• Woman killed in crash, alcohol and speed likely factors

    FORT WAYNE (IND.) – One woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.
    Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the crash at Pontiac and Clinton streets just before 3:30 a.m. When they got there, they found a woman trapped under an SUV.
    Investigators said the woman was driving the SUV east on Pontiac when a man driving a pickup truck south on Clinton crashed into her.
    She was ejected from her vehicle and ended up trapped underneath it, according to polic
  • FWPD: One dead in crash

    FORT WAYNE (IND.) – Fort Wayne Police tell News Channel 15 one person is dead following a two vehicle crash early Saturday morning.
    Police responded to the intersection of Pontiac and Clinton just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. One person was trapped under a vehicle and has since died.Pontiac and Clinton are closed in all directions while crews respond. Expect delays in the area.
  • 12/15 Highlight Zone – Key SAC Double Headers

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Keion Brooks Jr. scored a school-record 52 points as North Side bested South Side in the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week” while the South Side girls edged Northrop in a match-up of unbeatens.
  • Statewide Silver Alert issued for missing Dyer man

    DYER, Ind. (WANE)- A statewide Silver Alert has been issued for a 72-year-old  Dyer man, according to Indiana State Police.
    Dyer is 151 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
    Police say James Strouzas was last seen Friday morning in Dyer.
    He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.
    Strouzas is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 215 pounds with white hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue a red baseball hat, a black jacket, blue sweater, jeans and
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  • Police investigating stabbing at Travel Inn

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Police are investigating a stabbing on the city’s north west side.
    Police were called to the Travel Inn located at 2712 West Coliseum Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. Friday night.
    Fort Wayne Police dispatch confirmed to Newschannel 15 that a person was stabbed and is in serious condition.
    We have a crew headed to the scene.
    Check back for updates on this developing story.
  • St. Francis QB Ferrer named NAIA Player of the Year

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WANE) – On Twitter, @AirFerrer13 is what Nick Ferrer goes by. Now he’s in some rarefied air.
    The St. Francis quarterback was named NAIA National Player of the Year at the banquet of champions on the eve of the title game. He’s the third Cougars player to receive the honor.
    “It was an unbelievable feeling,” Ferrer said. After accepting the award, the first lines in his speech were directed to his team and his appreciation for them. “Not jus
  • Facebook: Social media scrolling can make you feel bad

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — It’s not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health.
    The social media giant whose platform has become a daily addiction for hundreds of millions of people sheds light in a blog post Friday on what it says are two sides of the issue.
    It notes research showing an increase in teen depression with technology use. It also poi
  • Utah dog that bit girl wins reprieve, won’t be put to death

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A deal has been reached that will spare the life of a dog ordered put to death after he bit a 12-year-old girl in a case that generated criticism from the Humane Society of Utah.
    Lindsy Bray, the owner of the Australian Shepherd named Dexter, agreed Thursday to pay a $145 fine for dog-at-large and dog licensing violations.
    In return, officials in the small city of Santaquin dropped the dog-attack charge filed after Dexter escaped a fenced yard in October 2016 and nip
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  • Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

    MENLO PARK, California (AP) — The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism.
    Take, for instance, the fractured world of Marvel superheroes. For years, the X-Men (Wolverine, Storm, Professor X and the crew) and the Fantastic Four (Thing, Invisible Woman, et al) have battled bad dudes from the studios of 20th Century Fox.
  • Lawmaker: Indiana’s minimum wage should be $15

    INDIANAPOLIS (WANE)- Do you think Indiana’s minimum wage should go up to $15 an hour? One State Senator thinks so, and will introduce legislation that would get it there by 2021. If you walk inside Silver In the City, in Indianapolis, you’ll see employees buzzing around helping customers.
    Kristin Kohn, owner of Silver in the City said “We start people above the minimum wage here, and we work at getting them to positions where they have more responsibility.”Kohn, said the
  • Fort Wayne sex trafficker sentenced

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne man charged in May 2016 with rape and human trafficking, as well as other felonies, after his victim reportedly told police he tried to lure her into online prostitution has been sentenced in federal court.
    Patrick J. Davis, 29, was sentenced to 74 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release for a single federal charge of Sex Trafficking of Children.
    It was March 2016 when, according to a probable cause affidavit, police on patrol found a grey
  • Police search for ‘person of interest’ in truck theft

    LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Police in LaGrange County are searching for a woman as a “person of interest” in the theft of a pickup this week.
    LaGrange County Sheriff’s deputies were called Thursday to a Howe property, where the homeowner told police that someone had stolen his 2003 Dodge pickup.
    According to a police report, the homeowner – Marlin Yoder – said someone got into the unlocked pickup and drove it off the property without his permission. Police found th
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  • All Around Downtown: Development continues through winter

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Despite the winter weather, downtown development continues in a big way,
    On the same week as the announcement of a proposed mixed use complex at Harrison St. and Superior St., NewsChannel 15 confirmed details on several other downtown properties.
    Cambray Building
    An old brick building on Harrison Street, north of Superior Street has been sold.
    The Hall family, of Don Hall’s Restaurants, purchased the building from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.
    A parking lot at Ha
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  • Indiana school districts discuss random drug testing

    CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Most school administrators in Indiana say it’s unlikely that districts will conduct random drug tests despite a teacher recently being charged with drug possession.Take Our PollHowever, Lake Central schools Superintendent Larry Veracco says he anticipates a discussion of policies for drug testing teachers more often. Indiana law requires districts to randomly test bus drivers. Some districts also drug test new employees.
    Indiana State Teachers Association Pre
  • Coworker gift ideas: Grasshoppers and glitter?

    Are you going to buy holiday gifts for your co-workers this year? Check out some of the unusual gifts that have been exchanged at work, according a CareerBuilder survey.
  • Dying man’s wish to see new ‘Star Wars’ movie coming true

    BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — A dying man’s wish to see the new “Star Wars” movie is coming true, thanks to local fire departments and medics.
    Ron Villemaire has stage 4 colon cancer and is in hospice care in Bedford, New Hampshire. He’s a huge “Star Wars” fan, but can’t get to a theater and sit in a seat.
    After a public plea from his daughter, the Bedford and New Boston fire departments say they’ll take him Saturday by ambulance to a theater and tran
  • ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ boasts $45 million opening night

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday that the eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an estimated $45 million from Thursday night showings.
    It’s the second-highest Thursday night preview tally following the $57 million start for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which kicked off this modern trilogy in 2015.
    “The Last Jedi” is expected to net around $200 mi
  • Mario Batali kicked off ABC amid misconduct allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been kicked off ABC’s “The Chew” amid allegations from several women that he touched them inappropriately.
    ABC said that while it was not aware of any inappropriate behavior involving him and the show, the network says “we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct.”
    Batali apologized in a statement Monday, and said that “much of the behavior described d
  • Stay off the ice! Video warns of dangers of pond ice

    INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) Thinking about ice skating or fishing on the pond in your neighborhood? Bad idea, says a new video released Friday.
    Mike Pruitt, Wayne Township Fire spokesman, and Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine shared a video to YouTube titled “Stay Off The Ice,” which warns about the safety hazards that exist on frozen ponds in the winter. The ponds, specifically ponds in residential neighborhoods, can become a “death trap” in the winter, Pruitt wa
  • Health insurance open enrollment ending Friday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans who don’t qualify for Medicaid or get health insurance through their employer face a Friday deadline to sign up for individual insurance plans for 2018.
    The enrollment period is six weeks shorter than last year’s. Groups helping people enroll on the healthcare.gov website worry the shortened period will lead to fewer people with insurance next year.
    President Donald Trump’s administration says it is trying to accommodate consumers as hold times
  • USF completes final walk-through on eve of the NAIA National Title Game

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WANE) – In a game of this magnitude, the word legacy is used.
    St. Francis completed a final walk-through Friday on the even of the NAIA Title Game as they will take on Reinhardt (Ga.) in the championship Saturday at 6 P.M. The team was loose but head coach Kevin Donley made sure to keep his team focused on what a win would mean for this program.
    The Cougars go for back-to-back titles – which would be the first in the NAIA since 2009-10.
    The Banquet of Champions t
  • Indiana residents oppose potential ICE detention center

    ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at a recent public meeting in opposition to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility proposed in northern Indiana.
    More than 300 people attended the meeting Thursday in Elkhart to voice their concerns of the potential 1,240-bed facility. The meeting follows a November protest in Goshen.
    Residents say the ICE detainee center will drive away a large portion of the population. They also say it could increase county’s workforce
  • Body found after house fire

    DEFIANCE, Ohio (WANE) A body was found inside a Defiance County, Ohio, home that caught fire early Friday.
    Just after 1 a.m., fire crews responded to a house fire at 4321 E. Rolling Meadows Blvd., near Lake Christy on Defiance’s north edge. Four area fire department battled the blaze, according to a report by the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office.
    At 1:51 a.m., firefighters found a body in the home, the sheriff’s office said in the report.
    The victim has not been identified. The
  • Do It Best donates gifts for Parkview children

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A local corporate helped to make Christmas a little merrier for young patients at Parkview Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Parkview Behavioral Health.
    Do It Best Corp. on Friday delivered dozens of holiday gifts to children who are being treated at the hospital. Among the gifts were blankets and toys.
    The presents will be left outside the doors of the children’s rooms, officials said.
    This the second year Do It Best has donated toys to the hospital.
  • Allen County to sue opioid makers

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Allen County will file suit against drug companies in an effort to win back expenses incurred from opioid abuse by residents.
    Early Friday, the Allen County commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a lawsuit. The commissioners said pharmaceutical companies misrepresented the impact of opioids to doctors.
    The drug companies reportedly told doctors the drugs were not addictive, the commissioners said.
    The idea for a legal battle was that of Allen County Health C
  • Nestle plans to invest $79.5M at central Indiana facility

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Food and beverage giant Nestle plans to invest $79.5 million in new equipment to help expand its operations in central Indiana.
    The Herald Bulletin reports Anderson City Council is considering a tax abatement on the investment, which is expected to create 30 jobs. The company has expanded its Anderson operations at least six times since 2009.
    City Council is expected to consider adopting the tax abatement for Nestle at its Jan. 11 meeting. Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. s
  • News photographer sues Ohio sheriff’s deputy who shot him

    NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) — A federal lawsuit says an Ohio county sheriff’s office has withheld information and retaliated against a weekly newspaper after a deputy shot a news photographer setting up to take a photo of a traffic stop.
    The lawsuit filed Thursday by Andrew Grimm and KBA News Inc. against deputy Jacob Shaw, Clark County and New Carlisle claims Shaw used excessive force and violated Grimm’s civil rights.
    Shaw said he mistook Grimm’s camera for a gun when he sh
  • Police: Officer struck by drunken driver during DUI patrol

    BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) — Police in southwest Ohio say an officer on patrol for drunken drivers has been slightly injured after his vehicle was rear-ended by an inebriated motorist.
    WLWT-TV reports the officer in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash was struck early Thursday by a 34-year-old Cincinnati man whose blood-alcohol level tested nearly twice Ohio’s legal limit. The man was arrested and cited before being released.
    Blue Ash police say 15-year veteran officer William Fritts was sitt
  • Suspect in car attack faces new charge: first-degree murder

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him.
    Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the Aug. 12 collision in Charlottesville tha
  • Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — One of the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across Southern California has died, but authorities gave no hint of how.
    San Diego-based Cory Iverson was assigned to the blaze northwest of Los Angeles, which has become the fourth largest in California history. Iverson, 32, was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team. He died Thursday.
    Dozens of police and fire vehicles escorted a hearse carrying Iverson’s flag-draped body to
  • Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old.
    Playwright Cori Thomas described the 1980 incident in a story published Thursday by the trade outlet Variety. She confirmed the story in an email to The Associated Press.
    Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his ho
  • More than 100 ducks, chickens and turkeys found dead in barn

    LAGRANGE, Ohio (AP) — More than 100 ducks, chickens and turkeys have been found dead inside an unfinished barn in Ohio.
    WKYC-TV reports investigators were called to the barn in Lorain County’s LaGrange Township after neighbors found two turkeys frozen to death.
    Greg Willey, of the Lorain County Friendship Animal Protective League, says his group removed nearly 100 live birds from the barn and is attempting to nurse them back to health.
    Willey says one wall of the barn was not finishe
  • Statewide Silver Alert issued for missing Greene County man

    LINTON, Ind. (WANE) – A statewide Silver Alert has been issued of an 85-year-old Linton man, according to Indiana State Police.
    Linton is approximately 90 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
    Police said Robert G. Waters was last seen Thursday afternoon. He may be in extreme danger and require medical attention.
    Waters is described as 6 feet, 195 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red hat with the words “Waters Fishing,” a brown coat, a light blue shor
  • Several hurt after two vehicle crash at Coliseum and Parnell

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Several people were hurt in a two vehicle crash on West Coliseum Boulevard and Parnell Avenue early Friday morning, according to Fort Wayne police.
    An off-duty police officer drove upon the crash around 2 a.m.
    Two vehicles were involved in a crash at Coliseum and Parnell on Dec. 15, 2017.The crash involved a car and pickup truck in the intersection. Police were trying to determine what happened.
    Fort Wayne firefighters extracted two people from the car. A total of
  • Michigan police probe remains of 3 children found in Montana

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police are investigating whether the remains of three children found in Montana could be linked to the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers.
    The bones and teeth of three children were found in September in a shed in Missoula, Montana. An anthropologist estimated the children’s ages to be 2-4 years old, 5-8 years old and 6-10 years old.
    Tanner, Alexander and Andrew Skelton were 5, 7 and 9 when they were last seen at their father’s M
  • Free Friday | Fun, free weekend events

    CD Release Party1836 Calhoun St.Neat Neat Neat RecordsHeat is Where the Heart IsFirday 4-6 p.m.FreeSaturday Cinema2201 Sherman Blvd.A Christmas Carol (1938)Little Turtle LIbrarySaturday 2 p.m.
    Fort Wayne Farmer’s MarketParkview FieldSaturday 9-1 p.m.
    Star Wars Celebration at ACPLFridayLittle Turtle Library: 3-5:30 pmSaturdayWaynedale 10-11 a.m.Dupont, Georgetown 2-4 p.m.Pontiac 3-5 p.m.
  • Hundreds pack theaters in Fort Wayne for premier of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The force is back in the Fort. Thursday was opening night for the latest installment in the Star Wars saga– Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
    “I love it,” 8-year-old Chloe Blair said.
    The first showing of the night was at 7. Then they continued about every hour for the rest of the evening.
    “I’ve been here since 1 p.m.” Star Wars fan Casey Merriam said. “We were grilling and tailgating in the parking lot earlier. We’re just s
  • Bill would require most Indiana employers to offer contraceptive coverage

    INDIANAPOLIS (WANE)- Do you think some employers in Indiana should be required to cover contraceptive care? One state lawmaker wants to make it so many Indiana employers cannot opt out, except for a very specific reason.Right now, any Indiana employer insurance that’s governed by state law is required to cover contraceptive care….unless you’re a religious organization or have a moral objection and decide to opt out.
    State Senator Jean Breaux, a Democrat from Indianapolis 
  • The Rib Room closing, being replaced by Sweet Lou’s Pizza

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new, deep dish pizzeria is coming to the East Village Neighborhood. The popular Rib Room restaurant at 1235 E. State Blvd. will close and Sweet Lou’s pizza will take its place.
    The Rib Room has been a neighborhood staple for since 1957. Even though it’s closing down, general manager Karon Messman said fans can look forward to Sweet Lou’s Pizza. She’s glad the pizzeria owner will be keeping their ribs on his menu.
  • St. Francis makes pit stop, then continues preparation in Daytona for national championship

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WANE) – St. Francis hopes for a victory lap of sorts.
    The Cougars are preparing to try to repeat at NAIA National Champions as they face Reinhardt (Ga.) on Saturday. On Thursday, the team practice but also toured the history Daytona International Speedway just a short bus ride away from the stadium.
    Sports reporter Andy McDonnell gets us caught up on USF as they gear up for the game. Follow him on Twitter ( @Andy_McDonnell ) for compete coverage.
    The Banquet of Champio
  • Komets standout Sol donates hair to “Wigs For Kids” in honor of cousin

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the first time in six years Cody Sol got a haircut – and for a good cause.
    The Komets standout defenseman and fan favorite donated his hair to “Wigs For Kids” in honor of his cousin Nicholas Kiers who passed away in 2015 from a brain tumor.
    “Wigs For Kids” is a non-profit organization that helps kids suffering from hair loss since 1981.
    Sol got snipped at Great Clips in the North Georgetown Shopping Center.
    The Komets host the Ind
  • Snider running back Covington commits to Indiana State

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Snider senior Christian Covington is heading to Terre Haute as the standout running back committed to Indiana State on Thursday.
    An IFCA all-state selection in 6A, Covington racked up 182 carries for 1,373 yards and 24 rushing TDs as a senior.
    He finishes his career at Snider with 2,650 rushing yards and 39 rushing TDs.
    A first-team All-SAC selection, Covington helped lead the Panthers to an 11-1 season this past fall and and SAC title. 
  • On this day: Man last walked on the moon 45 years ago

    ON THIS DAY: 45 years ago, the last man walked on the moon.
  • Police: TV segment on 2 Indiana girls’ slayings spurs tips

    DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana police say a national television show’s segment on the unsolved slayings of two teenage girls has spurred an increase in tips on the case.
    State Police Sgt. Kim Riley says that before the “Dr. Phil” talk show aired a segment Wednesday on the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams police were receiving between two and five tips a day about the case.
    But Riley tells the Journal & Courier that about 14
  • Splurged on an expensive gift? Don’t forget to insure it

    Insurance might be the least exciting thing about surprising your loved one with a valuable gift this holiday — but don’t let it fall off your priority list.
    “Don’t sacrifice preparedness for the surprise,” says Lisa Lindsay, executive director at the Private Risk Management Association, an insurance industry group that focuses on high net worth customers.
    You can insure some gifts by making a phone call to your agent or a specialty insurance company. Others, such a
  • AAA predicts record travel over Christmas and New Year’s

    Comforted by a strong economy, more Americans than ever are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
    Auto club AAA said Thursday that 107 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1, a 3.1 percent increase over last year.
    It’s the ninth straight increase in Christmas travel, according to AAA.
    Most will travel by car — about 97 million — despite higher gasoline prices. More than 6 million are expected to fly, and AAA says nearly 4 million wi
  • Activism, charity sustain Sandy Hook families 5 years later

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Out of a senseless tragedy, they have sought ways to find meaning in advocacy.
    Many relatives of the 26 children and educators killed five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School have dedicated themselves to charity, activism and other efforts to channel their grief and, in many cases, to help prevent violence.
    “You have two choices,” said Rebecca Kowalski, whose 7-year-old son, Chase, died in Newtown. “I could be in the bottom of a bottle; I could
  • Company breaks ground for marijuana site in western Ohio

    YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — One of the 12 large growers Ohio has picked to participate in its medical marijuana program has held a ceremonial groundbreaking.
    The CEO of Chicago-based Cresco Labs and Yellow Springs officials took part in the ceremony Thursday at the site of the planned cultivation facility located just east of Dayton.
    Cresco says it plans a 50,000-square-foot greenhouse to grow medical marijuana in western Ohio.
    Ohio’s Department of Commerce on Nov. 30 rounded out the
  • Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable.
    House and Senate Republican leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on what would be the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws in more than 30 years. The package would give generous tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest tax cuts to low- and middle-income families.
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