The Journal Gazette
Monday, February 08, 2016 10:03 pm

Man accused of soliciting girl, 14

Rebecca S. Green | The Journal Gazette

A 45-year-old Mishawaka man is charged in Allen County with child solicitation, accused of trying to get a 14-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photographs through social media.

Willie H. Lovelady, Jr. has not yet been arrested on the charge. According to court documents, the girl’s mother told police in May her daughter had been communicating with Lovelady on Facebook. 

Chat log records showed he contacted her in March 2015 and continued until May. During that time, he asked her if she would have sex with him, admitted he would get in trouble because she was too young and repeatedly sent sexually explicit messages, according to court documents.

An examination of the girl’s cellphone showed that Lovelady asked for a sexually explicit photograph of the girl after he was made aware of her age, according to court documents.

Woman dies from injuries in crash

The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified a 20-year-old woman involved in a crash after a police chase late Thursday night as the county’s fifth traffic fatality this year.

Kierra Jaleigh Kitts, of Fort Wayne, died Friday evening around 7:30. According to the Allen County Coroner’s Office, Kitts died as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash.

Around 11 p.m. Thursday, a Fort Wayne Police officer saw a car driving erratically on Ardmore Avenue, swerving into oncoming traffic. When he began following the car, the driver fled, reaching speeds of more than 80 mph.

The police officer began calling off the chase, and the vehicle crashed just after crossing railroad tracks. The driver and Kitts, who was not wearing her seat belt, was ejected from the car. 

Officers at the scene reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol.

The crash remains under investigation by the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

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