Crime and Safety Report: August 13-19 Edition

| August 13, 2014

Person dies in crash

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 9:06 a.m., Aug. 4, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of  West Jefferson Boulevard and Olde Canal Place in reference to a personal injury accident.

As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they observed three vehicles to be involved in the collision. Paramedics provided medical treatment to one of the drivers at the scene before transporting him to a local hospital in critical condition. A short time after arriving at the hospital, the driver was pronounced dead. The other drivers of the vehicles involved in the crash were not injured.

Investigators on the scene were told that two vehicles were stopped at the intersection facing eastbound on Jefferson when a van struck one of the vehicles stopped in the rear as the van then collided into a utility pole. It is possible that the driver of the van may have suffered from some type of medical condition prior to the collision.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department F.A.C.T team, and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Suicidal man barricades self in home

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 8:30 p.m., Aug. 4, Fort Wayne police responded to the 1000 block of Farwood Avenue after receiving calls reporting a male adult was locked in his bedroom and making threats to commit suicide.

On arrival, officers were able to confirm that an adult male had barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom and was in fact threatening to commit suicide.  After several failed attempts to talk the male into surrendering a decision was made to call out our EST (Emergency Services Team) and our CRT (Crisis Response Team) teams.

Once on scene CRT members were able to establish phone contact with the subject and at approximately 11:35 p.m. he exited the home and surrendered to EST officers without incident. The subject was transported to a local hospital where he will be evaluated by staff doctors.

This incident was investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutors office.

 

Supply of tainted Spice hits the streets

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department is warning the public that a supply of Spice that has been circulating the Fort Wayne area is tainted with chemicals that has resulted in several users to be hospitalized. On a number of occasions now both police and medical personnel have encountered individuals that after ingestion of this tainted product are displaying psychotic behavior requiring immediate hospitalization.

Users beware very serious medical consequences can be expected with the use of this product.

Motorcyclist critically injured in accident

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:10 a.m., Aug. 7, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Crescent Avenue and North Anthony Boulevard in reference to a personal injury accident involving a motorcycle. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they located a male victim. Paramedics provided medical attention to the victim before transporting him to a local hospital in critical condition.

Investigators were told by a witness that the driver of the motorcycle made a left turn from Crescent onto Anthony but lost control and collided into a steel railing that was along side of the roadway. Investigators believe that speed may have been a contributing factor in the crash. It is unclear at this time if alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department F.A.C.T team.

Woman victim of homicide in her home

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 5:20 p.m., Aug. 8,the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to an unknown problem at a home in the 5700 block of Le Steele Boulevard. Officers arrived and located an elderly female who was unconscious. Paramedics responded and pronounced the female deceased.

The investigation so far has revealed that family members of the woman, later identified as 78-year-old Diane Woods, had been unable to reach her for a few days. A family member went over to check on Woods, found her unconscious, and called police.

Further investigation revealed that Woods died of blunt force trauma to the head and her death is being investigated as a homicide.

There are no suspects in the case at this time.

This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s Office and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Assisting agencies included the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

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