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Posted on Sat. Jan. 26, 2008 - 10:21 am EDT

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Police briefs

Woman reports attempted rape

A woman told Fort Wayne Police on Thursday that a man grabbed her and tried to rape her at an apartment complex in the 8100 block of Lakeside Court. According to a police report, the woman said the man approached her from behind as she was walking home sometime before 2 a.m. He offered her drugs for sex, she said, but she refused. She told officers he then grabbed her and dragged her behind an apartment building. There he groped her and then tried to assault her using a condom. Someone opened a door or window to an apartment above them, and that caused the attacker to run away, the woman said. At the scene, officers found footprints and drag marks, as well as a condom wrapper, according to the report.

Man reports robbery

A man told Fort Wayne Police he was robbed of $2 by a couple of baseball bat-wielding 20-somethings at the corner of Poinsette Street and State Boulevard on Thursday. According to a police report, the man told officers the two people who robbed him hit him in the stomach with a baseball bat and took the money out of his pocket. He said they got away in a gray Bonneville.

Two men rob aquatics store

Two men robbed Broadway Aquatics at gunpoint Thursday, breaking two fish tanks and the front glass counter in the process, according to a Fort Wayne Police Department report.

One of the men began asking an employee about piranhas moments before the robbery just before 1 p.m. He then left the store and came back with another man. One of the men had a semi-automatic handgun that he “racked” during the incident, but according to the employee it sounded more like a BB gun than a real gun. The robbers demanded money, which they took, and then left. A witness told police he saw a white or cream-colored Chevy Impala or Malibu leave the scene. The robbers were described as being between 25 and 30 years old. One wore a mask with a white stripe.

Patient returned to hospital

Fort Wayne Police on Thursday had to corral the second patient this month to get by security at Parkview Behavioral Health on Randallia Drive. According to a police report, a female patient from Parkview who was supposed to be committed for 72 hours fled from her hospital room and made it to the CVS store at Beacon Street and State Boulevard with hospital staff in pursuit. Police were called to the store, where the woman had, by then, been surrounded by the staff. Earlier this month, a man who was supposed to be committed to Parkview Behavioral Health made it past hospital security and ran down a street wearing only his boxer shorts and socks. Before being taken into custody, the man was seen knocking on doors in a nearby neighborhood.

Court briefs

Guilty plea avoids time behind bars

For pleading guilty to one count of child molesting and another of child solicitation in connection to the molestation of a 10-year-old girl, a 23-year-old Fort Wayne man will serve no time behind bars as long as he abides by the law.

Eric S. Martin accepted a plea deal from Allen County prosecutors Friday that, if accepted by a judge at his sentencing in March, would give him a suspended prison sentence and place him on probation for four years. The deal also calls for Martin to complete a counseling program for sexual predators.

According to court records, Martin molested the girl sometime between 2003 and 2006, and also asked her 7-year-old sister to perform a sex act on him.

Shooting sentence

A Fort Wayne man who shot his 18-year-old son in the arm last summer was sentenced in Allen Superior Court to 5 1/2 years in prison Friday.

Rodolfo Lopez, 38, of the 2900 block of Trentman Avenue, became angry with his son, Jose and Jose’s mother one night in August. According to court documents, an argument escalated and Lopez shot his son with a .25-caliber handgun. The teen suffered a gunshot wound to his upper arm but was able to knock the gun out of his father’s hand when Rodolfo Lopez pointed it at the teen’s mother.

Lopez eventually pleaded guilty to battery and pointing a firearm. He was given 154 days credit served for time spent in Allen County Jail.

Plea deal nets 8 years in prison

A man accused of playing a role in the theft of at least 14 air conditioners as well as some copper tubing from local businesses last month will serve no more than eight years in prison if a plea deal he signed Friday is accepted. Marc E. Zumwalt, 34, of the 2900 block of Fruehauf Drive, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to five charges of theft and one charge of corrupt business influence. He and another man, 50-year-old Maurice Stantz, were accused of stealing the air conditioners from the businesses during the course of a week. They then tried to sell the scrap parts, according to court documents.

Stantz is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Man sentenced for burglary

A Fort Wayne man convicted of stealing copper tubing from a home was sentenced in Allen Superior Court to four years in prison Friday.

Joe L. Barnes Jr., 41, pleaded guilty earlier this month to his role in the burglary. According to court documents, he was hiding in the home near a dishwasher when police found him last September. Officers also found copper piping on the floor of the home. Part of Barnes’ sentence is also for a conviction on receiving stolen auto parts.

Arrest warrant issued for teenager

A Fort Wayne teen who was supposed to be sentenced Friday after being convicted of burglary was a no- show in Allen Superior Court, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest. Jordan M. Brown, 19, of the 4700 block of Holton Avenue, was to receive a sentence of no more than six years in prison for his role in the burglary of an apartment where he and a group of others stole clothes, a plasma television and a safe, according to court documents. His lawyer said he did not know why Brown failed to appear and that he had no trouble appearing for all the other hearings.

Prison for attempted robbery

A man who used a pen he had just bought at a local store to scrawl a threatening note in his attempt to rob a bank was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court to two years in prison.

According to court documents, Dymetro Rozier, 31, who is homeless, tried to rob the Wells Fargo bank at 3902 S. Clinton St. with a note that said, “This is a robbery! Put $1,000.00 in an envelope & don’t say a word! I have a gun!” He wrote the note on the receipt for the pen he just bought. He pleaded guilty to a count of robbery last month.

According to lawyers who spoke at the sentencing hearing, Rozier, who turned himself into Fort Wayne Police, has been in trouble since being discharged from the military and may have been using drugs since he was 8 years old.

Man faces drug charges

A Fort Wayne man accused of having more than 43 grams of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of South Side High School last week is now facing a long prison term. Harvey R. Fields Jr., 30, of the 2600 block of Lafayette Street, was formally charged by Allen County prosecutors Friday with two Class A felonies for dealing and possessing cocaine, as well as a Class B felony for being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun. Though Class B felony carries up to 20 years in prison, many drug cases get pleaded down to significantly shorter sentences. According to court records, Fort Wayne Police found Fields sitting in a Ford Explorer near South Side on Jan. 19; when they searched the vehicle, officers found the crack cocaine and a .40-caliber handgun.

Local briefs

Daniels meets with local economic group

Gov. Mitch Daniels met with about 50 members of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership for breakfast at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, 3201 Stellhorn Road. Daniels said his property tax plan, which passed the House 93-1 this week, would help boost the state’s economy.

“It will be another dimension of competitive advantage for our state,” he said.

Pond ice conditions

Lakeside Park’s pond remains open for skaters this weekend, but Reservoir Park’s is not. Despite low temperatures, the ice there remains unsafe. The warming hut at Lakeside will be open noon-4 p.m. today-Sunday and 4-9 p.m. weekdays.

The new pond at East Swinney Park will remain closed. The ponds at Lakeside, Reservoir and East Swinney are sanctioned and checked daily by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. All others are not skating ponds, and the public is asked to avoid them. More reliable indoor ice is available at McMillen Ice Arena during daily public skating hours.

For up-to-date information on ice-skating and pond-ice conditions, call Parks and Recreation at 427-6000. Visit www.fortwayneparks.org for rink hours at McMillen Ice Arena and Headwaters Park.

Aqua Indiana hearing postponed

A public hearing on Aqua Indiana’s proposed rate increase has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the hearing will be held at a new date and location to be announced.

Last year, the company announced it would seek a 100 percent increase of its water and sewer rates. After reaching an agreement for the city to acquire its north system earlier this month, Aqua Indiana agreed to reduce the increase to 75 percent.

County approves 911 service contract

The Allen County Commissioners approved a new wireless contract for emergency 911 services that will save the county $84,000 in the next year. The savings come as a result of hardware equipment installed last year. The one-year contract with Verizon will cost the county about $20,000 a month.

Education briefs

IPFW enrollment increases

IPFW’s enrollment increased 2.5 percent for the spring semester, bringing the total to 11,239 students.

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne said it was the second-largest spring semester total in the school’s history. In spring 1992, a total of 11,267 were enrolled.

Total credit hours, which reflect enrollments in courses and are used to calculate the university’s state funding, increased 3.4 percent to a record 115,934, according to Jack C. Dahl. Freshman and sophomore enrollments were slightly below last year’s levels. Junior, senior and graduate student enrollments all increased. The number of minority students enrolled increased from 1,155 to 1,218.

Timothy L. Johnson board to meet Monday

Timothy L. Johnson Academy’s board will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, 7908 S. Anthony Blvd. The agenda includes new and old business, but no specifics were available Friday.

Graduation rates incorrectly reported

The state Department of Education incorrectly reported three local schools’ graduation rates for 2007.

Canterbury, Keystone and Blackhawk Christian high schools all said the numbers the state released Tuesday were much lower than the numbers they calculated.

Canterbury said its graduation rate was 100 percent, not 93.5; Keystone’s was 91 percent, not 64.7; and Blackhawk was unsure of its exact rate but said it was higher than the reported 87.7 percent.

The state said the problem only affected schools that have exceptions on how they report enrollment and graduation numbers. The state is working to correct the problem, but is waiting on more information from the schools to fix the numbers on the state’s Web site ( www.doe.state.in.us), according to DOE spokesman Avon Waters.


–From staff reports


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