2011: A review of the year's top local stories

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

The winter of 2011 could be summed up in one word: brutal.

At one point, Michiana got 39 inches in three days. The area saw a seasonal total of 105 inches, making it the fifth snowiest year on record.
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In March, five Niles teens were charged in a sex video extortion case.

Martell Miller, Martise Washington, Leon Murphy, Parnell Martin and Trey Nichols were accused of blackmailing an underage girl into having sex with them. They threatened to post a sex video onto facebook if she refused.

All five were found either guilty or accepted plea deals and will now be spending time behind bars for the act.
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Topping local sports news in March, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested after being cited for drinking and driving. It was his third alcohol related incident.

Coach Brian Kelly suspended Floyd, but reinstated him after four and half months.

Floyd has apologized for his actions and did seek counseling.
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In April, the Notre Dame women's basketball team played for the national title, beating Connecticut and Tennessee in thrilling games to get there.

In the final game, the Irish fell to Texas A&M 70 to 76.

The team won the championship back in 2001. Coach Muffet McGraw has lead the team to 14 NCAA tournament appearances.
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In October, Goshen College Professor James Miller was murdered outside of his Goshen home.

Police say a man broke into the home of James and his wife and began attacking them.

James was found dead in their front lawn.

That crime still goes unsolved as police continue to look for the person responsible.
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Also in October, seven people were killed on the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart County after trying to avoid hitting a deer.

The family, all Chicago residents from Ecuador, were driving to New York for a funeral when the accident happened.
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In November, South Bend Police say Terry Sturgis beat his 10-year-old son Tramelle to death, this after years of alleged abuse to Tramelle and his siblings.

Terry Sturgis' court hearing has been postponed until January 11. He is expected to plead insanity.


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