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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.
A fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Breckenridge Apartments, off Lute Road in Portage.
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.
A fire severely damaged a four-plex on Blake Road and Sherwin Avenue early Saturday. Four families were displaced.
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 Lasayko gathered photos, historical documents and newspaper items about the shrine and compiled them into "A Pilgrimage to Coventry A Photographic Journal of the Seven Dolors Shrine."
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.
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.
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.
Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy presented the State of the Township address Thursday at the Bonner Senior Center.
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.
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…
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…
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…
Chesterton native Remy Hoang was on his way to his physics lecture Tuesday when he heard sirens going off throughout Purdue University's campus.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some 200 guests, mostly parents and grandparents, enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal Friday at South Haven Elementary School.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Mackenzie Aldrich, 18, a Portage High School senior, was nominated to the school's homecoming court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
John Houseal, of Houseal Lavigne Associates of Chicago, talks to a group in Portage about the redevelopment of the U.S. 20 corridor.
Portage resident Jessica Alvarez, center, was presented with the Portage Fire Department Community Service Award during a recent Portage City Council meeting by Fire Chief Tom Fieffer, left, and Mayor James Snyder, right. Fieffer said on the late afternoon of Jan. 15, a fire was reported on …
Al Raffin, president of Porter County Right to Life, speaks to about 60 people gathered outside the Porter County Courthouse on Saturday during a Prayer Vigil for Life.
Al Raffin, president of Porter County Right to Life, speaks to about 60 people gathered outside the Porter County Courthouse on Saturday afternoon for a Prayer Vigil for Life.
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly listens to a group of farmers and agricultural organization representatives Thursday morning at the Ron and Cheri Birky farm. The stop was part of his four-day "I Work for You" tour.
While Porter County officials blamed rising fuel prices for the need to come up with an additional $250,000 last year, the larger communities in the county were able to live within their budgets.
A mobile home at 417 Bronze in Oaktree Village Mobile Home Park was severely damaged early Friday morning in a fire. The three residents escaped unharmed, but lost nearly everything. Police officers rescued two dogs, but a third perished in the blaze.
The Porter County chapter of Bikers for Christ is helping children's Christmas wishes come true. On Monday, the group donated $1,200 to the Salvation Army of Porter County's Angel Tree program. Pictured, from left to right, are Salvation Army Maj. Jon Welch, Angel Tree Coordinator Kathy Chil…
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