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Man killed in Kalamazoo bar shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is dead and another in jail after an early morning shooting at a Kalamazoo bar.

Damian Tarey Tejada, 23, has been identified as the victim of the shooting and was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. The suspect is in custody. His name will be released after his arraignment.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Wayside West on Stadium Drive just east of U.S. 131. It happened 30 minutes before the bar's closing time.

Witnesses gave officers a description of the gunman and they arrested him a short time later near Lafayette and W. Michigan. The 23-year-old Kalamazoo man is now facing an open murder charge.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8139 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

MSP: 2 killed in U.S. 131 wrong-way crash

PLAINWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police are investigating a deadly wrong-way accident that shut down U.S. 131 in southern Allegan County overnight.

The accident happened around 12 a.m. Wednesday on southbound U.S. 131 near the M-89 exit to Plainwell and Otsego.

Dispatchers received several 911 calls about a pickup truck traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway. Two troopers approached M-89 on U.S. 131 and saw the pickup heading toward them. Both troopers moved their vehicles out of the way to avoid being hit.

As the pickup passed the troopers, it collided head-on with a Ford Mustang. Both vehicles caught fire.

The driver of the Mustang, Jaryd Ford, 21, of Plainwell, was killed in the collision. The driver of the pickup, Jeremy Smeltzer, 29, of Portage, died while being flown to Borgess Hospital.

Man drags officer, leads police on 90 mile chase

Man drags officer, leads police on 90 mile chase

UPDATE: Police have charged a woman connected to the driver who dragged a Portage officer during a police chase.

Bonnesha Cole, 24, was arrested at the Target store in portage using fraudulent credit cards.  The Chicago native is charged with possession of a fraudulent financial transaction device and using a fraudulent financial transaction device.  Her bond was set at $25,000.


PAW PAW, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 23-year-old Illinois man is in jail after dragging an officer and leading police on a chase across southwest Michigan.


It started around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at a Target store in Portage, where police were called out to handle a credit card fraud case. An officer trying to question the suspect was dragged for a short distance until he let go of the man's car.


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.

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.

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.