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Police and fire

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    Police have arrested a Fort Wayne man on a murder charge in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Monday in an undeveloped portion of Catholic Cemetery.
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    Fort Wayne police were investigating the suspicious death of a woman found at an undeveloped part of a northeast-side cemetery Monday afternoon.

Body found in river ID'd as local man

A Fort Wayne man was identified as the person whose body was pulled from a river Thursday morning.

When Robert J. Webb, 37, jumped into the St. Marys River, he likely made a loud splash someone heard Tuesday night before reporting it to emergency personnel, according to the Allen County Coroner's Office.

Webb's death was ruled accidental as a result of asphyxia due to drowning, the coroner's office said.

About 9 p.m. Tuesday, someone called police to report a splash and ripples in the river near Headwaters Park between Harrison and Clinton streets.

Firefighters and state conservation officers searched the water with a boat, divers and sonar Tuesday night, Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Resident able to escape house fire

A fire east of downtown Friday morning left a home with heavy smoke damage.

When firefighters arrived at 2910 Pittsburg St., they aggressively attacked the fire in the living room and bedroom, according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

The fire was under control in seven minutes and did not result in any injuries, the department said.

The home's only resident had already evacuated before the fire department arrived.

The fire department said the home suffered moderate fire and water damage, and heavy smoke damage.