Murder charges refiled against Indiana woman in 2012 death

Oct 30, 2018

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Charges have been refiled against a northwestern Indiana woman accused of arranging the 2012 shooting death of a business associate.

The Times reports that Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel says charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder were refiled against 48-year-old Sheaurice Major as a result of new evidence. She's jailed after being taken into custody Monday.

Push continues for rail line connecting Chicago, Columbus

Oct 27, 2018

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A proposed passenger rail line that would run from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, could see between 387,000 and 765,000 passengers annually, according to an engineering firm's analysis.

The Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association and engineering firm HNTB argued Thursday that the proposed Amtrak line would connect cities that don't have convenient connections, The Times reported .

Driver accused of letting students operate bus enters plea

Oct 23, 2018

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A former Porter Township school bus driver has pleaded not guilty after three students were allowed to drive her bus while others were riding.

The Times reports that 27-year-old Joandrea McAtee appeared Monday in Porter Superior Court.

McAtee is charged with neglect of a dependent, a felony.

Tennessee regulators reject Valparaiso law school move

Oct 17, 2018
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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tennessee regulators rejected a plan to move Valparaiso University's struggling law school to Middle Tennessee State University, casting uncertainty on the future of the northwestern Indiana law school.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted 8-5 Monday to deny the school's transfer to Middle Tennessee's Murfreesboro campus.

The two schools' governing boards had endorsed the transfer agreement earlier this month, nearly a year after Valparaiso announced that the private college's law school was facing severe financial challenges.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former northwestern Indiana police officer allegedly embezzled more than $180,000 from a local Fraternity Order of Police lodge.

Forty-two-year-old Lawrence W. LaFlower of Valparaiso faces one count of wire fraud. He resigned in May from the Porter County Sheriff's Department, where he had been a lieutenant.

LaFlower allegedly embezzled more than $180,000 over five years for his own personal use while he was treasurer for the Ewalt Jahnz FOP Lodge No. 165.

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A special prosecutor will investigate allegations that a developer moved forward with a construction project at Indiana Dunes State Park without a permit.

The Times reports the Porter County prosecutor made the request because his senior staff members are acquaintances with developer Chuck Williams.

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man accused of stealing two dogs and killing them, apparently because their owner rejected his advances, faces new charges in the case.

Lake County prosecutors charged 23-year-old Anthony M. Priestas on Wednesday with burglary, residential entry and theft.

Authorities say the Hammond man entered the Crown Point woman's home Feb. 21 when no one was home, stole her pugs Mugsey and Marley, and fatally beat them in adjacent Porter County.


As students across the nation prepare to hold rallies Saturday calling for gun control legislation and safer schools, one man in Valparaiso is holding a rally the same day, calling for the protection of the second amendment.

Pro-gun advocate Jack Pupillo said he feels he doesn’t have a voice when it comes to the gun debate. So he’s organized a counter-rally.

“I think there needs to be a voice, and I think it starts small,” he said, “I really think it starts from the ground up.”

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for a northwestern Indiana man accused of stealing two dogs from a home and beating them to death says authorities charged the wrong person.

The Times reports family members of 23-year-old Anthony Priestas testified Tuesday they were with him or knew of his whereabouts at the time of the alleged crimes.

Defense attorney Andy Kyres says authorities "have the wrong guy." Prosecutors are moving forward with the case.

Senate Committee Changes Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Feb 27, 2018

A Senate committee made changes Tuesday to a bill regulating autonomous vehicles. The bill’s Senate sponsor says the amendment seeks to find a middle ground between self-driving car manufacturers and those who want tighter controls on the industry.

Democrat Harper Announces Bid For Secretary Of State

Jan 17, 2018

Indiana Democrats have their first declared candidate for Secretary of State.

Valparaiso attorney Jim Harper announced Wednesday his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Connie Lawson this fall.

In his announcement video, Harper says he wants to promote small businesses, help protect investors against fraud, and advocate for election reforms.

“Like expanded early voting, same-day registration, and an end to political gerrymandering,” he says.

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Today:  Noted Indiana economist, speaker and writer Morton Marcus joins us once again to review the topics he brings up in his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns printed across the state on economic issues, including the state's workforce.

We revisit our conversation with Purdue University engineering graduate and inventor Ryan Frederickson, who came up with a different way to keep an opened bottle of wine fresh for months after the user first opens it.  It's called "ART Wine Refresher."

Transportation committee leaders in the Indiana General Assembly say their work isn’t done after last session’s landmark road funding bill.

Today:  a pre-General Assembly conversation with State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) about the issues that could be discussed at the upcoming 30-day session that begins January 3rd.  They could range from the opioid crisis to hate crimes to Sunday liquor and beer sales to political redistricting and educational issues.

MERRILLVILLE - Dan Evans, Co-Owner, of Dagger Mountain Roastery in Valparaiso joins Tom Maloney in-studio to talk local coffee.

Recently Northwest Indiana has landed three big Illinois companies. One of Hammond's biggest employer’s Lear is building a new $30 million investment into the City of Hammond. They are building a new plant that will bring up to 750 jobs. The City of Gary landed a new $35 million production from Illinois steel that will bring up to 100 new jobs. And an unnamed company from Chicago's western suburbs plans to relocate from Illinois to the East Chicago, the manufacturer will hire about 500 workers at an average salary of $55,000 a year.

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John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Julia Holmaas, who is Vice President of Events and Programs and Classes, and Claire Reed, Volunteer Coordinator, of The Art Barn's "Art Blitz" taking place on September 16th and 17th. /

VALPARAISO - Seven friends loved their city so much, they wanted to give something unique back to it.  So they decided to make a movie about Valparaiso, which they say is a love story to the town.  

The film, "Making Paradise."​ shows the dynamic between the creators, director, Jim Jano Janesheski, film business manager Steve Antonetti, producer Tim Daly, Valparaiso legend and idea guy Bill Wellman, Jason Monroe, local business owner and film promoter Carlos Rivero and executive producer and Director of Photography Brad Cavanaugh.  

Chicago-The Dean of the Valparaiso Law School is being recognized as a Legal Legend by the American Constitution Society. Because of her work Illinois and several other states have stopped use of the death penalty. Lakeshore Public Radio’s Steven Lattimore was there when her work was recognized with a national award.

This "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" program originally aired on FRIDAY,  MARCH  31, 2017


GUEST:  JEFFREY BROWN Fest Founder Head of Jazz Studies at Valparaiso University

This edition of “A Look At The Arts  with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Friday, March 17 

February 23rd aka Valparaiso Day!!

Feb 23, 2017

February 23rd marks a special anniversary for one city in Northwest Indiana.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Dan Clark speaks with Executive Director of the Porter County Museum Kevin  Pazour about Valparaiso Day.


It's that time of year again, the Super Bowl!  And to many Northwest Indiana Hoosiers it could be a big "who cares" because there's no Bears and no Colts in Super Bowl 51.  Who is in it are the New England Patriots, who have won four Super Bowls and all within recent history, in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015.  The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons, who have never won a Super Bowl.  But they did make it to the big game in 1999.  Does the game hold any interest people in the Region?  The Lakeshore finds out.



Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler issued this statement about President Donald Trump's immigration executive order:

“I was a stranger and you invited me in.” — Matthew 25:35

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff

Hundreds of anti-Trump protestors flooded the streets around the Porter Country court house in Valparaiso this weekend to make their feelings known. They say the liberal agenda has more support than the people in Washington realize and the over 500 protestors that  showed up is proof. Steven Lattimore was there and has the story.

GOP Leaders Split On Tolling Existing Roads

Jan 20, 2017


A split is forming among Indiana Republican leaders over the use of tolling existing roadways as a solution for the state’s road funding needs.

After Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address, Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) expressed enthusiasm that Holcomb indicated that every road funding solution proposed by House Republicans was on the table, with one, in Bosma’s words, “minor exception.” That exception is tolling existing roadways.

Eye on the Arts, January 9, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

On this week's "Eye on the Arts," John Cain talks with Gregg Hertzlieb, Director and Curator of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on APRIL 12, 2016 

GUESTSSongwriter/Performer WILL HOGE and MITCH PETERS of Respite House