Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

Berrien County

Niles man heading back to prison on resisting, obstructing police charges

NILES – A Niles man is going back to prison after being convicted of resisting and obstructing police in September. Caleb Hite Ringer, 20, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, December 6, 2021 11:59 am

Berrien County

Berrien County woman convicted in murder for hire plot

NILES — In Berrien County Trial Court, a Berrien Springs woman was convicted of solicitation of murder after a four-day trial last week. A jury ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, December 6, 2021 11:57 am

Berrien County

Feasibility study underway to add new county road department garage in Niles Township

ST. JOSEPH – Could a new Berrien County Road Department garage be on the way on land off of Pucker Street in Niles Township? Berrien ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:46 pm

Berrien County

Niles woman gets prison time for causing fire after falling asleep while smoking

NILES – Two area residents were sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Jennifer Centerial Allen, 35, of Niles, pleaded no contest to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 29, 2021 1:39 pm

Berrien County

Niles assault sends man to prison

NILES – Two area residents were sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Jason Michael Kerns, 45, is returning to prison after pleading ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 22, 2021 2:43 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners get first look at strategic plan

ST. JOSEPH – Berrien County Commissioners got their first look Thursday at the county’s proposed new strategic plan and recommendations on how to spend nearly ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 22, 2021 11:00 am

Cass County

Six incidents land Elkhart man in prison

CASSOPOLIS — An Elkhart man is going to prison after being sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court on multiple counts including stolen property, weapons ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 22, 2021 9:29 am

Berrien County

Dowagiac man given probation for causing serious injury while driving under the influence

NILES — In a Berrien County drunk driving case, a Dowagiac man was sentenced to probation and jail for drunk driving causing serious injury. Rolando ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 15, 2021 2:36 pm

Berrien County

Benton Harbor man gets prison for Niles drunk driving incident

NILES – A Benton Harbor man was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court after pleading guilty to third-offense drunk driving. Wade Sheldon ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 15, 2021 2:30 pm

News

Former Niles marijuana partner sentenced to probation, jail for fourth-degree sexual misconduct

NILES – A former partner in a Niles marijuana business was sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court to probation and jail after pleading guilty ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 15, 2021 12:18 pm

Berrien County

Niles man heading back to prison on drunk driving charges

NILES – A Niles man is going back to prison after being convicted of third-offense drunk driving and sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 8, 2021 1:29 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man given probation in drug possession, drunk driving case

CASSOPOLIS — In Cass County Court Friday, a Dowagiac man was given probation after being stopped for possession of drugs and driving while intoxicated. Ryan ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, November 5, 2021 2:30 pm

Cass County

Pregnant Edwardsburg woman sentenced to prison

CASSOPOLIS – An Edwardsburg woman was sentenced to prison in Cass County Circuit Court Friday after being convicted on drug charges. Nicole Marie Pegan, 34, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, November 5, 2021 2:03 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County hires interim health officer

ST. JOSEPH – COVID and health department concerns again took center stage at Thursday morning’s Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting. Residents questioned health department ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:16 pm

Berrien County

Teens sentenced to probation in Berrien County Court

NILES – Two area teens were among those placed on probation in Berrien County Trial Court Monday. The teens will have the chance to keep ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, November 1, 2021 12:22 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County continues search for new health officer

ST. JOSEPH – Berrien County commissioners heard updates on hiring a new county health officer and south county infrastructure improvements at their meeting Thursday morning. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:22 pm

Berrien County

Local teen sentenced as adult for Niles carjacking

NILES – A local teen being sentenced as an adult in Berrien County Trial Court will have the chance to stay out of prison. The ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, October 25, 2021 1:06 pm

Cass County

Several regional residents sentenced on drug charges

Friday in Cass County Court, several area residents were sentenced on drug charges. Dannielle Marie Adams, 31, of Edwards Street in Dowagiac, pleaded guilty to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, October 22, 2021 1:53 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man gets prison for assault

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man convicted of assaulting his girlfriend on three separate occasions in 2020 was sentenced Friday to lengthy prison terms in Cass ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, October 22, 2021 1:52 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners hear update on Benton Harbor water main break

St. JOSEPH – Berrien County Commissioners heard about a variety of issues at their meeting Thursday morning, from an overnight water main break in Benton ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:47 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County man heading back to prison four months after being paroled

NILES – A man who was paroled from prison in June was sent back to prison Monday after being sentenced on drug and weapons charges. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, October 18, 2021 2:21 pm

Berrien County

Teenage girl sentenced in Quality Inn shooting

NILES — The teen involved in a shooting at the Quality Inn in Niles on March 1 was sentenced to a special probation that could ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, October 18, 2021 12:42 pm

Berrien County

Commissioners discuss funding for south Berrien County communications tower

ST. JOSEPH – $5 million of funding earmarked in the new fiscal year 2022 state budget for a new communications tower in the south county ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:16 pm

Berrien County

Men involved in Niles armed robbery sentenced

NILES – The men involved in an armed robbery earlier this year in Niles were sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. That robbery and ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, October 11, 2021 1:28 pm

Cass County

Cass County sentencings dominated by drug cases Friday

CASSOPOLIS — No one’s life gets better with illegal drugs. That was the message Friday during felony sentencings in Cass County Circuit Court. “It’s a ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, October 8, 2021 2:11 pm

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