At the end of each year, our newsroom here at WNDU-TV likes to take a look back at the stories we've covered. Whether the stories are good news, bad news, or somewhere in between; there are many stories to remember.
Thanks to the technology of the Internet, if you can't catch our stories during our TV newscasts, you can get them on our website, wndu.com.
This year, in order to get more feedback from viewers, we started the "Tell us what you think" comments section on our site. In some cases, there were hundreds, even thousands of comments for stories.
In order of popularity, here's a look at the ten most viewed stories that we brought to you in 2007.
#1 Roseland mayhem
Some call them the unforgettable stories of the year. “This is not how government work, these people are animals!” says Dorothy Snyder, wife of David Snyder.
While others might say they are regrettable.
Like it or not, the “rumble in Roseland” was the most viewed story on our website in 2007. Our camera was the only one to catch Roseland Town Marshal Jack Tiller hit town council member David Snyder, before arresting him. “It was a fight and he went to jail, that's all we're going to talk about,” says Tiller. When asked if Snyder hit him, he said, “yes.”
A grand jury later decided not to file charges against tiller.
#2 Nappanee tornado
The Nappanee tornado aftermath was the second most watched story. “I heard glass breaking and I got down into the hallway and down I went,” says one man caught in the thick of it. The tornado left hundreds of people left to deal with mass destruction. “I've never seen anything like this before, it was unbelievable,” says another Nappanee resident.
Miraculously, no one died.
#3 South Bend Police Corporal Nick Polizzotto shot and killed
On April 24th, South Bend Police Corporal Nick Polizzotto answered his final call. While investigating a "shots fired" call, Polizzotto was fatally shot. “He was all around a great guy,” says one man who knew Polizzotto.
Patrolman Michael Norby was injured in that shooting.
#4 Eight die in Toll Road accident
Two days after Polizzotto's death, an accident on the Indiana Toll Road killed eight people and injured two. Seven vehicles were involved. “We're going to turn over every nook and cranny to find out what happened here, because the families deserve an explanation as to how loved ones passed on,” says one Indiana State Trooper on the scene that day.
The Elkhart County Prosecutor says a trucker reaching for his cell phone caused that chain reaction crash.
#5 One Dead, six injured in Granger accident
Just days before Christmas, an accident along State Road 23 in Granger left one dead and six injured. 29-year-old Tim Eaton leaves behind a wife and four young children. “He was a great Dad, all my kids looked up to him, they all adored him,” says Eaton’s widow, Jennie.
#6 Homeowner killed in house explosion
In September, a house explosion near the Michigan state line shook homes and business for miles. Retired South Bend police officer 66-year-old john Floyd died in his home that day. The cause of that explosion is still under investigation.
#7 November elections
The November 2007 elections included several close races in Michiana. Mishawaka's Republican Mayor Jeff Rea beat Democratic challenger Mike Hayes by a slim margin.
There was a recount for Benton Harbor's Mayor, who won by just five votes.
Meantime, South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke was re-elected to office.
#8 VIM Recycling plant fire
In June, a tremendous explosion sparked a huge fire at Elkhart County's VIM Recycling plant. A 53-year-old worker died in the fire. The incident has since sparked controversy from neighbors over the plant's location.
#9 Bomb threat in Buchanan
In August, shoppers and employees in a Buchanan, Michigan grocery store had quite a scare, when a bomb threat was called in. Everyone was evacuated. It turned out to be an act of extortion, not of terrorism. “This thing was part of a national scam. This things winds up being an attempt to move money by Western Union out of the country from Portugal,” says an official with Harding’s’ grocery stores.
#10 Three police officers arrested
And finally, tenth on the list of most viewed stories at WNDU-TV. In October, two former St. Joseph County police officers and one South Bend officer were arrested. They were charged with federal wire fraud and using their positions of power to steal both property and cocaine from the home of a suspect in jail.
Now the countdown is on to the news of 2008. Only time will only tell what kind of stories will impact you the most.