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Nearly 600 pounds of pot seized in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Authorities have seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana during a raid of a Fort Wayne house.

Allen County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jeremy Tinkel says officers from the county's drug task force, along with state and local police and federal agents seized the marijuana Tuesday after surveillance of a delivery to the house on Fort Wayne's north side.

Officers reported seizing 550 pounds of marijuana that had been delivered and 32 pounds already packaged for sale. Officials estimated the marijuana was worth about $580,000.

Tinkel says 49-year-old Luis Perez and 23-year-old Alvaro Rivera, both of Fort Wayne, were arrested and charged with dealing marijuana. Initial court hearings were scheduled for Wednesday. Court records didn't list attorneys for them.

Tinkel says the case remains under investigation.


78-year-old sentenced for killing N. Ind. neighbor

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a 78-year-old man to 55 years in prison for fatally shooting a neighbor after what authorities say was an ongoing dispute over drainage problems at their northern Indiana properties.

Three members of shooting victim Dave Schroder's extended family testified during Tuesday's court hearing before a Cass County judge sentenced Loren Fry.

A jury convicted Fry last month of murder charges for the 2011 death of the 76-year-old Schroder, who was found shot twice inside his vehicle near his home in a rural area outside Logansport.

The Pharos-Tribune reports Fry testified briefly Tuesday, saying his age meant he didn't "have much longer to live."

Robert Schroder asked the judge to disregard Fry's age because of the impact his father's shooting death has had on his family.


Woman who used cocaine before crash avoids prison

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GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana woman is avoiding prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of cocaine when she caused a crash that killed her husband.

A Hancock County judge on Tuesday ordered that 30-year-old Rebecca Garner of Greenfield serve four years on work release or home detention, followed by four years of probation.

The Daily Reporter reports Garner told investigators after the August 2013 crash near Fortville that she had used cocaine within the previous days, and tests found high-enough cocaine levels for her to be considered impaired. Authorities say she drove through a stop sign into the path of a pickup truck.

The father of Chad Garner asked the judge for leniency on behalf of his former daughter-in-law.


Cold snap gives Fort Wayne record low temperature

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - It really is colder than it has been in a long time for mid-April across Indiana.

After a long, cold winter, much of the state is seeing below freezing temperatures Wednesday for the second straight morning.

The National Weather Service says Fort Wayne saw a record low of 23 degrees, breaking the previous mark of 24 degrees for April 16 that was set in 1935. The Wednesday low temperatures weren't quite records, but still chilly, at 27 degrees in South Bend, 26 in Indianapolis and 32 in Evansville.

The weather service says South Bend tied a record Tuesday for the date's lowest high temperature of 35 degrees, while Fort Wayne set broke the city's record by only reaching 36.

The forecast looks better, with highs in the 60s expected Thursday.


Chrysler set to mark Indiana factory's opening

TIPTON, Ind. (AP) - Chrysler is set to mark the opening of a new transmission plant in central Indiana with a ceremony next month including the company's top executive.

Chrysler officials say CEO Sergio Marchionne (SEHR'-jee-oh mahr-kee-OH'-nay) plans to take part in the May 13 event at the factory in Tipton.

The Kokomo Tribune reports the company started last month testing new transmissions assembled at the factory. Chrysler is looking to start shipping transmissions from the plant by mid-May.

Chrysler last year acquired the massive factory near Tipton that German auto parts maker Getrag started building in 2007. The automaker expects to have up to 850 workers at the factory.

Marchionne is expected to speak the same day at Indiana University Kokomo's commencement, during which he'll receive an honorary degree.


Council decides to allow chickens in Indiana city

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana city council has reversed itself and approved a proposal allowing residents to keep chickens at their homes.

The Goshen City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night in favor of a two-year program allowing up to 50 permits for those wanting to have chickens.

The Goshen News and the Elkhart Truth report the ordinance will require residents to get written approval from neighbors and allow up to six hens and no roosters.

Supporters say people should be allowed to raise their own food, while a couple council members said they were worried about health concerns and property values in the 30,000-person city.

The council had voted last month against a similar proposal.

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