Crime and Safety Report: August 20-26

| August 20, 2014

Person sought for damaging surveillance camera at Urban League

fwulvandalFORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department is in need of the public’s assistance in identifying the subject captured in this surveillance photos. The person is being sought regarding an act of vandalism that occurred sometime between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., July 26 at the Fort Wayne Urban League Citilink waiting area at 2135 S. Hanna St. The subject, described as a black male was observed removing the lens from a security camera in surveillance footage.

Anyone with information please contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (436-7867).

Hensler achieves merit rank of sergeant

FORT WAYNE—On Aug. 18, 2014, Officer Gary Hensler was promoted to the merit rank of Sergeant. The promotion ceremony took place in Council Chambers at Citizens Square.


Bar raided as public nuisance spot

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:32 a.m., Aug. 15, the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Emergency Services Team, assisted by the Vice & Narcotics Unit, Gang & Violent Crime Unit and the Indiana State Excise Police conducted a search warrant raid at the Sports N Spirits bar located at 1723 E. Wayne St.

As a result of the raid, four adults were arrested, include the bar owner and a bartender.

They were:

• Burke Baughman, owner of Sports N Spirits. Baughman was charged with felony maintaining a common nuisance;

• April Bradford, who was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana;

• Marcy Parker, who was taken into custody on previous arrest warrants, and

• Jennifer Smith, a bartender, who was taken into custody on previous warrants.

The FWPD began an investigation into the bar after receiving citizen’s complaints after a series of violent incidents that occurred in or around the bar. There have been more than 100 calls for service to this location since 2013 until the present.

Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code was called to the scene to investigate code violations.

Police investigate two deaths; incidents could be related

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 5:51 p.m., Aug. 15,, a vehicle arrived at the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency entrance and the driver summoned assistance from the hospital staff. The staff determined an adult male inside the vehicle was in critical condition and moved the victim into the emergency room and began medically treatment on him. The driver of the vehicle fled the hospital as soon as the victim was moved into the emergency room.

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the victim, later identified as Timothy Hartman, 54, of Ashley, Ind., was pronounced deceased by a physician.

At approximately 6:13 p.m. that same evening, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Michigan Avenue in reference to a report of an unconscious adult male inside an apartment.

Police and medics arrived on scene and located the unresponsive man inside. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the victim, identified as Neal Reading, 58, of Pleasant Lake, Ind., was pronounced deceased by a physician.

After interviewing a witness in the apartment and conducting further investigation, detectives determined that the Hartman and Reading were acquaintances of one another. Detectives said neither victim had any visible signs of a traumatic injury that indicated it contributed to their deaths.

At this time, it is unknown if the two deaths are related or if they are criminal in nature. Crime scene technicians processed the scene and collected evidence.

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.

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

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

Officer investigates suspicious activity on Covington Road

FORT WAYNE—On Aug. 17, an Officer Griffith of the Fort Wayne Police Department filed the following report in regard to a report of suspicious activity in the Covington Road area. Officer Griffith’s report reads as follows:

“I responded to the area of the 5100 block of Covington Road regarding subjects going door to door asking people if they wanted their driveways sealed. The vehicle that the subjects were driving was described as a red, smaller pickup truck.

“I located a red pickup truck parked in the drive at 4700 Covington Road and observed that one of the two subjects was speaking with the homeowner. I spoke with Montey (last name redacted) and he told me that they were asking people if they wanted their services to reseal driveways. (Redacted) was with Christopher (last name redacted). (Redacted) and (redacted) told me that they were staying at the Super 8 Motel and were trying to make money.

“(Redacted) had an ID from Illinois and (redacted) had an ID from Texas. I ran [both subjects’ information] through dispatch and learned that (redacted) had warrants out of Tennessee, Wisconsin and Alabama, however, the warrants were non-extraditable per dispatch.

“Both subjects told me that they did not have valid drivers licenses. I escorted them from 4700 Covington Road and allowed them to wait for someone who had a valid license.

“I cleared and returned to service.”

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