• 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
  • Verizon cellular customers experience temporary outages

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Verizon customers across the Midwest experienced temporary outages Thursday afternoon.The Allen County Office of Homeland Security issued a statement saying a significant number of Verizon Wireless customers were experiencing “intermittent service and an unstable network.”Some customers, primarily in parts of the Midwest, experienced interruptions in 4G LTE services this afternoon. Our engineers were able to identify and fix the issue. Service has been
  • INSIDE LOOK: Experiencing a day in the life of a principal

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Schools around the Summit City welcomed special guests Thursday as members of the community learned what it takes to be a principal for a day.In what has become annual tradition, the guests in each of Fort Wayne Community School’s buildings walk around with the principal, sit in on classes, meet with teachers and in some cases, problem solve situations.
    WANE 15’s Chris Darby was invited to go back to school at his alma mater – South Side High Sch
  • GM contract: worker pay hikes, factory closings move forward

    DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus.In return, the contract allows GM to proceed with factory closures in Lordstown, Ohio, Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore.Details were posted Thursday on the union website as factory level union officials met to decide if they’ll approve the deal.No decision has been made.Workers went on strike Sept. 16, crippling the company&r
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  • Connection between Embassy, Botanical Conservatory opens

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Botanical Conservatory and the Embassy Theatre are now connected.The glass-walled, ground-level passageway linking the two popular downtown Fort Wayne attractions officially opened Thursday. The connection allows guests to park in covered parking garages nearby and access the attractions under cover.The project cost $560,240.
  • Uber riders and drivers can now text to 911 in Indiana

    SAN FRANCISCO (WANE)Uber is taking advantage of the statewide availability of text to 911 in Indiana by offering the ability to enable the feature inside its app.
    This new feature will be part of the 911 Assistance button housed inside Uber’s Safety Toolkit.Riders and drivers will be able to choose between texting or calling 911 should they need emergency assistance while on an Uber trip.
    When used, the text to 911 feature populates an SMS text message to 911 with key trip details includin
  • Watch: Dad bikes through Decatur neighborhood as Michael Myers

    DECATUR, Ind. (WANE) — A video shared on Facebook by a Decatur woman has gone viral.The video, shared on Facebook by Sabrina Zimmerman, shows a man dressed as Michael Myers from the ‘Halloween’ films on a pink cruiser bicycle pulling a trailer with a little skeleton in it. The man is cruising through the Decatur neighborhood of Stratton.In the video, a woman asks, “What the h— are you doing?” and “Are we these people now?” before she tells the man,
  • Hey Felix’s parents, someone found your baseball

    NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) — Is this your ball?In a Facebook post Thursday, Melissa Leininger shared a picture of a baseball she said her son found at Havenhurst Park in New Haven last week.On the ball is written: Felix Alan 3.17.18 8 lbs. 3 ozLeininger believes the ball is a birth announcement, and is special to someone. She hopes to find the owner and return the ball.
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  • Hoosier Lotto ticket sold in Fort Wayne wins $5.2 million

    INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) — There’s a new multi-millionaire among us.Hoosier Lottery officials announced Thursday that a ticket matched all six numbers in Wednesday night’s Hoosier Lotto jackpot drawing.The jackpot: an estimated $5.2 million.The winning ticket was purchased at Meijer at 5909 Illinois Road in Fort Wayne. The winning numbers are 12-18-21-25-32-42.Hoosier Lottery officials encouraged players to check their tickets.Their advice for the lucky winner: Ensure the ticket is
  • Power restored to more than 1,500 customers in Aboite Township

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A brief outage cut power to more than 1,500 Northeastern REMC customers in Aboite Township Thursday morning.
    The outage happened at approximately 8:45 am. The utility said around 9:20 that it has restored power.It’s not clear what caused the outage.
    CLICK HERE for an outage map.
  • Vera Bradley offers bonus incentive for holiday seasonal workers

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)Vera Bradley, designer of handbags, luggage and accessories, is hiring holiday seasonal and year-round associates for its distribution center in Roanoke. Positions include shipping clerks, receiving clerks, material handlers and customer service associates. Typically, 200 temporary positions are filled during the Vera Bradley holiday season.
    All three shifts are available with pay starting at $13 an hour. Team members will receive an hourly wage and opportunity to earn a $
  • US Rep. Elijah Cummings has died

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.A sharecropper’s son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his district that encompassed a large portion of Baltimore.As chairman of the House Oversight
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  • Disturbance leads to fatal shooting at Waynedale apartment complex

    WAYNEDALE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Police Department is investigating a shooting at an apartment complex that left one man dead early Thursday morning.
    Police, medics, and fire crews responded to Bluffton Park Apartments in the 2900 block of Boardwalk Circle around 1:30 a.m. That’s off of Bluffton Road, just north of Airport Expressway in Wayndale.
    Police officials said they’re still trying to figure out exactly what led to the shooting, but witnesses told them they heard
  • Honor Flight 34 returns to Fort Wayne with a special WANE connection

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Honor Flight 34 returned to Fort Wayne from Washington D.C. Wednesday evening.The flight left around 7:00 a.m. carrying 81 veterans to the nation’s capital to see memorials built in their honor.Four of the veterans on the trip had the special honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. One of those veterans has a special WANE 15 connection. Terra Brantley’s father, Thomas Redus, is a veteran of the Cold War.“That doesn’t ha
  • Fort Wayne GM workers react to possible agreement

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – General Motors and the United Autoworkers Union are one step closer to getting 49,000 workers back in the factories after a tentative agreement was reached on Tuesday.Four weeks into picketing General Motors, strikers at the Fort Wayne Truck Assembly are excited at news by a new contract might be reached soon, but they are also remaining cautious until they know for sure.“We’re excited,” said Cathy Andrews, who has worked at the plant for 14 year
  • SOLD: Fort Wayne home built in 1852 goes for $350k

    FORT WAYNE, Ind (WANE) — A piece of Allen County history has a new owner.
    The Covington Homestead sits on Covington Road in Aboite Township in southwest Fort Wayne. The nearly two-hundred-year-old house was auctioned off October 16th. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is 4,880 square feet and sits on 4.82 acres of land. The property sold for $350,000.The new owners told WANE 15 they plan on bringing new life to the old home.
  • Hall of Fame Colts’ coach Tony Dungy to speak in Taylor chapel service

    UPLAND, Ind. (WANE) — Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy will be the featured speaker for a Taylor University chapel service.Taylor officials say the chapel service at 10:00 am, on Monday, November 4 has been moved to Odle Arena to accommodate an expected large crowd.After a four-year collegiate career at Minnesota, Dungy played in the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, and the New York Giants. After his playing career ended, he moved into coaching, eventu
  • Remembering Don Wolf by wearing jeans

    For many, Friday is the day for jeans in the workplace but Wednesday, October 16, it was a day to wear jeans to remember a community leader.Don Wolf served as the first president of Big Brothers of Greater Fort Wayne, which eventually lead to the creation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. This day was selected by Big Brothers Big Sisters as a day for community members from around the city of Fort Wayne to wear jeans in memory of Wolf, who passed away in September at the age of 90
  • Employee at GM supplier affected beyond picket lines

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Even with a tentative deal being reached between United Auto Workers and General Motors, the ripple effect of the strike will continue. The Woodall family moved from Idaho in August for a job opportunity at a GM supplier.The family of
    7 had no idea what they’d face in their short month in the Summit City.“On my second day of work, actually at the facility is when I got told there might be a strike. And then a week later it was pretty okay, yeah there&r
  • Former FWPD chief Hamilton joins prosecutor’s office

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Former Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton is joining the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.Hamilton will serve as a Special Crimes Investigator with the office. His duties will include directing and managing special projects, assisting attorneys with local law enforcement training, and supervision of support staff.The prosecutor’s office announced the hire on Wednesday.Hamilton retired from the Fort Wayne Police Department in June after more than 24
  • Woman’s trial for 3 bus stop deaths gets underway

    ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — Testimony is underway in the trial of an Indiana woman who allegedly killed three children by striking them with a pickup truck as they crossed a two-lane state highway to board a school bus.Twenty-four-year-old Alyssa Shepherd faces three counts of reckless homicide and other charges in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash.Her trial began Wednesday, a day after jurors were chosen in northern Indiana’s Fulton County. The first person testifying was the mother of 6-year-old
  • Home, car struck by gunfire near where man was killed 2 days earlier

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A home and car near where a man was gunned down Sunday were battered by gunfire Tuesday afternoon, Fort Wayne Police confirmed.Now, investigators are working to determine if the incidents are linked.Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the 800 block of Runnion Avenue, near Main Street and Leesburg Road, on a report of shots fired. Officers arrived to find “evidence of gunfire,” including damage to a house and at least one car, according t
  • Police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General store

    Fort Wayne Police investigate an armed robbery at the Dollar General at 3903 S. Anthony Blvd. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery at a southeast-side discount store.Authorities were called just before 1:30 p.m. to the Dollar General at 3903 S. Anthony Blvd. on a report of an armed robbery. Dispatchers would only confirm to WANE 15 that an armed robbery was reported there.A store cashier told a WANE 15 report
  • Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state’s weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses.Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the prohibition on hold until “further order of this court.” The preliminary injunction will be appealed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who ordered the creation of the emergency rules in a bid to co
  • Man who ran red light and hit school bus in Decatur dies

    DECATUR, Ind. (WANE) — The man who authorities said hit a Northern Wells school bus in a crash last week has died.
    The Allen County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that 93-year-old DeWayne Steiner died of blunt force trauma from a motor vehicle accident on Saturday.
    Steiner was driving the car that ran a red light at the intersection of 13th Street and Nuttman Avenue in Decatur, according to police. The bus had just dropped off some vocational students at Bellmont High School and was
  • GM and union reach tentative deal that could end strike

    DETROIT (AP) — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative contract deal that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill.The deal, hammered out Wednesday after months of bargaining, won’t bring an immediate end to the strike by 49,000 hourly workers. They will likely stay on the picket lines for at least two more days as two union committees vote on the deal. Then members have to approve it.Terms
  • Indiana attorney general tries barring testimony against him

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill are trying to block two women from testifying about previous sexual misconduct allegations as he faces claims that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year.The state’s attorney disciplinary commission wants the women to testify about Hill’s actions when he was the Elkhart County prosecutor before becoming attorney general in 2017. The Journal Gazette reports one woman could testify about Hill’s
  • Trot the Trails: Horses allowed on Fort Wayne trail system Saturday

    (CITY OF FORT WAYNE) — The City of Fort Wayne and Allen County are partnering to allow for a one-time horse trail ride to take place along the Wabash and Erie Canal Towpath Trail.The event will be on Saturday, Oct. 19. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The meeting place will be Frontier Communications at 8001 West Jefferson Blvd., also known as Olde Canal Place, across from the entrance to Lutheran Hospital. Horses and their owners will be able to start the 7.7-mile roundtrip ride on the Towpa
  • Charity donates 800 pairs of shoes to Prince Chapman Academy students

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A charitable organization that distributes shoes to those in need donated hundreds of shoes to an East Allen County school.The Changing Footprints organization donated more than 800 pairs of shoes to students at Prince Chapman Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.The Changing Footprints organization on Wednesday donated more than 800 pairs of shoes to students at Prince Chapman Academy at 4808 E. Paulding Road.Changing Footprints works to provide shoes to “ho
  • Downtown Improvement District names new president and CEO

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)The Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District (D.I.D.) has named a new president and CEO for the organization.Michael Galbraith succeeds Bill Brown who stepped down from D.I.D. back in July.Galbraith most recently served as Director of the Road to One Million at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.In that role, he managed regional talent attraction efforts, quality of place initiatives, the $42 million Regional Cities Initiative in northeast Indiana, and the Northeas

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