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Scam Businesses Often Masquerade as Public Safety Charities June 14, 2013

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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.

South Bend Police Athletic League February 8, 2012

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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 ClarkDate 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, 2011

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Bank Robbery SuspectAt approximately 3:05 PM on Januanry 19, 2011, the SBPD received a call of an armed (handgun) robbery at the Fifth-Third Bank branch located at 301 N. Main St. in the City.

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;
Sunglasses.

SBPD Is Now On NIXLE.com November 5, 2010

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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.

About Those Black & Whites.. June 29, 2010

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If you read the blog a while back I did a story on the trend in American Law Enforcement of agencies going more and more to the black and white theme of car graphics. As we are in the process of taking delivery of 35 new 2010 Impalas, I noticed three are slated to be rolling out on sporting a familiar look.

These are tentatively slated to be assigned to the newly formed Street Crimes unit, so look for them soon!

What do you think?

South Bend Fireworks Laws June 24, 2010

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This is the time of year the phones are lit up with calls asking about or complaining about fireworks use. Here are a couple of frequently asked questions, as well as the city ordinance regarding fireworks use within the city limits.

Q: When Can I Use Fireworks?

A: There are three general time periods fireworks use is allowed:

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.

Q: What are the penalties for violations?
A: Penalties range based upon the number of events to a particular person or address, ranging from $100 through $500.00 per offense, and up to $2500.00 if fire related damage ensues from fireworks use.

Q: We are having a gathering in a city park. Can we shoot off some fireworks then?

A: No. All fireworks use is banned from all South Bend City Parks.

Q: How will police respond?
A: The 4th of July timeframe is generally the busiest time of the year for calls for all types of police service. As such calls are prioritized by call type. Noise complaints, especially for fireworks are considered low priority in dispatching. If an officer is sent to a specific address for a fireworks complaint the officer will generally, and at the officer’s discretion, give a verbal warning for a violation. The SBPD recognizes that fireworks are an inherent part of celebrations for this time of year, and we encourage responsible gathering and use. If a verbal warning is not heeded, then expect a fine to be cited to the reponsible party. This could include the person lighting, or the person/resident “in charge” of the location where the violation is taking place.

Q: I want to call to report this as a problem in my neighborhood.

A: Again, bear in mind the times and dates use is permitted. Also, due to police call volume, we request you first attempt to speak to your neighbors about the violations. Many loud party calls police are sent on, the loud party seemed unaware the neighbors were bothered by it. As a neighbor, please attempt to resolve on your own first without police being called.

If this does not work, then please report to our NON EMERGENCY number, at 235-9361. Fireworks calls are not worthy of 911 phone use, except in case of fire or medical emergency. Please try to be as specific as possible when reporting an address: “in front of 1110 South Michigan” rather than a general location “over by Sample and Michigan on the corner”. A contact numbr or your location is preferred as well so the officer may speak with you further about the concern.
Play it safe and enjoy the professional shows!

Q: What is considered “fireworks”?

A: See the ordinance below.

Q: What is the whole ordinance?
A: As follows:

Sec. 13-59. Fireworks regulation.(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 include:
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.
5. Wheels.
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.
iii. Snappers.
iv. Trick matches.
v. Cigarette loads
vi. Auto burglar alarms.

When Can I use Fireworks?

(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)

Upcoming Child Safety Seat Clinic! May 31, 2010

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Need a free check or how-to on installing and using child safety seats? Here’s your chance!

I received an email last week asking to pass along for any persons interested an event on the how-to’s of making sure child safety seats are used properly.

Safe Kids of St. Joseph County has teamed up with Hoffman Insurance Group for a Child Seat Safety event in June. Since local fire and police departments receive quite a few calls from concerned parents about learning how to properly install their child’s car safety seats, but it’s not a service that is generally offered through departments on a routine basis.

The event is free and open to all persons wanting to have the seats inspected and make sure they are installed and used properly. Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S. according to the CDC. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.

The event will be held on Monday, June 14 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

It will be at the Hoffman Insurance Group offices located at 6005 N Fir Rd, Granger IN 46530.

Anyone with questions can contact Elle or Pat at 574.277.5511.

This event is free and open to the public.

Improper Parking Violations May 14, 2010

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South Bend Police have been enforcing traffic complaints for most of this school year with parking related violations, and after having several taxi drivers ask me for an explanation, I will share with everyone the Indiana Code covering Improper Parking.


IC 9-21-16-1

Stopping or parking a vehicle upon a highway; restrictions; exceptions
Sec. 1. (a) This section does not apply to a person who drives a vehicle that is disabled while on the paved, improved, or main traveled part of a highway in a manner and to the extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the disabled vehicle on the highway.
(b) A person may not stop, park, or leave standing an attended or unattended vehicle upon the paved or main traveled part of a highway outside of a business or residence district, if it is practicable to stop, park, or leave the vehicle off the highway.

Meaning if you are “just dropping off” or “just waiting on” someone, there is no provision to do so in the middle of the traffic lane on any roadways, whether you are an individual, taxi or delivery driver. You could be subject to fines ranging from approximately $140 to possibly even being arrested and/or impounded if a great enough violation.

Suggestion- find a proper parking space or place to do so that does not block, impede the flow of or obstruct traffic!

South Bend Police seize drugs, weapons in home May 12, 2010

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By MARY KATE MALONE Tribune Staff Writer

This story was originally posted at 9:56 p.m. May 11, 2010

South Bend Police Narcotics officers raided a house on Monday May 10th in the 1100 block of North O’Brien street. Inside the house, police found approximately 2,400 Ecstasy pills, 10 pounds of marijuana and loaded weapons, including three pistols and a Mini 30 semi-automatic rifle, police said.

Lt. David Ryans said the bust was among the 10 largest he has made in 10 years with the St. Joseph County’s drug unit, Metro Special Operations Section, which made the drug seizure.

Police were initially called to the house for a fight between a 25-year-old man and a woman.
Officers arrested the man, who lived at the house, on suspicion of domestic battery. Police then noticed marijuana in plain view.

Narcotics officers searched the house after obtaining a search warrant, leading them to the drugs and guns.

The Ecstasy had a street value of at least $25,000, Ryans said.

“Just by the amount of marijuana and Ecstasy, the weapons in the house were, I believe, meant to protect those drugs.”

Children may have lived in the house, Ryans said. Investigators found children’s clothes and diapers during their search.

No charges have been filed in connection with the drug bust, but the case was forwarded to the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office, police said.

“We took some dangerous weapons and drugs off the street,” Ryans said. “If we can get them off the street, that’s what we’re working for.”

Pill Drop May 13th May 1, 2010

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Do you have unused/expired Prescription or Over The Counter Medications at home? Don’t dump it down the toilet!! Bring them the the upcoming Pill Drop, being held May 13th. 2010, from 8am until 5pm.

The Spring 2010 Pill Drop will be held in the parking lot of the St Joseph County Jail, 401 W Sample, in South Bend (adjacent to SBPD Station, just west of Main/Sample). Bring in all old or unused medications, and they will disposed of properly. Save the environment.

Please note- All liquid medications must be brought in their original containers.

This is an annual event sponsored by South Bend, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County Police and a senior advocacy group called Triad team up for a pill drop. You can drop prescription drugs off to be incinerated.

It only happens once a year because there are strict legal rules for disposing of the pills, so police presence is needed.

It’s not illegal to throw prescription drugs out or flush them down the toilet. But that’s not the safest way to get rid of them. Flushing down the toilet can potentially cause an environmental problem, and throwing pills out can allow a prescription drug seller or addict to get them.

The South Bend Medical Foundation has the incinerator that disposes of the pills. There are only three of them in all of Indiana.