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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;


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.

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)

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.

Officers to Teach Basic Pistol Class April 26, 2010

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The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #36 will offer a pistol class at their pistol range. The class will be taught by NRA and Indiana Law Enforcement Academy certified instructors. This class is for beginners and first time gun owners.

Date: May 13th, 2010 Classroom Portion – May 15th Range Portion
Rain Date for Range Portion TBA

Cost is $100.00 per participant.

Topics covered will include:

Safe firearms handling
How to select, clean, and store a firearm
Firearms parts and operation
Ammunition and its function
Shooting fundamentals with an opportunity to shoot at the range

Required Equipment:
Wrap around eye protection (safety glasses)
Hearing Protection (ear plugs or muffs)
Baseball hat
100 rounds pistol ammunition (new not remanufactured)

All participants must be registered by May 7th 2010
Check in starts at 5:30pm class starts at 6:00pm May 13th at FOP 36 Located on SR 23
Refreshments will be available.

For more information go to FOP36.com and check the Event Calendar, or email Sheldon Scott at sscott@southbendin.gov
Or fop36associates@gmail.com

The instructors and FOP 36 reserve the right to refuse training to anyone with a criminal history or anyone prohibited from owning a firearm.


This training is not sponsored by the NRA, South Bend Police Department, or Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. All proceeds go to FOP 36 charities.

Police Shoot at Armed Robbery Suspect April 24, 2010

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At approximately 8:45 AM on this date, the SBPD received a call of a robbery of two females in the 1200 block of Chimes Blvd. located on the northeast side of the City. Upon officers arrival, they were directed to three males who were identified  as the suspects in the case.

As an officer approached them they began to flee on foot and the officer pursued. At one point in the pursuit, one of the suspects turned and drew a handgun from his clothing. The pursuing officer, Corporal Ronald Johnson, a 30 year veteran of the SBPD fired his issued handgun at the robbery suspect, however the round did not strike the man. The pursuit however, quickly concluded and two of the three men were taken into custody, one of those being the person that drew the weapon at Cpl. Johnson.

The third individual fled into an apartment in the 900 block of  Patty Lane. The apartment building was immediately surrounded. Not knowing whether the suspect was armed, the SBPD  SWAT Team was activated as was the Hostage Negotiation Unit.
After evacuating several apartments in the complex, negotiators were able to coax the third suspect from an apartment at which time he was taken into custody. All of the suspects were taken to the Metro Homicide Unit for questioning as is standard procedure in any police involved shooting.

Two of the three suspects were adults and one is a juvenile.

No one, including the original robbery victims were injured in this incident.

Armed Bank Robbery Suspects Captured By SBPD/Federal Agents April 22, 2010

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The SBPD announces the resolution of the December 7, 2009, “takeover” style robbery of the Teachers Credit Union at 1930 E. Ireland Rd. in the City. Three individuals have been identified as the suspects in the case and are in custody.

This solving of this case is once again the direct result of a tip to the South Bend Area Crime Stoppers program, in which an anonymous person relayed the name of all three suspects to authorities.

The case has been diligently investigated by the SBPD Major Case Unit as well as a collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force. The suspects in this case are being charged on Federal Bank Robbery charges (as opposed to State Charges), thus the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be the prosecuting body for this case.

Suspect #1) Dion Ronte Davis, male age 25 of South Bend
Suspect #2) Armand A. White, male age 22 of Mishawaka
Suspect #3) (Currently incarcerated at a State prison on an unrelated crime, awaiting formal charging.)

Burglars/Killers of South Bend Dog Located April 21, 2010

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On November 9, 2009, a home was burglarized in the 2500 Block of W. Bonds Ave. in the City. While in the process of committing the burglary, a suspect in the case shot and killed the dog that resided at that location. At this time, the SBPD announces that one suspect has been charged in the case and charges against a second suspect are pending.

This case was resolved in no small part by the diligence of the investigators, through Crime Stoppers and the help of community members.

Charged with Felony Burglary and Animal Cruelty is suspect #1:

Suspect #1) Brett Walker, male 20 of South Bend (currently incarcerated: St. Joseph County Jail)
Suspect #2) An 18 year old male of South Bend (currently incarcerated at an Indiana juvenile facility)

Both Walker and the juvenile accomplice are incarcerated on charges unrelated to the November, 2009 case. The 18 year old was age 17 when the crime was committed and therefore the case against him must be initiated in the Juvenile Court system.

During the same time period a second burglary in the general vicinity was committed and again, a dog was killed. SBPD continues to investigate that case and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information in that case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 574.288.STOP

Identity Theft- Who Commits This Crime? April 15, 2010

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We all know that scammers try to get your financial information from on-line sources and phony solicitations so they can set up accounts and steal your money, but what you may not know is a huge number of identity thefts are committed to simply apply for jobs using another persons name and personal information. But perhaps the most surprising statistic is that fully 50% of identity theft is committed by friends, family or an acquaintance of the victim!

To say that most of us let our guard down when it comes to dealing with friends and relatives is probably a true statement. It’s human nature- and we wouldn’t be acting human- if we treated a cousin, old high school buddy or grandson like a thief for no reason, and we’re not suggesting you start. But still, your privacy is just that- private. Financial information, your social security number, bank account information, passwords and PIN codes should be treated the same way you would treat a diary. They need to stay that secure. Your bills, statements, wallet, and other paperwork need to be kept isolated in your residence or office. By secure we mean locked in a file drawer or at least in a secure room that is your private space. And last but not least, never leave this sort of information in your vehicle.

No one wants to think that they could be victimized by a person they trust and willingly allow in their home or car, but sadly this statistic is true. Keep the temptation away from everyone that visits and you will never have to deal with this disturbing trend.