Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

Cass County

Dowagiac man sentenced to jail following drug overdose, probation violation

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man has to spend more time in jail after violating his probation from a 2018 conviction. Sentencings Friday were once again ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, August 7, 2020 11:54 am

Buchanan

Buchanan selects new city manager

BUCHANAN — Buchanan City Commissioners have settled on who they want to be their next city manager after interviewing six candidates this week. Former West ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, August 7, 2020 9:28 am

Buchanan

Buchanan begins search for next city manager

BUCHANAN – The Buchanan City Commission’s search for a new city manager kicks into high gear this week with interviews scheduled Wednesday and Thursday with ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, August 3, 2020 2:24 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac resident sentenced to probation, jail

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who shot into the ground at his wife’s feet earlier this summer was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 31, 2020 1:03 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan DDA officially dissolved

BUCHANAN — The Buchanan Downtown Development Authority is no more after-action Monday night by the Buchanan City Commission. The fate of the DDA has been ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 2:38 pm

News

South Bend woman sentenced for embezzlement from a Niles senior

NILES – A South Bend woman was sentenced to jail and probation in Berrien County Trial Court for embezzling from a vulnerable adult five years ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, July 27, 2020 1:12 pm

Cass County

Edwardsburg teen found with sexually abuse material will have a chance to keep his record clean

CASSOPOLIS – An Edwardsburg teen found with sexually abusive materials has a chance to keep a child pornography conviction off his record if he is ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 24, 2020 12:05 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan interviews final three superintendent candidates

BUCHANAN – Second round interviews with three superintendent candidate finalists were conducted Monday night by Buchanan Board of Education members. Board members are scheduled to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:07 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan man sentenced to prison for possession of meth, firearm

NILES – A Buchanan man was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Monday’s sentencings were again done both virtually and in person ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, July 20, 2020 12:23 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan Board of Education narrows superintendent candidates to four

BUCHANAN – Buchanan Board of Education members have narrowed their choice for superintendent from six to four candidates. A second round of interviews is scheduled ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:23 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan City Commission permits additional medical marijuana business

BUCHANAN — Another adult use medical marijuana retail business will be allowed in the city of Buchanan, but the decision was not unanimous. Monday, Buchanan ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:17 am

Buchanan

Decision to dissolve Buchanan DDA postponed

BUCHANAN – People wanting to save the Downtown Development Authority got a two-week reprieve at Monday’s Buchanan City Commission meeting. Coming into the meeting, commissioners ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:00 pm

News

Niles man who punched a police officer sentenced to probation

NILES – A Niles man who punched a Niles police officer in the face was sentenced Monday to probation and tether in Berrien County Trial ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, July 13, 2020 2:25 pm

Cass County

Niles man sentenced in 2019 shooting incident

CASSOPOLIS – A Niles man who shot his gun out of the windows of a car last year was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 10, 2020 1:00 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan to interview superintendent candidates starting Monday

BUCHANAN – Buchanan school board members have selected seven people including three current or former district employees to interview next week to become the district’s ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:49 pm

Berrien County

Two Berrien County residents sentenced to probation

NILES – Two area residents were sentenced to probation Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Christie Lynn Bates, 42, of Buchanan, pleaded guilty to attempted ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, July 6, 2020 3:28 pm

Berrien County

Niles shooting suspect sentenced on unrelated charge

NILES – A former Niles resident accused in a shooting incident last summer in Niles was sentenced Monday on an unrelated charge in Berrien County ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 29, 2020 12:47 pm

Cass County

Courthouse bomb threat extends man’s prison sentence

CASSOPOLIS – The man who shut down the Cass County Law & Courts Building last June with a bomb threat learned his fate Friday in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 26, 2020 12:02 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan hires new treasurer

BUCHANAN – The city of Buchanan has a new treasurer, but the appointment did not come easy. Two finalists were interviewed last Friday. One was ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:57 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan City Commission sets July 13 hearing to dissolve DDA

BUCHANAN — Buchanan City Commissioners are moving forward with plans to dissolve the Buchanan Downtown Development Authority despite pleas from residents and business owners to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 11:50 am

Berrien County

Nebraska man sentenced up to 20 years on meth charges in Berrien County

NILES – A former Berrien Springs resident is going to prison after being caught dealing methamphetamines last year. Brandon Allen Goode, 29, of Arthur, Nebraska, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 22, 2020 12:18 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man sentenced to probation for home invasion

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man got some lucky breaks after breaking into a Dowagiac area home. He was among those who sentenced Friday in Cass ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 19, 2020 12:10 pm

Berrien County

Meth charges lead to prison, probation

NILES – A Buchanan man is going to prison after being caught selling meth to an undercover police officer. Garrett Black-Damaske, 25, of Buchanan, pleaded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 15, 2020 1:04 pm

Berrien County

Bill Wolf retires after 15 years with Berrien County

ST. JOSEPH – Berrien County Commissioners said farewell to longtime Berrien County Administrator William Wolf last week. He is retiring this month after 15 years ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 15, 2020 9:05 am

Cass County

Niles teen sentenced to prison on sexual misconduct charges

CASSOPOLIS — A Niles youth is going to prison after being sentenced for third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Cass County Circuit Court Friday. Taiten Leigh ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 12, 2020 2:02 pm

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