MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — An investigation has determined that two 911 dispatchers made mistakes during emergency calls about a driver who had veered into a frozen northern Indiana pond with her three young children.

The South Bend Tribune reports that one of the errors delayed the response of a dive team to the crash location.

The St. Joseph County dispatch center's director says in a report released Wednesday that the two dispatchers have resigned since the New Year's Eve crash in Mishawaka, but they likely would have been disciplined if they hadn't.

St. Joseph Co. Jail

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 17-year-old Indiana boy has been sentenced to 65 years in prison in the fatal stabbing of a schoolmate who was pregnant with his child.

A Joseph Superior Court judge sentenced Aaron Trejo on Tuesday to 55 years for murder and 10 years for feticide.

Trejo pleaded guilty in October to killing Breana Rouhselang in 2018.

Prosecutors said Trejo told officers he killed her because she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant that it was too late to get an abortion.


The St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office has released names of children who died on New Year's Eve when the SUV they were riding in went into a pond.

St. Joseph County Jail

According to a spokeswoman for the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Aaron Trejo pled guilty to murder and feticide at a hearing today.  The plea is in connection to last December's discovery of the body of Breana Rouhselang, 17,  in a dumpster behind a business near her Mishawaka home. 

According to court documents in the case, Breana was six months pregnant at the time and Trejo was the father. Shortly after her death, probable cause documents in the case indicated that Trejo told investigators, "I took action...I took her life."


Voters in Northern Indiana have several chances to connect with candidates before the November municipal elections.

There will be debates, forums, and meet the candidate events in the next few weeks for voters in South Bend,  Mishawaka, and Elkhart.

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The League of Women Voters and the American Democracy Project are sponsoring several upcoming forums to allow voters to meet candidates who will be on the ballot in Nov. 2019 municipal races. Information about the events is below. 



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South Bend, Mishawaka, and St. Joseph County officials discussed a proposal Thursday night to fund the county’s 911 Dispatch Center by pulling money from other agencies, like local libraries, public transit and the South Bend Airport. 

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Sears Holdings announced another round of store closures Tuesday and this time the location at University Park Mall in Mishawaka is on the list.

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.

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. 

Man Wanted For Iowa Murder Captured In Mishawaka

Jun 25, 2019
Polk County Iowa Jail

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager in northeast Des Moines.

Marcus Brown was captured in Mishawaka, Indiana, and has been returned to Des Moines. He is being held on a $1-million cash bond. He is being held on a preliminary count of first degree murder charge in addition to a first degree robbery charge. 

St. Joseph Co. Jail

St. Joseph County – Today Vincent B. Hunter, Jr., 26, appeared in St. Joseph County Superior Court and was sentenced to five years for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, a Level 5 Felony.

Two of those five years are to be served in the Indiana Department of Corrections and the remaining three years of the sentence are to be served with St. Joseph County Community Corrections.

He was charged for a February 14, 2019, fatal crash that occurred on E. McKinley Ave, Mishawaka, and resulted in the death of Lester Horrall, 50, of Mishawaka.

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Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood emphasised his city’s partnerships, innovations and developments in his ninth state of the city address Monday night.


Mayor Wood started and ended his speech with the Carter Work Project Habitat for Humanity build, which constructed 23 homes in August with the help of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and David Letterman.

Mishawaka "State Of The City" Address Is Tonight

Mar 25, 2019

Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood will deliver the 2019 State of the City address tonight in the auditorium of the Battell Center. An open-house reception and tours of Battell Center hosted by Mayor Wood’s Youth Advisory Council will begin at 6pm followed by the Address at 7pm.

The theme for this year’s address is “Building a Better Community”. Mayor Wood will review the year of 2018 and provide highlights of what the future holds for the Princess City. Several City of Mishawaka employees will be honored.

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Mishawaka History buffs are working on a plan to put a historical museum in downtown. They’ve purchased a building and are slowly working on renovations.

In a tour through the storefront in on Main Street in Mishawaka Curator and Treasurer Pete DeKever painted a picture of what the space will look like., “there will be exhibits in the space we have here. And then also some exhibit space in this middle area….”