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Area Crime 2014

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:02 am

Police trying to find some of their Most Wanted suspects

By Emily Evans

Story Created: Dec 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Police agencies in Michiana one of their priorities for 2014 is locating people with outstanding warrants. South Bend Police say there are thousands of outstanding warrants in St. Joseph County.

Three weeks ago, Ryan Jamal Earl allegedly led the Berrien County Sheriff's Office on a high speed chase that started in Berrien County and ended in South Bend.

"He's a drug dealer and he's selling drugs to our community in Michigan and your community in Indiana," said Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey.

Earl is still on the run.

"Anybody who has fled the way that he did, went into hiding, and obviously is still wanted on warrants is a risk to everybody whether it be the police, the citizens, whoever it may be that he encounters," said Lieutenant Scott Hanley of the South Bend Police Department.

Police say catching up with suspects like Earl is a top priority for 2014.

But they need your help.

"Anytime they see anything suspicious or know somebody that's committed a crime, call the police department, any one of the agencies in St. Joe County or lower Michigan. They can also call Crime Stoppers," said Hanley.

Ryan Earl is not the only suspect wanted in St Joseph County
Shawn Balkcom and Angie Keres are considered dangerous
Chad Lowry faces drug charges
Shawntalia Perry is wanted for fraud
Ricardo Orona is wanted for burglary

Berrien County's most wanted suspects include Tanita Crockett and India Greer. They are wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon.

They're also looking for Markeese Patrick, who is wanted for robbery.

Joann Williams is wanted on a domestic violence charge.

In LaPorte County, detectives are on the lookout for Kamil Shelton, Clemie Dorton and Mariano Gallardo for drug offenses.

They also want Sedrick Toney for robbery and Johnny McSwain is wanted for possession of illegal weapons.

If you know anything about the whereabouts of these men and women-you're asked to call the Michiana Crime Stoppers hotline at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP.
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Re: Area Crime 2014

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:25 pm

Woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
Posted: Thu 6:02 AM, Jan 02, 2014


BENTON HARBOR A woman has pleaded guilty to embezzlement for stealing $94,000 from the car dealership where she worked.

According to The Herald Palladium, 52-year-old Shirley Stubalt from Benton Harbor admitted to stealing the money while working as a title clerk at Tyler Honda.

The theft took place over a one-year period. Stubalt reportedly changed records of cash business transactions, in order to hide the missing funds.

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Postby Happy Mom » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:35 am

Two South Bend car theft suspects arrested



Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 4:41 pm |

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SOUTH BEND — City police have arrested two people they believe have stolen a number of cars around town, often after drivers left the keys inside the vehicle.

South Bend Police Lt. Scott Hanley said detectives recovered three stolen cars at a home in the 500 block of Bendix Drive, along with a variety of other items police believe are stolen.

Police arrested two men, a 30-year-old and a 27-year-old, on suspicion of auto theft. Prosecutors have not formally charged the men.

The arrests come after police announced in November that auto thefts in the city increased by 18 percent in 2013, aided in part by people leaving keys in the ignition to warm up the car.

Hanley said detectives are still investigating whether the two men are part of a bigger theft ring, but he said police believe the men may have stashed more stolen cars elsewhere.

Two of the cars recovered had keys in the vehicle, Hanley said.

Officers in November arrested a 16-year-old male suspected to be involved in five car thefts on the city’s northwest side.
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Re: Area Crime 2014

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:37 am

"Easy pickin’s" scheme lands her in jail



Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 12:46 pm |

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CASSOPOLIS -- An Elkhart woman who according to Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz was looking for “easy pickin’s’’ when she and an accomplice attempted to burglarize a Cassopolis area residence was sentenced to probation and jail time Friday in Cass County Circuit Court.

But Melanie Hardy-Jewel’s punishment of two years of probation and 105 days behind bars with credit for time already served would have been worse had Judge Michael Dodge not deviated below sentencing guidelines.

Despite her failure to show up for a November sentencing date and her ensuing arrest on a bench warrant, it was clear, Dodge said, that the 29-year-old woman intended no harm to the property owners who returned to their residence to find a van backed up to their barn. Neither was a child who was asleep inside the home harmed, the judge said.

In addition, Robert Drake, Hardy-Jewel’s attorney, argued his client was merely a lookout. Her accomplice ran after the homeowners arrived and Hardy-Jewel drove away but was later tracked down.

Hardy-Jewel indicated she was duped into participating in the break-in.

“I wasn’t aware of what he was going to do at the time that he did it,’’ she said of her male accomplice. “I’m very truly sorry.’’ :liar:

Her accomplice remains at large.

Also Friday, Dodge sentenced an Eau Claire man who had compiled what Fitz described as an “atrocious’’ record of seven felonies and 32 misdemeanors to two years of probation and a year of jail for a May 26 drunken-driving incident. However, Stephen Miller, 49, will serve the last six months on work release should he qualify for the program, Dodge said.

Tat Parish, Miller’s attorney, admitted his client “can be a nuisance.’’

“When he’s free of alcohol and drugs, he’s a very nice fellow,’’ he said.

Miller seemed to agree.

“I’d like to get where drinking’s not an issue anymore,’’ he said.

Dodge said Miller registered a blood alcohol level of .13 percent after he was stopped on his motorcycle for suspicion of drunken driving in the wake of his exit from the Dowagiac area headquarters of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. He compounded the offense, the judge said, by resisting attempts to arrest him and to administer the blood test at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital.

Dodge had words of encouragement for Miller should he attempt to beat his addiction.

“You can still rescue yourself,’’ he said.

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Postby Happy Mom » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:00 pm

Armed robberies investigated



Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 6:04 am | Updated: 12:11 pm, Fri Jan 3, 2014.



SOUTH BEND -- South Bend police reported two armed robberies in a little more than half an hour Tuesday.

The first was about 12:10 p.m., at the Sunshine Holiday Laundry, 3700 block of West Western Avenue.

The second robbery took place about 12:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Ryer Street, when a 34-year-old man reported he was robbed at gunpoint.
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Postby Happy Mom » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:26 pm


One dead, one injured in morning shooting


By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
Updated: Tue 8:09 AM, Jan 07, 2014



COLOMA The Coloma Township Police Department is investigating an early morning double shooting that left one victim dead and another injured.

Officers were sent a home in the 100 block of Leedy Street after receiving a 911 hang up call from the address. They arrived to find holes in the front door.

Inside, they found the body of a 46-year-old man in an upstairs hallway. He suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 44-year-old woman was found at the top of a stairway. She had a gunshot wound at the top of the leg but was still alive. She was taken to a hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.

No one else was in the home at the time of the shooting.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
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Re: Area Crime 2014

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:36 am

Service station is robbed


Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 6:54 am

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SOUTH BEND -- Police were investigating Saturday night a robbery at the Speedway Service Station, 1449 E. Mishawaka Ave.

A spokeswoman for the South Bend Police Department confirmed that the station was robbed shortly after 10 p.m. She was unable to provide additional information.
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Postby Happy Mom » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:37 am


Man sets fire at Walmart, steals



Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 6:55 am



A masked man reportedly set fire to a Walmart clothing department in Niles, then went to the electronics department, where he smashed a display case and stole numerous items Sunday morning.

The Walmart store at 2107 S. 11th St., in Niles Township, would remain closed Sunday and Monday for cleanup from water damage, a spokesman said. No one was hurt in the fire, and managers planned to reopen the store Tuesday morning, he said.

Berrien County police said the male suspect walked into the Walmart about 4:47 a.m. Sunday and started a fire in a clothing section. After he stole the eletronics, he ran from the store and drove away in a newer, dark-colored, four-door sedan, police said.

Walmart corporate spokesman Randy Hargrove said only that a store patron caused the fire. However, police are investigating the incident as an arson and larceny case.

"We're going to work with the local authorities in their apprehension of who's responsible for this," Hargrove said.

Police described the suspect as a thin man with brown pants, a dark shirt and a mask.
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Postby Happy Mom » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:38 am

Resident reports home robbery



Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 6:53 am



SOUTH BEND -- A 39-year-old South Bend man told police he was robbed at his residence on Friday by an unknown male suspect he met online.

At about 6:45 p.m. Friday, police said the suspect arrived at the home of the victim in the 1200 block of North Diamond Avenue. Police said the suspect took the victim's computer, cell phone and wallet.
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Postby Happy Mom » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:32 am

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BREAKING NEWS: Police are searching for a guy, armed with a gun in Granger. Deputies tell ABC 57 News that deputies were questioning the guy when he took off. This is unfolding in the area of Clover & Adams. We are told K9 dogs are being used and a perimeter is being set up. We have a crew headed to the scene. Stay with ABC 57 News for instant updates.
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