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Brettin: Aftowski promoted to police captain

La PORTE, IN (June 14, 2021) - The City of La Porte Police today promoted one of its officers, according to Chief Paul Brettin.

SGT Scott Aftowski was promoted to Captain following the appointment of CPT Bill Degnegaard to Assistant Chief. A 21-year veteran of the department, Aftowski has served in the investigative bureau as well as a street supervisor. Brettin said he believes CPT Aftowski will do well in his new role.

"Scott is a seasoned veteran in the department," Brettin said. "His many years of experience make him a great choice for this promotion, and I have no doubt that he will continue to lead the team and make us proud."  

La Porte fire chief urges residents to follow fireworks ordinance

La PORTE, IN (June 8, 2021) - As Independence Day approaches, City of La Porte Fire Chief Andy Snyder is reminding residents to be mindful of the city's fireworks code.

"After last year's 4th of July festivities were hindered due to COVID-19, everyone is ready to cut loose and kick off the holiday early," Snyder said. "However, we are still several weeks out from Independence Day and must be respectful of our fellow residents. Our department will be working closely with the police department as well as code enforcement to ensure the rules are being followed."

La Porte LakeFest rolls out full event schedule

La PORTE, IN (July 1, 2021) - The full concert lineup for La Porte's inaugural LakeFest was unveiled today, according to Park Superintendent Mark Schreiber.

The concerts, which will take place at Dennis F. Smith Amphitheatre in Fox Park, are free to the public and open to all ages. With the performers spanning across multiple genres, Schreiber said there is a live show for everyone to enjoy.

"Our committee could not be more excited to announce our live music schedule for this year's LakeFest," Schreiber said. "Both headliners, Wayne Baker Brooks and Rich Hardesty, will bring incredible energy to the stage and give the crowds nights to remember. And Fiesta del Lago will provide an amazing celebration of Latin music and dancing. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate the return of live shows than with three straight concert events at the newly renovated Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater overlooking Clear Lake."

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City of La Porte Police warn against bridge jumping

La PORTE, IN (June 16, 2021) - The City of La Porte police will be cracking down on bridge jumpers this summer, according to Chief Paul Brettin.

Brettin said his department has received numerous complaints of teenagers and young adults jumping off the Waverly Road bridge into the channel connecting Stone and Pine lakes. There have also been reports of individuals grabbing onto passing boats. Brettin said this activity is both dangerous and illegal.

City launches new system for online bill payment

La PORTE, IN (April 29, 2021) - La Porte residents now have new tools at their disposal to pay city utility bills more easily and quickly, according to Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Parthun.

Parthun said the city recently partnered with Invoice Cloud, an online payment platform, to make online bill payment a more user-friendly experience for utility customers. In addition to online payments, residents can now pay their bill using Apple Pay or Google Pay, or by phone or text using a credit/debit card. These options are available in both English and Spanish.

Customers can also sign up for email and text alerts to notify them when their bill is ready and remind them to pay just before their bill is due. Parthun said she believes residents will find these new features and payment options helpful as the billing office continues to make strides toward becoming paperless.