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Dowagiac Police Log: July 23-26

July 23 7:13 a.m. – Orchard, suspicious situation 7:21 a.m. – West, assault complaint/suspect arrested 9:40 a.m. – Vineyard Place Apartments, malicious destruction of property ... Read more

1 hour ago by Submitted.

PHOTO STORY: Niles, Dowagiac featured stops in Lemon Rally vehicle race

DOWAGIAC — Residents of both Niles and Dowagiac may have noticed interesting vehicles roll through town on Friday afternoon. What they could not have known ... Read more

2 hours ago by Max Harden.

9-year-old injured in Cass County ATV accident

CASS COUNTY — A child was transported to the hospital this weekend after an ATV accident in Cass County. Sheriff Richard Behnke of the Cass ... Read more

3 hours ago by Staff Report.

Mayor presents volunteer with Certificate of Appreciation

NILES — Earlier this summer, Niles residents and visitors were treated to a bit of a makeover in the downtown district, as several volunteers pitched ... Read more

4 hours ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

Cassopolis Public Schools superintendent resigns

CASSOPOLIS — Cassopolis Public Schools Superintendent Angela Piazza has resigned. The board of education accepted the resignation in a unanimous vote at a special board ... Read more

16 hours ago by Sarah Culton.

Niles man gets jail, probation on assault-related charges

In Berrien County Court Monday, a man was sentenced to jail and probation for assault-related charges. Jacob Wayne Hunt, of Regent Street in Niles, pleaded ... Read more

19 hours ago by Debra Haight.

Two arrested on drug trafficking charges in Niles

NILES — Southwest Enforcement Team detectives and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration have concluded a joint investigation of an interstate drug trafficker operating in ... Read more

20 hours ago by Staff Report.

Dowagiac woman gets probation, jail time in Berrien County stolen property case

In a meth and stolen property case heard Monday in Berrien County Court, the victim said that the incident has left her afraid to leave ... Read more

21 hours ago by Debra Haight.

SMC ETS ventures back outdoors

DOWAGIAC — After last summer’s homebound Zoom camps, Southwestern Michigan College Educational Talent Search Director Maria Kulka eagerly got her students up and moving with ... Read more

22 hours ago by Submitted.

Drunk driver sentenced to prison

NILES — An area resident is headed to prison on drunk driving charges after being sentenced Monday in Berrien County Court. Matthew James Zech, 32, ... Read more

23 hours ago by Debra Haight.

Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for Dr. A’s Releaf Center

EDWARDSBURG — A marijuana provisioning center was officially welcomed into the Edwardsburg business community. Saturday, the Edwardsburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ... Read more

1 day ago by Submitted.

Niles chamber welcomes in-home health care company to the community

NILES — A new health care company is in town and ready to take care of southwest Michigan residents. Last Thursday, the Greater Niles Chamber ... Read more

1 day ago by Sarah Culton.

Police searching for vehicle of interest in Cassopolis shooting

CASSOPOLIS — Police are searching for a vehicle of interest involved in a Sunday morning shooting in the village of Cassopolis, according to the Cassopolis ... Read more

1 day ago by Staff Report.

Dowagiac Police Log: July 21-23

July 21 8:25 a.m. ­– W. Wayne/N. Front, traffic stop 10:30 a.m. – 500 Block Main, assault complaint 10:30 a.m. – Police Department, warrant arrest 3:05 p.m. – ... Read more

1 day ago by Submitted.

Three injured in Silver Creek Township crash

SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP — Three were injured in a collision in Silver Creek Township Saturday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Richard Behnke ... Read more

2 days ago by Staff Report.

Former SMC instructor accepts plea deal in sexual misconduct case

CASSOPOLIS – A former Southwestern Michigan College instructor accused of having improper relations with a student he was counseling has accepted a plea deal just ... Read more

4 days ago by Debra Haight.

Vandalia resident sentenced to 10 months in jail for drug offense

In Cass County Court Friday, a Vandalia man was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Randy Ray Deweerd, 60, of South Street in Vandalia, pleaded ... Read more

4 days ago by Debra Haight.

Students experiencing homelessness remain hard to identify after year with remote education

By CHRISTINA CLARK christina.clark@leaderpub.com SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN – Throughout the pandemic, educators and students have navigated new challenges both in classrooms and during remote instruction. The ... Read more

4 days ago by Christina Clark.

Dowagiac man heading back to prison on weapons charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man on parole for armed robbery was sent back to prison Friday after being convicted by a Cass County jury last ... Read more

4 days ago by Debra Haight.

Earl’s BBQ a hit at Summer in The City

DOWAGIAC — Earl Collins is no stranger to the food industry. A Dowagiac resident, Collins has been cooking since he was 12 years old, helping ... Read more

4 days ago by Max Harden.

Local firefighter celebrates 30 years of service

DOWAGIAC — At a celebration hosted this week in downtown Dowagiac, Burt Dodd was the man of the hour. Flanked by coworkers and family alike, ... Read more

4 days ago by Max Harden.

Emily Schrock returns to SMC in alumni position

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College announces that alumna Emily Schrock returned July 19 as alumni relations and development coordinator. Schrock, valedictorian of Constantine High School’s ... Read more

4 days ago by Submitted.

Dowagiac Rotary Club breaks ground on centennial sign

DOWAGIAC — A project years in the making is finally getting underway. Members of both the Dowagiac Rotary Club and Dowagiac City Council were on ... Read more

4 days ago by Max Harden.

Podcast tells Buchanan’s story through eyes of its residents

BUCHANAN — When other girls her age were listening to New Kids on the Block and Mariah Carey, a young Stacey Martin could be found eating ... Read more

4 days ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

PHOTO STORY: Fifth annual Open Header Cruise sets participation record

DOWAGIAC — It was a car lover’s dream in downtown Dowagiac on Thursday evening. Engines were revved and horns were honked as the fifth annual ... Read more

4 days ago by Max Harden.

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