You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Police and fire

  • Williams sobriety checkpoint scheduled
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol said today it is planning a sobriety checkpoint in Williams County on Saturday night.
  • Noble County man pinned by equipment dies
    A 72-year-old man died in Noble County on Thursday night after being pinned between a pan scraper excavator and a trailer, the Noble County sheriff's department said today.
  • Auditor who quit set for re-election
    Even though Whitley County’s auditor stepped down from her post this week amid a criminal investigation, she’ll still likely win re-election in November.

Driver charged in rear-end collision

A man who told police he tried to kill himself by stepping on the gas pedal of his car and not stopping until he hit something now faces felony charges.

On Friday, Jeremiah Therkelsen drove his 1995 Honda Accord into the rear of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria on St. Joe Road near Canterbury Drive, badly injuring the driver of the other car, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Therkelsen, 32, attempted to leave the area after the crash and struck a 2002 Ford Escort with his fist, breaking the windshield. He also ripped the driver’s side mirror off that vehicle, according to court documents.

He later told police that he had an argument with his wife and had tried to kill himself twice – the first time by driving her vehicle into the back of the Crown Victoria and then again by trying to jump in front of a moving vehicle, according to court documents.

Lamonta Green, the driver of the Crown Victoria, was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Therkelsen, of the 2600 block of Abbey Drive, faces felony charges of criminal recklessness and failure to stop after an accident and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.