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WWMT-TV Story | July 22, 2011
CENTREVILLE, Mich. (WWMT-TV) - Today the man who investigators say helped Doug Stewart kill his wife found out how long he'll spend in prison. It's a case we've followed every step of the way for more than a year now. Venus Stewart went missing from her parent's home back in April of last year. Her husband is now serving a life sentence. Ricky Spencer will spend the next year in the St. Joseph County Jail. The short sentence is part of his plea deal for a charge of conspiracy to commit manslaughter after he admitted in court to pretending to be Doug Stewart so Doug could come here to Michigan to murder his estranged wife Venus.
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December 10, 2010
As many of you may know, police arrested WSBT Chief Meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg and he was charged with two counts of false informing. WSBT takes great pride in reporting local news in a manner that is accurate, balanced and fair… even if it involves one of our own. We also strive to be as transparent as possible. As part of that process, here is a statement from Rick: “I need to address a situation that happened last week. As many of you know, I was arrested on two counts of false reporting.
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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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March 11, 2011
The jury in the trial of Doug Stewart just came back with a guilty verdict on both charges: first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors say Stewart killed his estranged wife, Venus. She hasn't been seen since she disappeared last April near Colon, Michigan. Police haven't found any sign of her or her body. During the trial, the prosecution brought forward a man who testified he had impersonated Stewart in Virginia while Stewart drove to Michigan to commit the murder.
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By Denise Bohn | WSBT-TV Reporter | February 9, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Imagine coming home to a clean house, your laundry folded and dinner made. It's a dream come true for most people, but for one South Bend woman it was a shocking and unwelcome invasion of her home. Ann Murray came home Monday night around 11:30 and found a strange man in her apartment on North Lance Court. She thought she was being robbed, but instead the man, "had cooked some chicken and onions in a pot, folded my clothes and swept my floor," Murray says.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (stopczynski@wsbt.com) | February 16, 2012
It's a controversial topic some call dog breeding and others call puppy mills, and we've been following one local breeder since 2008. Elkhart County's zoning board decided Thursday that man will not be able to add an additional 41 adult dogs to his operation. More than three years ago, WSBT investigated that breeder's operation with a hidden camera, followed state puppy mill legislation and presented all sides of the debate. In 2009 the zoning board gave the breeder permission to have 64 adult dogs and build a second kennel to help house them.
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By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter | By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter | March 21, 2013
NILES -  It's beef jerky, but it looks like some form of chewing tobacco - and it got four students suspended at Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles on Wednesday. One of those four suspended students suspended had chewing tobacco in this beef jerky tin. But the other three actually had the beef jerky in it. "I was confused why I got in trouble for this," eighth-grader Brenton Harrell said. Teriyaki beef jerky. It doesn't scream “suspension.” "It's ground up beef jerky you can put it in your lip or eat it," Harrel said.
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By Myra McCain, WANE-TV | April 22, 2011
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne man was charged with inhaling toxic vapors for the 48th time after his wife called police and told them he was huffing paint in their apartment last Thursday. According to a Fort Wayne Police Department report, when an officer arrived at the 517 Lawton Place apartment, Elizabeth Gibson said she and her husband Kelly had been in an argument and he had gone upstairs to huff paint. The report said since she was afraid to go inside, she handed the officer her keys and followed him up. When the officer opened the door, the entire apartment smelled of paint fumes and Kelly was found sitting on the couch with his shirt off, and his hands, mouth, nose and chin covered in silver paint.
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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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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.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | WSBT TV | August 19, 2013
We all know about texting, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Ever heard of a “selfie?” That's a picture you take of yourself. It seems the apps and social media websites and slang that comes along with them are never ending. Onavo, a company that ranks the popularity of iPhone apps, put one called Snapchat at #9. According to the statistics, Snapchat has 18.9 of the market share. Twitter has 26.7 percent. It seems every teenager with a smartphone has at least heard about it. Many of them have downloaded it. Snapchat is a free app that lets users take pictures and record videos then send or “snap” them to someone else after setting a time limit for how long the other person can see it before it disappears.
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WSBT-TV Report | November 30, 2010
South Bend police arrested WSBT’s chief meteorologist, Rick Mecklenburg, on Tuesday morning. Police spokesman Phil Trent said Mecklenburg was booked on two misdemeanor preliminary charges of false reporting. Police say Mecklenburg called them to his home, saying police hit his car and were firing shots at him. Police say there was no evidence either of those were true. Police say they did find fresh damage to his car, but no evidence that the accident happened there.
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