Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest on the closing of Gary’s historic Roosevelt High School, Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown was arrested on domestic violence charges, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with the director of the Indiana University Northwest Center for Professional Development Jana Swozkeck. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

United Bridge Partners

Today:  "Times" reporters Dan Carden and Olivia Heersink are in this program's "Reporters' Roundtable" segment talking about stories they wrote for print and in the online newspaper  and website.  Dan covers stories in Lake County and state government, and Olivia is the morning police and breaking-news reporter.  They cover topics ranging from Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown -- to new political candidate announcements -- to innovative ways that Griffith Police are taking advantage of a staffer who is trained in social work. The police department is one of only two Indiana police departments with a full-time social worker.  Terry Velligan and Laura Weber with the local United Bridge Partners staff also talk about the new Cline Avenue bridge that is under construction in East Chicago -- in the footprint of the bridge that was torn down because of structural corrosion.

Lake Ridge Schools

On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the drowning of a Lake Ridge high school student,  Lake County Recorder Mike Brown may receive a drastically reduced salary next year, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Gary Public Transportation  Corp. Director of Planning and Marketing David Wright.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…   

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Lake County has agreed to pay $185,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the northwestern Indiana county's recorder.

County attorney John Dull confirmed Monday that taxpayers will finance the payment to Estela Montalvo. The former part-time recorder's office employee sued Recorder Michael B. Brown and the county in federal court last year, alleging sexual harassment.

Brown said Monday he maintains his innocence, but took his attorney's advice to resolve the matter and move on with his career.


Today: it's the weekly Reporters' Roundtable conversation of many of the big local news stories, with Times of Northwest Indiana reporters Bill Dolan and Carmen McCollum and one important state education story -- Wednesday's meeting of the Indiana state Board of Education, covered by Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle.