A LaPorte woman faces between 20 and 50 years in prison for dealing in heroin and is jailed on a $100,000 bond. Officers from the LaPorte Metro Operations Unit and LaPorte Police Department served a warrant on Rita M. Parker, 29, at the Country Acres Apartment complex. They also arrested Tony B. Bankson, 34, of LaPorte, at the same residence. He was wanted for a probation violation and is currently jailed without bond. Both Parker and Bankson are housed in the LaPorte County Jail.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.