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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:50 am

Family of Coloma double murder victims fight for custody of children
Posted: Nov 14, 2016 7:37 PM EST
Updated: Nov 14, 2016 7:42 PM EST
By Taylor PopielarzCONNECT

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BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -
Only on ABC57 – a tearful plea for custody as a Berrien County family continues to cope with the aftermath of a double murder.

“He’s taken my whole family from me,” Stephanie Kopaceski said. “So I need the girls like, like the girls need me, I need them.”

It’s been 10 months to the day since the bodies of Renee and John Mitchell were found in their Coloma home.

Their murders left Renee’s two young daughters without their mother, and their father is behind bars as the suspect.

In an exclusive interview, the victims’ family spoke out for the first time on Monday because they didn’t know who else to go to as they continue fighting for custody of the girls.

“A lot of headache and heartache and wondering, you know, where do we go from here?” Stephanie said.

Stephanie and her husband, Tim, feel so much heartache from January 14, 2016, they still struggle to put it into words.

“I still, to this day, try to overlook the – [long pause],” Stephanie said.

“[It’s] unexplainable,” Tim said, after the pause.

“It definitely is unexplainable,” Stephanie said. “I just, I would not want to relive it, I can tell you that much. I would not definitely [sic] want to relive that.”

But the couple is reliving it each day, as they fight for custody for their two nieces – 5-year-old Nova and 4-year-old Luna.

“We’re working on 10 months with no contact with the girls,” Stephanie said. “None.”

“No visits, no phone calls, no letters, no nothing,” Tim said. “Just a picture.”

The couple has been sent one picture of their nieces since they were placed in foster care after their father, Alex Perez, allegedly killed their mother, Renee, and their grandfather, John.

Stephanie found her sister’s body in her father’s house the evening after she and Tim buried Tim’s mother, who had passed away in an unrelated circumstance.

Authorities then discovered John was also dead inside his home.

Stephanie and Tim have been trying to adopt the girls ever since.

They canceled a planned move to Alaska – where Tim’s ailing father lives – and unpacked their RV into a new home in Berrien County. They’ve even set up a pink bedroom for their two nieces, complete with beds, a television, clothes, and toys.

“And it seems like that’s not enough,” Stephanie said. “It seems like that’s, you know, we got the house, we got the rooms, we got everything that they need.”

“We’ve done everything that they’ve asked us to do,” Tim said.

“And beyond more,” Stephanie said.

“Beyond more than what they’ve asked us to do, and still, it’s like not good enough for them,” Tim said.

The couple said they’ve passed multiple adoption checkpoints, including three home checks, physicals, and fingerprinting. And both of them have an income.

Pictures in their house show they’ve been in the girls’ lives since day one.

But they’re feeling shut out as they try to adopt their nieces. They even said a court order allowing them to visit the girls – which they showed doing the interview – has gone ignored.

When asked what they would like to tell the girls if they see this story from their foster home in Kalamazoo, Stephanie and Tim began to choke up.

“We love ‘em,” Tim said.

“I love ‘em,” Stephanie said. “And I just hope that – I just wanna be able to hold them and hug them and tell them that everything is gonna be ok.”

“Come home!” Tim said. “We want ‘em home!”

“This is not the end of the world,” Stephanie said. “I know it’s something that happened and I know it’s hard for them. But, I believe that in all times of counseling and anything, I think that we can all make it through together.”

A representative from the foster care system the girls are currently in was reached out to Monday afternoon, but as of Monday evening, the call has not been returned.

Stephanie and Tim were very transparent from the beginning of the interview – saying they both have minor criminal records (i.e. marijuana charges from years ago), but they have not been in trouble for years. Stephanie also said she’s been told that her record does not disqualify her from adopting.

In addition, Stephanie said she’s confused because back in January – before the murders – she was given temporary custody of her nieces for seven days while her sister dealt with some personal matters.

Stephanie said if she was OK to have the girls then, why isn’t she now?

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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:42 pm

Suspect held in string of robberies at South Bend adult store
South Bend Tribune Report Updated 21 hrs ago (0)

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SOUTH BEND — Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a South Bend adult entertainment store at least three times in the past three weeks.

Jordan Sanders, 24, is charged with four counts of robbery, including three holdups at the Romantix store at 2715 S. Main St., South Bend police said in a news release Wednesday.

The news release said South Bend police questioned Sanders about the Romantix robberies after he was arrested by St. Joseph County police in connection with a separate robbery Monday.

Romantix had reported being robbed Oct. 31, Nov. 15, Friday and Sunday. County police contacted South Bend after finding Sanders's vehicle matched the description of a vehicle used by the suspect in the Romantix robberies.

Sanders is being held on $12,000 bond. He was arraigned Wednesday before a St. Joseph Superior Court magistrate and is scheduled for his first appearance before a judge Dec. 6.

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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:45 pm

Juveniles accused of Michigan City armed robberies
By Stan Maddux Tribune Correspondent Updated 8 hrs ago (0)

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MICHIGAN CITY — Two boys ages 15 and 16 are accused of taking part in armed robberies at the Lighthouse Place Mall and may be connected with other recent holdups in the area, according to Michigan City police.

Both were taken into custody Tuesday night. The older suspect is being held in the LaPorte County Jail, while the other suspect was taken to the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center. Both are being held on preliminary charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted armed robbery and resisting law enforcement, police said.

Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek said it was sad recent robberies here “instilled so much fear into our community and has shaken our residents and business community by (the suspects') violent acts.”

According to police, a gun was displayed during a robbery attempt shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson Leather. Moments later, a family that left the store told police they were robbed at gunpoint.

Officers were searching the area when Long Beach Police Officer Jason Yagelski spotted two boys fitting the description of the robbery suspects in an alley between Wabash and Washington streets, just a few blocks from the popular outlet mall.

“They were ducking and hiding alongside a house,” said Yagelski, who then chased the suspects on foot into a fenced-in backyard where he ordered both the suspects at gunpoint to get on the ground.

The 16-year-old boy, after complying, was taken into custody by Yagelski. The younger suspect ran off but was apprehended by other officers close to Carlisle Funeral Home, police said.

A gun allegedly dropped during the foot pursuit was recovered, Yagelski said.

Police believe undisclosed evidence recovered by police may link the boys to five other robberies and attempted robberies on Nov. 1. Those crimes included the taking of car keys and cellphone from two boys at gunpoint at 6th and Franklin streets. The suspects then used the keys to try and steal their vehicle, but the robbers were unable to drive a stick shift, police said.

Other attempted robberies occurred that night at Rally's, 2101 Franklin St.; Steak 'n Shake, 5809 Franklin St.; and the Pita Shak, 429 U.S 20. In addition, an undisclosed amount of money was taken at gunpoint from J & J's Pizza Shack, 1608 E. Michigan Blvd., police said.

All of the alleged crimes occurred about 30 minutes apart from each other, police said.

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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:49 pm

Police investigating robbery at South Bend Dollar General
Posted: Nov 23, 2016 8:34 PM EST
Updated: Nov 23, 2016 11:31 PM EST
By Allissa CorakCONNECT


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
A Dollar General store located on Ireland Road near Ironwood Road was robbed Wednesday evening.

Authorities say the robbery was reported at approximately 7:35 p.m.

No injuries have been reported.

Police are still investigating this incident so stay with ABC 57 News as we gather more details about this developing story.

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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:52 pm

57 guns stolen from Roc ster gun shop owned by retired police detective
Posted: Nov 22, 2016 5:31 PM EST
Updated: Nov 22, 2016 7:30 PM EST
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ROCHESTER, Ind. -
When Dennis Reichard's dog woke him and his wife up at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, he knew something as wrong.

"Instantly, I knew we were burglarized ..we'd been ripped off," Reichard recalls.

His gun shop was broken into, and 57 guns were gone.

"If you scan these cases, you'll see that there's nothing in them. And there were literally stacked in here on top of each other," he says.

Aside from the financial loss, which is an estimated $40,000, he's worried what having those guns in the wrong hands can do.

"People might get injured from their misuse from the criminal element that took them and will use them," Reichard says. "Because they don't use them for good."

He and the Fulton County Sheriff, Christopher Sailors, have some ideas of what the guns may be used for.

"More than likely, it's guns traded for drugs, the way we look at it, it's a possibility," says Sheriff Sailors.

But Reichard is confident that the criminals will be found. As a retired Rochester Police Detective, with 36 years of experience, he's sure the team will find thieves.

"Whoever these guys are, they'll get caught. They will get sentenced and they will go to prison," Reichard says. "Every firearm has a serial number that serial number can't be destroyed. It will be traced."

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He hopes that justice and will be served.

"It's what I did for a living for 36 years. I expect," says Reichard.

But he's not letting it stop him. Tuesday afternoon, there were already plans for a shipment for 30 guns to come into the shop.

"I don't quit," he adds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.

Both Sheriff Sailors and Reichard hope that with the public's help, the stolen guns can get off the streets.
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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:55 pm

No denying of disturbing crimes
Posted: Nov 22, 2016 6:44 PM EST
Updated: Nov 22, 2016 6:48 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
On Monday, we first told you a South Bend man was arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography.

He has since posted bond but on Tuesday that man, 24-year-old William Dill, appeared in court for his arraignment.

Just moments after leaving the courtroom for his arraignment, Dill admitted he was guilty after the St. Joseph County Prosecutors Office charged him with five counts of possession of child pornography.

In June, the St Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit identified Dill as the operator of a computer that contained over 1200 pictures and videos of child pornography.

The ages of the victims in the files are disturbingly low and range from infancy to 11 years old

The St Joseph County Police Department says the investigation also led to the discovery of a Skype conversation in which Dill showed interest in personally molesting a child.

Police also say dill decorated his bedroom as a little girls room with my little pony posters and bed sheets.
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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:49 am

Fight breaks out during Thanksgiving shopping at Mishawaka mall

Fight breaks out at Mishawaka mall


By NewsCenter 16 Staff | Posted: Fri 6:49 AM, Nov 25, 2016 | Updated: Fri 7:13 AM, Nov 25, 2016

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Mishawaka, Ind. (WNDU) -- A fight broke out at a Mishawaka mall as shoppers kicked off their pre-Black Friday buys.


One witness captured the scary incident on camera. It happened at University Park Mall around 11:30 p.m.

Mishawaka Police dispatchers tell us two people were involved in the scuffle; but no one was hurt and no one arrested.

At one point - we received calls from concerned viewers about possible shots fired at the mall - but officers call it a false report.

We spoke with the mall who said Simon Property Group isn't commenting on the situation right now.

We are still working to get more information and will bring it to you when it's available.

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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:22 am

Hearing for woman charged with child neglect

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Posted: Wed 6:59 AM, Nov 30, 2016

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A woman indicted on a child neglect charge will be in court Wednesday.

The arrest of 19-year-old Hope Magiera stems from an incident in January where police say her 2-year-old son shot himself.

It happened at a home in the 2700 block of Edison Road in South Bend.

The boy went to the hospital in serious condition.

Magiera will have an initial hearing Wednesday morning.

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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:24 am

VIDEO: Crooks steal cash, tools from cars at Mishawaka shopping center

VIDEO: Surveillance shows car break-ins in Mishawaka


By Maria Catanzarite | Posted: Wed 12:01 AM, Nov 30, 2016 | Updated: Wed 12:19 AM, Nov 30, 2016


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MISHAWAKA (WNDU) --- Thanksgiving weekend was busy for shoppers -- and crooks. Mishawaka Police say ten car break-ins were reported over the past week. Two thieves were caught on camera at Town and Country Shopping Center. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, surveillance footage shows the driver of a Chevy Tahoe breaking into a work van owned by C & P Distributing, stealing $2,000-worth of tools. Minutes later, the person weasled into an employee's van, using a screw driver, taking various items.


"The whole thing happened within seven minutes," said Austin Brown, a manager at C & P Distributing.

At 11 a.m. the next morning, November 27, a young person driving a Volkswagen sedan broke into three cars in the C & P lot, stealing a key from an employee's car and cash from a service van. About two hours later, the manager at World Gym told NewsCenter 16 a thief broke into a car and stole a wallet.

"We've had people rummage through our service vehicles before. We've heard reports of it. But never in a string of events like this. It's pretty rare for that to happen," said Brown.


A tech company, C & P used what it sells -- surveillance cameras -- to capture license plates of the cars driven by both thieves. Mishawaka Police ran the plate of the Volkswagen and discovered it was a stolen vehicle.

"Because they were taking so many items from Town and Country, it's likely that they will hit this area again," suspected Brown. "Maybe they live they nearby, or they will try to come back at another store."

Whether or not a home or business has cameras, Mishawaka Police say theft prevention is paramount.

"We want to keep this stuff out of sight so it's not taken from us and that's our whole goal," said Lt. Tim Williams, public information officer. "You feel violated. Someone stole something from you, and that's a big deal. We don't want you going through that feeling."

If you have any information on the recent rash of break-ins, call Mishawaka Police and leave a message with the Detective Bureau: (574) 258-1684.

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Re: Area Crime 2016

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:27 am

Reward offered for information on Nov. 20 gun theft from Rochester shop

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Posted: Tue 3:55 PM, Nov 29, 2016 | Updated: Tue 5:33 PM, Nov 29, 2016

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) UPDATE:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Sand Burr Gun Shop. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000.

Contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867).

ORIGINAL STORY:
More than 50 firearms were stolen from a Fulton County gun shop. According to Michiana Crime Stoppers, the guns were stolen from Sand Burr Gun Shop in the early morning on November 20.

The weapons are believed to still be in the Michiana area. Investigators have found several links between Fulton County and the South Bend area while working previous cases.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department are working on this ongoing investigation.

If you have any information, please contact Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 800-342-STOP.

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