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Fort Wayne and area police reports

Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 11:41 am

Syracuse man dies from injuries

A Syracuse man died Friday as a result of injuries he received in a crash this week near Tippecanoe Lake.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Kosciusko Community Hospital at 2:50 a.m. Sunday when emergency room workers said they had a victim of a vehicle crash there, according to Sgt. Chad D. Hill, sheriff's department spokesman.

Officers were told the victim, identified as Corey F. Kneller, 20, of Syracuse, had been driven to the emergency room. Kneller was suffering from internal and head injuries and was later transferred to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, according to the release.

Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. and crash investigators and sheriff's department deputies found Kneller's vehicle off the west side of County Road 400 East and County Road 800 North. The Milford Fire Department also arrived as Kneller's 2001 Pontiac Grand Am had caught fire after striking a tree. F.A.C.T. team investigators said evidence indicated that Kneller had been westbound on County Road 800 North, failed to negotiate the road's curve and went straight into a tree, according to the release.

The Allen County Coroner's Office notified investigators of Kneller's death.

Semi goes through I-69 median

A jackknifed semi crashed through a median separating north- and southbound lanes of Interstate 69 Saturday morning.

Emergency crews were called before 9:30 a.m. when the semi in the southbound lane and two cars in the northbound lanes near the 322 mile marker were involved in the incident, according to scanner traffic. The semi driver complained of pain but was listed in good condition.

Lanes on both sides of I-69 were closed for a period of time.

Beware of thin ice in waterways

Indiana conservation officers across the state are advising residents of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams this winter.

Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice.

Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several unsuspecting areas, according to a news release from the Department of Natural Resources. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand many times freezes with inconsistencies.

Conservation officers offer these tips when standing or walking on a frozen lake or pond:

*No ice is safe ice.

*At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing; 5 inches for snowmobiling.

*If you don't know….don't go.

*Wear lifejackets or flotation coats.

*Carry ice hooks and rope gear.

–News-Sentinel staff reports