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The St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office has announced a man has been arrested after 38 weapons were seized and drugs including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and meth were found during a search associated with the arrest.

St. Joseph Co. Sheriff Warns Of Fraud Alert

Sep 3, 2019
Justin Hicks/WVPE

Twelve fraud reports that ended with fraud victims cumulatively losing nearly $90,000 have prompted St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman's office to issue the following warning: 

St. Joseph County – September 3, 2019 – Today Sheriff William J. Redman issued a Fraud Alert and request to community to help protect family members, neighbors and friends against a rash of frauds occurring across our community and the nation. During the months of July and August the St. Joseph County Police responded to 12 Fraud Reports totaling losses of $89,589.00 by the victims.

 

 

All the scams were initiated via phone call or online message. The victims were of a variety of age ranges, although a couple of the victims were elderly, unfamiliar with technology and susceptible to criminal persuasion. One victim was a recent widow and assumed the caller was a company the deceased spouse had dealt with. One victim was deaf. The scams all cast large nets by touching large numbers of people using automated-calling or Google search results with a fake phone number.

 

 

One common payment transfer method used by almost all the scams is the use of pre-paid cards. This should be a huge red-flag that the caller is attempting to get your money through a mostly untraceable method. Sheriff Redman warns, “never purchase pre-paid gift, Mastercard, Google Play, eBay or any other type of card to make payment to anyone.” People should also take precaution when doing an online search for phone numbers for companies such as Google and Apple. Scammers have fake numbers online making the caller think they are calling a reputable company.

 

 

Sheriff Redman stated, “we want to make all of the residents of St. Joseph County aware of the techniques scammers are using. The scammers cast a very wide net and just need to catch a few people. Generally, the people caught in the scammers net are those who are vulnerable or are put into a temporary state of fear or concern by the scammer and thus are not thinking with a clear mind. The victims have recent widows and people who have been put into a state of fear regarding the safety of their personal information or the safety of family members. Often these scammers have just enough information about the victim to not immediately raise a red-flag in the mind of the victim.”

 

 

The Sheriff asked for the assistance of the public, “we need people to help protect those who might be vulnerable. Those folks that are older and not familiar with computer or technology. Those that have recently experienced trauma or the loss of a loved one and might not be clear-headed. Those who might fall victim to a caller that knows what bank they use or what city their family members lives in, or that a spouse or loved one has recently passed away.

 

 

Sheriff Redman closed by stating “we need the whole community to look out for those that might be at risk. These scams are causing very serious damage, often to those that cannot afford to lose the amounts of money they are being scammed out of.” 

 

Summary of SJCPD July & August 2019 Fraud Reports

 July 5, 2019 63-year-oldVictim found a dog on an online site, obtained photos and AKC papers for a dog wanted to purchasefrom a breeder in Oklahoma. The victim was to make a down payment for the dog and the breederwould then have the dog delivered to the South Bend Airport at which time the remainder of thepurchase price was due. The victim attempted to pay the down-payment via PayPal, but the transactionwould not go through. The breeder told the victim to then make payment with eBay gift cards. Thevictim purchased $500 in eBay gift cards and gave the numbers to the breeder. The breeder instructedthe victim that the down payment was received, however that the victim needed to also make paymentwith more card numbers to person at South Bend Airport who would be receiving the dog. The victimbecame suspicious and attempted to cancel and get a refund from the breeder. The breeder stoppedanswering the victims calls and was no longer posted online with dogs for sale. 

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A group protested against a mega-industrial development west of South Bend at the City-County building and the County Council meeting last night.

The Indiana Enterprise Center would redevelop a large area between South Bend and New Carlisle. Twenty-two thousand acres that is now mostly farms.

Protestors from the Open Spaces and Agricultural Alliance of St. Joseph County say the land has already been developed...to grow food. 

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The St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission approved a bond resolution on Tuesday to fund the county’s portion of the South Shore doubletracking project.

The redevelopment commission approved 21 million dollars in bonds that would be the county’s commitment to the doubletracking project. It’s also being funding by Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties, the state and through federal grants.

West Nile Found In St. Joseph County, Indiana

Aug 7, 2019
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The St. Joseph County Department of Health issued the following release about West Nile Virus:

 St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Luis N. Galup, announced that Indiana State Department ofHealth testing has identified pools of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in central South Bend. St.Joseph County is one of 13 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have beenfound this year to date. There have not been any human cases of West Nile Virus in Indiana this yearto date. 

The St. Joseph County Police added four new dogs to their K-9 unit, three of which were put into service this week. 

Farkas, Odin, and Monti, underwent six weeks of training where they learned to chase fleeing offenders, and search for narcotics and evidence. Corporal Rachel Harvey and her assigned K-9, Odin will be working afternoon patrol.

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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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Sid Shroyer

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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UPDATE:

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.

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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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