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Traffic Stop Becomes Major Drug Bust
(Michigan City, IN) - Siezed heroin left a driver in handcuffs during a recent traffic stop in Michigan City. Anthony Vigil, 36, is charged with dealing in a narcotic and other counts including serious felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, the Michigan City man was at...
Northwest Indiana man arrested after woman found dead in Winfield home
WINFIELD, Ind. - A Merrillville man was taken into custody Monday after a woman he was in a relationship with was found dead last month. At 5:40 p.m. on Feb. 27, Winfield police officers were dispatched to 11204 Pike Pl. for a report of a non-responsive woman. Upon arrival, police...
Wrongful death lawsuit filed, stabbing death of inmate
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed after the stabbing death of an inmate. It happened at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Juwan Jones, a 25-year-old South Bend man was stabbed by fellow inmate Charles Johnson after an argument, with a sharp metal object. Jones was serving a 30-year-sentence for attempted murder.
Plans Unveiled for New Prison
(Westville, IN) - A new state of the art prison in Westville costing $1.2 billion would be slightly smaller in size but contain more beds from efficiencies in the design. Construction of the proposed new facility on the same grounds of the existing Westville Correctional Facility hinges on the state legislature and governor approving the funding.
A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Scott Underwood
For Scott Underwood, being a business owner and family man are mutually inclusive. Ever since the original owners sold it to Underwood’s father in 1978, Lincoln Carry Outs has been under his family’s ownership, and the business has since been passed to Underwood and his brother. Underwood began running the Crown Point branch in 2003, while his brother maintains the establishment in Hobart–the only two currently remaining locations.
A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Kelly Barnes
Though born in New Jersey, Kelly Barnes, a physician assistant at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, spent the end of her childhood and emergent teenage life stomping around the grounds of Valparaiso. It’s where she attended high school but not college. Pursuing grander things in West Lafayette after her...
Why is public school enrollment across Northwest Indiana plummeting?
Public schools across Northwest Indiana are seeing enrollment plunge. Enrollment across the 16 public school districts in Lake County collectively fell 6.78% from the 2017-18 school year to 2022-23, according to a Times analysis of data from the Indiana Department of Education. During that same five-year period, Porter County school districts saw a 3.52% decline, while LaPorte County school districts saw a 3.94% decrease. Newton and Jasper counties saw 12.49% and 4.50% declines, respectively.
Son bled to death in Michigan City prison, family say they want justice in federal lawsuit
SOUTH BEND ― A $20 million Civil Rights lawsuit has been filed against prison officials as the result of the Oct. 14, 2021, stabbing death of a 25-year-old South Bend man in the state penitentiary in Michigan City. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the...
Abandoned ‘Pub’ Restaurant: New Buffalo, Michigan
Just about two miles northeast from the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo sits this little deserted diner: “The Pub” Restaurant, near the intersection of Wilson Road and M-239. The Pub was an unassuming little place, back off the road; nothing spectacular, nothing gaudy. Looking at its location,...
SWAT Standoff Sunday in Hobart Results in One Death, One in Custody
HOBART, Ill. – A tense SWAT standoff in Hobart, Indiana ended tragically on Sunday with one person dead, officials confirm. The incident occurred on the 1700 block of Old Ridge Road after reports of gunshots were heard. When officers arrived, they heard another shot fired from inside the home and learned that a man was inside with a handgun.
Valparaiso Awards Neighborhood Grants
The City of Valparaiso has announced the awarding of 20 new grants in the 2023 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program, providing $216,175 in funds to support neighborhood unity and community improvements. Coupled with the matching investments by the neighborhoods themselves, this grant cycle will result in more than $350,000 in positive impact for the community.
Another Win in War on Blight
(La Porte, IN) - Another dilapidated dwelling was demolished today in La Porte. A burned-out house in the 1100 block of Clay Street was taken down this morning across from Lincoln Elementary School. Once the site is cleared, Mayor Tom Dermody said the goal is for the lot to be put back to good use for housing.
TCU Welcomes New Mortgage Loan Originator
Teachers Credit Union (TCU) is pleased to welcome Carla McFarland as a mortgage loan originator with TCU Mortgage. McFarland will be serving St. Joseph and LaPorte counties. McFarland has been in the mortgage industry since 2019, assisting borrowers as they secure financing for the homes of their dreams. During this time, she has made strong connections within the industry in northern Indiana and those relationships have helped her earn the title of Affiliate of the Year for both the Women’s Council of Realtors and the South Bend Area Realtors Association in 2023. McFarland is on the board for the Women’s Council of Realtors for Greater South Bend Area and is an active member of the St. Joseph County Home Builders Association and the Granger Business Association.
Driver Ejected. Alcohol Suspected
(New Buffalo Township, MI) - Alcohol is a suspected factor in a serious injury single vehicle collision outside New Buffalo over the weekend. According to Berrien County Police, a 42-year old Valparaiso man was taken by ambulance to Franciscan Health in Michigan City then later transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
Home, sweet home! Notre Dame baseball wins their home opener
For many northern baseball teams, your home season doesn’t start until you’ve played a handful of games and that was exactly the case for Notre Dame. The Irish had played themselves to a 9-8 record until they finally hosted their first game in Frank Eck Stadium today against Valparaiso. Safe to say the home cooking helped as the Irish won 8-4.
Michiana Unsolved: The Murder of Demetrius Echols
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Imagine coming into town to see family, only to be gunned down right outside a relative’s home. That is exactly what happened to 35-year-old Demetrius Echols just a few months ago. It was Oct. 29, 2022. Demetrius was in town from Michigan City visiting...
Gary Mayor Discloses Challenges of Selling and Redeveloping Properties Owned by the City
(GARY, IN) – Gary Mayor Jerome A. Prince recently met with the Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association (NICIA) during their monthly membership meeting on March 17 to discuss redevelopment and real estate investment opportunities with the city. The group is comprised of investors that have a focus on Gary. During the meeting, the NICIA raised many questions regarding the opportunities for investors in buying real estate and plans for redevelopment. The group and other attendees were particularly interested in learning more about the number of parcels and vacant land owned by the city and how investors can obtain it for development.
Local leaders exploring alternatives for Portage Manor closure
NorthWood boys hoops to play for first state title in program history. The NorthWood Panthers were the only local Indiana team to punch their ticket to Indianapolis in the semi-state round this past weekend. Third sentencing hearing ordered for 1989 murder case out of Berrien County. Efran Paredes, Jr. was...
Duneland Weavers Guild Fiber Art & Style Show – 2023
Duneland Weavers Guild Fiber Art & Style Show, will be held April 2nd, 2023, from 1pm-4pm, reception, Duneland Weavers Guild, held at Chesterton Art center, Enjoy a Fashion show, and an open reception with the artists and refreshments. See newly created works of. handweaving and other fiber arts created by...
Search Confirms No Drowning
(La Porte, IN) - A search for a possible drowning victim in La Porte had a happy ending. Nobody was ever in danger. Firefighters from La Porte and Center Township responded to Pine Lake about 2 p.m. on Saturday after bystanders along the shoreline on Lakeside Street reported an empty boat in the middle of the lake.
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