South Bend

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In the wake of several recent shootings, many of them involving young people, South Bend community and city leaders led a peace march through part of the city’s west side on Friday. 


To date, the South Bend Police Department has responded to 36 shooting incidents, nine of which were fatal.


Speaking to the crowd, Imani Unidad Executive Director Debra Stanley said marches like this are a beginning, rather than an end. 


Photo provided by Karl Smith, Logo by Tiana Batiste Waddell

On Mon., April 19th at 9pm WVPE's Karl Smith steps out of his usual role as host and producer of shows that focus on music and the arts to look at a piece of South Bend's secret history.  It's a program based in part on the book Better Homes of South Bend along with personal recollections from Karl's family and friends.


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Monday is Dyngus Day, the traditional Polish holiday celebrating the end of Lent. In South Bend, that usually means Polish food and political speeches, but the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the holiday for the second year in a row.

Polish sausage, sweet-and-sour cabbage and Kluski noodles are still on the menu at the West Side Democratic and Civic Club in South Bend. But, the ongoing pandemic means you have to order ahead and pick your food up via drive-through.


The Metro Homicide Unit in St. Joseph County is investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred Tuesday night. It happened at Jefferson and Eddy and the car hit a tree at the intersection. The woman who was driving died. The male passenger who was also hit by gunfire survived. 

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The co-founder of the national Black Lives Matter movement weighed in on South Bend’s community police review board during a round-table discussion Monday evening.

The community police review board was established back in October to respond to civilian complaints against police officers. City Clerk Dawn Jones said the city is now in the process of hiring a director for the board.


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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state agency is partnering with Uber and Lyft to provide people with free, safe rides home. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says its Sober Ride Indiana pilot program will provide $15 ride credits to the first 10,000 total rides through Uber and Lyft in six cities through April 5. Those six cities are Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend and West Lafayette. Credits can be redeemed only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. To redeem the credit, visit

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As of now, St. Joseph Co. Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox says that 10% of the county's residents are fully vaccinated. Deaths from COVID-19 are coming down. The county has only seen two deaths from the virus in March and there were 20 deaths in February of s021. Fox says the number of cases has hit a plateau. He says the U.K. variant that has now been detected in the county is likely to infect more people and may cause more deaths. 

"We don't want to become hysterical, but we don't want to become complacent," Fox said in reference to the B.1.1.7 variant.  

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

Metro Homicide is investigating after a Monday morning shooting left an 18-year-old dead. Investigators are seeking help from the public to locate two individuals for questioning in the case. The shooting happened early Monday morning on Liston Street.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has awarded Indiana housing authorities $35 million for large-scale projects to modernize public housing around the state. The funding announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go to 40 of Indiana’s public housing authorities for projects such as replacing roofs, upgrading heating systems and other improvements. The city of Gary’s housing authority will receive the largest share of Indiana’s funding, about $6.6 million.

Potawatomi Zoo Announces Plans For Giraffe Habitat

Feb 28, 2021
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The Potawatomi Zoo has announced online that it is planning to bring giraffes to the zoo in the future.

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At St. Joseph County and South Bend’s biweekly COVID-19 update Friday afternoon, South Bend Mayor James Mueller said officials feel that spring is on the way.


“It seems brighter, the weather’s warmer," Mueller said. "That’s both in terms of the actual weather, but also in terms of where we are in this pandemic.”

The Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security shared a video during the state's weekly COVID-19 briefing that highlighted a program to vaccinate homebound Hoosiers. The video focused exclusively on efforts in St. Joseph County and South Bend. 

Watch the video here.

SBPD Find Snowmobile Running, Man Dead

Feb 21, 2021

The St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office has released information on a shooting that occurred Saturday evening in South Bend that left one man dead. 


Almost a year after they first closed to the public, the Morris Performing Arts Center and the Century Center in downtown South Bend are reopening for live shows and events. The city announced the reopening Friday as St. Joseph County’s COVID-19 case count and test positivity rate continue to decline.

Jeff Jarnecke, executive director of venues for the City of South Bend, said the city had to furlough the majority of staff members at both venues when the pandemic began last March. 


He said Morris staffers returned to work Feb. 1, and while part of the Century Center staff is still on furlough, Jarnecke said they hope to bring the rest back in the coming weeks.


“Knowing that it’s starting to feel like some sense of normalcy may be coming back to us is incredibly exciting,” he said. 


Jarnecke said each event on both venues' schedules will be independently reviewed by the health department, and attendance will be decided accordingly.

Jarnecke said all event dates are subject to change based on the county’s COVID-19 status, but as of now, the Century Center’s first events are scheduled for March, and the first shows at the Morris are slated for April. Reduced seating capacity and social distancing will remain in place. 

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The latest update on the status of COVID-19 in South Bend and St. Joseph County had all leaders participating in a Friday briefing expressing cautious optimism.   

St. Margaret's Virtual Winter Walk Is Happening Now

Feb 9, 2021

St. Margaret’s House is holding a virtual Winter Walk going on now through February 21. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children who struggle with economic poverty by providing essential services, programs and a community of respect and support.  

Metro Homicide is investigating a deadly shooting that occurred in South Bend this weekend. 

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"It's here or will be arriving soon."

That's the word from Dr. Mark Fox of the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. on his predictions for the presence of variants of COVID-19 showing up in the county. He says people should operate on an assumption that they need to protect themselves from these strains which are more contagious. Although none of the strains have been detected yet in St. Joseph County, some have been detected in Indiana and in Michigan, particularly in the Ann Arbor area. 

Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg Urges Big Funds For Transportation

Jan 21, 2021
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Tuesday evening the South Bend River Lights were turned to amber as the city joined the nation in a coast-to-coast memorial to honor the lives of those Americans who have died from COVID-19. 

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UPDATE (Jan. 21): 

The Indiana Department of Health has cancelled the pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic that was supposed to take place in South Bend this weekend. 


St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Bob Einterz said state officials notified the county of the closure Wednesday night. 


Einterz said he wasn’t told why the clinic was cancelled, but he “wouldn’t be surprised” if it was because the state received fewer vaccine doses than it was expecting. 



A bicyclist died in South Bend Friday after colliding with a semi. 

Power Outages In Area Are Fewer, Local Warming Sites See Little Use

Jan 4, 2021

NEW: (Jan. 4 at 3:45m):

Here is the latest from I&M on the utility's effort to restore power following an ice storm on Jan. 1st and snow over the weekend. You can check the for the latest on I&M's online outage map here. As of 3:45pm Monday 1,849 outages still remained. South Bend saw about 18 people at its warming site at the Century Center and Elkhart had only one family use its warming site at the fire station. 

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According to Indiana State Police, a South Bend man died following a car crash on Tuesday morning in Jackson County, Indiana. The man who died is identified as William Dudek, age 61.


Today the Indiana Attorney General announced that the investigation into fetal remains found on the property of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer has concluded. The remains were found following Klopfer's death in 2019 in Illinois. Klopfer performed abortions in Indiana, including in South Bend.

The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit reports that a charge has been filed against a woman who shot at a man who she believed was stealing a car she had left running to warm up in South Bend on Tuesday night. The man died.


St. Joseph County and South Bend city offices will extend limited in-person availability through mid-January due to the pandemic.

(You can read more from a release issued by the City of South Bend below.) 

Based on the recommendation of the St. Joseph County Department of Health, most offices for the City of South Bend and St. Joseph County will continue to limit in-person access to the County-City Building and Courthouse Complex through Friday, January 15, 2020.

Appeals Court Orders New Trial In South Bend Boy's Slaying

Dec 29, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled a South Bend man should receive a new trial on a murder charge for allegedly providing the handgun another man used to fire a shot that killed a 2-year-old boy. The appeals panel ruled 2-1 last week that 22-year-old Tyre Bradbury should have his conviction thrown out because his attorneys were ineffective. Bradbury is serving a 60-year sentence after being convicted as an accomplice in the April 2014 death of 2-year-old John Swoveland Jr. as he played outside blocks away from a gang fight.

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Today Indiana Landmarks announced a number of grants to preserve "meaningful places" in the Hoosier State. Here's a look at some of the grants that will support places in the WVPE listening area: 

Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants

Efroymson Family Endangered Places grants can be used for architectural and structural assessments, rehab cost analysis, reuse studies, and fundraising planning. The fund honors the Efroymson family for its significant support for our endangered places programs.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 59-year-old homeless man was found in South Bend and pronounced dead on Christmas Eve. Robert Minnes' 60th birthday would have been Christmas Day. He had been reportedly missing for two weeks. He was well known to locals and found by a store clerk covered with blankets. Authorities have previously said he had medical issues and had trouble walking.