Crime & Safety Briefs: Jan. 1 edition

| January 2, 2014

Police seek suspects in bar shooting

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 1:13 a.m., Dec. 25, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 1700 block of East Wayne Street in regards to a shooting. Upon arrival Officers located multiple shell casings just outside the entrance of the Sports and Spirits bar. The southern most windows of the bar, closest to the entrance, were riddled with bullets. Two adult victims were located inside the bar suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. 

One victim, an adult male in critical condition, was transported to a local hospital by paramedics. The other victim, an adult female, was transported to a local hospital in fair condition.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a disturbance occurred inside the bar. The bouncer of the bar escorted the subjects who were instigating the confrontation outside and then locked the door. The subjects, once outside began to shoot through the window into the bar. It is unknown at this time if the two victims who were shot were involved in the initial disturbance.

Video surveillance and witnesses were instrumental in identifying the shooters. At this time Officers are attempting to locate the shooters based on initial reports. All witnesses were interviewed and leads are being investigated as to the whereabouts of the shooters. The crime scene was being processed for further evidence and the video footage continues to be reviewed. 

This incident remains under investigation by The Fort Wayne Police Department and The Prosecutor’s office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

The Three Rivers Ambulance Authority assisted in responding to the incident.


Two arrested on drug-related charges

FORT WAYNE—On Dec. 19, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice/Narcotics Division and Emergency Services Team served a drug-related search warrant at 5022 Bowser Ave., resulting in the arrest of two suspects on various charges.

James Hendry Sanders and Tammie Nichelle Goodvine (aka Tammie Sanders) were arrested on collective charges of dealing a synthetic drug; possison of marijuana; being s serious felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, and maintaining a common nuisance.

In an ongoing cooperative effort with the community, detectives began their investigation with the help of anonymous complaints of drug activity in this residence.

Included in evidence seized by detectives were two firearms, including one stolen in a prior city burglary, along with more than 800 grams of bulk synthetic cannabinoid drugs and nearly $800.

Sanders’ bond was set at $12,500; Goodvine was release on her own recognizance pending trial.

Neighborhood Code Enforcement also assisted in assessing the occupant safety of the house, resulting in a condemnation of the property.

One-year-old reported dead in bed

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:25 a.m., Dec. 22, EMS and Fort Wayne police officers responded to the 1000 block of W. Creighton Avenue in regards to an unresponsive one-year-old infant. Paramedics rendered aid to the unresponsive infant while en route to a local hospital; where the infant was pronounced deceased.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the infant was sleeping in bed with a parent and became unresponsive. As protocol The Fort Wayne Police Department works all death investigations as homicides, until proven different. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Coroner pending an autopsy.

This incident remains under investigation by The Fort Wayne Police Department, The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and The Coroner’s Office.

Nuisance spot, potential drug den busted on Packard

FORT WAYNE—On DEC. 23, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics division, along with members of the Emergency Services Team served a search warrant at 336 ½ West Packard Ave. Narcotics Detectives had investigated marijuana sales at this location, and obtained a search warrant for this address.

During the service of the search warrant, three adults and one juvenile were discovered inside of the residence. Travon D. Russell, 22, was arrested for one count of dealing marijuana in a quantity of more than 30 grams, one count of felony possession of marijuana, one count of maintaining a common nuisance and one misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia. Russell was held on a $7,500 bond.

Mannie T. Buzzard, 23, and Shandy N. Granados, 29, were both arrested for visiting a common nuisance (A-Misdemeanor). A 17-year-old female was also detained for visiting a common nuisance and taken to the Allen County Juvenile Center.

During a search of the residence, narcotics detectives discovered approximately one pound of marijuana, three handguns, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of money.

The investigation is ongoing.

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