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Car flips, driver killed in rural Huntington crash

May 9, 2019

Police in Huntington County are investigating a fatal crash that claimed the life of Justin W. Adkins, 37, of Somerset.

Officers said Adkins was traveling north on Huntington County Road 500 West from County Road 700 South about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Adkins apparently lost control of the vehicle, flipped and hit a utility pole and was partially ejected. A passerby reported the crash.

Adkins’ dog was inside the car unharmed and was released to family members.

Adkins died at the scene, the Huntington County coroner said.

Body found in river investigated

Indiana State Police detectives are investigating a body found Wednesday in Kosciusko County.

About 3 p.m., conservation officers found a man’s body in the Tippecanoe River near Indiana 10 and Indiana 19. The man has not been identified and an autopsy is scheduled to determine the manner of death, state police said. 

Condom leads police to suspect 

A discarded condom left in a bedroom trash container led authorities to positively identify a 22-year-old man now charged with sexual misconduct.

Between August and November, Anthony Merril Hutson of Woodburn had sex with an underage girl in her bedroom, court documents said.

Hutson threw a condom in the trash bin in her room, court documents said. Investigators collected the condom and had it tested.

Hutson was the manager of a business where the girl was employed and knew she was underage, court documents said. Her age was not divulged.

Hutson was charged Wednesday with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. There is a warrant for his arrest.

City man facing charges in attack 

The accused described the chokehold as a playful headlock and said he thought his 14-year-old victim had a crush on him.

Now there is an arrest warrant for Austin J. Loew, 23, of the 800 block of Goshen Avenue, charged Wednesday with sexual misconduct with a minor, sexual battery and strangulation.

The girl was staying at her grandparents’ home when on March 5, 2018, Loew suddenly wrestled her into a “chokehold” after a brief exchange about her dog, according to court documents.

The girl said she responded with “OK.” Loew said “Don’t say OK,” took her behind a chair and proceeded to brusquely manhandle her while keeping his arm around her throat and applying pressure. The girl said she couldn’t breathe, court documents said.

After he was finished, he quickly left and the girl went into her grandparents’ bedroom to tell them what had occurred.

Loew denied touching the girl, said the two had an altercation and started crying when he heard the allegations, court documents said.

His girlfriend protested that the girl was “troubled” and seeking attention.

There is a warrant for his arrest.

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