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Police and fire

  • Fatal crash near State & Coliseum
    A motorcyclist was speeding and doing a wheelie when he collided with a left-turning pickup truck on State Boulevard this afternoon, according to police.
  • Motorcyclist hurt in crash with car
    A male motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon after his Suzuki collided with a Buick at a west-central intersection.
  • iAB Financial Bank in Grabill robbed
    A man robbed the iAB Financial Bank in Grabill this morning, making off with an undisclosed amount of money and fleeing in a two-door car driven by another man, Allen County police said today.

Mission fundraiser enhances security

– The Rescue Mission announced Tuesday it has raised more than enough money to increase security at its downtown shelter.

The Mission held its annual banquet Oct. 17, hoping to bring in $50,000 to install a better surveillance system at Life House, the shelter at 301 W. Superior St., and to make sure the organization’s other facilities in Fort Wayne are secure.

About 200 people went to the banquet, and they, along with others not in attendance, donated $77,000 to the cause, according to the Mission.

“Our plan is to use the funds for our updated security system, additional staff for Life House and the ongoing development of providing the safest place possible for our residents and guests,” the Rev. Donovan Coley said in a statement.

In the weeks before the banquet, Coley, the Mission’s CEO, issued a news release, expressing concern about recent attacks on homeless people and the mugging of a 75-year-old Mission employee. Coley blamed the violence on a gang of young people who frequented Life House but are no longer welcome there.