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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:39 am

Victim identified in deadly shooting at AmVets post in South Bend


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Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2015 10:15 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Sun Sep 20, 2015.
By Jeff Harrell
Police have identified the victim of an early-morning shooting on South Bend’s west side.
Jeremy White, 24, died from gunshot wounds after being shot at least once on the front steps of the AmVets Post 66 building at 1606 Western Ave. at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, according to a release issued by the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.
A large crowd reportedly had gathered in front of the AmVets when the shooting occurred. Police and South Bend Fire emergency units responded to the scene and found White on the front steps of the building with “at least one” gunshot wound, police said in the release.
White was taken to Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries, police said.
Police blocked off a section of Western Avenue — from South Walnut to South Pulaski streets — while investigators combed the area for evidence. As of 9:30 a.m., police were still taking pictures and surveying the street from a spot set up at the corner of Western Avenue looking south onto Kosciuszko Street in front of the AmVets building.
“There are no suspects at this time,” Metro Homicide stated in the release.
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to the Metro Homicide Unit at 574-235-5009.
Jeff Harrell
jharrell@sbtinfo.com

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:09 am

Additional charges filed in Plymouth tot's death


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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Wed Sep 23, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
PLYMOUTH — Additional charges have been filed following the death of a 2-year-old Plymouth girl over the weekend.
Serenity Wilson died at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne on Saturday. The girl was unconscious with a serious head injury when she was taken to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth on Friday. She was then flown to Fort Wayne.
According to a report from the Plymouth Police Department, Shane E. Weedling, 23, now faces charges of aggravated battery resulting in death, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and possession of marijuana with prior convictions stemming from Wilson's death.
Police said Krysti Lavanway, 24, of Plymouth, has also been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
An autopsy revealed Wilson died from multiple blunt force injuries to her head. The girl's death has been ruled a homicide.
Bond for Weedling and Lavanway has been set at $100,000.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:11 am

Man critical after early morning shooting in South Bend


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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 11:42 am
South Bend Tribune Report
SOUTH BEND — A 51-year-old South Bend man is in critical condition after he was shot early this morning at his home.
South Bend police Capt. Robert Hammer said police were called to a house in the 2900 block of Hilltop Drive around 1:30 a.m. on report of a person shot. When they arrived, officers found Donald Swank suffering from a gunshot wound.
Hammer said Swank was alert and talking to officers at the scene. He was taken to Memorial Hospital where he was taken into emergency surgery in critical condition, police said.
Hammer said police are not elaborating on the suspect other than to say the shooter is a person known to Swank. The shooting reportedly happened following an argument.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:13 am

Police investigate armed robbery at Martin's Supermarket in Elkhart


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Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:21 am | Updated: 8:49 pm, Tue Sep 22, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
ELKHART — Police are searching for the person involved in an early morning robbery at an Elkhart grocery store.
According to a report from Elkhart police, officers were called to Martin's Super Market, 1200 N. Nappanee St., at 6:05 a.m. on report of an armed robbery.
Police said a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the man fled the store.
The suspect is described as a black man, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, weighing between 165 and 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, police said. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and had his face covered.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:02 pm

Sister of South Bend's chief deputy clerk arrested for embezzlement

Posted: Wed 3:45 PM, Sep 23, 2015



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A local woman arrested for misdemeanor theft has a close connection to the South Bend government.
A local woman arrested for misdemeanor theft has a close connection to the South Bend government.

Faheemah Fowler, 34, was arrested Tuesday at the Ivy TechCommunity College bookstore in South Bend.

Faheemah is the sister of Kareemah Fowler, South Bend's chief deputy clerk. Back in May, Kareemah defeated 12-year city council veteran Derek Dieter in the Democratic race for South Bend City Clerk.

According to charging documents, Faheemah Fowler began working at the Follett Book Store in July of 2015.

In August, the store manager was told by the loss prevention team that Faheemah was taking money from the cash drawers. She would allegedly ring up text books on the cash register and then cash the transaction out as if it were a return, pocketing the money.

According to the report, Fowler "made a written statement/confession of the incidents" after being confronted by the loss prevention manager.

The bookstore reports having several receipts and register transactions from the false returns.

Faheemah Fowler was booked Tuesday into the St. Joseph County Jail, and the prosecutor's office is reviewing the case.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:20 pm

Woman charged in deadly robbery attempt in Niles


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Woman charged in deadly robbery attempt in Niles
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Tribune Photo/MARCUS MARTER A woman was shot in the head inside a temp agency at Specialized Staffing Solutions LLC in the 1000 block of E. Jefferson Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Police said it appears the shooter may have fired from outside the building. Another woman in the building at the time was reportedly injured with shrapnel. The first woman's injuries are extremely serious, according to police.
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 7:00 am
South Bend Tribune Report
A 27-year-old Elkhart woman has been charged with armed robbery in connection with the deadly robbery attempt at a Niles restaurant where she used to work.
The May 2, 2014, robbery attempt resulted in the death of Eddie Macon Jr., 39, of Niles, who was shot by police while attempting to flee the Long John Silver’s restaurant at 1015 S. 11th St., Niles.
Kovita Ward drove Macon to the vicinity of the restaurant and provided Macon information about the surroundings, according to authorities. Ward was arraigned on Sept. 21 and her bond was at $50,000 cash.
According to a statement by Berrien County Prosecutor Michael J. Sepic, police responded to a suspected robbery about 11:09 p.m. Three officers entered the building from the front public entrance door while others responded by setting up a perimeter around the building.
Police inside the building’s customer service area could see that a robbery was taking place in the rear employee area, and that the suspect was heading toward the back door. Officers near the rear door saw Macon open the door briefly and then close it. At the time, he held a bag in his left and and had nothing in his right hand. But when Macon exited the building, an officer could see that he had a handgun in his right hand, according to the statement.
After leaving the building, Macon pointed the firearm across the parking lot and then began running toward a residential area. Officers, worried about their safety as well as the well-being of the residents, fired their weapons at Macon.
Officers conducted CPR on Macon until paramedics arrived, but he died at Lakeland Hospital in Niles.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:12 am

Man accused of kidnapping 4-year-old girl is arrested again

Posted: Thu 9:30 PM, Oct 08, 2015
By: Karina E. Flores

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The man accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl last month was arrested again on Thursday in South Bend.
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SOUTH BEND-- The man accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl last month was arrested again on Thursday in South Bend.

61-year-old Charles Jackson was arrested Thursday morning by South Bend police in the 3400 block of South High Street after reports of a suspicious person driving through an apartment complex.

He was arrested for Criminal Trespass, Violation of a Protective Order and Stalking.

Jackson is currently being held at the St. Joseph County Jail as the investigation continues.

Last month, Jackson was arrested after allegedly kidnapping 4-year-old Anikah Smallwood.

Police said Jackson entered a home in the 400 block of Kentucky Street and took the girl.

He was the ex-boyfriend of Anikah's grandmother.

Family members said he has a history of mental illness.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:23 am

Local golf club and restaurant burglarized
Posted: Oct 08, 2015 10:17 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 08, 2015 10:42 PM EDT
By Alexandra KoehnCONNECT


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A small business owner is out thousands of dollars after crooks burglarized a restaurant and clubhouse at a golf course.

Ray’s on the Green at Berrien Hills Golf Club had just transitioned to their winter hours, so the restaurant owner is wondering if they were targeted.

The course is located on Napier Avenue by Lakeland Hospital. The owner is hoping someone saw the suspects enter the restaurant between 7:30p.m. on Tuesday and 7:30a.m. on Wednesday morning.

When workers showed up to Ray's on the Green to get ready for the day, they found the place had been ransacked and called police.

Ray Mays said, “For a small businessman you go from shift to shift so it’s really a sock in the gut.”

Mays said he opened his restaurant in April, and he estimates the burglary will cost him thousands of dollars.

Mays said, “The devastation rolls in after the shock.”

Mays traced the path of the thieves today trying to find out how this could have happened.

Mays said, “They came in through the back portion window, and then they hit my office and worked their way through.”

Computers, televisions, alcohol, tools, a signed Charlotte Hornet’s jersey, and an undetermined amount of cash is missing.

Mays said, “They made their way here and took several cases of beer.”

St Joseph Charter Township police are investigating and according to patrolman Eric Wolff, the thieves left a couple clues behind.

Wolff said, “Our evidence technicians did process the scene, we do have some items but obviously that does take some time to get that information back.”

Mays immediately replaced 4 of the flat screen tv's and some of the liquor that was taken.

Customers in the restaurant are hoping justice will be served.

Jessica Jewell said, “Ray is a great great person and this whole establishment is part of the community, and to have that happen is pretty devastating.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for any tips that can lead to an arrest. The phone number is 574-288-STOP.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:26 am

Surveillance photos of armed robbery suspect released
Posted: Oct 08, 2015 3:54 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 08, 2015 3:54 PM EDT
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BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. -
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the person who robbed a Speedway gas station at gunpoint early Thursday morning in Berrien Springs.

The Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department released surveillance photos of the suspect.

The robbery happened at 12:40 a.m. at the Speedway on Cass Street.

The suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and ordered the attendant to open the cash register and give him the money.

After taking an undetermined amount of money, he ran from the gas station.

Officers searched the surrounding area but were not able to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’8”-6’0” tall, with a medium build.

He was wearing a dark blue, zip up, Carhartt hooded sweatshirt with light blue denim jeans, old, dirty white sneakers and a black ski mask.

If you have any information about the armed robbery, contact the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Twp. Police Department at 269-471-2813.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:29 am

Charles Jackson arrested for third time in less than three weeks
Posted: Oct 08, 2015 4:46 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 08, 2015 5:38 PM EDT
By Ashley DavenportCONNECT

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Charles Jackson, 9/24/15

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Charles Jackson, 10/2/15

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Charles Jackson, 10/8/15
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
The South Bend man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend’s granddaughter has been arrested for a third time in just over 2 weeks.

Jackson was arrested at 7:11 a.m. Thursday morning on S. High Street on preliminary charges of criminal trespass, violation of a protective order and stalking, a level 6 felony.

He was arrested after someone called South Bend Police about a suspicious person driving through the Miami Hills apartment complex.

The driver was identified as Jackson.

Jackson is being held at the St. Joseph County jail.

Jackson was arrested for the first time September 24th on the kidnapping charge. He was also arrested on October 2 for invasion of privacy.
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