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La PORTE – A La Porte County man who was facing over 100 years in prison on various charges of child molestation was found not guilty by a jury in La Porte County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Amy Williams, mother of a Barker Middle School eighth-grader and a Coolspring Elementary fifth-grader, said she loves the first day of school “because it’s a fresh start for everyone.

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CHESTERTON – The Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League was awarded grants to support its E-STEM in the Field project for 5th- and 6th-graders in La Porte and Porter counties, and a local hunting initiative.

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MICHIGAN CITY – "Just think of how many shelter animals need their very own family. This day can help make that happen. Maybe you'll find your best friend."

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La PORTE – A Union Mills man wanted on drug charges in Porter County is facing more charges in La Porte County, while a Chesterton woman is also behind bars after narcotics were found in the car she was driving during a traffic stop near La Porte, according to police.

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SPRINGFIELD TWP. – A rural La Porte County woman is behind bars, charged with stabbing a man who was found by police at a Springfield Township gas station.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Danielle Leigh Stevens had a “great day” with her sons in Michigan City’s Gardena Park on Sunday, Aug. 4, according to friends and family. The next day, she was fatally struck by an alleged drunken driver.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Wednesday will be the first day of a school for most students in Michigan City.

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La PORTE ­– A La Porte man facing federal charges for allegedly trying to publish a book containing images of child pornography remains in federal custody after his initial court hearing was delayed.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Marquette High School is one of the top private and Catholic schools in Indiana, and one of the most diverse, according to an online ranking.

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La PORTE – Mr. Prickles and Miss Prickles are unusual names for pets, but these aren’t your usual pets. They're a couple of hedgehogs owned by La Porte resident and breeder Nicole Dunifon.

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MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Common Council conducted a public hearing Tuesday on an ordinance that would appropriate $125,000 from the city’s Riverboat Fund to help get the Michigan City Municipal Golf Course out of the red.

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NWI Citizens' Climate Lobby to meet

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LaCROSSE – A small town in southern La Porte County is looking for ways to improve its aging utility infrastructure without a major increase in rates, which one Town Council members say are already high.

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La PORTE — La Porte County leaders have agreed to keep the local tri-community bus transportation system rolling – at least through next spring.

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MICHIGAN CITY – It started 11 years ago and is still gaining momentum. The Citywide Back to School Rally not only helps Michigan City Area Schools families with school supplies, but offers valuable information, giveaways, a place to make connections in the community and, simply, fun.

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La PORTE – A former Indiana State Prison correctional officer is challenging the state for what he claims was a violation of his employment rights in a case that could have ramifications statewide.

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MICHIGAN CITY – After turning down a plea deal that would have allowed him to avoid jail time and having to register as a sex offender, a 24-year-old Michigan City man accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sexual contact now faces up to 12 years in prison.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Almost two years after he was arrested for allegedly striking a woman in the face with a bottle of liquor, a local bar owner confirmed Thursday he is prepared to face trial next month.

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VALPARAISO – Valparaiso University president Mark Heckler will be stepping down, but the timetable on his resignation could be a lengthy one.

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Michigan City In Bloom to meet

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MICHIGAN CITY – Amid a spirit of excitement and appreciation, the fourth annual SculptFusion Open House allowed guests to hear more about four new large art pieces, part of the rotating exhibit of public sculpture, unveiled in the Uptown Arts District by the Michigan City Public Art Committee.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Although a no-parking rule is already in effect for the south side of Fogarty Street, a lack of signage indicating as much has caused residents and visitors to continue parking along that curb for years.

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Free haircuts for students on Monday

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MICHIGAN CITY – A pair of boaters escaped injury after their boat ran into the Washington Park pier on Saturday night and they were rescued by a Coast Guard crew and Michigan City firefighters.

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PORTAGE – Anyone who is active on social media may have seen a post warning people in Northwest Indiana to avoid large stores this weekend due to the threat of a shooting, but Portage Police say it's an unverified attempt to spark panic.

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MICHIGAN CITY – The 11th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix is expected to bring more than $12 million to the local economy when final figures are tabulated, but the Michigan City Zoo has already received an unexpected gift.

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La PORTE – A La Porte man on probation from a child molesting conviction is now facing federal charges for trying to publish a book containing images of child pornography, according to federal prosecutors.

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Q: All summer I have been constantly harassed by some jerks from school. I am only 17 and not old enough to get a handgun permit, so is it legal to carry a fake/toy gun that looks real? Can I get arrested?

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MICHIGAN CITY – After an SUV became trapped on the Franklin Street Bridge last Friday afternoon, the driver said the gates started going down behind him as he drove onto the structure.

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ROLLING PRAIRIE – After years of complaints from motorists, the Indiana Department of Transportation is looking to tackle ongoing traffic safety and congestion issues outside of New Prairie Middle School and High School.

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MICHIGAN CITY — La Porte's Shana Mueller has spent nearly a decade on the front lines in the fight against a disease that's wreaked havoc on her family.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Police have no suspects and conflicting witness reports after an 18-year-old man was shot in the arm late Tuesday, apparently just a couple of blocks from the Michigan City Police station.

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MICHIGAN CITY – A teenage girl charged with murder last year has been rescheduled to face a jury in La Porte Superior Court 1 later this year after the judge rejected her plea agreement on Thursday.

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Last day for lifeguards is Sunday

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VALPARAISO – The Chesterton-Porter Rotary club will host its annual all-day music and vendor event – "Babapaloosa" – on Aug. 24 to benefit the club’s work in the Duneland communities.

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MICHIGAN CITY — A woman was fatally struck by a car Monday while walking across Michigan Boulevard, and the driver, who fled the scene, was later arrested after being followed by a witness.

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MICHIGAN CITY — After failing to secure one of three spots on the ballot for an at-large city council seat in the Democratic primary, the Rev. Damon Carnes filed as an independent to run for mayor in November’s election.

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MICHIGAN CITY – In an attempt to connect with local youth one more time before the new school year, the Michigan City Police Department invited local kids to participate in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the courts behind the police station on Tuesday.

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MICHIGAN CITY – When the new school year begins at Marquette Catholic High School in less than two weeks, it will be with a new administrator and a new leadership model.

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MICHIGAN CITY – An SUV was totaled when it became wedged between the rising Franklin Street Bridge and the roadway on Friday afternoon, and the bridge did not come away unscathed either.

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La PORTE – Law enforcement officers spent several hours Wednesday investigating a suspicious package – which turned out to be a harmless geocaching box – which was left at a La Porte park.

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Aviation Commissioners to meet

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La PORTE – Local startup group The Collective will hosts its third Artisan Market on Aug. 17 and a portion of proceeds from this event will benefit the Play for Jake Foundation, which raises awareness for a rare heart disorder.

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MICHIGAN CITY — From the moment of its surprise initial announcement, 9-year-old Amir Agemy and his family went on a trip they will never forget.

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MICHIGAN CITY – School will be starting for Michigan City students in just a few weeks, and that means back-to-school shopping for supplies and uniforms.

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