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January 4, 2011
It was a wild weekend in South Bend. Police and animal control had to track down a pot-bellied pig running lose in the city. Initially some thought it was a small dog, but when they took a closer look, they discovered it was a pot-bellied pig. The pig was sighted on Saint Louis Street and eventually cornered on Eisenhower Street, where it was captured and sedated. “It did appear to be kept as a pet. It was in pretty good condition, and appeared to have probably been kept inside,” said Kim Lucas, animal control officer.
WSBT-TV Report | February 6, 2010
After being spotted driving with no headlights on just after 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Dowagiac Police tried to get a 39-year-old Bridgman to stop. Instead, the man fled from police and eventually crashed his minivan into a tree in Silver Creek Township. The pursuit began in the City of Dowagiac, continued for several blocks before leaving the city limits and entering Silver Creek Township, according to a news release from Dowagiac Police. After he crashed his minivan, the man fled on foot into a wooded area off Garrett Road, but was quickly caught.
By Don Wagner | WSBT-TV | February 3, 2013
ELKHART - Another armed robbery at an Elkhart County convenience store. Saturday night, county police were called to the scene of the latest holdup at Stogie's Discount Tobacco in the 30900 block of Old U.S. 20 west of the Elkhart city limits. CLICK HERE for map. Shortly before 7 p.m., an employee was robbed by two men at gunpoint. Police say after ordering the worker to the ground, the suspects got some cash, several cartons of cigarettes and the cashier's purse before leaving the store headed west on Old U.S. 20. The suspects are described as two white men. One was armed wearing a tan jacket, gloves and had a bandana covering his face.
By Don Wagner | WSBT-TV | November 20, 2012
ELKHART COUNTY - A traffic crash in southeastern Elkhart County has taken the life of a young Nappanee man and injured 3 others. County police say around 6:45 p.m. Monday, a Jeep Liberty was heading west on County Road 50 east of County Road 35 when the driver tried to pass a horse-drawn buggy. The SUV collided head-on into a moped, which was traveling east. 20-year-old Jeremy Yates was driving the moped and died on the scene. Investigators say the driver of the SUV was undetermined, although they say 3 passengers in the Jeep Liberty were airlifted to the hospital.
Kirk Mason | July 19, 2010
It’s now been five-and-a-half months since the murders of a southwest Michigan couple and local police are still trying to crack the case. Joanie Peterson of Niles has a Good Question: “We need to know what police are doing, are they still actively working this case”? The answers are not what people living near Carberry Road want to hear. John and Carolyn Tarwacki were found murdered on February 5 in their home just east of the Niles city limits. The Michigan State Police post in Niles is leading the investigation, and their commander says not much new has developed over the last 30 days.
By John Paul | WSBT-TV Reporter | May 18, 2012
SOUTH BEND - Marguerite Taylor has lived in the Northeast Neighborhood all her life. She said the area including Georgiana, Napoleon and Duey streets was a place people used to avoid. That's not the case anymore. A place where you'd once find abandoned homes - condos are now for sale. Streets that people used to avoid are busy with walkers, diners and people enjoying the neighborhood. No longer a shell of its former self, the area known as the Triangle between State Road 23 and Eddy Street Commons is experiencing a renaissance - especially with the development of 52 brand new single-family homes.
By Kristin Bien ( | May 30, 2013
People who live in South Bend may soon be able to maintain a honey bee colony in their yard. South Bend leaders will consider a new ordinance within the next month. It is being drafted right now. But some say the the new ordinance is too restrictive. Vince Barletto's yard is like many in the city of South Bend, not very big. But Barletto believes there is always room for bees.  "Maybe I would put my hives somewhere here," says Barletto as he looks around his backyard for the perfect place to put a honey bee colony.  Barletto is working with South Bend 1st District Common Councilman Tim Scott  to draft an ordinance that would allow people to manage honey bee colonies within city limits.  "Any opportunity we have for people to harvest and grow their own food, we want to be able to give that to people.
By Ted Land (, Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | WSBT-TV | August 8, 2013
ELKHART - They tried to resolve it, but it appears a dispute over sewer fees in Elkhart will continue.   An hours-long tense meeting ended on an uncertain note Thursday night.  You could really sense the frustration among people who've been following this issue, which has dragged on for months.   The Elkhart City Council held a special meeting to try and resolve a disagreement over sewer rates for homeowners and businesses outside city limits.  They had two proposals, one drafted by Mayor Dick Moore, which would have charged people a 35% fee based on the assessed value of their property.  The council voted that down and passed a measure which requires businesses to pay a 15% surcharge for sewer service based on standard sewer rates.
By Ted Land (, Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | WSBT-TV | July 8, 2013
Anyone who lives or works in Benton Harbor might soon have another tax bill to pay. The city is considering starting an income tax as a way to help dig that community out of debt. Under the proposal, residents would be taxed 1% of their income and people who work within city limits would pay half a percent of the income they earn in that zone. Any income tax collection would have to be approved by voters in November. Supporters say the additional money will help repair roads, clean up sidewalks, and perhaps put some police and firefighters back on the streets.
By Don Wagner | WSBT-TV | September 9, 2012
ELKHART - Three men are behind bars after an early Sunday morning chase with police. Around 2:15 a.m., Elkhart County Sheriff's deputies tried to make a traffic stop near the intersection of County Roads 9 and 20 on Elkhart's south side. The driver of the car refused to stop and sped north into the city limits for about two miles. After traveling north onto Morehouse Ave, south of Main St., the vehicle reached a dead end, sailed over a ledge, overturned and landed on its top on a sidewalk near South Main and Indiana Ave. Police say 20-year-old Christian Serrato was driving the car and tried to flee from the wreck but was captured by officers.
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