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WSBT-TV Report | November 1, 2012
The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department has arrested the driver in a deadly one-vehicle crash north of LaPorte . This happened just before 3 a.m. CST Thursday in the 3000 block of U.S. 35. Police arrived to find a vehicle in the woods about 50 feet from the road. CLICK HERE FOR A MAP Thomas Drnek II , 29, was found nearby with a head injury, but he was conscious and alert. Police say 26-year-old Jacob Anderson of LaPorte was ejected from the vehicle.
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By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV | October 29, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY - A Crown Point woman is behind bars in LaPorte County for killing her husband in Arizona more than 10 years ago. Indiana State Police say 61-year-old Jane Leslie Carpenter was arrested Monday morning on a warrant issued out of Prescott, Arizona for 1 st degree murder. The arrest warrant stems from an investigation into the murder of Carpenter's husband in June 2002 when they lived in Prescott. Authorities say after the murder, Carpenter returned to Indiana, running a business out of her home in Crown Point.
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By: Ashley Henderson, WSBT News | October 26, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY -- It's what you might call a political ad that's impossible to ignore. You can't mute it. You can't change the channel. And, quite frankly, it's really hard to look away. Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney has a walking, talking billboard in Michigan City -- and he didn't have to spend a dime for the ad space. Eric Hartsburg was tight on cash. Not the "Hey, can I borrow 5 dollars" tight -- but he needed money -- and a lot of it. So, Hartsburg did what any relatively tech-savvy adult would do -- he turned to eBay.
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WSBT-TV Report | October 22, 2012
We should know more by the end of the day about what officials can do to tackle an overcrowding problem at the LaPorte County Jail. Earlier this month we learned Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer and the County Council may be closer to an agreement to reopen a wing that was closed last month. Sheriff Mollenhauer closed it because he couldn't pay overtime to deputies. Since then he's told WSBT the State Board of Accounts supervisor made it clear he can use funds collected from misdemeanors to pay for overtime.
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WSBT-TV Report | October 4, 2012
There's an update to a budget problem that forced part of the LaPorte County Jail to be closed down. Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer and the County Council may be close to an agreement to reopen the wing that was closed last month. He cited recent comments by the State Board of Accounts supervisor. Mollenhauer says Tammy White made it clear the sheriff can use funds collected from misdemeanors to pay for overtime, but needs the County Council's approval. Mollenhauer says he will ask for that approval later this month.
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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 Ted Land, WSBT News | September 25, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY -- The LaPorte County Sheriff says he has no choice but to close part of his jail and squeeze the inmates into already overcrowded cell blocks. The move resulted in what Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer said was a “mini-riot” last Friday. But there are some in the county who think the incident could've been easily avoided. There are usually dozens of inmates packed on the fifth floor of the LaPorte County jail. But the much-needed space has been empty for the past week or so, the result of a dispute between Mollenhauer and the county council.
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By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | September 21, 2012
A LaPorte county family has been wondering all week who launched a bunch of balloons with a camera that mysteriously landed on their Rolling Prairie farm. There was no name or contact information with the camera, but on Friday, someone came forward. Whatever it was that drifted over the community of Rolling Prairie, settling in the Tibbs' pasture in the middle of the night late Sunday, had caused quite a stir. The horses were clearly upset. “They did not like it all,” said Helen Tibbs.
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By Stan Maddux, WSBT Correspondent | September 18, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY -- Police in LaPorte County say two good samaritans pulled an elderly man from his car seconds before it was hit by a train. It happened Saturday night in LaPorte. Police say the man was from New Jersey and was passing through the area. The 70-year-old said he turned onto Second Street when his car got stuck on the railroad tracks. William Musgrave says as he ran over to help, the crossing gates went down and a train started coming. Musgrave says the driver was heavyset and couldn't get out of the car by himself.
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By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV | September 6, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY - $120,000 worth of marijuana has been found in a farm field in LaPorte County, and police are trying to find out who planted it. Detectives from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit and Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Team dug up 40 large pot plants that had been transplanted in a cornfield on Small Road, just east of C.R. 500 West, west of the city of La Porte. Police were planning to destroy the weed. Authorities say the marijuana find was the result of tips from the public and surveillance of the area.
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