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Last updated: Thu. Aug. 21, 2014 - 09:13 am EDT

Man dies in I69 crash in DeKalb County

Man dies in DeKalb crash

A 27-year-old man died early Wednesday after crashing and rolling his vehicle on Interstate 69 in DeKalb County near the 337 mile marker.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department said the man, identified as Ihtsham Waseem of Richardson, Texas, was driving southbound when, shortly before 3 a.m., his 2004 Pontiac Torrent left the road on the east side. Waseem over-corrected and crossed back over to the west side, leaving the road.

The vehicle slid facing eastbound until it struck a ditch embankment and overturned 1 1/2 times before coming to rest on the driver's side.

Waseem, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man accused of domestic violence

A Fort Wayne man was taken into custody by Fort Wayne Police after officers responded to an unknown problem at 12:30 a.m. Monday. The man came home intoxicated shortly after his wife returned from work and grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the living room floor, according to a police report. He reportedly choked her with two hands when a family member attempted to stop him. He grabbed her shirt and pushed her away, and then grabbed his wife, choking her until she could not breathe. Their daughter woke up and tried to get her father to stop when he grabbed her and told her to go back to bed. He then grabbed his wife again by the throat and threw her to the dining room floor. The daughter tried to intervene again, when her father grabbed her and took her to her bedroom. He grabbed the other family member by the shirt and shoved her aside and then grabbed his wife by the throat again in front of their daughter. When family members tried to call the police, the man threw the cell phone, breaking it. He pushed one of the family members outside, and he punched holes in the wall and knocked over chairs near the front door, according to the police report.

The man was taken into custody on charges of domestic battery in the presence of a child, strangulation, criminal mischief and interference with the reporting of a crime.

Tires dumped at McMillen Park

Fort Wayne Police responded to an illegal dumping call shortly after 9 a.m. Monday at McMillen Park. Officers found a parks employee who discovered 60-70 used tires dumped at the west side of the park, near the Rudisill Boulevard entrance. The employee said there was a person of interest regarding the dumping of the tires.

July Pool open

Jury Pool, 1702 Glencoe Blvd. in New Haven, will be open noon-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. For information, call the pool at 245-0152 or the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department at 749-2212.

Smaltz appointed to task force

State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) has been appointed to serve on the Sector Strategies Taskforce of the Indiana Career Council. The Indiana Career Council is charged with aligning the education skills and training provided by Indiana's educational, job skills and career training systems with the existing and projected needs of the state's job market. For more information about the Sector Strategies Taskforce, please visit Smaltz represents all of DeKalb County and portions of Allen and Steuben counties.

Lane restriction changes on I-69

On Thursday the current lane restrictions on Interstate 69 near the Dupont Road bridge will be switched to the inside lane in both directions. The same number of lanes will remain open and the enforceable speed limit of 55 mph also will remain in effect. The limits are as follows:

*Northbound I-69, from 1.45 miles south of the Dupont Road bridge to 0.19 miles north of the Dupont Road bridge.

*Southbound I-69, from 0.20 miles south of the Dupont Road Bridge to 0.46 miles north of the Dupont Road bridge, a distance of approximately 0.66 miles.

To avoid delays, motorists may seek alternate routes, such as the new Union Chapel Interchange at Exit 317.

Road work

*Berry Street will remain closed between Harrison Street and Maiden Lane throughout Thursday. It is expected that Berry will re-open to traffic at 6:30 a.m. Friday. This closure will be for the installation of water lines across Berry Street as a part of the new Skyline Development project.. During this closure, the intersection of Berry and Harrison streets will be temporarily restricted as a four-way stop, and Berry Street traffic will be detoured to Harrison Street, Main Street and Ewing Street.

*Harrison Street will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to noon Thursday between Wayne Street and Berry Street. This closure will be to allow utility NIPSCO to repair and replace sidewalk due to a gas line service along the sidewalk.

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