WKVI Information Center

LaPorte

LaPorte County Man Arrested after Police Pursuit

Published: July 26th, 2014
James Brinfield

James Brinfield

A Westville man was arrested on Tuesday after he fled police in a vehicle.

LaPorte Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop on Boston Street near the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing near Factory Street. The officers recognized James D. Brinsfield, 38, who was wanted on a charge of dealing in a schedule I controlled substance (heroin) as a Class A felony.

Read the rest of this entry »

Household Hazardous Waste Event Planned in LaPorte County

Published: July 25th, 2014

LaPorte-TRIADNeedles, syringes and anything sharp can be disposed of during the household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, Aug. 23 in LaPorte.

Personnel at the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department have had a recent influx of the disposal of needles and syringes in the lobby’s drop box. To reduce a health hazard, cap the needles and place them in an empty plastic detergent bottle and dispose of them in one of the seven hazardous waste collection events held by the LaPorte County Solid Waste District. Free hazard stickers are available to place on those bottles to warn of its contents.

Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook Posts Blamed for Battery at LaPorte High School

Published: July 24th, 2014

Facebook LogoLaPorte Police say comments made on Facebook are to blame for a fight between two 14-year-old girls Tuesday night at LaPorte High School. Police responded just after 9 p.m.  Read the rest of this entry »

Two Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Published: July 22nd, 2014
Joseph Szynal

Joseph Szynal

A 50-year-old man and a juvenile were recently arrested for their alleged role in dealing cocaine.

Officers from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit arrested Joseph M. Szynal and the 15-year-old juvenile without incident at a home in the 100 block of McClung Road in LaPorte. Cocaine was seized in this incident.

An investigation led to the arrest of the pair for the distribution of cocaine in and around the city of LaPorte.

Read the rest of this entry »

INDOT Announces LaPorte County Road Project

Published: July 22nd, 2014

Lanes on U.S. 35/Pine Lake Avenue between State Road 39 and the bridge over the railroad in downtown LaPorte will be restricted for the next few nights so road repairs can be made. Work will begin around 6 each evening, according to a news release from INDOT. Crews will first prepare the pavement by grinding. Read the rest of this entry »

Bridge Repair To Start Today on 700 East

Published: July 22nd, 2014
Repair work on the bridge over the Yellow River on 700 East will start today.

Repair work on the bridge over the Yellow River on 700 East will start today.

A LaPorte-based contractor will begin repairs on the bridge over the Yellow River on County Road 700 East today. It’s been closed since a tree floating down the river struck one of the bridge supports earlier this year, rendering the structure unstable. Read the rest of this entry »

LaPorte Police Respond to Report of Unsupervised Child

Published: July 21st, 2014

LaPorte Police responded Saturday afternoon to a home in the 100 block of Whispering Boulevard when the homeowner found an unattended 4-year-old boy trying to get into her swimming pool. She told police she saw the boy climb her privacy fence and intercepted him before he got into the water. He could not tell the officers where he lived, according to a news release. Read the rest of this entry »

Back to School Immunization Requirements

Published: July 21st, 2014

aAre your children up to date on their immunizations? Before school starts, you must be sure they are. Read the rest of this entry »

Unemployment Rate Improving

Published: July 21st, 2014

The unemployment rate for Starke County stands at 6.6 percent which ranks the county 27th in the state.

Pulaski County rose .3 percent in June to 5.0, Marshall County was up .2 percent to 5.7 percent with LaPorte County up to 7.5 percent with a .1 percent increase.

Read the rest of this entry »

Officers Participating in COPS Bicycle Ride to Arrive in LaPorte Today

Published: July 18th, 2014

Police officers who are participating in the annual Concerns of Police Survivor’s bicycle ride will be going through LaPorte today.

Officers will be arriving at 9 a.m. CT. They are riding around the perimeter of the state to help support families of officers who were killed in the line of duty and raise awareness of survivor issues.

Read the rest of this entry »

Kersting’s Cycle Center Can Help You Learn to Ride

Published: July 18th, 2014

kerstingsAre you ready to ride? Kersting’s Cycle Center offers a four hour, Saturday class which goes over the basics of motorcycle riding that can help you get ready. ‘Learn to Ride” is a pre-training program for people to get acquainted with motorcycle riding before heading out on the road. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Music Group Receives Grant

Published: July 18th, 2014
REMC Representative:Amanda Steeb, Director:Susie Szynalski, Treasurer: Joan Stepien and President: Pat Vanek

REMC Representative Amanda Steeb presenting  Director Susie Szynalski, Treasurer Joan Stepien and President Pat Vanek of the Choralaires with the grant

If you hear music in the air, it could be coming from the Choralaires. The Starke County Choralaires are a chorus group that is a part of Melody Makers of Indiana. The Melody Makers of Indiana is the only chorus of it’s kind in the United States.
Read the rest of this entry »

Have a Plan to Avoid Getting Scammed

Published: July 14th, 2014

scamCriminals don’t stop victimizing unsuspecting taxpayers with their scams after April 15th. Scams happen year-round. Here’s some important information you should know about common tax scams:

Read the rest of this entry »

Gasoline Prices on a Downward Trend

Published: July 12th, 2014

Prices for a gallon of unleaded gasoline have taken a plunge and Don Good from the Good Oil Company in Winamac said the trend could continue.

“It looks like we could even see some really good drops coming up here through August,” said Good. “One of the top analysts suggested we could see a 20 percent drop in prices if everything lines up as it is. It came a little later than anticipated. We thought it would come a little earlier in the season, but it looks like it’s going to be pretty significant. That’s good news.”
Read the rest of this entry »

WKVI Helping You Keep an Eye on the Sky

Published: July 12th, 2014

weatherweatherweatherweatherBe sure to stay alert and monitor weather reporting sources this weekend. Strong storms and heavy rains are possible, especially Saturday evening running into Sunday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

LaPorte Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Youngster at Beach

Published: July 11th, 2014
Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

A LaPorte man police say sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl at a beach Wednesday afternoon is jailed on a $10,500 cash bond. Gary W. Cooper, 50, of La Porte, is charged with rape and child molestation. Both are Level 1 felonies under Indiana’s recently overhauled sentencing guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

Wheelchair Ramps Available to REMC Customers

Published: July 11th, 2014

wheelchairCitizens who require wheelchair access to their homes can now get a ramp by calling Joan Haugh at the Starke County Community Services office.

Read the rest of this entry »

Help Prevent West Nile Virus

Published: July 11th, 2014

6-16-14 mosquito picThe West Nile virus has been confirmed in mosquitoes in Marshall County but no human cases have been reported. The best way to protect yourself from mosquitoes is to avoid being outdoors during peak biting times which occur from the evening to early morning hours. If you need to be outside, apply mosquito repellent with DEET or wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Read the rest of this entry »

Starke County Officials Take Bridge Bids Under Advisement

Published: July 10th, 2014

starke-county-courthouseBids to replace two bridges in Starke County are officially under advisement after they came in considerably higher than expected. LaPorte-based JCI Bridge Group and LaPorte Construction Company both bid on the replacement of bridges on 900 south just west of 100 West over Bogus Run and on 800 East over Eagle Creek, just north of 50 South. The base bids for the 800 East bridge were $323,121 from JCI and $307,099.42 from LaPorte Construction. JCI bid $318,110.76 for the bridge replacement on 900 South, and LaPorte Construction bid $308,018.84 for the work.

WKVIdol Contestants Chosen to Perform at 4-H Fair

Published: July 10th, 2014

 The stage is set for this year’s WKVIdol competition.

Contestants in the 7-10 category will be Emma Gillard, ReAnnen Cooper, and Emma Hensley. The 11-14 age group will include Tatum Milhiser, Victgoria Horne, and Nathan Jolly. In the 15-18 age group, Hannah Clark, Brianne Barden, Margaret Nagai, Katie Nagai, and Kenzie McDaniel will compete.

Read the rest of this entry »