St. John

Michael Puente is live in St. John, IN covering a peaceful protest.

Here's part two of Michael's coverage:

Phil Wieland, The Times / The Times

ST. JOHN- A St. John Police officer is suspended for 30 days for violating several department rules.  The "Times" reports Officer Paige Hickenbottom responded to a call, on March 19th, in which two brothers were having an arguement.  Officers did not witness the argument and it appeared resolved.  Hickenbottom warned the two men that if police were called to the house again, someone would be arrested.

ST. JOHN, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana town has paid two women more than $200,000 to settle their lawsuits accusing a former police officer of sexually harassing them.

An attorney for the Lake County town of St. John released the two settlement agreements last week following a public records request by The Times.

17-year-old charged with murder in 2 Porter County deaths

Mar 5, 2019

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A 17-year-old Indiana youth faces murder charges for allegedly killing two other teens in what police say an informant told them was a drug deal gone bad.

Porter County prosecutors say Connor R. Kerner of Valparaiso is charged as an adult in the deaths of 18-year-old Thomas Grill of Cedar Lake and 19-year-old Molley Lanham of St. John. He was ordered held without bond Monday after preliminary not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.

ST. JOHN, Ind. (AP) — Police are seeking the public's help in finding vandals who caused $80,000 in damage to a religious shrine in northwestern Indiana.

St. John police say 20 granite light and speaker posts at the Shrine of Christ's Passion were pulled apart and their lighting fixtures were smashed in late December. The damage totaled about $80,000.

Police Cmdr. Steve Flores says the vandalism occurred between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26, when it was discovered.

Security cameras captured images of the vandals, but police said the image quality was relatively poor.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana teacher who was accused of using cocaine in her classroom and pleaded guilty to drug possession apologized at her sentencing and says she now wants to help others.

The Post-Tribune reports 24-year-old Samantha Cox was sentenced Friday to one year of probation and ordered to provide documents showing continued participation in a drug treatment program.

Indy Suburbs Fastest Growing Cities, Towns In Indiana

May 24, 2018

Indiana outpaces the Midwest for population growth. But a new Indiana Business Research Center study finds the suburbs around Indianapolis take the spotlight.

Suburban counties around Indianapolis are growing rapidly, while other metropolitan areas in the state like Gary and Evansville are losing population.

Indiana Business Research Center senior analyst Matt Kinghorn says that’s part of a larger trend for the state. While Indiana isn’t growing as fast as southern or western states, but Kinghorn says Indiana is still standing out. 

Wes Aldridge

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police departments in northwestern Indiana are turning to key fobs as a way to unlock doors at local schools electronically so officers can quickly enter if there's an emergency.

The Times reports that the newly implemented system in Crown Point gives officers access to all doors at every school in the district. Officers will also be issued a school ID card.

The first wave of 2018 school funding referenda are up for consideration in about two weeks. That means voters in several counties will have the power to approve or deny tax measures to make millions of dollars available for their local schools.

Purdue University economics professor Larry DeBoer says school funding referenda are usually more likely to pass in May, and the overall number of those winning voter approval has grown in recent years.

University of Notre Dame

Today:  A conversation with Julie Giorgi of "Promise Porter County."  Beginning this coming school year, the seven Porter County school districts are going to participate in a joint effort to give the families of first-graders an opportunity to be able to save for college, vocational or trade school or other post-secondary educational facility.

Marc Malczewski, Lake County Highway Department Director, joins us to give us an update on all of the major road resurfacing and improvement projects that are underway -- will be starting soon -- or are planned for the summer months.

Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable edition of "Regionally Speaking,"  we bring in Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore along with "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Rob Earnshaw, Ed Bierschenk and Bill Dolan and -- in his initial appearance, LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and Michigan City "News-Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard.  They talk about the big stories they covered for their media outlets this week.