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Police and Court briefs

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Man arrested on prescription-drug charges

Zachary R. Mettler, 22, of Bluffton, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.

According to court documents, the charges stem from events that took place around 8 p.m. June 9. Two Fort Wayne Police officers said they were in the Hamilton Park area, investigating a report of three people fighting. When they arrived, a witness told them a male in a red shirt was the victim and was last seen walking towards Spring Street. They located a man they later identified as Mettler at the intersection of Spring St and Oakland St.

When the officers approached Mettler, they reported, they noticed he appeared to be agitated and nervous. They asked him to remove his hands from his pockets for their safety. Mettler removed his right hand, but pushed his left hand deeper into his pocket, according to police. The officer reached for Mettler's left hand to secure it as he began to back away, according to the report.

At that time, the defendant pulled a baggie from his pocket and shoved it into his mouth. Mettler then turned and ran from the police northbound on Oakland Street. The officers chased and caught him. Lying on the pavement near his face they found a baggie containing a few orange pills that were later identified as Adderall, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

They found eight pills scattered down the sidewalk. Mettler later told police he did not have a prescription for the drug, according to their report.

Man arrested for credit card fraud and theft

Cruz T. Johannsen, of the 200 block of Carlton Avenue, has been charged with class D felony theft and class D felony fraud.

The charges stem from events April 26. According to an affidavit for probable cause, Johannsen, 22, is believed to have used another person's credit card without permission to purchase gasoline from the Valero Pride Gas Station. The card had been locked in a vehicle outside the Planet Fitness. Police allege that Johansson took a gym bag from the locker room at the club, then used keys inside the bag to steal the card from the locked vehicle. Videotape at the gas station was used to identify Johannsen using the card, according to court documents.

Sheriff's Department warns of phone scam

Some Allen County residents has recently received telephone calls informing them they have an outstanding debt that if not paid will result in their arrest by the sheriff or a federal agent.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department is advising anyone who receives the solicitous call to not send any money.