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Be Prepared for Severe Weather: Check Preparedness Kit

The season is changing and now is the time to prepare for the potential for severe weather.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recommends maintaining a preparedness kit. If you have one assembled, take this opportunity to check on foods and other items in the kit to see what things might need to be replaced.

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LaPorte Police Investigate Alleged Armed Robbery

A LaPorte man told police that he was held at gunpoint and robbed on J. Street in LaPorte on Monday night.

The victim, 20, told LaPorte City Police Department officers that he was walking near the area where the Tastee Cream is located when a female suspect exited a silver car and allegedly approached him with a handgun, according to the news release. The victim was then reportedly shoved against the back wall of the business and money was removed from his pants pocket.

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Counterfeit $20 Bills Presented at La Porte Businesses

Counterfeit $20 bills turned up at two La Porte businesses over the weekend. A representative of J&J Liquors at 714 E. Lincolnway told La Porte Police that they unknowingly accepted a counterfeit $20 bill from a customer sometime on Friday, Sept. 26. Their bank notified them that the fake bill was included in the deposit for the day’s receipts. Continue reading

Shooting Investigation Ongoing in LaPorte County

Officers from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday night at 5055 North Pawnee Trail.

When officers arrived at the scene, no victims were found but evidence was discovered that was consistent with a shooting, according to a news release.

Police say a short time later investigators were notified that a man entered IU Health LaPorte Hospital and another man entered Saint Anthony Memorial Hospital in Michigan City with gunshot wounds. One victim had a superficial wound on his hand while the other victim was transferred to the trauma center at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

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Two Arrested after Vehicle Stops on Tracks

A trip for two men didn’t go as planned after the car they were in became disabled on train track near Tipton Street crossing in LaPorte.

In the overnight hours on Saturday, LaPorte police were called to the scene where they found a pickup stuck on tracks west of the location, near Detroit Street. The staff in the dispatch center was alerted to contact the railroad and stop all train traffic until the vehicle could be removed.

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Kewanna, Wanatah Fall Festivals Continue Today

The Kankakee Valley area has two fall festivals continuing today. The annual Kewanna Fall Festival and the Wanatah Scarecrow Festival both have full schedules of events. Both will start the day off with breakfast and continue their activities throughout the day.

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Wanted Man Arrested after Allegedly Resisting, Intimidating Officers

Bernard Shaw

Bernard Shaw

A man wanted on several felony and misdemeanor charges was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon, but he didn’t go willingly.

Officers active in the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division arrived at a home in the 10,000 West block of Division Road near Westville in search of 47-year-old Bernard Shaw. He was wanted on 11 outstanding warrants on various charges including domestic battery, failure to return to lawful detention, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and intimidation.

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Fatality Accident Reportedly Caused by Impaired Driver

Daniel Grigalanz

Daniel Grigalanz

A LaPorte County man was arrested after reportedly driving under the influence and causing an accident that resulted in the death of his passenger Wednesday night.

LaPorte County sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 0900 North block of County Road 640 West where a passenger car left the roadway and hit a tree, according to a news release. The passenger, Lanny Franks, 47, of LaPorte was transported to St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Michigan City where he was pronounced dead.

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Unemployment Rate Continues to Decrease

The unemployment rate in Starke County dropped another two-tenths of a percent in August to 6.3 percent which ranks the county 16th in the state.

Pulaski County reported the same type of drop. The county stands at 4.2 percent in terms of unemployment which ranks the county 87th in the state. Marshall County reported a rate of 5.2 percent, LaPorte County had 7.0 percent, Fulton County had 5.4 percent , St. Joseph County had 6.4 percent while Porter County had 5.9 percent.

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LaPorte Gas Station Reports Receiving Counterfeit Bill

A gas station employee in LaPorte told police there a customer tried to make a purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill Sunday evening. The clerk at the Citgo Station at 104 E. Lincolnway checked the bill with a counterfeit pen and verified it was a phony. The clerk notified the police, told the customer and asked him to wait until the authorities arrived. Continue reading

IU Health Starke President Discusses Strategic Partner Search

IU HealthIU Health Starke and LaPorte Hospitals are in search of health care delivery partners to provide the best care possible to the residents they serve. IU Health Starke President Craig Felty says they’ve sent out requests for proposals and are keeping their options open.

“Our goal would really be to maintain a relationship with IU Health,” Felty said last week during an interview at WKVI.  “We cherish that relationship, but we also just identify that over the years as health care has changed we need to look for somebody additional who might be able to help us meet that need.” Continue reading

Fugitive and Work Release Escapee Arrested in Michigan City

Joseph Ukonga

Joseph Ukonga

Jordan Mauk

Jordan Mauk

Two people were arrested on Wednesday after a search warrant was executed by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit, Michigan City Street Crimes Unit, and the Michigan City Fugitive Apprehension Street Team in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Michigan City.

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Statewide Budget Website Created for Public Awareness

A new statewide website is available so all residents can look at government budget notices in one location.

All residents will have the ability to view budget notices for all local government units in their county by entering their address on www.BudgetNotices.IN.Gov. The website is designed to promote the importance of budget notices.

House Enrolled Act 1266 was passed to allow for this website to exist. Taxpayers can learn about the budget process for the local taxing units and access information about hearings scheduled for the next year’s proposed budgets.

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Falloween, Francesville Fall Festival Continue Today

Plenty of activities are going on this weekend throughout the Kankakee Valley area. The Falloween Fest in Walkerton and the Francesville Fall Festival move forward today. Both will start the day off with breakfast at 8 a.m. EDT and continue their activities throughout the day.

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John Glenn’s Falloween Fest Is Back

The Falloween Fest returns to Walkerton this weekend. The 6th annual festival will feature John Glenn High School’s organizations, clubs, community groups from surrounding towns, civic groups and churches for this major fund-raising event. Over $94,000 has been raised for student scholarships since the Falloween Fest’s inception in 2009. Continue reading

LaPorte County Courthouse Evacuated after Bomb Threat

A Michigan City man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly sending a bomb threat notice by mail to the LaPorte County clerk’s office.

The employee received a letter addressed to the clerk’s office delivered by the United States Postal Service. When she opened the envelope, she found a powdery substance and a letter, according to a news release. She immediately took the envelope and the contents to the courthouse security office.

The letter stated that explosives were located in or near the courthouse, as noted in the press release. With that, the courthouse was evacuated and a request was made for the assistance of the Michigan City Police Department, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, LaPorte County Hazardous Materials Team, Michigan City Fire Department and LaPorte County Emergency Management.

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BMV to Issue Refund in Excise Tax

Officials with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Department of Revenue will be working together to issue excise tax refunds to affected customers.

Indiana BMV Commissioner Don Snemis stated that some vehicles were classified in error for excise tax purposes. These misclassifications stretch back to 2004 when the BMV’s System Tracking and Record Support system was implemented on a limited basis.

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