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Police and fire

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Solving crime
Crime Stoppers is looking for information to help solve the 16th homicide in Allen County in 2012.
Police were called to the 1900 block of South Clinton Street on June 2 for a death investigation.
Upon their arrival, they found Gregory D. Mitchell had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information about this holdup is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Crime stoppers


Active warrants

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department is looking for these people in connection with felony warrants active as of June 11. People with information about the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers.

Christopher Eugene Cook, 35

Height: 5-foot-7

Weight: 185 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Distinguishing mark: Tattoo of Grim Reaper on right arm

Charge: Parole violation

Peter Christian Dandrea, 26

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 175 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Charges: Operating a vehicle without a driver’s license and two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated

Michael Ray Houston

, 28

Height: 5-foot-7

Weight: 162 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Distinguishing mark: Scar on right hand

Charges: Possession of cocaine, public intoxication

Shannon Joy Lamb, 31

Height: 5-foot-3

Weight: 187 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Distinguishing mark: “Travis” tattoo on right ankle

Charge: Parole violation

Stephanie Renee McCarter AKA Bobbie Johnson, 43

Height: 5-foot

Weight: 115 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Distinguishing mark: Pierced right nostril

Charges: Two counts of dealing cocaine

Merissa Lee Laquinn Schaadt, 19

Height: 5-foot-5

Weight: 165 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Distinguishing mark: Claw marks tattooed on right shoulder

Charge: Maintaining a common nuisance

Michael Lenell Simpson, 28

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 170 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Distinguishing mark: “Mike Dog” tattoo on left arm

Charges: Criminal recklessness, domestic battery

Benjamin Joseph Fred Vinson, 30

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 280 pounds

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Brown

Distinguishing mark: “WGV 12/28/04” tattoo on left leg

Charges: Driving with a suspended license, two counts operating a vehicle while intoxicated