Senator Decries Legislature’s “Education Session”

Senator Jim Arnold

Senator Jim Arnold

A local lawmaker says the recently completed session of the Indiana General Assembly was the most trying and most contentious of his nine-year legislative career. Gov. Mike Pence touted it as the education session. Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, agrees this year’s 2.2 percent increase in school funding and next year’s 2.5 percent hike are the largest increases in education funding in history.

“It sounds very good. The downside of that is that the vast majority of our increased money now is going to vouchers and going to charter schools, not going to public school systems,” Arnold recently told the Starke County Council and Commissioners. “The big winners of this are going to be the urban schools. The rural schools such as Knox are going to be the big losers.” Continue reading

Calling All Farmers Interested in Getting Involved with the Community

FSAIf you know someone interested in serving on a local Indiana Farm Service Agency County Committee, now is the time to submit that person’s name as a nominee for the 2015 County Committee Elections. Act fast because you only have until the beginning of August to submit your nomination. Continue reading

Explore South Dakota With Kankakee Valley Broadcasting

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

Enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills, Badlands and more on a six-day, five-night trip with Kankakee Valley Broadcasting. Travel coordinator Ed Hasnerl has a few last-minute seats available for next month’s motorcoach trip to South Dakota. The bus will leave early Aug. 17 from Knox and return on the 22nd. Continue reading

State Still Short of FEMA Damage Qualification Threshold

Indiana Department of Homeland SecurityBusinesses, individual and nonprofit organizations whose property has sustained damages as a result of recent flooding and storms have a few more days to report uninsured damage to the state. Doing so is a first step to see if Indiana may qualify for federal disaster assistance funds. Continue reading

Indiana State Police Post Adds K-9

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Steve Caylor and his K-9 partner, Nikan

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Steve Caylor and his K-9 partner, Nikan

The newest addition to the Indiana State Police Lowell post has four legs and a tail. Master Trooper Steve Caylor and his K-9 partner, Nikan, are graduates of the 2015 ISP K-9 Class. Caylor has been with the department for almost 20 years. Nikan is an 18 month old Malinherd, which is a cross between a Belgian Malinois and a German Shepherd. Continue reading

Free Dental Exams Available for Uninsured Children

toothChildren without dental insurance can get a free back-to-school checkup at the Indiana University Health LaPorte Dental Center. Appointments are required. During the screening, a dentist will do a visual exam and create a dental map of the child’s teeth and diagnose any problems or decay. Referrals will be given for follow-up care as needed. Continue reading

New Charges Filed Against Convicted Murderer, Child Molester

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office lead Richard Dobeski, 67, out of an Indianapolis library. Photo provided by the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office lead Richard Dobeski, 67, out of an Indianapolis library. Photo provided by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

A convicted murderer and child molester is back in jail after his arrest yesterday at a public library in Indianapolis. Richard Dobeski, 67, was picked up on a LaPorte County warrant for four counts of failure to register as a sex offender. All are Level 6 felonies, which carry a penalty of between 6 months and 2.5 years in prison. A failure to register charge will also be filed in Marion County, according to officials with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department. Dobeski was released last week from the Indiana Department of Correction New Carlisle facility. Continue reading

Mosquito Samples from Several Indiana Counties Test Positive for West Nile Virus

westnilevirusThis summer’s above average amount of rainfall has been ideal for mosquito breeding. According to state health officials, West Nile Virus has been confirmed in almost 10 Indiana counties. The virus has only been spotted in mosquito samples and no avian or human infections have been reported or confirmed thus far. Continue reading

Released Convicted Murderer Saw Unrelated Charges Dropped in Pulaski County

DOBESKIA man recently released from prison, and convicted of murder and child molesting, has a history in the Pulaski County Court system.

67-year-old Richard Dobeski was let out of an Indiana Department of Corrections Facility in New Castle this month. He was convicted on two counts of murder dating back to 1965.

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Oil Industry Looks to Enhance Quality with New Pipeline Safety Standards

New safety standards may soon be embraced by oil companies around the nation.

Officials with the American Petroleum Institute say those standards – which were developed over the last two years or so – will enhance safety when constructing and maintaining oil pipelines around the country.
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Organ & Tissue Donations Needed Daily

donatelifeThere are more than 100,000 people in the United States alone waiting for an organ transplant. There are even more than that awaiting donated tissue. There are more than 6,000 lives lost annually waiting for a transplants due to the lack of tissue and organ donations. Donate Life Indiana, formerly known as the Indiana Donation Alliance Foundation, has been working for nearly 20 years to educate Hoosiers on the benefits of being an organ donor. Continue reading

Convicted Murderer Released from IDOC

DOBESKIA man convicted of sex crimes and murder was released from the Indiana Department of Corrections.

According to a press release from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, Richard Dobeski was let out of a New Castle, Indiana facility. He is a registered sex offender for crimes against children in Indiana.

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High Temperature Tips

summersafetyAfter an exceptionally stormy summer so far, Indiana will receive a blast of hot summer air this weekend. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will reach at least 90 degrees across most of the state. Combined with high humidity, the heat index in some areas will reach more than 100 degrees. Prolonged exposure to these conditions can lead to heat illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. You should take all precautionary measures prior to feeling the effects of the heat in order to avoid developing either condition. Continue reading

Five Arrested After Extensive Drug Dealing Investigation

Narcotics officers in LaPorte County concluded an investigation into heroin dealing in the local area.

Five individuals, all of which were arrested on drug related counts, brought to an end an extended multi-month investigation. According to information released by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit and Narcotics Task Force, the investigation closed out 19 active illicit drug cases.

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‘Cops Cycling for Survivors’ Ride Schedules Local Stop

ccfsOn Monday, Governor Mike Pence and his wife Karen led the first leg of the annual Cops Cycling for Survivors charitable bicycle ride as it left from the state’s police and fire memorial in Indianapolis. The ride is meant to honor fallen police officers and also serves as a fundraiser for numerous worthy causes. Today the cyclists will make their way through La Porte County, just one of the many stops on their 1,000 mile trek across the state. Continue reading

Dermody Named Vice Chair of Public Policy Interim Study Committee

DermodyA local lawmaker will spend his legislative break looking into whether smoking should be banned in bars, casinos and private clubs, among other topics. Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, will serve as vice chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy. That panel has also been charged with studying state regulations of e-cigarettes and possible increases in cigarette taxes. Continue reading

Beware of Storm Cleanup Scam Artists

Scam artists may be trying to take advantage of Hoosiers who sustained property damage as a result of recent storms. Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson warns fly-by-night contractors may show up in hard-hit areas. He says they may offer immediate help, collect a down payment for promised work and disappear. Continue reading

Cocaine Located After Arrest of Union Mills Man

A Union Mills man was arrested on Sunday when police allegedly located cocaine during a search of his person.

LaPorte Police officers were patrolling the area of 800 Clay Street when they spotted 25-year-old Stephen Murphy. He was said to be sitting on the front steps of the residence around 5:00 p.m. that afternoon.

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