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Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:00 am


Garrett woman ID'd as fatal crash victim

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The woman who died last week from a car crash in far northern Allen County was identified Wednesday as a 50-year-old Garrett resident.

Nichole Lynn Caudill died from blunt force injuries, the Allen County coroner's office said in the crash, which occurred about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Coldwater and East Fitch roads. Her death was ruled an accident.

Caudill's death is the fifth motor vehicle crash fatality in the county this year.

Meth possession nets 10 years

An Auburn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Clifford Johnson announced Wednesday.

Michael L. Placencia, 53, also faces five years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

The charge stemmed from a Sept. 7, 2020, traffic incident in DeKalb County. Placencia indicated to law enforcement that he had something illegal – 11 bags of methamphetamine, $674 in cash, a digital scale with residue, a glass smoking device and a red straw containing residue, the release said.

A lab analysis determined the substance was methamphetamine, 95% pure with a weight of 32.4 grams, the release said.

Human remains found near Yoder

The Allen County Sheriff's Department had little information about human remains found Wednesday afternoon near Yoder in southern Allen County.

Officers were first called to the 15000 block of Harber Road just before 3 p.m. in reference to a possible person found in or near a wooded area. A witness working near the wooded area made the report, a news release said.

Authorities found human remains, but details including race and sex were not immediately known.

The Allen County coroner's office is expected to release the person's identity after an autopsy and investigation.

2 critically hurt in buggy-SUV crash

The Allen County Sheriff's Department also responded to the traffic crash at Indiana 37 at Ricker Road about 6:30 p.m. on the county's northeast side.

A horse-drawn buggy was southbound on Ricker Road and an SUV was traveling northeast on Indiana 37 when they collided for unknown reasons, according to a news release.

The buggy's occupants – a man and a woman – were hospitalized in critical condition, the release said.

The horse that was pulling the buggy was killed in the accident.

The driver of the SUV was not injured, the sheriff's department said.

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