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SBT24/7 News Report | December 31, 2010
A 50-year-old woman died after her car struck a tree in a one-car accident in LaPorte County on Friday afternoon, according to a LaPorte County dispatcher. The driver was northbound on Highway 35 just south of US 20 when the accident happened. The dispatcher said the call came in at 3:31 p.m. It is not known what caused the accident, but police say there was heavy rain at the time of the crash. The woman's name has not been released, pending notification of next-of-kin.
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WSBT-TV Report | January 6, 2010
LAPORTE COUNTY ‒ She may have been cleared of criminal charges, but a local judge won't return to the bench anytime soon. A jury found Jennifer Evans Koethe not guilty of obstruction of justice late Tuesday night. Prosecutors had claimed she asked a police officer to get rid of evidence after she accidentally shot herself at her home in December of 2008. When those allegations surfaced, the state suspended Koethe from serving as a judge for alleged judicial misconduct. She will appeal that before the Indiana Judicial Qualification Commission next Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rachel Lake (RLake@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | February 3, 2013
LAPORTE - The Oscars are three weeks away, and a LaPorte man knows what it's like to grace the red carpet. Director John Hancock was nominated for an Academy Award back in 1970. He's directed several films since then including the Christmas movie "Prancer," and now he's working on another project that will involve the entire community of LaPorte. More than 300 people from as far away as Ohio have come to the LaPorte County Public Library, not to check out books, but for a shot at fame.
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By Stan Maddux | South Bend Tribune correspondent | October 1, 2012
MICHIGAN CITY - A cat near Michigan City was found with a bone in its mouth. According to authorities, one other bone was located underneath a bush. La Porte County Coroner John Sullivan said the bones will be turned over to a forensic anthropoligist in Indianapolis for testing to determine if they are from a human or animal. "Most of this stuff turns out to be animal bones but you want to check them just in case," said Sullivan. The bones were discovered in Pottawatamie Park, an upscale neighborhood next to Michigan City.
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By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | February 28, 2013
Prime Rib... baked potato...they're not foods you would typically see on a school lunch menu, but that's exactly what some lucky Rolling Prairie Elementary students feasted on Thursday. Not at school - at a local restaurant. It's all part of a program that teaches manners and basic dining skills. There are some lessons you have to go beyond the classroom to teach. "We hope it inspires them to try new things and have experiences that they've not had before," said Melissa Kuczmanski, who teaches "Manners and Basics of Dining" at the school.
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August 20, 2012
The massive fireworks show in LaPorte County led to two reports of damage. A family that lives on Orchard Avenue near the fairgrounds reported several windows broken from the fireworks, and a stone falling out of the façade of the house. Another person also reported a broken window in their home. The show from the Pyrotechnics Guild International appears to be a success. The LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates 15,000 people attended Friday night's grand finale.
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WSBT-TV Report | January 10, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY - LaPorte County police say a man that was hit and killed while riding a bike had alcohol and drugs in his system. The coroner says 18-year-old Brandon Biege had a blood alcohol content of .234 and had marijuana and benzodiazepines in his system. Benzodiazepines can be anything from anti-depressants to painkillers. Biege was hit late Friday night while riding his bike backwards down State Road 4 in LaPorte. Several people told police they saw him riding backwards and tried to stop him.
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WSBT-TV Report | December 22, 2011
LAPORTE COUNTY - A LaPorte County police officer accused of drunk driving pleads guilty to reckless driving. Anthony Wallace, 45, was stopped by police on November 27. They say he had a .13 blood alcohol level. Wallace told police he had three beers. La Porte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer told a newspaper that Wallace was suspended without pay after his arrest and demoted from captain to sergeant. He will spend six months on probation.
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By Don Wagner (dwagner@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | August 23, 2013
LAPORTE - Police believe they have solved a 20-year-old murder mystery out of LaPorte County. Jason L. Tibbs, 38, of LaPorte Friday was arrested for the 1993 murder of Rayna Rison. Rison was 16 when her father reported her missing on March 26, 1993 after she failed to return home from work. She worked at Pine Lake Animal Hospital. Rison's disappearance received national coverage and was aired on “America's Most Wanted” a week later. Her body was found in a pond near Range Road in LaPorte County on April 27, 1993.
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NEWS
August 13, 2013
Police in LaPorte County are warning the public about a man who is reportedly impersonating an Animal Control officer. Here is the full news release issued Tuesday: The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office and LaPorte County Animal Control is warning the public of an impersonator who recently approached a resident in rural Galena Township and purported to be an employee of the LaPorte County Animal Shelter.  On August 5, 2013,...
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WSBT-TV Report | August 11, 2013
A tragic scene in LaPorte County after an elderly couple from Rolling Prairie pulled into the path of a pickup Saturday afternoon at US 20 and 450 East.   The couple who died has been identified as 88-year-old Hobert West and his wife 84-year-old Leota West. Both were killed in the accident. LaPorte Co. Coroner John Sullivan tells WSBT that the couple was in a '99 Oldsmobile driving south bound on 450 trying to cross US 20 when they pulled into the path of a west bound pick up truck.
BUSINESS
JEFF HARRELL, South Bend Tribune | August 6, 2013
Second of two parts Oil equals jobs, a boost to a fledgling economy and independence from unstable global oil reserves. So say proponents of the Enbridge and Keystone XL pipelines, among them U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Granger. "Senator Donnelly has expressed his support for building the Keystone XL pipeline," Donnelly spokeswoman Elizabeth Shappell wrote in an email. The senator, Shappell added, also "would support other pipeline construction if it meets the required safety and reliability standards.
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By James Fillmore (jfillmore@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | August 6, 2013
LAPORTE COUNTY-- We may soon see fewer potholes when driving around town. Starting this month, counties in Indiana will see more money for roads. The General Assembly recently allocated a higher percentage of the gas tax to county highway departments which totals about $65 million a year. The way the money is split depends on the county, but LaPorte County, for instance, will get over a $1 million a year extra for road maintenance, w hich equates to a little over $90,000 a month.
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By Jessica Schliska (jschliska@wsbt.com) | July 27, 2013
One person is dead and another injured after a car accident Saturday morning, police say. LaPorte County deputies arrived at the 6000 North block of C.R. 525 West around 5:41 this morning and found a Honda Civic slammed into a tree. Police say the civic was driving southbound on C.R. 525 West and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The vehicle then crossed the center line and struck a large tree. The driver's side of the vehicle was severely damaged.
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By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV | July 23, 2013
LAPORTE COUNTY - A 57-year-old Fish Lake man is behind bars for a number of sex charges. David Kauffman, 57, was arrested at his State Road 4 home on Tuesday and booked into the LaPorte County Jail. He's charged with three counts of attempted sexual misconduct with a minor, one count of attempted possession of child pornography, and false informing. Kauffman is being held on $15,000 bond and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday. Police say his arrest is the result of an extensive investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior on Kauffman's part.
BUSINESS
WSBT-TV Report | July 22, 2013
KINGSBURY, Ind. - Good news on the local job front. Dwyer Instruments has announced plans to expand, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2016. The Michigan City-based company will spend $769,000 to lease and equip and 11,000 square-foot facility in the Kingsbury Industrial Park. The new building, which is expected to be in operation by September, is designed to allow the company to start making sensor products for the fire pump, industrial and chemical industries.
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By Rachel Lake, WSBT-TV Reporter | July 21, 2013
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are trying to figure out what caused an ultra-light plane to go down in LaPorte County early this morning. The 36-year-old pilot was killed. LaPorte County deputies say that pilot was Benjamin Hubbard of South Bend. An FAA registry shows the single passenger plane belonged to Hubbard. And investigators say a friend found the wreckage. What's left of Benjamin Hubbard's ultra-light plane is in pieces. "It's like oh my God, what does his wife think?
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By Denise Bohn (dbohn@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | July 15, 2013
LAPORTE - We are learning more about an explosive device found in a backpack at the LaPorte County Fair. Police say it was “non-mechanical” but still dangerous and that they believe the suspect was planning on detonating it in the crowd. 3 teenagers are in custody. All are 16-years-old and from LaPorte. One is charged with making the device, another charged with carrying the device and the third with disrupting the investigation and kicking a police officer.
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