You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • 70 years in cruel holdup-beating
    For all intents and purposes, Zach Doan ended the life of his 80-year-old victim when he bloodied her face with his closed fists, robbing her of her eyesight, independence and security.
  • 70-year sentence in attack on 80-year-old
    A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to 70 years in prison Friday for a home invasion in which he attacked an 80-year-old woman, leaving her blind and in hospice care.
  • Man admits guilt in child molesting
    A New Haven man admitted Tuesday to child molesting in exchange for a 10-year cap on his prison sentence. John D.

Ohio woman admits drive-thru heist try

An Ohio woman pleaded guilty Friday to attempted theft, a less serious charge than she faced when arrested for trying to rob a restaurant with a pink umbrella.

Amanda M. Ringler, 27, of Payne, was charged in March with attempted robbery. According to court documents, she pointed an umbrella at a Burger King employee through the drive-thru window and said, “Give me the money, give me the money.”

The employee activated the New Haven restaurant’s panic alarm. Ringler drove off without any money, but witnesses and vehicle records identified her as a suspect. She was later stopped for a traffic violation and agreed to speak with police, according to court documents.

She pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted theft, which was filed Friday in Allen Superior Court. She faces six years in prison, as well as a 2 1/2 -year suspended sentence and a year on probation, according to the terms of a plea agreement.

The more serious charge of attempted robbery will be dismissed when she is sentenced next month.