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Fort Wayne police and area briefs

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Marijuana plants seized; two arrested

On Tuesday morning, Fort Wayne Police reported serving a search warrant at a house in the 4600 block of Arizona Avenue, which they suspected had a marijuana-growing operation. Detectives seized 105 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $126,000, two long guns, a small amount of cash, drug paraphernalia, multiple grow lights and other equipment for growing, according to a police report.

Adam T. Uebelhoer, 22, was found at the residence and charged with dealing (manufacturing) marijuana, level 6; maintaining a common nuisance (level 6); and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Daniel A. Demerly, 23, whose address is listed in the 4600 block of Arizona, was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail on an unrelated matter.

He was charged with dealing (manufacturing) marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia, all level 6 felonies.

No one hurt in Cass Street fire

No one was hurt Tuesday afternoon in a fire that heavily damaged a home in the 1500 block of Cass Street.

Fort Wayne firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 4:22 p.m., arrived three minutes later and had the fire under control by 4:37 p.m. Even though they brought the fire under control relatively quickly, the structure was heavily damaged by the blaze.

A woman and a child who were in the home when the fire broke out made it out safely before firefighters arrived, according to a Fort Wayne Fire Department news release.

The fire started on the first floor and extended up the outside through an open window and into the roof overhang. Damage to the neighboring home was limited to the exterior. The fire remains under investigation.

Shooting reported; suspect found

Fort Wayne Police took a man into custody after they responded to a shooting at about 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 5100 block of Winter Street and found a victim suffering from a gunshot near his buttocks and torso in the back of a blue 1999 Cadillac.

A woman at the scene said she was with the man who was shot and then she decided to walk southbound on Winter Street to see a friend. She said in the police report that she saw a gold Grand Am or Grand Prix full of people approach the victim in the car. A man jumped out of the car and then she heard gunshots.

Police found the suspect driving a vehicle in the 1100 block of Swinney Avenue. Police said in the report that the driver was slow to comply with verbal commands. An officer held the driver at gunpoint and ordered him to put his hands outside his window. The officer then grabbed the driver's right hand to prevent him from placing the car in drive. The officer unlocked the doors and ordered the driver out of the car repeatedly before the officer pulled the driver from the car and directed him to the ground, where he was placed into handcuffs. Officers removed passengers from the car.

Police found a small plastic bag of a green, leafy-type substance, which tested positive for “spice”; officers found on the hump of the rear floorboard a Glock handgun, which turned out to be stolen, according to the report.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was upgraded to stable condition after treatment.

Police also believe a Monday night report of shots fired in the 5100 block of Plaza Drive is related to this incident, according to the report.

Boy reports tablet computer stolen

Fort Wayne Police responding to a strong-armed robbery at 4:32 p.m. Monday on West Paulding Road found a 12-year-old boy limping in the 5400 block of Buell Drive, according to a report. The boy said he was at Kettler Park when a 15-year-old boy robbed him of his tablet computer in the pavilion area and took off running. Two other youths followed behind. The victim tripped while chasing the boys and twisted his ankle, according to the police report.

A businessman on Paulding Road West said he saw a young boy with a blue-and-white shirt running southbound from the park holding a tablet, according to the report.

Police victim of hit-and-run

Fort Wayne Police became involved in a pursuit Monday of a driver who rear-ended a detective's police car at Hanna Street and Pettit Avenue and fled the scene, according to a police report.

During the pursuit that began shorty after 10 p.m. police chased the suspect, who was at McKinnie Avenue and Gaywood Drive, then went northbound onto Smith Street, westbound in the south alley of Rudisill Boulevard and crossed over Gaywood Drive without stopping or yielding. He continued westbound in the alley and then turned southbound onto South Park Drive. The suspect then turned westbound onto Baxter Street, where police saw the suspect throw a bag out of the window of the car in the 700 block of Baxter Street, according to the report. Police detained the suspect, who appeared inebriated, after the car stopped on Baxter just east of Hanna Street, next to his girlfriend's house; the contents of the bag later tested positive for marijuana and a portable breath test unit showed the driver's blood-alcohol content was 0.227 percent, according to the report. The suspect said he was involved in a car accident but he knew nothing about the marijuana.

Woman charged with burglary, receiving stolen property

Kristen L. Young was charged in connection with a June 2 burglary in Allen Superior Court, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Young is accused of using forcible entry to the rear door of a residence by breaking a window pane and splitting the door jamb. She is accused of taking tools, a couple of pocket knives, a bowl of coin change, an IRS tax check and a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver. Neighbors saw a dark-colored Impala with a couple of occupants slowly drive up the street and back into the driveway at about 8:30 a.m.

During an interview with detectives, Young named a couple of accomplices and indicated one of them stole the items, according to the affidavit. She said the coins were cashed at a Kroger store using a Coinstar machine, and that the handgun was traded for $70 and spice. She also said the car belonged to the one whom she said stole the household items.

She also said she and the accomplices needed a quick couple of bucks for cigarettes, gas and heroin, according to the affidavit.

Man shot in buttock on July 4

A shooting victim showed up a hospital after a Fort Wayne Police Department officer responded at around 11:18 p.m. Friday to Wildwood Avenue in reference to a shooting, according to a police report.

Shots had been fired and someone fell, police were told. An officer checked the area of the shooting but found no one, and the lights in the home in the 400 block where the shooting was supposed to have occurred were not on, according to the report. The officer found 13 9mm shell casings. It turned out the shooting victim had been dropped off at Parkview Randallia Hospital and his condition was serious. He had been shot in the left buttock and the bullet shattered his pelvis; he was later taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center, according to the report.

Two cars involved in the transport of the shooting victim to the Randallia hospital were stopped by police; the officer noticed a large pool of blood on the back seat of one car, according to the report. The driver told the officer she was at a house on Wildwood with her sisters when all of a sudden a black car drove by and began shooting at the victim. He then jumped in the back seat of her car and started yelling at her to take him to the hospital because he had been shot in the buttock, according to the report. The officer reported seeing a handgun sticking out from under the front seat of one of the cars. Photos were taken of the interior and exterior because investigators believed that car may have been involved in the shooting, according to the report.

The victim gave the police his name and a woman who was with him confirmed it. She was unhappy because this was the third shooting that had happened at the house in less than a year, and she had been wounded in the ankle at a previous shooting, according to the report. She said several people outside her home saw a black car, possibly an Impala, drive past and shoot 14 times. She said she did not know who did it.

Man stabbed Sunday morning at Foster Park

A man was stabbed Sunday night by another at Foster Park after arranging a meeting online.

According to a report from the Fort police Department, the officer responded to a stabbing in the area of Old Mill Road and Rudisill Boulevard around 12:16 a.m. and made contact with a white male. The man was holding his neck and the front of his shirt and shorts were covered in blood. He described the subject who had stabbed him as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, pale white with short blond hair and dressed in all black with possibly a white t-shirt underneath.

He said he last saw the man who attacked him walking westbound toward the back of the park. The man was taken to Lutheran Hospital in B- condition. An officer stationed on the pedestrian bridge from Foster Park to Foster Park West eventually apprehended the man when he tried to cross the bridge around 12:30 a.m. He told the officer he had been asleep on his father's couch until he woke up on the bridge.

The man was taken into custody

Couple robbed and beaten in their home

A couple reported being robbed and beaten at 6:13 a.m. Monday in their home in the 2700 block of Chestnut Street.

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department, they said two men came into their home and held them in the bedroom at around 3:40 a.m. The robbers put the two on the floor with their heads down by the bed. It was dark and the couple told police they couldn't see who the men were. The two were beaten and officers found a bloody T-shirt in the bedroom, according to the report. The robbers stole a cellphone and an aqua blue Chrysler 300 car that had been parked out front.

Couple robbed in Canterbury parking lot

A couple reported being robbed at around 11:45 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at 5600 Woodshire in Canterbury apartments.

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department when police arrived a man said they were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot. Three armed men were involved in the robbery: a tall thin man had a gun and another man was armed with a taser, according to the report. The victim said they had just arrived and had run into a friend in the parking lot. After their friend pulled away the gunman was behind them and ordered the man to give him all his money. The victim told the gunman he had no money, only credit cards. He offered the gunman his cell phone but the man threw it down. The robbers then tuned their attention to the woman; she gave them some money and they ran off, according to the report.

Neighborhoods Association meeting

The Allen County Neighborhoods Association will hold its quarterly meeting 7-8:30 p.m. July 22 in the Omni Room in the lower level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

Attorney Carrie Gutman will answer legal questions pertaining to homeowners associations and a panel of neighborhood association representatives will discuss such topics as conflicts and resolutions, meeting structure, fiscal accountability, city and county departments and how they can be beneficial to neighborhoods, reducing crime, disaster preparation. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Free parking is available in the public parking area in front of Citizens Square and at meters around the building. For more information, contact ACNA Coordinators Dan McCrea (dwmccrea@comcast.net), Kris Krishnan (kskrishnan@att.net) or Joanne Bergman (JLB888@juno.com), or Mike Green, Allen County Public Information Officer, at 449-7671.

Steelmaker fined over Indiana worker's death

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – The owner of a northwestern Indiana steel mill has agreed to pay a $7,000 fine over what state inspectors determined was a serious safety violation in a worker's death.

The inspection began after 62-year-old Robert Watts of Westville fell into scalding water in an 8 foot-deep sinkhole Feb. 8 at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor mill in East Chicago. He died March 20 at a Chicago hospital.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for not putting railings around the 11 feet-by-9 feet hole or having someone monitoring the area. The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune report Watts and another worker were repairing a pump when he fell.

The safety agency says ArcelorMittal corrected the violation during an inspection.

Police say they're keeping eye on anarchist group

WEST LAFAYETTE – A West Lafayette police detective says he's watching an anarchist social networking group calling itself the "765 movement" started after a Pine Village man was arrested.

West Lafayette police Detective Sgt. Matt Coddington tells the Journal & Courier that statements posted so far appear to fall within the bounds of constitutionally protected speech.

The group with nearly 100 members was created less than a week after 22-year-old Samuel Bradbury of Pine Village was ordered held without bond on charges of willfully threatening the use of explosive materials and to extort and threaten interstate communication after saying he ran an anarchist group that commanded a couple to kill two Las Vegas police officers. He later said he had never heard of the pair before the shootings.