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Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:43 am

Elkhart police say victim's body could have been outside for 2 days before found
by Jessi Schultz, WSBT 22 ReporterSaturday, June 3rd 2017

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ELKHART — Elkhart Police are searching for a killer after a man was found dead, the victim of an apparent homicide.
Police were called to the 300 block of 5th Street in Elkhart just before 2:30 Saturday. When they got there, they found 56-year-old Quinncy Jackson of Elkhart dead from an apparent gunshot wound in the backyard, behind a house.
Lester Osborne who has lived in Elkhart for years says it doesn't surprise him.


"There's either a gunfire or a shooting almost every other night," said Osborne.
Police say the body of the victim, Quinncy Jackson, could've been at the crime scene anywhere from 1 to 2 days before it was finally noticed. They were called after people walking by saw it.
Angelique Jackson lives right next door to where it happened. She says when she saw the crim scene tape, it brought back memories of when her son was murdered in 2005.
"That person who's over there, they family gonna have to go through the same feelings that I went through," said Jackson.
She moved her family to Elkhart to get away from violence, but says, now, she doesn't even feel safe in her own neighborhood.
"I have kids and grand kids and I'm trying to get them out of Elkhart, not worth it," she said.
She says gun violence has got to stop.
"It's not worth killing over, no, because one day, God gonna take you away and your family gonna feel the same pain."
Osborne agrees.
"It's way too often. They'd rather shoot than actually sit and talk it out," he said.
An autopsy on Jackson's body is scheduled for tomorrow in Kalamazoo.
So far, police have no suspects and have made no arrests.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:50 am

Bank workers lock doors before suspected robber can get in
By Jon Zimney -June 6, 20170


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Some alert citizens are being credited for helping police arrest a bank robbery suspect.

Officers with the South Bend Police Department were called to the 2300 block of South Michigan Street near 1st Source Bank after workers received a call about a man wearing a mask walking toward the branch.

Employees were able to put the building on lockdown to prevent the suspect from entering, according to South Bend Police.

Using the description provided by witnesses, police caught up to the suspect a couple of blocks away.

Cheston Turnipseed, 34, was arrested on preliminary charges of attempted robbery and robbery, according to South Bend Police.

During interviews with detectives, he admitted to the robbery of the 1st Source Bank branch in the 2600 block of Mishawaka Avenue back on May 30, South Bend Police stated.
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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:41 pm

UPDATE: Police ID man arrested in connection with South Bend shooting

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Updated: Tue 2:40 PM, Jun 06, 2017

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) South Bend police have identified the man who was arrested in connection with a shooting Monday afternoon.

It happened in the 1100 block of E. Indiana Avenue.

When police arrived, they found 26-year-old Thurl Redd with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the foot.

Thanks to community involvement and tips from witnesses, police say they were able to get a description of a vehicle and the name of a possible suspect.

Officers found the vehicle, and after a short chase, they arrested 25-year-old George Harris on E. Eckman Street. He was identified by witnesses as the possible shooter.

He is currently facing charges related to resisting law enforcement. Detectives are continuing to investigate and collect evidence to possibly bring additional charges.

Viewers reported seeing multiple police units in the area with weapons drawn.

We talked with a dad who was outside with his kids when the suspect threw his gun into the home's back yard.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:46 pm

Former PTA president in court on molestation charges

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Posted: Mon 3:12 PM, Jun 05, 2017

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - The former PTA president of Battell Elementary was back in court Monday.

David Willamowski appeared before a judge for a pre-trial conference.

He is accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl. The victim was staying at the suspect's house for a sleepover with his daughter.

Willamowski's trial was supposed to start in February, but it was delayed. His trial is now set to begin June 19.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:20 am

South Bend Police warning public of 'purse thieves'
by Danielle Kennedy, WSBT 22 ReporterFriday, June 9th 2017

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SOUTH BEND — South Bend Police say thieves are targeting you when you least expect it.
This comes after a string of larcenies from cars across the city. These cases are happening every day.
Police reports show at least five people had things taken from them in a two day period this week.
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Now, police are urging you to lock your cars and pay attention.
A woman, who asked to not be identified, had her purse stolen out of her front seat while she was pumping gas at Ireland and Ironwood.
"It happened in just a couple of seconds," she said.
She says she thought her car was locked, only to find out someone took her purse right out of her front seat.
It had her phone, wallet, photos, credit cards, and her I.D. inside.
"I feel like they've taken part of my life, part of my soul or something because it's just devastating," she said.
Police say similar reports have been made all across South Bend within the last week. It's why police are reminding drivers to always lock their doors.
"Even though you're standing right next to it, lock your car. If you're even sitting in your car, lock your car because they can't open the door. If you're car door is locked they cannot get into it,” said Ken Garcia with South Bend Police.
Reports also show people had items taken from cars when their windows were down.
"You may be focused on the pump that's going, keeping an eye on the number because you want to keep an eye on how much you're paying for gas, but during that time with your window down someone may have already walked over and grabbed your bag without you even realizing it,” Garcia said.
The victim we spoke to says she never believed something like this would happen to her.
Police say it can unfortunately happen to anybody.
"These are crimes of opportunity and you don't want to give that bad person an opportunity,” Garcia said.
South Bend police are investigating these crimes.
They're reminding people to park close to lights in dark parking lots and never leave belongings in the open.
Police are asking anyone to speak up if they have any information about these crimes.


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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:47 am

Police name man killed in UP Mall parking lot shooting
by WSBT 22 Sunday, June 11th 2017

Shooting investigation at UP Mall // WSBT 22

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A heavy police presence could be seen at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka Sunday morning as investigators worked on a deadly shooting in the parking lot of Bar Louie. They have identified the victim as 27-year-old Benito Estevan Bueno.
Police say this was originally called out as a bar fight involving numerous people at 2:40 a.m.
"Upon arrival, officers dispersed individuals in the lot and found one victim down on the ground suffering from at least one apparent gunshot wound," according to a release from St. Joseph County Metro Homicide. "Medical personnel were called to the scene by officers and declared that this gunshot wound victim was deceased."

Police say there have been no arrests yet.
Several witnesses have been interviewed.
Metro Homicide is handling the investigation.
As of 8 a.m. a large portion of the parking lot in front of Bar Louie was still taped off with crime scene tape and WSBT could see a body laying in the parking lot covered in a white sheet.


Caroline Torie @CarolineWSBT
The coroner just arrived at the scene @WSBT
8:28 AM - 11 Jun 2017

A large number of family and friends of the victim were gathered at the scene earlier.
Mall security was working to keep people off the property. Media was asked to moved back.
Mishawaka police say the scene should be cleared by the time the mall opens at 11 a.m.
"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all affected by this tragedy," according to a statement from a UP Mall spokesman. The statement also read, "The management team at University Park Mall is working closely with all investigating law enforcement agencies as they continue their investigation into this morning's incident."
If you have information, call Metro Homicide at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:49 am

UPDATE: Police identify victim in fatal shooting outside of U.P. Mall

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By Maria Catanzarite | Posted: Sun 9:11 AM, Jun 11, 2017 | Updated: Sun 9:47 AM, Jun 11, 2017

MISHAWAKA --- Police confirm one person is dead after a fatal shooting outside of the University Park Mall on Sunday. Officials say the incident occurred at around 2: 40 a.m. outside of Bar Louie. St. Joseph County Metro Homicide officials have identified the victim as Benito Estevan Bueno, 27, adding the man died on the scene.

No arrests have been made; however, Metro Homicide said several witnesses have been interviewed.

The mall will open at 11 a.m. A large portion of the parking is closed while police mark the crime scene. The main entrance along Grape Road is blocked off; however, shoppers can access secondary entrances

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:18 pm

Granger attorney faces suspension for misconduct
By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune Jun 10, 2017 (1)
Granger attorney faces suspension for misconduct

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Doug Bernacchi
A Granger attorney who ran for a judge seat last year faces at least a six-month suspension from practicing law and a requirement to undergo monitoring for psychological issues after his admitted misconduct in a case.


The Indiana Supreme Court will consider whether to enforce that penalty for Doug Bernacchi in a case filed by the Indiana Attorney Disciplinary Commission. The state agency alleged that Bernacchi violated attorney conduct rules when he charged LaPorte County grandmother Sharon Perry a nonrefundable $800 retainer fee. She had custody of her son’s child and was taking him to court over unpaid child support.

Also, Bernacchi had entered appearances in court to represent both Perry and her son. When Perry didn't show up for a hearing because she had to work, Bernacchi argued that her son shouldn't have to pay support because he was sick, unable to speak and bedridden. Instead, Bernacchi pursued payment from the boy's mother.

The court dismissed the child-support matter — and Perry ultimately lost her home — and Bernacchi refused her request for a refund, prompting her to file a complaint with the disciplinary commission. Bernacchi later returned her $800 but harassed her when she continued to pursue the misconduct complaint, trying to persuade her to drop it. He also admitted trying to persuade commission members to dismiss or settle the disciplinary action.

According to court records, Bernacchi in August admitted under oath to violating five rules of professional conduct:

• Appearing in court and not knowing who his client was, and subsequently advocating against his client’s interests.

• Charging a nonrefundable retainer fee for legal services.

• Having a paralegal (Mario Sims) do work as an independent contractor rather than an employee.

• Sharing legal fees with someone who is not a lawyer.


• Trying to persuade his former client and commission members to not pursue the misconduct complaint.

The recommended penalty was recently filed by Lake County Superior Court Judge Sheila M. Moss, appointed by the Supreme Court as hearing officer in the case. Moss recommended a one-year suspension, but six months of it would be “stayed,” or eliminated, if Bernacchi successfully completes two years of probation, including entering into and complying with a monitoring agreement with the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program “for any stress-related or other psychological issues that may have contributed” to Bernacchi’s actions.

Several times during a December hearing before Moss, Bernacchi exhibited “an inability to comprehend simple questions or to follow his own train of thought to conclusion,” Moss wrote. “The respondent contradicted himself and appeared flustered during the direct (questioning) of his attorney. After a review of the record, the hearing officer has determined that the respondent lacks insight into his misconduct, his own competency and his obligation to be honest and trustworthy.”

That hearing came about five months after St. Joseph County 4-H Fair officials kicked Bernacchi, while he was campaigning for judge, out of the fairgrounds for his involvement in a dispute with a man operating the county Republican Party booth. Bernacchi, the Republican nominee for the Circuit Court judgeship when Judge Michael Gotsch left it to become U.S. District Court magistrate, lost to Democrat John Broden in the Nov. 8 election.

As mitigating factors, Moss noted that Bernacchi, a lawyer since 1990, had no prior disciplinary cases, apologized for his conduct, appeared remorseful and submitted letters of support of his character and reputation from his local community. He also has sought counsel and stress counseling from the JLAP, and has taken on partners in his practice to oversee his future work, serve as mentors and service clients during any term of discipline imposed in the case, Moss found.

Bernacchi did not immediately return a voice mail or text that The Tribune sent Friday to his last known cellphone number. The only publicly listed phone number for his attorney, Thomas Godfrey, had been disconnected.

Both sides will next have the opportunity to file petitions seeking Supreme Court review of Judge Moss’ recommended penalty, and then the high court will determine whether to approve it.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:35 pm

15-year-old wanted for murder in St. Joseph County

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Posted: Sat 10:56 AM, Jun 10, 2017 | Updated: Sat 2:08 PM, Jun 10, 2017

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is searching for 15-year-old Devin Brantley in connection with the May 20, 2017 homicide of Felipe Gutierrez in the Charles Black Center parking lot.

According to court documents, Gutierrez was meeting a group of teens to buy an iPhone. The sale reportedly turned into a robbery when Brantley pulled a gun. Witnesses say when Gutierrez went to reach for his own gun, the teen shot him.

Police say 17-year-old George Watson, Jr., and 17-year-old Qualan Jones were present during the shooting. They also face murder charges in connection with the case.

Investigators say Devin Brantley also uses the last name Nilli or Brantley-Nilli. He is from South Bend and has possible connections to Detroit. He is a black male, 5'11" and approximately 150 pounds. He has longer hair that police believe my have been cut.

Police say Brantley is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call law enforcement right away. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please call Metro Homicide at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.

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Re: Area Crime 2017

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:13 am

Alleged Grape Road shooters appear in court


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By Travis Robinson | Posted: Fri 7:16 PM, Jun 23, 2017 | Updated: Fri 8:21 PM, Jun 23, 2017

Two men charged in connection with a double-shooting on Grape Road went before a judge Friday afternoon.


Austyn Brooks and Bryce Dehner

22-year-old Austyn Brooks and 21-year-old Bryce Dehner were each arraigned on 4 counts of attempted murder, 2 counts of battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of criminal recklessness.

The judge said for each of the four counts of attempted murder, it's 20 to 40 years. The other counts are all 1 to 6 years. So if they're guilty of all counts, that's at the least 83 years in jail, and at the most, 178. Being in their 20's, looks like prison could be their home for life.

It all started Wednesday night, when police say the two men went to sell marijuana to four people.

According to court documents, they met at k-mart, and the buyers gave Dehner and Brooks two fake $100 bills, and took off.

That didn't sit well with the sellers, so they allegedly chased them down Grape Road in their car, leaning out the window shooting at the buyers' car.

They hit one of the buyers and an innocent bystander who happened to be driving by. Neither of those people were badly hurt.


Dehner and Brooks left the scene, but officers arrested them hours later.

Even though both had the same arraignment date, they have separate days in court for their next appearance. Brooks will be in court on Wednesday and Dehner will be in court on July 13th.

Austyn Brooks played high school football at South Bend, Washington and St. Joe. He's also the son of Notre Dame football star Reggie Brooks.

Dehner had family in court. They said they were disappointed he would throw away everything over $200.

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