Elkhart Police Department

Jacob Ryan Underwood, 22, from Elkhart has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of a destructive device in an arrest that may have a connection with the pipe bombs found in Mishawaka in late January.


Underwood is also accused of watching two other pipe bombs be made and later throwing them out of a car window in Mishawaka.  

Investigators linked Underwood to an explosion outside of his home, and also with assisting in the construction of a pipe bomb.


Elkhart Police Department

A construction crew in Mishawaka found two pipe bombs this morning near Grape Road and Indian Ridge Boulevard. Authorities arrived to dispose of the devices. No injuries were reported.

The entire incident lasted about two hours. The South Bend Police Bomb Squad was on hand to detonate the devices, which have been identified as pipe bombs.

Authorities blocked off traffic and evacuated people from the area shortly after 9 a.m. Roads reopened around 11 a.m.

Mishawaka Police are still investigating the case.

Mishawaka school leaders reviewed a Grade Level Study Report yesterday offering the school board options for improving education district wide.

Suggestions in the report include a greater focus on early learning, specifically by offering more early childhood activities for Mishawaka residents, which could include restructuring grade levels and even building another middle school, which bump sixth graders to middle school, allowing space for more early childhood programs in elementary schools.

If passed, the referenda would add $1.8 million to the district’s general fund and $13 million to improve infrastructure at the district’s schools.