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Fort Wayne police, court briefs

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Friday, August 08, 2014 12:01 am
Senaca V. Lapsley, 32, of the 4100 block of Plaza Drive, was sentenced to a total of 78 years in prison Thursday on charges stemming from a Christmas Day shooting at a Fort Wayne bar.During an Allen Superior Court trial in early July, Lapsley was found guilty of two counts of aggravated battery and one count each of criminal recklessness and being a habitual offender, court records said.

He was charged with shooting into Sports & Spirits, 1723 E. Wayne St., after he and two other men were ejected from the bar about 1 a.m. Christmas Day, news reports said at that time. He allegedly wounded two people inside the bar, one seriously.Matthew Shirley, 36, of the 1900 block of Drexel Avenue, was sentenced Thursday to spend 12 years in prison for molesting a boy younger than age 14.

Shirley had been charged with seven counts of child molesting for incidents that allegedly took place between Jan. 1, 2007, and July 2013, an affidavit filed in the case said. He pleaded guilty July 2 in Allen Superior Court to one count of child molesting.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with eight years suspended, and placed on five years probation after his release.Andrew P. Smith, 28, of the 9000 block of Front Street in Fort Wayne, was charged Thursday in Allen Superior Court with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

A 14-year-old boy's mother called the Allen County Sheriff's Department at 7 a.m. Saturday to report she had walked into her son's bedroom and allegedly saw Smith performing a sex act on him, the affidavit filed in the case said. The boy allegedly told his father that Smith also had performed another sex act on him.David L. Koker, 31, of the 2000 block of Thompson Avenue, was charged Thursday in Allen Superior Court with four counts of dealing in a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike and one count each of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

The Fort Wayne Police Vice and Narcotics Division conducted three drug buys from Koker at his residence, an affidavit filed in the case said. He allegedly told police he sold synthetic marijuana, or Spice, to provide for his children.Sentencing is set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 4 for Angela M. Beck, 35, of Woodburn, after an Allen Superior Court jury found her guilty Wednesday of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury.

Beck and Gregory R. Higgins II, 27, also of Woodburn, both were charged Sept. 23 with neglect of a dependent after Beck's 15-month-old son was found May 10, 2013, on a stairway landing in their then-home in the 400 block of Elizabeth Street in Fort Wayne, an affidavit filed in the case said. The boy was lying on his back, unresponsive and not breathing. A doctor reported the boy had a head injury and signs of other previous injuries.

The trial began Tuesday and the prosecution concluded its case at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, court documents said. The defense did not present any additional arguments. The jury deliberated one hour before returning its guilty verdict.

Higgins is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for this case and another pending against him.Fort Wayne Police received some unexpected service Wednesday at a local auto dealership — nabbing a suspect fleeing from police.

Police originally tried to stop a man riding a dirt bike, which was not street-legal, about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday near Coliseum Boulevard west of Coldwater Road, an incident report said. The man fled, riding through auto dealership parking lots toward Speedway Drive.

The suspect ended up laying down the motorcycle and running on foot into an open overhead door at Bob Thomas Ford/Lincoln, 310 W. Coliseum Blvd., police reported. As a police officer pursued him on foot, the suspect tried to run out of the front of the dealership to escape. Employees who had seen the incident unfold tackled the man in the service drop-off area and held him until the pursuing police officer arrived.

The suspect was taken to Parkview Hospital, but police didn't provide his name or whether he was charged.A Fort Wayne man reported he was robbed of his backpack at gunpoint about 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 7900 block of Decatur Road.

He reportedly was waiting at the bus stop at the entrance of an apartment complex there when he saw a car he recognized as being that of men who had robbed him Tuesday, police said. The victim ran toward a building entrance, but the suspects caught up to him and a man held a black semiautomatic handgun to his head.

The suspects allegedly took his backpack, which contained $55, medical paperwork and other items, police reported.A man and woman from Cromwell were arrested Wednesday in Noble County in connection with the July 31 robbery of a CVS pharmacy in Ligonier.

At about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ligonier Police, with assistance from the Noble County Sheriff's Department, arrested Joseph E. Easterday, 23, and Abby Leigh Jackson, 24, both of the 1500 block of North Noble County Road 1200W near Cromwell, the Noble County Prosecutor's office said in news release.

Information from citizens and from the Crime Stoppers tip line led police to focus their investigation on Easterday and Jackson, the news release said.


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