• 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
  • Pet of the Week: 6/27/17

    Butters is an 8 month old spayed female, yellow and white Domestic Shorthaired kitten. This pet has been at the shelter since May 1, 2017.
    If you are interested in adopting this pet please contact Fort Wayne Department of Animal Care and Control (260-427-1244).
  • Miller Time: Indiana coach cashes in with $24 million deal

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New Indiana coach Archie Miller will make $24 million under his seven-year deal — and potentially even more in bonuses.
    The video board at Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University welcomes new men’s basketball coach Archie Miller on Monday, March 27, 2017.Miller accepted the job in March, but the athletic department didn’t announce details of the contract until Tuesday.
    He will receive a base salary of $550,000 per year and $1 million in defer
  • Auburn man accused of raping 16-year-old girl

    AUBURN, Ind. (WANE)Indiana State Police arrested a 21-year-old Auburn man early Tuesday morning after the parents of a 16-year-old girl contacted authorities.
    Joel M. Earnhardt faces felony charges of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor.
    According to a news release from Indiana State Police, Earnhardt forced the girl to have sex with him at a residence in Auburn on Monday morning.Her parents contacted police Monday evening and Tuesday morning at approximately 3:50 a.m. Earnhardt was arrested
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  • Raid turns up cocaine, crystal meth, stolen gun; Ex-bank robber jailed

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne man was arrested early Tuesday after police raided his home and found drugs and a gun.
    Torrence J. Larry, 39, was arrested Tuesday on four charges of Dealing Cocaine along with other counts of Dealing Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
    Just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, members of the Fort Wayne Police Department Emergency Services Team and detectives with the Vic
  • ‘Many’ expected to speak at public hearing on tax increase

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday evening will discuss a proposed increase of the local income tax to fund downtown Fort Wayne riverfront development and sidewalks and alleyway improvements.
    In April, four city councilmen and Mayor Tom Henry called for a .15 percent increase to the local income tax to fund the city’s planned riverfront development. The plan would raise $9.6 million annually – revenue that would be earmarked for the city’s planned $79 mi
  • Crash brings wires down; Clinton Street closed

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A vehicle struck an electric pole just south of downtown Fort Wayne mid-morning Tuesday, which forced the complete closure of heavily traveled Clinton Street.
    Fort Wayne Police were called around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday to Clinton and Murray streets, just south of the U.S. Post Office building on downtown’s south side, on a report of a crash and wires down. Dispatchers told NewsChannel 15 a vehicle struck a pole and brought live wires down across Clinton Street.
    Fort Way
  • Crash brings wires down across Clinton Street

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A vehicle struck an electric pole just south of downtown Fort Wayne mid-morning Tuesday, which forced the complete closure of heavily traveled Clinton Street. The roadway was reopened more than an hour later.
    Fort Wayne Police were called around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to Clinton and Murray streets, just south of the U.S. Post Office building on downtown’s south side, on a report of a crash and wires down. Dispatchers told NewsChannel 15 a vehicle struck a pole and broug
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  • Fort Wayne shelter offering portraits with pets

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The public is invited to bring their pets to Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control during the Three Rivers Festival to get a professional photo with their furry friends. The event will be held at FWACC located at 3020 Hillegas Road from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 9 and Monday, July 10.
    It costs $15 for each pose and includes a 5×7 portrait and a reprint waiver. There will be opportunities on-site to purchase additional photos, mugs, keychains, and more! The picture
  • Peru’s human cannonball buys Ringling Bros. train car

    PERU, Ind. (AP) For 145 years, performers with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus traveled the country by train to put on their world-renowned acts. The trains eventually became one of the most iconic parts of the “Greatest Show on Earth.”
    But in May, performers boarded the circus train for the last time to put on their final show in Uniondale, New York. After a 146-year run, the big top permanently closed down.
    But on Friday morning, one solitary Ringling Bros. train car
  • GasBuddy: Prices at pump for July 4th to be the lowest since 2005

    (GasBuddy) Motorists taking to the road for the July 4 holiday weekend will see the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005, paying an average of $2.21 per gallon, well under the 10-year average of $3.14, according to GasBuddy, the gas price tracking website that provides data for wane.com’s Gas Gauge.Although average gas prices are at historic lows, the price variance or  “spread”  in gas prices in any given city on July 4 will be at historic highs. This means
  • Police: 9-year-old boy dies after shooting in Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Police say a 9-year-old boy has died after being shot at an Indianapolis apartment complex.
    The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says officers responded Monday night to the apartment complex on the city’s north side and a family member took the child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation.
    Police Captain Mike Elder says investigators are working to determine how many people were present at the tim
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  • White House says Assad may be preparing chemical attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it has found “potential” evidence that Syria is preparing for another chemical weapons attack.
    Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued an ominous statement Monday evening that says the U.S. “has identified potential preparations” for another chemical attack by the Assad government that it says “would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”
    He says the activities are similar to
  • Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The stage for Bill Cosby’s next trial shifts to California.
    A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Santa Monica to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago.
    Judy Huth accuses the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the mansion around 1974, when she was 15.
    The hearing comes less than two weeks after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on criminal charges aga
  • U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

    NEW YORK (AP) — U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates for their support during his treatment and recovery from alcohol abuse years ago, before joining them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.
    Clayton received an award Monday night at a Manhattan theater from MusiCares, a foundation that helps musicians get treatment for addiction.
    Clayton spoke of how hard it was to overcome his addiction, partly because he didn’t think he could be in a rock band and not drink. H
  • 3 GOP senators threaten to oppose health bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Threats of opposition from three Republican senators are casting doubt on whether GOP leaders have enough support to move ahead on the Senate health care bill.
    The Senate has to hold a procedural vote to move forward, most likely on Wednesday.
    Sen. Susan Collins of Maine tweeted after the Congressional Budget Office analysis on Monday that the Senate bill won’t fix the flaws in the current bill. She says she will vote no on the “motion to proceed.&rdquo
  • Officials fly into Fort Wayne morning after firings, resignations at Lutheran

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Officials with the parent company of Lutheran Health Network flew into Fort Wayne early Tuesday, the morning after a high-ranking doctor was fired and two others resigned in the latest upheaval at Lutheran Health Network.
    NewsChannel 15 has learned late Monday that LHN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Geoff Randolph had been fired Monday. His termination comes two weeks after the firing of Lutheran Health Network CEO Brian Bauer.
    FILE – Lutheran HospitalIn addition, t
  • Firings & resignations at Lutheran continue

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The upheaval continues at Lutheran Health Network.
    NewsChannel 15 has learned that LHN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Geoff Randolph was fired Monday. His termination comes two weeks after the firing of Lutheran Health Network CEO Brian Bauer.
    In addition, two physicians tendered their resignations. Dr. Kevin Stockmaster, the Chairman of Anesthesiology, said he will leave LHN effective July 1, 2017. “It has been a pleasure to work with you over the last 5-6 years,&
  • Lawson dominates as TinCaps top Cubs in second half home opener

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The TinCaps defeated the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs), 5-1, on Monday night at Parkview Field in front of 6,269 fans. Monday’s win marked Fort Wayne’s third straight and sixth in its last seven.
    Starting pitcher Reggie Lawsontossed six innings of one-hit baseball on his way to his second victory in his last two starts. Lawson walked two and allowed an earned run while fanning six. He didn’t allow a hit through 4 2/3 innings, and at one point retired 1
  • Middle Waves 2017 festival lineup announced

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The lineup for the Middle Waves Music Festival was announced Monday and features Grammy nominated MGMT as the headliner for the two day event scheduled for September 15 and 16 at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne.
    This is the second year for Middle Waves and there are no repeats of musical acts from last year’s inaugural festival.
    MGMT, a dance-rock band, is known for radio hits “Electric Feel,” “Kids,” and “Time to Pretend.” The band
  • Middle Waves 2017 – Check out performing artists YouTube videos

    The 2017 Middle Wave Festival lineup includes an entirely new list of acts that music lovers may not necessarily be familiar with so we’ve compiled some YouTube videos to give you a taste of what they’re all about, starting with the headliner, MGMT.
    Super Duper Kyle – hip-hop, Ventura, CAThao & The Get Down Stay Down – indie folk, San Francisco, CAThe Lemon Twigs – pop/rock, Long Island, NYShannon & The Clams – indie rock, Oakland, CAFlint Eastwood &nd
  • GOP’s DeWine takes campaign for Ohio governor on the road

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Mike DeWine is embarking on a statewide campaign tour a day after announcing a bid for Ohio governor.
    FILE – Mike DeWineThe 70-year-old state attorney general and former U.S senator is one of Ohio’s longest-serving and best-known politicians, but he faces a competitive and widening GOP field. Secretary of State Jon Husted and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, already are running. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is weighing a bid to succeed Republican Go
  • Audit says Senate health care bill would leave 22M uninsured

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law.
    That’s according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
    The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders’ plans to pass their bill this week. It’s barely an improvement upon the health care bill that passed the House — which would have resulted in 23 million more uninsured.
    Several GOP se
  • Case of gay couple’s wedding cake heads to Supreme Court

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado clash between gay rights and religion started as an angry Facebook posting about a wedding cake but now has big implications for anti-discrimination laws in 22 states.
    Baker Jack Phillips is challenging a Colorado law that says he was wrong to have turned away a same-sex couple who wanted a cake to celebrate their 2012 wedding.
    The justices said Monday they will consider Phillips’ case, which could affect all states. Twenty-two states include sexual orientati
  • Indiana church makes plans to build faith-based college dorm

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Construction on a $44.2 million faith-based residence hall at an Indiana university may start as early as next year.
    The Journal and Courier (http://on.jconline.com/2sJ555t ) reports that St. Thomas Aquinas hopes to start construction on the Purdue University residence hall by June 2018.
    The six-floor residence would have room for 330 students and be built on a parking lot adjacent to the Catholic church.
    Rev. Patrick Baikauskas is the director of campus ministr
  • Foster to lead Archers boys basketball program

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A familiar face to Fort Wayne basketball fans will be switching schools in the SAC this coming season at J.J. Foster will be named the head coach at South Side after spending four seasons leading Bishop Luers.
    The announcement is expected to become official at tonight’s FWCS board meeting.
    Foster’s teams went 53-41 during his time at Luers. With the Knights he coached his son, J.J. Foster Jr., who just graduated from Luers.
    Prior to coaching the Luers
  • Indiana universities prepare students to battle cyber crime

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Government intelligence agencies have recognized an Indiana university for its work in cyber security.
    The Tribune-Star reports that earlier this month the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated Ivy Tech Community College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in its cyber defense education program.
    The NSA says the program’s goal is to reduce vulnerability in the country’s information infrastructure by promotin
  • Swanigan introduced by Trail Blazers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (WANE) – The journey continues in Portland.
    Caleb Swanigan was introduced by the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday afternoon after being selected 26th overall in the NBA Draft last week.
    The Homestead and Purdue big man had to wait for his name to be called but it was well worth it. After a difficult upbringing that included being homeless, Swanigan continues to simply be grateful for the opportunity. He enjoyed being selected all of one night as the very next day he got righ
  • AP sources: US to say China among worst on human trafficking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world’s most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria.
    China’s downgrade is to be announced Tuesday at the State Department when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveils the annual Trafficking in Persons Report to Congress, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to co
  • Middle Waves organizers use first year as ‘reference point’ for 2017 festival

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Last year at this time Olivia Fabian was making art pieces in her backyard ahead of the first Middle Waves Music Festival. When she woke up after it was all over, she said the city didn’t feel the same. “We were shaking confetti and hay out of our shoes and were like oh my gosh it just feels totally different.”
    It was a sense of togetherness and pride in Fort Wayne, trying something new without really knowing exactly how to do it all. The sm

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