• First News Back to School: Northwest Allen Co. Schools

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It’s a new school year in northwest Allen County.
    Northwest Allen County Schools, with more than 7,300 students, started a new school year Wednesday.
    The district is made up of ten schools: Carroll High School, Carroll Middle School, Maple Creek Middle School, Arcola Elementary School, Cedar Canyon Elementary School, Eel River Elementary School, Hickory Center Elementary School, Huntertown Elementary School, Oak View Elementary School, and Perry Hill Element
  • Auburn police searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ burglary suspects

    AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) – Police in Auburn are looking for a man and woman who burglarized a business office early Tuesday morning.
    Auburn police said 37-year-old Frank E. Lopez and 37-year-old Amanda M. Oberlin burglarized Auburn Homes, 1112 West 7th Street, between 6:45 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    Amanda Oberlin, 37Frank Lopez, 37Investigators said a 380 revolver with an unknown serial number, brown pistol grip, and silver barrel was taken.
    Police said Lopez and Oberlin should be considered
  • F4F Fantasy of Lights 5K returns for second year

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort 4 Fitness Fantasy of Lights 5K is back for another year. Participants will get to see a sneak peak at Blue Jacket’s annual Fantasy of Lights.
    Runners will enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, chip timing, goody bag, and F4F Fantasy of Lights long-sleeve t-shirt, while the 2K walkers will receive the F4F Fantasy of Lights long-sleeve t-shirt and goody bag.Last year organizers report that 1,500 people took part in the inaugural event. Runners got to see the
  • MS-13 gang bust in Ohio has Indiana connection

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Thirteen members of the MS-13 gang have been arrested in central Ohio and Indiana, according to federal authorities.
    Thirteen members of the MS-13 gang have been arrested in central Ohio and Indiana, federal authorities said Aug. 15, 2017. (Photos Provided/FBI Indianapolis)According to a release by the Department of Justice, federal and local law enforcement agencies in central Ohio and Indiana arrested multiple people Tuesday morning associated with the MS-13 gang. At le
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  • Meth lab busts down more than 50% in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana State Police data shows a 58 percent decline in statewide methamphetamine lab seizures in 2017. However, some in the criminal justice system said fewer meth labs do not mean fewer drug users. The data reports 254 meth lab busts happened from January to June of 2017. In that same time period last year, the number was 605.
    State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) presented the ISP data in a press release Tuesday. During the 2016 session, Smaltz sponsored a la
  • Person struck by vehicle in New Haven, critically hurt

    NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – A person was struck by a vehicle in New Haven Tuesday evening, according to the New Haven Police Department.
    Police and paramedics were called to the 7500 block of State Road 930 West at 5:49 p.m.
    Witnesses told police a person ran into the eastbound lanes of traffic and was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The person was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
    Police said the driver of the car, a 17-year-old girl, was taken to a hospital by private means with
  • Pedestrian hit by vehicle, in critical condition

    NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) One person is in critical condition after a vehicle struck a pedestrian. Officers were called to the 7500 block of IN-930 near the Jury Pool around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    NewsChannel 15 has a crew heading to the scene. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
  • Concordia grad Tionna Williams honored by Big Ten

    MADISON, Wisc. – Junior Tionna Williams and sophomore Molly Haggerty of the Wisconsin volleyball team were named to the 15-player Preseason All-Big Ten Conference team, the league office announced on Tuesday. In addition, the Badgers were picked to finish fifth in the 2017 conference race, according to a vote of league coaches.
    Haggerty, a 6-1 outside hitter, is the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She led the Badgers and ranked seventh in the conference with 3.41 kills per set last
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  • Solar Eclipse 2017 Coverage

    All the resources you need to prepare for the August 21 celestial event!
  • Trump says it anew: blame ‘on both sides’ in Charlottesville

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump returned insistently Tuesday to his assessment that “there is blame on both sides” after being roundly criticized for such comments following the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
    President Donald Trump reaching into his suit jacket to read a quote he made on Saturday regarding the events in Charlottesville, Va., as he speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez
  • Defiant Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for violence

    NEW YORK (AP) — Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. He showed sympathy for the fringe groups’ efforts to preserve Confederate monuments.
    The president’s comments effectively wiped away the more conventional statement he delivered at the Wh
  • Eclipse watch party in Fort Wayne

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Astronomical Society is hosting a watch party at the plaza of the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library.  The event is free and runs from noon to 3 PM. They will provide telescopes with solar filters, projection methods to view the eclipse, and special eclipse glasses while supplies last.  There will also be food trucks at the event.
     
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  • NASA needs your help during solar eclipse

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) –  A total solar eclipse gives scientists a rare opportunity to study the sun and how it’s absence affects weather.  To that end, they need your help.  NASA wants you to download a free app (Globe Observer) to report cloud cover and temperature information to them during the eclipse.  All of that information will show up in an interactive map.  You will need a thermometer to do this, but the app will give you all the instructions you n
  • Where to find SAFE solar eclipse glasses

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – You will need special glasses to look toward the sun during the eclipse on August 21.  It is never safe to look directly at the sun, even if it’s partially blocked, without protective eye wear.  Sunglasses do not have the right filters to keep your eyes safe if you look at the sun, so here are links to a few places you can get these special eclipse glasses:
    Kroger
    ACE Hardware
    Lowe’s
    Amazon
    Great American Eclipse
    Science Central in Fort Wayne
  • Solar Eclipse likely to cause traffic problems around the country

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Gene Stringer will be going to Greenville, South Carolina, to view the eclipse, and he had similar advice about photographing the eclipse. “A lot of people spend time trying to actually photograph the eclipse itself with the sun or it’s corona. The reason I’m not gonna try and do that is because there will be professionals who will do a professional job of doing that. My suggestion is for this eclipse the school teachers in the area really should
  • Fort Wayne residents traveling to see Solar Eclipse

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – There are many people from our area traveling to the “path of totality” – where you will be able to see the sun 100% blocked by the moon.  Remember in Fort Wayne, about 86% of the sun will be blocked during the peak time of the eclipse.  A few of those traveling are part of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Phil Hudson has plans to travel to central Kentucky.  He’s an amateur photographer but won’t be taking pic
  • Addiction treatment center proposed to fight opioid epidemic

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Park Center would like to rezone a plot of land near Coliseum Boulevard to make way for a new 100-bed addiction treatment facility. The vacant building sits at 2827 Rupp Drive and was once the home of a Verizon office.
    Park Center would like to build a new addiction treatment center at 2827 Rupp Drive, just off Coliseum Boulevard.The idea evolved from the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention, created by former Governor Mike Pen
  • Man takes police on high-speed chase on motorcycle

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Nappanee man was arrested Monday night after police said he took officers on a high-speed chase on a motorcycle.
    John A. SlabaughMilford Police were called just before 8 p.m. Monday to a home at 310 Turkey Creek Dr. on Milford’s south side on a report that people were tampering with a crime scene. The trailer there had been destroyed in an early morning fire that day and had been deemed “suspicious,” according to Milford Police.
    As police responded to
  • Motorcyclists hurt in multi-vehicle crash

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A pair of motorcyclists were hurt midday Tuesday when a sedan ran a red light and was struck by a semi, which pushed the car into them at a west-side intersection.
    Two motorcyclists were involved in a crash at Washington Center Road and Goshen Road/U.S. 33 on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.Police and medics were called just after noon Tuesday to the intersection of Washington Center Road and Goshen Road/U.S. 33 on a report of a multi-vehicle crash there. Crews arrived to find two
  • Pet of the Week: 8/15/17

    Catrick Swayze is a 6 month old neutered male, black Domestic Shorthair cat. This pet has been at the shelter since August 9, 2017.
    If you are interested in learning more about how to adopt this week’s pet, click here.
  • Indianapolis man sentenced to prison in dragging death

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison in the death of a woman who authorities say was dragged with his car.
    The Indianapolis Star reports Austin Blevins of Indianapolis learned his punishment after pleading guilty last month to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death. One year of his prison sentence was suspended and he was credited with 192 days served.
    Blevins also will receive a year of probation and his driver’s
  • DNR to host eclipse parties at Indiana state parks

    See how nature responds to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse by visiting an Indiana state park.
    Twelve state parks throughout the state plan to host eclipse parties.
    While Indiana will not experience a total eclipse, the phenomenon in Indiana will be near 100 percent. At Harmonie State Park, in the extreme southwest corner of the state, the moon will cover 99.9 percent of the sun. And at Pokagon State Park in extreme northeast Indiana, the eclipse will be at 87 percent.
    The eclipse will be worth watchin
  • Surveillance: Man breaks into gas station to steal cigarettes

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man reportedly broke into a west-side gas station early Saturday and made off with cartons of cigarettes.
    Surveillance cameras captured a suspect vehicle in a burglary at the Phil’s One Stop gas station at 3005 Hillegas Road on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Phil’s One Stop)The Phil’s One Stop gas station at 3005 Hillegas Road was burglarized just after 4 a.m. Saturday. Nate Weitzel, Phil’s corporate general manager, told NewsChannel 15 that a grey se
  • Man breaks into gas station, steals 30 cigarette cartons

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man reportedly broke into a west-side gas station early Saturday and made off with 30 cartons of cigarettes.
    Surveillance cameras captured a suspect vehicle in a burglary at the Phil’s One Stop gas station at 3005 Hillegas Road on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (Phil’s One Stop)The Phil’s One Stop gas station at 3005 Hillegas Road was burglarized just after 4 a.m. Saturday. Nate Weitzel, Phil’s corporate general manager, told NewsChannel 15 that a grey
  • 20 years later: remembering Officer Eryk T. Heck

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Officers from around the area will honor Officer Eryk Heck Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Highland Park Cemetery. 20 years ago Heck was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded after responding to a burglary in progress. He was 27 years old.According to ODMP.org, while investigating the burglary at 1:30 a.m. the two officers discovered a truck parked in a remote area near the home. As the officers watched the truck, the suspect appeared and th
  • Sweetwater to host concert series at outdoor pavilion

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Sweetwater will present a series of outdoor concerts at its new Performance Pavilion beginning in late August and running through mid-October.
    A band performs at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion. (Sweetwater)The 24,000 square foot Sweetwater Performance Pavilion is the latest addition to the Sweetwater campus. A covered outdoor music venue located at 5501 US HWY 30 W, the pavilion features a custom-designed, state-of-the-art sound system, free on-site parking, and air-
  • ‘Boys are back in town:’ Lip-syncing troopers at it again

    Video courtesy Jonathon Amburgey via YouTube
    INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) The lip-syncing Indiana State troopers who produced a viral video at last year’s Indiana State Fair are at it again.
    Troopers Brent Lemberg and Jonathon Amburgey of the Fort Wayne post and Jonathan Cole and Dustin Rutledge of the Peru post have released ‘Singing Troopers – Year 2,’ featuring a 51-second lip-sync’d performance of Thin Lizzy’s 1976 hit “The Boys are Back in Town.” Ambu
  • Safety council: Motor vehicle deaths dip slightly in 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary data show U.S. motor vehicle deaths and injuries were down slightly in the first six months of 2017, although they were still significantly higher than they were two years ago, the National Safety Council said Tuesday.
    There were 18,689 motor vehicle deaths through June 30, said the council, a leading safety organization that gets its data from state governments. That’s 250 fewer deaths, or a 1 percent decline, from the period in 2016. But deaths were st
  • First News Back to School: Fort Wayne Community Schools

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Thousands of students returned to Indiana’s largest school system for a new year Tuesday.
    After much preparation, staff members at Fort Wayne Community Schools opened the doors for the first day of the 2017-2018 year.
    Several school buildings were updated and renovated over the summer. Also over break, the district looked to fill more than 70 teacher positions, left open after retirements.
    FWCS School Board Vice President Steve Corona talked about the new year on Fi
  • Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

     
    A toppled Confederate statue lies on the ground on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Durham, N.C. Activists on Monday evening used a rope to pull down the monument outside a Durham courthouse.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier on Monday at a rally against racism.
    Activists in Durham brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was
  • Dubai billionaire seeks to sell Trump-branded villas abroad

     
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai-based billionaire and business partner of the Trump Organization looked more like a head of state himself during recent trips to Croatia and Malta — mingling with government dignitaries, receiving a presidential reception and visiting the glittering Mediterranean.
    Hussain Sajwani met with leaders in the two European nations and addressed local journalists, many of whom referred to his ties to President Donald Trump or simply called hi
  • High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle

     
    NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — After years of factory closings and offshoring of jobs, U.S. manufacturing faces a new jobs challenge — not enough qualified workers for increasing automation and advanced technology.
    Federal statistics show nearly 390,000 manufacturing jobs open, and some studies say hundreds of thousands more will need to be filled within a decade.
    The problem is many of them aren’t the same jobs that for decades put food on working-class family tables. They demand
  • Poll: Support for charters drops markedly over past year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new survey says that expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice.
    Trump campaigned on a promise to dramatically improve school choice — charter schools and private school voucher programs — and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made it a priority. But so far the message doesn’t appear to have hit home with the public.
    About
  • FAA to investigate Rochester plane crash

    ROCHESTER, Ind. (WANE) Indiana State troopers responded to a plane crash in Rochester Monday evening.
    According to a release from state police, an airplane took off from Rochester Airport around 6:45 p.m. and flew 500 feet before the engine stalled.
    The pilot, 58-year-old Kenneth Bergman of Claypool, was able to glide the 2016 Easy Rider Experimental aircraft to a parking lot of a nearby company on North State Road 25.
    Bergman, the only person inside the plane, suffered minor injuries. Nobody el
  • 3 major redevelopment projects moving forward

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Three major construction projects passed a major hurdle, Monday night. The Landing, Riverfront Development, and Clyde Theatre Construction were all topics of discussion at the Fort Wayne’s Redevelopment and Plan Commission meetings.
    “The Landing” in downtown Fort Wayne will soon be under construction. The Redevelopment Commission gave the developer the final “go-ahead” for the project. The commission voted in favor of funding that is
  • Hate group tracker: 26 active hate groups in Indiana, 3 in northeast part of state.

    Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that tracks hate groups, said there are currently 26 active hate groups in Indiana. Three of the groups are operating in the northeast part of the state.
    According to an interactive map that the SPLC provides on its website, a group called the White Aryan Resistance, a Neo-Nazi group, is based out of Warsaw. An organization called WTM Enterprises, a White Nationalist group, is based in Roanoke. And The Confederate White Knights of
  • WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting

    ATLANTA (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment says pro wrestling legend Ric Flair is out of surgery and resting after being hospitalized.
    The statement Monday did not give details about the nature of the surgery.
    A representative for the showman known as “Nature Boy” says the 68-year-old wrestler was admitted to the hospital for routine monitoring. Melinda Morris Zanoni of Legacy Talent asked on Twitter Monday for “prayers & positive energy” becau
  • Police open up about evidence six months after Delphi double homicide

    CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s been six months since Abby Williams and Libby German were killed near the Monon High Bridge in Delphi. Half a year later, there are still no arrests.
    Police have shared new details in the investigation and reiterate the case has not turned into a cold one.
    Manager of the investigation, First Sgt. Jerry Holeman with Indiana State Police, said they are still working hard on the case. Especially now with more than 24,000 tips and leads they need to fol
  • FWCS Board approves sale of former Elmhurst High School

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Community Schools board members approved the sale of the former Elmhurst High School Monday night for $600,000. The building is being sold to Hansen Aggregates Midwest LLC, which runs the rock quarry next to the property on Ardmore Ave.
    The building went on the market after the school board voted in February to sell the 23-acre site along with 12 acres of vacant farmland next to the property on the city’s south side.
    Elmhurst dates back to 1929 and had ab
  • Swift justice: Jury takes Taylor’s side in groping lawsuit

    DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift won $1 and long-awaited vindication after a jury decided that a radio host groped her during a pre-concert photo op four years ago.
    After a weeklong trial over dueling lawsuits, jurors determined that fired Denver DJ David Mueller assaulted the pop star by grabbing her backside during a backstage meet-and-greet. The six-woman, two-man jury also found that Swift’s mother and radio liaison were within their rights to contact Mueller&rsquo
  • Motorcyclist critically hurt in crash

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police are investigating a motorcycle crash that left the driver in critical condition. Officers were called to the northbound ramp of I-69 and I-469 in northern Allen County around 7:00 Monday night.
    Police closed one lane of the ramp while crews cleaned up from the crash.
    Investigators believe speed was a factor. No other vehicles were involved.
  • Motorcyclist critically hurt after crash

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police are investigating a motorcycle crash that left the driver in critical condition. Officers were called to the Northbound ramp of Interstates 69 and 469 around 7 p.m.
    Police closed off one lane of the ramp while crews clean up from the crash.
    NewsChannel 15 has a crew on scene. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
  • Swanigan faces Pacers on October 20th as NBA schedule released

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – Biggie is coming back to Indiana.
    Former Homestead and Purdue big man, Caleb Swanigan will return to the state for the second game of his rookie campaign. The Portland Trail Blazers will face the Pacers on October 20th at 7 P.M. as the full schedule was announced on Monday evening.
    After being traded to Oklahoma City in the offseason, Paul George will also make his return to Indiana on December 13th.
    Check out the full NBA schedule here.
  • Driver purposely steers into French pizzeria, killing girl

    SEPT-SORTS, France (AP) — A man who may have been trying to kill himself rammed his car into a pizzeria east of Paris on Monday, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring her younger brother and at least 11 others, authorities said.
    The driver was immediately arrested. Police said the man’s actions in the town of Sept-Sorts were deliberate, but not thought to be terrorism-related.
    The 13-year-old girl and her brother were among the restaurant patrons eating on the outdoor te
  • Inside The Zone: Week One & Season Preview

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the 10th season in a row WANE-TV and The News-Sentinel are teaming up every Monday to bring you “Inside The Zone,” the area’s preeminent look at high school football.
    This season The News-Sentinel’s Justin Kenny and WANE sports director Glenn Marini will break down the previous week’s games and look ahead to upcoming games around the area. They’ll also analyze the conference championships races and discuss northeast Indiana&
  • USF begins fall practice with target of being reigning National Champions

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The champs are back.
    St. Francis opened up fall practice Monday as the reigning NAIA National Champions. The Cougars are also ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls but they’re embracing the pressure that comes with all of the accolades.
    Head coach Kevin Donley said he watched at least a little bit of that title game every day since it happened in mid-December. Now he’ll stop that process as the 2017 campaign gets underway.
  • KKK Imperial Wizard blames Virginia Mayor for chaos, death

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – In an exclusive interview, the Imperial Wizard of the KKK told NewsChannel 15 on Monday that the Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, has blood on his hands after the violence and chaos that erupted in his city during a white nationalist rally.
    After days of chaos and death in Charlottesville, Virginia, the governor has asked every elected official to speak up. “Don’t hide. Be strong and do the right thing. Tell white supremacists, tell the neo-Nazis,
  • GasBuddy: Prices at pump starting to drift lower

    (GasBuddy) Gasoline prices across the United States have started to drift lower after peaking last week Wednesday, with the national average currently at $2.35 per gallon, the same as it was a week ago. Oil prices, however, saw little change last week until Friday, when they fell under $49 per barrel as concern about Venezuela and North Korea eased, and as gasoline inventories in the U.S. saw a large rise according to the gas price tracking web site GasBuddy.com.
    Data last week from the Energy I
  • SpaceX launches experiments, ice cream to space station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station on Monday, carrying tons of science research, plus ice cream.
    As has become customary on these cargo flights, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs.
    “Gorgeous day, spectacular launch,” said Dan Hartman, NASA’s deputy manager of the space station program.
    Experiments make up mos
  • Holcomb rolls out $24 million job training initiative

    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb discusses his Next Level Jobs initiative Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Great Dane Trailers plant in Brazil, Ind.INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is unveiling a jobs program that will pay tuition for workers who get trained in high-demand fields.
    The “Next Level Jobs” initiate sets aside about $24 million over the next two years to help grow the number of welders, machinists, medical assistants and information technology specialists, among

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