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Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:59 pm
by Happy Mom
Prison term for sexual abuse

Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2015 6:00 am
CENTREVILLE, Mich. -- A 47-year-old southwestern Michigan man convicted of sexual abuse at a home-based day care has been sentenced to prison.
A judge on Thursday ordered Cary Jones, of St. Joseph County's Three Rivers, to spend more than 14 years to 30 years behind bars. He earlier was convicted of six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of accosting and soliciting a child.
Jones' attorney, Keith Turpel, says his client maintains his innocence.
Authorities in January closed the day care based in the home where Jones lived.

The office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says Jones was at the home much of the time children were being supervised by a day care worker. Jones provided transportation from school to the day care and sometimes was alone with children. ... 5d7ec.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:57 pm
by Happy Mom
Woman found dead in St. Joseph County

Updated: Wed 1:20 PM, Nov 25, 2015
By: Michelle Beck

Crews are investigating in the 52000 block of Kenilworth Rd. Police say they have reason to believe the woman didn’t die from natural causes.
St. Joseph County, Ind. -- A woman was found dead Wednesday morning in St. Joseph County and police say they have reason to believe she didn’t die from natural causes.

Crews are investigating in the 52000 block of Kenilworth Rd.

St. Joseph County Sheriff Mike Grzegorek tells NewsCenter 16 a neighbor noticed a door open to the garage, and said it appeared unusual, so they called police.

A 57-year-old woman was found dead inside. We have a crew at the scene and will bring you more information when it is available.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

At around 10:30 a.m., police revised their initial estimate of the woman's age. ... 84941.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:27 am
by Happy Mom
Metro Homicide investigating woman's death north of South Bend


The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating after a woman was found dead in her Clay Township home Wednesday morning. SBT Photo/CHRISTIAN SHECKLER
Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 5:08 am, Thu Nov 26, 2015.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide unit is investigating a woman's death after her body was found under possibly suspicious circumstances at her Clay Township home Wednesday morning.
The woman has been identified as Elizabeth Maikey according to Tim Corbett, metro homicide commander.
Assistant Chief Bill Thompson of the St. Joseph County Sheriff's office said a female passerby who knew the woman stopped to check on her after noticing the garage door was open at the home at Kenilworth and Darden roads.
Inside, the passerby found the woman's body and called police about 8:30 a.m. Detectives found some evidence that the woman may not have died of natural causes.
"There were some observations that gave us pause a little bit, so we called Metro Homicide out here to look at it," Thompson said.
Thompson said he could not discuss whether the woman had any visible injuries. He said it was too early to rule out the possibility that the woman died of natural causes or an accident.
Homicide investigators arrived at the scene shortly after 10 a.m. and remained there for about three hours. They could be seen taking photos, searching a small silver car in the driveway, sifting through trash and recycling bins and carrying evidence from the garage in brown paper bags.
Funeral home workers arrived just after noon and removed the woman's body.
At one point, a young woman got in to a police car and rode away with investigators. Later, two women who said they were family members arrived, but they declined to speak with a reporter who approached their vehicle. ... ea3e1.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:04 am
by Happy Mom
Tip leads to cockfighting raids, arrests


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Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2015 5:28 pm | Updated: 5:39 pm, Sun Nov 29, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Staff Report
BREMEN — Three men were arrested Saturday night following a raid of two suspected cockfighting breeding locations. Police raided a Bremen farmhouse and a home in Bristol Saturday night, according to the Indiana State Police.
Authorities arrested a 40-year-old man in Bremen and two men, 48, and 32, in Bristol. The three face charges of possession of animals used for fighting, a level six felony; and possession (with prior convictions) of animal-fighting paraphernalia, an A misdemeanor.
Local, state and federal law enforcement officers served two search warrants simultaneously at 8 p.m. The Bremen farmhouse is in the 6200 block of Plymouth-Goshen Trail. The Bristol home is in the 21000 block of State Line Road.
An anonymous tip alleging that gamecocks were being raised for cockfighting events at both locations spurred the police investigation, which lasted several weeks.
The birds rescued during the raid were turned over to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
A typical cockfight can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes, and usually results in the death of one or both birds, according to ISP Sgt. Trent Smith.
Cockfighting is banned in all 50 states, yet it remains a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, Smith said. ... 5ea02.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:06 am
by Happy Mom
Plymouth police seek armed robbery suspect

Plymouth police seek armed robbery suspect
Plymouth police are seeking this suspect from an armed robbery that occurred early Thursday at the Pak A Sak located at 520 W. Jefferson St., Plymouth. Photo provided
Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Sat Nov 28, 2015.
PLYMOUTH — An armed suspect robbed a gas station in Plymouth of cash just after midnight on Thanksgiving morning.
The robbery took place Thursday at Pak A Sak, at 520 W. Jefferson St. According to police, the man, described as a black man 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 9-inches tall, with a thin build, and wearing a mask over his face, displayed a handgun, demanded money and was given an undisclosed amount. He ran west from the store on Madison Street.
Anyone with information on the robbery should contact Detective Leo Mangus of the Plymouth Police Department at 574-936-2126, ext. 1208. ... 307c9.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:22 am
by Happy Mom
Robbery suspect arrested in South Bend

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MCT Illustration/Kurt Strazdins
Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 6:00 am
Tribune staff report
LAPORTE -- A suspect who put a knife to the throat of a store clerk in LaPorte during a robbery was arrested Tuesday in South Bend. Ryan Foster, 23, of LaPorte, is charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with robbery as a Level 3 felony.
The male clerk at Mae's Mart along Indiana 4 required sutures on his hands that were cut while breaking loose from the suspect, said LaPorte Police Chief of Detectives Tom Thate.
Foster was identified from images captured on surveillance video and located in South Bend about noon Tuesday, he said. Thate said the $2,000 in stolen money was not located. ... 42218.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:23 am
by Happy Mom
Woman, 26, found dead in restaurant bathroom

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Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Wed Dec 2, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
SOUTH BEND — A 26-year-old Walkerton woman was found dead in the women's restroom of the Taco Bell restaurant, 221 W. LaSalle Ave. in South Bend.
The woman's body was discovered shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to police. No other details were available. ... 15d7b.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:05 am
by Happy Mom
Confession disputed in hearing for South Bend mom accused of murder

Confession disputed in hearing for South Bend mom accused of murder
Nyesha Crockett is escorted into a courtroom in September 2014 for a hearing in her murder case. SBT File Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES

Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:07 am, Sat Dec 5, 2015.
By Christian Sheckler South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Nyesha Crockett doesn't deny the fact that she confessed to causing the death of her 11-month-old son, Micahyah, in August 2014.
But Crockett and her lawyer Friday began outlining their case for a judge to bar the confession from being used as evidence at Crockett's upcoming murder trial, arguing that homicide detectives bullied her into making a false statement.
Crockett is charged with murder, aggravated battery, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and battery in connection with Micahyah's death and a February 2014 incident that left her then-2-year-old daughter, Alaiyah, in a coma. Authorities alleged Crockett smothered Micahyah, threw him on the ground and kicked him.
Crockett's arguments Friday focused on a four-hour interrogation Aug. 31, 2014, the day after Micahyah was found unresponsive at a home in the 100 block of North Sadie Street. Her attorney, Charles Lahey, filed a motion in August of this year asking St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller to suppress from evidence Crockett's statements during the interrogation.
During a lengthy hearing Friday, Lahey said Detective Brian Cook, an investigator with the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit, coerced Crockett by shouting obscenities, making deceitful statements, ignoring her repeated claims of innocence and feigning intimacy by touching her leg and addressing her by terms such as "sweetheart," "baby girl" and "pumpkin."
Lawrence White, a professor at Beloit College in Wisconsin who specializes in interrogation tactics and false confessions, testified for the defense via a video conference, saying the recording of the interrogation showed one the most aggressive sessions he had seen.
"I think it's fair to say Nyesha was bullied," White said. " I think compared to other interrogations I've reviewed, I think the officer was bullying the suspect."
Prosecutors, on the other hand, noted that Cook read Crockett her Miranda rights, offered her refreshments and allowed her to take as many as six breaks during the interrogation.
The day after the interrogation, when Crockett retracted her confession, she never said coercive tactics had caused her to admit the crime, Deputy Prosecutor Aimee Herring said.
Woodward Miller also expressed skepticism about some of White's conclusions, including the notion that police interrogated Crockett in an isolated room in an attempt to make her feel weak and helpless. She suggested the interview room may simply provide better security and quality.
Woodward Miller will not rule on Lahey's motion until at least Dec. 11, when both sides will continue their arguments. Crockett's trial is slated to begin Jan. 4.
Ultimately, although White said it seemed clear Cook's tactics were meant to "extract an admission of guilt" from Crockett, the question of whether he coerced or intimidated her may be a matter of opinion.
"It's definitely part of the process," he said. "Whether it's coercion — I guess that depends on your definition of coercion."
@jcsheckler ... 660e9.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:08 am
by Happy Mom
Bremen football coach, teacher suspended

Bob Holmes
South Bend Tribune File Photo

Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 6:07 am, Sat Dec 5, 2015.
South Bend Tribune Report
BREMEN — The head football coach at Bremen High School has been suspended from his teaching job a day after he was arrested and accused of engaging in domestic battery of his live-in girlfriend.
In a statement Bremen schools Superintendent Jim White said Bob Holmes, 50, a teacher at the school since 2007, has been suspended with pay effective immediately.
"In light of the charges made against Mr. Holmes I feel compelled to take this action," White said. "While Mr. Holmes should have every right to resolve the charges filed against him, I must ensure the safety of our students and that they are being taught by teachers they can trust and respect."
The Bremen school board has called an executive session for Monday to discuss the situation.
When reached Thursday after news broke of Holmes' arrest, White had said ''Every situation is unique, and we try not to prejudge something before we have all of the facts.''
According to LaPorte County Police, officers were called to a residence in the 2200 block of West 250 South by the 17-year-old son of Holmes' girlfriend. According to police, the boy heard a commotion upstairs between Holmes and the woman. Holmes reportedly admitted shoving the woman. The boy shoved Holmes and then was chased out of the house by Holmes, according to police.
Holmes has been charged with domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. ... 24d28.html

Re: Area Crime 2015

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:10 am
by Happy Mom
South Bend shooting sends two to hospital

Posted: Sun 7:08 AM, Dec 06, 2015

Two people went to the hospital after a shooting in South Bend.
Photo: MGN Online

Two people went to the hospital after a shooting in South Bend.

It happened in the 1900 block of Goodson Court.

According to South Bend dispatch, the call came in around 1:45 Sunday morning.

They say two people were shot at a party, and both went to the hospital.

The extent of their injuries is still unknown at this time.

Stay with Newscenter 16 for the latest in this developing story ... 09911.html