From bench to beach

Berrien County Trial Court Judge John Donahue announced Wednesday he will retire next year after more than 13 years on the bench.

ST. JOSEPH — At this time next year, if all goes as planned, Berrien County Trial Court Judge John M. Donahue will be getting ready to walk the beaches of Costa Rica.

Donahue, who has been on the bench in Berrien County for 13 years, announced Wednesday he will hang up his black robe for the final time on June 29, 2018.