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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.


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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.

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.

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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.

Bronson Athletic Club in Kalamazoo sued for a 2012 sexual assault at its camp


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - A Kalamazoo judge ruled today Bronson Athletic Club cannot be held liable for the "unforeseen actions'' of an employee, who admitted to molesting a seven-year-old girl at its summer camp.

The assault occurred in August, 2012, when the girl and at least nine other children were left alone with a 16-year-old counselor for about two hours, a lawsuit filed by the girl's mother claims.

Her attorney, Ven Johnson, said the case is by no means over. He'll submit briefs to the court asking that the civil suit proceed based on "negligent training and supervision'' of counselors at the day camp.

"We will continue to fight for this little girl and her family,'' Johnson said. "Bronson needs to be held accountable for their callous, indifferent behavior.''

Kalamazoo kayaker missing in Indiana


COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) -- Authorities have resumed the search for a Michigan man who went missing after the kayak he was in capsized on a flood-swollen river in central Indiana.

State conservation officers and the Bartholomew County Water Rescue Team spent several hours Sunday looking for 27-year-old Enrique Quinonez of Kalamazoo, Mich., before suspending the search because of darkness.

Conservation Officer Jet Quillen says conditions have improved on the Flat Rock River in Columbus, but that it was still too dangerous Monday morning for divers because the river is high after several inches of rain in recent days.

Quillen says Quinonez's kayak capsized shortly after he and a friend launched their boats Sunday morning on the river about 40 miles south of Indianapolis. He says Quinonez wasn't wearing a life jacket and couldn't swim.