Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

Berrien County

Appeal denied for Niles man convicted of killing Dowagiac man in 2009 stabbing

NILES — The Niles man who stabbed and killed a Dowagiac man in 2009 has had his appeal for a new trial denied.  The Michigan ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, February 1, 2023 6:00 am

Berrien County

Trial for Buchanan man in fatal OWI crash postponed

BERRIEN COUNTY — The trial date for a Buchanan man who allegedly drove drunk and killed a Berrien County Road Department worker last July has ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 31, 2023 1:35 pm

Crime/Court

Niles man gets jail time for failing to register as sex offender

NILES — A Niles man who failed to register as a sex offender was sentenced to jail.  Eric Michael Yazell, 36, of Niles, pleaded guilty to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 31, 2023 6:00 am

Crime/Court

Niles man re-sentenced to prison on criminal sexual conduct charge

NILES — A prison sentence handed down last week was affirmed.  In that case, Berrien County Trial Judge Jennifer Smith re-sentenced Taiten Leigh Polly, 22, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, January 30, 2023 4:50 pm

Crime/Court

Dowagiac man gets jail time, probation for assaulting girlfriend

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who assaulted his girlfriend also received jail and probation.  Deondray Henry, 21, of North Front Street in Dowagiac, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 27, 2023 7:00 pm

Crime/Court

Niles man sentenced to prison on criminal sexual conduct charge

NILES — A Niles man already in prison for criminal sexual conduct was given another prison term.  Taiten Leigh Polly, 22, of Niles, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 4:42 pm

Brandywine Education

Brandywine community raises concerns after school board approves new committees

NILES — The Brandywine Board of Education established several new committees on curriculum, sexually explicit materials and other topics at their meeting Monday night despite ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 1:57 pm

Crime/Court

Niles man gets prison time for stealing brother’s vehicle

NILES – A Niles man was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court for stealing his brother’s vehicle. Shannon Michael Dehne, 34, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 11:57 am

Cass County

Area residents sentenced on drug, theft charges

CASSOPOLIS — Three area residents were given probationary terms on drug and theft charges Friday in Cass County Circuit Court.  Michael Carpenter, 36, of Cherry ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Sunday, January 22, 2023 11:15 am

Cass County

Area man gets 25-60 years for sexually assaulting minor

CASSOPOLIS — An area man already in prison for sexual assault was sentenced to another prison term Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. Miguel Perez, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 21, 2023 6:00 am

Buchanan

Buchanan man gets prison time for meth possession

CASSOPOLIS — A Buchanan man who didn’t appear for his sentencing for more than a year is going to prison.  Donnell Blakemore, 36, of East ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 20, 2023 2:00 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners discuss new master plan

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Commissioners got a sneak peek at the county’s new master plan Thursday. The final draft of the plan is scheduled ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 20, 2023 12:15 pm

Cass County

Local women sentenced for theft

CASSOPOLIS — Two area women convicted of receiving and possessing stolen property were sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court.  Kailey Wade, 40, of an ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Sunday, January 15, 2023 6:00 am

Cass County

Constantine man sentenced to prison for meth, tampering, fleeing police

 CASSOPOLIS — A Constantine man was given three concurrent prison sentences Friday in Cass County Circuit Court for a 2022 incident that included taking people ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 14, 2023 6:00 am

Cass County

Cassopolis man gets prison time for assaulting county deputies

CASSOPOLIS — A Cassopolis man who assaulted deputies in the Cass County Jail in April, 2021 was sentenced to prison Friday in Cass County Circuit ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 13, 2023 4:00 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County to look into Niles real estate opportunities for road department

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County commissioners have authorized county staff to pursue buying real estate possibly in the Niles area for the Berrien County Road ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, January 12, 2023 3:28 pm

Crime/Court

Edwardsburg man sentenced to 1 year in prison on home invasion charges

CASSOPOLIS — An Edwardsburg man who took part in two home invasions in Cassopolis and Edwardsburg in late 2021 and early 2022 was sentenced to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Sunday, January 8, 2023 9:30 am

Cass County

Dowagiac man gets prison time for strangling girlfriend

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who strangled his girlfriend in a downtown Dowagiac parking lot was sentenced to jail Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 6, 2023 3:05 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners asked to host more night meetings

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Commissioners began 2023 by holding their organizational meeting with the election of officers and committee assignments. Commissioners also heard from ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, January 5, 2023 2:24 pm

Cassopolis

Indiana man gets prison time for Niles Township vehicle theft

NILES — An Indiana man was sentenced to prison for taking a car that didn’t belong to him Thursday in Berrien County Trial Court.  Charles ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, December 31, 2022 3:00 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan man gets prison time for arson

NILES — A Buchanan man who tried to burn down his house in August was sentenced to prison.  Christopher Andrew Ayers, 49, of Buchanan, pleaded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, December 30, 2022 11:12 am

Crime/Court

Niles man gets 13 years in prison for home invasion, sexual assault

NILES — A Niles man is going to prison for the next 13 years for breaking into a home and assaulting the woman inside. He ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, December 29, 2022 2:25 pm

Local government

Council discusses Ferry Street Resource Center work

Topics addressed at Monday’s Niles City Council meeting ranged from the upcoming wintry weather and the power outage in parts of the city earlier in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:28 am

Crime/Court

Niles man in possession of stolen motorcycle sentenced to jail, probation

A Niles man found to be in possession of a stolen motorcycle was sentenced to jail and probation Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, December 19, 2022 7:33 pm

Crime/Court

Area residents sentences on variety of offenses

A number of area residents were sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court on assault, drunk driving, theft and weapon charges. Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, December 19, 2022 12:27 am

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