NILES - The case against a Benton Harbor man for allegedly robbing the Chemical Bank in Niles has been transferred from state to federal court.
U.S. District Court officials in Grand Rapids confirmed Friday that Richard David Smith, 44, made his first appearance in federal court Thursday. He will be formally arraigned Tuesday on one count of bank robbery by force. The matter will then be set for trial before U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker, likely in May.
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