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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:37 pm

Suspect says he was fired on first

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More details have been released about a shooting that left one man in critical condition and another in fair condition – albeit behind bars on felony charges.

Allen County prosecutors formally charged 21-year-old Tony R. Jackson Jr. with felony counts of aggravated battery, battery and burglary Monday.

Jackson is accused of shooting Jared A. Hornsby-Garcia on Dec. 9 in the back and buttocks after barging into a home in the 1300 block of Goshen Road, according to police and court documents.

A friend drove Hornsby-Garcia to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. An update on his condition was not available.

Jackson told detectives he went to the Goshen Road home to confront Hornsby-Garcia and another man over money and some "he-said-she-said stuff with a girl," according to the court documents.

Jackson said he was shot upon entering the home – he ended up going to a hospital in fair condition – and began firing back at whoever shot him, the court documents said.

Jackson is being held in Allen County Jail on $35,000 bond.

Post office clerk charged with theft

A former U.S. Postal Service employee is accused of stealing nearly $1,000 while working as a clerk in Hoagland last year.

Allen County prosecutors formally charged 42-year-old Jackie S. Bennett with felony theft and official misconduct Monday.

According to court documents, Bennett worked at the Hoagland Post Office from May 4, 2013, until Jan. 24 of this year. She spent much of that time conducting sales transactions with the public and handling money orders, postage and retail items, according to Allen Superior Court documents.

An audit that was done after Bennett unexpectedly resigned showed her cash drawer short by $848.97, the court documents said. Postal inspectors tried to interview Bennett, but she didn’t show up for a scheduled appointment.

She did, however, pay back the Postal Service the amount missing from her drawer, according to court documents.

One critical after Kosciusko crash

A head-on crash south of Syracuse on Monday injured three people, one critically, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers and emergency personnel responded at 2:44 p.m. to a report of a crash near the intersection of Indiana 13 and Waco Drive, a media statement said.

Peggy A. Page, 37, of Pierceton, the driver of a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, was in critical condition, according to a statement. She was extricated and transported by helicopter to Lutheran Hospital, police said.

Her passenger, Shaun M. Church, 37, New Paris, was removed from the vehicle and transported to Goshen Hospital in serious condition.

The driver of a second vehicle, James A. Brumbaugh, 66, of Milford, was transported by Syracuse EMS to Lutheran Hospital with chest injuries and cuts.

A preliminary investigation of the crash determined that Page had crossed the center line on Indiana  13 near Waco Drive for an unknown reason, striking Brumbaugh’s 2003 GMC Envoy, according to the release.

The crash is under investigation.

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