LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has signed forward Keion Brooks to a national letter of intent after adding former Bucknell forward Nate Sestina as a graduate transfer.
Assault charge filed against Indiana woman in plane incident
DETROIT (AP) — An Indiana woman accused of attacking a Delta Air Lines crew is moving toward a guilty plea in Detroit federal court.
In a new court filing, Camille Krueger of La Porte, Indiana, is charged with head-butting and spitting on federal officers who were removing her from a Germany-to-Detroit flight last January. The assault charge is filed as a criminal "information," which is negotiated and typically leads to a guilty plea.
Man dies after large wave sweeps him into Lake Michigan
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana man was killed after a large wave swept him and a friend into Lake Michigan.
Indiana Conservation police say the two were walking along a breakwall leading to the Michigan City Lighthouse on Friday evening when a more-than 10-foot high wave knocked both into the water.
Tyger Campbell is 3rd UCLA player to be sidelined by injury
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA freshman guard Tyger Campbell has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the upcoming season, making him the third player to be sidelined.
The school said Tuesday that Campbell got hurt in practice Sunday.
He averaged 15.5 points and 7.2 assists as a senior at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, while leading the team to a 23-4 record last season. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana couple has accused a special education teacher of strapping their 8-year-old autistic daughter into a homemade restraining chair in the classroom.
The fateful fourth
La PORTE — The fourth inning started rather innocently on Saturday morning.
Two of the first three La Porte batters made outs.
But like the old adage says, ‘It not how you start, it’s how you finish.’ The Slicers took that to heart, rallying to score four runs in the inning with two outs.
Tuerff excels for Slicers, who place 5th in Princess Relays
ELKHART — Given that she's been injured a good part of this season, Riley Tuerff could've spent Friday evening at home with ice on her hip, rather than blowing away the field at the prestigious Princess Mishawaka Relays.
La PORTE — La Porte coach Ryan Sosinski told his father that he’d never seen a game end the way Friday’s game at Kesling Park just had.
Nola Hammerschmidt drew a dramatic walkoff walk with the bases loaded to clinch the sixth victory in a row for the host Slicers, a 3-2 thriller over Lowell in the opening game of the Hook Em-Zook Em Tournament.
County’s prospects improving, officials report
MICHIGAN CITY — The outlook for La Porte County is good and getting better, community leaders said Friday during an annual program sponsored jointly by the Michigan City Area and Greater La Porte chambers of commerce.
“It gets better every day, and it’s exciting to be a part of it,” Board of Commissioners President Rich Mrozinski told about 120 people who attended the State of the County luncheon at Blue Chip Casino.
MICHIGAN CITY — The La Porte County Drug Task Force has announced the arrest of four individuals for various charges including two separate narcotics and weapons related cases.
The first investigation resulted in the arrest of Cameo M. Crawford, 20, of Michigan City, on April 18, after an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest by La Porte County Superior Court #1 for Dealing in Cocaine, a Level 3 Felony.
Walk calls attention to child abuse
La PORTE — No one wants to hear about a child being physically, emotionally or sexually abused.
“It’s tough to hear,” said Ellen Kyes, a member of First United Methodist Church and one of three speakers at an annual gathering on the lawn of the La Porte County Courthouse to raise awareness of the issue, “but it’s absolutely necessary to hear.”
La PORTE — Three concert choirs from La Porte High School recently participated in the organizational contest sponsored by the Indiana State School Music Association April 19 at Concord High School.
Sheriff’s department, DUI task force to increase patrols
La PORTE — The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department and the La Porte County DUI Task Force is increasing enforcement and patrols around prom and post-prom sites this spring.
The goal is to deter alcohol use and eliminate alcohol related crashes among La Porte County high school prom attendees. Proms in La Porte County began April 21 and will conclude May 18.
County EMS urges ambulance expansion
La PORTE — La Porte County Emergency Medical Services would add a seventh ambulance to its fleet to handle a steady increase in calls, under a proposal begin pitched to county officials.
EMS responded to 15,647 calls in 2017 — an increase of more than 19 percent over the past three years, according to a report prepared by EMS Administrator Andrew McGuire and Assistant Administrator Eric Fenstermaker.
CROWN POINT — The La Porte baseball team has shown it can beat Duneland Athletic Conference rivals Crown Point, Portage and Valparaiso this season – once.
Beating those teams a second time, however, has not been a reality.
The Slicers, fresh off a 4-2 victory over Crown Point on Tuesday, found themselves on the wrong side of a 5-2 decision against the Bulldogs on a sunny but brisk spring afternoon in southern Lake County.
Total team effort
La PORTE — All 16 players on La Porte’s baseball team saw action in Saturday’s unconventional doubleheader. And virtually all contributed in some way in the Slicers’ twin bill sweep.
Will Malekovic hit the go-ahead, three-run home run in La Porte’s 9-7 opening win over Plymouth. In the second game, the Slicers, who had 21 total hits on the day, clawed back from a 6-2 deficit to prevail.
Candidate forum comes to South Central
UNION MILLS — Terry Garner and Justin Kiel, speaking at a candidate forum at South Central Junior-Senior High School, portrayed themselves as champions for south La Porte County.
Each insisted he had the right qualifications and experience to represent an area considered by some to be an orphan of local government.
“Sometimes we’re forgotten about,” said Garner, in his 16th year as La Porte County Council District 1 representative.
Students walk to protest gun violence
La PORTE — More than 25 students walked out of class and off campus Friday to call attention to school violence, marching about a mile from La Porte High School to the La Porte County Courthouse.
Carrying signs and holding up two fingers in gestures of peace, the students walked out about 10:15 a.m. and spent the rest of the day on a sidewalk in front of the courthouse.
‘No easy solutions’ to opioid crisis
WESTVILLE — If nothing else, results of an in-depth assessment of the opioid crisis in La Porte County, unveiled during a three-hour presentation Thursday, revealed the complexity of the epidemic.
“There are no easy solutions,” said Joshua R. Vest, director of the Center for Health Policy at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis.
Continuance denied in U.S. 20 fatal case
MICHIGAN CITY — The judge denied a continuance Thursday to the former La Porte County paramedic charged with killing two local business owners in a drunk driving accident in October.
Beginning May 7, Tron Gorbonosenko, 40, will face a jury in La Porte Superior Court 1 on four felony charges: Two counts of operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of more than 0.15 percent as Level 4 felonies, and two counts of reckless homicide as Level 5 felonies.
One big blast
La PORTE — La Porte only got out-hit by one on Wednesday.
But that ‘one’ proved to be the difference.
Even though the Slicers got out-hit just 7-6, they allowed a three-run home run to Maddie Snemis.
Besides that blast, Lexi Benko pitched a complete-game shutout, resulting in La Porte’s 3-0 Duneland Athletic Conference softball loss to visiting Chesterton in very cold, rainy conditions.
Prospective buyer broadcasts interest in local radio
La PORTE — A federal bankruptcy court in South Bend has approved the sale of two radio stations in La Porte to a small broadcasting firm which is signaling its intention to make local content a priority.
The assets of La Porte County Broadcasting Co. — WCOE-FM at 96.7 and WLOI-AM at 1540 — would be purchased by Spoon River Media LLC for $237,000, according to court documents.
Illinois women charged in basketball brawl
La PORTE — A fracas involving about 40 people at La Porte High School during a regional basketball tournament over the weekend resulted in charges against two Illinois women.
Brittany Overall, 20, of Richton Park, Illinois, and Angie Morris, 47, of Dolton, Illinois, were charged Wednesday in La Porte County Superior Court 3 with Class B misdemeanor battery.
Sheriff’s department hosts Narcan training for K-9 handlers
La PORTE — The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department recently hosted Narcan (Naloxone) training for K-9 handlers and their K-9s at the Sheriff’s Office Training Building.
The training, led by Dr. Johnson and her support staff from Purdue University, was attended by several area K-9 handlers and their K-9s. The hands-on instruction and training by Dr. Johnson and staff provided handlers with the proper technique of administering a dose of Narcan to the dogs.
NAACP partners with Ministers Alliance for live candidates forum
MICHIGAN CITY — Candidates running for office in the 2018 Primary Election in LaPorte County will be given the opportunity to socially engage with those that have the power to elect them into office, the voters, thanks to the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of La Porte County and the Northwestern Indiana Minister’s Conference (N.W.I.M.C).
Man faces reckless homicide charge in drug death
La PORTE — Reckless homicide charges were filed Tuesday against a Michigan City man accused of selling fentanyl-laced heroin to a woman who died last fall of a drug overdose
Craig Andrew Ramsey, 29, of the 100 block of McClelland Avenue, faces the Level 5 felony charge in connection with the Nov. 19 death of La Porte resident Brittany Redding.
According to court records, the drugs taken by Redding contained nine times the amount of fentanyl known to cause death.
Picking up the slack
La PORTE — Scuffling to hit with runners on base.
Generally, that’s what La Porte has been doing so far this season. That was the case again on Tuesday.
Fortunately for the Slicers, they received a potent pitching performance by Chandler Banic.
The senior left-hander went the distance, allowing two unearned runs in earning the complete-game win. Banic racked up 11 strikeouts, helping La Porte hang on to beat Portage 3-2 on a brisk day at Schreiber Field.
New eager coach looks to keep Slicers in the hunt
La PORTE — Eric Wozniak didn’t always want to be a high school golf coach.
In fact, he admitted that only a handful of seasons ago, he never envisioned himself at the helm of a golf program. But that’s the situation he finds himself in, and he’s elated being La Porte’s new boys coach.
“It’s definitely not a role I saw myself in, even five years ago,” Wozniak said.
He’s coached wrestling and football, however, those were sports he played growing up.
MICHIGAN CITY — La Porte businessman, comedian and improv actor Ben Konowitz won the fifth annual CREO! Award from the Center for Creative Solutions, and three high school students from throughout the region were presented with the Tej Ram Gupta Scholarship during Northwest Indiana’s World Creativity and Innovation Week kickoff celebration at the A.K. Smith Area Career Center Friday.
Fire chief’s home destroyed in blaze
STILLWELL — Pleasant Township Fire Chief Kevin Bluhm and wife Amy, still covered in soot Tuesday morning and standing in front of what was left of their burned out home, said they were not used to being fire victims.
“It’s different,” Kevin Bluhm said. “We usually roll up the hoses and go home, but not this time.”
No one was injured in the fire, reported at about 2 a.m.
The brick house, more than 100 years old, is about 50 feet from the Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department on Ind. 104.
Man in explosives case faces child porn charges
La PORTE — A man accused last year of keeping an explosive device in his home and trying to blow up his neighbor’s car across from La Porte High school faces additional federal charges involving child pornography.
Eric R. Weiler, 45, was charged in a six-count indictment from a federal grand jury in South Bend, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said Monday during a news conference surrounded by more than a dozen top law enforcement officials.
La PORTE — The La Porte Community Concert Association is bringing to La Porte the Grand Magic Show on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kesling Middle School, 306 E. 18th St.
Duane Laflin, assisted by his wife, has performed on five continents, in 18 countries, and in 47 of the 50 states in the U.S. In South Africa, Laflin was honored to be a special guest lecturer at the Siegfried and Roy College of Magic. In Mexico City he received the illusionist award. In Singapore he was honored as a star of magic.
Espar educates on reality of human trafficking
La PORTE – La Porte County Prosecutor John Espar spent Sunday afternoon educating local residents at First Baptist Church on human trafficking, how they may identify potential victims of the commercial sex industry and how La Porte County is working to combat such crimes.
Editor's Note: First of two parts
After his team won a baseball game recently on a cold, windy day in New Carlisle, La Porte coach Scott Upp said, "We gotta learn to play in this. It's Northwest Indiana, so we have no choice."
But while most players would just as soon play in bad conditions, the choice is not up to them. Instead, it's the athletic directors who have to make the sometimes-unpopular call.
La PORTE — With sustained success in recent years, the athletes on La Porte’s girls track team have appeared to buy-in to what the coaches have been stressing.
So it’s fitting that the unofficial theme this season has been ‘Buy-in.’
And Slicers’ girls track coach Corbin Slater said the girls really have.
“They just have bought into everything and it seems to be working,” Slater said.
La PORTE — After two days of auditions and several hours of careful deliberation, Hoosier Star 2018 audition judges, Ken Grace Jr., Lee Meyer and Mary Kay Steele, have chosen the hopefuls for Indiana’s next Hoosier Star.
NORTHWEST INDIANA — The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will hold 10 public meetings to listen to region residents, businesses and stakeholders on their ideas and thoughts on what the vision and needs for 2050 are.
NIRPC is developing its next long-range plan to 2050. The plan will address the environment, economic development and transportation.
WALKERTON – It’s unclear whether the ice pack on Mason Ryans’ shoulder was due to pitching a complete game or from all the pats on the back he received from teammates and fans afterwards.
Either way, John Glenn’s senior right-hander was feeling no pain after shutting out La Porte on six hits, and seeing his team do just enough to pull out a 2-0 victory.
“Everything felt good and my arm felt great,” Ryans said. “The last inning, actually the last couple of innings, I started getting a little tired.
La Porte Community Concert membership drive for 2018-19 season to begin
La PORTE — The spotlight is the La Porte Community Concert Association as workers conduct a campaign to subscribe new and old members for the 2018-19 season.
The association is offering 24 professional performances at the following prices: $50 for adults, $10 for students through high school and $100 for a family, including two adults and all students. There is a $5 discount only on adult subscriptions through Aug. 31. The concert season is from September 2018 through May 2019.
Grandfather faces 562 years for alleged molestation
MICHIGAN CITY — A local grandfather in lockup at the county jail on child molestation charges now faces up to 562 years in prison after the state introduced new counts against him this week.
Essling Funeral Home honored for 60 years of service
La PORTE — Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch recognized Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home Inc, Essling Chapel for continuing the service of Essling Funeral Home in the La Porte community into its 60th year.
Originally opened in 1958, the funeral home was ran by Vincent and Ellen Essling until their deaths in 1992. Their son, Mark Essling, owned and operated the funeral home until his untimely death in 2014.
Chesterton man arrested in connection to fatal ambulance crash
La PORTE — The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of Jeffrey J. Bilyak, 47, of Chesterton, following an investigation by members of the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) and Detective Bureau.
On Feb.15, at about 12:53 p.m. sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a crash on U.S. 421 just north of La Crosse.
La Porte County Association of Realtors commemorates 50th anniversary of Fair Housing Act
La PORTE COUNTY — For decades, Realtors members of the National Association of Realtors have supported a free, open market that embraces fairness and equal opportunity for all buyers and sellers. Members of the La Porte County Association of Realtors strongly support the Fair Housing Act, legislation first passed in 1968 and now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status and national origin.
Bauman presents season finale, ‘From Hollywood to Broadway’
La PORTE — La Porte County Symphony Orchestra is proud to present Maestro Philip J. Bauman’s “From Hollywood to Broadway.”
Community foundations create Great Lakes One Water Partnership
La PORTE COUNTY — Five shoreline community foundations announced on April 5 they are coming together to join the Great Lakes One Water Partnership, a new effort designed to help communities in six regions, around the Great Lakes, develop and implement projects that will secure the region’s water future.
LP boys down Wolves, fall to Pirates in DAC double dual
MICHIGAN CITY — Although the temperature wasn’t as nice as it was earlier Wednesday in Michigan City, the Slicers boys track team still competed in decent conditions against the hosts and Merrillville in a double dual conference meet.
Sluggish Slicers drop first DAC game
La PORTE — Solid pitching by the opposition, not much timely hitting, and a slow start.
It was a recipe for trouble for La Porte on Wednesday, and it came to fruition.
The Slicers were stymied by left-hander Zach Zborowski, fell behind 3-0 early, and never fully recovered in a 6-2 setback to visiting Valparaiso in baseball action.
La Porte softball roughed up by Crown Point
The La Porte girls pounded out 12 hits but still came up on the short end of a 17-5 score against visiting Crown Point on Wednesday. The Slicers (3-2, 2-2 DAC) had a brief 1-0 lead before the Bulldogs (4-0, 3-0 DAC) put up seven in the first, then killed off any comeback hopes with a seven-run sixth to end it. Megan Reed went 3-for-3 for the Slicers; Nola Hammerschmidt was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs; and Emily Samuelson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.