[Updated: Arrest made] Sept. 1 sexual assault in downtown Bloomington parking garage: Police looking for suspect

[Updated on Sept. 7, at 2:25 p.m. BPD issued a news release on Sept. 7 announcing the arrest of a suspect in the case—Andre J. Hardy, a 27-year-old man from Joliet, Illinois, which is about 35 miles south of Chicago.]

In connection with a Thursday night sexual assault, Bloomington police are looking for a suspect described in a news release as a thin Black male who is believed to be taller than six feet.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the suspect’s identity to call Bloomington police detective Jon Muscato at (812) 349-3326. Continue reading “[Updated: Arrest made] Sept. 1 sexual assault in downtown Bloomington parking garage: Police looking for suspect”

Man who was shot, drove a mile to Switchyard Park, had apparently tried to burglarize residence

In a Thursday afternoon news release, Bloomington police department (BPD) reported that a 39-year-old man found with gunshot wounds in Switchyard Park early in the morning had not been shot at that location.

The 39-year-old had apparently driven there after being shot several times when he allegedly attempted a burglary—at the home of another man he knew, about a mile away, southeast of the intersection of Hillside Drive and Henderson Street. Continue reading “Man who was shot, drove a mile to Switchyard Park, had apparently tried to burglarize residence”

Bloomington police update: 23-year-old arrested in connection with July 27 killing

In a Thursday news release, Bloomington police reported that a 23-year-old man, described as a “transient,” has been arrested in connection with the July 27 shooting death of a Kinser Flats resident on the city’s north side.

The news release says that Kendrick Q. Webb was arrested in Melrose Park, Illinois, which is just west of Chicago, but still in Cook County.

Webb has been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

It was Bloomington police detectives working with members of the United States Marshals Service who took Webb into custody without incident on Aug. 10 around 2:30 p.m., the news release says.

Webb was then taken to the Cook County jail, where he waits for transport to Monroe County.

According to the news release, detectives used “a variety of investigative techniques” to determine that Webb had fled to the Chicago area. Continue reading “Bloomington police update: 23-year-old arrested in connection with July 27 killing”

28-year-old man shot, killed on Bloomington’s north side, police trying to ID suspect

In a news release issued early Thursday afternoon, Bloomington police have reported the shooting death of a 28-year-old man who lived in the Kinser Flats apartment building on the city’s north side.

The shooting appears to have taken place early Wednesday morning.

Bloomington police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact detective Jon Muscato at (812) 349-3325. Continue reading “28-year-old man shot, killed on Bloomington’s north side, police trying to ID suspect”

Suspect now arrested in second, separate April 23 shooting in downtown Bloomington

Arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with an early-morning shooting on April 23 near the parking lot of 6th and Lincoln streets is a 33-year-old Bloomington man, Michael V. Carson, Jr.

That’s according to a Bloomington police department (BPD) news release issued around noon on Friday (May 27).

More than three weeks earlier, BPD announced it had arrested and charged a suspect in connection with a shooting the same night, inside the Kalao Nightclub, which is two blocks northwest of the 6th-and-Lincoln location.

In connection to the Kalao shooting, BPD announced it had arrested 27-year-old Keiantrea Washington of Bloomington, and charged him with attempted murder.

According to Friday’s news release, “there was no connection between [the 6th-and-Lincoln shooting] and the shooting that occurred on the same night at the Kalao Nightclub.” Continue reading “Suspect now arrested in second, separate April 23 shooting in downtown Bloomington”

[Updated] Two shootings overnight, potential connection still unknown: Bloomington police seeking information

Bloomington police are investigating two early-Saturday shootings within two blocks of each other in downtown Bloomington.

[Updated at 5:44 p.m. on May 2, 2022: Bloomington police announced on May 2 that an arrest was made that day in connection with the Kalao shooting.]

[Updated at 5:23 p.m. on April 23, 2022: Bloomington police have issued an updated news release on the shootings. It is still not known if the two shootings are related. No arrests have been made in either investigation, according to the late Saturday afternoon news release.

Based on video surveillance from inside the Kalao Nightclub, the suspect and the 41-year-old victim were in an altercation just before the shooting. The suspect can then be seen producing a handgun and firing multiple times in the crowded bar area. Two of the victims in the nightclub shooting are still hospitalized. The third has been treated and released, according to the updated BPD news release.

According to the updated news release on Saturday afternoon, on not much has been learned about the shooting near the intersection of 6th and Lincoln streets. Investigators continue to search for witnesses and are attempting to review surveillance footage from nearby cameras, according to the release. The 26-year-old victim from that shooting is currently hospitalized and is in critical condition, according to the late afternoon news release.]

Continue reading “[Updated] Two shootings overnight, potential connection still unknown: Bloomington police seeking information”

Private, unarmed security for farmers market this year OK’d by Bloomington parks board

Two unarmed officers from Marshall Security, a private firm, will be providing security for Bloomington’s farmers market starting with opening day on April 2.

That’s the result of action taken by Bloomington’s board of park commissioners at its regular Tuesday meeting. The board approved a $8,050 addendum to an existing contract with Marshall, which was approved by the board in late January.

The existing $278,821 contract covers patrols through the week in several parks in the central area of Bloomington, including: RCA Park, Seminary Park, B-Line Trail, Building Trades Park, Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, Crestmont Park, Miller-Showers Park, and Waldron Hill Buskirk Park.

Approved by the board in late January, the contract runs through the end of 2022. The farmers market extends from April through November.

According to the memo to the board from community events manager Leslie Brinson, “The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market has had uniformed [Bloomington Police Department] BPD Officers in the past and due to the limitations of BPD, the use of Marshall Security would fill this need at the Market.” Continue reading “Private, unarmed security for farmers market this year OK’d by Bloomington parks board”

Resolution supporting $5K more for Bloomington police gets OK from city council

A resolution that expresses support for revising the current collective bargaining agreement with the police union, to increase sworn officer pay by $5,000, was approved by Bloomington’s city council at a special meeting on Wednesday.

The vote was 7–1–1.

Dissenting on the vote were Matt Flaherty, who voted against the resolution, and Kate Rosenbarger, who abstained from the vote after participating in deliberations.

Spurring the resolution, which was sponsored by Dave Rollo, Susan Sandberg, and Ron Smith, are Bloomington police department’s (BPD’s) challenges with recruitment and retention.

Two recent resignations have dropped the number of sworn officers to 91, out of 105 that are authorized. The proposed 2022 budget provides funding for 105 sworn officers.

BPD’s union, FOP Lodge 88, has provided certified salary amounts to the state’s police pension fund for comparisons that show Bloomington ranks 68th out of 153 departments in the state.

Sandberg said at Wednesday’s meeting, “We should have been doing more to retain officers. And our failure to keep pace with competitive salaries has brought us to this critical point where action is needed now.”

Around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, about an hour before the city council’s Wednesday sessions started, a joint statement on the resolution was issued by Bloomington mayor John Hamilton and police chief Mike Diekhoff. The statement essentially opposed the resolution. Continue reading “Resolution supporting $5K more for Bloomington police gets OK from city council”

Bloomington city council to mull resolution on “certain inadequacies within the police budget”

The proposed 2022 budget for Bloomington’s police department will be the topic of a city council work session on Friday at noon, and a special meeting of the council set for 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 8).

Up for discussion will be a resolution sponsored by councilmembers Dave Rollo, Susan Sandberg and Ron Smith that “addresses certain inadequacies within the police budget,” according to Rollo.

News of the possible resolution came at the end of the city council’s Wednesday meeting, during the time when the council addresses scheduling matters.

The resolution is likely to call for an increase to the proposed 2022 police budget so that pay for officers can be bumped, which would probably require an earlier-than-scheduled reopening of the collective bargaining agreement with FOP Lodge 88.

Those are options that the city council discussed last week during its hearing on the police department’s budget. Continue reading “Bloomington city council to mull resolution on “certain inadequacies within the police budget””

Budget notebook: Bloomington police salary data

Much of last Tuesday’s Bloomington city council hearing on the police department’s 2022 budget focused on pay for Bloomington’s sworn officers.

A key question councilmembers were keen to get answered: How does compensation for Bloomington’s police officers stack up against compensation in other Indiana cities?

At last Tuesday’s meeting, Fraternal Order Police Lodge 88 representatives told councilmembers that BPD compensation ranks 68th out of the state’s roughly 153 departments—still in the top half, but not by much.

That’s consistent with the 2021 data that the FOP Lodge 88 has since provided to The B Square. Continue reading “Budget notebook: Bloomington police salary data”