Annacaroline Caruso


88.1 WVPE Public Radio is pleased to announce Annacaroline Caruso has joined the reporting team at WVPE. 

Annacaroline comes to Indiana by way of the East Coast. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from Boston University. She has radio reporting and producing experience from her work at WCBM in Maryland and at Virgin Media in Dublin, Ireland. She hails from the Baltimore area. 

Annacaroline enjoys covering stories related to the environment and public health. Although radio journalism is her first love, she also likes to create short documentaries. 

Elkhart Parks & Recreation

Elkhart’s Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Randall Norton, has been charged with embezzling about $20,000 from a youth non-profit organization he ran in Michigan.

The Three Rivers Police Department say the incoming director of a group known as Three Rivers Area Mentoring, found inconsistencies and missing money after Norton left his position with the group. Three Rivers Area Mentoring is a non-profit that matches children with adults or high school volunteer mentors.

South Bend residents and members of the City’s Common Council gathered Monday night to brainstorm ways to improve the community.

Community members were broken into five groups to discuss topics including economic development, affordable housing, youth engagement and employment, neighborhood infrastructure, and public safety.

Protestors gathered this afternoon in opposition to the Amazon fulfillment center that opened in South Bend earlier this week. 

The group stood in front of the Great Lakes Capital building holding picket signs with a red slash through the Amazon logo.

A healthcare company that recently opened in Mishawaka expects to provide nearly 100 jobs for community members. 

Dynamic Synergy relocated to a larger office so they can support the 95 workers they plan on having by the end of the year. The business grew to 43 employees in the past week.

The City of Elkhart is teaming up with Cummins Onan to host a community picnic Friday in celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month. 

Community members can enjoy free activities, games, and picnic food at Eklhart’s Sterling Park between 5 and 8 p.m.

The St. Joseph County Police added four new dogs to their K-9 unit, three of which were put into service this week. 

Farkas, Odin, and Monti, underwent six weeks of training where they learned to chase fleeing offenders, and search for narcotics and evidence. Corporal Rachel Harvey and her assigned K-9, Odin will be working afternoon patrol.

The South Bend Community School’s Empowerment Zone chose a leader for a new position as chief Wednesday morning.

The Empowerment Zone is a relatively new system for the school district.

Hundreds of people gathered at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles Wednesday afternoon for the burial of a Vietnam War veteran who has no living relatives. 

Wayne Wilson, also known as “Sarge,” was buried with military honors which included the playing of taps, a 21-gun salute, and the folding and presentation of the American Flag. Charlotte Andrews, a friend who knew Wilson for nearly 25 years, received the flag.

The Pitbull concert at Four Winds Field that was cancelled at the last minute in June has been rescheduled for Friday, August 16th. 

Pitbull said he wasn’t able to fly to South Bend for the original concert because of severe weather in Florida, where he lives.

The South Bend Fire Department held a public ceremony to recognize their newly opened fire station. 

Fire Station 9 is located four blocks from the Memorial Park boat launch. Officials say this will help cut the response time for water emergencies by about six minutes. 

The station will also house the only ambulance for the east side of the City. 



The Elkhart Municipal Airport received more than $1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The money will go towards the second phase of construction for a new fence. It will extend underground to stop animals from digging under and it will be taller than the old fence.

 Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said the new fence will have safety features that the old fence lacked.

Wayne Barker, School City of Mishawaka's superintendent, plans to stay organized and productive while settling into his new role.

  Barker broke up his 90-plan into three phases.  He will spend the first 30 days listening to people's thoughts on the schooldistrict. 

Firefighters from around the world will gather in downtown Elkhart this weekend to compete in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.

 Professional firefighters dressed in full gear will compete in an obstacle course that includes climbing a five-story tower, dragging hoses, and rescuing a 175 pound dummy.   Individuals and teams with qualifying times can go on to compete in the world championships. 

South Bend residents can now apply for new solar- powered lampposts as part of the Light Up South Bend Initiative.

 The Lamppost Lighting Program is meant to improve safety by adding more street lighting throughout South Bend. The City selected two areas where residents pay less for a lamppost.


The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold three public hearings this month - Thursday, July 11th at the South Bend Century Center, Monday, July 15th at Ball State University, and Tuesday, July 16th at Purdue University Fort Wayne.