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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office confirms that the Metro Homicide Unit now has identified a person of interest in the Chrisyah Stephens case. She was the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting last month in South Bend as she attended another child's birthday party. 



Notre Dame has announced that perhaps one of the more recognizable buildings in South Bend will be torn down next week. The brightly painted original site of the Robinson Community Learning Center on Eddy Street is set for demolition Oct. 6. 

South Bend Mayor Marries Over The Weekend

Sep 28, 2020
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South Bend Mayor James Mueller and Kellye Mitros were wed on Saturday at Island Park at the Century Center, with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg officiating according to a spokesman for the city.

The ceremony was small, with 20 immediate family members and four close friends in attendance.

The couple will have larger celebration and a honeymoon at a later date. The Mayor won’t be taking any time off this week as it’s currently budget season and there’s a Common Council meeting tonight. 

Trump Picks Conservative Amy Coney Barrett Of South Bend For Supreme Court

Sep 26, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide boost his reelection effort as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden. Republican senators are lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett before the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power.

GOP Expecting Trump To Tap Barrett For Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are expecting President Donald Trump to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, as he aims to put a historic stamp on the high court just weeks before the election. Even before Trump unveils the pick, conservative groups and congressional allies are laying the groundwork for a swift confirmation process for Barrett.

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City and county leaders in St. Joseph County are expressing concern about the state's moving to Stage 5.

ND Grad Who Is A South Bend Resident Is A Front-Runner To Be Supreme Court Nominee

Sep 21, 2020
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CHICAGO (AP) — A front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal appellate judge who lives in South Bend who has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. Amy Coney Barrett is hailed by religious conservatives and others on the right as an ideological heir to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She is a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and taught there before being appointed as a judge to the 7th Circuit.

Photo Of The Week - Humming Along

Sep 17, 2020
Debbie Ray

Another hummingbird photo is the pick for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.   Thanks to Debbie Ray of South Bend for this image. Debbie says she has been in self-quarantine since March. She only sees neighbors and a few friends occasionally so she says she has "adopted these little guys." She took this picture as a hummingbird visited the bird feeder on her balcony on the south side of South Bend on September 5. She says the presence of the hummingbirds helps to make life more bearable for her during the pandemic. 

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60 South Bend businesses received five thousand dollars each Wednesday through the city’s Small Business Resiliency Grant program. The money is meant to help veteran, minority and women-owned businesses weather the current economic crisis.

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Indiana State Police have released details of a trooper who was on a traffic stop this weekend, when he rushed into action to help people escape a burning home. 


Today news of an arrest was made public following the weekend discovery of a woman who had been stabbed to death in South Bend. 

According to charging documents, the suspect had a history of domestic violence with the victim a "No Contact" order was in place.  

Photo Of The Week - Rainbows Over Tippecanoe Place

Sep 10, 2020
Sam Lima

The skies over South Bend provided a stunning backdrop for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.   Sam Lima of South Bend captured this image of rainbows over Tippecanoe Place on August 27, 2020. Built by Clem Studebaker from 1886-1889, Tippecanoe Place is an iconic South Bend landmark. 

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Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

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During a biweekly news conference City of South Bend and St. Joseph County officials expressed optimism about COVID-19 statistics currently trending downward. 

"We acknowledge the impact of the cases at Notre Dame. Much of that has washed out," Dr. Mark Fox with the St. Joseph Co. Health Department said. 

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. 

A 9-year-old boy died in South Bend early Sunday morning from an apparent gunshot wound. New information released by officials indicates no adults were associated with the shooting. The discharge of the gunoccurred while juveniles were playing.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning, August 17th, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

South Bend Working On Budget For 2021 With COVID-19 In Mind

Aug 14, 2020
Justin Hicks

The City of South Bend is working on a budget for 2021 that reflects some of the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo Of The Week - Sunrise Reflection

Aug 13, 2020
Tamisyn Grantz

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week comes from South Bend as the sun was rising and being reflected on the water. Thanks to Tamisyn Grantz of South Bend for capturing this image. Tamisyn took the photo on Monday, Aug 3rd on the south side of South Bend. 

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Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

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South Bend officials are concerned about what they describe as increasing amounts of gun violence and fighting in the city. 

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Joe Kernan's former Chief of Staff has confirmed that Indiana's 48th Governor was laid to rest Aug. 4, 2020, at the cemetery at Notre Dame.

Body Found In South Bend, Metro Homicide Investigating

Jul 31, 2020

The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit is investigating after a man's body was found in an alley in South Bend Friday morning. 

Local Leaders Remember Joe Kernan

Jul 29, 2020

Many leaders in South Bend agree that Joe Kernan helped shape South Bend into the city that it is today.

A representative for Joe Kernan has confirmed that the former South Bend Mayor and Indiana Governor has died.  A spokeswoman says there will be no public services at this time for Kernan due to COVID-19. 

Deadly Shooting In South Bend At Irish Hills

Jul 25, 2020

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on a deadly shooting in South Bend.

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Some South Bend council members joined residents of the city’s Monroe Park neighborhood Friday night to tour an area nearby that has been a homeless encampment. 

Investment Fund Company To Acquire AM General

Jul 22, 2020
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An investment fund company, KPS Capital Partners, has announced that it will acquire AM General. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. AM General is headquartered in South Bend with facilities in Mishawaka and elsewhere in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. It may be most well known for producing military vehicles, including the HUMVEE. 

(You can read the news release that was issued about the acquisition below.)

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Monday, July 20, 2020 at 9 PM

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The South Bend Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve the police discipline matrix at a meeting Wednesday morning. Local activists and faith leaders have been putting pressure on the board to pass the matrix for several months. 

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The South Bend Common Council passed a resolution 5 to 4 Monday night calling on Mayor James Mueller to declare a state of emergency regarding homelessness in the City.

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South Bend residents and members of the Monroe Park Neighborhood Association are calling on City officials to immediately open a 24-hour homeless shelter. This is in response to what residents say is an ongoing homelessness problem in South Bend.

Ex-Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan In Care Facility With Alzheimer's

Jul 9, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A magazine article published by his alma mater says former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan has lost the ability to speak due to Alzheimer's disease and is living in a care facility. Tina Noel, who was Kernan's gubernatorial press secretary, confirmed the details of the Notre Dame Magazine report to The Associated Press, and said Kernan was diagnosed several years ago. The Democrat won three elections as South Bend mayor before being elected lieutenant governor with Gov. Frank O'Bannon in 1996.