Duneland Chamber Named A Finalist for the 2018 Chamber of the Year

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

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce has been recognized as one of five finalists for the statewide Indiana Chamber of the Year for 2018. The organization was judged by a panel of five professionals located outside of Indiana in the areas of leadership and organization; finance; advocacy; membership; and programming, and finalists for the award were announced during the Annual Conference of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. The Duneland Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst organization committed to ensuring that its member communities are vibrant places to live, work and play. Through service to the towns of Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Dune Acres and Porter, the Chamber provides a unified voice for robust community-building events, meaningful educational programming and smart economic development in the Duneland area. The 2018 award was presented to Greater Fort Wayne Inc. at the ICEA Annual Conference help in Indianapolis. The Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA) focuses on the professional development of local chambers of commerce serving all communities in Indiana. Founded in 1915, ICEA has grown to represent more than 240 local chamber professionals.

Valparaiso Police Initiated Emergency Hiring Procedure: Experienced Officers May Be Eligible for Lateral Transfer Program

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

The Valparaiso Board of Works recently approved an Emergency Hiring Process for the police department. This is due to the immediate need for an experienced police officer. The Emergency Hiring Process allows the department to hire an experienced police officer expediting the training time, which typically takes up to one year. The department is accepting applications for current certified sworn police officers who are Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduates and currently members of the Indiana Public Employee/Police Retirement Fund (PERF). Experienced officers may also be eligible for the department’s lateral transfer program. Applications must be completed and returned to the department by Friday, July 27th at 4pm. Applications are available at the Valparaiso Police Department located at 355 S. Washington St. Applications can also be downloaded from the department’s website (click the recruitment tab) at www.valparaisopolice.org and returned.

Donations needed to assist Michigan City community children

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

The Michigan City Police Department is asking for assistance by dropping off book donations for both children and adults at the Michigan City Police Department for the “Little free Library” located at the playground behind MCPD. Please feel free to drop off the books at the little library or the front desk of the police department. Also the Gardena Park location is in need of books. MCPD gives thanks again to the Michiana Lions Club for their work and partnership with this community project.

Young, Cardin, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Support for Burma Sanctions in Final Defense Bill

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

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led 14 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees yesterday, urging the chairs and ranking members to support the Burmese military sanctions provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act as the bill heads to conference before Congress is able to send it to the president. Burmese military officials have been implicated in gross human rights abuses and other atrocities against ethnic minorities in Burma, particularly a horrific campaign against the Rohingya people. Earlier this year, Senator Young helped introduce a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and calling for the “safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return” of the refugees who have been displaced by this violence. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the resolution in March. Senator Young has also advocated for the release of two Reuters journalists who have been imprisoned by the regime in Burma for documenting the atrocities against the Rohingya people. Last year, Senator Young led a letter signed by 21 senators to U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley regarding the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Barker Mansion Fashioning the Gilded Age

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

Delve into the history of Gilded Age America and the Barker family through the lens of fashion on Friday, July 20 from 7-9pm.This lively discussion will go in-depth on the types of materials that were popular, and the strict social norms that dictated the clothes and the various outfits that would be worn for certain occasions. The talk will also feature a collection of original Barker clothing being publicly displayed for the first time. Guests can design their very own Victorian and Gilded Age clothing by using various patterns, clothing examples and events to inspire you. Paper and colored pencils will be provided. The event costs $10 per adult and $5 per senior or youth. Registration is required via Eventbrite or by calling the mansion at (219) 873-1520 x5.

Duneland Chamber Named A Finalist for the 2018 Chamber of the Year

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

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce has been recognized as one of five finalists for the statewide Indiana Chamber of the Year for 2018. The organization was judged by a panel of five professionals located outside of Indiana in the areas of leadership and organization; finance; advocacy; membership; and programming, and finalists for the award were announced during the Annual Conference of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. The Duneland Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst organization committed to ensuring that its member communities are vibrant places to live, work and play. Through service to the towns of Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Dune Acres and Porter, the Chamber provides a unified voice for robust community-building events, meaningful educational programming and smart economic development in the Duneland area. The 2018 award was presented to Greater Fort Wayne Inc. at the ICEA Annual Conference help in Indianapolis. The Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA) focuses on the professional development of local chambers of commerce serving all communities in Indiana. Founded in 1915, ICEA has grown to represent more than 240 local chamber professionals.

Valparaiso Police Initiated Emergency Hiring Procedure: Experienced Officers May Be Eligible for Lateral Transfer Program

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

The Valparaiso Board of Works recently approved an Emergency Hiring Process for the police department. This is due to the immediate need for an experienced police officer. The Emergency Hiring Process allows the department to hire an experienced police officer expediting the training time, which typically takes up to one year. The department is accepting applications for current certified sworn police officers who are Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduates and currently members of the Indiana Public Employee/Police Retirement Fund (PERF). Experienced officers may also be eligible for the department’s lateral transfer program. Applications must be completed and returned to the department by Friday, July 27th at 4pm. Applications are available at the Valparaiso Police Department located at 355 S. Washington St. Applications can also be downloaded from the department’s website (click the recruitment tab) at www.valparaisopolice.org and returned.

Guns and Drugs Recovered In Lake County

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

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

Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance partners with WorkOne to host free financial classes in five-county region

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

The Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance is teaming up with WorkOne to offer free financial classes in Elkhart, Lake, LaPorte, Porter and St. Joseph Counties. The Alliance and WorkOne have been working together for more than year to develop the program curriculum. Classes are open to the public and available at WorkOne offices in Elkhart, Gary, Hammond, LaPorte, Portage and South Bend. Class topics include financial recovery, budgeting, banking, credit scores and small business planning. Class schedules and times vary. The program is powered by the local United Ways and Purdue Extension Offices across the five counties. In 2015, the local United Way offices and like-minded organizations, such as financial institutions, nonprofits and government entities, unified their financial education activities to bring about the Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance. The Alliance helps residents access free financial education workshops and no- to low-cost banking services such as checking and savings accounts, personal loans and credit card products. In the last three years, the Alliance has grown to more than 40 members. For more information about free financial education opportunities and no- to low-cost banking services, visit NIBOA.org.

Congressman Jim Banks named chairman of the newly established Subcommittee on Technology Modernization

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

Thursday, during a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee business meeting, Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) was named chairman of the newly established Subcommittee on Technology Modernization. The subcommittee will provide oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) electronic health records transition and other enterprise technology modernization projects. The subcommittee will oversee technology modernization projects at the VA, principally the $15.8 billion, 10-year electronic health record modernization program which will replace the department’s legacy EHR system with the commercial Cerner Millennium EHR. This is the largest EHR transition effort in the country and one of the largest IT contracts in the federal government. Congressmen Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Jack Bergman, (R-Mich.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) will also serve on the subcommittee.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson to tour the state educating citizens on investment fraud through BINGO

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

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson will travel the state educating citizens on investment fraud using a variation on BINGO. The game is designed to educate Hoosiers on how to avoid falling prey to fraudsters. All events are free and will include prizes and refreshments. Secretary Lawson will visit the following locations for a BINGO event throughout the summer to educate citizens on investment fraud. All events are free to the public and open to the media. The event will last for an hour. All times are local.
September 11th – South Bend, St. Joseph County Public Library (Main Library) at 1:00pm
September 11th – Portage, Portage Public Library, 5:00pm
Attendees should RSVP to Mikaela Malott at [email protected] or 317-977-2206, extension 120.

Porter County Health Department Accepting Applications for Full Time Food Service Coordinator

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

The Porter County Health Department is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Food Service Coordinator (35 hours per week). The incumbent will be responsible for completing a variety of daily, monthly and annual reports to be submitted to the Health Administrator. Applications can be obtained online @ www.porterco.org/DocumentCenter or at the Porter County Health Department, 155 Indiana Ave, Suite 104, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and completed application to the above address, attention: Letty Zepeda, Health Department Administrator. For more information and to download an application visit: www.porterco.org/jobs.aspx

Barker Mansion Behind The Scenes Tour In Michigan City

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

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

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF NORTHWEST INDIANA RECEIVES ANONYMOUS $65,000 DONATION TO BUILD A HOME IN HAMMOND

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An anonymous donor gifted Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana with a $65,000 donation toward building a home in Hammond.
“We were thrilled to receive this very generous gift which will help another family remove themselves from a high-rent situation and into their very own home,” said Executive Director Dawn Michaels. “We send a very genuine thank you to this kind-hearted donor.”
While this donation will fund a significant portion of a three-bedroom, one bathroom, single-family home in Hammond, an additional $30,000 will need to be raised before construction can begin. Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana ensures all funding is received before they begin their volunteer-based construction. Habitat for Humanity builds and sells affordable homes to struggling, working families. Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana has served over 100 families throughout Lake County. Habitat homeowners must dedicate 300 ‘sweat equity’ hours into their home. Upon completion, each home is purchased by the partner family through a zero-interest, 25-year mortgage. Partner families pay property taxes and insurance.

Bug Distraction Causes I-65 South Bound to Close

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

A driver distracted by a bug that flew into his semi, crashed causing I-65 south bound to be closed for hours.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Martin Benner revealed at approximately 9:35 a.m., this Thursday, July 12, 2018, morning, a 2009 Freightliner, owned by EM Company out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and driven by Christopher Walker, 28 of Thomson, Georgia, was south bound on I-65 in the right lane at the 235 mile marker (this is approximately five miles south of the Lowell exit) when a bug flew in from his downed window.  Walker tried to swat the bug and took his eyes off the road causing him to drive off the roadway and hit the guardrail on the right with his passenger side.

The Freightliner continued south hitting the guardrail when it hit the concrete construction barrier wall on the west side causing the trailer to become detached from the tractor.  The tractor came to rest in the middle of south bound lanes of traffic (this is a two lane, no shoulder, well posted construction zone).  The trailer went off the road to the west rolling over onto its passenger side.  The trailer was split open after impacting the concrete construction barrier wall throwing out 42,000 pounds of plastic rolls both onto the roadway and over the embankment.

 All traffic was diverted off at State Road 2 (Lowell exit).  The rolls of plastic and tractor had to be removed from the travel portion of I-65 before the left lane was re-opened to clear out traffic that was stuck in the back-up.  I-65 south bound is still closed for removal of the trailer and traffic is still being diverted off at State Road 2.  Please find alternate routes if heading south on I-65.  We hope to have I-65 south bound in this location open by 3:00 p.m.

 Walker refused medical treatment at the scene and was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement.

Valparaiso Police Department’s K9 Kaiser has received body armor

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Valparaiso Police Department’s K9 Kaiser has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Kaiser’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,000 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

Donnelly to Help Negotiate Final National Defense Bill

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Tuesday evening, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was named to the conference committee that will negotiate a final national defense bill. Last month, the Senate passed the bipartisan national defense bill, which includes several provisions Donnelly led or supported to reinforce Indiana’s role in our national defense and to protect American security interests and U.S. defense-related jobs. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a different version in late May and the two versions must now be reconciled by the conference committee. The defense bill has been signed into law the last 56 consecutive years. Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said following passage of the Senate version of the national defense bill last month, “This bipartisan legislation would support our servicemembers and Indiana’s role in our national defense. It would protect American defense-related jobs and help strengthen the Pentagon’s efforts to combat opioid abuse. I look forward to working with the House to get this quickly to the president’s desk and give our servicemembers, their families, and our military’s leaders the ability to plan for the future.”

Porter County Looking For Full Time Environmental Health Specialist II

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Porter County Health Department is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Environmental Health Specialist II (35 hours per week). The incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to inspecting sites prior to construction of sewage disposal systems. Incumbent will provide information and assistance where needed concerning septic systems, wells and other environmental concerns including issuing and denying permits. Will investigate environmental pollutants and will provide corrective and/or legal actions as required. Responsible for inspecting private wells, septic systems for loan approvals; investigates and conducts routine/required inspections, surveys and water sampling. Will monitor and inspect tattoo facilities, swimming pools, animal bite incidents, environmental public health complaints, sewage systems installations, and commercial/residential construction plan reviews. Incumbent will need to be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing with other departments, co-workers and other government agencies. Must be able to write and maintain reports and records. Interested individuals can obtain an application at the Porter County Health Department, 155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 104, Valparaiso, IN 46383 or by going to www.porterco/DocumentCenter. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and completed application to the address previously stated, attention Ms. Letty Zepeda, Health Administrator.

Stolen Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run Crash on I-65

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

A vehicle that fled the scene of a crash was reported stolen from Joliet, Illinois on Monday afternoon. A silver Nissan was involved in a hit and run on I-65 southbound at the 244 mile marker. The other driver was able to get a description and the plate number of the fleeing car. After running the plate, the vehicle was found to be stolen from Joliet, Illinois on July 8. Indiana State Trooper Corey Adam saw the stolen Nissan and made a traffic stop on I-65. The driver initially stopped and then fled from the scene. The Nissan swerved and crashed into the median cable barrier. Both people in the Nissan, 18 year old James Faint and 18 year old Octavia Watts, were taken into custody and transported to the Jasper County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement and vehicle theft.

2018 Prairie Magic Music Festival – August 12th

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Prairie Magic Music Fest is a celebration of rock, bluegrass, folk and Americana music set right in the heart of a beautiful County Park just minutes from the expressway.

This year, Sunset Hill Farms is pleased to welcome Devon Allman with special guest Duane Betts. Opening for the Devon Allman Project will be the Joe Marcinek, a local act turned national touring sensation that are an experience you will never forget. The lineup is rounded out by local favorites Funky Mojo Daddy and Big Road from Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.

In addition to this amazing lineup, concert-goers can enjoy craft food and beer. Local restaurants and food trucks will offer delicious eats, and Leroy’s Hot Stuff will host a beer garden. Local microbrews will be available to those 21 and over.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Students with an ID are $10. Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Water will be available on site at no cost, but coolers and outside food and beverages are not allowed.

To purchase tickets, head to https://prairiemagicmusicfest2018.brownpapertickets.com/

Young: New FCC “Connected Care Pilot Program” Welcome News in Indiana

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Wednesday, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) welcomed the announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that a new $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” is being established to support telehealth for veterans and Americans in rural and low-income areas. Senator Young hosted FCC Commissioner Carr in Indiana in May to get a firsthand look at the need for continued investments in rural broadband and telehealth. They visited Hancock Health operations in McCordsville and viewed a demonstration from the chief medical officer on how they are able to use telemedicine to collaborate between physicians to diagnose and treat cancer. As a result, cancer patients in this community receive treatment more quickly than they ever have before. Earlier this week, Senator Young sent a letter to Commissioner Carr urging the development of new and innovative programs to expand the use of telemedicine throughout Indiana and the entire country. By enabling patients to seek medical treatment via telemedicine, patients can receive faster, more effective, and more accessible treatment. According to the FCC, a study of 20 remote patient monitoring trials found a 20 percent reduction in all-cause mortality and a 15 percent reduction in heart failure-related hospitalizations. Additionally, the Veterans Health Administration’s remote patient monitoring program resulted in a 25 percent reduction in days of inpatient care and a 19 percent reduction in hospital admission. Telehealth also has the potential to reduce the cost of taxpayer-funded healthcare programs in the long-term. According to the FCC, a telehealth project in the Northeastern U.S. found that every $1 spent on remote monitoring resulted in a $3.30 return in savings. Under the FCC’s new “Connected Care Pilot Program,” healthcare and broadband providers throughout the country would be able to apply for funding to support telehealth projects. The FCC will vote on a Notice of Inquiry at its August Open Meeting that seeks public comment on the next steps for establishing the program.

INDIANA REPORTS FIRST DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has confirmed the state’s first death related to a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A, a highly contagious disease of the liver. The outbreak has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses in 10 states and resulted in multiple fatalities nationwide. No additional details about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. Since November 2017, ISDH has confirmed 214 outbreak-related cases of hepatitis A. Indiana typically sees about 20 cases in a 12-month period. Over the past several months, Indiana health officials have been working to educate the public, restaurants, jails and groups that serve at-risk populations about the outbreak and ways to prevent the disease. ISDH has allocated more than $1 million in additional state and federal funds to supply adult vaccine to local health departments, which are working to immunize those who are at risk or who may have come in contact with the disease. Hepatitis A is usually transmitted person-to-person through fecal-oral routes or by consuming contaminated food or water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies those most at risk during this outbreak as people who use illicit drugs, the homeless, men who have sex with men and those who are incarcerated. More than 70 percent of the individuals diagnosed with hepatitis A in Indiana have reported illicit drug use, while nearly 20 percent have reported being homeless. Indiana law has required a hepatitis A vaccine for school admission since 2014, so most students preparing to enter fourth grade and younger have already been vaccinated. Hepatitis A vaccine is readily available from health care providers and pharmacies as routine preventive care. Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately and refrain from preparing food for others. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice, which usually appear within two months of infection. Individuals can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. A doctor can determine if someone has hepatitis A with a blood test. Visit the ISDH hepatitis A outbreak website (https://www.in.gov/isdh/27791.htm) for updates, and the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/outbreaks/2017March-HepatitisA.htm) for national outbreak information.

Dance Foundation of La Porte, LLC Celebrated New Location with Ribbon Cutting

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Dance Foundation of La Porte (DFLP, LLC) recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their opening in Downtown La Porte at 910 ½ Lincolnway. The ribbon cutting was administered by the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce. Kristin Anderson, the owner of DFLP LLC, stated at the event, “This is the studio location I grew up dancing, so I am so excited to be opening up in this location in Downtown La Porte. Our mission is to be an inclusive studio by offering classes for multiple ages and abilities. Each person is unique in his or her own way and therefore DFLP will offer dance/mini gymnastics classes for those aged 2 through 18 as well as integrative dance for individuals with special needs for those aged 4 through adult.” For more information about the Dance Foundation of La Porte, call 219-851-1193 or visit their Facebook page at DFLP LLC.

Porter County Looking For Full Time Environmental Health Specialist II

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Porter County Health Department is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Environmental Health Specialist II (35 hours per week). The incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to inspecting sites prior to construction of sewage disposal systems. Incumbent will provide information and assistance where needed concerning septic systems, wells and other environmental concerns including issuing and denying permits. Will investigate environmental pollutants and will provide corrective and/or legal actions as required. Responsible for inspecting private wells, septic systems for loan approvals; investigates and conducts routine/required inspections, surveys and water sampling. Will monitor and inspect tattoo facilities, swimming pools, animal bite incidents, environmental public health complaints, sewage systems installations, and commercial/residential construction plan reviews. Incumbent will need to be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing with other departments, co-workers and other government agencies. Must be able to write and maintain reports and records. Interested individuals can obtain an application at the Porter County Health Department, 155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 104, Valparaiso, IN 46383 or by going to www.porterco/DocumentCenter. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and completed application to the address previously stated, attention Ms. Letty Zepeda, Health Administrator.

Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section Now Accepting Applications

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The Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section is now accepting applications. Individuals who are interested in beginning a rewarding career as a Capitol Police Officer may apply online at http://www.in.gov/isp/2367.htm. This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police Department. Applications must be received via online submission by 11:59 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. The academy begins on October 8, 2018. The starting salary for a Capitol Police Section Probationary Officer is $44,497.00 a year.

South Shore Line Updates for Taste of Chicago

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The following South Shore Line service updates will be in effect to accommodate passengers attending the Taste of Chicago taking place Wednesday, July 11, through Sunday, July 15, in Grant Park:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:
Westbound Train #14 will operate an extra for additional capacity to accommodate passengers heading to Chicago in the morning. Train #14 and its extra will make all regular stops to Chicago.
Alcohol will not be permitted on South Shore trains after 7 p.m. Please be advised that glass bottles are always prohibited.
Saturday & Sunday:
Westbound Train #606 will operate an extra for additional capacity to accommodate passengers heading to Chicago in the morning. Train #606 and its extra will make all regular stops to Chicago.
An extra eastbound train will depart Millennium Station at 4:25 p.m. (Van Buren St. at 4:28 p.m.), run non-stop to Hegewisch and make all local stops terminating at Carroll Avenue, Michigan City. The eastbound extra will not serve Hudson Lake or South Bend.
Millennium Station ticket agent hours will be extended until 7 p.m.
Alcohol will not be permitted on South Shore trains all day Saturday/Sunday. Please be advised that glass bottles are always prohibited.

“Swing for the Kids” Golf Outing Planned By Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

The Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City has planned the fourth annual “Swing for the Kids” Golf Outing on August 24. It is one of the major fundraisers each year for the not-for-profit organization with all proceeds directly benefiting the Club. The Golf Outing will take place at the Michigan City Municipal Golf Course from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entry fee for the fundraiser is $100 per person or $400 per foursome, which includes the green fee, golf cart and lunch.
Further Par, Eagle, Birdie and Title sponsorships, ranging in amounts from $100 to $3,000 are available for individuals or businesses. To register or find out more information about the “Swing for the Kids” Golf Outing call 219.873.2298, visit http://bgclubmc.org/event/golf2018 or go to “The Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City” on Facebook. There are three Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City sites: the Charles R. Westcott Center location, 321 Detroit Street; the Pine Elementary School Boys & Girls Club Extension and the Springfield Elementary School Boys & Girls Club Extension.

Michigan City Man Sentenced 96 Months For Felon In Possession of a Firearm

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

U.S. Attorney Kirsch announced 38 year old Faheem Pasha, of Michigan City was sentenced before District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pasha was sentenced to 96 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. According to documents in this case, on or about January 12, 2018, Pasha, who was previously convicted of a felony offense in LaPorte County, possessed and sold a firearm to an individual. Other documents in the case show that he has been convicted of felonies on four prior occasions, had probation revoked three times, and had eleven misdemeanor convictions before possessing the firearm in this case. He also had four cases pending at the time. This case was investigated by the ATF with assistance from the LaPorte County Drug Task Force and Michigan City Police Department, and was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Cline Ave. Spill Cleanup

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

State Road 912 (Cline Avenue) in Gary will have southbound lane closures with traffic getting by on the shoulder between State Road 312 (Chicago Avenue) and U.S. 20 as late as Friday as the result of a spill on the inside lane. Monday, a truck from a private company spilled a substance onto the roadway, resulting in a slick surface. A cleanup company contracted by the company reported to the scene to begin the cleanup process. The substance itself does not create an environmental hazard or a danger to the public. In places where work is taking place, traffic is being pushed to the shoulder. Because of that, a 9-foot width restriction is in place. INDOT will keep the public updated on this situation via its social media channels, including announcing when the road will fully reopen.

UPDATE: Mother Arrested for Neglect of a Dependent

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by [email protected] No Comments

Valparaiso Police responded on Monday evening (9:26 p.m.) for a 3 year old that was reported missing from her residence, by her mother, Tasia Perkins- 32 yrs old, of the 2700 block of Roanoke Ct.

Valparaiso Police, Valparaiso Fire/EMS, Porter County Search and Rescue and Porter County Sheriff’s Department K9 Officer responded to the scene to assist with the search. Porter County K9 tracked to a pond were the child was located inside the pond and unresponsive. She later died at Porter Regional Hospital.

Police interviewed the child’s mother Tasia Perkins and learned of inconsistent statements regarding the time taken to notify police once the child was determined to be missing. Additional inconsistences in Perkins’ explanation of the incident resulted in her being arrested and booked into the Porter County Jail on felony Neglect of a Dependent charge. Detectives conferred with the Porter County Prosecutors Office prior to arresting Perkins.

Police continue to investigate this case.