• Tour bus belonging to musical group catches fire

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A tour bus belonging to a classical trio vocal group, The Texas Tenors, caught fire behind the Embassy Theatre Friday.
    The tour bus was driven into Fort Wayne at 7:30 a.m. ahead of the group’s Friday evening show at the Embassy. The Fort Wayne Fire Department told a NewsChannel 15 photographer that the bus caught fire 30 minutes after arriving.
    The bus driver was the only person on the bus when it caught fire. Firefighters said that the entire bus was e
  • I-69 backed up for miles due to emergency road repairs

    HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  Indiana State Police are reporting a five-mile backup on northbound I-69 at the 291 mile marker in Huntington County because of emergency road repairs.
    Police are asking motorists to avoid that stretch of I-69 if possible.
    This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
  • Driver airlifted after 3-vehicle crash

    LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A Howe man was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital after a three-vehicle crash in LaGrange County mid-afternoon Thursday.
    LaGrange County Sheriff’s deputies and medics were called just after 3 p.m. Thursday to a stretch of S.R. 9 near C.R. 450 North on a report of a crash.
    A crash report said Matthew Swan of Howe was southbound on S.R. 9 in his 2000 Ford Taurus when he drifted left of center. The Ford then side-swiped a northbound 2003 Ford Expedition driven by
  • 79-year-old Defiance man charged with two counts of raping a child

    DEFIANCE, Ohio (WANE)  An investigation by authorities in Defiance County has led to two counts of rape of a minor under the age of 13 being filed against a Defiance man.
    The investigation into alleged child sexual abuse by the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, Job and Family Services and Child Protection took place Thursday according to a press release issued Friday morning.  The investigation resulted  in the arrest of Miguel “Mike” Urdiales, 79, of 2169 Hawtho
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  • Rare gold coin donated to Indiana church sells for $517,000

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A rare gold coin donated to a northwestern Indiana church has sold for $517,000 at auction.
    A woman who’s a member of GracePoint Church in Valparaiso donated the coin to help finance a new church building for the congregation, which has held services in an elementary school since its founding in 2009.
    Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the $20 gold piece is one of only 10 known surviving 1866 Liberty Head double eagles stamped with “In God we trust.&rdq
  • Free Friday: Fun weekend activities that won’t cost a penny

    Focus on Health
    Free and low cost health screenings10 locations throughout Fort WayneFriday 7:30-11amFor more information and locations, visit http://www.fohealth.com
    3Rivers Free Shred Day
    Mobile shredder in rear parking lot of 3Rivers Northland Campus(Off Lima Road across from Crazy Pins)All documents will be recycledLimit 5 boxesFriday 11am-2pmFor more information, visit http://www.3riversfcu.org
    Castle Gallery “Spring Palette” Show1202 West Wayne StreetColorful art with pain
  • Postal Service announces interactive stamps

    The U-S Postal Service has created a first-of-its-kind stamp, and you could say it’s interactive.The new stamp commemorates the first visible solar eclipse in the U-S since 1979. You can heat it up with your finger, and the image transforms from a blacked-out sun into the moon.As it cools, the image changes back. The flip-side of the stamp sheet has a map that shows the diagonal path of this summer’s eclipse… which will take place on August 21st.The stamps will be available in
  • Some in food industry seek another delay in calorie labeling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again.New government rules to require calorie labeling in restaurants and other establishments are set to go into effect next week after years of delays. But they could be pushed back again if grocery stores, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains get their way.
    Those groups are lobbying Congress to delay the rules or pass legislation that would revise t
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  • In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is brushing off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God’s name.
    Three weeks after Islamic militants staged twin Palm Sunday church attacks, Francis lands in Cairo on Friday for a series of deeply symbolic encounters with Egypt’s religious and political leadership. He will meet with Egypt’s president, patriarch and the “
  • Short of support, House won’t vote on health bill this week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House won’t vote on Republican legislation scuttling much of President Barack Obama’s health care law until at least next week, a GOP leader said Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday — President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.“As soon as we have the votes, we’ll vote on it,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told
  • GOP says it can pass short-term spending without Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans said they would push a short-term spending bill — essential to keeping the government open — through the House Friday with only GOP votes, if necessary.The brinkmanship came less than 30 hours before a midnight Friday deadline for a shutdown.
    At the same time, a House GOP leader said late Thursday that there would be no vote on major GOP health care legislation until at least next week. That meant that on both the budget and health care fronts, the
  • US economy likely slowed last quarter, but rebound expected

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy likely slowed significantly in the first three months of the year, though economists foresee a sharp rebound in the current April-June quarter on the strength of solid job growth, higher consumer confidence and stock-market records.The government on Friday will release its first of three estimates of growth for the January-March quarter as measured by the gross domestic product. The expectation is that annualized GDP growth will amount to around 1 percent
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  • Arkansas executes killer for 4th lethal injection in 8 days

    VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs.Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner. A prison spokesman said Williams shook for approximately 10 seconds, about three minutes into the lethal injection.
    An Associated Press reporter who witnessed
  • Homestead’s Karissa McLaughlin wins Indiana 2017 Miss Basketball

    INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – For the first time since Snider’s Tiffany Gooden won it in 1994, a player from Fort Wayne is Indiana’s Miss Basketball.
    Homestead senior Karissa McLaughlin took home the honor, which was announced Thursday night at the Indiana Sports Awards Banquet in Indianapolis.
    McLaughlin, who recently signed with Purdue, averaged 25.9 points a game for the Spartans. She led Homestead to the 4A state title, the first state championship in program history.
    The future Bo
  • Late errors cost TinCaps in 5-1 loss to Cubs

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs) took advantage of two errors to knock off the TinCaps, 5-1, on Thursday night at Parkview Field.
    The TinCaps (7-14) jumped ahead in the second inning thanks to an RBI double from designated hitter Eguy Rosario. He plated third baseman Hudson Potts, who had been hit by a pitch. It would be Fort Wayne’s only run.
    Starting pitcher Jerry Keel (L) held the Cubs (13-8) scoreless through the sixth inning. The southpaw struck out five bat
  • Colts get defensive, add safety Malik Hooker with 15th pick

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts continued their defensive remap Thursday by taking Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the 15th overall pick in the NFL draft.At 6-foot-1, 206 pounds, Hooker was considered the second-best safety in the rookie class. LSU’s Jamal Adams went to the New York Jets at No. 6The Colts never expected the big-hitting playmaker they’ve been seeking for years to be there when their turn came up.Hooker only played two seasons with the Buckeyes but
  • Families of slain Delphi girls reveal plans for memorial park, concert

    Kokomo, Ind. (WANE) – The families of two girls killed in Delphi announced plans to build a softball complex in their honor.13-year-old Libby German and 14-year-old Abby Williams were hiking together when they were killed in February.
    Mike and Becky Patty, Libby’s grandparents, and Anna Williams, Abby’s mother, spoke at a news conference, Thursday afternoon. They announced the “Abby and Liberty Field of Dreams Memorial Concert.”The summer fundraiser, which is set fo
  • Browns take Garrett no. 1 as NFL Draft begins

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Browns didn’t mess around with the No. 1 pick.Myles Garrett was the consensus best player in the NFL draft, and Cleveland made sure he didn’t go anywhere else.Although their biggest need remains a franchise quarterback, the Browns selected Texas A&M’s defensive standout first overall, a pick that had been projected for weeks.Following a dismal 1-15 season, the Browns are counting on Garrett and this draft — Sashi Brown, the club’s v
  • Bears trade up to nab quarterback Mitch Trubisky

    PHILADEPHIA (AP) –  The Chicago Bears drafted their latest quarterback of the future, grabbing North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 pick on Thursday night after trading up a spot with the San Francisco 49ers.There was some thought the Bears might wait a round or two before looking at quarterback after signing Mike Glennon last month to replace the departed Jay Cutler. Instead, they pulled an early stunner by swapping picks with San Francisco and giving the 49ers a t
  • TinCaps lefty Logan Allen live with WANE-TV

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  – The TinCaps have gotten off to a slow start in 2017, but don’t blame star pitcher Logan Allen.
    The 6-foot-3 lefty out of North Carolina is off to a strong start this season with a 2.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings.
    At 19 years old, Allen is one of the veterans on staff, having pitched most of last season in Fort Wayne.
    Allen’s success on the diamond hasn’t been the only joy in his family’s life this season. His older brother Ph
  • Slain realtor’s son talks safety during showings

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The son of a slain realtor visited Fort Wayne Thursday to share the story of how his mother was killed on the job.
    Carl Carter Jr. told the Up State Alliance of Realtors that knowing your client is the number one lesson to learn from his mother’s murder.
    Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter was kidnapped and killed in September 2014 while showing a client a house.
    The husband and wife that kidnapped Beverly planned to hold her for ransom, but
  • Would using grand juries help solve more homicides?

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – When a crime happens, police and prosecutors investigate to find a suspect and then charge that person. Sometimes a grand jury can be part of that investigation, but that’s a tool that hasn’t been used by the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office in more than 15 years.
    “I don’t think we’d have nearly the number of unsolved homicides that we have right now if we were using a grand jury system on a regular basis. It’s a superlati
  • Snider’s Kyla Covington signs with Roberts Wesleyan

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – First team All-SAC post player Kyla Covington is taking her talents to Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, New York, as the senior signed with the Redhawks on Thursday.
    Covington led the Panthers in both scoring (19.6 ppg.) and rebounding (8.7 rpg.) as a senior. The Panthers finished 14-7 overall.
    A DII program, Roberts is led by former St. Francis coach and Decatur native Gary Andrews.
  • Utility billing changes in Garrett causes confusion

    GARRETT, Ind. (WANE)  A change in utility billing is causing a lot of concern and raising questions in Garrett.
    “I got a letter from city utilities saying that they were running two months behind but I’ve lived in town for 10 years now and I’ve never not paid every month,” Garrett resident Tim Stafford said. “They never said what months we didn’t pay or why we didn’t pay.”
    Garrett Clerk Treasurer Marcie Conkle said there’s no error
  • Body of missing Illinois toddler found in mother’s home

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a “deplorable” northern Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, authorities said Thursday.
    Will County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said during a news conference that Semaj Crosby’s death was “suspicious,” but that an autopsy is not
  • Toyota recalls 250K Tacoma pickups; rear wheels can lock up

    DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks mainly in North America because the rear wheels have the potential to lock up, causing drivers to lose control.
    The recall covers certain Tacoma trucks from the 2016 and 2017 model years.
    FILE – This Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, file photo shows the Toyota logo on the grill of a 2016 Toyota Tacoma on display at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show, in Pittsburgh. Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks m
  • Rep. Banks co-authors bill requiring Congress members to buy into AHCA

    WASHINGTON (WANE) Rep. Jim Banks has co-authored a bill that would require members of Congress to receive health insurance through the American Health Care Act.
    Rep. Jim Banks (R) Indiana 3rd DistrictThe legislation was introduced by Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona on Thursday. If passed, it would prevent members of Congress from exempting themselves from the yet-to-be-law American Health Care Act.
    Banks (R-3rd) said in a statement released by his office that the bill was written in the belief of
  • Homestead’s Parker earns All-USA Indiana girls basketball coach of year

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Rod Parker is the girls basketball coach of the year for the state of Indiana according to USA Today.
    Parker helped guide Homestead to the 4A state title by defeating Pike in the championship game.
    Parker wasn’t the only Spartan honored. Karissa McLaughlin was named to the all-state first team, while teammate Madisen Parker was selected second team all-state.
    Tippecanoe Valley’s Anne Secrest was also named to the second team.
  • Oil company finds hidden trove of oil in Gulf of Mexico

    HOUSTON (AP) — British oil company BP has discovered 200 million barrels of oil in a hidden cache in the Gulf of Mexico thanks to advanced imaging of geological formations.
    The Houston Chronicle reported the oil reserve about 150 miles from New Orleans is potentially worth $2 billion in recoverable oil.The oil reserves were discovered with the help of a new supercomputer and mathematical algorithm to interpret the seismic data, which oil companies use to map features below the earth, in a
  • Surprise! Johnny Depp appears as Jack Sparrow on Disney ride

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California’s Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself.
    Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday. Videos taken by park goers and shared on social media show Depp chatting with fans as they passed by on the ride’s boats. He also spoke to a crowd outside.
    Depp returns to the big screen as Sparrow next month in the fifth film based o

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