiana, features stories from the Mexican community of Northwest Indiana, including Indiana Harbor. Be Heard: Latino Experiences in Indiana delves into the almost 100-year-old roots of Indiana’s Latino population through collection items and photos, being made public for the first time. In addition, the exhibit features excerpts from new oral history interviews conducted by Nicole Martinez-LeGrand, IHS coordinator of multicultural collections. Be Heard: Latino Experiences in Indiana is the second installment in IHS’s Be Heard series. The exhibit celebrates new additions to IHS’s Latino Collecting Initiative, supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. To date, the collection includes 25 oral history interviews, books, a newspaper collection, original photos and digital images. The exhibit is on display now through Nov. 3, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibit is included with admission to the Indiana Experience, which is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children (ages 5 to 17). IHS members and children younger than five receive free admission. To learn more about Be Heard: Latino Experiences in Indiana and IHS’s Latino Collecting Initiative, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

MCFD Participates In Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

This October, The Michigan City Fire Department is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early and help spread the word and encourage annual mammograms. Michigan City Firefighters will be wearing Breast Cancer Awareness shirts on duty during the Month of October. The shirts are also available to the public and will be available to purchase starting August 24th. If interested in purchasing a shirt they will be available at the Fire Administration Office located at 2510 E Michigan Blvd. Hours available to pick up are Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Checks can be out to the Michigan City Fire Department. All profits from the sale of shirts will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness.
Short Sleeve
Small through Extra Large – $10.00 each
XXL – $12.00 each
3XL – $13.00 each
Long Sleeve
Small through Extra Large – $12.00 each
XXL – $13.00 each

Purdue Northwest’s fall enrollment sees positive gains in key areas

Posted on: September 15th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) continues to see upward trends in first-time freshman students and in the retention of continuing students in its 2018-19 fall enrollment count. The university increased its first-time freshman population to 1,172 students; a gain of 47 students over last year. Additionally, retention of continuing PNW students increased to a record high of 69.4 percent, representing an 8.6 percent jump in the past two years.

Car Break-ins In Michigan City

Posted on: September 15th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

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The Michigan City Police have received unfortunate calls of vehicle entries over the last several days which include thefts, ransacking, and damages.

MCPD gave several tips including:
⦁ Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
⦁ Activate your security system if you have one.
⦁ DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN PLAIN SIGHT
⦁ Don’t use the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes. These are obvious to thieves, too.
⦁ Don’t hand them the keys
MCPD stated in a press release “Hear Something, See Something…….SAY SOMETHING!”

Bears game 18th Street service

Posted on: September 15th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

To accommodate passengers attending Chicago Bears home games, the South Shore Line is planning select train stops at the 18th Street Station in Chicago. These stops are in addition to regular service to Museum Campus/11th Street.

For the home game at 7:15p on Monday, Sept. 17, Train #220 arrives at 18th St. at 5:27p, and Train #20 at 6:06p. Following the game, Train #123 will depart 18th Street at 11:06p, and Train #101 will depart at 12:51a. Both terminate at Carroll Ave., Michigan City.

Elkhart Man Crashes Stole Car in a “Dream”

Posted on: September 15th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

An Elkhart man crashed a stolen car late Thursday night on the Indiana Toll Road stating he felt like he was in a “dream”.

Thursday, September 13, 2018, at approximately 9:32 p.m., Trooper Matthew Drudge took a preliminary report of a vehicle crash on west bound I-80/90 (Indiana Toll Road) at the 55.9 mile marker (this is the 3 North Service Plaza). The driver, later identified as Matthew J. Aaron, 36 of Elkhart, driving a 2014 Kia Soul, stated he felt like he was in a “dream”.  Evidence showed and witnesses stated that the Kia was at a high rate of speed when it attempted to exit the toll road and enter into the 3 North Service Plaza.  The Kia went off the roadway, drove over a concrete curb, and went airborne into a traffic sign that was at the beginning of the plaza.  After hitting the sign the Kia overturned/rolled in the gravel/rocky median between the gas pumps and the service plaza.

Aaron gave a false name and date of birth originally to Trooper Drudge.  It was also learned that the Kia was reported stolen out of Elkhart County.  Aaron was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital where he was unruly and disturbing other patients even after he was asked to quiet himself down.

Aaron was later found to be in possession of twelve credit cards belonging to the owner of the stolen Kia.

Alcohol/drugs may be a factor in this crash.  Toxicology results are pending.

Aaron was later released from the hospital and taken to La Porte County Jail in La Porte where he was charged with Vehicle Theft, Unauthorized Control of a Motor Vehicle, Identity Deception, Theft of Property, Disorderly Conduct, and False Informing

LA PORTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO INCREASE PATROLS DURING HOMECOMING SEASON

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 by [email protected]om No Comments

Homecoming season is officially upon us and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is increasing enforcement and presence throughout the County in an effort to keep our students and motorists safe. For the next month, South Central, New Prairie, La Porte and Michigan City high schools will be celebrating their homecomings, and each is a week-long celebration culminating with football games and dances. Traditionally, class rivalries and competitions occur during this week and at times have carried over in the form of incidents of underage drinking, reckless driving and criminal behavior such as vandalism. The Sheriff’s Office reminds students and parents to discuss their school’s activities to avoid dangerous and illegal activity. Parents should encourage their children to make good decisions and remind them of the consequences of drinking and drug use.
Several safety tips are provided to help insure a safe 2018 homecoming season:

1. Get informed – Find out the details from your children and school about homecoming festivities. Ask questions such as “who, what, where and when.”
2. Help your children come up with a plan – Find out what events your child will attend and track them. Find out who your child will be with and who is driving.
3. Remind your child of your expectations – No illegal activity such as alcohol or drug use, vandalism, unsafe driving and curfew.
4. Have a “Fail Safe” plan – Let your children know that if they find themselves in a dangerous situation they can call for a ride or help with no questions asked.
5. Get in touch with other parents – Talk to the parents of the children that your child will be with to ensure that you are all on the same plan and are mutually looking out for them.
6. Check in with your child – Reach out to your child during their festivities to see how they are doing and if they need anything.
La Porte County law enforcement are united in the goal to keep our children safe and have a zero tolerance for underage consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages. They will also seek out and criminally charge those who provide drugs or alcohol to minors.

Bill to Protect Victims of Child Abuse Clears Committee, One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, to announce their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is ready to be considered on the floor. The VOCAA provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. Children’s Advocacy Centers employ a multi-disciplinary team of trained professionals to conduct forensic interviews of children who have been victims of abuse. These interviews are designed to be admissible in court while also preventing children from being re-traumatized by having to tell their accounts multiple times. Use of Children’s Advocacy Centers leads to faster criminal charging decisions in sexual abuse cases, increased felony prosecutions of child sexual abuse, and lower average per-case costs.

Internet Inmate Visitation At Berrien County Jail

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

On Wednesday September 19, 2018 individuals wishing to visit an inmate in the Berrien County Jail will have the option of conducting that visit using the internet. These remote visits will be able to be scheduled starting Friday September 14, 2018 by visiting http://berrien.gtlvisitme.com.
Internet Visitation Hours:
o Monday – Friday 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
o Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Internet Visitation Rules:
o Inmates can only have 2 visits per day
o Inmates can have up to 10 visits per week
o Only 3 visitors per visit (1 visitor must be at least 18 years of age)
o Must be at least 18 years of age to schedule a visit
o All visits are monitored: Inappropriate behavior may cause the visit to
be terminated and visiting privileges taken away. The person who scheduled the visit will still be charged the normal fee
To find out more information on registering, scheduling a visit, and payment
fees go to http://berrien.gtlvisitme.com

Motorcyclist Crashes on I-65

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

A motorcyclist was thrown from his bike early Thursday morning when he hit traffic barrel supports in the middle of I-65. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Nicholas Price revealed just after midnight, this Thursday, morning, a Triumph motorcycle, driven by 36 year old Derek Duvall, of Lake Village, IN was northbound on I-65 at the 240.2 mile marker (this is at the Lowell exit) when he hit the rubber traffic barrel supports that were in the middle of the interstate.  Traffic was down to one lane for on-going construction at the time. Duval after hitting the barrel supports, lost control of his motorcycle, went off to the right, sliding along with the bike until he hit the ditch on the east side of the road, this caused Duvall to be thrown from the motorcycle and come to rest approximately 5 feet away. Duvall sustained injuries; bleeding, road rash, and a fracture to his ankle. Luckily for Duvall he was wearing a helmet which saved injuries to his head.  Duvall was taken to a hospital in Crown Point.

Two Recent Convictions in La Porte County for Individuals Dealing Narcotics

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The La Porte County Drug Task Force and The La Porte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced the conviction of two defendants in separate investigations conducted by The La Porte County Drug Task Force. Both of the defendants have previous convictions for dealing narcotics. The first defendant, 28 year old Kyle S. Dilley of La Porte was tried by a jury in La Porte County Superior Court #1, where he was found to be guilty on August 14th, 2018 of Dealing in Methamphetamine Level 2 Felony, and Possession of a Narcotic Drug Level 5 Felony. The case was tried by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Elizabeth Boehm, and assisted by lead detectives Cpl. Cisco Rodriguez, and Detective Kyle Shiparski. Dilley remains incarcerated in The La Porte County Jail, where he awaits sentencing on September 27th, 2018. Dilley faces a sentence of 10-30 years. The second defendant, 29 year old Calvin L. Lowery of Chicago was tried by a jury in La Porte County Superior Court #1, where he was found guilty on September 11th, 2018 of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin) Level 4 Felony. The case was tried by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Elizabeth Boehm, and assisted by lead detectives Sgt. Andy Hynek, and Cpl. Cisco Rodriguez. Lowery remains incarcerated in The La Porte County Jail, where he awaits sentencing in October 2018. Lowery faces a sentence of 2-12 years.

Michigan City Sanitary District Implements Comprehensive Energy Conservation Project

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The Michigan City Sanitary District (District) partnered with Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider, to design and implement a $1.8 million energy conservation project at the wastewater treatment plant that includes infrastructure improvements and energy efficiency measures. The project will result in economic and environmental benefits for the City and its ratepayers with guaranteed savings of over $164,000 annually over the term of the contract. ESG also applied for and secured a $190,988.80 incentive through Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s (NIPSCO) energy efficiency program administered by Lockheed Martin Energy, marking the largest incentive awarded by the NIPSCO program this year. As part of a citywide initiative to evaluate ways to deliver government services more efficiently, the wastewater plant improvements include new aeration equipment (two turbo blowers) and ultra-high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The District continued its efficiency improvements by calibrating the wastewater aeration system to operate using just one of its two high-efficiency blowers to save power further and enhance reliability by providing redundancy into this mission-critical function for the wastewater treatment process. The equipment installation completed in July 2018 addresses the single largest energy user within the City infrastructure. This plan replaces worn out equipment and continues the District’s goal of cost-effectively maintaining the infrastructure while being good stewards of the environment particularly its natural resource of Lake Michigan. Based on the total annual reduction in electrical consumption estimated at 2,696 megawatt-hours per year, the District estimates an annual reduction in air pollution emissions of approximately 8,900 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 5,600 pounds of nitrogen oxide, and 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide.