Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

Cass County

Dowagiac man gets time served for vehicle theft

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man sentenced to prison earlier this week in Berrien County Trial Court was sentenced to time served Friday in Cass Circuit ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, February 17, 2024 1:07 pm

Cass County

Cass County discusses potential law enforcement millage

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County Commissioners are taking the first steps toward putting a law enforcement millage on the August ballot. If approved by voters, the ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, February 17, 2024 5:00 am

Community News

Brandywine talks new elementary, middle school curriculum, career tech opportunities

NILES — The Brandywine Board of Education’s February meeting featured reports on the success of a new elementary and middle school curriculum and new career ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 10:53 am

Berrien County

South Bend man gets prison time for retail fraud

NILES — A South Bend man who stole thousands of dollars worth of items from two Niles Township stores received a prison sentence Monday in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 13, 2024 5:22 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan City Commission dismisses charter violation complaints against mayor

BUCHANAN — Buchanan City Commissioners said Monday that it was time to put the Benjamin Eldridge controversy in the past. A majority of commissioners voted ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:56 pm

Cassopolis

Dowagiac man gets prison time for Niles vehicle theft

NILES — A Dowagiac man who stole a car in Niles was sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Brendon Paul Murray, 29, of Dowagiac, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, February 12, 2024 3:20 pm

Crime/Court

Niles man gets prison time for fleeing police

NILES — A Niles man who fled police and failed to stop at the scene of a property damage accident was also sentenced to prison. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, February 12, 2024 12:39 pm

Crime/Court

Dowagiac man gets time served for carrying concealed weapons

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who was arrested walking down the middle of the street with two weapons spent five months more in jail than ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Sunday, February 11, 2024 4:00 pm

Cassopolis

Cassopolis woman gets probation for meth possession

CASSOPOLIS — A Cassopolis woman who was in the car asleep when the driver of the car robbed a Cassopolis gas station and ended up ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Sunday, February 11, 2024 1:23 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County Commissioners host Feb. 8 meeting

ST. JOSEPH — Thursday’s Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting featured an honorary resolution for a historic Niles church as well as a discussion of 2024 county board night ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, February 10, 2024 7:14 am

Crime/Court

Dowagiac man gets prison time for sexually assaulting caregiver

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who sexually assaulted his caregiver was sentenced to prison Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. Robert Joseph Schmeltz, 58, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 9, 2024 4:06 pm

Berrien County

Benton Harbor man gets prison time for sexual assault, fleeing police

NILES — A Benton Harbor man who assaulted a woman, crashed into another car and fled police in Niles last year was sentenced to prison ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 6, 2024 1:24 pm

Crime/Court

Indiana man gets prison time for stealing vehicle, hitting pedestrian

NILES — An Indiana man who stole a vehicle and hit a pedestrian in Niles Charter Township was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, February 5, 2024 12:01 pm

Cass County

Contract negotiations continue between Cass County, sheriff’s department

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County Commissioners are making contract negotiations with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department’s deputies/detective labor union a priority this month. Discussion of the ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, February 5, 2024 10:23 am

Crime/Court

Dowagiac man gets prison time on multiple charges

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man was sentenced to prison Friday in Cass County Circuit Court on drug, weapon and stolen vehicle charges. Anthony Darnell Tartt-Smith, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 2, 2024 3:52 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County Commmissioners talk short term rentals, Palisades plant

ST. JOSEPH — Berrien County Commissioners took action on a number of items including the purchase of new software that is expected to be beneficial ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 2, 2024 9:10 am

Berrien County

LaPorte woman sentenced for false carjacking report

NILES — A LaPorte woman who falsely accused a man of stealing a car in Galien was sentenced to credit for time served. She was ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, January 31, 2024 12:02 pm

Berrien County

Niles man who tried to choke wife gets jail, probation

NILES — A Niles man was sentenced to jail and probation Monday in Berrien County Trial Court for attempting to choke his wife. Anthony Allen ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 30, 2024 3:18 pm

Brandywine Education

Brandywine school board approves bond proposal for May ballot

NILES — Brandywine Board of Education members have approved the ballot language for the upcoming May 7 election where district residents will be asked to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 30, 2024 11:10 am

Crime/Court

Niles man gets prison time for attempted purse snatching

NILES — A Niles man with a long criminal record is going to prison after trying to steal a woman’s purse. He was one of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, January 29, 2024 2:17 pm

Cassopolis

Elkhart man gets probation for drug possession, police chase

CASSOPOLIS — An Elkhart man was sentenced to probation after leading police on a high speed chase from Indiana to Michigan three years ago. Scott ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Sunday, January 28, 2024 5:00 am

Cassopolis

Elkhart man gets probation for stealing car, police chase

CASSOPOLIS — Another Elkhart man was given probation for an incident involving drugs, a stolen vehicle and fleeing police. Brett Michael Rosendahl, 22, of Elkhart, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 27, 2024 6:00 pm

Cassopolis

Cassopolis man gets prison time for molesting children

CASSOPOLIS — A Cassopolis man is going to prison after a jury convicted him last November for sexually molesting two young girls. Craig Andrew Lawrence, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 26, 2024 2:28 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan lawyer charged with 16 counts of sex crimes to face trial

NILES — Van Buren County District Judge Michael McKay ruled Thursday that local attorney Lanny Fisher must face trial on several felony and misdemeanor charges ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, January 25, 2024 5:11 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan City Commission presses pause on citizen complaint

BUCHANAN — The consideration of a citizen complaint against Buchanan Mayor Sean Denison has been sent to the city attorney after action Tuesday night by ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, January 24, 2024 6:00 pm

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