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Police and local briefs

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 4:45 pm

Police brief

Man robs bar's cash register

An man who exited the restroom of Sports and Spirits Bar at 1723 E. Wayne St. brandishing a pistol robbed the bar about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to an incident report from Fort Wayne Police Officer Craig Dennis.

The robber, whom Dennis wrote was recorded on the bar's video surveillance, is described as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with a thin, tight-trimmed beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black do-rag and blue jean shorts or pants with a red marking on them.

The robber had pretended to play a video game before going to the restroom and coming out with the do-rag over his face, witnesses said. The robber ran west on East Wayne Street after robbing the register, Dennis wrote.

Court brief

'Busco man pleads in dragging case

A drunk Churubusco man who dragged another man about 50 feet under his vehicle faces up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in Allen Superior Court to a litany of charges. Brock R. Geiger, 35, signed a plea deal Wednesday admitting to criminal recklessness, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, being a habitual controlled substance offender and failing to stop after an accident.

One afternoon in April, Geiger got into an altercation with Donald McAfee, then 67. According to court records, Geiger hit McAfee's van with his Chrysler near the Allen County Jail and drove off. McAfee was able to block Geiger and got out of his van to confront him, but Geiger hit the gas and hit McAfee.

Soon the skin was being torn from McAfee's back and buttocks, giving him “the worst pain of his life,” according to court records. McAfee held on to the bumper of the Chrysler as his body was dragged under Geiger's car. Geiger, who had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 percent, didn't stop until witnesses yelled at him. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 18.

Local briefs

5 area soldiers get letters about tainted water

One day after saying that no northeast Indiana National Guard members had been exposed to tainted water while serving in Iraq, a spokesman said today five area soldiers have been warned of possible contact.

Specialist William Henry, spokesman for the Guard in Indianapolis, said two members from Allen County, two from Noble County and one from Steuben County received letters warning of possible exposure to water tainted with a carcinogen. About 600 letters have been sent, many to members serving with a unit based in Jasper.

Roadwork may hinder school registration

Construction on Taylor Street between Ardmore Avenue and Portage Boulevard will make it challenging for parents to get to registration at Portage Middle and Lindley Elementary schools on Friday and Monday.

Fort Wayne Community Schools officials are asking parents to be aware of the construction and use Ardmore to access Lindley and the east end of Taylor to access Portage.

Hospital reopens pedestrian bridge

St. Joseph Hospital has reopened the pedestrian bridge leading to and from the hospital's parking garage. The bridge was closed to move communication lines and make room for a new 29,000-square-foot medical office building slated to open in September.

Renovations to the existing 36,000-square-foot medical office building will transform the new and old structures into one 65,000-square-foot facility. When complete, the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program will move from its current home at 2434 Lake Ave. to its new home at the hospital. The hospital's free valet parking service, which was begun while the pedestrian bridge was closed, is now available 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. After 8 p.m., guests may pick up their keys at the front security booth.

- From staff reports