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Charges against Benton Harbor school administrators dismissed in chair-throwing incident
Benton Harbor Charter School Academy said Tuesday they are dropping charges against two administrators in the chair-throwing incident that happened back in November. Thomas Barnes, a teacher at the academy, pleaded guilty to throwing a chair at an 11-year-old student because his students were being
Benton Twp. man set to open Meeks Ex-Change in Benton Harbor
BENTON HARBOR — Meeks Ex-Change in Benton Harbor is a labor of love for Brandon Meeks of Benton Township. “I have wheeled and dealed most of my life, buying and selling cars,” he said. “It was a hobby and a passion.”
Police Won’t Remove Squatter From Property, Homeowner Says
CHICAGO (CBS) – A Benton Harbor woman says police won’t help her remove a squatter and convicted sex offender who moved in after she gave him permission to do some cleaning in her rental property.
Charges dropped against charter school leaders after assault on student
BENTON HARBOR, MI -- Charges against Benton Harbor Charter School Academy administrators were dropped after a teacher pleaded guilty to an assault involving a student. Thomas Barnes “threw a chair in an attempt to get control of his classroom,” on Tuesday, Nov. 6, according to a press release from B
Plea deal reached in slaying of Benton Harbor man
KALAMAZOO — A Kalamazoo man who killed a potential key witness in a Berrien County murder trial will plead guilty to second-degree murder, WKZO radio reported. The station reported Saturday that Jerome Oday II, 28, agreed to a plea deal with Kalamazoo County prosecutors. He shot Tykarri Lucas, 23, d
BHAS Lead Testing Results Revealed
Work will be done over the next month to replace five water fixtures in Benton Harbor Area Schools. Those came back with lead levels above a more strict 5-parts-per-billion for lead adopted by the district, which CEO Robert Herrera says is well below the federal standard of 15-ppb.
Application Process Now Underway for 4th Annual Holiday Food Sharing in SWM
Despite the winter chill, one of the most heartwarming scenes of the year is poised to play out once again soon when the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency steps out with partners from the City of Benton Harbor, the PGA of America, and Whirlpool Corporation for the 4th Annual Holiday Food Sh
Buchanan man sentenced in molestation case
NILES — A Buchanan man has been sentenced to jail time and probation after pleading guilty in Berrien County Trial Court to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges for his actions while still a juvenile.
MI Northern Indiana Zone Forecast
Berrien- Including the cities of Niles, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph,. Fair Plain, Benton Heights, Buchanan, and Paw Paw Lake. .THROUGH DAYBREAK...Cloudy. Chance of flurries. Northwest winds.
Family starts to rebuild after Benton Harbor fire
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – A Benton Harbor mother is crediting her 12-year-old daughter for saving her 9-year-old sister after an early morning fire off of Red Arrow Highway earlier this week. Escaping the blaze with the clothes on their back.
Niles council approves sale of lot to medical marijuana grower; may revisit recreational pot
NILES — If all goes like clockwork, at least one crop of medical marijuana might be harvested next fall in Niles. The Niles City Council on Monday night approved the sale of an empty, city-owned lot at the southeast corner of 13th and Lake streets to HDS Investments, which plans to be a wholesale gr
Bay County man accused of uploading child porn to internet takes plea
BAY CITY, MI - The day before his trial was set to begin and two years after police began investigating him, a Bangor Township man accused of uploading child pornography to the internet has accepted a plea deal.
Pregnant girl's body pulled from dumpster, suspect arrested in Mishawaka
MISHAWAKA — The body of a 17-year-old Mishawaka High School student who was pregnant was recovered Sunday morning from a dumpster near Pasquale Rulli’s restaurant at Division and Battell streets — just a block away from her home.
Board names interim school chief
WATERVLIET — Retired Brandywine Superintendent John Jarpe will now lead Watervliet Public Schools, at least for the time being. The Watervliet school board approved hiring Jarpe as interim superintendent at its regular meeting Monday night.
Murder trial begins Tuesday in Van Buren County fatal shooting, multi-state manhunt
PAW PAW, Mich. - Jury selection begins Tuesday in the murder trial of a Van Buren County man accused in a deadly shooting an multi-state manhunt in the summer of 2018. Taylor, 38, is accused of shooting and killing Timothy Henley, 40, on June 21 in Gobles.
Cass man jailed for drugs, guns
CASSOPOLIS – A Cassopolis man caught with guns and drugs during a traffic stop in Dowagiac last year is going to prison. Laquan Forte Broussard, 29, of Tharp Lake Road in Cassopolis, pleaded guilty to and was sentenced Friday in Cass Circuit Court to six concurrent terms of 30 months in prison on dr
Cops help children shop for Christmas
ST. JOSEPH — Ten families will have a merrier Christmas this year thanks to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division. The 2018 Shop With a Cop program took place at the Niles Walmart, where 34 children shopped with police officers, choosing gifts for their family members, friends and the
Beach Boys to surf into New Buffalo for August show
The Beach Boys will bring some good vibrations to New Buffalo in August. The legendary surf rock band, known for hits like "Surfin' USA" and "I Get Around," will perform at 9 p.m. Eastern Aug. 2 in the Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds New Buffalo. Tickets start at $69 and are now on sale.
Section of Napier to be Closed for Nearly a Week for County Drain Replacement
A portion of Napier Avenue will shutdown at mid-week this week and be closed for nearly a week in order to allow the Berrien County Drain Commission to replace a county drain along a stretch of that major route. Those who use that route for a daily commute or live in the area will need to make plans
Meet the teacher: Andrew Hackett, Dowagiac Middle School
Educators are perhaps the greatest population of unsung heroes in Berrien and Cass County. This school year, Leader Publications will publish a weekly spotlight featuring teachers throughout the district, giving the community a chance to get to know the hard-working individuals shaping their childre