AUDIO: Lake County Emergency Management WX Tips

Lake County Emergency Management is reminding residents to make sure you have plenty of supplies in light of more snow and Artic cold temperatures this weekend and into early next week. The Region News Team spoke with Director Jodi Richmond on a varity of topics including warming centers, tips on being indoors and outdoors in sub-zero temperatures and their “Red/Green Card” initiative.  To listen to the interview click News Audio On Demand at

For more winter weather related information from Lake County Emergency Management contact them at (219) 755-3549....

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IN State Government Offices to Open at 10am Monday

Due to the anticipated snow and record low temperatures this weekend, the state of Indiana is adjusting its hours of operations for Monday, January 6th. All Indiana State Government offices across the state where public business is conducted will open at 10am local time that day. ...

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How and Where to Find Warming Center Locations

Brutally cold temperatures are poised to move into northwest Indiana starting Sunday, with the most extreme cold due to set in on Monday and Tuesday. Due to these conditions, which including blowing snow and wind chills forecast to range between minus-25 to minus-45 degrees, warming center locations have been announced in LaPorte County. On Thursday, LaPorte County Emergency Management reported warming center locations will be accessible until at least Friday, January 10th and this afternoon (Friday) Michigan City announced a number of locations have been set up as warming centers. Lake County Emergency Management Director Jodi Richmond says the public should go about finding warming centers by contacting your individual cities and towns, police and fire departments.

A listing of warming centers in LaPorte County:
City of La Porte
IU Health LaPorte Hospital
1007 Lincolnway
(219) 326-1234
6:00am-8:00pm in the lobbies and the chapel.
For assistance with keeping your animals warm:
LaPorte County Animal Shelter
(219) 326-1637
In Michigan City:
Michigan City Police Station (24 hours)
102 W. 2nd Street
Michigan City Fire Administration Building (8am-4pm)
2510 E. Michigan Blvd.

Michigan City Senior Center (8:00am-4:00pm)
2 on the Lake
Michigan City City Hall (8:00am-4:30pm)
100 E. Michigan Blvd.

Michigan City Public Library (during business hours)
100 E. 4th Street

Mayor Meer urges the citizens of Michigan City to check on family, friends, neighbors, pets, and especially the elderly during this dangerous cold outbreak to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.

Any citizen needing transportation to a warming center may call the M.C. Police Department’s non-emergency number at: 219-874-3221...

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Train Service restored Between S. Bend and Michigan City

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Train service has been restored between Mich City & South Bend beginning with EB Train 9 & WB Train 20....

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Porter Starke Counseling Methadone Clinic Robbed

Valpo PD
In Valparaiso, police continue to investigate a robbery that occurred this morning at Porter Starke Counseling's Methadone Clinic. Police report a male subject entered the clinic, after 10am, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the front counter area. The suspect is described as a male subject, wearing a dark colored hooded sweat shirt, white shoes and his face was partially covered. The suspect, who left with an undetermined amount of cash, was last seen running northbound on Cumberland Drive.
Police are requesting assistance from the community. Anybody with information is asked to contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 462-2135 or text a tip to Tip411, (847-411) and enter “Valpo” as the keyword in the message field prior to sending the tip....

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Porter County Red Kettles Shy of 2013 Goal

The Salvation Army of Porter County reports this season's Red Kettle Campaign has reached about 95-percent of its 2013 goal of 150-thousand dollars, being about 76-hundred dollars shy as of Christmas Eve. The Red Kettle Campaign is their major fund-raising event of the year. The overall campaign goal for Porter County for the year was 280-thousand dollars, and they've raised about 86-percent of that. The bell ringing was ending this week, but the mail campaign continues through January 30th. The monies raised will be used to assist those in need in Porter County for Christmas and throughout the 2014 fiscal year.   Goal for the Mail Appeal Drive is $130,000, and they were at about $100,408, or about 77%.
“The Salvation Army has brought spiritual light and love along with food, clothing and gifts to over 433 families, 819 senior citizens and 766 children which were served this Christmas Season so that the real meaning is not forgotten. We minister to the needy in Jesus name without discrimination,” according to Major Jon Welch of The Salvation Army of Porter County.   For more info, contact The Salvation Army of Porter County at 219-762-9191....

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Fire Departments Say Keep Hydrants Clear

Region fire departments are reminding residents to clear the snow around fire hydrants. Hebron Volunteer Fire Department says after a snowfall, remember to clear a three-foot radius around hydrants near your home. Valparaiso Fire officials are also sending out the message that when you're shoveling your sidewalks, take time to clear a hydrant as well....

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Merrillville Fire Caused by Electrical Problem

A fire that started in a detached garage then jumped to a house in the one-thousand block of East 61st Place in Merrillville late Monday was caused by an electrical failure, officials say. Authorities say the homeowners were uninjured. ...

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House Fire Starts in Gas Fireplace

Officials say a house fire in northeast LaPorte County New Year's Eve began in a gas fireplace, but it's not known exactly what caused it. The homeowner told investigators she turned off the fireplace then fell asleep, then woke up and saw flames outside and behind a wall where the fireplace is. She was able to get out safely. About one-third of the house was reportedly damaged by fire....

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Wire Problem Affects Some South Shore Passengers

The operators of the South Shore report they are busing riders between South Bend and Michgan City due to overhead wire problems.  Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District says trains are running between Michigan City and Chicago.
South Shore Commuter Line website: ...

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