Debra Haight, Author at Leader Publications

Berrien County

Two area residents sentenced for assault, drug offenses

NILES – Two area residents were sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court for assault and drug offenses. Joseph Paolucci-Hitchcock, 22, of Buchanan, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, April 12, 2021 2:06 pm

Cass County

Three Rivers man sentenced to probation for meth possession

Friday in Cass County Court, a Three Rivers man was given the chance to get away from drugs and complete a probation program. Jonathan Russell ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, April 9, 2021 2:12 pm

Cass County

Edwardsburg man sentenced to one year for assault

CASSOPOLIS – An Edwardsburg man will spend more time in jail after being sentenced for assaultive behavior Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. Anthony Lee ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, April 9, 2021 2:10 pm

Cass County

Cass County jury trials again on hold after spike in COVID-19 cases

CASSOPOLIS – Jury trials are again on hold in Cass County after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. They had been scheduled to start next ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:02 am

News

Indiana man sentenced for fleeing, alluding police in Niles Township

In Berrien County Court Monday, an Indiana resident was sentenced to probation for fleeing police. Richard Romeo Hill, Jr., 29, of South Bend, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, April 5, 2021 2:00 pm

Berrien County

Niles man sentenced to nine to 15 years for criminal sexual conduct

NILES – A Niles resident is going to prison after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct. Jacob Allan Ross, 29, of Niles, pleaded guilty to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, April 5, 2021 12:12 pm

Cass County

Trial courts to resume in Cass County first time since pandemic began

CASS COUNTY — Area courts are once again making plans to start holding jury trials. Jury trials have been in large part put on hold since ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, March 29, 2021 11:02 am

Cass County

Cassopolis woman gets jail for using drugs on probation

CASSOPOLIS — A Cassopolis woman who has continued to use drugs and alcohol while on probation will be spending more time in jail after being ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, March 26, 2021 5:00 pm

Cass County

Niles man will serve prison for kidnapping, assault

CASSOPOLIS – A Niles man who assaulted a woman and was in possession of drugs and weapons last summer is going to prison after being ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, March 26, 2021 2:14 pm

Buchanan

Paid maternity leave proposal fails in split vote by Buchanan City Commission

BUCHANAN – A proposal to give six weeks of paid maternity/paternity leave to non-union city employees failed on a split vote Monday night by the ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 12:39 pm

Berrien County

Drug charges land Indiana man probation

NILES — Area residents were sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court on a variety of charges. Marcus Alan Dowd, 42, of Indiana, pleaded guilty ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, March 22, 2021 3:00 pm

Berrien County

Area resident gets probation, jail time for destruction of police property

NILES — An area resident is heading to jail after being sentenced in Berrien County Court Monday. Shabrea Drew McClinton, 37, pleaded guilty to malicious ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, March 22, 2021 12:50 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac woman gets prison for meth, cocaine possession

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac woman already in prison received another prison sentence Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. Fawn Nichole Mott, 36, of Edwards Street ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:32 am

Cass County

Elkhart man sentenced to Cass County Jail on meth charges

An Elkhart man was sentenced to 365 days in jail. William C. Tavernier, 63, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to possession of meth and operating while ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:00 am

Cass County

Niles man sentenced up to 15 years for standoff with police

CASSOPOLIS – A Niles man was sentenced to prison Friday in Cass Circuit Court stemming from a January 2020 police standoff in Milton Township. Adam ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, March 19, 2021 12:13 pm

Berrien County

Four men sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Court

NILES – Prison sentences were handed down to four defendants Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. As has been the case since the start of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, March 15, 2021 3:46 pm

Cass County

Marcellus man hospitalized after attempting to hide meth sentenced to probation

CASSOPOLIS — A Marcellus man who was hospitalized after he tried to hide methamphetamine by eating it was sentenced to probation Friday in Cass County ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, March 13, 2021 8:00 am

Cass County

Former Wayne Township resident sentenced for stealing landlord’s truck

CASSOPOLIS — A former Dowagiac resident who stole her landlord’s truck is getting the chance to stay out of prison. Tiffany Amber Speight, 34, now ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, March 12, 2021 5:00 pm

Cass County

Meth user focused on sobriety sentenced to time served

CASSOPOLIS – A Dowagiac man who stayed in jail because he wanted to stay sober was sentenced to credit for time served Friday in Cass ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, March 12, 2021 2:37 pm

Buchanan

420 celebration coming to Buchanan

BUCHANAN – A cannabis celebration sometimes called “Weed Day” in other parts of the country is coming to downtown Buchanan this April. Buchanan City Commissioners ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:18 pm

Cass County

Two sentenced through Cass County’s Adult Treatment Court

Two area residents were ordered to complete the Adult Treatment Court program as part of their sentence in Cass County Court Friday morning. Michael Joseph ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, March 5, 2021 6:00 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac man heading back to jail

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who cut off his electronic tether last fall is going to be spending more time in jail after being sentenced ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, March 5, 2021 2:17 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan selects new city treasurer

BUCHANAN – The city of Buchanan has a permanent city treasurer, but it did not come without some discussion. Stephanie Powers has been serving as ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:45 pm

Cass County

Several sentenced on drug charges in Cass County

In drug sentencings, three area residents were given probation. Cass County Prosecutor. Victor Fitz told all three defendants that they are at a fork in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:00 am

Cass County

‘Meth grandpa’ sentenced to probation

Friday in Cass County Court, a “65-year-old meth grandpa” was placed on probation on a drug charge. Kim Elliot Chapman, 65, of Osceola, Indiana, pleaded ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, February 12, 2021 5:00 pm

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