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.

Police and fire

  • Driver crashes, dies after police chase
    Debris and wreckage littered the highway Wednesday as a section of Airport Expressway was closed for the evening after a violent crash left one man dead at the end of a police pursuit.
  • Wheelie leads to collision
    The woman sat on the sidewalk, smothering her face in towels and tissues as three men put their arms around her. Just up the street, amid the destroyed motorcycle and debris littering the road, was her son.
  • Area near I-469, Auburn Road reopens after gas leak
    The roads around Interstate 469 and Auburn Road have been cleared and reopened after a construction crew hit a gas line this morning, requiring patients and staff from two medical buildings to be evacuated for a time, Fort Wayne firefighters said.

Injuries reported in Defiance Co. crash

A woman was badly hurt in a head-on collision Sunday afternoon in Defiance County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Brenda A. Michel, 57, of Ottawa, Ohio, was in critical condition at Parkview Regional Medical Center, hospital staff said.

The crash happened about 1 p.m. in a curve on Ohio 15, west of Schubert Road in Highland Township, the patrol said. Michel was driving west in a 1998 Oldsmobile when she collided head-on with an eastbound 2002 Pontiac, the patrol said.

Michel was flown from the crash scene to the hospital. The Pontiac driver, Makayla M. McAvoy, 18, of Mount Gilead, Ohio, and a juvenile passenger in Michel’s vehicle were taken to Mercy Defiance Hospital, the patrol said. Their conditions were not available.

The juvenile’s name was not released. The crash remains under investigation.