Crime and Safety Report: March 18-24 Edition

| March 18, 2015

Six arrested in separate meth lab raids

FORT WAYNE—Shortly after 3 p.m., March 5, officers of the FWPD Vice and Narcotics Division were called to a meth lab at the Quality Inn at 1734 W. Washington Center Road. The meth lab was neutralized by the FWPD Meth Suppression Unit.

The following people were arrested in connection with this investigation:

• Timothy Eckelbarger, 47, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors, and possession of paraphernalia.

• Melinda Zerbe, 44; on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

• Michelle Coppess, 26, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors, and possession of paraphernalia.

Later that same even, just before 8 p.m., officers of the FWPD Emergency Services Team and detectives of the Vice and Narcotics Division served a search warrant at a residence in the 800 block of Poplar Street. An active meth lab was located at the residence. The meth lab was neutralized by the FWPD Meth Suppression Unit and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit.

The following people were arrested in connection with this investigation.

• Manuel Martinez, 32, arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors; possession of methamphetamine; maintaining a common nuisance; neglect of a dependent; possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

• Jonelle Miller, 28, arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors; possession of methamphetamine; maintaining a common nuisance; neglect of a dependent; possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

• Gary Maple, 45, manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors; possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance.

Man found dead at Hawthorne, Webster

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne police responded to the intersection of Hawthorne and Webster Streets at approximately 3:50 p.m., March 11 on a 911 call reporting a shooting. Once on scene officers observed an unresponsive male black face down on Hawthorne west of Webster. The male was lying in front of a gray in color Chevrolet Impala. Fire personnel arrived and pronounced the male dead at the scene.

Detectives and uniformed officers canvassed the area looking for potential witnesses to the incident. Officers were told that two males were seen running from the area, one to the north and the other to the south. Residents did report hearing multiple gunshots prior to officers’ arrival.

The Chevrolet Impala was towed from the scene for processing and the deceased was taken to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center where an autopsy will conducted to establish a cause and manner of death.

Investigators are asking anyone that might have witnessed the event to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (436-7867).

This incident remains under the investigation of the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s office and the Allen County Prosecutor’s office.

Body found near railroad tracks

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 11:05 a.m., March 11, Fort Wayne police were called to the area of Hendricks and Fairfield when employees of the Norfolk Southern observed a body lying alongside of their tracks. Officers arrived and found the body of an adult male white along two sets of tracks east of the 1600 block of Fairfield Avenue. Fire personnel determined the male to be dead at the scene.

Train traffic was suspended during the investigation however once completed service was allowed to resume. An autopsy was scheduled to determine a cause and manner of death.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s office, the Allen County Prosecutor’s office and Norfolk Southern Police.

Barricade incident stops traffic downtown

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 11:50 a.m., March 11, Fort Wayne police were summoned to the 2300 block of N. Clinton Street where passersby observed a female out on a second floor roof of a home screaming for help.

 

Once on scene, uniform officers were able to determine that the incident had taken place at 2307 N. Clinton St., and approached the home. Several attempts were made to make contact with the occupants of the home but all attempts failed. Supervisors on the scene requested the department’s EST and CRT units to the incident.

Once on scene CRT and EST units continued attempts to establish communications with the occupants of the home but were unsuccessful. EST officers breached the front door of the home and shortly thereafter a female adult exited the home followed by two adult males. All three were detained and are presently being questioned by detectives to determine charges.

Several major arteries in the area had to be shut down and traffic diverted around the scene to ensure public safety.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutors office.

Arrest made in pharmacy robberies

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Police Department has made an arrest in two recent pharmacy robberies.

Jacob Burkhart, 21, of Huntertown, was arrested on two counts of robbery.

Burkhart was tied to the Feb. 28 Walgreen’s robbery at 10412 Coldwater Road as well the March 1 Kroger pharmacy at 5725 Coventry Road.

Latent fingerprints collected at both scenes connected Burkhart to the robberies.

 

Burkhart was arrested March 11 by the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit.

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