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Fort Wayne police briefs

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 11:31 am

Spice blamed for 'trance-like' state

Fort Wayne Police went to a home in the 1700 block of Short Street on Monday, responding to an unknown problem. When they arrived, they found a mother and a 16-year-old girl both staring at a wall in a “trance-like” state. They would not acknowledge the presence of the police officer. Medics arrived, and one of the females came out of her trance and began to thrash and talk in a manner that was not understandable. She was taken to a local hospital.

The other female came to and said they had both been offered some Spice, a synthetic marijuana-like substance.

She also produced a small amount of Spice. Three children sleeping inthe house were removed by the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Man accused of selling heroin

A man who allegedly sold heroin three times to a confidential informant has been charged with three counts of dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Marquis J. Hill, 26, of the 2400 block of Evans Street, the informant purchased heroin from Hill three times, once in June and twice in July. Hill was arrested and charged with one Class B felony and two Level 5 felonies in Allen Superior Court.

Warsaw man accused of breaking into funeral home after disturbance

A Warsaw man was taken into custody Tuesday morning after allegedly breaking into a funeral home in northern Kosciusko County.

Employees at Katie’s Kwik Mart in Leesburg contacted Kosciusko County officials at 6:44 a.m. Tuesday regarding the unusual actions of the driver of a yellow motorcycle.

As officers were en route to the location, the driver apparently left the premises northbound after he had caused a disturbance inside and outside the store. Kosciusko County sheriff’s deputies radioed for the Milford Police Department officer to look for the suspect vehicle that potentially had left on Indiana 15.

Officers were then notified by dispatchers at 7 a.m. that a vehicle matching that description had circled the Mishler Funeral Home, 461 W. County Road 900 North, Milford, and the driver had then approached the business.

Milford police went to the funeral home and located the reported yellow motorcycle, along with a broken window on the rear of the building.

The suspect, identified as Austin James Grindle, 19, of Warsaw, emerged from the broken window and was taken into custody.

The management of the Mishler Funeral Home arrived and allowed officers inside, at which point their preliminary investigation found that the suspect had been attempting to steal DVDs.

Deputies also obtained a search warrant to obtain a blood draw for drug and alcohol results from Grindle because of his erratic behavior.

Those results are still pending, but Grindle was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony burglary of a business with intent. He is being held on a prosecutorial hold without bond in the Kosciusko County Jail.

Blue Jacket touts program success

Blue Jacket, a Fort Wayne-based nonprofit that provides tools and opportunities for adult ex-offenders and other disadvantaged people to become productive community members, announced the success of its four-week Career Academy training — a 66 percent employment rate within three months of graduating the program.

The nonprofit also announced the total recidivism rate is 17 percent, with 9 percent of its graduates with criminal backgrounds returning to crime and with 8 percent returning to prison, the news release said. Blue Jacket was expecting a total 31 percent recidivism rate, and percentages are incomparable to any local or regional organization that serves ex-offenders.

Blue Jacket serves those who are homeless, veterans and/or low-income and anyone with hardships in gaining employment, but has specialized in serving people with criminal backgrounds.