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By Stan Maddux | WSBT-TV Correspondent | February 12, 2013
LAPORTE - What was billed as a record bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich built in La Porte over the weekend is now being disputed by a group laying official claim to the longest BLT. The World Record Academy said the 364 foot two inches long sandwich from Brad Hindsley does not qualify for its official record BLT measuring 224 feet three inches long. In an e-mail, Tom Howard of the WRA said Hindsley cannot break the WRA record for the Longest BLT simply because he didn't have "our written, prior approval for this attempt.
By Stan Maddux | WSBT-TV Correspondent | February 11, 2013
KINGSFORD HEIGHTS - An eight year old boy was recovering Monday from burns sustained when his shirt came into contact with a candle in Kingsford Heights. According to Kingsford Heights Police, the boy whose name was not disclosed was transported to the hospital by ambulance with first and second degree burns. His condition was not known, but Kingsford Heights Town Marshal Chris Fine said the boy prior to being taken away went outside because the cold temperatures felt good on his back.
WSBT-TV Report | February 7, 2013
Police say a 29-year-old Argos woman was arrested Tuesday for sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy. In a release issued Thursday, the Plymouth Police Department said they received information about the crime on January 29. After locating the boy, he gave them details about sexual activity with 29-year-old Lisa Tincher. Tincher was found and arrested on February 5, say police. She admitted to sexual acts with the 15-year-old that happened in October of 2012. She was booked into Marshall County Jail for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, a class B felony.
By Rachel Lake ( | 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.
By Stan Maddux | WSBT Correspondent | January 22, 2013
Police say a man who died in a head on-collision he caused was intoxicated. LaPorte County police revealed on Tuesday that Walter Bracich had a .186 percent blood alcohol level. Police said the 46-year-old Hobart man was northbound in the southbound lane of U-S 421 near 100 North when the crash happened around 11 Friday night. That's between Michigan City and Westville. The oncoming driver, 32-year-old Marlon Saunders of Union Pier, Michigan told police just as he crested a small hill he encountered a car operated by Bracich in the opposite lane.
By Stan Maddux | WSBT-TV Correspondent | December 28, 2012
MICHIGAN CITY -- Buster the dog is back in good spirits after coming about as close at it gets to death after plunging through thin ice in LaPorte County. The golden retriever basset hound mix was submerged except for his nose Wednesday night when Coolspring Township firefighters plucked him out of the frigid water. Barbara Tanner, who lives two doors away from Buster, said the sound of the dog slipping away in the frozen lake was heartbreaking. "I could hear him gasping for breath and yelping," she said  About 11 p.m., emergency responders were called to Weatherstone Village, a manufactured home community along U.S. 20 just west of Michigan City's corporate boundaries.
By Jason Overholt ( | December 27, 2012
The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help in finding a man they call a 'sexually violent predator.' They warn he should be considered dangerous. If you see 28-year-old Maurice Ward, contact Major John Boyd at (219) 326-7700 ext. 2406 or call your local law enforcement agency. Police say in 2004 Ward was convicted of Criminal Confinement - a crime for which he was classed as a sexually violent offender. And in 2010 he was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender.
By STAN MADDUX | WSBT-TV Correspondent | December 25, 2012
Services are scheduled Thursday for a 36-year-old woman killed when a tree fell on the car she was traveling in outside LaPorte. Sarah Swisher, of Kingsford Heights, died Saturday morning several hours after the freak accident. According to LaPorte County police, she suffered a severe head injury. Swisher was in the back seat of a 2005 Nissan Sentra that was northbound on Indiana 39 south of the LaPorte Municipal Airport just after 6 p.m. Friday, police said. The driver, 37-year-old Charity Mitchell, told investigators she did not remember the accident but when she came to she was pinned in the vehicle.
By Don Wagner | WSBT-TV | November 13, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY - More traffic problems on the Indiana Toll Road. Four hours after two semis, including a FedEx rig, were involved in a crash in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 62 (the St. Joseph County/LaPorte County line), 3 tractor-trailer crashed about 8 miles to the west at mile marker 54. One of the trucks was hauling a load of flour, which spilled all over the highway. The second crash happened just before 2:30 p.m. State Police say both lanes were closed for awhile while the flour and debris could be cleaned up. Amber Ketting of the ITR Concession Company told WSBT shortly before 5 p.m. that one eastbound lane had been opened.
November 12, 2012
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY -- Hundreds of people are waking up to a dark home in LaPorte and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana this morning. That's because AEP is reporting approximately 1,400 customers in St. Joseph County and another 150 in LaPorte County with no power. A call in to AEP confirms that the outage is due to a tree falling on a power line. Our reports seem to centralize the outage near the northwest side of South Bend. AEP estimates power to be back on by 8 a.m. EDT.
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