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South Bend Tribune report | July 9, 2013
LAPORTE -- The LaPorte City Police Department will soon add a K-9 unit. The department credits the LaPorte County prosecutor's office and Mayor Blair Milo to the addition, according to a news release. Spl. Matt Drangmeister will lead this program and will attend training with his new K-9 partner in late September. Drangmeister will introduce his partner to the community when he returns from training.  
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By Chad Damp WSBT-TV(damp@wsbt.com) | July 9, 2013
The man who shot and killed an intruder and the father of that intruder spoke to each other for the first time Tuesday. 22-year-old Jason Rabe died Monday after police say he broke into a LaPorte County home and was shot by the man living there. Bob Rabe is still coming to terms with the death of his son Jason. He didn't know the man who shot Jason, but says he doesn't blame him. WSBT has been in contact with that man, who is still shaken and extremely remorseful for what happened.
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By James Fillmore (jfillmore@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | July 8, 2013
LAPORTE COUNTY--   Last year we broke the story about a swine flu outbreak at the LaPorte County fair where 4 people had confirmed cases of swine flu. This year there are 12 cases of swine flu in Indiana so far so we went back to LaPorte County to find out what's being done to prevent another swine flu incident. The fair manager says they started planning for this year immediately after last year's outbreak.     Fair officials and those who handle the pigs say they've done just about all they can do to protect themselves, the pigs and the public.
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By James Fillmore (jfillmore@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | July 4, 2013
LAPORTE COUNTY-- Some people who live near the intersection of Johnson and Pahs Roads in LaPorte County are frustrated with what they call rude drivers.   The intersection is being repaired after heavy rain caused the road to give way.   The issue is that people are driving through roadblocks before the road is actually finished. The project is supposed to be done by next week but many who live on Johnson Road fear it may take even longer if people continue to drive around the roadblocks.
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WSBT-TV Report | July 4, 2013
LAPORTE - An inmate was taken to the hospital after a fire in the LaPorte County Jail on the 4 th of July. Major John Boyd says the fire started in a cell just before 1 p.m. CDT. Boyd says city firefighters were called and arrived in several minutes, but the fire was quickly extinguished by deputies. 35-year-old Marzano Shelly of Michigan City was the only person in the cell at the time. He was taken to IU Health LaPorte to be treated for smoke inhalation.
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By Rachel Lake (RLake@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | June 26, 2013
LAPORTE COUNTY - Just as crews finished cleaning up after the storm earlier this week, another storm ripped through Michiana, dumping up to a half a foot of rain in LaPorte County. Road crews spent Wednesday picking up tree limbs and debris, but the power of the storm was most evident on a country road in Michigan City. A big hole is where pavement should be at the intersection of Pahs and Johnson Roads in Michigan City. "I came out and seen the lights and came down and was like I couldn't believe the road was washed away.
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WSBT-TV Report | June 21, 2013
We learned new details overnight about a shooting in LaPorte County that sent two people to the hospital. It happened just after 6:30 Friday night in an alley near Elm and Main Streets in Michigan City. Asa Tompkins, 16, has been named as a suspect. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Two people, who police describe as juveniles, were injured in the shooting. They were taken to the hospital with injuries that police say are not life-threatening.
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By Stan Maddux | WSBT-TV Correspondent | June 20, 2013
For several years Donald Gambrel embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the fire department whose funds he was trusted to guard. Gambrel of Kingsford Heights has agreed to spend some time in jail but he'll have to repay just a portion of the funds he allegedly siphoned. Gambrel, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday to Class D felony theft. Under terms of the plea, Gambrel will receive a 90 day sentence in the LaPorte County Jail and 275 days on work release along with three years on probation.
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WSBT-TV Report | June 20, 2013
A heads up for those of you in LaPorte or Michigan City this morning - An emergency siren test is scheduled later today for all of LaPorte County. At 11 A.M. central time, you can expect two 1-minute signals with 1 minute of silence between the alerts.
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WSBT-TV Report | May 31, 2013
LAPORTE COUNTY - An official with a LaPorte County animal shelter has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the organization. LaPorte County prosecutors have filed felony forgery and theft charges against 41-year-old Jennifer Westphal of Michigan City over the money missing from the Michiana Humane Society. Westphal has been director of shelter operations for the Michigan City-based group that cares for about 1,500 animals a year. Michigan City police say an audit alerted the group about the fraud in April, and officers are still investigating how much money is missing.
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