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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 Ed Ernstes ( | 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.
By Don Wagner | WSBT-TV | November 25, 2012
ELKHART - An Elkhart man is battling for his life after his car went off the road and hit a tree just west of the Elkhart city limits early Sunday morning. Elkhart County police say 39-year-old Steven Briskie was driving west on County Road 16 in his Ford Explorer around 1:30 a.m. when his SUV drifted off the north side of the road. He tried to bring the Explorer back on the road but overcorrected, went across C.R. 16 and slammed into a tree on the south side of the road.
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.
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 Ed Ernstes ( | 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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