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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:28 pm

Police respond to shooting in South Bend


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South Bend Police are responding to a shooting in the 1700 block of N. O'Brien St. One man shot, other injured.

Witnesses tell NewsCenter 16 that they saw over 10 people shooting at each other in the street, all with hand guns.

This is a developing story.

We’ll update you as information comes in.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:54 pm

Rape reported along South Michigan Street in South Bend


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Posted: Sunday, November 1, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:03 am, Sun Nov 1, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Staff Report
Amanda Gray

SOUTH BEND — An 18-year-old woman told South Bend Police she was raped along South Michigan Street in downtown South Bend sometime early Friday morning, according to police logs.
The woman said she was raped by an unknown subject, and that it's possible she was raped by two men.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:57 am

Man arrested for OWI in crash involving mayor's mom

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Man arrested for OWI in crash involving mayor's mom
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at the scene of a two-car collision, involving his mother Anne Montgomery, at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Lafayette Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Posted: Sunday, November 1, 2015 9:15 pm
By Landa Bagley South Bend Tribune


SOUTH BEND — A man was arrested on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated stemming from a two-car collision at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Lafayette Boulevard Sunday.
Driving the other car was Anne Montgomery, the mother South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg, who arrived at the scene Sunday afternoon, confirmed that his mother was not injured.
Before colliding with Montgomery's car at about 4:30 p.m., the dark purple pick-up truck operated by the arrested driver, struck two cars — and nearly hit two pedestrians — on Colfax between Main Street and Lafayette, according to South Bend Police Sgt. Anne Schellinger. The driver was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and a chemical breath test, Schellinger said.
Few other details were available Sunday night.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:12 am

Police find Elkhart man dead in his home Sunday

Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 5:00 pm
South Bend Tribune Staff Report
ELKHART — A 74-year-old Elkhart man was found dead in his home by police officers responding to a call of a shooting early this afternoon.
Police found Rahman Saleh, of Sunrise Drive, dead when they arrived, according to the Elkhart Police Department. Witnesses said they saw two people running through the area at the same time of the shooting. Police brought a canine unit to the scene for a search but came up empty-handed. The investigation continues.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:14 am

Police identify suspect in Saturday night Elkhart shooting

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Elkhart police are seeking Demond Williams in connection with a shooting Saturday night.
Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 10:56 am | Updated: 1:11 pm, Sun Nov 8, 2015.
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Police are looking for a “person of interest” in connection with a shooting in Elkhart Sunday morning that left a woman hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her chest.
According to the Elkhart Police Department, Demond Williams is described as a black male, 6-feet 3-inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Police say Williams should be considered armed and dangerous.
Elkhart police were dispatched to 318 Middlebury St. Saturday at about 11:45 p.m. on the report of a shooting with injuries.
When police arrived, they found an adult female who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, Elkhart police said. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where she is currently being treated, police said.
Anyone with information in regards to the shooting, or the whereabouts of Demond Williams, is urged to contact the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070, or the Tip Line at 574-389-4777.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:21 am

Churches puzzled by string of burglaries in South Bend and St. Joseph County
At least 17 incidents since September



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Churches puzzled by string of burglaries in South Bend and St. Joseph County
The Rev. Vickie Van Nevel, pastor of Northwest United Methodist Church in northern St. Joseph County, talks Friday about an October burglary on the church’s property. Thieves tried to steal a lawn tractor but tipped it on its side, causing about $3,000 in damage. SBT Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES
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Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 5:31 am, Sun Nov 8, 2015.
By Christian Sheckler South Bend Tribune

Local police departments investigate hundreds of burglaries every year, but an unusual choice of targets — houses of worship — has drawn attention from law enforcement and church leaders after a string of burglaries over the last two months.
Police in South Bend and St. Joseph County are investigating at least 17 burglaries or attempted break-ins at church properties since the beginning of September, as thieves have forced their way into sheds, garages and churches themselves to carry off cash, computers, lawn equipment and other loot.
The Rev. Vickie Van Nevel, pastor of Northwest United Methodist Church on Brick Road, said congregation members were puzzled after someone broke into a shed in October and tried to steal a lawn tractor worth about $10,000.


A church trustee found the lawn tractor tipped on its side, causing about $3,000 in damage, after the burglars apparently tried to load it onto a trailer, Van Nevel said.
Churches in unincorporated St. Joseph County reported nine burglaries or attempts from Sept. 9 to Oct. 27, with another eight inside South Bend’s city limits over the same period, according to information provided by police.
It is unclear how many of the break-ins are related. In the county, it appears likely that one person or group committed some, though not all, of the burglaries, said St. Joseph County police Assistant Chief Bill Thompson.
“It’s a little rare to have this number of churches targeted in that amount of time, but I think it speaks to the fact that people are looking for targets of opportunity,” Thompson said.
Many of the burglaries happened in the north and northeast parts of the county, often in populated areas with a high concentration of churches. In South Bend, most of the burglaries have come in the northwest part of the city.
Van Nevel said thieves may single out churches because they often sit on large parcels of land without much traffic at night and certain weekdays.
“I suppose we’re kind of an easy mark,” she said. “We have certain hours of operation, and otherwise nobody’s around.”
But aside from the targets and stolen items, many of the break-ins have not resulted in obvious clues to link them together, said South Bend police Capt. Robert Hammer.
The methods have also varied.
Sometime between Sept. 23 and 25, a burglar used a two-by-four board to push open a shed at New Life Assembly of God, on Cleveland Road, and steal a riding lawnmower and snowblower.
On Oct. 9, representatives from Holy Cross Church on Wilber Street reported someone had climbed in through a window and stolen a television.
In other cases, the thieves pried open or kicked in garage door panels, or simply entered through doors that were left unlocked or ajar.
In most of the cases, the burglars took landscaping equipment, including lawn tractors. In at least two in South Bend, thieves took cash, and in one case a computer, monitor and laptops.
Police are urging churches to keep all doors locked and use exterior lighting and security cameras. Thompson also encouraged churches to report any break-in attempts, even if the burglar does not get inside or nothing valuable is taken.
Thompson expects the break-ins to slow as winter approaches, but he lamented the fact that not even places of worship are spared when thieves are looking for an easy payday.
“It’s kind of a sad state of affairs,” he said.
Wesley Bullard, pastor of adult ministries at Calvary Baptist Church on Cleveland Road, said church members were saddened, but not angry, after someone broke into a garage and stole an air compressor worth $300 to $400. A trustee who manages the church’s property told Bullard the break-in was the first he could remember in his six years in the position.
“We pray for the person who did this, of course,” Bullard said. “To be honest, we just see this as part of life and put up a new door and try our best to make our property secure.”
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:24 am

Police shoot man reportedly fleeing robbery


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South Bend Sgt. Phil Trent, left, and Metro Homicide Investigator Dave Wells talk Tuesday on reports of shots fired. A person was seen with a gun on Portage Avenue near the entrance of Hurwich Farms apartment complex in South Bend. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ via FTP

Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:00 am, Wed Nov 11, 2015.
HOWARD DUKES South Bend Tribune hdukes@sbtinfo.com

SOUTH BEND — A man was shot by police following an attempted robbery late Tuesday afternoon at the Check Into Cash location on Portage Avenue on the northwest side of the city.
According to Lt. David Wells, assistant commander of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit, police responded to an armed robbery alarm at the Check Into Cash, 3697 Portage Ave., shortly after 5 p.m. "As officers pulled up, they observed a man running across (the intersection at Portage Avenue) with a handgun," Wells said.
Two officers chased the suspect into a wooded area located just west of the Hurwich Farms apartment complex. The officers ordered the man to stop and drop his weapon, but he turned and pointed the handgun at the officers, Wells said.
One of the officers fired on the suspect, striking him in the "lower extremities." The suspect was transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening, Wells said.
Metro Homicide investigates any shooting in which officers discharge their weapons. Wells added that the identities of the officers involved in the chase and shooting will not be revealed at this time.
"That will come perhaps later on tonight or early tomorrow, " Wells said. "What we have to do is do all our interviews inside the Check Into Cash business.
"We have to interview the officers and (gather) all the forensics involved, and we have to search for evidence out here in the woods. I can tell you that there is evidence out there that would indicate an armed robbery."
Police blocked off a section of Portage Avenue between Cleveland Road and the entrance to the apartment complex. Vehicles were not allowed in or out for about an hour while police conducted the investigation.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:46 am

South Bend man charged with attempted murder

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South Bend police are searching for an aggravated assault suspect on the city's south side. The search prompted three South Bend schools to go on lockout for a brief time Thursday morning. WSBT-TV Photo/ZACH CRENSHAW



Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 10:16 am | Updated: 3:15 pm, Tue Nov 10, 2015.
BOB BLAKE South Bend Tribune rblake@sbtinfo.com

SOUTH BEND — A South Bend man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, stemming from an incident that led to three South Bend schools being placed on lockout last week.
According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Emmanuel Dwayne Ross Sr., 30, is facing six criminal charges stemming from a series of events Nov. 5 on the city's south side near Riley High School
. Ross is charged with attempted murder, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, two counts of strangulation, battery with moderate bodily injury and failure to return to lawful detention.
South Bend police Capt. Robert Hammer last week said police were called to the 1600 block of Bowman Street shortly after 11 a.m. Nov. 5 for an unknown situation. When officers arrived, they learned the parties had left the area.
Hammer said officer later ended up in the area of Ewing Avenue and Fellows Street with two victims from an aggravated assault. A search of the area for the suspect prompted police to request the lockout for Riley, Studebaker and Monroe schools.


According to court documents filed Monday in St. Joseph Superior Court, a woman reported Ross, who is the father of her child, on a day pass from the DuComb Center, the county's work release facility. The woman told police Ross became upset she had a new boyfriend and began hitting her in the face. Ross then reportedly put his arm around her neck and choked her until she lost consciousness.
During the altercation, the woman's uncle attempted to intervene and Ross allegedly choked him until he lost consciousness, according to court documents. Ross also allegedly bit the uncle's ear requiring four stitches.
According to the court documents, Ross was serving a sentence on work release at the DuComb Center and was on a day pass on the day of the incident. He has not returned to the facility and is considered absconded.
Ross remains at large. Anyone with information on Ross' whereabouts is asked to call Det. Jason Koski with the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit at 574-245-6600.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:01 am

Daughter of Elkhart pastor 'brain dead' after Indianapolis shooting


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Amanda Blackburn
Amanda Blackburn (Photo via Facebook)
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 5:08 am, Thu Nov 12, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
Christian Sheckler

The 28-year-old daughter of an Elkhart pastor was classified as "brain dead" Wednesday after being shot and critically wounded at her home on the northwestern side of Indianapolis, authorities said.
Amanda Blackburn is the daughter of Phil Byars, pastor of First Baptist Church in Elkhart, the church confirmed. Her husband, Davey Blackburn, is pastor of Resonate Church in Indianapolis, according to that church's website.
"Amanda Grace Blackburn has entered the presence of her Lord and Savior," First Baptist Church posted on its Facebook page. "Please be in prayer for her family as they grieve this great loss."
Members of the First Baptist family came to the church to pray for Rev. Byars and his family on Wednesday. Members prayed and consoled each other in a chapel located in the church's upper level called The Loft.
"The people wanted to support not only our pastor and his wife, but certainly Amanda's husband and little son, and that is really all we are doing here tonight is just lifting up our petitions to God — our God — and to ask him to comfort them and give them peace," said the Rev. Jeff Zimont, the church's executive pastor.


Zimont noted that many in the First Baptist family did not know Amanda because she was married and had lived for a time in South Carolina before moving to Indianapolis to lead a church with her husband, who is also a pastor.
Though both churches said in statements that Blackburn had died, the Marion County coroner's office indicated she remained on a ventilator and had not been officially pronounced dead. Chief Deputy Coroner Alfie Ballew said Blackburn was considered brain dead, and that death appeared imminent.
"Extremely heavy hearts today," Resonate Church posted on its Facebook page, asking for prayer for the Blackburn and Byars families. News and social media reports indicated Amanda and Davey Blackburn had a 1-year-old son and, and that she was 12 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child.
Police found Amanda Blackburn with "apparent signs of trauma" about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after being dispatched to a home in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court for a reported assault, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.
Police later said Blackburn had been shot in the head.
Police have released few details about what led to the shooting, though a spokesman, Sgt. Kendale Adams, said the attack "does appear to be a random occurrence" that stemmed from a home invasion.
He noted a burglary was reported Tuesday at another house in the same neighborhood, but he could not say whether anything was stolen from Blackburn's home.
Tribune staff writer Howard Dukes contributed to this report.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:03 am

South Bend police investigate Sherman Avenue shooting


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South Bend police investigate Sherman Avenue shooting
South Bend police investigate a house and area in the 1000 block of Sherman Avenue Wednesday after a shooting. A person was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:05 am, Thu Nov 12, 2015.
By Howard Dukes South Bend Tribune
SOUTH BEND — One person suffered what police called a "through and through" gunshot wound to the abdomen in a shooting late Wednesday afternoon in a house in the 1000 block of North Sherman Avenue.
Police were searching for a suspect Wednesday night, according to Sgt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department. They were called to the scene at 4:27 p.m.
Trent said that the shooting took place inside a house at 1023 N. Sherman Ave.
Trent said that the victim fled the house and ran west into the 900 block of North Allen Street, where he asked for help. Paramedics found the victim there and took him to the hospital.
Trent said that the victim was undergoing surgery at a local hospital. Police could not provide a description of the suspect, but said witnesses told officers that the alleged gunman was male and that he fled on foot in a southwest direction.
Trent said that the house appears to be vacant but that people inside the property apparently were squatters. He added that police will obtain a warrant to conduct of search of the property.

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