(Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)

Driver Killed When Van Spins Out Of Control

Indiana State Police are urging motorists to drive cautiously and to reduce their speed on wet or ice- and snow-covered roads, following a fatal crash on the Inidna Toll Road near Portage early Saturday.


Kolleen M. Lampa, 44, allegedly drove a school bus while intoxicated. (Porter County, Ind. Sheriff's Department)

Ind. School Bus Driver Was Drunk While Transporting Kids: Police

Kolleen M. Lampa, 44, of Portage, is facing felony charges of drunken driving while operating a vehicle with children in it and neglect of a dependent.


File Photo Of Ambulance (AP Photo)

Indiana Woman Found Dead In Portage Hotel Room

A Griffith, Ind. woman was found dead from an apparent drug overdose Wednesday morning in a Portage hotel room.


A voter casts a ballot during early voting. (AP Photo)

Indiana: Hammond Mayor Wins Reelection; Portage Mayor Ousted

The dust is settling from the elections Tuesday in Northwest Indiana, and while incumbents prevailed overall, there will also be some new faces.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2011

A Toyota Camry drove off of 1-94 and crashed onto a road below in Portage, Ind., on Sept. 28, 2011. (Credit: Indiana State Police)

Car Flies Off I-94 In Portage, Crashes Onto Road Below

A 25-year-old man who had been playing poker all night with friends and who was believed to have been intoxicated was seriously injured when his car went airborne and flipped over onto a road below I-94 in northwest Indiana on Wednesday.


Porter County, Ind. authorities search for evidence Thursday in the murder of Amanda Bach. (CBS)

UPDATE: Police Continue Search For Amanda Bach Murder Evidence

Porter County Sheriff’s police and a state dive team came up empty Wednesday as they searched a small pond for evidence in the murder of Amanda Bach, the Portage teen found shot to death Saturday.



Passenger Dies After Falling Out Truck On I-94

A passenger in a semi truck died of “massive head injuries” after falling out of the vehicle on I-94 in northwest Indiana Tuesday night.


Dustin McCowan is charged with murder in the death of Amanda Bach, 19. (Credit: Porter County Sheriff's Department)

Prosecutors Provide Chilling Details Of Amanda Bach’s Death

An ex-boyfriend charged with murdering a Portage woman appeared in bond court today, as prosecutors provided chilling details of the crime.


Dustin McCowan is charged with murder in the death of Amanda Bach, 19. (Credit: Porter County Sheriff's Department)

18-Year-Old Charged With Killing Portage Woman

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Amanda Bach, of Portage Ind., over the weekend. Bach’s friends have described the suspect as the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2011

Amanda Bach, 19, went missing on Sept. 15, 2011. (Credit: Porter County Sheriff's Department)

Missing 19-Year-Old From Portage, Ind., Found Dead

The body of 19-year-old Portage, Ind. woman who had been missing since early Friday has been found in Porter County, authorities said Saturday night.


Martin Jonassen, 55, allegedly kidnapped his daughter from her Missouri home then kept her tied up in a northwest Indiana motel room. (Credit: Portage Police)

Police: Father Kidnapped Woman Who Escaped, Ran Off Naked

Prosecutors in Northwest Indiana say it will be some time before they get to the bottom of a bizarre crime yesterday involving a father and daughter.

WBBM Newsradio–09/13/2011

A Man Walks Along The Lake Michigan Shore. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Man Found Dead In Lake Michigan

A Portage, Ind. man was found floating face down in Lake Michigan on Friday afternoon at Portage Lakefront Park.


Western Union

Woman Loses Nearly $10K In Scam Despite Warning

A scam came between an elderly Northwest Indiana woman and nearly $10,000 of her money.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2011

Gavel, Court, Generic Sized Image

Indiana Man Released From Prison Decades Early

A former Portage, Ind., man who was sentenced to 110 years in prison in 1985 will be set free Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011

File Photo (Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Judge Imposes Maximum Sentence On Child Molester

A man maintained his innocence Friday while Porter County Superior Court Judge William Alexa sentenced him to 20 years, the maximum he could get for two counts of child molesting.


Dog Prints

Near-Dead Dog Found On Indiana Street

Portage Animal Control is investigating the case of a dog who was found emaciated on a Portage street on Sunday. The dog died three days later.



Argument Over Crying Baby Leads To Arrest

A fight about whose turn it was to get up and check on a crying 4-month-old led to a man being arrested over the weekend.


(Credit: CBS)

Indiana Trooper Hurt In Hit-And-Run

An Indiana State Trooper was injured in a hit-and-run accident Monday night along the Indiana Toll Road.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2011


Child Injured In Crash With Drunk, High Driver

PORTAGE, Ind. (STMW) – An Indiana man was charged with fleeing from law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicated in connection with a crash that injured an 11-year-old boy.



Driver Gets Probation In Death Of 9-Year-Old

The Portage, Ind. man who admitted to fatally striking a 9-year-old girl with his pickup in February 2009 will not serve any prison time.