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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV Reporter | August 15, 2012
To say the S.R. 15/C.R. 38 intersection is congested and challenging at peak commute times is an understatement. Some say improvement to the intersection is long overdue. “It's a very busy intersection with lots of traffic. I think I have seen traffic counts as high as 11 or 12,000 vehicles a day approaching or leaving that intersection,” says Mike Yoder, Elkhart County commissioner. With complaints about the high-volume intersection on the rise, the county and city, working with the Indiana Department of Transportation, are about to begin work to upgrade the intersection with widening and turn lanes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | 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.
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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | 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.
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By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | October 16, 2012
A proposal to allow people to raise backyard chickens in South Bend gained momentum, Tuesday, when the planning commission advanced the measure, with a recommendation of approval, to the common council. A few dozen supporters from a local group called the Urban Chicken Alliance went before the commission to explain why hens wouldn't be a nuisance. “More people today care about living sustainably and more cities are rising to the occasion,” said Scott Palmer, a supporter, “it's not just your Portlands -- it's Chicago, its Bloomington, Cincinnati, Dallas, the list goes on.” Molly Kaniuga, of St. Joseph County, raises chickens on her property, which sits outside South Bend city limits.
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By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), 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.
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WSBT-TV Report | June 6, 2012
SOUTH BEND - South Bend could be on the verge of passing a smoking ban that will include bars. Two bills were filed Wednesday that would prevent people from lighting up in public places in the city limits. The bills were submitted by Fifth District Councilman Dr. David Varner and Third District Councilwoman Valerie Schey. That means the proposed smoking ban will come up for its initial reading at next Monday's Common Council meeting on June 11. The deadline for bills to be filed for the next meeting was Wednesday at noon.
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By Ed Ernstes (ernstes@wsbt.com) | December 15, 2010
ELKHART -- The Elkhart Library is kicking off a new program to encourage youngsters to make reading a lifelong habit. Like many parents, Dawn Florea can be found at the library. She is picking out books for her young son, Brice, and her daughter, who is now in kindergarten. The idea is to get her kids excited about reading. “We read stories every evening, usually each of the kids pick two books and we read every evening,” said Florea. “It expands their minds.
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