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Raid results in man's arrest on drug charges

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Fort Wayne police arrested an alleged gang member following a raid on a house Friday. 

About 8 p.m. officers from the city's Gang & Violent Crimes Unit, along with a SWAT team, arrived at 345 Kinsmoor Ave. after receiving complaints, tips and related information, police said. 

Several people were inside the home when officers arrived. Jose Saucedo, 24, was arrested and charged with having a handgun, 2.5 grams of cocaine and marijuana, police said.   

SUV fleeing police hits car, kills driver

A motorist was killed in northern Indiana on Friday after a stolen SUV struck a car while fleeing police officers. 

A state trooper attempted to pull over the SUV about 7:30 p.m. after witnessing it travel about 99 mph near the Elkhart and St. Joseph county line, a news release said. 

The SUV continued into Elkhart where city officers joined the chase into St. Joseph County. 

As officers stopped at an intersection to allow traffic to clear, police say the SUV's driver ran a stoplight and crashed into a Toyota Camry in Mishawaka. The Camry's driver was killed and a passenger in the car was injured.

The SUV driver ran from the crash and escaped, but three of his passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries. 

A fourth passenger was being questioned by police. 

Defiance driver hits SUV, dies

Ohio police are investigating a fatal crash Friday night that killed a 33-year-old man from Defiance. 

According to police, Phillip Powell was driving a Hyundai Elantra west about 9:30 p.m. on U.S. 6 in Williams County when he hit an eastbound Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Roger Bostelman, 78, of Hamler.

Powell was pronounced dead at the scene. Hamler and his two passengers were hospitalized with serious injuries. 

No other information was provided. 

Woman charged in assault on trooper

A traffic stop late Friday resulted in a battery against an Indiana state trooper, police say. 

About 10:45 p.m., Trooper Andrew Mattern saw an SUV fail to stop at a stop sign near 15th Street and Orchard in Vigo County.

Mattern initiated a traffic stop. The driver, identified as William A. Roberts, 51, of Terre Haute, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was transporting three children under the age of 10.

Roberts was also wanted on an active Vigo County warrant for domestic battery. 

Roberts refused to take a certified chemical test and was transported to Vigo County Jail. 

According to police, Mattern attempted to identify the front-seat passenger, a woman who refused to identify herself.

The woman locked the door to deny Mattern access to the vehicle.

After several verbal commands, police say the woman – later identified as Daphney L. Allen, 38, of Terre Haute – unlocked the door, but continued to refuse identification and declined to exit the vehicle when asked.

Mattern then removed Allen from the SUV and handcuffed her. 

Mattern escorted Allen to his squad car, where Allen allegedly began to struggle, breaking equipment in the car.

As Mattern attempted to fasten Allen's seat belt, she allegedly bit him on his left forearm.

She was then removed from Mattern's car, placed in a different police vehicle and transported to the Vigo County Jail in Terre Haute. 

At the jail, Allen allegedly hit a jail officer in the face with a closed fist and made several threatening statements. 

The children were released to Allen's grandmother, who lives close to where the traffic stop occurred. 

Roberts was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger less  than 18 years of age (three counts); neglect of a dependent (three counts); operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person; and domestic battery. 

Allen was charged with battery on law enforcement; neglect of a dependent (three counts); resisting law enforcement; public disorderly conduct; criminal mischief; and refusal to identify. 

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