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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.

BREAKING: Homicide In South Bend

Jul 3, 2020

The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a killing that occurred overnight in South Bend.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on a hit and run crash that occurred early this morning that killed a bicyclist. 

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Schools in St. Joseph County, Indiana are preparing to reopen in the fall under pandemic conditions. Public schools in St. Joseph County released plans  Tuesday outlining how officials will try to limit exposure to COVID-19. 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently voted to uphold DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s a victory for immigration advocates and those pushing for expanded protections and paths to citizenship, but many say the fight is far from over. 


A half dozen charges have been filed against a young woman who investigators say was going at least 75 mph when she allegedly caused a deadly five car chain reaction crash Sunday in South Bend. 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — People living near a South Bend church where the homeless have formed a tent encampment on the property are asking the city to shut it down. The Monroe Park Neighborhood Association is pushing for immediate action from the city, hoping Mayor James Mueller comes up with an alternative to the tents. According to the South Bend Tribune, Mueller said he would look into establishing an emergency shelter funded by the city, but has made no progress.

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Advocates for immigration reform rallied in South Bend Thursday night, calling on Indiana lawmakers to make changes that would help many undocumented Hoosiers. 

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The YMCA of Greater Michiana is partnering with South Bend Venues Parks and Arts by using the O’Brien Fitness Center to try and continue offering YMCA programs in the area. The Y announced about one month ago it would be closing its South Bend location for good due to financial struggles worsened by the pandemic. 

Photo Of The Week - Fog On The River At Sunset

Jun 18, 2020
CJ Beutien

WVPE's Photo of the Week captures an image of fog on the St. Joseph River at sunset on Northside Blvd at 32nd Street in South Bend from last month.

Thanks to WVPE listener-member CJ Beutien for sharing this photo with us. 

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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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City of South Bend officials released the latest draft of the police discipline matrix Thursday. This comes after pressure from the community to see steps taken with police reform.


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released new information on the shooting and killing of a child Thursday in South Bend. Investigators believe a 4-year-old child accidentally fired on a 1-year-old sibling.

UPDATE: Arrest In Weekend Killing In South Bend

Jun 17, 2020
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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released new information on charges against a weekend murder suspect. 

Today South Bend FOP Lodge 36 released results of a police survey.

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South Bend residents gave input on a rough draft of a police citizens review board bill during a public meeting Tuesday night. This is the first step of many before the board can be approved.

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Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Eric Logan by a white South Bend police officer. Some of Logan’s family and close friends held a memorial service Tuesday night and marched to demand justice one year after his death.

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Exactly one year ago, Eric Logan, a black man from South Bend, was shot and killed by a white City police officer who didn’t activate his body camera. The community is still dealing with the aftermath of the fatal shooting and is finding ways to remember Logan on the anniversary of his death.

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The South Bend Police Department is asking for the help of the public after more than 70 rounds of gunfire rang out in the city Monday morning. At least one person was hit. 

Gunshot Victim Dies In South Bend

Jun 13, 2020

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a deadly shooting that occurred early Satuday morning in South Bend. 

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Faith leaders met with South Bend Mayor James Mueller Thursday Morning to push for the adoption of a discipline matrix for South Bend Police Officers. It’s a document that outlines how an officer would be penalized or disciplined for different violations on the job. 

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UPDATE: The South Bend Common Council Finance Committee voted to table a bill that would have increased pay for the city’s police officers by 2.5 percent. The action came before the measure even went before the council as a whole Monday night. This comes after activists protested the pay raise throughout the day on Monday.

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Chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace,” echoed through the streets of South Bend for a second weekend in a row. Hundreds of people showed up Friday night to protest police brutality and demand racial justice.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A body found in the St. Joseph River in South Bend hasn’t been identified. It's partly because more than a week likely passed before the discovery. The coroner's office says an autopsy determined that the man was at least 45 years old, but there were no identifiable fingerprints or identifiable tattoos. Deputy coroner Michael Samp says a bone sample is being checked for DNA. A cause of death hasn’t been determined.

Unofficial results being reported by the St. Joseph Co. Clerk's office with 12 of 12 vote centers reporting and with partial absentee results included, shows B. Patrick Bauer's daughter leading a field of three candidates vying to take his seat. The New York Times has called the race naming her as the winner. 

The elder Bauer retired this year from the seat he held for 50 years.

The three candidates who were running to take over the IN House District 6 seat included Maureen Bauer, Garrett Blad, and Drew Duncan.

As of 10pm Tuesday, here were the results: 

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South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski issued a lengthy public statement on the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests. Multiple protest events occurred in South Bend over the weekend. They all remained peaceful. 


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Hundreds of protestors marched to the South Bend Police Dept. headquarters Saturday night, chanting slogans like "I Can't Breathe" and "No Justice, No Peace." Many carried signs in support of Black Lives Matter. 

Some of the protestors say that what happened to George Floyd hits close to home. In a little over two weeks, South Bend will mark the one year anniversary of the killing of Eric Logan, a black man, by a white SBPD officer. 

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller and the Common Council discussed possible solutions for the City’s homeless population during a meeting Tuesday night. This comes after a heated confrontation between police and protestors at a homeless camp Tuesday afternoon

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The homeless who are staying in tents near downtown South Bend were given until 10 a.m. Tuesday to disperse. But they didn’t start leaving until late this afternoon resulting in protests and police being called to the scene. 

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Gyms across Indiana started reopening Friday as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb's five-stage “Back On Track” plan. However, for one fitness center, the pandemic was too much and the doors will remain shut permanently.

The YMCA of Greater Michiana announced it will not reopen its South Bend-Mishawaka branch after operating for more than 50 years in its current location.

Marketing director Kayla Foster says COVID-19 was the tipping point for closing the fitness facility.