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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.

Are you ready for a winter weather emergency while in your vehicle? December 15, 2010

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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.

UPDATE! Missing Woman Found Safe in Elkhart. August 5, 2010

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Missing South Bend Resident

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.

Lucky. July 21, 2010

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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.”


A Cop’s Life: Chicago Officer Down July 12, 2010

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This letter was written by a Chicago Police Department officer as a response to an article written about the killing July 14th of Officer Thor Soderberg on the South Side of Chicago, in the parking lot of a police station, by his own service weapon by an assailant who overpowered the officer in broad daylight.

As a department that has lost way too many good officers to needless acts of violence, this is worth sharing for its insight on what we all know and deal with everyday. Here’s the letter:

I am a Chicago police officer about to hit 20 years next month and also a Vietnam veteran, which often times seemed to be the same thing while on the job.

When we get up in the morning and put the uniform on, we don’t plan to encounter trouble, we don’t plan to run for blocks through gangways and streets in the dark after offenders.

We don’t plan on being told by a victim they don’t want an offender arrested while holding their hand over a swollen eye, and we don’t plan on having to stare down the barrel of our gun at someone who is staring down theirs.

We do what we did yesterday and today and will do tomorrow even in the light of another officer being murdered. We put on the uniform, go to roll call and into the street to serve and protect. We will think of Soderberg and other officers who have passed on but won’t lose our focus because we still have to serve and protect.

Some of us will think about getting home to take our little girls or boys to practice, pick up our wives or just sit in the yard and barbecue, but we won’t lose focus because we still have to serve and protect.

Our minds will be occupied with when, how and if we will ever get promoted, we will worry about working alone in a squad car at midnight, we will wonder if we will be able to pay a tuition by working overtime, but we won’t lose focus because we still have to serve and protect. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers will remain undaunted as we walk out the door in the morning, away from our families not knowing what we will face, but know this . . . there are those of us that will still go forward and serve and protect. We know the dangers, but we still go.

We are just men and women, with families like you, that only want to do what we do and be good at it. Sometimes it feels as if the city doesn’t really want us here, but until things change we are here for the duration. Sometimes with broken spirits, sometimes with broken limbs, sometimes with brothers or sisters that will go no further.

I love Chicago, I have loved this job though it has never loved me. To the brothers and sisters of CPD, God bless you all, walk tall and be safe.

Well put. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Soderberg’s family and the Chicago PD family in your time of needless loss.

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)

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.”

Help Identify This Bank Robber May 11, 2010

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At approximately 10:50 AM this date, the SBPD received a call of a robbery at the 1st Source Bank branch, located at 2323 S. Michigan St. in the City. Officers arrived and were contacted by a witness that saw the suspect run east of the bank, behind a muffler business. Officers then set up a perimeter and waited for a police K9 to attempt a track. After a lengthy attempt, the track proved fruitless.

The suspect is described as: Male white, age range in the twenties, dark hair
pale, sunken cheeks, wearing a black coat and white tennis shoes and possibly
blue jeans.

If you think you know this suspect please call the SBPD at 574.235.9201 or Crime Stoppers at 574.288.STOP

2010 Dodge Charger Squad Car Hits the Streets April 29, 2010

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South Bend Police Department

Here is the newest member of the fleet! To supplement the standard fleet of Chevrolet Impala squad cars, the South Bend Police Department has purchased several Dodge Chargers.