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Police briefs

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 9:27 am

Fourth suspect in New Haven robbery surrenders

A man who had been on the run from police since the alleged armed robbery Tuesday of a New Haven gun store turned himself in to New Haven police Wednesday.

Brenton Ennis, 18, allegedly drove the getaway car after four men robbed Shooters gun store, 660 Lincoln Highway West. He was being held in the Allen County Lockup on charges of robbery and resisting police while driving a motor vehicle, New Haven police said in a statement.

Ennis was the only suspect still at large before he surrendered to police. The other suspects are Orlando L. Paschall, 21; Craig D. Whigum, 19; and a 15-year-old who has not been identified.

According to police, the four men allegedly went into Shooters shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday. At least two people, including a customer and the store’s owner, were hurt in the alleged robbery, and at least one gunshot was fired inside the store, police said.

Police have said the men took several guns and fled the scene in a blue Chevrolet Impala before crashing at Anthony Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue. All but one of the stolen guns have been recovered, New Haven police said.

Fort Wayne apartment fire forces out dozens

Dozens of people living in a Fort Wayne apartment building scrambled to safety after a fire started in a second-floor unit.

Authorities say a passing driver called just after midnight Thursday reporting smoke and flames coming from the roof of a building in the Twin Oaks apartment complex on the city's south side.

Fire Chief Amy Biggs says most residents were outside by the time firefighters arrived. WANE-TV and WPTA-TV report some 40 firefighters needed about 50 minutes to get the blaze under control.

No injuries were reported and the fire was contained to a few apartments, but the 16-unit building had heavy smoke damage. A cause wasn't immediately determined.