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Friday, July 14, 2017 1:00 am


Woman hospitalized after shots fired into home

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition after shots were fired into a home in the 4500 block of Smith Street early Thursday.

Officers responded about 12:30 a.m. to a call that shots had been fired into the house with someone inside shot, according to an email response from Michael Joyner, Fort Wayne Police Department public information officer.

An unidentified woman, 43, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to her thigh. Officers also found numerous shell casings in front of the house, to the north side of the property, Joyner said.

No arrests had been made Thursday night.

Alabama man accused of sex with local girl

An 18-year-old Alabama man was charged Thursday with sexual misconduct with a minor after meeting the victim online.

Evan J. Roden, of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama, met the 14-year-old Roanoke girl between two and six months ago over a geeking app, according to court documents.

After the two spoke over Skype, an internet communication program that allows people to see each other as they talk, Roden drove his truck from Alabama to visit the girl, arriving Monday.

The girl said she told Roden she was 14 before the two had sex. Roden allegedly had sex with her in her bedroom Tuesday while her parents were at work. On Wednesday, he allegedly went in through her bedroom window while her parents were sleeping, court documents said.

On Wednesday, Roden told an Indiana State Police officer that he knew the girl was only 14 when they had sex. Court documents did not indicate how he was caught.

Roden is in Allen County Jail charged with one count of sexual misconduct with a minor. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, according to a jail spokesman. 

Kosciusko court delays hearing in fraud case

Four people from Chicago will be back in Superior Court in Kosciusko County after being accused of using fraudulent Social Security numbers, addresses and driver's licenses used to buy ATVs at a Warsaw business in June.

The four suspects arrested July 1 on charges of forgery and identity deception at Kerlin Motorsports on U.S. 30 were released the next day on individual bonds of $5,250, according to a release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.

An appearance Thursday in Kosciusko County Superior Court was deferred, said Chad Hill, public information officer with the sheriff's department. 

Court records indicate the deception began June 8 when the store's owner noted paperwork to purchase a $16,000, 2016 Arctic Cat had not been signed. Two of the four returned the next day with signed paperwork, but the name was forged.

James Wesley Griffin, one of the four arrested, called Kerlin Motorsports to say the vehicle needed repair on June 23 and that there were other people who wanted to purchase ATVs. All the orders were found to have fake names, Social Security numbers and other information, court records said.

Arrested were Griffin, 27, Victor D. Fenner, 44, Resean Demone Fenner, 27, and Jla Kapri Cooper, 25.

Hill said there may be more arrests once the investigation into fraudulent purchases is finished.

Felony charges result from traffic stop

Several felony charges, including a drug charge, were filed after a Fort Wayne man was stopped for failing to use his turn signal.

Henry Charles Nelson-Buckhanon, 21, of the 1100 block of Roosevelt Drive, was pulled over at Rudisill Boulevard and Reed Street Wednesday about 11:45 p.m..

The police officer saw Nelson-Buckhanon reach toward the floor of his tan Buick and then try to get out of the car. As Nelson-Buckhanon got out of the car he told the officer he did not have a driver's license and that there was an active warrant for his arrest, according to court documents.

A vehicle search turned up a black Ruger 9 mm gun with an obliterated serial number under the driver's seat of the car. The gun had one live round in the chamber and 12 rounds in the magazine, documents said.

There was also a marijuana “blunt” cigar and a Newport cigarette container with a clear plastic bag containing a white rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine, weighing 2.3 grams, court records said. There were three more clear plastic bags containing a green leafy synthetic substance weighing a total of 8.2 grams.

Court records indicated that Nelson-Buckhanon had never been issued a driver's license, had been convicted of robbery in 2014, had never been issued a gun permit in Indiana and had a warrant for his arrest as of July 11 for a violation of Drug Court.

Nelson-Buckhanon was being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $40,750 bail and without bond for a prior charge, according to a jail spokesman.

His new charges include unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon; felon carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction; possession of cocaine; possession of an altered handgun; and two misdemeanors for possession of a synthetic drug and intentionally operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license.