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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.
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 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.
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 Ted Land (, Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | By Ted Land (, 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.
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.
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