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)
Starting Monday, the city of Three Rivers will partner with Waste Management to provide a one-time removal of items from residential properties.
Items will be picked up by district beginning with the 1st District Monday, 2nd District Tuesday, 3rd District Wednesday and 4th District Thursday.
Items to be picked up should be placed on the terrace area along with regular trash. City clerk Melissa Bliss said Waste Management will pick up regular trash only for its customers. Residents who have large items for the one-time pickup do not have to be Waste Management customers.
The event does not include residents in the downtown area. The downtown area will be provided dumpsters during the Community Pride Day May 10.
The St. Joseph County Board of Election Canvassers completed a once-every-four-years task Wednesday.
According to state law, every county’s board of election canvassers must complete an inspection of ballot boxes and bags. County Clerk Pattie Bender said the task previously was performed over a two-day period, when she and the four-member board traveled to all 16 townships and the cities of Three Rivers and Sturgis.
This time, Bender and board members set up a check station at the county fairgrounds and representatives from the 18 entities made the trip to Centreville. It was an all-day job, as Bender scheduled each entity in 15-minute increments. But, she said, it’s a relief to have the task out of the way before a May 6 vote.
Bender said the inspection ensures it’s impossible to tamper with ballots. She said the inspections Wednesday yielded no problems.
Due to November’s earlier-than-expected snowfall, the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will be picking up leaves April 21 only in the city’s Second District.
DPS Director Amy Roth asked Second District residents have their leaves in the street by 7 a.m. on pick-up day. Crews will be completing one pass on every street.
In addition, due to the late November wind storm, department crews will be picking up brush in all districts, also beginning April 21.
As a reminder, Roth said it is a violation of city ordinance to place yard waste or debris in the street or the terrace area at times other than those designated for leaf and/or brush collection. The city’s compost area is at 1015 S. Lincoln Ave. and is open for yard waste drop off.
Brick reconstruction on South Nottawa Street between US-12 and Congress Street began Monday.
The impacted section of South Nottawa Street will be closed to traffic. Vehicles are being detoured to South Maple Street. Homes and businesses in the impacted area, including city parking lots, will be accessible through the majority of the project.
In addition to the South Maple detour, several accommodations are being made for traffic in the project area. Notably, Pleasant Street will be open for two-way traffic and parking will be allowed on the west side of the street in the 100 block of South Monroe Street. There will be no parking in the construction area of South Nottawa Street or on Pleasant Street during the project. A detour map is available on the city’s website, sturgismi.gov, and Facebook page.
The city received a $470,000 grant from the state for the project. Total project, which is expected to conclude in late July, costs around $770,000 in all.
The St. Joseph County Road Commission has announced it is closing its Colon Township and Three Rivers-area garages. The move means three area foremen, including the Centreville area foreman, will be offered an early-retirement incentive.
The positions will be eliminated effective May 1.
Operations from Colon, Centreville, and Three Rivers garages/districts will be gradually folded into the central facility in Centreville. Christopher Bolt, engineer/manager, said the positions will be replaced by one new director of operations position.
Bolt said the agency in 10 years has seen its share of Michigan Transportation Fund dollars drop from $5.5 million a year to $4.5 million annually.
He said for now, St. Joseph County will retain ownership of the Colon and Three Rivers-area garages. They will come in handy for storage of equipment and materials, and maybe even serve as temporary headquarters for crews working on larger projects in the area, he said.