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Police and fire


Three hurt when car runs Ohio stop sign

Three people were injured Wednesday evening in an Ohio crash when a car ran a stop sign and was hit by an SUV, police said.

About 6:30 p.m., 17-year-old Scott Cowling of Van Wert was traveling east on Wren Landeck Road when he did not stop at a stop sign at the intersection at U.S. 27, ac­cording to the Ohio State High­way Patrol.

As Cowling's car went through the intersection, it was hit on the passenger side by an SUV driven by 64-year-old Susan Applegate of Harlan, police said.

Cowling's car went off the road and rolled on its top, while the SUV came to a stop in a cornfield, police said.

Applegate, Cowling and Jeff­rey Applegate, a passenger in the SUV, were taken by ambulance to Van Wert County Hospital; Jeffrey Ap­ple­gate was then flown to Park­view Regional Medical Cen­ter in Fort Wayne due to the seriousness of his injuries, police said.

An update on his condition was not available.

Suspect arrested in church burglaries

A man accused of being an accomplice to three burglaries at the same church and who escaped a police sur­veil­lance team in late May was in custody Thursday evening.

Jalen M. Fincher, 28, was jailed on three preliminary charges of burglary for what investigators said was his role in three burglaries at Messiah Lutheran Church.

The three break-ins to the church included the theft of electronics, food and other items.

Window frames, screens and some in­ter­ior doors were damaged dur­ing the burglaries, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Fincher's co-defendant, Aus­tin Hutchens, was arrested at the church about 2 a.m. May 27 after police conducting surveillance of the building saw Hutchens and Fincher attempt to break in again, the report said.

Hutchens was jailed that morn­ing on burglary charges, but Fincher made his escape on foot, police said.

Fincher was being held Thurs­day night without bail in connection with an unrelated matter.

Suspect accused ofpointing gun in bar

A Fort Wayne man was hit with a slew of criminal charges Thursday after allegations that he pointed a gun at people in a bar and then tackled and punched an off-duty police officer.

Scott H. Tschantz, 42, of the 400 block of West Oakdale Drive, faces one count each of battery, resisting law enforcement and public in­tox­ication, along with two counts of pointing a firearm, as a result of events early Saturday, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The ordeal began when po­lice were called about 2:30 a.m. to The Brass Rail at 1121 Broadway on a report of a man, later identified as Tschantz, who was causing problems and pointing a handgun at people, according to the report.

At some point while Tschantz was outside, witnesses told police, he suddenly tackled a man and started to punch him in the face, the affidavit said.

As bystanders were trying to pull Tschantz away, the victim yelled, “I'm a cop,” and reached for a gun in his waistband, the report said.

Police said they found a loaded handgun on Tschantz with a round in the chamber after a brief struggle to get handcuffs on him.

Tschantz was not in custody Thursday night.