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Two injured in South Haven accident

Two injured in South Haven accident

A University of Chicago Aeromedical Network helicopter lands Monday morning at Haven Hollow Park in Portage Township. An accident requiring extrication was reported at Ind. 149 and 700 North.

September 22, 2014 11:56 am
Two injured in South Haven accident

Two injured in South Haven accident

A patient is loaded into a University of Chicago Aeromedical Network helicopter Monday morning at Haven Hollow Park in Portage Township. An accident requiring extrication was reported at Ind. 149 and 700 North.

September 22, 2014 11:55 am
Portage man continues his uncle's legacy, dream

Portage man continues his uncle's legacy, dream

Nick Radtke took over Pirate Cove Pet Shoppe in June, a week after the death of his great uncle, George Wagner, who had owned the shop for a decade. Radtke, with a bearded dragon on his shoulder in the shop at 5474 U.S. 6, said he wants to continue his uncle's dream.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am
Partnership graduates first class of certified production technicians

Partnership graduates first class of certified production technicians

Amy Parker, business development manager of Portage Economic Development Corp., right, speaks to two graduates of the Certified Production Technician program Monday afternoon. 

September 08, 2014 2:32 pm
Portage welcomes 62nd and 63rd cops to department

Portage welcomes 62nd and 63rd cops to department

Laura Lightfoot, left, was sworn in Tuesday as Portage's 63rd police officer. Grant Crizer, right, was sworn in on Aug. 18, as the city's 62nd officer. 

September 02, 2014 2:36 pm
Work connecting Portage Lakefront to South Shore station nearing completion

Work connecting Portage Lakefront to South Shore station nearing completion

Work is continuing on the $1.7 million project financed through the Portage Redevelopment Commission to provide parking, trails and other amenities to link the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk to the Portage/Ogden Dunes South Shore station. Work should be substantially completed by the end of…

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Log jam to be removed from Burns Waterway

Log jam to be removed from Burns Waterway

Storms that hit the area on Aug. 21 caused a massive log jam the following day along the Burns Waterway under the old Crisman Road bridge. The Portage Port Authority authorized work this week to remove the jam that trapped some 40 boats up the river.

August 30, 2014 7:00 pm
South Haven residents rescued from flooded homes

South Haven residents rescued from flooded homes

A car drives through flood waters on CR 700 North near the intersection of Ind. 149 in South Haven on Friday morning.

August 22, 2014 8:32 am
Ogden Dunes man first master recycler in the state

Ogden Dunes man first master recycler in the state

Jim Biancotti, of Ogden Dunes, is the first person in the state to receive the Master Recycler and Composter certification. He took a 10-week course and completed 30 hours of volunteering to earn the certification. 

July 21, 2014 12:00 am
Breckenridge apartment fire

Breckenridge apartment fire

A fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Breckenridge Apartments, off Lute Road in Portage.

July 17, 2014 8:16 am
Portage swears in 62nd firefighter

Portage swears in 62nd firefighter

Portage's newest firefighter, Michael C. Dujmovic, 35, of Griffith, was sworn in Tuesday by Mayor James Snyder, far right. Portage Fire Chief Tom Feiffer, far left, and Dujmovic's wife, Monique, look on as his father, Michael A. Dujmovic, holds the Bible.

July 08, 2014 11:28 am
Four plex, garage severely damaged in weekend Portage fires

Four plex, garage severely damaged in weekend Portage fires

A fire severely damaged a four-plex on Blake Road and Sherwin Avenue early Saturday. Four families were displaced.

July 07, 2014 2:59 pm
Portage man gathers history of Seven Dolors Shrine

Portage man gathers history of Seven Dolors Shrine

Dave Lasayko, of Portage, has self published a book on the history of Seven Dolors Shrine. Lasayko gathered photos, historical documents and newspaper items about the shrine and compiled them into "A Pilgrimage to Coventry A Photographic Journal of the Seven Dolors Shrine." 

June 06, 2014 11:26 am
Portage police to begin carrying heroin antidote

Portage police to begin carrying heroin antidote

Dr. Dave Cummins, EMS medical director for Porter Regional Hospital, shows the two major components of the intranasal spray device, the cylinder containing nalaxone and the spray device.

May 28, 2014 3:42 pm
Portage police to begin carrying heroin antidote

Portage police to begin carrying heroin antidote

Kits have been prepared for the use by members of the Portage Police Department to combat overdoses from heroin and other opiate-containing drugs. Fourteen supervisors will be trained next week. All officers will eventually have access to the naloxone, which costs about $35 per kit.

May 28, 2014 2:53 pm
Portage police to begin carrying heroin antidote

Portage police to begin carrying heroin antidote

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams shows the newest tool being placed in the department's arsenal. Police soon will be equipped with a kit containing naloxone, a drug that can immediately reverse the effects of a heroin or other opiate drug overdose.

May 28, 2014 2:45 pm
Trustee: Portage Township moving forward despite lowered revenue

Trustee: Portage Township moving forward despite lowered revenue

Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy presented the State of the Township address Thursday at the Bonner Senior Center.

February 13, 2014 11:28 am
Two new Portage police officers take oaths

Two new Portage police officers take oaths

Nicole Heuberger and Matt Johnson were sworn in Tuesday morning as Portage's two newest police officers. Both will begin instruction at the Indiana Police Academy in March.

February 11, 2014 11:20 am
Portage woman recognized for donations to police

Portage woman recognized for donations to police

Longtime Portage resident and business owner Diane Highlands, center, was recognized for her donations to the Portage Police Department over the years. Highlands donated $6,300 from the Dave Highlands Public Safety Fund. The fund was named in honor of her husband, who served on the Portage C…

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
Pence honors public safety personnel

Pence honors public safety personnel

Gov. Mike Pence congratulates LaPorte County Sheriff's Deputy Slawek Czupryna Friday morning during a ceremony to recognize public safety workers. Czupryna helped capture murderer Michael David Elliot, who had escaped from a Michigan prison Sunday night. Pence and Czupryna are flanked by LaP…

February 07, 2014 12:28 pm
Pence honors public safety personnel

Pence honors public safety personnel

Gov. Mike Pence shakes hands with LaPorte County Sheriff's Deputy Slawek Czupryna after presenting him with a Hoosier Public Safety Award Friday morning at Portage Fire Station 1 as Portage Fire Chief Tom Fieffer, left, and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Indiana State Police Superintend…

February 07, 2014 11:41 am

Local Purdue students reflect on shooting, lockdown

Chesterton native Remy Hoang was on his way to his physics lecture Tuesday when he heard sirens going off throughout Purdue University's campus. 

January 21, 2014 8:00 pm
Podgorski named Portage Employee of the Year

Podgorski named Portage Employee of the Year

Portage Street and Sanitation Department employee Vern Podgorski, center, recently was named Portage Employee of the Year for 2013. He received an award at a recent City Council meeting. Also pictured, from left, are Randy Reeder, assistant street department superintendent;  Steve Charnetzky…

January 19, 2014 12:00 am
Kyle Johnson sworn in as newest Portage firefighter

Kyle Johnson sworn in as newest Portage firefighter

Kyle Johnson, 25, of Valparaiso, takes the oath of office Monday from Portage Mayor James Snyder. His mother, Michelle, holds a Bible. Johnson was sworn in as the newest member of the Portage Fire Department.

January 13, 2014 1:44 pm
Kyle Johnson sworn in as newest Portage firefighter

Kyle Johnson sworn in as newest Portage firefighter

Michelle Johnson pins a firefighter's badge Monday on the uniform of her son, Kyle Johnson, after he was sworn in as the newest member of the Portage Fire Department.

January 13, 2014 1:42 pm
Fire damages Liberty Township home

Fire damages Liberty Township home

Liberty Township Fire Department initiated a tanker plan calling in multiple departments Thursday morning to a residential fire at 245 Papillon Drive. Because there are no hydrants in the subdivision, tanker trucks deposited water in a pool, which was then used to fight the fire.

January 09, 2014 10:18 am
Fire damages Liberty Township home

Fire damages Liberty Township home

Fire departments from several communities responded to a residential fire Thursday morning at 245 Papillon Drive in Liberty Township. Light smoke was showing from the back of the home when firefighters arrived. The fire was quickly put out and is under investigation.

January 09, 2014 10:16 am
Portage fire receives grant for utility vehicle

Portage fire receives grant for utility vehicle

The Portage Fire Department recently purchased this all-terrain utility vehicle with a grant received from ArcelorMittal. The vehicle, which also has a trailer, is stored at PFD Station 1.

November 25, 2013 12:00 am
South Haven 'family' gathers for Thanksgiving

South Haven 'family' gathers for Thanksgiving

Some 200 guests, mostly parents and grandparents, enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal Friday at South Haven Elementary School.

November 22, 2013 12:24 pm
South Haven 'family' gathers for Thanksgiving

South Haven 'family' gathers for Thanksgiving

South Haven Elementary School first-grader Johnathan Erdei invited his grandmother, Delores Erdei, to lunch Friday at the school. Some 200 parents, grandparents and other guests had a traditional Thanksgiving meal along with the school's students.

November 22, 2013 12:22 pm
South Haven 'family' gathers for Thanksgiving

South Haven 'family' gathers for Thanksgiving

South Haven Elementary School cook Judy Vincent serves turkey to a visitor at the school Friday. The school invited parents, grandparents and others to enjoy a traditional meal with students.

November 22, 2013 12:19 pm
Group protests employment practices at local restaurant headquarters

Group protests employment practices at local restaurant headquarters

Members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago protest in front of the offices of Restaurant Management Corp. in AmeriPlex at the Port business park Tuesday morning. They were protesting on behalf of Maria Sonia Acuna-Avila, center, who works at one of the company's McDonald's restau…

November 19, 2013 12:56 pm
Fire damages Portage home

Fire damages Portage home

A fire Monday damaged a home at 5228 Terry Ave. in Portage. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. No one was home when the fire started.

November 12, 2013 10:49 am
Portage celebrates, supports veterans on their day

Portage celebrates, supports veterans on their day

Portage American Legion Post 260 member Phil Kowal salutes a wreath he placed at the Portage Veterans Memorial Monday during a Veterans Day service at Woodland Park.

November 11, 2013 12:09 pm
Portage celebrates, supports veterans on their day

Portage celebrates, supports veterans on their day

Portage American Legion Post 260 Honor Guard members issue a gun salute Monday at the close of the Portage Veterans Day service at Woodland Park.

November 11, 2013 12:11 pm
Police nab burglary suspects; neighboring schools taken off lockdown

Police nab burglary suspects; neighboring schools taken off lockdown

HOBART | A three-hour police manhunt ended shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the last of three suspects sought for questioning in a home burglary was captured, police said.

November 06, 2013 4:10 pm
Portage swears in newest firefighter

Portage swears in newest firefighter

Greg Garner was sworn in as Portage's newest firefighter Monday morning by Mayor James Snyder as Assistant Chief Joe Calhoun looks on. Garner, a Valparaiso resident, spent more than three years on the LaPorte Fire Department before taking a job with Portage.

October 29, 2013 12:00 am
Steelworkers honor those killed in mill

Steelworkers honor those killed in mill

The Rev. Sherman Paul of Mount Zion Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Gary speaks Thursday at the dedication of the workers' memorial at United Steelworkers Local 6103, 1919 Willowcreek Road. With him, from left, are Portage Mayor James Snder, USW Local 6103 President Terry Pappas and US…

September 26, 2013 1:47 pm
Social media, blog posts exaggerate Portage homecoming story

Social media, blog posts exaggerate Portage homecoming story

Mackenzie Aldrich, 18, a Portage High School senior, was nominated to the school's homecoming court.

September 20, 2013 4:30 pm
Educators embrace safety measures, protocol

Educators embrace safety measures, protocol

The slayings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December was among the worst school tragedies in U.S. history, but state Rep. Linda Lawson wants to ensure no one has a "knee jerk" reaction to school security.

August 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Man dies after competing in Mudathlon

Man dies after competing in Mudathlon

VALPARAISO | A longtime local journalist died Saturday after finishing a mud-drenched three-mile race rife with obstacles, including a climbing wall, slide and mud pit.

July 20, 2013 8:15 pm
Grass clippings continue to be problem, expense

Grass clippings continue to be problem, expense

Residents continue to drop off grass clippings in and around a dumpster at the entrance to the Portage Street Department facility. So many clippings have been dropped off, the city will have to dispose of them at a Newton County landfill.

June 25, 2013 12:00 am
Storm leaves thousands without power

Storm leaves thousands without power

Officials assess damage after limbs came down from trees following the Portage Township Schools board meeting Monday night. About 50,000 people in Northwest Indiana were without power.

June 24, 2013 8:25 pm
Lincoln Highway celebrates centennial

Lincoln Highway celebrates centennial

The Dyer Historical Society has a display at the group's museum on the Lincoln Highway, including an original post that marked the way. The museum is located in the basement of the Dyer Town Hall.

June 18, 2013 12:00 am
Garden grows to teach, help others at Woodland Park

Garden grows to teach, help others at Woodland Park

Nancy Bedolla, of the Portage Township Food Pantry, plants potatoes at the newly created community garden at Woodland Park. The garden will be tended by volunteers and was funded through a $10,000 grant from Cargill AgHorizons.

May 18, 2013 12:00 am
Garden grows to teach, help others at Woodland Park

Garden grows to teach, help others at Woodland Park

Larry Smith plants potatoes at the new community garden at Woodland Park while Allen Hagan and Nancy Bedolla watch. The garden will be used as a teaching aid and produce will be provided to the Portage Township Food Pantry. The garden was funded through a $10,000 grant from Cargill AgHorizons.

May 18, 2013 12:00 am
Garden grows to teach, help others at Woodland Park

Garden grows to teach, help others at Woodland Park

Diane Hagan, of Portage, tends to the newly planted community garden at Woodland Park this week with the help of her granddaughter, Hope Schultz. Hagan and her husband, Allen, helped design and construct the garden which will be used for teaching and to provide produce to the Portage Townshi…

May 18, 2013 12:00 am
Willowcreek students clean up

Willowcreek students clean up

Students from the Willowcreek Middle School developmental assets class gather at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore after spending most of Wednesday morning cleaning the beach as part of a community service project.

May 16, 2013 12:00 am
Willowcreek students clean up

Willowcreek students clean up

Willowcreek Middle School eight- graders, Michael Montes, center left, and David Herrod, center right, tie up a couple of the more than one dozen bags of trash students in the developmental assets class collected Wednesday morning from the beach at Portage Lakefront Park and Riverwalk site o…

May 16, 2013 12:00 am
Portage stakeholders sketch visions of U.S. 20

Portage stakeholders sketch visions of U.S. 20

Portage residents and business owners talk Monday about what they would like to see along U.S. 20 in the future. The group gathered at Woodland Park to take part in the U.S. 20 vision workshop.

April 09, 2013 12:00 am
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