Flood Warning, Travel Advisory Issued in Marshall County

Marshall County is under a flood warning and a watch level travel advisory.

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery says the Yellow River and Tippecanoe River are expected to crest later this week well above Major Flood Stage. The Yellow River is expected to crest at 16.4 feet by 7 a.m. on Thursday and the Tippecanoe River is expected to crest at 14 feet by 7 a.m. on Saturday. Avery says residents can expect flooding of urban areas and small streams, ditches and creeks.

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South Bend Man Arrested in Alleged Bremen Battery Incident

Justin Shonkwiler

A South Bend man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly battered two people at a residence in the 8,000 block of 5th Road in Bremen.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived at the scene and reportedly found that 39-year-old Justin M. Shonkwiler battered two people at the residence. Police say the homeowner shot a round from a handgun in order to scare Shonkwiler. The gun was allegedly aimed away from the suspect and others. Shonkwiler was not at the residence during the investigation.

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Narcotics Discovered During K-9 Sweep at Bremen High School

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Narcotics were found during a K-9 search at Bremen High School earlier today. Bremen Police Department Officers teamed up with officers from the Indiana State Police and Plymouth Police department to conduct a K-9 sweep of the school’s campus.

According to representatives of the Bremen Police Department, during the course of the search, K-9s indicated on a vehicle in the high school parking lot where illegal narcotics were discovered. Continue reading

Elkhart Man Dies in Marshall County Accident

An Elkhart man died as a result of injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident Friday morning, according to a report released by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.

Police say 63-year-old Walter Lee Conner was traveling on U.S. 6 east of Jarrah Road when his van left went off the south side of the road, struck a fence and a mailbox, and continued into a 10-foot ditch. Conner died at the scene due to his injuries, according to police.

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Area Police Departments Continue with Holiday Enforcement Effort

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from the Plymouth Police Department, Bremen Police Department and Bourbon Police Department are out in force this holiday weekend to spot violations to Indiana’s seat belt and impaired driving laws.

Random patrols are expected along with saturation patrols and checkpoints. This overtime enforcement is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Continue reading

Bremen Police Department Joins Operation Pull Over Blitz 92

The end of the year is a time where many motorists travel more frequently in order to visit friends and family for various festivities.

The Thanksgiving holiday in particular is one of the busiest times for Americans traveling on the roadways. In 2015, more than 380 individuals died in the U.S. during the traditional four-day Thanksgiving weekend.

To help keep the streets safer this season, the Bremen Police Department is teaming up with hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state for Operation Pull Over Blitz 92. The enforcement period will take place from November 10th through December 3rd. Continue reading

Bremen Police Arrest Three in Separate Incidents

Bremen police officers made several arrests over the weekend on a variety of charges.

A South Bend man was arrested Friday after police say a civil complaint was filed with police just after 10 p.m. on E. Plymouth Street. Joshua D. Gay, 36, was booked into the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of battery, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and criminal mischief. Continue reading

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Labor Day Weekend

The Labor Day weekend is filled with a variety of different celebrations including the Marshall County Blueberry Festival and the Monterey Days Festival. These types of events may lead to alcohol consumption. If you drink, don’t drive.

Four law enforcement agencies in Marshall County are in the middle of the state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign through the Labor Day holiday. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Bremen Police Department, Plymouth Police Department and Bourbon Police Department have increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols in an effort to take impaired drivers off the roads. Continue reading

Marshall County Prosecutor Files Drug, Prostitution Charges against Plymouth Man

Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman filed five charges against 68-year-old James A. Irwin, of Plymouth, who is suspected of drug dealing and solicitation of prostitution.

Irwin is facing felony charges of dealing in a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance, dealing a substance represented to be a controlled substance, and promoting prostitution. Two misdemeanor charges of patronizing a prostitute have also been filed. Additional charges are being considered by the prosecutor’s office.

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South Bend Man Arrested after Foot Pursuit

Joseph Cromey

A South Bend man is in custody in his alleged involvement in numerous theft incidents in Marshall County. Joseph Cromey, 46, also reportedly ran from police.

On Sunday morning, a Marshall County patrolman was searching for a vehicle driven by a suspect in numerous theft cases. The officer found the vehicle at a home near King Road and U.S. 6. The officer recognized Cromey who led the officer on a high speed pursuit north on King Road before crashing at Tyler Road, according to a press release.  Cromey reportedly led police on a foot pursuit. The officer was able to apprehend Cromey by using a taser.

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Charges Pending for Pursuit, Standoff Suspect

Donald Dickson, Jr.

Formal charges are pending against Donald Dickson, Jr. who allegedly led police on a vehicle pursuit and held a woman against her will.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Dickson led police on a chase after he did not stop when a Bremen police officer attempted to pull him over for speeding in the area of West Shore Drive at Lake of the Woods on Saturday evening. The officer noted in the document that the pursuit covered 17.1 miles and speeds reached in excess of 100 mph at times. Police say the driver did not stop at any posted stop signs, disregarded a hidden intersection and drove through three residential yards. Court documents indicate that people were enjoying a large family gathering when Dickson allegedly traveled through the event at a high rate of speed. No one was injured.

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Pursuit, Standoff Leads to Arrest

One person was arrested on Saturday night after leading several police agencies on a vehicle pursuit and a standoff in Marshall County.

An officer with the Bremen Police Department reportedly attempted a traffic stop in the area of West Shore Drive at Lake of the Woods. Police say the driver, Donald Dickson, Jr., refused to stop and led the officer on a pursuit on 4th Road. The 20-minute pursuit ended after Dickson lost control of his car and crashed into a cornfield at the intersection of Hickory Road and 9B Road, according to police.

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