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Cass County

Dowagiac man pleads guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct

CASSOPOLIS — Keyandre Wesley Williams, 25, of Vineyard Place in Dowagiac, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct against an incapacitated victim and was sentenced ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 am

Cass County

Woman ordered to pay back money taken from disabled son

CASSOPOLIS — A Three Rivers woman was ordered to pay back $273,000 in restitution for taking money away from her disabled son Friday in Cass ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 22, 2021 2:26 pm

Cass County

Niles man sentenced to probation, jail time for 27th criminal conviction

CASSOPOLIS – A Niles man with an extensive criminal record was sentenced to probation and jail on drug and stolen vehicle charges in Cass County ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 22, 2021 12:51 pm

Breaking News

Niles man convicted of murdering girlfriend will be released from prison Thursday

CASSOPOLIS – Robert Eugene Leamon III is scheduled to leave prison Thursday morning after a last-ditch effort to keep him incarcerated by Cass County Prosecutor ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:39 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan commission partners with Andrews University to consider redevelopment strategies

BUCHANAN – Buchanan City Commissioners have agreed to partner with Andrews University graduate architecture students to look at redevelopment strategies for the community. Meanwhile, commissioners ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:20 pm

Cass County

Elkhart man sentenced on drug charges in Cass County Court

CASSOPOLIS — Friday, an Elkhart man was sentenced to jail for possession of methamphetamines. Trevor Benard Niedert, 29, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to possession of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:00 am

Cass County

Kalamazoo man sentenced for prison for breaking into Cass County church

CASSOPOLIS — A Kalamazoo man was sentenced to prison Friday for breaking into a Marcellus church. Michael Wesley Walls, 42, of Kalamazoo, pleaded guilty to ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 8, 2021 3:00 pm

Cass County

Benton Harbor man with history of assaultive behavior sentenced to a year in Cass County Jail

CASSOPOLIS – A Benton Harbor man with a history of assaultive behavior was sentenced to a year in jail in Cass County Circuit Court Friday. ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 8, 2021 2:07 pm

Cass County

Edwardsburg veteran sentenced to probation in Cass County mental health court

A military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was sentenced to probation Friday in Cass County’s Mental Health Court. Jeremy Kyle Cochran, 45, of ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, January 8, 2021 12:22 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan planning, city commissions host joint work session

BUCHANAN – The decision on where to locate the new Department of Public Works building is likely to come sooner rather than later. Buchanan Mayor ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:13 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan leaders look back at a successful 2020

BUCHANAN – The 2020 year saw many changes in the city of Buchanan. Not only did the community have to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 8:52 am

Buchanan

Buchanan hires community development director

BUCHANAN – The city of Buchanan has a new community development director. City Manager Heather Grace announced Monday that she has hired Michigan City resident ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:09 pm

Cass County

Residents sentenced on drug, theft, weapons charges

CASSOPOLIS — A number of individuals were sentenced Friday in Cass County Court for crimes committed within county limits. Laron Domonique-Wynn Hill, 22, of Riverside ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Monday, December 21, 2020 8:52 am

Cass County

Ameriwood shooter could serve up to 40 years

21-year-old to serve prison time for conspiracy to commit armed robbery CASSOPOLIS – A South Bend man should consider himself lucky that the person he ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, December 18, 2020 2:06 am

Cass County

Murderer will serve 43 years for killing Dowagiac man

CASSOPOLIS — The Kalamazoo man who killed a man in Dowagiac earlier this year will spend the next 43 years in prison. Justin Robert-Gabriel Carlton ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, December 18, 2020 1:00 am

Berrien County

Delayed jury trials leave victims waiting for justice

The delay in holding court proceedings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic this year hasn’t just disrupted docket scheduling and released some defendants from jail with ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:36 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan city commissioners put the brakes on a proposed new recreational marijuana business

BUCHANAN – Buchanan City Commissioners are putting the brakes on a proposed new recreational marijuana business in the city. The action came at Monday night’s ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2:08 pm

Uncategorized

California man punished after admitting he had sex with local 15-year-old girl

A California man was sentenced to prison last week for assault with intent to commit sexual penetration against a 15-year-old girl in Cass County. Braxton ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, December 9, 2020 2:12 pm

Cassopolis

Edwardsburg woman living with 100 animals in ‘unacceptable’ conditions gets probation

An Edwardsburg woman who was found with more than 100 animals living in poor condition at her residence last year was sentenced to probation in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, December 9, 2020 1:16 pm

Cassopolis

Judge tells twice-convicted home invader to ‘find another line of work,’ suggests McDonald’s job instead of crime

CASSOPOLIS — A habitual burglar already in prison for home invasion will stay in prison longer now after being sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, December 9, 2020 1:04 pm

Cassopolis

Man sentenced to prison on home invasion charges

CASSOPOLIS — An area man already in prison for a home invasion charge from Hillsdale County is staying in prison after being sentenced Friday in ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, December 4, 2020 1:50 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan City Commission discusses master plan, marijuana application, trees complaints

BUCHANAN – Buchanan City Commissioners had a lot on their plate at their meeting Monday night. Commissioners discussed everything from trees on Days Avenue and ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 11:59 am

Cass County

Dowagiac roofer sentenced for stolen property, probation violation

CASSOPOLIS — An area roofing contractor is going to jail after being found with stolen property and violating terms of an earlier probation. He was ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, November 20, 2020 1:24 pm

Cass County

Several area residents sentenced on drug charges

CASSOPOLIS — Several area residents were sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit court on drug related charges including two women given jail terms. Jamie Ann ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, November 13, 2020 2:03 pm

Buchanan

Buchanan names new mayor

BUCHANAN — The city of Buchanan has a new mayor after action at Monday night’s City Commission meeting. Commissioner Sean Denison was chosen mayor and ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:30 am

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