Raid nets guns, arrests of 2 adults, minor

September 19, 2018

Three people were arrested Tuesday when police raided a Tennessee Avenue home after reports of several juveniles and others carrying guns and firing shots from inside and outside the home.

The raid, executed at 9:30 a.m. by the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit, turned up marijuana and paraphernalia, a stolen and loaded Beretta 9 mm handgun in a boy’s bedroom as well as a .223-caliber assault rifle, police said.

Jermorris Sewell and Tamira Morgan, both 35, who live at the home at 1017 Tennessee Ave., were arrested and charged with maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

During a police interview, Morgan said she knew the boy was using marijuana, adding that she allowed him to smoke inside the house.

Police also learned Sewell is on federal probation for a prior narcotics arrest.

The boy was found after the raid and arrested on a charge of dangerous possession of a firearm.

Sewell was being held at Allen County Jail without bail. Morgan was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, according to a jail spokesman.

Rider critical after crashing moped

A moped rider was critically injured Tuesday when he lost control and sideswiped a car going in the opposite direction in the 5200 block of Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne police said.

Officers, medics and firefighters were called to the crash about 2:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue and Maysville Road, where they found an unresponsive adult man suffering from head trauma. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Witnesses told police the moped rider was traveling east in the 5200 block of Lake Avenue when he lost control of his moped. Lake was shut down for about two hours.

The crash remains under investigation by city police.

Ligonier woman killed in crash

An 18-year-old Ligonier woman died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Noble County.

The Noble County Sheriff’s Department said Alma Herrera Delgadillo, 18, was driving a 2016 Chrysler 300 north on County Road 600 West just south of U.S. 6 about 1:45 p.m. She left the east side of the road, over-corrected and crossed the center line. She then struck a southbound 2017 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Janell Frick Stufflebeam, 74, of Wawaka.

Delgadillo died at the scene. Stufflebeam was taken to a Goshen hospital for a cut on her leg. 

Child porn found on man’s device

A Fort Wayne man was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography after a woman turned in his Samsung Tablet with apparent child pornography on it, police said.

A warrant for the arrest of Andrew R. Ball, 38, of the 5100 block of Stonehedge Boulevard, was issued Tuesday after the woman found the tablet at her home and discovered photos of naked young females, many of them at the beach, some with naked boys on it, according to court documents.

The children appeared to be ages 5 to 13, documents said, in the more than 150 images of children. The tablet was turned in June 12.

Woman, 78, found after lost on trail

A 78-year-old woman who had became separated from her family Monday evening while hiking on a trail at Pokagon State Park was found safe Tuesday morning, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

Search teams worked throughout the night and into the morning, the DNR said, using infrared drones, thermal-imaging equipment and dogs.

The woman was found walking in a marshy area at 9 a.m. Tuesday. She was taken to a hospital for observation.