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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.”