Angola woman dies in crash after hit by wheel

The Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal crash after a wheel fell off a moving pickup and struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, according to a police report.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, emergency crews responded to a crash on southbound Interstate 465 south of Interstate 74 on the east side. Crystal Emerick, 43, of Angola, was found unconscious in the driver’s seat of a silver Chevrolet Equinox and taken to the hospital, where she later died of her injuries. A passenger in the same vehicle also was injured, but was conscious and alert. Three back-seat passengers were not injured.

A preliminary investigation determined a Dodge Ram was traveling northbound on Interstate 465 near the 49.9 mile marker when the rear left wheel fell off the vehicle. The wheel bounded over the median and struck the windshield of the southbound Equinox. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, and investigators are trying to find the cause of the wheel separating from the truck. <br>

<center> Police seek armed robbery suspect </center><br>

The Fort Wayne Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with several robberies that have occurred in the area.

Tracy Lloyd, 44, is white, 5-feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair.

Lloyd is 1 in connection with several armed robberies that have occurred in the Fort Wayne and Allen County area. Anyone who knows his immediate whereabouts is asked to call 427-1222. Otherwise call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP (436-7867). <br>

<center> Accessible courthouses webinar set for July 6 </center><br>

Great Lakes ADA Center will present an informative webinar on the requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act accessibility standards for courthouses and courtrooms 2:30-4 p.m. July 6.

Presenters will review requirements for secured entrances, judges’ benches, jury boxes, witness stands, clerk and bailiff stations, spectator seating, holding cells and other courthouse spaces and elements. Register at <br>

<center> Volunteer Lawyer Program acknowledges top pro bono attorneys </center><br>

The Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana announced 26 area attorneys donated 50 or more hours of pro bono legal assistance in 2016. Although not required, 50 hours of free legal assistance to low-income people is a goal established by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Attorneys achieving this benchmark are: Douglas Adelsperger, Laura Boyer, R. David Boyer II, Johanna Campbell, John Cowan, Jonathan Cress, Melanie Farr, Travis Friend, Ronald Felger, Yvette Gaff Kleven, Stephen Griebel, Damian Gosheff, Alan Hofer, Nicholas Hursh, Roy Kiplinger, James McEntarfer, Jerri Mead, Timothy Stucky, Joshua Tourkow, Douglas Ulmer, Konrad Urber, David Van Gilder, Benjamin Williams, Nathan Williams, Sarah Wladecki and Michael Yates.