Ted Booker

Failed Assessor candidate broke the law by campaigning on tax dollar

Goshen, Ind. -- REAL News Michiana has discovered failed St. Joseph County Assessor Candidate, Ted Booker (D), broke the law by campaigning on the taxpayer dollar. Booker, who is employed as a Deputy Assessor for the Elkhart County Assessor's Office, appears to have been campaigning during the 2022 election cycle while on the clock. The revelations come after a public records request made by RNM showing Booker was reprimanded by his superiors for bringing campaign business into work with him.

Thousands of patient files abandoned at old LaPorte Hospital in mass HIPAA violation

LAPORTE, Ind. -- REAL News Michiana has been provided photos and videos showing thousands of patient files simply abandoned at the old LaPorte Hospital in Downtown LaPorte. The files contain social security numbers, birth dates, healthcare information, even pictures of surgeries and naked bodies. In response to our investigation and inquiries into the HIPAA violations, Northwest Health requested RNM destroy the evidence we obtained.
Motels 4 Now

Overdose death at Motels4Now only days before group pushed for millions in taxpayer dollars

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- REAL News Michiana has learned a man living at the Old Knights Inn on Lincolnway West, that is now home to the Motels4Now homeless initiative, died from a drug overdose only days before the organization put together a group of activists in an attempt to intimidate elected officials into giving the program $1.65 million in taxpayer money. Nobody from the organization mentioned the death as they filled a St. Joseph County Council meeting in February with dozens of protestors demanding the county continue to fund the failed initiative. It turns out, only days after the meeting, RNM has confirmed another man connected to the program died from a suspected overdose. That information was also not shared with elected officials as the program continues to put pressure on the County Council for more money.
Captain Eric Beckham and Joe Wood

MPD Captain broke policy by not recording suspected OWI involving Mayor’s son

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- REAL News Michiana continues to discover more issues and policy violations in the cover-up scandal regarding a suspected Operating While Intoxicated incident involving Mayor Dave Wood's 21-year-old son, Joe Wood. Since we broke the story last week, RNM has learned the Mishawaka Police shift commander, Captain Eric Beckham, allegedly intimidated his subordinates, the city attorney attempted to hide public information and now we confirmed Captain Beckham also violated department policy by not activating his bodycamera when interacting with Joe Wood before ultimately covering up the suspected crime.
Joe Wood OWI stop

WATCH: MPD release video of Mayor’s son’s OWI cover-up

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- The Mishawaka Police Department has finally released the bodycamera video captured during a suspected OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) stop involving Mayor Dave Wood's son, 21-year-old Joe Wood. In the video, the initiating officer says he can smell alcohol on the suspect. Joe Wood is also seen stumbling out of his car. At the beginning of the stop, Joe Wood almost immediately starts asking for the shift commander, Captain Eric Beckham. When Beckham shows up, Joe Wood excitedly calls out his name and walks over to him. Within seconds, Beckham tells Wood to lock up his car as it is being left on scene. He then tells responding officers that he will "take care of it." Beckham then drove Wood to his dad's house, who happens to be the Mayor of Mishawaka. While every officer on scene appears to have had their bodycamera running during the interaction, there was no video captured by Captain Beckham.
Capt. Eric Beckham

State orders MPD to release video in Mayor’s son’s DUI cover-up case

Captain Eric Beckham, Mishawaka Police Department -- Photo: Facebook MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- An official with the State of Indiana has directed an attorney with the City of Mishawaka to release the video regarding the cover-up...
Dave and Joe Wood

MPD Captain Covers up suspected DUI involving Mayor’s son

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- REAL News Michiana has confirmed high ranking members of the Mishawaka Police Department covered up a suspected drunk driving incident involving Mayor Dave Woods' son, 21-year-old Joe Woods. While the entire interaction was captured on bodycam and dashcam footage, an attorney with the City of Mishawaka is refusing to release the entirety of the video and audio regarding the incident.
Motels 4 Now

Democrats killed expansion of Motels4Now into Mishawaka. Dems now pressuring Republicans to fund it...

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- REAL News Michiana has learned the failed Motels4Now homeless initiative attempted to expand into the City of Mishawaka. However, the non-profit's attempt at securing nearly a million dollars in taxpayer money from the city was shot down by members of the City Council.
From Left to Right: Deccoe Tate, China Pinkney

Couple arrested for raping woman at knife point

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend couple is in jail accused of raping a woman at knife point. According to court documents, 30-year-old China Pinkney physically attacked a woman then held a knife to her as she was raped by her boyfriend, 32-year-old Deccoe Tate.
Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood fails to report abortions on kids 3 times in less than two...

INDIANA -- REAL News Michiana has discovered abortionists in Indianapolis and Bloomington broke the law three times in less than two weeks by failing to report abortions performed on children to the Indiana Department of Child Services. All of the abortions were performed at Planned Parenthood locations in April of 2022.