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Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:16 PM


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VAN WERT — An indictment against a Van Wert County woman accused of shooting her mother was handed down by the Van Wert Grand Jury on Friday.

Tamara K. Menke, 47, is expected to be arraigned in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas this morning. The actual charges on the indictment have not yet been released. She was original charged in Van Wert Municipal Court with murder.

Menke was the focus of a dragnet in the western part of the county on Nov. 14 after two people were shot on South Fulton Street in Van Wert around 6 p.m. that night. One of the shooting victims was Barbara Robinson, Menke’s mother. Robinson died of her injuries while being transported to a hospital in Fort Wayne. The other shooting victim, reported to be Menke’s father, survived his injuries.

Upon arriving at the scene, police were told the two had been shot with a .22-caliber rifle and that the firearm was out of ammunition when the shooter left the house. A search was begun for Menke. That search continued through the evening hours. Menke was located and arrested the next morning at her residence on Brittsan Road.

Menke appeared in Van Wert Municipal Court on Nov. 15 and was ordered held on a $1 million cash bond.


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