Latest Lake Michigan News

Toddler saved in Lake Michigan after winds carry inflatable

Jul. 16, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Witnesses say a toddler was rescued in Lake Michigan after he drifted away from his family on an inflatable duck in Indiana. Dave Benjamin tells WBBM-TV that a boater finally grabbed the boy after the duck flipped over Monday, off Washington Beach in Michigan City. Benjamin tried...

Indiana casino hotel closes with planned move to inland site

Jul. 15, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 300-room hotel built opened by Donald Trump's casino company in 1998 to help draw gamblers to a northwestern Indiana casino has been shut down. The June 30 closure came as the current owner of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary is working to move it from along Lake Michigan to a location...

Thornton to sail 104-foot ketch in Chicago to Mackinac Race

Jul. 11, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A year after winning line honors aboard a modern racing machine in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, businessman Peter Thornton plans to take a slower, more comfortable approach to the classic race. Thornton has entered his 104-foot ketch Whitehawk in the cruising division of the...

Body of missing swimmer recovered in southwestern Michigan

Jul. 11, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say the body of a missing teenager in has been recovered in southwestern Michigan. They say Chikaming Township Police in Berrien County, Michigan, told them that the body of a male matching the description of 17-year-old Rahem Mason of South Bend was...

1 dead after sailboat capsizes along Chicago shoreline

Jul. 11, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say one person died and two were rescued after a sailboat capsized in Lake Michigan near the Chicago shoreline. Chicago police say in a statement that the boat overturned about 2 a.m. Thursday. A 28-year-old woman was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. Police say a...

The Last Laps: Downtown YMCA pool ceases operation

Jul. 8, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — After 50 yards, Richard Purath and Will Moser swam what were meant to be the final laps at the Downtown YMCA pool. But that wasn't enough. Over the past 40 years, Purath, 86, and Moser, 85, have swam the equivalent of traveling more than halfway around the world. But Purath had one more...

Authorities search Lake Michigan for missing Indiana teen

Jul. 7, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say authorities are searching the waters of Lake Michigan for a missing teenager. They say witnesses saw 17-year-old Rahem Mason of South Bend go underwater Saturday evening near Washington Park in Michigan City and didn't see him resurface. Officers...

The Latest: Warnings over possible gunman caused panic

Jul. 5, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on three stabbings and a stampede at the Navy Pier's annual fireworks show (all times local): 2 p.m. Chicago police say a 4th of July stampede at Navy Pier that injured more than a dozen people started when private security officers who might have mistaken a firecracker for...

Police: Security officer's gunshot warning caused stampede

Jul. 5, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A stampede at a Fourth of July fireworks display that injured more than a dozen people at Chicago's Navy Pier started when a private security officer shouted for bystanders to take cover, police said Friday. Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said "approximately 13" people who fell or...

Michigan man charged after illegal boat charters in Chicago

Jul. 1, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been arrested in connection with illegal charter boat operations on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois says 33-year-old Christopher Garbowski is charged with violating an order of the captain of the...