Laporte County

LaPorte County Joins Others In Mandating Face Masks

Jul 17, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Northern Indiana's LaPorte County has become the latest local government in the state with a mandate for people to wear face masks while in public as the state has seen a recent growth in coronavirus hospitalizations. At least three other nearby counties, along with the cities of Indianapolis, Evansville and West Lafayette also have imposed mask requirements. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has encouraged the wearing of face coverings but has declined to issue a statewide mandate. The LaPorte County order took effect Friday. County Commissioner Dr.

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The northern Indiana utility NIPSCO will postpone removing toxic coal ash from ponds near its Michigan City coal plant until next spring. Environmental activists agree with the delay, saying due to the pandemic, it’s not the right time to remove the waste. 

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Indiana State Police responded to a report of a wrong-way driver on I-94 in LaPorte County today. ISP says the driver was involved in a crash.

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An inmate at Westville has died of COVID-19.

NEW (March 16 at 10:20am):

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported five new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 24 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories.

 

The new cases involve residents of Bartholomew (1), Floyd (1), Hendricks (1), Howard (1) and Marion (1) counties.

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Crash On I-94 In LaPorte County Claims One LIfe

Feb 12, 2020
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Indiana State Police released information about a crash Wednesday afternoon on I-94 that killed on person.

Authorities say a body found in a northwest Indiana pond has been identified as a Chicago man who family members say had been missing for weeks.

The La Porte County coroner has identified the man as 47-year-old Joseph Clopton of Chicago.

He went missing in mid-December. Family members and friends searched his Chicago neighborhood for him.

Authorities say he was found near Fish Lake in Indiana outside a bait shop. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.  

 

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Indiana State Police have released details of a deadly crash on Monday, Dec. 30th in which they say that a vehicle going west in the eastbound lanes was it by a semi.

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Some families in Michiana will soon have extra support thanks to a program through Goodwill Industries.

The Nurse-Family Partnership Program is specifically for low-income, first-time mothers in Elkhart, St. Joseph and LaPorte counties. Registered nurses with the program will do home visits throughout a pregnancy and until a child’s second birthday.

The Indiana DNR has released the following information about a hunter who was shot in the leg.

Sheriff: Crop Heists Are A 'Major League Operation'

Oct 21, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a "well-organized machine" of thieves appears to be behind the theft of tons of apples and pumpkins from orchards and farms in Michigan and Indiana.

An estimated 7,000 pounds of apples were discovered missing Oct. 10 from Spicer Orchards in Fenton, Michigan, during the same week that 1,000 pumpkins were pilfered from McCallum's Orchard in Jeddo. There were also 50,000 apples reportedly stolen from Williams Orchard in LaPorte County, Indiana, just south of the state line.

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UPDATE: 

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department officials say a fire that destroyed a large bird loft and killed the 2,000 racing pigeons inside could have been electrical in nature, though the cause is still officially undetermined.  

Detective Mike Raymer, who walked the site this week with a colleague from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, says a circuit breaker box in the structure showed signs of damage. The box powered industrial fans and a heated floor designed to help keep the birds warm.  

Raymer says other causes have been ruled out for now. He also says foul play isn’t suspected.

“Not right now, no," Raymer says. "Now if somebody comes forward—I mean, anything in today’s world is possible.”

Raymer says a passing motorist on U.S. Highway 30 saw the flames and drove onto the property, knocking on the door of the owners’ residence to alert them. Several volunteer fire departments responded to the fire between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday.

Racing pigeon breeders from around the world sent their birds to the Hoosier Loft to be trained for large-scale pigeon races – one of which was to be run the same day as the blaze.

On their website, the Ward family – who owned the loft -- say they plan to start constructing a new one in the coming weeks.

Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police have released the following information about a crash Monday in which a semi carrying 44,000 pounds of Nutella rolled over on I-94 in LaPorte County. 

A group of northern Indiana counties could create a nonprofit to submit a bid on the Indiana Toll Road lease.