AG: Woman illegally working as midwife

VALPARAISO – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed a complaint against a Porter County woman alleging she acts as an unlicensed midwife, a violation of the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. The complaint claims Julie Lentz, doing business as Sacred Lotus Midwifery Services in Valparaiso, has failed to obtain a certified nurse midwife license or certified direct entry midwife certificate, required to legally provide such services.

“Indiana law is designed to ensure that midwives meet certain educational and other requirements so they can provide safe and effective care to expecting mothers,” Hill said. He's filed a motion for an emergency temporary restraining order, which the Porter County Superior Court granted, preventing Lentz from operating as a midwife for 10 days. The office is seeking a longer-term preliminary injunction and civil penalties. A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday. In addition, the AG has filed a cease and desist motion with the Indiana State Board of Nursing, which will hear the matter on July 18. If granted, Lentz would be ordered to stop practicing midwifery.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals to meet

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes a request for a Development Standard Variance to allow expansion of a non-residential non-conforming building at 607 E. Barker Ave. and approval of findings and orders for Integrity Sign Company and Dunescape at Beachwalk LLC.

 

Lighthouse Museum on Park Board agenda

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Park Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes updates on the Michigan City High School Environmental Restoration Team work and the Old Lighthouse Museum Project.

 

Greenhouse Gas update on agenda

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Commission on Sustainability will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11, in the West conference room at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes reports on the Greenhouse Gas inventory, the city's carbon footprint, waste reduction, water quality and green transportation; as well as nominations for a new commissioner.

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