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By Denise Bohn | WSBT-TV Reporter | July 18, 2012
Thursday normally marks the start of one of southwest Michigan's largest festivals. But for the first time in 33 years there will be no Venetian Festival in St. Joseph, Michigan. Last September the Festival committee decided to end the annual four-day event after the city of St. Joseph pulled its support. "People from across the country, possibly the world, came back to St. Joe the third week of July. They knew they would see people, meet people, they wouldn't see any other time, even Thanksgiving or Christmas," said Gayle Olson.
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WSBT-TV Report | July 1, 2012
NEW PARIS - We're learning more about a scary ending to an exciting evening at the race track in New Paris Saturday night. Just before midnight, a stock car hit a wall at the New Paris Speedway, injuring 6 spectators. Rick Rolston is the head of New Paris EMS and says the debris from the crash flew into the stands, causing the injuries. All 6 victims were taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital, and according to Speedway spokesman Michael Rife, all were treated and released.
NEWS
By Darla Hernandez (dhernandez@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | July 11, 2013
Michiana seems to be a popular place for the tiny bugs called chiggers this summer.  Chiggers are tiny bugs, reddish in color and commonly called harvest or scrub mites.  They measure only 1/50 of an inch and are so small they can't even be seen with the naked eye, but they deliver a big bite. Karen Schefmeyer loves to garden outdoors, but this brutal bug known as a chigger has spread throughout her backyard, biting her and many others this summer. "It's been quite bad,” said Schefmeyer.
NEWS
By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | February 22, 2013
The Plymouth man accused of romancing women all over the country then stealing from them appeared before a judge Friday afternoon, but not for his alleged online activity.   Raymond Holycross, 29, is facing theft charges for stealing then pawning a camera that belonged to a Mishawaka woman he was dating.  He appeared via video conference from the St. Joseph County jail.  When the judge asked him if he has a job, Holycross replied,...
NEWS
By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | WSBT TV | February 20, 2013
A Marshall County native is accused of romancing women all over the country then stealing from them. Monday, 29-year-old Raymond Holycross wound up in the St. Joseph County Jail.  Holycross also goes by several aliases, including Ray Paris and Ray Cross.  A quick internet search of his name shows he's accused of duping dozens of women from as far away as Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon. But a Mishawaka woman, who says he did the same thing to her, ultimately helped him get caught.
NEWS
By SUE LOWE Tribune Staff Writer | January 5, 2010
MISHAWAKA — The city of Mishawaka has stopped Pleasureland Museum from selling "sexual devices. " So, now the owner is taking the city back to federal court to challenge the part of Mishawaka’s ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses. The lawsuit challenges the city’s right to prohibit the sale of sexual devices at the business at 114 W. Mishawaka Ave. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys Fred R. Hains and Peter M. Yarbro on behalf of Pleasureland Museum Inc. The license to operate the business is held by Antonio Macri, and Yarbro confirmed that Macri is the owner of the business.
NEWS
By Rachel Lake (RLake@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | February 18, 2013
SOUTH BEND - A prostitution sting in South Bend leads to the arrest of three men. The sting took place late Saturday night and into the early morning hours. It involved the Street Crimes Unit going undercover and posting an ad for prostitution on a popular website. "No chit chat, so they're not just looking to have communication; they want to get down to business. They're trying to earn money, utilize the website for that, not for making friends," said Lt. Daniel Skibins with the South Bend Police Dept.
NEWS
RYAN TRARES, Daily Journal | August 16, 2013
GATESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Among the dirt, gravel and stones dredged from the bottom of Salt Creek, an unmistakable sparkle shone through. A tiny flake of gold, no bigger than a speck, had risen to the top of the worthless rock. Prospectors swirled the collection of stones and water in their pans, trying to get a better look. Most had been looking for gold for years and knew the telltale glitter and the way gold moved in the water. Without years of experience, you'd never notice the flake.
NEWS
By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com) | December 7, 2010
BURKET, Ind. - A family-owned business in Burket was destroyed by fire on Tuesday. A1 Collision, also known to Burket locals as "Dan's Body Shop" burned to the ground early in the morning. Fire crews were on scene for four hours battling the flames. Dan Amburgy is the "go to" auto guy in Burket. But after the fire demolished his business, the aftermath is pure devastation. “It's a serious blow,” said Chief Kevin McSherry of the Burket Fire Department. “He's lost all his tools, and all of the content.
NEWS
By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | WSBT-TV | January 2, 2013
Mishawaka is the latest community to start uploading crime reports to an interactive online map, which helps explain those flashing lights you might've seen in your neighborhood. The website, www.CrimeReports.com , displays a colored icon on blocks where police investigated thefts, assaults, homicides, traffic emergencies, fires, and other calls. The map, which is updated three times a day, also shows the names, addresses, and photos of registered sex offenders.
NEWS
By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | February 20, 2012
SOUTH BEND  - What if South Bend, named for the southern-most bend of the St. Joseph River, wasn't the fourth largest city in Indiana?  What if the University of Notre Dame and the RV capital of the world were technically in Michigan? And NASCAR drivers Ryan Newman and David Stremme, actress Vivica Fox and basketball star Skylar Diggins weren't from Indiana? Let's back up a bit, to something that happened nearly 200 years ago.  An historical marker near Johnson Road and U.S. 31 south of South Bend explains it all. The original state border for Michigan and Indiana were set in 1805, about 10 miles south of where it is today.  But when Indiana petitioned Congress for statehood in 1816, Territory Delegate Jonathan Jennings proposed that the Indiana line be moved north to its present location.
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By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | April 24, 2013
On Buzz Feed's list of the 30 Happiest Facts of All Time , number 24 is that a ape was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend. We wanted to find out if that's true, and wouldn't you know it -- back in the early 1900' s an ape did break a law (that is apparently still on the books) prohibiting apes and monkeys from smoking. The headline would've grabbed anyone's attention. "I'm sure the New Yorkers had a grand old laugh at us hicks out here," said Travis Childs with the Center for History in South Bend.
BUSINESS
WSBT-TV Report | April 26, 2013
Another popular tourist spot in northern Indiana is closing. We've learned Splash Universe in Shipshewana will close May 19. The company says it is being sold. The attached hotel will stay open. Two years ago the owners fell behind $900,000 dollars on their property taxes. The park was put up for auction on a tax sale, but no one bought it.
NEWS
By Bob Johnson | WSBT digital director | August 24, 2011
Imagine this: you're John Haferkamp, news director at WSBT-TV. You're proud of your station's historic position as the market's weather leader, and you work every day to improve the performance of your award-winning weather department. Then your two star meteorologists, Cari Peugeot and Abby Weppler, tell you - on almost successive days - that they're pregnant. That's right…both of them. And their due dates are within weeks of one another. What do you do?
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