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Fire Cause Undetermined in New Carlisle Business Fire

The cause of the fire at K-Fex in New Carlisle that claimed the life of Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook can not be determined.

State Fire Marshall Jim Greeson said the facility sustained too much damage so a definitive cause of the fire could not be established. He noted that reasonable accidental ignition sources could not be ruled out, but also could not be proven as the cause of the fire.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Scheduled This Weekend

Hazardous Household Waste trailerThe Lake Michigan Household Hazardous Waste District is conducting a collections event at the La Porte County Fairgrounds on Saturday Aug. 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT. Items that can be disposed of include, ammunition, flares, fireworks, aerosols, automotive supplies, batteries, corrosives, expired medications, mercury containing products, florescent tubes, thermometers, thermostats, paint, medical sharps, pesticides as well as other poisons, and waste fuels.  Continue reading

Make Sure Insurance Coverage Extends to College-Bound Students

College students are heading back to school. Make sure their possessions are property insured in the event of a theft, fire or other natural disaster. Officials with the Indiana Department of Insurance recommend parents check with their insurance agent to see if their college student’s belongings are covered by their homeowners policy before they get settled in on campus. Continue reading

Indiana State Police Troopers Seeking Recruits

Applications are now being accepted by the Indiana State Police for the 75th Recruit Academy.

Applications must be received via email by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 30. Anyone interested in a career as an Indiana State Trooper can visit here for detailed information on the application process and career information.

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Two Arrested after Drug Investigation

Anthony Santolino

Anthony Santolino

Devonte Stevens

Devonte Stevens

Two men were arrested in LaPorte County on Wednesday after a drug investigation by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit.

A search warrant was executed by LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Warrants Division officers in the 1200 block of Jackson Street in LaPorte where drug evidence was seized.

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LaPorte Police Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers

The LaPorte Police Department is getting an early start on Labor Day traffic enforcement. Starting today and continuing through Sept. 1 officers will be taking part in a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” blitz. The national campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement. Continue reading

Local Crop Yields Look Promising

 Indiana is looking at another record year for corn and for soybeans.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator at Purdue Extension in Starke County and in Pulaski County Chad Rushing says we should have the same yield potential as last year.  Continue reading

Workshop Planned for Entrepreneurs

ISBDCRon Gifford from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation will be presenting a workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac.

Gifford serves as the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center Business Advisor for Starke County and Pulaski County. This workshop aims to help entrepreneurs evaluate their business ideas, prepare a sound business plan, manage expectations and increase chances of accessing capital.

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Starke County Sheriff Warns about Scam

Several local residents have been getting phone calls that their grandson or granddaughter is in jail and they need bail money but Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen said this is a scam.

The caller will tell the victim that the person is in jail and explains ways to send money to get them out of jail. Cowen warns that this is a way to scam you out of money and to not give out any personal information.

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Tony Stewart Cancels Area Appearances

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will not participate in a meet and greet that was scheduled at the Newton Center in Lakeville on Thursday.

Officials at the Newton Center said that anyone who has already purchased tickets will receive a refund. Contact the Newton Center at (574) 784-2749 for details.

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School Starts Tomorrow, Watch out for Students and Buses

Be on the lookout for kids walking or biking to school as school gets underway for another year for many area school corporations tomorrow.

School bus safety is important. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, buses are built to be safer than the average passenger car. School bus drivers are required to receive special security and medical training, and undergo regular drug and alcohol testing to provide a safe ride for your child.

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West Nile Virus Reported in Human Case in Porter County

The first human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Porter County.

Mosquitoes in 18 counties have tested positive for the virus so far this year. Marshall County is one of the 18 counties, according to the Indiana Department of Health. West Nile virus may be circulating in all 92 counties and you should take precautions to protect yourself against contracting the virus.

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Coroner Releases Details in New Carlisle Assistant Fire Chief’s Death

New CarlisleNew Carlisle Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook died of blunt force trauma while battling a Tuesday night blaze at a business. The LaPorte County Coroner shared that information with our reporting partners at WNDU-TV. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Accept Bridge Bids

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen "Rik" Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen “Rik” Ritzler

Work on two replacement bridges in Starke County will begin as soon as possible. The county commissioners Monday accepted bids from LaPorte Construction Company for the bridge on County Road 800 East over Eagle Creek and the bridge on County Road 900 South over Bogus Run. They submitted the lowest of the two bids for both projects. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Approve Ambulance Service Expansion

The Starke County EMS base in North Judson will soon have a paramedic on duty around the clock. The county commissioners approved the expansion of Advanced Life Support, or ALS, service to that base immediately and to Grovertown starting Jan. 1. Knox already has 24-hour ALS coverage. Continue reading

Watch for School Bus Traffic as the School Season Starts

Students will be headed back to classrooms next week and Indiana State Police officers urge you to watch for school bus traffic.

When approaching a school bus from any direction and it is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended, motorists are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop.

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Two Extradited to LaPorte County

Richard Maynard

Richard Maynard

Christina Stultz

Christina Stultz

Two wanted offenders were recently extradited to LaPorte from Tennessee by deputies from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and booked into the LaPorte County Jail.

Richard Maynard, 50, and Christine Stultz (aka Christine Riegle), 40, were detained in Coffee County, Tennessee after law enforcement officers there found the pair were wanted on drug charges in an investigation by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit.

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