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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:22 am

Neighboring employees worried over 'Check into Cash' armed robbery

Updated: Wed 6:13 PM, Nov 11, 2015
By: Kasey Chronis - Email



An armed robbery that ended with a police-involved shooting in South Bend is still being investigated Wednesday. The incident has neighboring store employees worried.


Traffic has returned to normal at the 3600 block of Portage Ave.

However, Tuesday night, the area was blocked for several hours.

Just after 5 p.m., South Bend police responded to an alarm call at Check into Cash.

“As the officers approached they observed, called out the radio, man with a gun running across street. They gave foot chase. Ordered him to stop, drop his weapon,” said Asst. Commander Dave Wells, St. Joe County Metro Homicide

This took police into a wooded area near Hurwich Farms Apartment Complex.

Police say the suspect, 26-year-old Avery Ray, now in custody, didn't obey officer orders.

Instead they say he turned to face officers and pointed his gun.

“One of the officers, in fear for his own safety, obviously, fired at the suspect,” said Wells.

Now, that fear has caught up with neighboring store employees.

Casandra Gallegos is a shift manager at Pizza Hut.

The armed robbery happened just a few stores down.

“We was very shooken up, terrified, 'cuz, it could have been us,” said Casandra Gallegos, Shift Manager, Pizza Hut.

Gallegos says when she saw the first cop car, she didn't think too much of it.

“Then not even five minutes later, a whole bunch of cop cars came, and we're looking, guns are out and everything, and the driver said he seen them next door, and I'm like, maybe they got robbed,” said Gallegos.

Following protocol, Gallegos called her boss, and was instructed to close the store.

In less than two weeks, Check into Cash will move directly next to Pizza Hut.

“I've never been in [Check into Cash], but I’ve driven by and I seen that there's no glass for safety. So…maybe they could change it up when they move next door,” said Gallegos.

Pizza Hut is back in business, and so is Check into Cash.

Understandably so, it'll take some time to get over Tuesday night's incident.

Charges aren't being filed Wednesday; the prosecutor’s office is closed to observe Veterans Day.

However, a decision on charges against Ray will be determined Thursday.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:15 pm

Former New Paris school janitor charged with molesting


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Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:04 am, Sat Nov 14, 2015.
ELKHART — Former New Paris Elementary School janitor Donald Powers has been charged with two counts of child molesting, one for having sexual contact with a victim younger than 14, WSBT-TV reports.
Powers was arrested and placed in the Elkhart County jail Monday. The school corporation said it fired him Tuesday, immediately after learning about the allegations, according to WSBT. He's been a janitor at the school since 2003.
New Paris Elementary is part of the Fairfield School Corp.
WSBT reported that a school spokesman said there are no indications any current New Paris Elementary students were involved.
A judge set Powers' bond at $250,000.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:18 pm

She offered a ride and became a kidnapping victim. Here's what she learned.


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She offered a ride and became a kidnapping victim. Here's what she learned.
South Bend Police Street Crimes unit pictured at the scene of a shooting in the LaSalle Park Homes Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Tribune Photo/MARCUS MARTER

Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 5:25 am, Sun Nov 15, 2015.
By Alan Achkar South Bend Tribune
She says she was only trying to help a teenager. She became a kidnapping victim. And her story brought sympathy.
But it also brought lectures about common sense and the danger of trusting strangers.
Along the way, she’s not sure how many people heard the right message.
The woman, 75, was leaving Epworth United Methodist Church in South Bend on a rainy Halloween night. She offered a ride home to an 18-year-old man lingering in the area. Despite her kind act, the man pulled out what appeared to be a handgun (it turned out to be a BB gun) and drove to pick up two other teens. They proceeded to steal $300 from her, take her debit card and hold her for more than four hours as they drove across town to spend the money. She eventually persuaded them to drop her off safely. Police arrested them shortly after.


That’s the story we published. It was the most read on our website that week. It was an eye-catching story, the kind that cuts through the clutter of a busy day.
While the story brought many comments condemning the teens, there were also comments like these:
“You can’t trust anyone. I know you want to do a good thing, but that isn’t the answer.”
“That’s why in this day and age, it’s not worth it to give anyone a ride.”
“So disheartening. This is why people don’t help anyone anymore.”
The woman has heard the comments. Some came from her daughter and friends.
“It wasn’t too smart, that’s what everybody is telling me,” she said. “ ‘Don’t ever do that again.’ ”
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, she herself questioned whether she would ever again offer a ride to a stranger.
But in the light of a new day, she has a different answer — a different message — because she’s a woman of faith. And she believes in actually living out her faith.
She was at the church that night for a Halloween party for neighborhood children. She helped host 45 families. The kids made crafts. Candy was handed out. The woman got into the Halloween spirit by wearing an orange shirt with a pumpkin on the front.
As she was leaving, she noticed a teen huddled under a canopy at the side of the church, trying to stay out of the rain. He looked, well, like just a kid. Other people walked by him. She noticed he politely opened the door as a group of ladies headed for the parking lot.
“If I see somebody hurting, needing something that I can provide, that’s what I’m here for,” she said.
So she offered him a ride home. On the same night she hosted a Halloween party for children. On the same night she spent at her church, practicing her faith. On a night when rain was falling and temperatures were hovering in the low 40s.
Reckless? Or compassionate? Maybe both?
It’s a balancing act that the church pastor, Jennifer Weaver, acknowledges can be tricky. How do you stay safe but “still show the love of Jesus Christ,” she wonders. The woman, Weaver says, is the kind who “will do whatever she can to help anyone.”
And on Halloween night, Weaver believes, the woman’s faith was not misplaced.
“God was with her the whole time. She was never alone.”
Indeed, during the four-hour ordeal, the woman never felt her life was in danger. She was threatened but never harmed. Sure, the circumstances could easily have changed. The danger was always present.
The woman, however, doesn’t want her story to be a cautionary tale about helping strangers.
In fact, she refuses to say that she won’t offer a ride to a stranger again. No regrets. Yes, you have to be careful, but she refuses to live in fear.
No one is advocating that we all offer rides to strangers. South Bend police discourage it. The reality is there are no blanket rules. Every situation needs to be judged on its own. The fact that The Tribune hasn’t named the woman, out of fear of reprisal, speaks to how delicate the situation is.
But there are still people in this world who believe that we can be better. Who actually live out what they hear in church.
“We’re supposed to help each other. We’re all in this together.”
That’s the message she wants her story to tell.
Alan Achkar is The Tribune’s executive editor. Email: aachkar@sbtinfo.com
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby bob_rx2000 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:59 am

I was with them right up to the point where the Tribune made the pious remark about not naming the woman because of the fear of reprisals. Give that we're talking about The South Bend People's Daily Disgrace here:
  • Do they actually know any names?
  • Are they worried about the 75-year-old coming by their offices to kick some tail?
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:29 pm

Suspect in abduction killed by police near Benton Harbor


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Police are on the scene of a standoff at the American Inn in Benton Harbor after a man reportedly abducted his ex-wife from an assisted living facility in St. Joseph. WSBT-TV Photo/MARK PARREN
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:02 am | Updated: 10:29 am, Wed Nov 18, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
BENTON HARBOR — A suspect in the abduction of a woman from an assisted living facility was killed by police following a standoff near Benton Harbor.
According to a report from WSBT-TV, the standoff was at the American Inn, 1950 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor.
Police told the station a woman was abducted by her ex-husband from The Willows, an assisted living facility near St. Joseph.
Police told the station the officers heard shots fired and entered the hotel. The man opened fire on officers, who returned fire killing the man.
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:31 pm

Gas station near Plymouth robbed at knifepoint


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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:39 am
South Bend Tribune Report
PLYMOUTH — Law enforcement officers in Marshall County are looking for a man who robbed a Plymouth area gas station at knifepoint late Monday.
According to a report from the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, a man entered the Marathon station, 16450 Lincoln Highway, near Plymouth, displayed a knife and demanded money. The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5-feet 5-inches tall with a skinny build. The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a dark green scarf wrapped around his face.
The robbery remains under investigation.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby st michael jr » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:30 pm

I am glad the woman from Michigan is physically OK. I am sure she will require some mental help. The scum is where he needs to be
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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:18 pm

Elkhart massage parlor closes amid accusations of illicit sexual activity

Posted: Wed 4:44 PM, Nov 18, 2015

An Elkhart massage parlor has closed its doors after a police investigation determined it was likely a front for illicit sexual activity.

From the Office of Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis T. Hill Jr.:

In late October 2015, a purported massage business called “Lemon Spa” opened at the strip mall located at 1808 East Bristol Street, Elkhart.

Shortly thereafter, Prosecuting Attorney Curtis T. Hill, Jr., received information that the massage parlor may, in fact, be a front for illicit sexual activity.

Nearby businesses and residents immediately recognized suspicious activities at the business and reported that it seemed more consistent with a house of ill repute.

The Prosecuting Attorney authorized an investigation into the activities reported at that location and was able to confirm that, in fact, sexual services were being provided to patrons.

Prosecutor’s investigators determined that this particular strip mall is owned by Hamstra-Century Group, LLC.

In furtherance of the investigation, an advertisement for Lemon Spa was found under the “adult entertainment” section of “Backpage.com”, offering “the best massage in town” by “very lovely and very beautiful Asian girls”, claiming “they are pretty, friendly, and well trained” to “TREAT YOU LIKE A KING!!!”

After extensive surveillance by investigators, it should be noted that business was sparse.

Accordingly, rather than expend extensive resources on further investigation, the Prosecuting Attorney directed communication be made to the land owners responsible for leasing the space.

[Wednesday] morning, the owner was placed on notice that they had leased to what appears to be an illegal operation, and from that point further, any activities of an illegal nature confirmed on that site would be the owner’s responsibility. Within hours, the business was shut down, and a sign showing the space is again available for lease appears in the front window.

It is the expectation of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney that property owners leasing space to individuals and or businesses fully understand the nature of the business and/or activities occurring on their property. Law enforcement should not have to concern itself with cleaning up after the messes of the private sector, but we will.

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney appreciates the calls and assistance from various members of the community in bringing this problem to light, and, ultimately, a quick resolution.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:27 am

Suspect arrested for 2012 South Bend shooting death


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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:06 am, Fri Nov 20, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
SOUTH BEND — Authorities this week arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a 2012 shooting death near a South Bend barber shop and salon.
Bryant Lacey is charged with murder in the death of 49-year-old Darrell Laurence, who was shot and killed Dec. 8, 2012, in a stairwell next to the Cutrageous X2 barber and beauty shop at 2002 Kemble St.
In court documents released Thursday, prosecutors alleged Lacey shot and killed Laurence during a fight over drugs.
Lacey, who was listed with a Gary address, was arrested Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office said in a statement. A judge found probable cause for the murder charge in June but granted prosecutors' motion to seal the case until Lacey was taken into custody.
Laurence was found at the bottom of the stairwell, which led to an upstairs apartment, about 10:30 a.m. the day of the shooting. He later died from multiple gunshot wounds.
According to the court documents, multiple witnesses said Lacey spoke with them about the killing.
According to one witness, Lacey said he and Laurence had been up all night smoking crack cocaine before the shooting. At one point, Lacey went to get more "dope" before trying to leave with the drugs, the witness said.
When Lacey tried to leave with the drugs, Laurence protested, and the men began fighting outside the apartment. When Laurence drew a knife, Lacey allegedly pulled out a .22-caliber handgun and shot him six times, hitting him once in the face and five times in the back, according to the documents.
Lacey is being held without bond and was scheduled to appear before a judge for an arraignment Thursday.

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Re: Area Crime 2015

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:57 pm

State ordered to find facility for girl accused of murder

Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 6:00 am
Associated Press |
ELKHART (AP) — A northern Indiana judge and juvenile court magistrate have ordered the state Division of Mental Health to find a place in a psychiatric institution for a 12-year-old Elkhart girl accused of fatally stabbing her stepmother.
The Elkhart Truth reports that Juvenile Court Magistrate Deborah Domine and Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker ordered that the girl be placed in a facility after more than 10 mental health treatment centers refused to accept her. Domine, who signed the order Monday, called the decision a "last resort" and the "only option available."
Domine said the girl remains a risk to herself and others in the Elkhart County Juvenile Detention Center as she waits to be placed in a treatment facility and her condition worsens.
"She needs treatment, now," Domine wrote. "Doctor, after doctor, after doctor have concluded that this child needs help."
A juvenile delinquency petition for murder, which is similar to formal charges in adult court, was filed against the girl Aug. 3. Police say the girl had argued with her stepmother late on July 23 and then started a fire in her own bedroom. When the woman confronted her stepdaughter about the fire, police say the girl stabbed her.
The girl told people she heard voices and had an alter ego months before the stabbing occurred, court documents show, and she reportedly "begged" her father for help months before the incident.
Court documents say she allegedly stabbed her stepmother and father at the direction of "Laughing Jack," a murderous clown character found on horror story website Creepypasta.
Two psychiatrists and a psychologist have diagnosed symptoms of dissociative identity disorder, where a patient has two or more distinct personalities, documents show. Two of the doctors said she also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. :doh:
The court order requires the girl to be committed to the Division of Mental Health for confinement and treatment in a psychiatric institution until her competency is restored, or until a more appropriate treatment facility that accepts the girl is found and approved by the state Department of Child Services.

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