The appeal comes on the heels of James Snyder's Oct. 13 day-long sentencing hearing that resulted in him receiving 21 months behind bars and one year supervised release, which was well below the recommended sentencing guideline of 46 to 57 months.
"Instead of taking care of the city, at the end of the day, he betrayed the city," Assistant U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu said.
"An existing boom contained the sheen along the northern edge of a roughly 120 sq. ft. area," said Amanda Malkowski, lead media relations person with United States Steel Corp. "No sheen was observed entering or in Lake Michigan. We continue to investigate the cause."
The company, which offered a detailed explanation for the spill in a letter to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, states there was no permit violation and "no visible adverse impacts to the environment, aquatic life or wildlife."
The coalition said, "Industry is undoubtedly important to the economy, providing jobs and other benefits to Indiana communities, but that cannot parlay into a free pass to pollute."
The waters along the Indiana Dunes National Park have been closed since Sunday.
PORTAGE — U.S. Steel says elevated concentrations of iron were the cause of the discolored discharge Sunday into the Burns Waterway that close…
"All in all, I feel really good about what were able to accomplish throughout the year," Mayor Sue Lynch said in her State of the City address Thursday.
Randy Reeder, who often hesitated before responding and repeatedly requested reminders of his earlier testimony in the case, said this was not the only time James Snyder sought money from vendors doing business with the city.
PORTAGE — The city ended 2020 $1.1 million in the hole, but that’s not bad news. It’s actually an improvement.
City employees will continue to work and provide services to residents with a few adjustments.
"It's an unfortunate situation all around," Portage city attorney Dan Whitten said. "Mr. Stidham needs to answer for his misconduct and the residents of Portage need to be made whole.
Friday night, Northwest Health - Porter was on total bypass, meaning that the facility was at capacity and could not accept new patients. Gatherings will be limited to 25 people.
Mayor Sue Lynch last week announced Portage Fire Captain Randy Wilkening will succeed Chief Tim Sosby following Sosby's Nov. 5 retirement.
Among the most recent surprise bills is $38,000 to help support the Porter County Animal Shelter, in arrears, with no appropriation to pay it.
The Garyton School building owes its continued existence to the high cost of demolition.
Portage Mayor Sue Lynch issued an emergency executive order Monday morning closing all city buildings to the public and canceling all public meetings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Chuck Moseley called on the governor to declare an emergency to free up federal funding to combat Lake Michigan shoreline erosion.
Christopher Stidham, who kicked off last year's failed bid for mayor by calling to take the city back from "scandal and chaos," was charged with a felony count of official misconduct.