John Buncich

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld bribery and two wire fraud convictions for a former northwestern Indiana sheriff.

The Post-Tribune reports the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Wednesday also vacated convictions for former Lake County Sheriff John Buncich on three wire fraud counts. Federal prosecutors conceded last year that there wasn't enough evidence to convict him on those three counts.

The appeals judges said U.S. District Court Judge James Moody should resentence Buncich.


PRESS RELEASE: US Attorney's Office Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND – Daniel Murchek, 57, of Schererville, Indiana was indicted for making false statements to federal authorities, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

CBS chicago website

Today:  it's Reporter Roundtable Thursday, where we ask reporters from the local media to talk about the stories they wrote for print and the Web.  This time, Bill Dolan of the Times of Northwest Indiana talks about his coverage of the John Buncich federal court trial, business reporter Joseph Pete is with us to talk about the major local business stories of the week and Jon Gard of the LaPorte Herald-Argus has a number of LaPorte County stories to go into detail. 

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More than 500 Democratic Party precinct committeemembers will come into the auditorium at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point on Saturday, Sept. 16th to hear from those who want to be the next Lake County Sheriff, and to serve until the end of 2018. 

The party's county chairman, Jim Weiser, called for the special caucus one day after a federal court jury convicted Sheriff John Buncich of wire fraud, honest services wire fraud and bribery charges -- convictions that brought his term of office to an end.

Supermarket News

Today: It is Reporters' Round Table day on "Regionally Speaking," as we call on local reporters who worked on some of the major stories of the week to review and talk about them. 


Today:  Northwest Indiana financial adviser Greg Hammer joins us to talk about ways to make preparing and filing those income tax returns a little less stressful, including the top 20 deductions that all taxpayers should take advantage of.

Indiana Dunes Tourism executive director Lorelei Weimer tells us about the recent Certec report on the economic impact of travel and tourism to Porter County -- and you'll be surprised to hear just how much those tourist visits mean to the local economy.