A multiagency investigation led to the discovery of a marijuana cultivation operation, the seizure of guns and cash and the arrest of a man in rural DeKalb County on Tuesday.
Curtis D. Wittwer, 65, of Spencerville was arrested at his home in the 6700 block of County Road 68 after it was raided by the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, the department’s version of a SWAT unit.
Wittwer is facing felony charges of cultivating and dealing marijuana, according to the state police.
The state police, the Allen County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration were all involved in the investigation, which began as a tip this month to the drug task force.
During the raid of Wittwer’s home, police found eight handguns, three shotguns, three assault-style rifles, two lever-action rifles and more than $88,000 in cash.
Wittwer was booked into DeKalb County Jail and the investigation continues, according to police, who also encouraged to the public to call 888-873-1694 with any information about marijuana-growing activities.
Anonymous tips are accepted, police said.
Gunman arrested after holdup, chase
An armed robbery and police chase landed a Fort Wayne man in jail Tuesday.
Brandon A. Peters, 24, is accused of using a gun to demand the painkiller Opana from a clerk at the CVS Pharmacy at 6220 St. Joe Center Road just before 8:15 a.m., Fort Wayne police said.
Peters then hopped into a black pickup and led police on a nearly 12-minute chase that went onto Wheelock Road, where Allen County sheriff’s officers used stop sticks to deflate Peters’ tires.
Peters continued to drive on flat tires until he came to the 14800 block of Parent Road, where he was taken into custody by city officers without incident.
FBI officials said federal charges against Peters are pending.
Warsaw raid nets pot, cash, arrests
A raid at a Warsaw home yielded a marijuana-growing operation, cash, scales, pipes and two arrests Tuesday, according to police.
Investigators from Warsaw Police, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police were involved in the raid, which happened just after 10:30 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of North Park Avenue.
Along with a growing operation, investigators found about 30 live plants, processed marijuana for drying as well as marijuana bagged for selling, police said.
Homeowner Jeffrey A. Rozanowski, 35, was arrested for dealing and possessing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park.
A woman at the home, Kristina Freeman, 18, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park.
No injuries in fire on Lafayette Street
Fort Wayne firefighters extinguished a blaze at an abandoned home on Lafayette Street in less than 20 minutes Tuesday, the fire department said.
Firefighters were called to 3327 S. Lafayette St. at 3:08 p.m. and found heavy flames and smoke coming from the first floor. Crews brought the fire under control in 17 minutes while searching the home, finding no one inside.
No firefighters were injured, and the cause of the fire is under investigation, the fire department said.
Police seek IDs in credit card use
Fort Wayne police detectives investigating a credit card fraud and forgery case and are hopeful that someone will recognize two women accused of using a stolen credit card.
Police released the photos Tuesday.
The credit card used was reported stolen from a vehicle Sept. 21 and then used to make several large purchases.
Anyone who knows the identity of the women in the pictures – or where they are – is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.
A cash reward for information about the women’s identity is possible.
Rebecca S. Green of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.