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Sunday, May 05, 2019 1:00 am


Motorcyclist critical after hit-and-run with car

Journal Gazette

A motorcycle rider was in critical condition after a crash with a car, whose driver fled the scene, Saturday.

About 1:15 p.m. officers were called to West Cook Road and Landlord Lane in reference to a reported hit-and-run with injuries, according to a release from Mark Bieker, Fort Wayne police public information officer.

Witnesses told officers a motorcycle and a dark-colored car crashed and the car fled into an adjacent neighborhood.

Medics treated the adult male motorcycle rider, who was still down in the roadway. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition but later downgraded to critical.

Initial reports show the motorcycle was traveling east on Cook Road approaching the intersection with Landlord Lane when the car, which was traveling west on Cook Road, turned in front of the motorcycle, and the rider struck the car, according to the release.

Officers were able to locate the car and were interviewing the registered owner to determine who was driving at the time. The release also said speed and alcohol may be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Arrests made after pharmacy robbed

Two men were arrested within minutes of a robbery at a CVS pharmacy in DeKalb County.

Nickolus G. Toepfer, 40, of Shipshewana, apparently entered the CVS at 529 W. Main St. in Butler about 2:30 p.m. Friday and displayed a note to a pharmacy employee indicating his intention to rob them of prescription medication, according to a news release.

The employee complied and Toepfer left with an undisclosed amount and type of medication. No one was hurt.

Within five minutes of the robbery, Butler police made a traffic stop in the area of U.S. 6 and County Road 63. Toepfer was a passenger in the vehicle.

As Toepfer was being taken into custody, police learned he had ingested some of the medication. Medics were called and Toepfer was taken to DeKalb Health in Auburn, where he was being treated and in custody. He was preliminarily charged with robbery.

The driver of the vehicle, Jason L. Sheppard, 40, of North Manchester was also taken into custody and held in the DeKalb County Jail on a preliminary charge of aiding in a robbery.

The robbery remains under investigation, and the DeKalb County prosecutor's office will determine if additional charges are warranted.

Woman struck, killed along I-65

A woman was struck and killed on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis just after midnight Saturday.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in reference to a serious crash involving a pedestrian struck. When first responders arrived, they found an adult woman in a grassy area along the side of I-65, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by medics after efforts were made to save her. The driver of the vehicle that struck her remained at the scene.

Investigators believe the woman was walking in the left lane of I-65. They found an abandoned vehicle on the shoulder close to the crash scene, though identification of the woman has not been made, according to the release. The crash remains under investigation.