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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 8:13 am

Fire on Production Road results in heavy damage

A Wednesday evening fire at a large storage building for a business located on Production Road resulted in heavy damage.

The blaze was reported to the Fort Wayne Fire Department at 8:35 p.m. and firefighters were on the scene at 1811 Production Road three minutes later, according to a news release. The storage building was at the rear of the business, Markey’s Staging and Rental.

Crews reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the storage building and a heavy overhaul of the structure was required to bring the fire under control, the release said. That designation was given at 9:33 p.m.

The building sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage; no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Woman's death is Allen County's ninth traffic fatality of year

An Angola woman has died from injuries she sustained in a traffic crash in northeast Allen County.

Doris M. Bockius, 75, was a restrained passenger in a vehicle that was struck in the rear by another vehicle, on Tonkel Road near Schlatter Road, around 3:40 p.m. on March 31. She was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized. She was pronounced dead at Parkview at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled the cause of death to be blunt force trauma, with the manner of death an accident.

Bockius is the ninth traffic fatality for Allen County in 2013; the crash is being investigated by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Injured motorcycle rider ID’d

Police have released the name of a motorcyclist who was critically injured Tuesday evening when he lost control of his bike, crashed into a curb and hit a light pole.

Police say that tests indicated the Richard Petersen, 47, of Fort Wayne had alcohol in his system at nearly three times the threshold for being legally intoxicated. Petersen remained in critical condition Wednesday morning, according to a Fort Wayne Police report.

The wreck in the 1300 block of Leesburg Road was reported at about 7:26 p.m. Tuesday. Petersen was unconscious when Fort Wayne Police found him; firefighters and paramedics who assessed his condition said he was in critical condition when he was taken to a local hospital. Police said his blood-alcohol content was 0.22 percent. The legal driving limit is 0.08.

The wreck remains under investigation by Fort Wayne Police and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Warsaw teen charged with selling look-alike drug as morphine

A Warsaw teen was arrested Tuesday morning by undercover sheriff deputies and accused of attempting to sell a fictitious drug to officers.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force officers, along with a Warsaw Police Department police dog, arrested Shawn Douglas Elder, 19, of Warsaw, on a preliminary charge of felony dealing in a look-a-like substance.

Authorities say deputies began an investigation recently and then established an undercover purchase with Elder on Tuesday morning for what was represented as “morphine.” In reality, deputies said, it was a prescription drug other than morphine, although they did not reveal exactly what it was.

Elder was taken into custody shortly afterward. Indiana law stipulates that the intent to sell a substance purported to an illegal drug is a criminal offense. Elder was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail, where his bond was set at $5,000.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force was assisted by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.