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Police and local briefs

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 11:22 am

Cell phone video leads to charges

A cell phone video depicting a fight between two female Northrop High School students on school grounds led to the arrest of both on battery charges Monday, according to a Fort Wayne Police Department report.

An officer working security at the school noticed a girl with scratches on her neck and no shoes walking toward him while spewing several obscenities directed his way, according to the report. Administrators shortly afterward learned that she and another girl had planned to fight at the school and both were followed by large groups of students as they made their way to “G Hall.”

That's when the fight broke out, the report said, and the video showed them punching each other until they fell to the floor.

Shooting on Bowser

Fort Wayne Police responded to a shooting in the 4700 block of Bowser Avenue at 1:19 a.m. today. Initial reports indicated a man was shot in the hand. No other information was available at press time today.

Judge allows alibi in murder trial

A Fort Wayne man facing charges in connection with the shooting death of a man outside a tire shop claims to have an alibi. An Allen Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday it will be allowed as evidence during a November trial.

Robert D. Mosley, 38, is accused of shooting and killing 27-year-old Lonnie Shelton when the two met near Washington Center and Kroemer roads June 19, according to investigators. Shelton died at the front door of a tire shop in the area.

According to paperwork filed by Mosley's lawyer, at least four people are set to testify that Mosley was with them on the day of the shooting and was driving in New Haven at the time the shooting took place, sometime around 10:20 p.m.

Investigators believe Mosley felt Shelton set him up 10 days before the killing during a drug deal. According to court documents, Shelton took off alone in a car as a Fort Wayne Police officer approached him, Mosley and two other people conducting the deal, according to court documents. The documents indicate Mosley told others that he would “beat” Shelton for the perceived double cross.

Burglar sentenced

In April, a man was caught by the homeowner inside a house he apparently broke into. Then, he was convicted of burglary last month by a jury, and Tuesday a Fort Wayne man received a 12-year sentence for his crime.

Sanchez K. Williams, 18, received 156 days' credit for jail time served and was ordered to pay $615 in restitution. An Allen Superior Court judge cited Williams' juvenile and adult criminal record, which included various arrests and failures at rehabilitation for the long sentence. Due to Indiana good-behavior laws, Williams could only serve half his sentence.

Woman sentenced

A Fort Wayne woman who admitted to aiding several teens in a burglary before she pawned at least one of the items they stole was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday.

According to court documents, 19-year-old Pamela Merz let four juveniles gain access to a home next door in her duplex by using her attic in March. Later, she pawned an RF modulator box for $5, which detectives learned was one of the stolen items - along with a PlayStation 1 and 2, as well as DVDs - taken from the burglarized home.

Merz would not tell detectives she knew who the burglars were until she was placed under arrest, according to court documents. Due to Indiana good-behavior laws, she could serve only half her sentence.

Failure-to-register charge for woman

Allen County prosecutors have formally charged a woman once convicted of child molesting in DeKalb County, claiming she failed to register her address with local authorities.

Pamela Irene Lindus, 22, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 and is required to register her address until 2017. According to court documents, police responded to a disturbance at a mobile home in New Haven last week, and there found Lindus. She told officers she had lived there for three weeks, but records showed her to be last registered at a local motel.

Molester sentenced

A convicted child molester who pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court last month to failing to register his address was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday. David Trout, 45, was convicted in 1993 to molesting an 11-year-old. In May 2006, he had been convicted of failing to register and was sentenced to one year in prison. After being released, he registered an address in September 2006, but police found him living somewhere else in July. Trout was given 97 days jail credit and due to good-behavior laws, he could serve only half his time.

I-69 construction

Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Interstate 69 will be restricted to one lane in each direction at 0.8 mile south of U.S. 224, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced.

Crews will be patching the bridge deck over the Wabash River and Division Road. Weather permitting, work should be complete by 7 p.m. Friday.

Meyer Rd. closure

Meyer Road will be closed at the Chicago-Fort Wayne East railroad tracks at the following locations:

• Meyer Road between Moeller Road and Oxford Street at the railroad tracks

• Meyer between Moeller and New Haven Avenue at the railroad tracks

The closure between Moeller and Oxford was until noon today. The second closure between Moeller and New Haven will be noon-6 p.m. today. A detour route will be established that will use New Haven, Adams Center Road and Moeller. The closures will allow the Chicago-Fort Wayne East Railroad to make emergency repairs to the tracks.

Volunteers needed

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for volunteers to provide return preparation assistance to people who cannot afford professional tax help. The IRS provides free tax law training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns. Training classes generally start in December and January.

Volunteers are asked to volunteer an average of two to four hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15.

To volunteer and attend one of the training classes, contact the IRS at 1-317-685-7786, fax at 1-317-685-7775, or e-mail at aarp.vita.volunteer.recruitment@irs.gov.

New playground

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll, Lafayette Place neighborhood residents, City Council members and staff from the parks department will hold a ribbon-cutting at a new playground at 4 p.m. Thursday in Lafayette Park at Glencoe Avenue.

Streets resurfaced

Streets in the Devils Hollow Addition will be resurfaced Thursday through Tuesday. Sherman Boulevard over Spy Run Creek will continue to be closed until Nov. 21 for the demolition and rebuilding of the Sherman Boulevard Bridge. Ferguson Road between South Anthony Boulevard and Muldoon Road will be closed to repair a bridge deck today through Oct. 19.

Benefit to feature MSNBC pundit

MSNBC political commentator Joe Scarborough will be in Fort Wayne on Oct. 27 for the second annual Toy Auction Benefit sponsored by the Fort Wayne Children's Foundation.

Scarborough, a Florida representative from 1994 to 2001, hosts the program “Morning Joe.”

A portion of the funds raised will benefit Kids Law, a Fort Wayne nonprofit legal organization dedicated to serving Children in Need of Services — abused, neglected or special-needs children. Members of Kids Law serve as guardians ad litem for children in Allen, Wells and Adams counties. The benefit starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Fort Wayne Country Club. Tickets are $125 each. To order, call 637-6000.

Water, sewer hearing

At City Council on Tuesday night, Councilman Tom Hayhurst, D-4th District, announced the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will host a public hearing Jan. 29 about Aqua Indiana's proposed 100 percent rate increase for its sewer and water customers.

In August, the utility filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to increase water and sewer rates. The majority of the increase is necessary because of $30 million in capital investments to meet state environmental and water-quality requirements.

-From staff reports