St. Joseph County

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Indiana State Police have released the name of the ITRCC maintenance worker who was struck and killed while working on the side of the Indiana Toll Road.  He is identified as Ronald Smith, 61, of Edwardsburg, Michigan.


Indiana State Police are investigating a crash that killed an Indiana Toll Road worker. 

(You can read the ISP release below.) 

St. Joseph County- This afternoon an Indiana Toll Road maintenance worker was struck and killed while performing work outside of his vehicle.

West Nile Detected In Mishawaka

Jul 2, 2020

Heading into the July 4th weekend, the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. has announced that West Nile has been detected in Mishawaka.

(You can learn more about it below.) 

St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Robert Einterz, announced the St. Joseph County Department of Health has identified a pool of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in eastern Mishawaka. St. Joseph County is one of 2 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been found this year to date. There have not been any human cases of West Nile Virus in Indiana this year to date.

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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. 

Monday the St. Joseph County Health Department in Indiana announced an extension of the county's face mask order.


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released the names of the men who died.


The Michigan Attorney General's office has announced that charges have been filed against St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough. McDonough initially tried to explain that he was having a "coughing fit" while driving and it caused him to crash into a fence this spring. 

Murder Suspect Wanted In Holland, Michigan, Arrested In St. Joseph Co., Indiana

May 14, 2020
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St. Joseph Co. Sheriff William Redman says his department captured a man wanted for murder out of Holland, Michigan. The Associated Press is reporting that the body of a 52-year-old woman has been found in a western Michigan hotel room. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says deputies were called to the Holland Township hotel about 1:45 a.m. Thursday after a relative of the victim expressed concern to authorities about her well-being. Authorities learned the Holland woman was last seen at the hotel.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional confirmed deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 1,295. The state announced more than 22,500 total confirmed cases, with nearly 125,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend is on lockdown after a new inmate tested positive for COVID-19. This is the jail’s first confirmed COVID-19 case.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 62 additional confirmed deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,213. The state announced more than 21,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 115,000 Hoosiers tested.

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St. Joseph County health officials report that a death has occurred at the Motel 6 in Roseland that is being used to isolate homeless individuals with COVID-19.

(Read the full press release from the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. posted below.)

St. Joseph County- The City of South Bend and St. Joseph County Department of Health are confirming that a guest at the Isolation Quarantine Center (IQC), located at the Motel 6 on N. Dixie Way, was found deceased today.

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The St. Joseph County, Indiana health order requiring residents wear face masks in public started Tuesday. But there’s been some confusion about how and if the order can be enforced.

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St. Joseph County Health Officer, Robert Einterz, MD, issued a Public Health Order Sunday night.


The St. Joseph County, Indiana Health Department released new data Friday on the breakdown of COVID-19 among different demographics.

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Health officials with the St. Joe County Health Dept. in South Bend issued new information about total deaths and cases, including revelations about the extent of an outbreak at one long-term care facility. 


St. Joseph County, Indiana officials held a virtual press conference Friday to talk about the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some county officials say it's too early to start reopening the local ecnonomy.

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NEW (Posted Apr. 15 at 5:10pm):

New information from the St. Joseph County Health Dept. indicates that as of today, the county’s total number of confirmed cases is at 294. County health officials are also confirming a sixth death related to COVID-19 infection. The patient, a female in her fifties, had several co-morbidities.


St. Joseph County Health Department officials released new information Tuesday afternoon on the presence of COVID-19 in the county. A fifth person has died and there is an uptick in cases, higher than the county figures reported out by the IN State Dept. of Health Tuesday morning. 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The St. Joseph County Prosecutor has asked a judge to approve a special investigation into a murder case after the defendant alleged investigators lied about details under oath.

Kyle Doroszko was charged with murder in the 2019 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Traychon Taylor in South Bend, Indiana.

Prosecutors say the shooting happened while Taylor attempted to rob Doroszko while he was selling him marijuana.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office released new information following a deadly weekend shooting that occurred while a group was doing target practice.

Justin Hicks

South Bend City and St. Joseph County, Indiana leaders gave an update on the local COVID-19 response this afternoon during a virtual press conference.

The South Bend Mayor's office has announced the appointment of a COVID-19 Response Coordinator for the city and for St. Joseph County.

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The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program in St. Joseph County is moving forward creatively in the era of COVID-19. A "virtual" swearing-in ceremony was held to get new volunteers into the program. The swearing-in ceremony would typical happen in person under more normal circumstances. 

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Health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in a St. Joseph County, Indiana resident Thursday.

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County has announced that the adoption center is closed until further notice. 

St. Joseph County, Indiana Reporting Two New COVID-19 Cases

Mar 18, 2020
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  Two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been found in St. Joseph County. 

Health Department officials say neither person has been hospitalized. Both are in self-isolation and recovering. 

These cases bring the total in St. Joseph County to three confirmed cases. More tests are pending.


Justin Hicks

St. Joseph County Courts have suspended a criminal rule that guarantees people certain speedy trial rights until April 20th due to the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 Call Line Established In St. Joseph County

Mar 13, 2020

The St. Joseph County Health Department has announced that a call line has been established to take calls related to the coronavirus. 

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Today the St. Joseph County Court system in South Bend issues information about how the courts are modifying practices due to the coronavirus.

The information released is below.n 

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The sheriff of St. Joseph County announced changes in the visitation policy at the jail as a result of concerns about COVID-19.