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Fort Wayne, area police and court briefs

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Fatal crash in DeKalb County

A man and woman on a motorcycle were killed Wednesday in a crash at U.S. 6 and DeKalb County Road 24 East in DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department received a report of the crash at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Motorcycle operator Michael E. Wilson, 47, of Auburn, and his passenger, Michelle L. Reser, 34, of Angola, were pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff's department reported.

The department said:

Wilson and Reser were traveling southwest on County Road 24's east junction, which curves to the left.

Wilson reportedly failed to negotiate the turn, and the Triumph motorcycle left the road and went through a grassy field and up the embankment to U.S. 6. The motorcycle then flew airborne into traffic and crashed into the semitractor truck.

The truck's driver, who was not injured, tried to avoid the motorcycle but told police he couldn't do so.

A witness said the motorcycle appeared to have been traveling at high speed before the accident, police said. Wilson and Reser weren't wearing helmets.

'Critical' accident

A man was reported to be in critical condition after a motorcycle accident at 2:58 a.m. Thursday in the 8500 block of Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne Police said.

Police said the driver, Justin Seyfert, 23, of Fort Wayne, reportedly was traveling at a high speed southbound on Coldwater Road. He failed to make a curve in the road and went off the west side, where he was thrown from the motorcycle.

No other vehicles or objects were involved in the crash, and Seyfert was the only person on the motorcycle, police said. It doesn't appear he was wearing a helmet.

Paramedics took him to a local hospital, where he was reported to be in critical condition, police said.

The Fort Wayne Police Department FACT team continues to investigate the accident.

Investigators: Child playing with lighter causes fire

Investigators have determined Tuesday's fire at 1509 Cass St. was accidental, caused by a child playing with a lighter.

No one was hurt in the fire, but the home was heavily damaged.

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.

Child molesting alleged

Khampaseuth O. Lothvilaythong, 36, of the 2800 block of Queen Street, was charged with child molesting, a Class C felony, Wednesday in Allen Superior Court.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Lothvilaythong fondled or touched a child under age 14 between January 2011 and March 2012. The child's mother told a doctor of her suspicion that her child was being molested, and the Indiana Department of Child Services investigated.

A Department of child Services caseworker contacted Lothvilaythong in April 2012, and the defendant denied the allegations, according to court documents. However, the court found probable cause exists and ordered the clerk to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Man charged with rape

A man who gave a woman a ride home Jan. 21 allegedly raped her, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Da Wood, 36, of the 1600 block of Hobson Road, was charged with rape, a Class B felony; criminal confinement, a Class D felony; and sexual battery, a Class D felony, on Wednesday in Allen Superior Court. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

According to the affidavit, Wood gave the victim a ride home, but parked the car behind a building and forced her against the car door, took her clothes off and raped her.

Man charged with molestation

Lawrence C. King, 51, of the 400 block of Pettit Avenue, was charged with two counts of child molesting, one a Class A felony and one a Class C felony, in Allen Superior Court.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, King fondled a young girl twice in March.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.