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Tuesday, September 01, 2009 11:00 am
A city motorcyclist was killed Monday when he crashed into a vehicle attempting to cross traffic on Lima Road south of Cook Road.Police were called to the entrance of the Airport Business Park just before 4 p.m., where they found a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on its side and its driver, 60-year-old Gregory A. Green, critically injured, according to a release generated by Officer Michael Joyner of the Fort Wayne Police Department. Green died Monday at Parkview Hospital, Joyner said. He was not wearing a helmet, Joyner said.

Investigators believe Green was northbound on Lima when a Buick tried to cross over the lanes and into the office park. Green broadsided the Buick, Joyner said. Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.A 22-year-old city woman convicted of aiding the fatal beating of her young child and sentenced accordingly, but then had her sentence reduced in the Indiana Court of Appeals in May, was resentenced for the crime in Allen Superior Court on Monday.

Misty Lee Jones, 21, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in Allen Superior Court in September 2008 for neglect of a dependent in the July 28, 2007, death of her daughter, Ariona Wilson, 3 months. Prosecutors said Ariona died from a 2 1/2 -inch skull fracture they believe came from a beating by her 22-year-old father, Marshawn W. Wilson – who received 40 years on battery and neglect charges – and that Ariona would have survived if Jones or Wilson had immediately sought treatment for her. An autopsy revealed three separate beatings. An appeals court cut the classification of the neglect of a dependant charge down from a Class A felony to a Class B felony in May, effectively reducing a new sentence by some 20 years. It also ruled Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck to sentence accordingly.

Monday, Surbeck resentenced Jones to 10 years for the Class B felony.

Jones indicated Monday she would not appeal this sentence.A local television anchor was released from Allen County Lockup on Monday in connection with a drunken-driving charge. Mary C. Collins, 42, of the 1000 block of Eagle Creek Pass, was stopped for operating while intoxicated. She posted a $750 bond.

Collins co-anchors Indiana’s NewsCenter’s morning newscast on WPTA-TV 21Alive.

Indiana’s NewsCenter President and General Manager Jerry Geisler said Collins was not on air this morning, but would not comment further.A man extradited from Mexico, where he fled after allegations of child molestation surfaced, was sentenced for the crimes in Allen Superior Court on Monday.

Miguel M. Vazquez, 27, who was returned to Allen County in June after being arrested in Mexico last August by U.S. and Mexican federal authorities, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a Class B felony child molesting charge, in line with a plea deal that dropped two counts of child molesting.

A medical exam of the 4-year-old girl, who Vazquez molested in June 2004, revealed evidence of sexual battery, according to his probable-cause affidavit.Following City Council’s approval, the administration of Mayor Tom Henry has signed an agreement to buy the Renaissance Square building at 200 E. Berry St. for $7.3 million. Spokesman Vince Robinson said the city will pay a deposit of $200,000, and for the sale to close by Dec. 31. A three-member panel is studying which city and county offices should be located in the Renaissance and City-County buildings, and is expected to make its recommendations by Sept. 30.


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