BENTON HARBOR – Dennis Knowles is accused of harassing and threatening a woman over the phone. He's a voice for the people of Benton Harbor, but prosecutors say the city commissioner and mayoral candidate used his voice to intimidate and disturb the peace.
Knowles was picked up at Benton Harbor City Hall, fingerprinted and booked at the Benton Harbor Police Department. He faces two charges for disturbing the peace and one count of malicious use of telecommunications.
WSBT News filed a Freedom of Information request. According to police reports, on September 8 prosecutors say Knowles played loud music around and inside the federal building in Benton Harbor.
Workers reportedly asked him to leave because he disturbed a meeting.
Then, on September 12, Knowles is accused of causing a scene – spouting profanity until he left the building.
But it's the accusation of phone harassment, reported August 9, that could land Knowles in jail for at least six months.