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Police and local briefs

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 10:24 am

Crash victim ID'd

Allen County coroners have identified the driver killed in a fiery crash on the Indiana-Ohio border in eastern Allen County on Monday.

Jeffrey M. Boroff, 40, of Convoy, Ohio, died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a news release, after his vehicle went off the road at the Slusher and State Line roads intersection around 8:30 a.m.

Boroff's car rolled after leaving the roadway, then burst into flames, police said. The crash remains under investigation by the Allen County Police Department and the Allen County Coroner's Office.

4 arrests in pot bust

A weeklong investigation by Fort Wayne Police has led to four arrests after 243 pounds of marijuana was found in a delivery truck.

Police began the investigation after they learned a group of people wanted to rent a box truck for a shipment of a controlled substance, according to a news release. The truck was stopped and searched, and an address on Plainfield Drive was searched Tuesday. In all, police confiscated the marijuana, $794, four handguns, five computers and several discarded cell phones and paraphernalia.

Reynaldo Moctezuma, 42, of New York City, was charged with dealing marijuana. Arturo Marcia, 24, of the 2900 block of Westbrook Drive, was charged with dealing marijuana and as an unlicensed driver. Jorge Salazar, 28, with no address listed, was charged with being an unlicensed driver. Ivan Alonso Campa-Villa, 27, of the 500 block of Plainfield Drive, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Man cut in fight

A tussle at a Jason Drive home Sunday led to minor injuries for one man after a woman broke into the home carrying a knife.

While in his bed with another woman, the victim's ex-girlfriend came in through an unlocked door to “accost him” because of the other woman, according to a Fort Wayne Police report.

In the process of getting the woman out of the home, the man received minor cuts on his hand, his neck and his chest.

The victim later said she went to the home because the man owed her $5,000, according to the report.

Video store manager robbed on Pettit

The manager of a Blockbuster video store on Pettit Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Sunday while on the way to make a bank deposit.

As the manager walked to his car, someone came up behind him and said, “Give me the bag, fool. I ain't playing.” When the manager turned around, he saw the gun and handed the money to the suspect.

Bomb threat at Meijer on Lima Road

Fort Wayne Police were called to the Meijer store on Lima Road on Thursday after a report of a bomb in the men's restroom.

According to a police report, an employee had found a travel-size shampoo bottle with a black lid attached to the side of the bathroom sink. A bomb technician was called and took away what the report called a “suspicious container.”

‘Smoke test' on sewer lines in Pine Valley

Fort Wayne City Utilities will “smoke-test” sewer lines in Pine Valley next week. Work will begin Thursday in the area bounded by Union Chapel Road, Coldwater Road, East Dupont Road and Auburn Road. Blowing smoke into manholes allows crews to find leaks and other problems that contribute to sewer overflows. The smoke being used is chemically generated, but is nontoxic and creates no fire hazard. It will be white or gray in color.

If smoke enters a home, it could mean a drain tap is dry or there is a plumbing defect. If residents find smoke in their homes, they should look for City Utilities crews who will be nearby conducting the tests. If residents are away and return home to find smoke in their home, they should call the 311 service center so City Utilities can investigate.

Flu vaccine clinics

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health announced the H1N1 vaccine schedule for the remainder of the week.

Clinics at Carew Medical Park will administer the vaccine:

• 2-6:30 p.m. today.

• 2-6:30 p.m. Thursday.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The clinic will have the H1N1 injectable vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine available for those who are eligible.

The Friday clinic will include a separate line for health care and dental care workers, pharmacists, and firefighters and medics.

Hospitals lift bans

Lutheran Hospital and its subsidiaries have lifted the visitor restriction policies, a hospital spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

The restrictions, which banned visitors under 18 from hospitals, were put into place Oct. 16 in response to the H1N1 pandemic.

The restrictions, which were at the recommendation of the Fort Wayne Allen County Department of Health, affect the Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, The Orthopaedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network, Dupont Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Lutheran Hospital.

Parkview Health Network has also lifted the restrictions.

Serv-All wins New Haven trash contract

The New Haven Board of Public Works on Monday awarded a three-year trash-collection contract to National Serv-All, which submitted the lowest of four bids opened Nov. 2. Serv-All's first-year base bid was $7.49 per household per month, compared with $9.24 bid by runner-up Earth First, a local startup whose president had blasted Serv-All's bid as “predatory.” Waste Management currently serves New Haven at a cost of $11.71 per household per month.

New center opens at Huntington University

Huntington University has established the Centre for Non-Western Studies to bring awareness to the university's broad offerings.

The center is directed by Dr. Tim Smith, assistant professor of history, who describes the center as a “one-stop-shop” for students looking to take more non-western classes, according to a news release.

For more about the Centre for Non-Western Studies, visit www.huntington.edu/cnws.

— From staff reports