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Last updated: Tue. Nov. 06, 2007 - 09:50 am EDT

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Felony charges dropped

A 39-year-old Fort Wayne man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl after giving her tequila and vodka had felony charges against him dropped Monday because the girl’s family told Allen County prosecutors it wasn’t in her best interests for the case to proceed and that she would not testify during a trial.

Kevin J. Gregory, of the 14000 block of Lima Road, faced three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to a probable cause affidavit, he gave the girl and one of her friends drinks of tequila and vodka one March night in 2006. Later, the girl told police she thought she dreamed that Gregory had sex with her, but then she woke up on the living room floor in the morning without any pants on, according to the affidavit. According to the affidavit, Gregory apologized to the girl the next morning, offered her money and told her he did not want to be “the guy in the newspaper.”

Man charged with felony theft

Allen County prosecutors filed a formal charge of felony theft Monday against a Fort Wayne man accused of inflating his salary while working as a payroll administrator, bilking the company he worked for of about $240,000 during the course of seven years.

Steven D. Prindle Jr., 36, of the 9200 block of Eagle Creek Court, worked for Tuthill Transfer Systems from 2002 until June. According to a probable cause affidavit, a representative of the company’s corporate office called its local arm, questioning how Prindle could pull down such a high salary. According to the affidavit, he inflated his biweekly salary from $1,8279.07 to $2,858.

According to the affidavit, an internal audit showed Prindle changed his job title, base salary and added overtime while working in payroll. When confronted, according to the affidavit, he admitted to the theft and said he didn’t know how much he was taking, but that he was living beyond his means.

Man sentenced for shooting at women

A Fort Wayne man who shot two to four bullets from a small handgun into a trailer while two women and four children were inside was sentenced Monday in Allen Superior Court to one year in prison.

Sensack Mark Nakasen, of the 1600 block of Dupont Road, pleaded guilty last month to criminal recklessness, possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. According to court records, on May 25 he went to the trailer where his live-in girlfriend and his four children were. He pushed his way into the trailer, stating he was going “to kill whoever was inside,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman who owned the trailer pushed him back out, and his girlfriend went outside to calm him down. According to court documents, he grabbed her by the throat before she got away and went back into the trailer. The women then heard three or four gunshots.

Nakasen was later pulled over in his car and arrested.

Domestic case nets felony charges

Allen County prosecutors filed formal felony charges Monday against a 19-year-old Fort Wayne man accused of putting a knife to his girlfriend’s throat while she held the couple’s child.

Aaron L. Lawson, of the 1000 block of Buchanan Street, faces one count each of strangulation, domestic battery and criminal recklessness. According to a probable cause affidavit, he pushed his girlfriend off the bed and began to strike her in the face Oct. 30. He then choked her twice, according to the affidavit. The woman told police that while she sat on the couch holding their child, Lawson put a knife blade to her throat and said, “I’ll slit your throat.”

Police briefs

Man charged with battery

A Fort Wayne man is accused of kicking his live-in boyfriend in the head Monday. Donald Stauffer, 26, of the 1300 block of Union Street, was arrested on a charge of battery just before 2 a.m., according to a probable cause affidavit. According to the affidavit, his boyfriend told police the two have been living together for three years, and when he tried to leave the home, Stauffer came out to the middle of the street and kicked him in the head.

According to court records, Stauffer was convicted of battering the same man in 2005.

Man accused of driving drunk

A 31-year-old Monroeville man who crashed his car Saturday is accused of driving drunk with his children – ages 7, 10 and 11 – in the car, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Jeremy W. Wallen, of the 100 block of Central Avenue in Monroeville, was arrested on one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of child neglect after he was involved in a crash on private property in the 8800 block of Ernst Road about 10:40 p.m. According to a probable cause affidavit, Wallen was drunk with a blood-alcohol content of 0.1 percent.

–From staff reports

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