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.



Man pleads guilty in April stabbing to battery charge

A 22-year-old Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to battery with a deadly weapon as a Class C felony, admitting to stabbing another man during a fight in April.

Jonathon L. Courtois, of the 11000 block of Millstone Drive, was originally charged with aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Courtois will be sentenced to no more than six years in prison and the additional charges will be dismissed at sentencing.

Courtois got into a fight with another man in the parking lot of a local business. Five others were there, and when Courtois got out of his vehicle with a knife, he was punched in the face by Jordan Deleon. As the two fought, Deleon's back became exposed and Courtois stabbed him with the knife, according to court documents.

Murder suspect appears in court

Accused of murdering an elderly woman inside her northwest-side home, a 23-year-old Fort Wayne man appeared in Allen Superior Court on Tuesday for his initial hearing.

Zachary D. Reinders, of the 5800 block of LeSteele Blvd., was charged last week with murder, felony murder and robbery causing serious bodily injury in connection with the Aug. 8 death of 78-year-old Diane Woods.

According to court documents, Reinders is accused of beating the woman over the head with a fire poker then taking her bank card and going on a shopping spree.

A television taken from the home was found in Reinders' trunk.

During the hearing Tuesday morning, the Allen County Public Defenders Office was appointed to represent Reinders, who remains in the Allen County Jail without bond.