South Bend

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. 

Photo provided by Indiana State Police

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. 

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Deputy Health Officer Mark Fox was able to note some positive trends at the St. Joseph County biweekly COVID-19 update on Friday, Dec. 18.


The county's new daily case count has decreased over the last 10 days, which Fox called "some of the best news we've had in a while." The "second-best news," he said, is that the county's 7-day rolling average of new cases is below 200 for the first time since early November.


BREAKING: Biden To Tap Buttigieg For Transportation Secretary

Dec 15, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the transportation department. That's according to three people familiar with the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday to avoid preempting the president-elect's announcement. The 38-year-old Buttigieg was one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was a breakout star of the primaries, sharing victory in the nation's first caucus with Bernie Sanders. He suspended his campaign before Super Tuesday and endorsed Biden.

Metro Homicide Releases Info On Deadly Shooting

Dec 5, 2020

David Wells, the Asst. Cmdr. of the St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit, released information early Saturday morning regarding a gunshot victim driving himself to the hospital. The victim ultimately died.

(You can read more from the release below.)

(AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Activists are trying to bring attention to the case of a young Black man who was shot by New Mexico state police while on a road trip from Indiana to Arizona. Rodney Applewhite was on his way to Phoenix to visit family for Thanksgiving when he was shot following a police pursuit and altercation in which authorities say he grabbed an officer's gun and tried to unholster it while being taken into custody. Activists rallied Friday in New Mexico, Arizona and Indiana. They renewed calls for police reforms.

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Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror and the December holidays loom large, South Bend Mayor James Mueller says, "It's not inevitable we will have a medical catastrophe." But he reminds area residents that he believes there is "no margin for error." 

"These are gonna be dark days in the winter," he acknowledges as fears continue that more holidays will mean more spikes in local COVID-19 cases. 

Man Dies Following Shooting Friday In South Bend

Nov 28, 2020

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on the latest deadly shooting to occur in South Bend.

Screenshot via Facebook Live

Friday St. Joseph County and South Bend leaders provided an update on an ever worsening situation with COVID-19 locally.

Dr. Mark Fox, Deputy Health Officer for St. Joseph County, says he expects the county will move into a "red" designation from the Indiana State Dept. of Health by the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. County Commissioner Andy Kostielney echoed that concern saying that he is also concerned about hospitals being able to provide care. 

South Bend City offices and St. Joseph County offices in the County-City Building and the Courthouse will be restricting access starting next week through the end of 2020 due to COVID-19.

Photo provided by the Studebaker National Museum

Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday will be in full force at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend. 

The Studebaker National Museum and Gift Store will be open seven days a week for shoppers looking for apparel, holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. 

Screenshot via Vimeo news conference

During the weekly COVID-19 update provided by Indiana state government Wednesday, Sarah Paturalski, Beacon's VP of Nursing and Clinical Services, provided a gripping description of what it's like on the inside of area hospitals right now. 

"This is not normal."

She said that Beacon  is averaging one death a day and Beacon's staff has taken a vow for no one to die alone. 

South Bend Community School Corp.n

The South Bend Community School Corporation has announced that two schools will now be online only until after Thanksgiving due to large numbers of staff having to quarantine. The schools impacted are Lincoln Elementary and the Dickinson Fine Arts Academy.

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Hoosier hospitals are bearing the brunt of Indiana’s surging COVID-19 case numbers. 

Screenshot from Facebook Live



Those were some of the words St. Joseph Co. Health Officer, Dr. Mark Fox, used to describe his reaction to the latest COVID-19 stats the county is facing.

PHOTO/VIDEO GALLERY: Election Day 2020 - Polls Have Closed In Indiana And Michigan

Nov 3, 2020
Justin Hicks/WVPE & Lauren Chapman/IPB

Election Day 2020 is finally here. In Indiana the polls opened at 6am and close at 6pm. In Michigan polls opened at 7am and close at 8pm. 

WVPE's Justin Hicks reports that in the first hour of voting there were already long lines at McKinley School in South Bend. 

At the voting site at the Century Center in South Bend early this morning, voters seemed to be moving through fairly quickly.

BREAKING: Another Shooting Death In South Bend

Nov 1, 2020

The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unite has been activated to investigate a shooting death that occurred early Sunday morning in South Bend. 

O'Neill Sentenced For On-Duty Sexual Encounter

Oct 29, 2020
Photo provided by SBPD in June of 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white former South Bend police officer whose fatal shooting of a Black man roiled then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge related to an earlier on-duty sexual encounter. Forty-four-year-old Ryan O’Neill was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to ghost employment for a paid sex act with a woman while he was on duty in May 2019.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing  when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat so close to Election Day announced support ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski declared her support Saturday as the Senate worked through a rare weekend session that's set to continue Sunday. President Donald Trump’s nominee already appeared to have enough Republican support to push past Democratic opposition. But the nod from Murkowski gives Barrett a boost.