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Today the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office charged Nicole Mary Nelson, 28, of Edwardsburg, with reckless homicide and causing death while driving under the influence of a controlled substance. 

She is accused of being at fault in a deadly crash on June 6 that killed Ricardo Yzaguirre, 54, of Mishawaka. He was riding a motorcycle at the time.

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St. Joseph County Sheriff Bill Redman just issued a statement on his department's response to Memorial Hospital early this morning when angry crowds descended on the facility following the shootings at Kelly's Pub. 

Redman says the hospital was put on lockdown.

He goes on to say, "We cannot solve violence with violence! What I'm asking today is that we STOP the violence! STOP the shootings! Our community has suffered enough."

Read the entire statement here: 

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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.

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Jason Gibson, 41, is facing five charges including strangulation and domestic battery in connection with an alleged attack in St. Joseph County June 9th.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office released charging documents today indicating that Gibson is accused of attacking his girlfriend in a camper and and throwing her "around like a ragdoll." 

It happened at a campground in the 3,200 block of State Road 2 in the Bendix Woods Park area.

The probable cause affidavit indicates other campers helped to break up the attack. Gibson will be arraigned in court June 14. 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman of murder in the 1988 beating death of a pregnant mother abducted while walking her dog in northern Indiana.

The jury found 56-year-old Barbara Brewster guilty of killing 28-year-old Miriam Rice of South Bend following a three-day trial.

Rice’s body was discovered at Pinhook Lagoon, about 2 miles from her home, with multiple skull fractures. An autopsy showed she was four months pregnant at the time. She also had a 3-year-old son.

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Infant mortality rates were down in St. Joseph County, Indiana in 2018, but more teens died from intimate partner violence.

The St. Joseph County, Indiana Child Death Review Team meets annually to go over the numbers and individual cases of preventable deaths in children age one to 18.

In 2018 it reviewed 18 deaths. Ten teens, six children and assisted with review of two preventable infant deaths.

Betsy McCue is the 2019 chair of the committee.

NEW - The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit issued updated information about the investigation into  remains found on March 21 at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery.


The St. Joseph County Public Library has just joined the ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten,’ a nationwide literacy and school readiness program.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a pretty simple concept. Parents track each book they read to their young children with the goal of reading at least 1000 books before they start school.

That breaks down to just over one book every two days for five years.

Theresa Horn is the Youth Services Manager at SJCPL.

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The St. Joseph County Democrats hosted Joe Donnelly, Mel Hall and other local candidates at a Get Out The Vote rally Monday night.

Local Democrats and Democratic candidates thanked their supporters and volunteers and encouraged them to continue working til the polls close.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says getting out the vote is the most important thing. “And it all depends on this one thing. Which is, do our people vote? Will the people who share our values vote? And that depends, in part on whether we ask them to.”


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The St. Joseph County Republican Party hosted the Governor and several candidates for a Get Out The Vote rally on Sunday.

Governor Eric Holcomb, the Republican incumbents for state treasurer, auditor and secretary of state, U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun and Representative Jackie Walorski thanked volunteers and urged people at the St. Joseph County Republican headquarters to get to the polls

Walorski had words of thanks for one person in particular. “This lady made 33,000 phone calls.”

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St. Joseph County has approved a contract for curbside recycling for the next ten years.


The new contract is with Borden, same as the last one. But the County put recycling out for bid, and Borden was the only one that submitted.

After negotiations the contract was signed. It includes a higher cost, and a five year opt out clause for any of the entities included in the contract.

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The St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit swore in six student-investigators at it’s new space at the University of Notre Dame Friday.

The unit is made up of one director, three officers and the six students. Their work is to track digital evidence, investigate witness, victim or suspect statements and help to serve search warrants.

Christina Casino is one of the student-investigators. She’s a senior at Notre Dame and has been with the unit since the summer following her sophomore year.

President Carter: Housing A Basic Human Right

Aug 30, 2018
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Anguiano: Let's start with your name and your title.

Carter: My name is Jimmy Carter. I used to be president, but I'm not anymore.

Anguiano: And what do you do now?

Carter: Well, I run the Carter Center and I work [on] Habitat [for Humanity].

Anguiano: What's the biggest thing, what's the biggest takeaway you've had from Habitat in general?

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The University of Notre Dame will soon be working with communities in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties to pair local problems with possible solutions.

The Center for Civic Innovation will reach out to communities to find out what problems might be solved by research or project going on at the University.

Director Jay Brockman said the center is meant to foster partnerships and reach solutions together.