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Police and fire briefs

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 9:26 am

Robber escapes with smokes

Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Wayne Police responded to an armed robbery at Big Al's Convenience Store, 620 McKinnie Ave.

According to a police report, a woman was working at the store when the robber ran in wearing a black ski mask and dark baseball hat. He ran back to her demanding she give him all her money. She saw a black handgun in his right hand. She acted as if she couldn't get the cash register open.

Her nephew was in the store and told the gunman not to hurt his aunt. The gunman threatened to shoot the nephew.

The gunman grabbed a bag that contained cartons of cigarettes and again demanded money. He left the store when two male customers walked in. An off-duty officer found a baseball hat and black ski mask in a nearby alley.

Tips lead to arrest

On Wednesday, officers of the Emergency Services Team and the Vice and Narcotics Bureau reportedly served a search warrant in the 1200 block of Third Street and found 72.3 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia there.

Fort Wayne Police charged Marquis James Jones, 21, with three counts of dealing marijuana and with possession of the 72.3 grams of marijuana and the paraphernalia found in the residence, according to police. Police received numerous tips about a high amount of traffic going in and out of this residence; Marquis also was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, according to police.

Firefighters rescue 2 dogs from blaze

The Fort Wayne Fire Department rescued two pets after being called to a fire in a detached garage in the 600 block of Riverside Ave. on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters arrived one minute after being called at 11:11 a.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the front part of the garage, according to a report. They removed two dogs they found in the rear part of the garage. Both dogs were unharmed.

The fire was under control in 16 minutes and no one was injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

AEP, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority and NIPSCO helped at the scene.