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Unemployment Dips Slightly in October

 Unemployment slipped a little in October for Starke County, but still remains low compared to previous reports. In all, 77 counties saw a slide in unemployment in October.

Starke County had an October unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. The percentage fell two points in October. Starke County is ranked 15th in the state.

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Federal, State and Local Government Offices Observe Thanksgiving Holiday

 Federal, state and local government offices are all closed tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Many are also closed on Friday, so keep that in mind if you’ve got business to tend. Your best bet is to call first. In Knox, Thursday’s trash pickup route will be run on Friday instead this week. Also, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches that are normally open on Fridays will be closed this week in observance of the holiday. Mail will not be delivered tomorrow, but normal delivery schedules will resume Friday.

Charges Filed in LaPorte County Stabbing Death

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Bradley M. Arndt

A LaPorte County man is jailed on a $1 million cash bond in connection with yesterday’s stabbing death  at a Trail Creek residence. Bradley M. Arndt, 47, of Trail Creek is charged with murder as a Level 1 felony in connection with his brother’s death. Thomas Arndt, 54, of Michigan City, was stabbed multiple times with a 40 to 45 inch Samuri sword, according to an Indiana State Police news release. It was found stuck in the ground near the body. Continue reading

State Police Investigating LaPorte County Homicide

Formal charges are pending against a homicide suspect in LaPorte County. The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred Sunday afternoon in Trail Creek. Police there got a 911 call just before 1 p.m. about an argument at a home in the 100 block of Hummingbird Drive. During the telephone conversation, authorities say someone yelled into the phone that it had turned into a stabbing. Continue reading

Wind Advisory Issued Through Evening Hours

Batten down the hatches, we’re in for a blustery day. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the WKVI listening area until 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST this evening. Southwest winds will increase to 25 to 35 miles-per-hour by mid to late morning, with gusts reaching 45 mph during the day. Continue reading

DNR Considers Rule Change to Allow River Otter Trapping

River OtterRiver otters are thriving a little too well in Indiana nearly 20 years after their successful reintroduction into the state. Last year biologists with the division of fish and wildlife received 86 complaints of river otters eating fish from private ponds and commercial hatcheries or destroying private property. That’s up from 69 complaints in 2012. Also the number of control permits issued or renewed nearly doubled from 11 in 2012 to 21 in 2013. Continue reading

BMV Announces Holiday Branch Closings

If you have business to take care of at the BMV, you may want to do it during the first part of the week. Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. All license branches with Saturday hours will return to their regular schedules on Saturday, Nov. 29. Visit myBMV.com for more information.

Driver Cited for Disregarding School Bus Stop Arm

A LaPorte man was cited after disregarding an activated school bus stop arm.

The incident occurred just after 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 14 when Joseph Dennis, 29, drove around a school bus in the 400 block of Pine Lake Avenue when the stop arms were extended.

Police later learned that Dennis had a suspended driver’s license, according to a news release. Dennis was given a summons to appear in court on the charge of driving while suspended as a Class A misdemeanor and reckless driving as a Class B misdemeanor.

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This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week

This week has been designated as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

Winter does not officially arrive until Dec. 21 and although snow has arrived in parts of Northern Indiana this season it’s never too late to craft an emergency plan.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery suggests that you stay informed about potential severe weather. If snow begins to fall in the area, slow down if you plan on driving. Give yourself plenty of extra travel time to reach your destination.

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Firearms Season Opens Today, Remember Safety

huntingIt’s the opening of the firearms season in the state.

Officials at the Department of Conservation ask that hunters be aware of firearms safety. Always positively identify your target. Don’t shoot at color, shape, sound and movement.

Treat every firearms as if it was loaded and point firearms in a safe direction. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms. When hunting with a companion, if visual contact with that person is lost do not resume hunting until visual contact has been made and confirmed. Wearing hunter orange is the law.

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Keep Pets Warm in Cold Weather

 Temperatures are falling and it’s time to make arrangements to keep pets warm as winter arrives.

It might be a good idea to take your pets to the veterinarian to see if they have any condition that may make them more vulnerable to the cold temperatures.

When you take your pet outside, stay with them. As long as you start to feel cold, your pet will feel the same way so it’s best to bring them inside to keep warm. If your pets are strictly outdoor pets, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding and plenty of non-frozen water.

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Inmate Arrested After Failing to Return From Work Release

Jesus Termores-Casillas

Jesus Termores-Casillas

A LaPorte County Jail inmate faces new charges after police there say he did not return from work release. They found Jesus Temores-Casillas, 33, of LaPorte, at a home in the 400 block of Lawrence Street there and say he refused to leave. He was arrested on a warrant for the Level 6 felony offense of escape. Temores-Casillas also faces a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy for violating an active protective order keeping him from being at the residence and having contact with his wife.

Trespassers Arrested After Fleeing from Police

Police say this SUV was previously reported stolen in Marshall County.

Police say this SUV was previously reported stolen in Marshall County.

A pair of Bremen break-in suspects face numerous felony charges in Marshall County after leading police from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase this morning. The caretaker of a vacant residence in the 400 block of Kenilworth Road in Bremen found a man and woman sleeping in the upstairs bedroom, went outside and called the police. She tried to block their SUV to keep them from leaving until officers arrived. She told police the man pulled a gun on her before he sped off through an adjacent field. Continue reading

More Counterfeit Money Found in LaPorte

Officers from the LaPorte City Police Department are getting more reports of counterfeit $100 bills.

A representative from Fifth/Third Bank told police that three $100 counterfeit bills were found in the night deposit box. Two of the bills came from the Family Dollar store and the other came from Advanced Auto Parts, both located in the area of State Road 2 W., according to a news release.

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Law Enforcement Agencies Begin Operation Pull Over Blitz

Law enforcement agencies across Indiana are taking part in an Operation Pull Over blitz through the end of the month. Patrol officers will be looking for drunk drivers and seatbelt violators.

Last November 490 alcohol-related crashes occurred in Indiana, resulting in 224 injuries and 13 fatalities. A total of 735 drivers were arrested statewide for driving under the influence, and 9.504 seatbelt citations were issued to drivers and passengers who were not buckled up. Continue reading

IU Health LaPorte Hospital Launches Strategic Partnership Website

IU HealthIU Health LaPorte Hospital has a new website to share information with the public about the ongoing search for an additional partner. The site will also solicit input from community members on the future of health care in Starke and LaPorte Counties. Hospital officials say the website will provide frequent updates about the process.

Members of the IU Health LaPorte Hospital Board of Directors are seeking an additional partner to help the two Northwest Indiana hospitals thrive with a broader network, improved facilities, and a strong strategy that is more ready to respond to tomorrow’s healthcare challenges in this part of the state.

The website features quite a bit of background information about the process, including a “fact check” page where questions and rumors can be submitted anonymously and addressed. Continue reading

LaPorte Woman Arrested after Allegedly Assaulting Police Officer

A LaPorte woman was arrested on Friday after officials from the Indiana Department of Child Services attempted to remove a two-month old child from her residence.

Caseworkers told the child’s mother, Rosemary Zeigafuse, 37, that they arrived at the home on Worden Street to take the child as the result of a court order and Zeigafuse allegedly threatened to kill them. An officer from the LaPorte Police Department attempted to place her into custody and she hit the officer in the face, according to the news release. She reportedly continued to resist the officer until she was successfully taken into custody.

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LaPorte Police Investigating Counterfeit $100 Bills

LaPorte Police are investigating reports of counterfeit $100 bills being presented for payment at two businesses on Pine Lake Avenue. Officers were called to the NAPA Auto Parts last Thursday after an employee took a $100 bill from a customer who bought $28 worth of merchandise. The clerk checked the bill with a counterfeit pen, according to the incident report but later realized it was a fake. Continue reading

Check for Excise Tax Eligibility on the BMV Website

You can check to see if you are eligible for an excise tax refund on the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle’s website.

BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said letters have been sent to those who are eligible but in case you didn’t receive a claim form, access the refund eligibility page at www.myBMV.com. A “Check Your Excise Tax Refund Eligibility” icon can be found on the right side of the page and users will be asked for a Social Security Number or Driver’s License Number in order to check eligibility.

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