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Violent attacker committed to mental hospital

A Fort Wayne man found not guilty by reason of insanity last month was committed Friday to a state mental hospital.

After an Allen Superior Court jury found Jeremy Ensch, 30, not guilty by reason of insanity July 31, the state of Indiana filed a motion for involuntary commitment. On Friday, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull ordered him committed to a state hospital, according to prosecutors.

Ensch, of the 1000 block of Coliseum Boulevard North, was charged with battery with a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, residential entry, auto theft, receiving stolen auto parts and criminal recklessness – all felonies.

He was also charged with two misdemeanors – failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in injury, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in damage to another vehicle.

Police believe Ensch tried to break into a home in June 2013. When the resident saw him and called 911, he walked away as the resident's father arrived. She then saw Ensch drive away in their 1993 Toyota, court records said.

When the car's owner confronted Ensch in the road, he sped up and struck him, throwing him onto the windshield and over the top of the car, court documents said.

Ensch was arrested after he crashed the car at Yohne and Smith roads.

No-show jurorfound in contempt

An Allen County woman appeared in court Friday to answer questions about why she left early during jury duty.

The woman showed up for jury selection in the rape trial of Paul Bell Jr. earlier this month. But jury selection spilled from morning into early afternoon, and the woman did not return from the lunch break.

Ordered back to court Friday, she told Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull that she had a child care issue. She said her husband works second shift in law enforcement and that her mother had to go to work, so she decided to leave.

Gull reminded her that she could have told the bailiff to ask the court to release her. When the woman said she worked as a forensic technician with the local forensic pathologist, Gull seemed visibly annoyed.

“You have some experience with the criminal justice system,” Gull said. “Shame on you.”

She found the woman to be in contempt of court and fined her $100 plus court costs.

rgreen@jg.netAfter he was found not guilty by reason of insanity, a Fort Wayne man was committed Friday to a state mental hospital.

After an Allen Superior Court jury found Jeremy Ensch, 30, not guilty by reason of insanity on July 31, the state of Indiana filed a motion for involuntary commitment. On Friday, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull ordered him committed to a state hospital, according to prosecutors.

Ensch, of the 1000 block of Coliseum Boulevard North, was charged with battery with a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, residential entry, auto theft, receiving stolen auto parts and criminal recklessness – all felonies.

He was also charged with two misdemeanors – failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in injury and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in damage to another vehicle.

Police believe Ensch tried to break into a home in June 2013. When the resident saw him and called 911, he walked away as the resident's father arrived. She then saw Ensch drive away in their 1993 Toyota, court records said.

When the car's owner confronted Ensch in the road, he sped up and struck him, throwing him onto the windshield and over the top of the car, court documents said.

Ensch was arrested after he crashed the car at Yohne and Smith roads.

No-show jurorfound in contempt

An Allen County woman appeared in court Friday to answer questions about why she failed to show up for jury duty.

Technically the woman did show up for jury selection in the rape trial of Paul Bell Jr. earlier this month. But as jury selection spilled out from the morning in to early afternoon, the woman did not return from the lunch break.

She told Allen Superior Fran Gull, who ordered her back to court Friday morning to explain why she shouldn't be held in contempt of court, that she had a child care issue. She said her husband works second shift in law enforcement and her mother had to go to work so she decided to leave.

Gull reminded her why she could have told the bailiff to ask the court to release her. When the woman said she worked as a forensic technician with the local forensic pathologist, Gull seemed visibly annoyed.

“You have some experience iwth the criminal justice system,” Gull said. “Shame on you.”

She found the woman to be in contempt of court and fined the woman $100 plus court costs.

rgreen@jg.net

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