South Bend Police Department Press Release

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Afternoon Bank Robbery on East Side

The South Bend Police Department emergency dispatch center received a call of a bank robbery at the MFB Financial branch located at 2427 E. Mishawaka Ave. in South Bend at 2:46pm. on this date.

Officers arrived and learned that three male suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the bank and ordered the employees to the floor near the tellers stands. One of the suspects was reportedly armed with a handgun. Once the employees were on the ground, the suspects removed cash from the tellers’ area before leaving the bank. The suspects were last seen northbound in an alley on foot near the bank. No one was reported injured in the robbery.

The exact dollar amount of the loss is unknown at this time and no arrests have been made. The incident was captured on the bank's surveillance system and that is being reviewed at this time.

Any persons with information on the identity of the suspects in this case are asked to call the South Bend Police Department Investigative Division at 574-235-9263 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Scott Severns Memorial Fund Receives Generous Donation

Mishawaka, IN - Rick Singleton, CEO and Publisher of Imagination Publications LLC, will submit a donation to the Scott Severns Memorial Fund this Thursday, October 26th at the company’s headquarters in downtown Mishawaka.

According to Singleton, money for the donation was raised through sponsorship of a special commemorative issue of the Executive Journal Magazine. An entire issue was devoted to Cpl. Scott Severns, a South Bend Police Officer who lost his life during a failed robbery attempt. An Executive Journal photo documentary displayed in striking detail the funeral and burial services conducted for the fallen officer. The issue also included family pictures of Severns growing up in Michiana as well as recollections of the former “Officer of the Year,” provided by his family, fellow policemen and the South Bend Police Chief. The Scott Severns commemorative issue was one of the most requested editions in the magazine’s history.

Presentation of the donation to a representative of the memorial fund will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday October 26th in the offices of Imagination Publications LLC, located at 201 North Main Street, Mishawaka. Those expected to be in attendance will be: South Bend Police Chief Tom Fautz, Scott Severns' Mother Kathy Karczewski, Scott's father Dennis Severns and stepmother Jeannie, as well as representatives of the unit Scott served in, other members of the police department, family and friends.

The Scott Severns Memorial Fund is dedicated to the founding of a Law Enforcement Memorial and Burial Section at the Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. The intention of this area will be to serve as a final resting place for any active or retired law enforcement officer from the area jurisdictions who wishes to be laid to rest on grounds dedicated to their profession.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Morning Bank Robbery Leads to Apprehension

At 10:45 am, on this date, the South Bend Police Department Dispatch Center received a call of a bank robbery at the National City Bank, located at 1044 N. Bendix Dr. in South Bend.

A description of the suspect was given to responding officers and within minutes, a suspect matching that description was located approximately four blocks south-east of the bank. The suspect in this case ran from officers upon sight and a perimeter was established. Officers of the Patrol Division and the Neighborhood Enforcement Service Team (NEST) re-located this individual and after a foot pursuit, an apprehension was made in the 3000 block of Longley Street. Also located at this spot was a quantity of U.S. Currency believed to be proceeds of the robbery.

The suspect in this case is being booked under a charge of: Robbery, Class B Felony. He is identified as: Steven T. Marbley, male, age 22 of South Bend and Michigan City, Indiana.

Monday, October 09, 2006


One Arrest Made in Large Marijuana Seizure

Members of the St. Joseph County Metro Special Operations Section (MSOS) in conjunction with investigators of the Indiana State Police announce and arrest and seizure of a large amount of marijuana from a South Bend home.

Officers executed a search warrant at 1118 W. Milton Street in South Bend and netted over 70 pounds of Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a marijuana "grow operation" in which 36 live plants were discovered.

Arrested on Felony charges of possessing and manufacturing marijuana was: Larry Vanvuskirk, 30 of 1118 E. Milton St.

MSOS and Indiana State Police Officers were successful in disrupting the flow of marijuana aimed for distribution on the streets of St. Joseph County. This investigation is continuing with the possibility of the filing of additional charges after review by the Prosecuting Attorney.

Any citizens with information on the sales or distribution of controlled substances within St. Joseph County are urged to call MSOS at 235-9243 235-9406 or Crime-Stoppers at 288-STOP.


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