Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

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

Berrien County

Berrien County considering changes to commissioner districts

ST. JOSEPH – Berrien County commissioner districts will likely look different next year, even though the number of districts will stay the same at 12. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, October 7, 2021 1:47 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan welcomes new chamber of commerce manager

BUCHANAN – The city of Buchanan has welcomed a new Chamber of Commerce/Michigan Main Street Manager. At the same time, the city is looking for ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, October 4, 2021 9:00 am

Cass County

Two Edwardsburg residents sentenced to probation for substance abuse offenses

CASSOPOLIS — In Cass County Court Friday, two Edwardsburg residents were sentenced to probation for substance abuse offenses. Ted Alan Lintz, 56, of North Shore ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, October 1, 2021 5:00 pm

Cass County

Niles man gets jail for drug, firearms charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Niles man was sentenced to a year in jail on drug and firearms offenses Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. Justin Allen ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, October 1, 2021 2:22 pm

Cass County

Cassopolis man gets probation for drunk driving

CASSOPOLIS — In Cass County Court Friday, a Cassopolis man was sentenced to probation for third offense drunk driving. If successful, his felony conviction will ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 24, 2021 3:04 pm

Cass County

South Bend man resentenced in 1997 Union murder case

CASSOPOLIS – A juvenile lifer was resentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court to a term of years rather than life without parole. Darnell Devon ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 24, 2021 3:02 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County amends transportation funding requests

ST. JOSEPH – After two meetings dominated by the school mask mandate controversy, Thursday’s Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting returned to the routine matters ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:39 pm

News

Niles man sentenced to probation for drunk driving

NILES – Monday’s sentencing docket in Berrien County Trial Court was shorter than anticipated with two defendants failing to appear, one in isolation at the ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, September 20, 2021 11:29 am

Cass County

Cassopolis man sent to prison on drug charges

CASSOPOLIS — In Cass County Court Friday, a Cassopolis man convicted of drug offenses was sentenced to prison. Shawn Allen Spurlock, 41, of Hospital Street ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 17, 2021 4:00 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man who broke elementary school windows sentenced to probation

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man who broke windows at Patrick Hamilton Elementary School twice in 2019 was sentenced to probation, restitution and tether in a ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 17, 2021 2:42 pm

Berrien County

Residents demand Berrien County commissioners take action on mask mandate

ST. JOSEPH – County residents continued to protest the school mask mandate imposed by the Berrien County Health Department at Thursday’s weekly Berrien County Board ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, September 16, 2021 3:34 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan commissioners decline to pay annual dues to Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce

BUCHANAN – An attempt to pay nearly $9,000 in annual dues to the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce failed at Monday’s Buchanan City Commission. Commissioners ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:27 pm

Berrien County

Former Niles marijuana business partner pleads guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct

NILES – A former partner in a Niles marijuana business has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in connection with an incident in late 2019 ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:59 am

Berrien County

South Bend man gets prison for drunk driving

NILES — In Berrien County Trial Court Monday, a South Bend man is going to prison for third offense drunk driving. Terrence Lamont Malone, 33, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, September 13, 2021 2:30 pm

Berrien County

Former Brandywine teacher sentenced to probation on charges of accosting a child for immoral purposes

NILES – A former Brandywine school teacher convicted of accosting a child for immoral purposes was sentenced to probation in Berrien County Trial Court Monday. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, September 13, 2021 1:00 pm

Buchanan

PHOTO STORY: Buchanan remembers 9/11

BUCHANAN – “Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?” Country singer Alan Jackson’s timeless anthem about the Sept. 11, 2001, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, September 13, 2021 9:03 am

Cass County

Lansing man headed to prison for leading police on two-state chase

In Cass County Court Friday, a Lansing man is going to prison for his role in a two-state police chase. Kelly Ryan Darnell, 36, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 10, 2021 3:00 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man sentenced for healthcare fraud

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court for healthcare fraud uncovered during the investigation of fired Southwestern Michigan College ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 10, 2021 1:48 pm

Cass County

Former SMC instructor sentenced to probation for attempted aggravated indecent exposure

CASSOPOLIS – A coward, a liar and a rapist. That was how George Field’s victim described him at his sentencing Friday morning in Cass County ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 10, 2021 1:00 pm

Cass County

Niles man sentenced for meth, assault and battery

CASSOPOLIS — Lawrence Morbach, 51, of Ironwood Drive, Niles, pleaded guilty to possession of meth and was sentenced to 18 months probation, 150 days in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, September 3, 2021 3:24 pm

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