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Trial date set in teen rape case

December 20, 2018

A Fort Wayne man charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl as she waited for a ride to school is set to stand trial Feb. 5. 

William J. Ray, 35, is charged with five felonies including rape, kidnapping and sexual battery in the alleged attack Nov. 29. An Allen County magistrate Wednesday scheduled a two-day trial. 

Man allegedly violates probation

A man who avoided time behind bars for his role in a crash last year that left two people dead could be ordered to spend time in prison.

Justin T. Votaw, 32, was sentenced in June to three years on home detention, followed by four years probation, after pleading guilty to five counts : including three felonies : of leaving the scene of an accident. His driver’s license was suspended for two years.

Allen County prosecutors filed paperwork Tuesday alleging Votaw violated the terms of his probation by failing to complete the home detention program and testing positive Dec. 5 for marijuana. An initial hearing to revoke his probation is scheduled today in Allen Superior Court. 

Votaw walked away from a crash Feb. 20, 2017, on West Jefferson Boulevard in which Alisa Arseneau, 24, and Jonathan Tracy, 23, were killed.  Judge David Avery signed an order Dec. 10 granting Votaw’s request for special driving privileges to travel to and from work, court records said.

Pair indicted over use of ‘skimmers’

A Romanian woman and a British man each were indicted on federal charges Wednesday in separate cases for allegedly installing credit card “skimmers” on ATMs at financial institutions. 

Tirlea Dumitru, 46, of Nottingham, England, is charged in U.S. District Court with attempting to defraud Lake City Bank in Warsaw using the device, which fits on the ATM and is used to steal credit card information. 

Valentina Marinkovic, 18, installed the devices at Teachers Credit Union locations in Plymouth and Elkhart, according to charging documents.

The credit union paid more than $32,000 to reimburse hundreds of customers whose money was stolen, a six-count indictment said. 

Documents do not indicate Dumitru and Marinkovic were working together. 

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