South Bend Fireworks Laws for Display and Purchase June 19, 2013Posted by southbendpolice in Uncategorized.
Tags: fines, firecrackers, Fireworks laws, Indiana Fireworks Laws, M80, Mortars
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Fireworks usage in the City of South Bend:
(a) Consumer fireworks may be used within the corporate limits of the City of South Bend only under the provisions of this section.
(1) For purposes of this section, the term “consumer firework” means: a small firework that is designed primarily to produce visible effects by combustion, and that is required to comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations promulgated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR 1507. The term also includes some small devices designed to produce an audible effect, such as whistling devices, ground devices containing fifty (50) milligrams or less of explosive composition, and aerial devices containing one hundred thirty (130) milligrams or less of explosive composition. Propelling or expelling charges consisting of a mixture of charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate are not considered as designed to produce an audible effect. Consumer fireworks:
1. Aerial devices, which include sky rockets, missile type rockets, helicopter or aerial spinners, roman candles, mines, and shells;
2. Ground audible devices, which include firecrackers, salutes, and chasers; and
3. Firework devices containing combinations of the effects described in clauses 1. and 2.; and
b. Do not include the following items:
1. Dipped sticks or wire sparklers. However, total pyrotechnic composition may not exceed one hundred (100) grams per item. Devices containing chlorate or perchlorate salts may not exceed five (5) grams in total composition per item.
2. Cylindrical fountains.
3. Cone fountains.
4. Illuminating torches.
6. Ground spinners.
7. Flitter sparklers.
8. Snakes or glow worms.
9. Smoke devices.
10. Trick noisemakers, which include:
i. Party poppers.
ii. Booby traps.
iv. Trick matches.
v. Cigarette loads
vi. Auto burglar alarms.
(2) No person may use, ignite or discharge consumer fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of South Bend except during the following times:
a. Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
b. Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4; and
c. Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. on December 31 and 1:00 a.m. on January 1.
(3) No person may use, ignite, or discharge consumer fireworks on any public street or in any public park within the corporate limits of the City of South Bend at any time.
(4) Any person violating this subsection shall be subject to the following penalties:
a. One hundred dollars ($100.00) for a first offense;
b. Two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for a second;
c. Five hundred dollars ($500.00) for a third offense and every subsequent.
d. Any person issued a citation for violating any provision of section 13-59 shall make payment through the Ordinance Violations Bureau. Failure to make payment within thirty (30) days of the issuance of a citation for violation of any provision of section 13-59 shall result in the assessment of a late fee of fifty dollars ($50.00).
e. In such instances where using, igniting or discharging consumer fireworks results in a fire and damage is determined to be caused by negligence or the willful disregard or violation of any of the provisions of this article, a fine equal to the cost expended by the City to send fire suppression personnel and equipment to the location shall be assessed with said fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00).
f. A citation for a violation of section 13-59 shall be issued to the responsible party. A responsible party is defined as the person shown to have exclusive possession of the property (a present possessory interest). If no responsible party is present upon the premises, the responsible party is deemed to be the property owner(s), as determined by reference to the records of the St. Joseph County Assessor. In such an instance, copies of the citation must be mailed to the property owner as determined from the Assessor’s records.
(b) Any person wishing to give a supervised public display of fireworks may do so by first procuring a license from the City and filing bond in the sum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00), conditioned on the payment of all damages which may be caused either to a person or property by reason of such licensed display or arising from any acts of the licensee, his agents, employees or subcontractors. The license fee shall be twenty dollars ($20.00) per day for each day of such public display.
(c) Any public display of fireworks shall be conducted in all things in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted and set out by the Fire Marshal of the State, and as the same are restricted or designated by the Acts of the General Assembly of the State. All definitions contained in such acts shall apply to the terms of this section.
(Code 1962, § 26-11; Ord. No. 9769-07, § I, 6-25-07)
Tags: charity, donation, police charities, scams, worst charities
Look at the study of “America’s Worst Charities” and notice how many are associating themselves with public safety. Police, Fire and EMS along with veterans affairs seem to be a favorite. Associating with law enforcement, fire service and the military seem to help legitimize the business of ask for your money.
Do your research if you are inclined to give to a charity. There are several websites and organizations that track charities and offer a report card on their giving back to the actual people in need or the operation of their advertised programs. If you are going to donate to any non-profit, please the group that solicits your donation before you give.
SBPD Summer Youth Football Program Is In Progress June 13, 2013Posted by southbendpolice in Uncategorized.
Tags: PAL, Police Athletic League, Youth Football Program
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Do you have a child age 8-14 who wants to play summer football? The SBPD Police Athletic League is offering a football program for kids interested in staying fit and learning football over the summer. The program is being held at Navarre Intermediate Center, located at 4702 W. Ford Street in the City. The program has started, but kids are welcome to sign up and attend throughout the summer. If your child is interested call Sgt. Dave Herron at 574-235-5888 Ext. 2078.
Ages 8-11 meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ages 12-14 meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
South Bend Police Athletic League February 8, 2012Posted by southbendpolice in Community Announcements, Crime Prevention, Feature Stories.
Tags: Athletic, children, League, PAL, prevention
The South Bend Police Athletic League, Inc. was founded through the vision of Chief Darryl Boykins. It is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth. It is based on the conviction that young people, if they are reached early enough, can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship. The South Bend PAL program brings youth under the supervision and positive influence of SBPD Officers and expands public awareness about the role of a police officer and the reinforcement of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents.
The South Bend Police Athletic League has received acknowledgement for it’s innovative programs and work with youth through a publication in the Journal of Research in Character Education,” Champions for Children: Reaching Out to Urban Youth Through Sports”, Author: Power, F Clark, Date published: July 1, 2010.
Donations to the South Bend Police Athletic League, Inc. can be made by contacting Lt. Christopher Voros at 574-235-7770.
Can You Identify this Robbery Suspect? February 15, 2011Posted by southbendpolice in Community Announcements, News Releases.
Tags: Bank Robbery, Do you know this susppect, Fifth third Bank Robbery, robbery suspect, Suspect ID
The suspect reportedly entered the bank, approached a teller, displayed a firearm and demanded money. Once the suspect received an amount of currency he fled on foot from the bank. No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the SBPD Detective Bureau at 574-235-9263 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.
The suspect is described as:
Male black; 20′s, 5’9″-6’0″ Medium Build;
Black or blue jacket with a numeral on the sleeve possibly a “32″ on the left shoulder;
Black or dark blue knit style hat;
Are you ready for a winter weather emergency while in your vehicle? December 15, 2010Posted by southbendpolice in In The News.
Tags: cars in snowdrift, driving in blizzard, Stranded Drivers
Some people on area highways recently found out the hard way how difficult and dangerous it can be if stranded on the highway. Even if you are an excellent driver and have a reliable 4-wheel drive vehicle, circumstances beyond your control can leave you in your car for hours. Drifting snow can lead to a chain-reaction of hopelessly buried vehicles. In a driving situation like that, you are really at the mercy of the most poorly equipped vehicle sharing the road with you. When that vehicle fails, you could be in for a long wait.
Everyone should have a winter emergency kit in their car. That consists of blankets, non-perishable food (that won’t freeze solid), hand and foot warmers and an extra layer of clothing. Also, don’t let yourself or your young driver leave the house in bad weather without a fully charged cell phone and plenty of gas in the tank.
SBPD Is Now On NIXLE.com November 5, 2010Posted by southbendpolice in Community Announcements, Uncategorized.
Tags: nixle, twitter
Visit http://www.nixle.com and sign up for SBPD updates on a wide range of public safety topics. We also link our nixle updates to our twitter account if you prefer tweets instead. You can find us there at http://www.twitter.com/southbendpolice . One of our concepts that we will be pursuing in the very near future will be linking our neighborhood watch program and crime prevention broadcasts to geographically targeted nixle messages. Check back for further updates on how to receive crime and neighborhood watch updates specifically tailored for your neighborhood or business address.
UPDATE! Missing Woman Found Safe in Elkhart. August 5, 2010Posted by southbendpolice in In The News, News Releases.
Tags: Missing from Bremen Indiana, Missing Jeanne Humphrey, Missing Jeanne Wear, Missing Persons, Missing South Bend Woman
comments closed Update: This missing person has been located>The SBPD is investigating the disappearance of a 60 year old South Bend resident who was last seen in mid-June of this year.
60 year old Jeanne Marie Wear last resided in an apartment the 1300 block of N. Michigan St. in South Bend, however she moved out when her lease was terminated in early June. At that point, Ms. Wear reportedly walked to Bremen, Indiana for unknown reasons but was returned to South Bend and dropped off at a local homeless center. From that point, relatives have lost contact with the missing woman. There is another report that states Ms. Wear may have returned to Bremen and spent the night of June 16th in a motel at that location and may have been spotted walking in the town the following morning. She also suffers from schizophrenia and needs medication to treat the illness. Additionally, Ms. Wear may use the last name “Humphrey” at times.
She is described as: Female White, 5′-06″; 195#; Graying-brown hair, with green eyes.
Anyone with information on this missing person’s whereabouts is asked to call the SBPD at 574-235-9201, or Detective Sgt. Michael Critchlow at 574-235-7502.
Tags: arrest, crime reporting, hiring, jobs, neighborhood watch, records, runaways, ysb
Q: I just got home from a 4-day weekend. I noticed that when I opened my screen door that a straw fell on the ground. It was bent as though it had been in there for some time. My house was robbed about 3-4 months ago and I fear that we are being targeted again. Should I report this so a police report can be filled out, or wait and see if it appears again?
A: As there was no damage or otherwise attempt with force being used, we would not take an official report in this case. If a burglary attempt is made (door kick, smashed window, etc>) we encourage reporting for documenting crime trends and tracking purposes, even if no actual loss occurred.
Q: Are South Bend police officers allowed to have well groomed beards, goatees, or any other facial hair?
A: The only facial hair officers are permitted is a neatly groomed mustache.
Q: I was medically separated from the U.S. Army. The reason for the separation is that I was experiencing knee pain, mostly from constant running and carrying lots of heavy gear, and because my job was combat arms they could not keep me. I do still occasionally experience stiff or sore knees but not like I did in the military. My question is if I can run, do pushups, do situps, and pass the agility test for the academy do you think I would have any problems going through the hiring process? I think an x-ray I had done some time ago did show that I have some onset osteoarthritis in one ore both of my knees. Would this disqualify me? Thanks.
A: Our physical fitness standards for hiring are the same as Indiana Law Enforcement Academy standards. If you can pass the physical agility testing process you should be able to go through the hiring process otherwise. Prior to final conditional offer there is a physical which must be taken, and a final determination can be made, but it sounds like you should be able to compete in the process. Good luck!
Q: If you are arrested but the charges are dismissed, why does the arrest still show up on your background checks? This is from an incident about 3 years ago and i have had several employers ask about it and have been denied employment.
A: If no charges were made in an arrest as an adult, that does not negate the actual incident that led to the arrest. As such, even if no criminal charges were filed, that does not mean the incident for which you were arrested is no longer counted as an actual arrest on your criminal history, and it will stay a part of your permanent record.
Q: In this past Sunday’s newspaper it showed a home burglary on our street on the map that is in every week. Wondered how I could find out the particulars of that incident, so that we could be more alert. Thank you.
A: You may want to call and find out about Neighborhood Watch program in your area. These are available in most areas of the city. You can receive alerts via phone, and also information pertaining to your neighborhood area is disseminated at monthly meetings for your area. Link is here.
Q: I have a girlfriend who is 16- she is having problems with her parents.They tell her to leave the house and I believe mistreat her. She cant take it anymore she wants to runaway can you help us please?
A: A great resource she can look into is the Youth Service Bureau here in South Bend. They offer family services for at risk teens, runaways, or for mediating between teens who are facing a choice of running away, and work with teens and parents to encourage a resolution to the conflict in the home. Also their Street Outreach provides education and prevention services to runaway, homeless and street youth who are subjected to or at risk of sexual exploitation. For youth in need of support and services, Street Outreach workers are available to assess needs, assist with accessing referral services, provide shelter through Safe Station or elsewhere, and support their efforts to reconnect to the community.
Also, The Youth and Family Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer support to youth and families in need. Professionally trained counselors provide assistance during difficult times, including crisis management and referral services to other community resources. (574) 235-9396 or (866) 460-4616.
(574) 235-9396 ~ (866) 460-4616
Lucky. July 21, 2010Posted by southbendpolice in In The News.
Found this photo online and tracked back the story. One of the luckiest people alive.. to be alive..
“Santa Maria PD Officer Damon Badnell was responding to a call for help from another officer on foot chasing a burglary suspect in the north end of town.
“It had just rained, the roads were slick and for unknown reasons he lost control of the car at Main and Broadway”, Macagni says.
Officer Badnell is being treated for broken bones at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where doctors are optimistic about his recovery.
A three year veteran of the Santa Maria Police Department, Damon Badnell is a husband and father who grew up in the area and was just awarded by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making the most DUI arrests in the city.
“It’s unbelievable he’s alive and survived this crash”, adds Chief Macagni.”