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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office announced that today Rahim Brumfield, 21, appeared before a St. Joseph County Superior Court judge and was sentenced to 60 years in the January 18, 2018 homicide of Tysiona Crawford.

At the time of her death, Crawford was 17 years old and a student at Washington High School in South Bend.

Brumfield was sentenced to 55 years for her murder and 5 years for a firearm sentencing enhancement, for an aggregate sentence of 60 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

St. Joseph Co. Jail


Today the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office released the following information on the sentencing of Barbara Brewster for murder:

St. Joseph County –Today Barbara Brewster, 56, appeared before a St. Joseph CountySuperior Court Judge and was sentenced to 60 years in the Indiana Department ofCorrection for Murder. Specifically, she was sentenced for the June 1988 Murder ofpregnant Miriam Rice.She was sentenced today after a jury found her guilty of Murder on June 12, 2019.The statutory sentencing range for Murder at the time the crime was committed was 40 to60 years.George Kearney, 78, was also charged in connection with Miriam Rice’s death, and pledguilty on March 11, 2019, to Murder, without the benefit of a plea agreement. He passedaway in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail on March 24, 2019, before he could besentenced or a judgement of conviction entered. However, on March 27, 2019, the Courtper statute entered a judgment of conviction against George Kearney for Murder, but notedthat his death made sentencing moot and declined to enter any sentence for that conviction.


Today Indiana State Police announced that a fellow inmate has been charged with murder in the death of Miami Correctional Facility inmate, Lannie Morgan of South Bend. 

Phillip Sadler, age 53, is charged with Morgan's murder. Police say Sadler resided in the same cell house as Morgan, but was not his cellmate. 

Police say an autopsy on Morgan showed that the cause of death was homicide by asphyxia due to smothering/occlusion of the nasal/oral cavities. 


A recent Brookings Institute study on growing cities across the nation highlighted South Bend, Indiana, alongside Nashville, St. Louis, and Boise, Idaho.

Indiana has one of the highest rates of evictions in the country – only six states are worse.

And many community advocates point to one issue as a major cause.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana attorney general says he has appealed a federal judge's decision to grant an injunction allowing an abortion clinic to open in South Bend.

Attorney General Curtis Hill said Monday that his office filed documents Sunday asking for an immediate stay to prevent the clinic from opening until the state's appeal can be considered.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Friday granted the injunction allowing Whole Woman's Health Alliance's clinic to open. The judge called the state's refusal to issue a license a "substantial obstacle" for women and a violation of due process and equal protections.

The Indiana State Department of Health hasn't issued the license because authorities say the alliance hasn't provided requested safety documentation.

A federal lawsuit on the clinic's license continues with trial set before Barker in August 2020.

Read below from Hill's latest statement on the issue:


Brandon Smith

A proposed South Bend clinic that performs abortions has the go-ahead to finally open after a federal judge ordered the state to clear a path.

Peter Ringenberg

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is holding his first ‘Mayor’s Night Out’ since officially announcing his candidacy for President in April.

 The Mayor’s Night Out events in South Bend are usually a chance for residents to meet one on one with the Mayor and other city officials about any problems they’re having.

Indiana State Police

UPDATE: The Silver Alert has been cancelled.  


Indiana State Police put out the Silver Alert this afternoon. This is the release: 

The South Bend Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Robert Lemere, a 87 year old white male, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 170 pounds, gray hair with blue eyes, and driving a white 2006 Buick LeSabre with green paint down passenger side and Indiana license plate number D701ER.

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The ground was ceremoniously broken on renovations at Leeper Park in South Bend today, though construction in the park has already begun.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a northern Indiana man of charges alleging that he bilked his employer out of more than $2 million.

The jury in South Bend convicted 62-year-old Kevin Clinton on Tuesday of four counts of mail fraud.

Federal prosecutors say the New Carlisle man was employed as the chief information officer for a South Bend business. He allegedly incorporated his own business and used a virtual office to submit fraudulent billings to his employer totaling more than $2.2 million.

Former South Bend Zoo Chimp Now In Baltimore

May 15, 2019

BALTIMORE (AP) — A chimpanzee named Alex is the latest new attraction at Baltimore's zoo.

In a Tuesday statement, the Maryland Zoo announced that Alex has recently completed a month-long quarantine, a standard procedure when introducing a new animal. He was able to see and hear the other chimps in the zoo's "Chimpanzee Forest" exhibit during that time.

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The University of Notre Dame announced Friday it was awarded a $42.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.


Cities around the area are celebrating this weekend for Arbor Day.

IUSB is hosting a zero waste breakfast this morning, Goshen has activities and tree giveaways this evening. Elkhart is hosting a full environmental event Saturday including a celebration for it’s 30 years of having a ‘Tree City USA’ designation.

Jamison Czarnecki is the supervisor at the Elkhart Environmental Center.

Amazon Planning New Delivery Center In The South Bend Area

Apr 24, 2019
Peter Ringenberg

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon is planning a delivery center in northern Indiana.

Amazon Logistics announced Tuesday that it plans to speed up deliveries in the South Bend area by working with small businesses and independent contractors through the center.

The announcement coincides with a document filed recently with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and others filed with the South Bend Building Department, suggesting plans for an Amazon delivery center near South Bend International Airport.

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  The city of South Bend wants to know what its residents want money spent on in 2020.

The city holds a resident input budget meeting like this every spring as a chance for people to tell them if they want more spent on parks and trails, or streetlights, public safety or any of the other things South Bend pays for each year.

Daniel Parker is the city’s controller. “We are entrusted with taxpayer dollars so we want to make sure we’re being responsive to what residents need.”

Whole Woman's Health Alliance

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill responded to a federal lawsuit today filed by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance.

The alliance has worked since 2017 to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

The alliance filed the lawsuit in March after the state last year denied the organization’s application, because it said the alliance did not provide necessary information about its other clinics around the country.

Elkhart Man Dies Following Shooting In South Bend

Apr 9, 2019

According to a release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Keyontae Lamarr Jones, 21, of Elkhart died following a shooting last night in the 300-block of North O'Brien Street in South Bend.

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On a windy, wet Wednesday morning in the middle of March, Sara Stewart, the president and executive director of Unity Gardens, is out in the field, at the Main Garden, seven acres of urban farm land, between Prast Boulevard and Ardmore Trail near Honeywell and Beacon Heights, on the west side of
South Bend.

St. Joseph Co. Jail

Today the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office charged Marshun D. Lloyd, 25, with Murder in the March 10, 2019, homicide of Ashley Starr.

Lloyd was ordered held without bond and remains in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail.

He is scheduled to appear before a Magistrate tomorrow afternoon, March 29th, at 1:00 p.m. for his arraignment

Charging documents indicate that Lloyd was Starr's ex-boyfriend. Starr was found in her home on Huron Circle where she died of multiple stab wounds. Investigators say Starr's blood was found inside Lloyd's car.

Michiana Women Making History: Kathy Schneider

Mar 28, 2019

For Women’s History Month, 88.1 WVPE and Indiana University South Bend’s Women and Gender Studies program recognizes Michiana Women Making History.

Dr. Barbara Williams, a South Bend physician and sociologist, conducted several interviews with notable women in the community and we’re bringing you samplings of those conversations on Thursdays throughout March at 8:45 AM and 5:45 PM.

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The City of South Bend has started the process of partnering with an organization that city officials hope will help make the best of state and federal funds to fix health hazards in homes.

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, or GHHI, is a national organization that works with cities to bring together separate resources for home repairs and help homeowners have healthier homes.

Lauren Chapman

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance sued the state of Indiana Wednesday as part of its bid to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.


UPDATE: In case you missed this story last month, there is still a unique opportunity to attend a "candi-dating" event tonight (Tuesday, April 9) to get to know the people running for mayor of South Bend.

Happy Family

Mar 23, 2019
Blair Gauntt

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9 PM

Inspired by real events, Happy Family is a play about one determined woman.  In the 1970s she led a group of working women who sued a major corporation for equal pay and equal opportunity.  With the help of a roving civil rights lawyer, they won.  It took them ten years of hardship, but they won.

The play was written and produced by Roy Schreiber, a retired professor of history at Indiana University South Bend.

Michiana Women Making History: Debra Stanley

Mar 21, 2019

For Women’s History Month, 88.1 WVPE and Indiana University South Bend’s Women and Gender Studies program recognizes Michiana Women Making History.

Dr. Barbara Williams, a South Bend physician and sociologist, conducted several interviews with notable women in the community and we’re bringing you samplings of those conversations on Thursdays throughout March at 8:45 AM and 5:45 PM.

Buttigieg Book Talk In South Bend Tuesday Night

Mar 18, 2019

(SOUTH BEND) - Pete Buttigieg will be at the St. Joseph County Public Library in downtown South Bend Tuesday night at 6:30 to talk about his book entitled "Shortest Way Home." 

The South Bend mayor and possible democratic presidential candidate kicked off his book tour last month at the Century Center at a ticketed event. 

(SOUTH BEND) - Last night South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg posted a letter to Twitter that he sent to the Islamic Society of Michiana. The letter is in response to the deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that occurred Friday.

In the letter he says, "the act of terror was intended to put fear in our hearts, and that the fear was designed to travel around the world."

He goes on to say, "I write to tell you that the City is absolutely committed to your safety and well-being."