Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

Buchanan

Buchanan selects new city treasurer

BUCHANAN – The city of Buchanan has a permanent city treasurer, but it did not come without some discussion. Stephanie Powers has been serving as ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:45 pm

Cass County

Several sentenced on drug charges in Cass County

In drug sentencings, three area residents were given probation. Cass County Prosecutor. Victor Fitz told all three defendants that they are at a fork in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:00 am

Cass County

‘Meth grandpa’ sentenced to probation

Friday in Cass County Court, a “65-year-old meth grandpa” was placed on probation on a drug charge. Kim Elliot Chapman, 65, of Osceola, Indiana, pleaded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 12, 2021 5:00 pm

Cass County

Cassopolis man headed to prison on cocaine charges

CASSOPOLIS — A Cassopolis man found with a large amount of cocaine during a 2019 traffic stop is going to prison after being sentenced Friday ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 12, 2021 2:24 pm

Buchanan

McCoy Creek Trail extension delayed

BUCHANAN – An expected vote by the Buchanan City Commission on a trail application to extend the McCoy’s Creek Trail has been delayed, but city ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:23 pm

Cass County

Cass County woman sentenced to probation in mental health court

A Union, Michigan woman was sentenced to probation in the mental health court Friday in Cass County. Wendy Lee Workman, Jr., 39, of Union, pleaded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:00 am

Cass County

Dowagiac resident given chance to stay out of jail

In a Friday case in Cass County Court, a Dowagiac resident was given the chance to stay out of jail. Michael Lowell Kaminski, 36, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 5, 2021 5:00 pm

Cass County

Marcellus man gets probation for meth

CASSOPOLIS — A Marcellus man caught with methamphetamines in Dowagiac last summer was given another chance on probation Friday in Cass County Court. He had ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 5, 2021 2:14 pm

Cass County

Jones man gets probation on drug, stolen vehicle charges

A Jones man was sentenced in Cass County Court Friday who was in possession of a stolen vehicle and methamphetamines when he got in an ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:00 am

Cass County

Niles man sentenced to jail for abuse of underage girl

A Niles man was sentenced to probation and jail in Cass County Court after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct. Travis Raymond Mitchell, 38, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 29, 2021 4:00 pm

Cass County

Two Dowagiac men sentenced to jail on weapons charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man who illegally possessed a firearm twice as a felon was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court to a year ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 29, 2021 2:08 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan commissioners decide against leasing E. Third Street building

BUCHANAN – Buchanan City Commissioners made it official Monday night. They no longer have any interest in leasing a newly constructed building on East Third ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:20 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man pleads guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct

CASSOPOLIS — Keyandre Wesley Williams, 25, of Vineyard Place in Dowagiac, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct against an incapacitated victim and was sentenced ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 am

Cass County

Woman ordered to pay back money taken from disabled son

CASSOPOLIS — A Three Rivers woman was ordered to pay back $273,000 in restitution for taking money away from her disabled son Friday in Cass ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 22, 2021 2:26 pm

Cass County

Niles man sentenced to probation, jail time for 27th criminal conviction

CASSOPOLIS – A Niles man with an extensive criminal record was sentenced to probation and jail on drug and stolen vehicle charges in Cass County ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 22, 2021 12:51 pm

Breaking News

Niles man convicted of murdering girlfriend will be released from prison Thursday

CASSOPOLIS – Robert Eugene Leamon III is scheduled to leave prison Thursday morning after a last-ditch effort to keep him incarcerated by Cass County Prosecutor ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:39 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan commission partners with Andrews University to consider redevelopment strategies

BUCHANAN – Buchanan City Commissioners have agreed to partner with Andrews University graduate architecture students to look at redevelopment strategies for the community. Meanwhile, commissioners ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:20 pm

Cass County

Elkhart man sentenced on drug charges in Cass County Court

CASSOPOLIS — Friday, an Elkhart man was sentenced to jail for possession of methamphetamines. Trevor Benard Niedert, 29, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to possession of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:00 am

Cass County

Kalamazoo man sentenced for prison for breaking into Cass County church

CASSOPOLIS — A Kalamazoo man was sentenced to prison Friday for breaking into a Marcellus church. Michael Wesley Walls, 42, of Kalamazoo, pleaded guilty to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 8, 2021 3:00 pm

Cass County

Benton Harbor man with history of assaultive behavior sentenced to a year in Cass County Jail

CASSOPOLIS – A Benton Harbor man with a history of assaultive behavior was sentenced to a year in jail in Cass County Circuit Court Friday. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 8, 2021 2:07 pm

Cass County

Edwardsburg veteran sentenced to probation in Cass County mental health court

A military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was sentenced to probation Friday in Cass County’s Mental Health Court. Jeremy Kyle Cochran, 45, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 8, 2021 12:22 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan planning, city commissions host joint work session

BUCHANAN – The decision on where to locate the new Department of Public Works building is likely to come sooner rather than later. Buchanan Mayor ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:13 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan leaders look back at a successful 2020

BUCHANAN – The 2020 year saw many changes in the city of Buchanan. Not only did the community have to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 8:52 am

Buchanan

Buchanan hires community development director

BUCHANAN – The city of Buchanan has a new community development director. City Manager Heather Grace announced Monday that she has hired Michigan City resident ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:09 pm

Cass County

Residents sentenced on drug, theft, weapons charges

CASSOPOLIS — A number of individuals were sentenced Friday in Cass County Court for crimes committed within county limits. Laron Domonique-Wynn Hill, 22, of Riverside ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, December 21, 2020 8:52 am

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