Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

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

Brandywine Education

Brandywine renews administrator contracts for one year

NILES — Performance pay, administrative contracts and budgets were on the agenda for Monday’s Brandywine Board of Education meeting. Board members hosted the meeting virtually ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, June 9, 2020 2:52 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan City Commission votes to dissolve DDA

BUCHANAN – A change is coming to Buchanan’s downtown business community. The Buchanan City Commission took the first steps toward dissolving the Buchanan Downtown Development ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:01 pm

News

Two Niles men sentenced to prison on drug, weapons charges

NILES – Two Niles men were sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court on drug and weapons charges. Rashawn Mychal Cosey, 24, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 8, 2020 1:36 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man sentenced to probation on drug charges

CASSOPOLIS – An Elkhart man who said he was thankful to be arrested last fall has been sentenced to probation Friday in Cass County Circuit ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 5, 2020 12:02 pm

News

Investigation Discovery channel to air documentary on Niles murders

NILES – The brutal 2010 murder of Carolyn and John Tarwacki inside their Carberry Road home will once again be the subject of an Investigation ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, June 5, 2020 9:56 am

Berrien County

Berrien County Courts begin four-phase plan to reopen

NILES – A Benton Harbor woman was sentenced to prison for drug dealing in Berrien County Trial Court Monday. Kate Alexandra Crandall, 27, of Benton ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, June 1, 2020 2:00 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac woman sentenced on drug, probation violation charges

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac woman was sentenced to a year in the Cass County Jail after being sentenced on a drug charge and a probation ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, May 29, 2020 12:25 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan’s Thrill on the Hill canceled

BUCHANAN – The Summer Thrill on the Hill tubing event is another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Buchanan City Commissioners voted Tuesday to cancel this ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:00 pm

Buchanan

Future of Buchanan DDA remains up in the air

BUCHANAN – The future of the Buchanan Downtown Development Authority remains up in the air after a report Tuesday from an ad hoc committee looking ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:32 pm

News

Niles man headed to prison on assault charges

NILES – A Niles man is going back to prison after being sentenced Tuesday in Berrien County Trial Court. Timothy Lee Helms, 33, of Niles, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:54 am

Cass County

Dowagiac man accepts plea deal for 2019 bomb threat

CASSOPOLIS – The Dowagiac man who caused a lockdown of Cass County government buildings last June has accepted a plea deal. Patrick Kyle McMeeken is ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, May 21, 2020 1:58 pm

Berrien County

Benton Harbor man sentenced on drug, drunk driving charges

NILES – A Benton Harbor man was sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court to probation and tether on drug and drunk driving charges. Reginald ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, May 18, 2020 3:00 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan celebrates Memorial Day with banners downtown

BUCHANAN – Many have seen the banners put up to honor high school athletes in area communities. This week, the Buchanan community is doing something ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, May 18, 2020 2:27 pm

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