Staff Report, Author at Leader Publications

College football

Staten reportedly hired by Toledo

According to WTOL in Toledo, former Michigan State assistant coach and Dowagiac standout Mark Staten has been hired to coach tight ends and offensive tackles ... Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:04 pm

travel softball

Niles Nitro 16U wins Battle of the Bend

The Niles Nitro 16U travel softball team went 6-0 to win the Battle of the Bend Tournament in South Bend last weekend. Read more

by Staff Report, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:00 am

Youth sports

Guernsey wins LJGA tour stop

PAW PAW — Dowagiac’s Becca Guernsey won a playoff against Isabella Peterson of Granger, Indiana, to win the Lakeshore Junior Golf Association Tour stop at ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:00 pm

Business

Demolition begins at future Popeye’s location

NILES — Demolition started this week of the former Chinese restaurant at the site of 306 S. 11th St. The site is the future home ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:50 pm

DEVELOPING NEWS

Preliminary investigation rules Niles man’s death a suicide following Mishawaka shooting

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. — Preliminary autopsy findings from a Thursday shooting near Mishawaka have ruled a Niles man’s death a suicide. On Thursday, police ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, June 29, 2020 2:20 pm

travel softball

Niles Nitro 16U pick up win in Lakeville tourney

The Niles Nitro 16U travel softball team went 5-2 to win the 18U Division of the Father’s Day Classic Tournament in Lakeville, Indiana over the ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:12 pm

Breaking News

Niles man dead following possible murder-suicide in St. Joseph County

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. — A Niles man is reportedly dead following a possible murder-suicide near Mishawaka Thursday morning, according to the St. Joseph County ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, June 25, 2020 4:27 pm

Cass County

One injured in motorcycle accident

LA GRANGE TOWNSHIP — An Indiana resident is in the hospital following a motorcycle accident in La Grange Township, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, June 20, 2020 4:47 pm

Berrien County

75th annual Berrien County Youth Fair postponed to 2021

BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien County Youth Fair will have to wait one more year to celebrate its 75th anniversary, as the fair board officially ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:33 pm

Berrien County

Movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys could reopen by July 4

LANSING — July 4 may prove to be the day theaters, bowling alleys and gyms reopen across the state, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. With ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, June 18, 2020 4:39 pm

Cassopolis

Cassopolis woman injured in crash

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A Cassopolis woman sustained injuries in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Richard J. Behnke reported ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:17 pm

News

Four injured in collision near Speedway

NILES — A Dowagiac woman was seriously injured in a collision on S. 11th Street in Niles Tuesday, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department. ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 9:44 pm

Edwardsburg

Indiana resident killed in Edwardsburg crash

EDWARDSBURG — An Indiana resident died in a single-vehicle accident Monday morning, according to the Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Department. Chief Douglas Westrick of the ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, June 15, 2020 5:58 pm

Cass County

Cass County crash results in minor injuries

PORTER TOWNSHIP — Sheriff Richard J. Behnke reported that 9:45 a.m. Saturday, deputies from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a personal injury ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, June 15, 2020 11:19 am

Cass County

One injured in Milton Township crash

MILTON TOWNSHIP — Sheriff Richard Behnke reported that his deputies responded to a personal injury traffic crash on at 2:17 p.m. Saturday on Bertrand Street and ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, June 15, 2020 11:17 am

Dowagiac

Police investigating two drive-by shootings in Dowagiac

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Police Department is investigating two separate drive-by shootings that occurred within the city over the weekend. The first shooting took place ... Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, June 14, 2020 1:56 pm

Cass County

One injured in Porter Township crash

PORTER TOWNSHIP—A Thursday afternoon crash sent one person to the hospital. According to Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke, officers were called to the intersection of ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, June 11, 2020 4:52 pm

Cass County

Five juveniles injured in car versus home crash

HOWARD TOWNSHIP – Five juveniles were injured and a home damaged in a Howard Township crash on Monday. According to Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke, ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:57 pm

Breaking News

No one injured in fire caused by child

DOWAGIAC — No one was injured after a child started a structure fire Monday evening, according to the Dowagiac Fire Department. Around 4:18 p.m., the ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:47 am

Youth baseball

Thomas Stadium seeking financial help

If the Greater Niles Baseball/Thomas Stadium is going to have a season in 2020, it must raise funds immediately to make much-needed repairs. Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 5, 2020 3:36 pm

Youth sports

Brandywine cancels season, Howard Township hosting abbreviated season

Howard Township Baseball announced that it will play an abbreviated 2020 season, while Brandywine Cal Ripken Baseball announced it has canceled its season. Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 5, 2020 2:00 pm

High school football

Brandywine football hosting meeting Wednesday

The Brandywine football team will host a mandatory players and parents meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Selge Field. Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 5, 2020 1:35 pm

Berrien County

Whitmer order includes personal care, events

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN—On Friday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order that would allow for salons and nail salons to reopen statewide on June 15. ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 5, 2020 1:23 pm

Cass County

Vandalia man strikes telephone pole

CALVIN TOWNSHIP — A Vandalia man was injured in a Calvin Township crash Friday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Richard J. Behnke ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 5, 2020 11:23 am

Cassopolis

Organizers call drive-thru fair food event a huge success

CASSOPOLIS — With approximately 1,800 cars over three days, the Cass County Fair’s drive-thru fair food event last weekend was a huge success, according to ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, June 5, 2020 8:57 am

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