Crime & Safety Briefs: Sept. 25 edition

| September 24, 2013

Three injured in head-on crash

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 4:45 p.m., Sept. 18, Fort Wayne police officers responded to the 5800 block of Winchester Road after receiving a report of a head-on collision involving two motor vehicles. Once on scene, officers observed a Toyota Camry and a Chevy Venture van which both had sustained heavy front end damage to both as a result of the impact.

The van was occupied by the driver and a front seat passenger. The driver, an adult female, was trapped in her seat and extrication, which was handled by fire personnel from station No. 5. It took fire fighters approximately 25 minutes to extricate the driver from her vehicle. Her passenger received minor injures.

The driver of the Toyota was not trapped or pinned in her vehicle.

All three individuals were transported by ambulance from the scene to a local hospital where it was determined that the driver of the Toyota, a female adult was in critical condition. The remaining patients were in stable condition.

Investigators believe drugs and/or alcohol could be a factor in this incident.

Winchester Road was closed between Shamrock Road and Winn Avenue for more than two hours during the investigation.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Police department institutes new downtown patrol

FORT WAYNE—On Sept. 18, Chief of Police Russell York, Mayor Tom Henry and representatives of the downtown area businesses were on hand to announce the implementation of a Monday through Friday two-officer downtown beat patrol.

Officers assigned the detail will utilize bikes, T3s, a Bobcat as well foot patrols to canvass an area that is bounded by Clay Street to the east, Broadway to the west, Superior to the north, Brackenridge to the south, Headwaters Park, Lawton Park and the Greenway that surrounds the downtown area.


City police officer seriously injured in car crash

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:06 p.m., Sept. 19, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Wayne Trace and Oxford Street in reference to a vehicle crash involving a city police officer.  Dispatch received several calls from witnesses reporting a Fort Wayne Police squad car was involved in a vehicle crash.  Officers arrived on scene and located the single vehicle crash in the 3200 block of Wayne Trace.  The officer, later identified as Michael McEachern, was pinned inside the vehicle when officers arrived.  The Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority assisted in extracting McEachern from the vehicle.  Medics transported the officer to a local hospital in serious condition.

Preliminary reports indicate the officer was traveling southbound on Wayne Trace responding to an emergency call for service.  The emergency lights and siren on the squad car were activated at the time of the crash.  For an unknown reason, the officer lost control of the squad car and left the roadway.  The squad car struck a small tree and pole on the on the west side of the road.

Wayne Trace was closed to all traffic between Drexel Avenue and Evans Street while the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (F.A.C.T) investigated the crash and processed the scene.  The team will attempt to determine what contributing factors caused the squad car to leave the roadway.  It is does not appear alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash.  Officer McEachern remains in serious condition at a local hospital.

Fort Wayne Police Department said they wanted to thank all of the witnesses that called dispatch to report the crash.  Their calls prompted a quick response by police officers, fire personnel, and medics to arrive on scene and provide medical treatment to Officer McEachern.

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department.

Assisting agencies include the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.


Woman sought in wallet, credit card theft

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department needs the public’s assistance in identifying the person captured in the attached photograph, who allegedly stole a wallet from a customer at a local BP gas station on South Anthony Boulevard. The woman allegedly used credit cards stolen from the customer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

These articles originally appeared in the Sept. 25 print edition.

Woman arrested on cocaine-related charges; another busted for taking child to alleged public nuisance site

FORT WAYNE—On Sept. 5, detectives from the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division, with the assistance of the FWPD Emergency Services Team, served a search warrant at 3212 Lillie St.

Detectives located five adults and two children inside of the residence. One of the adults—56-year-old Sybil Brunson of Fort Wayne—was the target of the investigation. While searching the residence, detectives located cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Brunson was arrested for one count of dealing cocaine; possession of cocaine; maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia.

Another adult female, 29-year-old Dawn Allen of Fort Wayne, was arrested and charged with visiting a common nuisance and taking a child to a nuisance.

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