Tag Archive for La Porte County

Lester C. Fason, 28 of Sauk Village, Illinois, Killed in I-94 Accident

Indiana State Police sent this bulletin at 05/31/2017 12:30 PM EDT

UPDATE

The family of the deceased has been notified. The driver has been identified as Lester C. Fason, 28 of Sauk Village, Illinois. Fason died from blunt force trauma, he was wearing a seat belt.

Westbound traffic is open but eastbound traffic is down to one lane (left lane construction lane). These lane restrictions are expected to last several (3-4) hours more. They have up-righted one trailer, need to offload and up-right second trailer, upright the tractor, clean-up the roadway and surrounding area. The hazardous material crew is on the scene.

See original release below:

Indiana State Police sent this bulletin at 05/31/2017 09:44 AM EDT

La Porte County – a semi pulling double trailers crashed, early this morning, on I-94 eastbound at the 36-mile marker (this is two miles east of US 421/Michigan City exit).

Preliminary investigation revealed at approximately 6:06 a.m., this Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, morning, a semi pulling double trailers, went off the road for unknown reasons and rolled over. The tractor wrapped behind the bridge pillar at that location and the driver (single occupant) was trapped inside. The double trailers, carrying food product and paint, also overturned and their contents were spilled on the roadway, shoulder, and into Trail Creek waterway. Diesel fuel and oil from the tractor was also lost.

The driver had to be extricated from the semi and an air ambulance was requested. The driver succumbed to his injuries before the air ambulance arrived. West bound traffic is open but two lanes east bound are closed. The only lane of traffic opened is the closed construction lane (three lanes in this area, one closed for construction). This lane due to being a closed construction lane is not an optimal lane for driving.

Please choose an alternate route of travel!! Expect long delays and backups in this area.

It is unknown how long these lanes will be closed for clean-up, up-righting the semi and trailers, and investigation of the crash.

Name of the driver has been withheld pending notification of the family.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Indiana Conservation Officers Investigating Report of Police Impersonator

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:28 PM

La Porte, Indiana- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a complaint of a possible police impersonator at Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area over the weekend.

On May 19 at approximately 11:30 p.m., three teenagers were fishing near the Kankakee River when they were approached by an individual who implied he was a law enforcement officer.

The teenagers said the incident began when a dark colored Ford Crown Victoria with a bumper guard pulled into the area and shined a spotlight on them. A white male in his early 20s exited the vehicle and approached them. He was described as wearing dark colored BDU style (Cargo) pants, carrying a holstered handgun and a large knife.

The unidentified person approached the three teens, told them he was responding on behalf of DNR to a complaint of someone shooting a high-powered rifle and asked to see their fishing licenses.Neither Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch Center nor the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of anyone shooting a high-powered rifle at Kingsbury FWA at any time Friday.

Typically, an Indiana Conservation Officer will conduct a fishing license check but any police officer is authorized to check for a fishing or hunting license. Indiana Conservation Officers assigned to regular field patrol typically drive a fully marked pick-up truck or SUV and wear a complete uniform with a badge and shoulder patches. Officers working in plain clothes will identify themselves by producing a badge and law enforcement credentials.

This is believed to be an isolated incident and the information is being shared for public awareness. If anyone has information regarding this incident, call Indiana Conservation Officers Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536.

SOURCE: Indiana DNR Law Enforcement

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Off Duty Police Shooting of Thomas J. Walsh III in Michigan City, Indiana State Police Investigating

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:10 PM

Michigan City, La Porte County – Indiana State Police detectives and crime scene investigators at the request of Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek are investigating an off duty police shooting. The shooting occurred at approximately 3:54 p.m., this Saturday, April 22, 2017, afternoon.

Preliminary investigation revealed two Michigan City police officers who were off duty but working security at Franciscan Health in Michigan City were called to the hospital parking lot by family about a family member who refused to leave his vehicle and seek medical assistance.

Both officers, fully uniformed, were able to make contact with this individual, a forty-six year old white male, who was later identified as Thomas J. Walsh III of Michigan City, sitting on the passenger side of an F-150 Ford pick-up.

At one point, during their interaction with him, Walsh, withdrew a handgun from within the pickup, pointed that weapon at one of the officers standing by the driver’s door. The officer standing on the passenger side for fear of injury/death to the other officer, pulled his weapon, and shot Walsh several times.

Medical assistance was immediately given at the scene and Walsh was eventually flown to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for treatment where he is in critical condition. Family has been notified.

This investigation is continuing and can take several weeks to complete. No further information will be released at this time. After the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the La Porte County Prosecutor for determination.

The Michigan City Police Department will release the names of their officers at their discretion.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

SOURCE: Indiana State Police – Lowell District 13

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