St. Joseph County

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Complete election night results from St. Joseph County are available here.

Complete election night results from Elkhart County are available here.

Several voters across St. Joseph County reported technical problems as they tried to cast their vote in the municipal elections.

UPDATE:

New information, including the name of the man who died has been released by the St. Joseph Co. Police Dept. following an explosion, fire and death early Saturday morning. 

Here is the latest update released from police:

On Saturday, November 2, 2019 at approximately 3:40 a.m. St. Joseph County Police were dispatched to the area of 19800 Adams Road in Clay Township in St. Joseph County for a “loud explosion” called in by multiple neighbors.   Upon arrival, patrol officers discovered a large pick-up truck fully engulfed in flames. Also discovered approximately 8 to 10 feet from the burning vehicle was a deceased person, also engulfed in flames. The deceased has been identified as Nicolas D. Oliver, age 33 of Elkhart. At this time, detectives believe Oliver was working on the truck with a torch, sparking an explosion of the gasoline tank on the truck. St. Joseph County Police Detectives and Clay Fire Department will continue to investigate the activity leading up to the explosion, as well as the cause of the explosion. Due to the charred condition of the truck, detectives are currently unable to identify an owner of the vehicle. The St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for Tuesday morning. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our department at 574-235-9569 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

ORIGINAL POST:

The St. Joseph County Police Department is releasing the following information on a fire and death investigation at 19862 Adams Road.

Justin Hicks/WVPE

UPDATE:

According to new information released by the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office, the name of the man shot by an officer is Kevin W. Meyers, 48,  LaPorte, Indiana. He was taken into surgery earlier today and is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Justin Hicks/WVPE

A New Carlisle homeowner awoke to find wreckage on their property Sunday morning. Police found the body of the driver 60 feet away.

Photo provided by the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office

NEW:

Today the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office released more images of the suspect vehicle being sought in connection with a deadly hit and run Sunday outside the Linebacker in South Bend. Click on the photo gallery available in this posting to see all the images provided. 

St. Joe Co. Democratic Party Chair Resigns

Sep 27, 2019

Today the Chair of St. Joseph Co. Democrats, Joseph F. Canarecci, resigned.

The resignation takes effect immediately.  

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St. Joseph County is adopting a program that’s meant to stop prescription medication from ending up in the wrong hands.

The program is called Drop 2 Stop. The County is partnering with the 525 Foundation to place medication disposal drop boxes around the community.

St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office

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. 

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 

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. 

WFYI

 

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.

St. Joseph Co. Jail

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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