01-02-2020 Watervliet man gets jail time for criminal sexual assault ; Kute Kid

ON THE LAST DAY OF 2019… brisk northwesterly winds kept the flags flying at Watervliet’s Veterans Park. The winds and low temperatures also broke days of spring-like temperatures and generated 6-8 inches of lake effect snow. (TCR photo by Amy Loshbough)



Watervliet man gets jail time for criminal sexual assault

Police Report By Annette Christie A Watervliet man will be spending anywhere from 60 months to 40 years in prison for a criminal sexual conduct incident from 2014. Wayne Lynn Dill, 63, pleaded no contest to first degree criminal sexual conduct after victimizing a 13-year-old girl between July 11 and August 31, 2014. Published reports state that he had previously done similar actions against another young girl over 30 years ago.

Reports state that Dill hadn’t had a significant criminal history and accepted a plea early on to spare the victim from having to testify. His attorney Scott Sanford told the Court that Dill was remorseful and ashamed.

Vacation home checks The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Crime Prevention Unit and the Road Patrol are privileged to offer home checks for residents that may be out of town for an extended period of time. These home checks are available in the Tri-City area and Hagar and Watervliet townships. To request a home check, residents should visit the Berrien County Sheriff’s website on the Crime Prevention Page and complete the request form.

For locations outside of those areas, residents should inquire with their local police department for consideration.

THIS KUTE KID IS… 2-year-old Mia McLaughlin. She is the daughter of Shawn McLaughlin and Autumn Sweet of Watervliet. Her proud grandparents are Shaun and Julie Sweet of Hartford. Mia has a 4-legged furry sister named Chase! Is Mia a “Mouseketeer” in training?


Free pre-diabetes class in St. Joseph

Spectrum Health Lakeland is offering a free program designed to help anyone with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels learn about lifestyle changes which may help them avoid or delay the onset of diabetes. The class will take place on Thursday, January 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the pharmacy conference room at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. During the first hour of the program, a registered nurse will guide attendees through the disease process of diabetes and introduce healthy lifestyle changes. The final hour will be spent with a registered dietitian who will suggest meal selections that can help you maintain health and manage weight. This program does not require a physician referral. Pre-registration for this free class is required, and class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 269-556-2868.

Good Grief: Bereavement Sharing and Education Program

Good Grief is a free program that covers topics such as how to cope with loss, guilt, and regret; why you feel the way you do; and finding a sense of peace. Each seven-week session meets for one and a half hours of meaningful information and sharing. For more information, and to find out about other ongoing bereavement programs, call Caring Circle at 269-429-7100. Sessions are taking place Tuesdays, January 7 to February 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joseph and Fridays, January 10 to February 21 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Caring Circle, 05055 Blue Star Highway in South Haven.

Life by Candlelight kids program at N.B. Historical Museum, Jan. 2

Most people take for granted that they have electricity in their house. But what was life like for people who lived over 100 years ago in a time before homes were powered by electricity? On Thursday, Jan. 2 at 1:00 p.m., the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma will feature a children’s program which will illustrate what life was like in the home during wintertime as the daylight hours grew shorter. Activities will include hand-dipped candle making, writing with a quill by candlelight, and using wax to seal a letter. No RSVP is required for this free program, which is recommended for children ages 6–12. The North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Avenue. Please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org with any questions.

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