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My Town: Father and three-year-old daughter hit by car

My Town: Father and three-year-old daughter hit by car

PORTAGE, Mich.—Portage officers believe a driver who hit a Portage man and his 3-year-old daughter had been speeding.

The crash happened just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the 7800 block of Primrose Lane.  Officers say a vehicle lost control on a curve at Trail Ridge Avenue and veered off the road, driving over the curb and hitting a 44-year-old man and his young daughter, who was sitting in a wagon on the sidewalk.  Both father and daughter were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were treated and released.  The driver and passenger of the vehicle were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.  Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at 329-4567 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.

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My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

KALAMAZOO, MIch.-- On Thursday, April 3, students at Paramount Charter Academy had the opportunity to duct tape their principal to the gymnasium wall.

The students have been logging their reading hours throughout March for a chance to duct tape their principal or dean as a reading reward. For each book read, the students earned a duct tape raffle ticket. The top reader in each wing got to choose who they wanted to duct tape to the wall.

The event is a way to celebrate the end of a successful March is Reading Month.

Paramount Charter Academy, located in Kalamazoo, is a free public charter school serving students in young 5s through eighth grade.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts High School Area Show Starts


KALAMAZOO, Mich (WZZM) - The Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts is opening its High School Area Show to the public. The annual juried competition features artwork from high school students in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.

The competition includes more than 100 pieces of art in a variety of formats including glass, 2-D, 3-D, video, and more. The awards ceremony is Thursday April 17th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts on South Park Street.

Some of the prizes include five $100 awards, a $100 summer scholarship to the Kirk Newman Art School, and college scholarships. One winner will be selected to participate in the national Congressional Art Competition at the U.S. Capitol.

Phil Meade from KIA stopped in to talk about the exhibit with Jennifer Pascua and Alana Nehring.


Further details released in Teleka Patrick case


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kalamazoo County Sheriff says the case of missing doctor Teleka Patrick is likely closed.

The Indiana State Police have confirmed that the body found in Lake Charles is that of Teleka Patrick.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff says that there were no signs of trauma and it is likely that Patrick died from drowning, but they are still awaiting further toxicology reports. The sheriff says that barring any further information, the case is now closed.

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Burglar still in Kzoo church when employees arrive


AUGUSTA, Mich. (WZZM) - A 22-year old Kalamazoo County resident is in jail after breaking in to St. Ann's Catholic Church and still being there when employees arrived for work Tuesday morning.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says that an employee opened the church at about 7:00am in the 12000 block of East D Avenue. The employee kept hearing strange noises and then spotted the man dressed in dark clothing with a flashlight inside the building.

The employee called 911 and left the church. While the employee was still on the phone with deputies outside the church, the man came out with stolen property. Another employee followed him across M-89 and onto a golf course where he was taken into custody by Richland Police.

Deputies were able to recover all the stolen property. The suspect had been in the building a long time and had broken into a safe.

Search to resume Tues. for missing X-country skier


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say the search will resume Tuesday for a man missing at a Kalamazoo lake.

Police believe 56-year-old Takashi Sugimori may have fallen into a lake last week while cross country skiing and died.

The man was reported missing around 10 a.m. Thursday after skiing onto Asylum Lake off Parkview Drive.

Kalamazoo College says Sugimori's wife, Noriko, teaches Japanese at the college. The couple has a daughter who is a senior there.

Last week search teams spotted tracks leading onto the lake. The Kalamazoo County Dive Team was called to the scene but could not search safely for the man because of rain and shifting ice on the lake.

Crews returned to the lake Friday to search for Sugimori but were unsuccessful.

Body found in Indiana is black woman; ID expected Tuesday


PORTER, Ind. (WZZM) -- An autopsy will be done Tuesday morning on a body found in Lake Charles, in Porter, Indiana.

Although there is no positive identification, it's highly likely that it's missing Kalamazoo doctor, Teleka Patrick.

Porter County Coroner, Chuck Harris was at the scene Sunday afternoon. "We saw there was a female, African American, wearing all dark clothing."

The decryption matched Patrick, who's been missing for four months. The 30 year old psychiatric intern at Borgess Medical Center left Kalamazoo December 5th. Investigators believe she was upset about something as she drove West on I-94. Her car was found with a flat tire, just before the Porter exit in Indiana. WZZM 13 News went to the scene Monday and noticed that Teleka would have had to scale a fence with a barbed wire. Then, walk through the snow, to the lake, which is about 150 feet away.