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Marina manager turns 'gator wrangler in Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY | Jacob Bensz thought he might be the target of a practical joke when someone asked him to round up a stray alligator at work Tuesday morning.

3 hours ago

Portage molester back in jail

LAPORTE | A Portage man with a history of molesting children and peeping at women is back behind bars.

4 hours ago

Police investigate theft with fraudulent gift cards

Two women are suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise with fraudulent gift cards at Family Express stores in Porter and LaPorte counties.

August 13, 2014 2:13 pm

LaPorte hires controversial educator

LAPORTE | The LaPorte School Board is sticking with its decision to hire a former East Chicago and Portage school administrator with past allegations of anti-Semitic teacher harassment.

August 12, 2014 6:10 pm
Yosemite Sam finds his way home

Yosemite Sam finds his way home

George Cole, 74, posing with his Yosemite Sam statute returned to him after it had been stolen from his front porch outside LaPorte.

August 12, 2014 12:00 am
Yosemite Sam finds his way home

Yosemite Sam finds his way home

LAPORTE - Shelly Daniel was on her way to work in Mishawaka at 4 a.m. recently when she spotted something out of the ordinary.

August 12, 2014 12:00 am
Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

Nancy Shail holds a sign and U.S. flags to honor fallen firefighter Jamie Middlebrook during his funeral procession Monday through downtown New Carlisle.

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm
Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

Crowds gathered in the street in downtown New Carlisle Monday to honor fallen firefighter Jamie Middlebrook as his funeral procession made its way through town.

August 11, 2014 4:42 pm
Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

A New Carlisle Fire Department vehicle holds a photograph of Assistant Chief Jamie Middlebrook, who was killed last week battling a fire in an industrial building. The photograph is surrounded by Middlebrook's helmet and flowers.

August 11, 2014 4:40 pm
Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

Hundreds turn out to honor fallen firefighter

NEW CARLISLE | Sarah Audiss was not surprised at the huge turnout Monday for the funeral procession of New Carlisle Fire Department Assistant Chief Jamie Middlebrook.

August 11, 2014 4:41 pm Photos

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LaPorte barn restoration symbolizes area's past

LaPorte barn restoration symbolizes area's past

LAPORTE | The once white and green barn with an uncertain future is back to its glory days in welcoming motorists into LaPorte for generations to come.

August 10, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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LaPorte gives intermodal developers 30 days to move forward

LAPORTE | LaPorte County officials are flexing muscles to try and force progress on what seems to be stalled plans for the Kingsbury intermodal facility.

August 10, 2014 6:00 pm
Hope sprouts at LaPorte community garden

Hope sprouts at LaPorte community garden

LAPORTE | William Wood, 63, has definite plans to grow tomatoes in a community garden being developed next to his residence in LaPorte's downtown area.

August 10, 2014 11:39 am
150 motorcycles ride to honor firefighter

150 motorcycles ride to honor firefighter

LaPORTE | Nobody was more choked up, perhaps, than Blake Johnson who was shown the ropes of firefighting by fallen New Carlisle firefighter Jamie Middlebrook.

August 09, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Motorcycle ride honors fallen firefighter

Motorcycle ride honors fallen firefighter

A procession of motorcycles makes its way Saturday through LaPorte at Lincolnway and J Street in memory of fallen New Carlisle Assistant Chief Jamie Middlebrook. Middlebrook was killed Tuesday night in a fire near Hudson Lake.

August 09, 2014 3:44 pm
Motorcycle ride honors firefighter

Motorcycle ride honors firefighter

The motorcycle riders met for some instructions and to talk Saturday prior to leaving the LaPorte County Fairgrounds.

August 09, 2014 3:42 pm
Ride to honor fallen New Carlisle firefighter to be held Saturday

Ride to honor fallen New Carlisle firefighter to be held Saturday

LAPORTE | The public is invited to a motorcycle ride Saturday to honor New Carlisle fallen firefighter Jamie Middlebrook.

August 08, 2014 2:15 pm

LaPorte County inmate charged with possession of cocaine in the jail

LAPORTE | LaPorte County Jail authorities were still not sure Thursday how an inmate apparently got his hands on a large amount of crack cocaine.

August 07, 2014 2:00 pm
LaPorte barn restoration symbolizes area's past

LaPorte barn restoration symbolizes area's past

The large county-owned barn on Ind. 2 in LaPorte was recently restored.

August 07, 2014 12:45 pm
LaPorte barn restoration symbolizes area's past

LaPorte barn restoration symbolizes area's past

The restoration of the large barn on Ind. 2 across from the LaPorte County Fairgrounds is almost complete. Tax dollars and private funds were used to replace the roof and windows and paint the county-owned building its original red.

August 07, 2014 12:43 pm
LaPorte community garden

LaPorte community garden

William Wood of LaPorte is looking forward to planting vegetables in the new community garden at Jefferson Avenue and Jackson Street in LaPorte.

August 07, 2014 12:18 pm

Michigan City In Water Boat Show opens today

MICHIGAN CITY | At a time when some boat shows folded due to the economy, the one in Michigan City is still going strong now in its 35th year.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am

School educates workers on abuse reporting

LAPORTE | Many cases of child abuse get overlooked because far too many people -- including those in positions of authority -- are not sure how to respond to their suspicions.

August 06, 2014 8:59 pm

Rootinest, tootinest statue stolen from LaPorte County man's porch

LaPorte County authorities were trying to find the varmint who stole a life-size statue of the well-known cartoon character Yosemite Sam.

August 04, 2014 4:04 pm

Officials say Grand Prix turnout may set records

MICHIGAN CITY | The Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City appears just as popular as ever with speculation that attendance for the sixth annual power boat race might set a record.

August 04, 2014 3:00 pm

Gathering of The Orange

LAPORTE | It's hard for some to imagine any other antique tractor more beloved than the familiar orange ones churned out years ago by Allis Chalmers. The company began making farm equipment in 1914 and continued until its closing in the 1980s. 

August 04, 2014 12:00 am

LaPorte police investigate armed robbery

LAPORTE | LaPorte police on Friday were investigating an early morning armed robbery by men wearing masks.

August 01, 2014 5:29 pm

Great Lakes Grand Prix events start today

MICHIGAN CITY | More than 100,000 people are expected to make Michigan City their destination this weekend for the 6th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix and other festivities related to the powerboat race.

July 31, 2014 5:34 pm
Long Beach police seek help identifying burglary suspect

Long Beach police seek help identifying burglary suspect

LONG BEACH | Long Beach police are turning to the public for help in identifying a man suspected of breaking into three lakefront homes and setting one of them on fire.

July 30, 2014 4:15 pm

Day care worker turns herself in on criminal charges

MICHIGAN CITY | The last of three suspects charged in connection with the accidental strangling death of a 5-year-old boy at a Michigan City day care facility turned herself in.

July 30, 2014 1:33 pm

Man charged with using LaPorte County government-issued credit card

A Michigan City man has been charged with fraudulently using a LaPorte County government credit card to make a purchase.

July 30, 2014 1:35 pm

Third suspect sought in Michigan City hanging death case

MICHIGAN CITY | Authorities Tuesday were still looking for a third suspect charged in connection with the June 9 strangling death of a 5-year-old boy at a Michigan City day care.

July 29, 2014 10:25 am

LaPorte County Election Board uphold's candidacy of commissioner hopeful

LAPORTE | What could be a hotly contested rematch between a former LaPorte County Commissioner and the man who defeated him four years ago has been given the go-ahead.

July 28, 2014 4:45 pm

Tonka truck burglary reported

MILL CREEK | Someone kicked in a LaPorte County garage door and stole vintage Tonka trucks.

July 28, 2014 4:23 pm

Man bails from sinking boat

LAPORTE | Police responded to a call regarding a possible drowning victim, but discovered instead a handicapped LaPorte County man who bailed from his sinking boat then swam 75 feet to shore.

July 28, 2014 4:15 pm
World record flyer lands in LaPorte

World record flyer lands in LaPorte

LAPORTE | CarolAnn Garrartt started piloting small airplanes as a hobby, though not one that would allow her to see the world. 

July 27, 2014 10:00 pm

Michigan City day care owner charged with manslaughter in boy's death

MICHIGAN CITY | Charges were filed Friday against the owner of a Michigan City day care center for the hanging death of a 5-year old boy.

July 25, 2014 5:28 pm

Man convicted in killing jailed for going to Cubs game

LAPORTE | A man convicted of killing a teenager during a July Fourth party last year in Long Beach is going back to jail for attending a Chicago Cubs game.

July 25, 2014 2:58 pm
World record flyer lands in LaPorte

World record flyer lands in LaPorte

CarolAnn Garratt stands by the airplane in which she has circled the world three times at the LaPorte Municipal Airport last week.

July 24, 2014 6:54 pm
Sandra Mullins

Sandra Mullins

Sandra Mullins, of LaPorte, is battling pyoderma gangrenosum, a rare flesh-eating disease.

July 24, 2014 5:11 pm
LaPorte rallies around woman with flesh-eating disease

LaPorte rallies around woman with flesh-eating disease

LAPORTE | Sandra Mullins is keeping her head up despite a battle with breast cancer and now a rare flesh-eating disease.

July 24, 2014 4:43 pm

Woman, 78, hurt by pit bull

LAPORTE | A 78-year-old LaPorte woman was still “black and blue” Wednesday after a pit bull crawled under a fence and bit her.

July 23, 2014 4:50 pm

Pit bull's days are numbered

LAPORTE | A pit bull that left two children with scars on their faces will be euthanized, county officials said.

July 23, 2014 4:37 pm

LaPorte medic to volunteer at Washington wildfires

Assisting at disasters on behalf of the American Red Cross is getting to be old hat for George Hayes, who is off to render aid in Washington, where wildfires continue ravaging hundreds of thousands of acres.

July 22, 2014 6:00 pm

LP film company gets tax credits for $1.5 million expansion

LAPORTE | A maker of high quality films used in advertising and products like wall decals is expanding in LaPorte.

July 22, 2014 3:15 pm

Two children hurt by same dog in separate attacks

LAPORTE | A pit bull bit two children on their faces in separate attacks outside LaPorte.

July 21, 2014 7:30 pm

Man flown to Chicago hospital after LaPorte County crash

LAPORTE | A LaPorte man was flown to a Chicago-area hospital after a head-on crash that shut down a stretch of Ind. 39 north of LaPorte.

July 21, 2014 6:45 pm

Candidacy of LaPorte County commissioner candidate challenged

LAPORTE | The candidacy of a man running for LaPorte County Commissioner is being challenged on allegations he lives in Michigan.

July 17, 2014 3:20 pm

Suspect in LaPorte child rape case arraigned

LAPORTE | An 8-year-old LaPorte girl was being raped in a woods as her mother began calling out her name trying to find her, according to court documents.

July 16, 2014 1:52 pm
Hard work pays off for LaPorte-area teen

Hard work pays off for LaPorte-area teen

LAPORTE | A LaPorte High School graduate had already racked up several first place finishes prior to winning the Grand Champion Steer contest Friday at the LaPorte County Fair.

July 14, 2014 5:50 pm
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