Runaway barge secured
The Fort Wayne Fire Department was called out to assist police after a runaway barge filled with concrete started heading for the dam on the St. Joseph River.
Firefighters were called at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday to bring a boat after someone reported seeing the construction barge floating unattended toward the dam, according to police scanner traffic. The barge got loose from a construction site at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, according to our media partner, WANE, NewsChannel 15. Firefighters towed the barge back to the site.
Three arrested in drug raid
Fort Wayne Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Division and members of the department's Emergency Services Team reported being accosted by a suspect with a machete during the arrest of three men Thursday morning on drug charges in raids in the 2700 block of West Washington Center Road and the 1500 block of Third Street, police said in a news release. The investigation is continuing.
Police reported obtaining search warrants for the two residences after receiving information that synthetic drugs were being sold and/or made at those locations.
One of the men arrested, Jason L. Bloomfield, 29, of the Washington Center Road address, confronted police with a machete and pocket knife but was immobilized after police shot him with a “less-than-lethal” .40-millimeter foam baton round, police said. He was arrested on four counts of dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike and one count each of possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.
Arrested at the Third Street location were:
Christopher L. Bloomfield, 27, one count each of dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of marijuana.
Zachary S. Bloomfield, 19, on one count each of dealing a synthetic drug or lookalike, possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.
During the raids, police also found a woman and infant at the Washington Center Road residence and two women and one child at the Third Street address. They were not arrested, police said, but the Indiana Department of Child Services and Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code Enforcement were called to assist police with the investigation.
Apartment robbery reported
Three men watching television reported three men, possibly assisted by two women, robbed them Wednesday night at West Wind Apartments in the 2200 block of Point West Drive in northwest Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne Police received a report of an armed robbery at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday. Police provided this report:
The three victims were watching TV when they reportedly heard a knock on the door and found a woman standing there when they answered it. Suddenly, three men allegedly rushed through the doorway, one of whom carried a black pistol.
The robbers reportedly yelled for the victims to get on the floor and then tied them up with TV cables and shoe strings. The robbers allegedly then went through the apartment looking for and taking valuables. One victim also reported a robber stomped his face into the floor, causing injury to his right eye, nose and teeth.
The victims each reported losing his wallet and cell phone. Other items reported stolen include clothes, car keys, watches, cologne and a pocket knife.
After the robbers left, the victims untied themselves and went to a neighbor’s apartment to call police.
In addition to the woman, they were possibly accompanied by another woman.
One victim told police he saw both women in the apartment building’s laundry area when he arrived home Wednesday and that he believes he has seen them there previously.
Woman reports home invasion
A woman reported three men entered the northwest Fort Wayne apartment where she was staying Wednesday and threatened her before fleeing.
Fort Wayne Police reported receiving a call from the woman at 10:13 p.m. Wednesday and went to an apartment in the 300 block of West Washington Center Road. Police provided these details:
The woman said she was left the door unlocked because she thought her brother was coming to visit.
When she stepped out of the shower, one man reportedly grabbed her from behind and pushed something into her back. The two men in front of her allegedly told her to “stay out of the game,” and then all three men fled.
She described the intruders as: 6 feet tall wearing a black ski mask, black jeans, blue shirt and black zippered hoody; an African-American 5 feet 6 inches tall in blue jeans, black hoody, black baseball cap with “DC” in white letters and a bandanna partially covering his face; and one wearing an orange ski mask.
Possible counterfeit $20s used to buy fireworks
Fort Wayne Police are investigating after a man reportedly used 65 possibly counterfeit $20 bills to buy $1,300 in fireworks Wednesday from Southern Thunder Fireworks, 4122 Lima Road in Glenbrook Commons.
A store employee called police just before 6 p.m. Wednesday to report the incident because the $20 bills didn’t feel right, police said. The man also had started shaking when she questioned him about the bills at the time of the sale, the employee told police.
The man who made the purchase was described as an African-American man about 20 to 30 years old and about 6 feet tall and 180 to 200 pounds, with a long goatee. He reportedly was wearing a white T-shirt, black pants, white socks and black sandals. He was accompanied by a young girl in pink shorts and sandals.
After they left the store, the man and girl were picked up by an African-American man with dreadlocks who was wearing a white T-shirt and khaki shorts. He reportedly was driving an early 2000s black Dodge Durango with an Indiana “In God We Trust” license plate.