Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY -The city of Michigan City has finalized it's approximate $12 million contribution to the proposed South Shore Line Double Track project.  Council president Don Pryzbylinski told "The Times," the city made a commitment to fund Michigan City's portion to the project in 2017 and a unanimous vote on Tuesday by the city's common council is the honoring of that commitment.  He said that should send a strong message to the Federal Transit Administration.

Northern Indiana utility customers protested Thursday night to oppose NIPSCO’s plans to raise their rates while allowing industrial customers to access lower market prices. The company says the proposed 7 percent rate will be used to transition away from coal and toward cleaner sources.

Indiana man dies after overcome by waves in Lake Michigan

Jul 23, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say a man pulled from Lake Michigan has died.

They say 25-year-old Christian Rosete of Michigan City died at a hospital Sunday night.

Officers say Rosete was pulled from the lake near Washington Park Beach in Michigan City on Saturday night. They say he was swimming with family when he was overcome by waves and did not resurface.

Members of Michigan City Fire Department along with Good Samaritans were able to pull him from the water and was transported to the hospital.

Body of missing swimmer recovered in southwestern Michigan

Jul 12, 2019
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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say the body of a missing teenager in has been recovered in southwestern Michigan.

They say Chikaming Township Police in Berrien County, Michigan, told them that the body of a male matching the description of 17-year-old Rahem Mason of South Bend was found by a member of the public along a beach around 12:40 p.m. Thursday. Conservation officers responded to the scene and positively identified Mason. He's believed to have accidentally drowned.

Inmate captured following escape from Indiana State Prison

Jul 11, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — State correction officials say an inmate who escaped Wednesday from the grounds of the Indiana State Prison has been captured.

The Indiana Department of Correction says 39-year-old Travis Hornett was apprehended without incident shortly after midnight Thursday by DOC staff and state and local police in a vacant home in Beverly Shores, Indiana.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.8 million railroad safety grant to the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad to upgrade 7.5 miles of rail between Michigan City and the city of LaPorte.

The project will replace the existing 90-pound track with 115-pound track to ensure the safe transportation of materials and improve the reliability and efficiency of the railroad.

The funding announced last week comes from the Department of Transportation's Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program.

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with John Ryszka, of Rising Phoenix Gallery in Michigan City.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A fugitive from Minnesota who taunted authorities on social media, vowing that she'd "never be caught," has been arrested in northern Indiana.

Thirty-one-year-old Tiesha Monique Moore was apprehended Monday by members of the Twin Cities Apprehension Team in Michigan City. She was wanted on 16 outstanding warrants, including felony theft and domestic assault, all from Minnesota's Stearns and Benton counties.

She's being held in Indiana, awaiting extradition to Minnesota.

Warhol Exhibit To Open In Michigan City Arts Center

Jun 8, 2018
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Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts will feature works by  Pop-artist Andy Warhol starting Saturday.

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police departments in northwestern Indiana are turning to key fobs as a way to unlock doors at local schools electronically so officers can quickly enter if there's an emergency.

The Times reports that the newly implemented system in Crown Point gives officers access to all doors at every school in the district. Officers will also be issued a school ID card.

 

 

A second baby was discovered Sunday evening in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Coolspring Township, just outside of Michigan City.

 

This is the second baby found in the same box within five months. The first one in November of last year.
 

The baby box was installed at the Coolspring fire station in April 2016. There are two boxes in the state, the other at Woodburn Fire Station, outside of Fort Wayne.
 

No babies have yet been left at the Woodburn box.
 

Michigan City Schools Launch Solar Power Initiative

Mar 28, 2018
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Michigan City Area Schools today celebrated the addition of new solar arrays to its facilities in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Krueger Middle School.

 

The recently installed ground-mount solar arrays feed into the NIPSCO power grid and the school corporation expects the new solar panels, which have been placed  at 7 of its 16 facilities, including the main administration building, to offset utility costs by at least 52 percent per year.  

 

That’s an annual savings of about $704,000 dollars.

House Dems Elect Rep. Terry Goodin New Leader

Nov 27, 2017

After the vote, Goodin revealed no details about his political strategy for the 2018 legislative session. But he did indicate a desire to fight gerrymandering. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)


About one week after Minority Leader Scott Pelath announced he would step down, House Democrats have a new leader – Rep. Terry Goodin.

After the caucus elected him, Goodin revealed no details about his political strategy for the 2018 legislative session.

Michigan City Police Department

MICHIGAN CITY - A 12-year-old girl was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital after being attacked by a dog.  Michigan City Police Department Sergeant Chris Yagelski says police responded just before 7:45 Friday morning to the Dunewood Trailer Park on U.S. Highway 212.  Yagelski says the responding officer, Scott Combs arrived to a chaotic scene in which neighbors were attempting to beat off a Bull Mastiff, weighing about 140 pounds, attacking the child.  The girl was able to break free and run into the trailer, but the dog pursued and caught her and continued the attack.

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MICHIGAN CITY - A Michigan City organization is working to get a Welcoming City Ordinance passed.  Marisa Chaples, founding member of the Michigan City Social Justice Group says the group recently held a community forum to enable people to learn about the proposed Welcoming City Ordinance.

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Today:  Conversations with Indiana University Northwest's John Gibson about the Weekend MBA program beginning in January in Michigan City for residents in eastern communities in the Region and in southwest Michigan -- and Carmen Panlilio, Purdue University Northwest's Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, has good news for the new academic year, that shows records for student retention and full-time student populations. 

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Today:  Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman joins us in the studio for our occasional conversation about the local issues of the day, including a public forum tonight on the Ivy Tech Gary campus about the proposed letter of intent to bring Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville into the Franciscan Alliance family.  A group of organizations, including the SEIU that represents Methodist Hospitals employees, is sponsoring the discussion.  

Today:  Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer joins us to talk about his "thank you" message to the special education program employees at the Michigan City Area Schools on Wednesday, to kick off Indiana Disability Awareness Month.  Similar events are scheduled for later this month in Gary.

The Governor's Council for People with Disabilities says just over 19-percent of Hoosiers have some sort of disability, but they want to be recognized and accepted as people who want to be included in their communities, just like everyone else.

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Michigan City officials are joining citizens in supporting a proposal that, if approved, would transform a run-down section of Franklin Street in the downtown district into a public plaza.  It's a vision of  "a community space for concerts, shows, exhibitions, vendors, street musicians and other activities." 

A petition on Change.org is asking for citizen support of the project before the city's Redevelopment Commission.

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Today:  Clarence Hulse, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corp. of Michigan City, talks about a proposal to transform a section of Franklin Street in the downtown district into a public plaza,  "a community space for concerts, shows, exhibitions, vendors, street musicians and other activities."  A petition on Change.org is asking for citizen support of the project before the city's Redevelopment Commission.