Men pulled from water identified

The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified two men who were pulled out of different bodies of water Thursday – one from Lakeside Park pond and the other from the Maumee River at the Tecumseh Bridge.

Deonte Antone Cooper, 28, of Fort Wayne was found and recovered at about 10 a.m. Thursday from the pond of Lakeside Park, 1400 Lake Ave. He had been reported missing, according to Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman Michael Joyner.

Paul Clint Ledesma, 34, of Fort Wayne was found and recovered at about 8:57 a.m. Thursday from the Maumee River at the Tecumseh Bridge, 1100 Edgewater Ave.

The cause of death and manner of death is pending in both cases, which remain under investigation by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Allen County Coroner’s Office. <br>

<center> Police seek man who tried to assault woman, 84 </center><br> The Kendallville Police Department is looking for a suspect in his late teens or early 20s who tried to sexually assault an 84-year-old woman in her residence in Kendallville, according to a police report.

Police responded to the call at 4:18 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of East Mitchell Street, where the victim said she was asleep in a downstairs room when she became aware of a man standing at her bed. The suspect pulled her from the bed, but the victim was able to resist the attacker, resulting in his fleeing the residence.

The victim received minor injuries. Police say the attacker entered through an unlocked door.

The suspect is approximately 5-foot-9 or shorter with a stocky build and dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 1-260-347-0654. <br>

<center> ISP assisting investigation of man threatening suicide </center><br>

Indiana State Police is assisting the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation involving a stand-off with an armed man threatening suicide Friday along a tree line on King Road north of 9A Road in Plymouth.

The 90-minute stand-off between police and the man ended shortly before noon after Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and Plymouth Police Department officers attempted to intervene with the despondent man, who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the ensuing struggle with police and was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. His condition is unknown and the circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation. <br>

<center> ISP accepting applications for dispatchers </center><br>

Indiana State Police is accepting applications for two regional dispatcher positions at the Toll Road Post to staff the Regional Dispatch Center that operates out of the facility at 52422 County Road 17 that covers the length of the Indiana Toll Road as well as the Bremen District in Elkhart, St. Joseph, Marshall and Kosciusko counties.

Applicants must be able to receive, record and dispatch information to police personnel and other law enforcement agencies through the use of a CAD system, Records Management Systems, Automatic Vehicle Locator, Geographic Information System and other Regional Dispatch Center resources. Two years of public safety communications experience is preferred. Application deadline is Monday. Applications available at or contact Brandon P. Lowe at or 1-317-232-8238. <br>

<center> Fairfield Avenue closure expected through July 1 </center><br>