Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

Cass County

Former SMC instructor accepts plea deal in sexual misconduct case

CASSOPOLIS – A former Southwestern Michigan College instructor accused of having improper relations with a student he was counseling has accepted a plea deal just ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 23, 2021 3:35 pm

Cass County

Vandalia resident sentenced to 10 months in jail for drug offense

In Cass County Court Friday, a Vandalia man was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Randy Ray Deweerd, 60, of South Street in Vandalia, pleaded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 23, 2021 3:01 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man heading back to prison on weapons charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man on parole for armed robbery was sent back to prison Friday after being convicted by a Cass County jury last ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 23, 2021 1:01 pm

News

Niles District Library lecture series explores the life of 18th Century British soldier

NILES – He may have lived at Fort St. Joseph more than 250 years ago, but the life of Ensign Francis Schlosser offers many timely ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:11 pm

News

WMU history professor shares research on Jesuits who lived at Niles’ Fort St. Joseph

NILES – The men in black Western Michigan University professor Jose Antonio Brandao spoke about last week Wednesday night were not the ones most people ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:52 am

Local Government

Niles Township residents share concerns about roads, fireworks

NILES TOWNSHIP — Niles Township board members heard from residents about fireworks and road concerns at their regular meeting Monday night. Resident Ralph Vosburgh said ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 9:03 am

Brandywine Education

Township considers sharing expense of school resource officer with Brandywine Middle/High School

NILES TWP. — Brandywine High School could have a school resource officer on campus this fall if Brandywine officials can reach an agreement with Niles ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:00 am

Berrien County

19-year-old sent to prison for violent behavior

NILES — An area man will spend the next two years in prison after being sentenced on an assault related charge in Berrien County Trial ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, July 19, 2021 1:56 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man sentenced to jail for hitting mother

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man who hit his mother during an argument was sentenced to a year in the county jail Friday in Cass County ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 16, 2021 12:06 pm

Buchanan

Zen Leaf expansion met with resistance by some Buchanan business leaders

BUCHANAN — A local marijuana business’s expansion plans got the go-ahead from the Buchanan Planning Commission Tuesday night, but the decision is not sitting well ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:31 am

Buchanan

Buchanan approves event to celebrate local Olympian

BUCHANAN — Buchanan commissioners Monday gave a shout out to Buchanan’s own Hannah Roberts, who will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics at the end ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:00 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan commissioners discuss social district, DDA

BUCHANAN – The Buchanan City Commission’s first in-person meeting in more than a year featured a discussion on everything from the downtown’s new social district ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:14 pm

Berrien County

Man sentenced to prison for stealing from Niles Walmart, assaulting officer

NILES – Prison and probation sentences were handed down to area residents Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Dillon Eli McCaslin, 27, pleaded guilty to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, July 12, 2021 12:55 pm

Cassopolis

Dowagiac man sentenced to prison following home invasion

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man is heading to prison after being sentenced Friday in Cass County Court. JB Nunley Jr., 56, of Dowagiac, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 9, 2021 3:00 pm

Cass County

Following June trial, Cassopolis man gets prison for firearms charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Cassopolis man with a past criminal record was one of three area residents sentenced to prison Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 9, 2021 2:07 pm

Cass County

Indiana man sentenced to prison following Cassopolis car theft attempt

CASSOPOLIS — An Indiana man is heading to prison following sentencing Friday in Cass County Court. Casey James Balser, 24, of Middlebury, pleaded guilty to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 9, 2021 1:44 pm

News

Niles District Library kicks off virtual archaeology lecture series

NILES – With his two decades of experience as the lead investigator of the Fort St. Joseph archaeology project, it is fitting that Dr. Michael ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:11 pm

Berrien County

Buchanan finalizes agreement with Niles for Dial-A-Ride services

BUCHANAN – The Buchanan Dial-A-Ride program will soon have new management but residents should not see any changes in services and could actually see expanded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, June 29, 2021 1:23 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan budget to bring new programs to city

BUCHANAN – Budgets are not usually the most exciting items on a city agenda, but the passage Monday of a new Buchanan city budget — ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, June 29, 2021 11:47 am

News

Niles man sentenced after Niles Inn incident

A Niles man was sentenced to probation for spray painting a vehicle and breaking into the vacant Niles Inn in two incidents last November. John ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 28, 2021 2:27 pm

News

Niles resident given probation for damaging police car

NILES – Several area residents were sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. A Niles man was sentenced to probation for damaging a police car ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 28, 2021 2:27 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan Area Rural Schools Reunion comes to an end

BUCHANAN – An era is coming to an end as organizers have announced they will stop hosting their annual Buchanan Area Rural Schools Reunion. The ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 28, 2021 9:45 am

Cass County

Kentucky man sentenced to two years’ probation for drunk driving

In Cass County Court Friday, a Kentucky man was sentenced to probation and jail for drunk driving and resisting police. David Ryan Weaver, 30, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 25, 2021 2:08 pm

Cass County

Court gives Dowagiac man second chance to beat addiction

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man is getting a second chance to beat his meth addiction after being sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. Patrick ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 25, 2021 2:07 pm

Berrien County

Indiana man sentenced to 180 days for stealing catalytic converters

In Berrien County Court Monday, a man involved in the theft of catalytic converters was sentenced to jail. Nathan Gene Alsup, 48, of Indiana, pleaded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 21, 2021 12:29 pm

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