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WSBT-TV Report | June 6, 2012
In a letter given to employees of Hess Industries of Niles, the company told them it has been forced to restructure because of the economic downturn and the plant will close. The company does not foresee the plant reopening. According to the Milton Township treasurer, Hess Industries owes nearly $15,000 in personal property taxes from 2011. There has been a levy placed on Hess property. A failure to pay the taxes will result in seizure of that property. Employees tell WSBT the more than 150 people who work there are unable to get their final paycheck.
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WSBT-TV Report | March 13, 2013
NILES, Mich. - Two people in Niles are behind bars, accused of making meth. 28-year-old Melanie Topash and her boyfriend 39-year-old Robert Cumbess are charged with operating a meth lab and possession of marijuana. Police say they got a tip the two were making meth with a child at the home in 1800 block of North 5th Street in Niles. When police arrived, no children were there, but police say an 8-year-old does live there. Police found two discarded one pot meth labs and some marijuana.
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WSBT-TV Report | September 27, 2012
NILES - Late September is always a popular time for Niles. But this fall is reason to celebrate! This September marks 40 years for the annual 4 flags area Apple Festival. Nearly 100,000 people are expected to attend what's known as one of Michigan's top festivals. There are carnival rides, apple treats and dozens of free events all weekend long. Organizers say there is something for everyone this year. "We have apple seed popping, apple peeling, apple pie eating, apple baking,” said Festival organizer Pat Teeter.
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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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June 14, 2012
NILES - Police are trying to figure out what caused a teenager to drive off a road in Berrien County, injuring two people in the car. The crash happened Wednesday night near the intersection of Copp and Bertrand roads in Niles. Police say three teenagers were in the car. The car left the road and crashed into two trees before stopping. Police say a female in the car was in and out of consciousness. At last check she was in serious condition. A male in the car was also hurt, his condition is unknown.
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WSBT-TV Report | March 19, 2013
NILES, Mich. - Power went out in the city of Niles late Tuesday afternoon. It happened around 5 p.m. City Administrator Rick Huff says several substations were down, and a technical problem was to blame for the power outage. Mayor Mike McCauslin says three-fourths of Niles was without power because of a power surge. He says 8,000 people were affected. The city hoped to have the power back on by 7:30 p.m.
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WSBT-TV Report | May 13, 2012
MILTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Cass County police say a Niles man was taken to Memorial Hospital after his moped overturned early Saturday morning, ejecting him off of it. This happened just after 3 a.m. on Gumwood Road just south of U.S. 12 in Milton Township. Police say the moped driver, 44-year-old David Shafer, was heading north when his moped went off the road and he lost control in the gravel. Shafer was not wearing a helmet, say police. The crash remains under investigation.
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WSBT-TV Report | May 25, 2012
We have an update on one of the Dowagiac-based guardsmen injured by an IED in Afghanistan earlier this week. Read more about that incident here According to a family member, Sergeant David Jackson of Niles is "doing great" in his recovery from a concussion and dislocated shoulder. He will be in physical therapy for two weeks and then likely will return to duty. The guard unit is scheduled to return home to Michigan in September.
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WSBT-TV Report | June 17, 2012
BERTRAND TOWNSHIP - A 16-year-old Buchanan High School student died from his injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Bertrand Township Sunday afternoon.  It happened just before 2 p.m. in the 2900 block of Oak Forrest Road near Curran Road. Police say a car driven by Dilan Shearer of Niles rolled over and struck a tree. Officers say the teen had just left a Father's Day celebration and was on his way to another relative's house. The crash investigation in ongoing.
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Tribune Staff Report | February 8, 2010
NILES — Three Elkhart men convicted of holding up the Berrien Teachers Credit Union, 1501 S. 11th St., have been sentenced in federal court in Grand Rapids, with one receiving 18 years in prison. U.S. Attorney Donald Davis said Travis Allen, 27, and Antiowan Loftin, 26, each received seven years and Chester Higgins, 31, received the 18-year sentence handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff. Higgin will serve his sentence after completing an 18-year sentence in Indiana for another armed robbery of a bank, Davis said.
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WSBT-TV Report | September 5, 2013
The threat of West Nile Virus continues right now for a large part of our area. We learned that more mosquitoes in Elkhart County have tested positive for West Nile. This is the second time the virus has been found in Elkhart County mosquitoes this year. The samples were acquired from Goshen and Nappanee. The health department says this shows the disease is still present in our area. Last month, infected mosquitoes were also reported on South Bend's east side.
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By Don Wagner (dwagner@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | September 5, 2013
NILES, Mich. - A woman accused of trying to kidnap a young girl in Niles made her first court appearance on Thursday. Niles police say around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Bonnie Farrow approached a 7-year-old girl in the 600 block of N. 7 th St. and allegedly told the child she (the child) was in danger. Investigators say Farrow then led the girl out of the area. A neighbor happened to see the incident and quickly yelled at Farrow to stop. The girl then ran back to her own home and went inside.
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August 13, 2013
The St. Joseph County Health Department announced Tuesday that the West Nile Virus has been found in pools of mosquitoes in eastern South Bend. St. Joseph County is one of 35 counties in Indiana where mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found so far this year, according to the release. The release also says only one human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Indiana, but it was not in St. Joseph County.   Full release: St. Joseph County Health Officer, Dr. Thomas A. Felger,   announced that Indiana State Department of Health testing has identified pools of West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in eastern South Bend.  St.
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LOU MUMFORD, South Bend Tribune | August 13, 2013
NILES -- The Niles City Council is still looking for help from the city's Utilities Department and, eventually, its customers to offset a $350,000 shortfall in the city's upcoming 2013-2014 budget, but a 1-cent-per-kilowatt-hour surcharge on electricity appears to be off the table. Rather than Councilman Scott Clark's suggestion at the panel's July 22 meeting to impose the surcharge that would have cost the average residential customer just less than $7 per month, the council is now examining a proposal by City Administrator Ric Huff to raise the amount of revenue it collects from the utilities' electric division in the form of a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT.
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LOU MUMFORD, South Bend Tribune | August 9, 2013
NILES Little by little, Fort St. Joseph, the outpost built by French soldiers and their Indian allies that stood for 90 years and pre-dated modern-day Niles by roughly half a century, continues to give up its secrets. In doing so, it also sheds light on what life was like in the area in the 18th century. Certainly, it wasn't easy, but it appears those who lived at the fort may have had it easier than many. Summer field school archaeological studies by students from Kalamazoo's Western Michigan University have turned up over the last 15 years such artifacts as gun parts, ceramics, copper kettles, animal bones, beads, pipe stems and bowls, mouth harps and arrow heads.
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SBT Report | August 8, 2013
NILES - A fire today at Toefco Engineered Coating Systems, 1220 N. 14th St., was quickly extinguished by firefighters, allowing production to continue. Niles Fire Chief Larry Lamb said a dryer malfunctioned shortly after 11 a.m., permitting embers to ignite filters and sending plumes of smoke into the plant. Workers initially tried to put out the blaze themselves before alerting the fire department, he said. “The Toefco employees did a great job. They notified us very quickly," he said.
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WSBT-TV Report | August 8, 2013
NILES, Mich. Students in Niles spent this week digging up artifacts from as early as the 17th century. Fort St. Joseph in Niles was built in 1691. It was occupied by European soldiers, and later on, Native Americans. A crew of student archaeologists unearthed several new finds this year, including some Native American jewelry and militia gun parts from hundreds of years ago. They say the feeling of finding an artifact never gets old. “You find a gun part, and you're like, 'Oh, this is so cool.' And we found a ring.
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By James Fillmore (jfillmore@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | August 7, 2013
NILES-- A Niles woman is back home after being deployed to Afghanistan for nine months. Amanda Albright is on active duty.  She is a specialist, E-4 Military Police Officer with the U.S. Army. She says, "It's nice to be home and get to wear civilian clothes and drive your own car again but it's definitely a different adjustment from being in Afghanistan. "    Amanda is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and in October of 2012 she left for Camp Leatherneck in the southern part of Afghanistan.
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August 4, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An expert on West Nile virus predicts Michigan's season won't be as bad as 2012. Ned Walker at Michigan State University says cool, wet conditions tend to slow down transmission of the virus. He says West Nile is inevitable, but he believes the number of cases will be lower this year. State health officials last week reported the first confirmed human case of 2013, a man from St. Joseph County in southwestern Michigan. There were more than 200 West Nile cases in Michigan last year, including 17 deaths.
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WSBT-TV Report | August 2, 2013
Michigan has confirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus - and it's in our area. Health officials say a man came down with the virus in St. Joseph County, Michigan. And just last week, we told you that West Nile was detected in mosquitoes in Starke County. Last year in Michigan, 17 people died and more than 200 people got the disease from mosquitoes.
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