St. Joseph County

Jennifer Weingart


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.

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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?

Jennifer Weingart


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.


 After all the drama on the Democratic side of the St. Joseph County sheriff race last week, Republican candidate Paul Jonas held a press conference Thursday to defend his qualifications.

When Chuck Hurley announced that he was going to run as an independent in the St. Joseph County Sheriff race he said that he had a conversation with the current sheriff and that they had agreed that neither of the current candidates were sufficiently qualified for the position.


Tim Corbett has suspended the recount on the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s race.

Following the primary Corbett was 18 votes behind Bill Redman for the Democratic nomination. After the vote was audited the margin changed to 16 votes. Corbett said in statement ‘I cannot in good conscience continue with the recount.’

Corbett thanked his supporters and campaign staff and volunteers, as well as those on the recount commission.

The St. Joseph County Democrats announced they support Redman as the nominee.

The St. Joseph County Child Fatality Review Team held its annual public meeting Wednesday in South Bend. The year’s number of deaths reinforce the Review Team’s thoughts on the dangers of co-sleeping with infants.

The Review Team of Saint Joe County saw a total of 27 deaths for infants under a year old in 2017, ten of which were caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.


Following primary voting, St. Joseph County Democrats are optimistic about November’s general election.

Mel Hall topped Democrats for the chance to face Jackie Walorski in the second district. Bill Redman sits at the top of a  Sheriff’s race that is so close it’ll be recounted and overall St. Joseph County Democrats are looking forward.

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St. Joseph County is still short on poll workers a week ahead of the primary elections.

Two weeks ago St. Joe County was 300 poll workers short, now they’re about 75 short. It’s a much smaller gap, but the shortage could still make running the polls smoothly a challenge.

Arielle Brandy is the Democratic board member for voter registration in St. Joseph County.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office today released the review results of nearly 400 untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits or SAEKs. The review comes after an Indiana State Police audit of untested kits in every county in December 2017.


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St. Joseph County officials have released more details regarding yesterday’s officer-involved shooting on South Bend’s West Side, which they are calling a “justified homicide.”

The St. Joseph County request to require carbon monoxide detectors in some buildings was tabled today (Tuesday), by the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission during its monthly meeting.


Buildings impacted would be those where people live or stay like hotels, nursing homes and rental properties, but not private residences. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can be toxic or deadly.

Jason Critchlow, Chair of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, speaks with WVPE's Tony Krabill about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's State of the State address. They discuss road funding, education, the governor's remarks on LGBT anti-discrimination and religious freedom, and the legislative seats opening up in St. Joseph County in the aftermath of Circuit Court Judge Michael Gotsch's retirement announcement.