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Judge rejects woman’s early release from investment scam sentence

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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 Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | September 10, 2012
Did you know that Notre Dame and the Brothers of the Holy Cross at one time ran a farming operation? According to Notre Dame archives, a farm was developed on campus in 1842 to provide food for residents, staff and students as well as to generate revenue. Most of those old farm buildings are long gone. But, in 1867, the University bought 1,300 acres of land in Granger and called it St. Joseph's Farm. While no longer owned by the University, that farm is still in existance today.
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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 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 JEFF PARROTT, Tribune Staff Writer | March 11, 2010
A judge has denied a request for early prison release from a Mishawaka woman convicted of helping her husband run an investment scam. Thomas Squibb, a well-known area businessman who owned several nursing homes, and his wife, Marietta Squibb, were sentenced in December 2007 for perpetrating a decade-long scheme that bilked about 200 investors out of roughly $11.5 million. The couple sold investments related to the development of a campground in Michigan and condominiums in Florida, neither of which actually existed.
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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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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 David McCoy (dmccoy@wsbt.com), Click here to follow David on Twitter | By David McCoy (dmccoy@wsbt.com), Click here to follow David on Twitter | August 23, 2012
Local BMX star Brett Banasiewicz suffered a serious injury Thursday, when he fell eight feet during a practice session and landed on his head. Banasiewicz was in Virginia Beach, VA preparing for the LXVI BMX Invitational.  While attempting a 720, which is a pretty easy trick for him to complete, he caught his back tire and fell eight feet to the floor. He was wearing a helmet at the time. Banasiewicz was taken to the trauma center at Norfolk General, where he is under sedation.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | WSBT TV | March 19, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Tuesday marked another crucial step into the investigation of a plane crash that killed two people and sent three others to the hospital. After crews strapped several pieces of that private jet to a crane that hoisted them onto a flat bed truck, a police escort led the truck from the scene on North Iowa Street in South Bend to a hangar at South Bend Regional Airport. Investigators will spend the next several days and weeks examining the plane inside that hangar to try and figure out what caused it to crash.
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DEBRA HAIGHT South Bend Tribune | January 3, 2012
NILES - Berrien Springs massage therapist Johan Abrahams pleaded guilty Tuesday in Berrien County Trial Court to two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Abrahams, 70, of St. Jo-seph Avenue in Berrien Springs, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 21. Assistant Prosecutor Cara Wilkinson said Tuesday in court that she expects the guidelines to call for Abrahams to serve a sentence of between zero to 17 months in prison and registering as a sex offender. Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct is considered a high court misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
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December 23, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University reported the second-highest number of hate crimes among the country's colleges last year, according to statistics compiled by the FBI. The seven alleged hate crimes reported on the West Lafayette campus in 2011 were the most among Indiana colleges, the Journal & Courier reported Sunday ( http://on.jconline.com/UVP9D1 ). So far in 2012, Purdue police have documented 12 hate crimes. The FBI report said five of the incidents reported at Purdue reflected racial bias and two were related to religion.
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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.
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