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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:51 am

No ID of body found in closet

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

The identity of the person found dead in a closet of a Fort Wayne home during the weekend has yet to be released.

The only information available as of Monday evening was that the person found was a male, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy was conducted Sunday afternoon on the man, who was found in a home in the 200 block of West Woodland Avenue.

The coroner’s office said it had yet to make positive identification of the man. The cause and manner of death were also still pending.

A Community Corrections officer who visited the home at 216 W. Woodland Ave. to do a home check noticed a bad smell and became suspicious at the explanation the home’s residents gave him, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Police searched the home and found the man’s body in an upstairs bedroom closet.

An adult man and woman at the home were detained for questioning.

No charges have been filed in connection with the man’s death.

Wife says husband shot at her

A Fort Wayne man faces charges he fired a gun while he argued with his estranged wife and then tried to run her over with a car.

Larry A. Lamb, 34, of the 2900 block of New Haven Avenue, was arrested Saturday afternoon on preliminary charges of domestic battery, two counts each of battery by means of a deadly weapon, intimidation and pointing a firearm, and four counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

Lamb’s wife said the two have been separated for a month and got in an argument that led to Lamb’s arrest, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Lamb is accused of dragging his wife down the hall, pointing a handgun at her head and firing it while it was next to her ear, a police report said.

He told her to pack a bag and tried to get her to leave with him but she ran away and called for help, police said.

Lamb’s wife said he drove by her, put the car in reverse and tried to run her over, according to the police report and probable cause affidavit.

Lamb was arrested shortly thereafter at a traffic stop.

Angola police warn of scam

Residents of northeast Indiana should not fall for a phone scam in which the caller claims to be with a utility company in need of payment.

The latest round of this scam was reported in Angola, where the police department said several residents reported getting calls during the weekend that were supposedly from NIPSCO.

The residents reported that the caller said the utility company needed a credit card number for immediate payment or their utilities would be disconnected, according to the Angola Police Department.

NIPSCO said the company does not make such calls.

Anyone who gets calls or other communications claiming to be from NIPSCO can call the company at 800-464-7726 to ask about the validity of the material.

Bluffton Road store robbed

A store in southwest Fort Wayne was robbed Saturday morning by armed gunmen.

City police were called about 9:30 a.m. to the Family Dollar at 6443 Bluffton Road on a report of an armed robbery.

An employee said she was stocking shelves when two men entered the store and one approached her with a gun, according to a police report about the incident.

The two thieves stole all the money from the registers, the report said.

The employee described the suspects as black men in their early 20s with skinny body types and around 6 feet tall.

Each man had on black pants, a black shirt or coat, black scarf on their faces and black stocking caps, according to the police report.