The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on an early morning shooting that has left one woman dead and another behind bars. 

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During a news conference designed to address the pandemic, Gov. Eric Holcomb began his remarks with a tribute to Joe Kernan. 

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St. Joseph County health officials report that a death has occurred at the Motel 6 in Roseland that is being used to isolate homeless individuals with COVID-19.

(Read the full press release from the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. posted below.)

St. Joseph County- The City of South Bend and St. Joseph County Department of Health are confirming that a guest at the Isolation Quarantine Center (IQC), located at the Motel 6 on N. Dixie Way, was found deceased today.

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This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. on April 30, 2020 to include new information on Edwards' release date.

On the day Scottie Edwards died, he nearly fell over on the way to the bathroom. A pair of fellow inmates at the Westville Correctional Facility propped him up and got him to sit down on a toilet. 

“He had been sick for about a week and a half,” says one inmate named Josh in a recorded call. He asked to be identified by his first name, because he fears retaliation from prison staff. 

Indiana Reports 1st Death Of Prison Guard With Coronavirus

Apr 27, 2020
Indiana Department of Correction


Tony Sizemore admits he was a pessimist who didn’t expect much good from other people.

Except for Birdie. He always saw the good in her.

But since Birdie died, he’s begun to see goodness in others. He thinks he understands why.

“It’s just a combination of people being scared, and Birdie being on the forefront of this and being the first one here to die,” he says. “I think it’s a combination of everything that has caused all the love and stuff, and the compassion.”

The forefront of a pandemic.

The first one to die.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 387. The state announced more than 8,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 46,000 Hoosiers tested.

In response to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, State Health Commissioner Kris Box authorized nursing homes and retirement communities to transfer, discharge or relocate residents. In a statement, she said this will allow facilities to establish COVID-dedicated units to protect people who have not tested positive for the virus, and care for those who have. 


An inmate at Westville has died of COVID-19.

Justin Hicks/WVPE

NEW (Posted Apr. 15 at 5:10pm):

New information from the St. Joseph County Health Dept. indicates that as of today, the county’s total number of confirmed cases is at 294. County health officials are also confirming a sixth death related to COVID-19 infection. The patient, a female in her fifties, had several co-morbidities.


St. Joseph County Health Department officials released new information Tuesday afternoon on the presence of COVID-19 in the county. A fifth person has died and there is an uptick in cases, higher than the county figures reported out by the IN State Dept. of Health Tuesday morning. 

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office released new information following a deadly weekend shooting that occurred while a group was doing target practice.

BREAKING: 1st COVID-19 Death In St. Joseph County, Indiana, Test Results Were Slow

Mar 26, 2020
Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS

Health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in a St. Joseph County, Indiana resident Thursday.

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INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a second Hoosier has died from COVID-19. The patient is a Johnson County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.


ISDH has received six new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 30 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. The new cases involve residents of Lake (2), Franklin (2) and Marion (2) counties.


The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, confirmed a sixth Hoosier has died from vaping-related lung injury. The agency says the most recent death was an adult over the age of 65. 

Overall, ISDH has confirmed 60 cases in the state of lung injuries related to vaping. More are under investigation. 

ISDH began investigating vaping-related lung injuries last August. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, nausea, and abdominal or chest pain.

Michigan Sees a Third Vaping-Related Death

Jan 10, 2020

Today the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services announced there has been another vaping-related death in the state.

You can read the department's release about it below. 


The Indiana Department of Health confirmed Thursday a fifth person has died from a vaping-related lung injury. That brings the total number of confirmed cases of lung injury linked to vaping to 56. 

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 52 deaths in 26 states. Ages of the deceased range from 17 to 75. 


St. Joseph Co. Police have released more information on the deadly Thanksgiving Day fire in Osceola.


Today the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services announced there has been another vaping-related death in the state.

Governor Questioned Over Indiana’s Probe Of Amazon Death

Nov 26, 2019
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(Note: 88.1 WVPE will air a 'Reveal Special: Behind Amazon’s Smile' Friday, Nov. 29 at 1 PM)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's governor is facing calls from Democrats to explain his role in Amazon being cleared of responsibility for a warehouse worker's death despite initial findings of four major safety violations.

Indiana Reports 4th Lung Injury Death Linked To Vaping

Nov 15, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are reporting a fourth state resident has died of severe lung injuries linked to vaping.

The Indiana State Department of Health in a report released Thursday said the state has had 55 confirmed cases of such injuries and another 57 probable cases. It says more than 50 of the combined cases have been in the 18-29 age group and more than 20 in the 30-39 age group.

Nationwide, there have been more than 2,000 cases and at least 40 people have died.

Indiana Sees Its First Flu Death Of The Season

Oct 22, 2019
David Goldman/AP Photo/File

The Indiana State Dept. of Health has announced that the first Hoosier has died in the 2019-2020 flu season. The patient who died was from Marion County. The Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health reported the death Tuesday and urged people to obtain flu shots to better protect themselves against the respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.

Photo provided by the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office

NEW: Raymond M. Dotson, Jr. turned himself in this morning. 


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has announced charges against one man following a deadly weekend shooting at a South Bend gas station.

Raymond M. Dotson, Jr. is alleged to have used a semiautomatic weapon to kill a man he got into an argument with. The man who died was carrying an "air soft" toy gun. Police say surveillance video shows the whole thing. 


The Michigan Dept. of Health announced there has been a fifth death in the state due to EEE, Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

The death claimed the life of a Cass County resident.  

In total, EEE has been confirmed in 10 people in Michigan with five fatalities. 


An individual in Elkhart County has died from EEE, eastern equine encephalitis according to the State Dept. of Health in Indiana.

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Two more deaths in Indiana are linked to vaping-related illness according to a news release from the state health department. 

Indiana is investigating 75 cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping. State officials say this number has doubled in the past month. 

Three people have now died in Indiana since Sept. 6. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 1,000 lung injury cases linked to vaping across the country.

Here is the release in its entirety from the Indiana Dept. of Health:



The State Of Michigan Sees Its First Vaping Death

Oct 4, 2019
Brandon Smith/IPB News

Michigan's Dept. of Health and Human Services reports the state's first vaping death.

Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo/File

Friday the Indiana State Department of Health announced that an adult died September 5 from severe lung injury linked to a history of vaping. 

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PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says a man died of cardiac arrest after being struck by lightning while boating on a northern Indiana lake.

Marshall County Coroner John Grolich says 65-year-old Richard Eberhardt and a friend were trying to reach the shore at Lake of the Woods after a strong storm blew in Saturday, causing several lightning strikes in the area. Lightning struck and hit Eberhardt before the pontoon could make it to shore.

Grolich says CPR was started immediately and emergency responders were dispatched, but Eberhardt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Indiana State Police


LARWILL, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a carjacking suspect is expected to face charges after a fiery collision involving a northern Indiana officer's cruiser that killed a police dog.

State police say a Whitley County sheriff's deputy was sitting in his cruiser after setting up stop sticks along an U.S. 30 intersection Wednesday when the suspect's car collided broadside with his cruiser while trying to avoid the sticks.

Police say 31-year-old Clarence Shearer of Fort Wayne was booked Thursday at the Allen County Jail after he was treated for minor injuries.

Court records Friday don't list a lawyer for him.

The deputy escaped unharmed, but officers couldn't get the police dog out of the cruiser near the town of Larwill, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Fort Wayne.

UPDATE:  An autopsy was conducted this weekend in Fort Wayne for Phyllis Swihart, 88. A forensic pathologist determined her cause of death to be thermal injuries and soot inhalation. There appeared to be no outward trauma.  However, the manner of death is pending toxicology results. The investigation into the fire is still ongoing.