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FORT WAYNE – Troopers from the Indiana State Police arrested a 34-year-old Kendallville man early Friday at a Fort Wayne hotel on warrants out of LaGrange and Noble counties.

Ernest Ray Arnold Jr. was arrested on a LaGrange County warrant on charges of manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school or public park, and on warrants out of Noble County on charges of animal cruelty, failure to appear on a meth-dealing charge, dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance and Possession of meth, according to a written statement issued by the state police.

It said Trooper Brian Kreger got information about 9 p.m. Thursday from the Kendallville Police Department indicating that Arnold might be in the area of Dupont Road and Interstate 69 in north Fort Wayne.

With assistance from the Fort Wayne Police Department, Arnold’s vehicle was found in the parking lot of the Value Place hotel, 2850 Dupont Commerce Court, sometime around midnight.

About 12:30 a.m., troopers and Fort Wayne officers went to his room and took him into custody. Arnold had two guns, one loaded, and items commonly used to make meth, the written statement said, noting that no meth labs were found in the hotel room.

A 26-year-old woman in the room was questioned and released.

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