Organizers of the 45th Michigan Magic Day, staged over the weekend in Colon, hailed the event as a success.
The annual gathering marked the first time Colon has hosted the event, which drew more than 100 magicians to activities Friday and Saturday. Ron Carnell, a member of the Colon-based International Brotherhood of Magicians 386, said a Saturday morning magic competition and a Saturday night public performance drew hundreds of people to Colon High School.
Kevin James was the featured talent at Saturday night’s five-act program.
Between shows Saturday, the magicians had private workshops and events related to their industry.
Carnell said a social gathering Friday at the Colon American Legion provided a casual opportunity for the group to socialize and catch up.
The fifth person arrested in connection with the mob beating of a Macomb County man on Detroits west side last week has now been charged. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office is charging 19-year-old Latrez Cummings with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. A 16-year-old is facing assault and ethnic intimidation charges. The teenager, whose name will not be released because of his age, is accused of beating 54-year-old Steven Utash with his fists and feet. Prosecutors say the teen will remain in custody and appear at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center on April 12. Worthy said there is not adequate evidence to convict the other four suspected assailants with racially motivated cimes. 17-year-old Bruce Wimbush, 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold and 24-year-old James Davis were arraigned earlier this week on the same charges as Cummings. All three were jailed on $500,000 bonds and are due back in court on April 21. Utash was driving home from his job as a tree trimmer April 2 when he struck an 11-year-old boy whod stepped out into the roadway. When Utash stopped to check on the child, he was attacked and severely beaten by a violent mob of 10 to 12 people. He remains hospitalized in critical condition in a medically induced coma with bleeding in several parts of his brain. (MRN)
A man who pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting deaths of a northern Indiana convenience store’s owner and an employee has been sentenced to 120 years in prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Moore of Elkhart was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty mentally ill in January to two counts of murder in the September deaths of 55-year-old Jagtar Bhatti and 20-year-old Pawan Singh during a robbery at Saleh’s Market east of downtown Elkhart. Market employee Bill Sinclair described Pawan and Jagtar as generous people who often extended credit or gave food to customers who didn’t have enough money. Twenty-two-year-old Richard Gross of Elkhart pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the market shootings and is scheduled to be sentenced May 1. He faces up to 130 years in prison. (AP)
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller confirmed at a press conference Wednesday morning that the body found in a northern Indiana lake last weekend is Teleka Patrick, the Kalamazoo doctor who had been missing since December. An autopsy, conducted Tuesday, positively identified the body as Patrick through fingerprints and dental records. The body was discovered Sunday by a fisherman in Lake Charles in Porter, Indiana not far from where the 30-year old Patrick’s car was found with a blown tire on I-94 December 5, the night of her disappearance. Police used sonar to search the lake on January 23, but found no evidence or clues in the search for the missing doctor. Investigators were planning to send a dive team to the lake after the ice melted. According to Fuller, Patrick was driving to St. Louis to meet an old friend the night of her disappearance disputing earlier reports that she was driving to Chicago. A private investigator hired by her family has said she was afraid someone was after her around the time of her disappearance. Authorities say the cause of Patrick’s death appears to be drowning, but they are still awaiting toxicology results. (MRN)
A fundraising effort to help establish an exhibit at Three Rivers Public Library is being spearheaded by a pair of Three Rivers men.
Chad Ely and Knute Judsen plan to set up a computer terminal that will feature the full, seven-year archive of Bruce Snook’s River Country Journal.
The website quickly established itself as a legitimate, source of local news from its inception in 2006. After Snook passed last August, however, the status of RCJ had remained in a holding pattern.
Judsen and Ely, who run Geek Genius in Three Rivers and were responsible for building, designing and hosting Snook’s website, said RCJ deserves to be showcased in a place where it can be accessed by the public.
The effort, which will help raise funds for a desk, chair and other accessories, is being organized with the blessing of Snook’s widow, Raeann.
More information about the project can be found at rivercountryjournal.com.
Authorities in southern Indiana are refining their search for a Michigan kayaker who remains missing after two days of searching. Indiana conservation officers said Monday they planned to focus search efforts a short distance downriver from where 27-year-old Enrique Quinonez of Kalamazoo, went under the surface of the Flatrock River at Columbus. Search efforts that were suspended Monday afternoon were due to resume Tuesday morning. Officer Jet Quillen says searchers have used multiple boats and sonar in searching for Quinonez. Quillen says continuous rain Monday hampered search efforts. Quillen says the man’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. (AP)