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Police and local briefs

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 10:22 am

N. Anthony Scott's store robbed

A man quietly held up a north-central grocery store late Tuesday afternoon, reportedly making off with an entire cash drawer of money.

Fort Wayne Police reported to the Scott's Food Store, 3109 N. Anthony Blvd., about 5:15 p.m., where an employee told police a man approached the customer service desk, placed a handgun on the counter, slid a plastic bag under the divider glass and said, “Fill me up, fill me up good,” according to a police incident report.

The man further instructed the employee to provide him only with the contents of the cash drawer and not the safe, the report said. The employee handed over the entire lot of cash and the man ran from the store, the report said.

Suspect with hammer robs man

A man reported he was robbed Tuesday night by a man with a hammer.

Fort Wayne Police were called to the 2100 block of Eden Street just before 10 p.m., where a man told officers that he was leaving an apartment building when another man grabbed him from behind, according to a police incident report.

The man told police the suspect brandished the hammer and said, “I know you are a cop, and I'm going to prove it to everyone out here” before taking the man's wallet from his jacket, the report said.

The suspect rummaged through the wallet and asked where his badge was, then ran with the wallet in hand, the report said. The victim was not a police officer.

Man questioned about missing woman

Whitley County Sheriff's officers are questioning a man in connection with a missing 49-year-old Columbia City woman. According to Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, an acquaintance of Debra K. Houser went to the sheriff's department about 10 a.m. Wednesday to report concerns for her wellbeing.

That tip led police to go to Old Trail Road and County Road 400 West in Whitley County, where officers searched in vain for Houser, Hodges said.

Houser is described as white, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. The search for her supposedly was called off late Wednesday evening, but the reasons why are unclear.

Samaritan marks 20 years of service

Parkview Hospital's Samaritan medical helicopter was recognized this week for 20 years of service.

The Samaritan, which began emergency flights in November 1989, has treated more than 16,000 severely ill and injured patients in its two decades of service.

The twin-engine Dauphin AS 365 N-2 helicopter serves a 100-mile radius around Fort Wayne, covering northern Indiana, southern Michigan and northwestern Ohio. It boasts an average ready time of 5.6 minutes, and travels at an average of 180 mph.

A second Samaritan is stationed in Rochester. It was established in 1999.

Manchester prof wins award

The head of Manchester College's environmental studies program, Jerry Sweeten, stepped out of his student-focused comfort zone today and into the Washington, D.C., spotlight to accept a new title: 2009 Indiana Professor of the Year.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has selected him from an elite roster of more than 300 top professors in the United States. Sweeten is the second member of the Manchester College faculty to receive national acclaim; art Professor Emeritus James R. C. Adams was the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year.

Sweeten is one of 38 state winners being recognized

Sweeten, 56, works side-by-side with Manchester students, studying the ecology of streams and lakes, the DNA of endangered species of fish, owl migration patterns, bird populations, mite infestation rates on honey bees (using two hives on top of the campus Science Center) and the RNA/DNA ratios of freshwater mussels.

Smokeout time

United Hispanic Americans celebrated with the American Cancer Society in its 34th Great American Smokeout. Hoosiers across Allen County are encouraged to make the commitment to quit smoking.

The groups were to be joined by other local partners at the Ivy Tech campus on Coliseum to celebrate and provide a bilingual tobacco prevention material.

For those looking to quit, there is a free Indiana Tobacco Quitline. 1-800-QUIT-NOW is available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.

Mill, Kinnerk roads closed today

The Allen County Highway Department is closing two roads from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Mill Road between Hoagland Road and the dead end and Kinnerk Road between Winchester Road and Boggs Avenue will be closed while workers install crossover pipes in both locations.

Ley Road is now open to all traffic between Lima Road and Industrial Road. There are still lane restrictions near the intersection at Lima Road. Construction should be complete by Dec. 4.

CourseCast at Ivy Tech

Panopto Inc., a leading provider of rich media presentation capture solutions for the corporate, education, government and health care markets, announced Wednesday that Fort Wayne's Ivy Tech Community College is deploying CourseCast across its campus to provide students with multiple chances to review and learn important course material. Ivy Tech selected CourseCast based on its ability to capture all facets of a lecture, including video, audio and PowerPoint slides. By integrating all types of material into one digital recording, CourseCast allows students and faculty to review past lectures and helps professors evaluate their teaching styles.

Tutor donations - and mall discounts

Support Fort Wayne Community Schools' nationally recognized tutoring program and get discounts at your favorite Jefferson Pointe stores this weekend by purchasing a Magical Day of Giving pass.

The Magical Day of Giving at Jefferson Pointe is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and includes Santa's arrival, tree lighting ceremony and holiday entertainment. The tickets provide the opportunity to win door prizes as well as exclusive discounts of 5-40 percent at stores including Aeropostale, Coldwater Creek, Justice, Old Navy and more. A list of discounts is available at www.jeffersonshopping.com.

Tickets are $5, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to local nonprofit organizations, including Study Connection. Tickets are available at the Study Connection Office, 826 Ewing St., 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

IPFW CPAs score well on exam

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy recently released the results for the 2008 Certified Public Accountant Exam, which showed that IPFW's students had the highest “All” passing percentage among state supported schools.

The CPA exam is divided into four sections; auditing, financial accounting and reporting, regulation, and business environment and concepts. “All” passing refers to the individuals who passed all parts of the exam that were taken; IPFW's Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences percentage for 2008 was 48 percent, which beats the national average of 31 percent. All other Indiana colleges and universities came in at 34 percent.

Memory Walk raises $175,000

The Alzheimer Association raised more than $175,000 statewide as part of the 2009 Memory Walk, the organization announced Wednesday.

The American Senior Communities organization placed 40 teams in the various statewide walks. The Walk is the nation's single-biggest raiser of awareness of Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Food Wagon guidelines

Community Harvest Food Bank has issued its cancellation guidelines for the Farm Wagon. There will be no Farm Wagon deliveries if the following weather conditions occur:

• The outdoor temperature (actual or with the wind chill factor) at 7:30 a.m.in Fort Wayne is 10 degrees F or less.

• There is a declared snow or ice emergency in the city or county of the Farm Wagon delivery location.

• There is a declared snow or ice emergency in Fort Wayne or Allen County.

If any of the situations above exists at 7:30 a.m., the Farm Wagon deliveries in the affected areas will not occur that day. CHFB will make every attempt to have the cancellation of the Farm Wagon announced on all media outlets.

— From staff reports