• 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
  • Police find 4 bags of weed, jail New York men in LaGrange Co.

    LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Two New York men were arrested late Monday in LaGrange County, Indiana, after police said they found four bags of marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop.
    Around 11 p.m., an Indiana State trooper pulled over a Ford passenger vehicle that was eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road for speeding and driving erratically. During the stop, the trooper reportedly smelled the odor of marijuana coming the vehicle, according to state police.
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  • Operator of boat that spun out of control to stand trial

    ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) A 20-year-old Fort Wayne woman who prosecutors say was drunk when she operated a boat that spun out of control on Lake Gage in July, tossing passengers overboard, will face trial next year.
    Dominique M. Effinger, 20, will stand trial May 21-25, 2018, for the July 15 incident on the Steuben County lake where authorities said she lost control of a 2007 Correct Craft Air Nautique motorboat. Ten people were thrown overboard and two had to be airlifted from the area with serious i
  • Former South Side star, NFLer Bernard Pollard returns to Fort Wayne

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Former NFL player and South Side High School standout Bernard Pollard returned to Fort Wayne Tuesday to serve as “Principal for a Day” at a local elementary school.
    Pollard was the honorary guest “Principal for a Day” at Maplewood Elementary. The former Super Bowl champion spoke to the students in a morning assembly and fielded questions.
    Pollard was a star defensive back at South Side before he headed to Purdue, where he excelled under Coach Joe T
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  • 325-pound woman charged with killing girl by sitting on her

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A 325-pound (150-kilogram) Florida woman is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment.
    Veronica Green Posey, 64, was arrested and charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child, The Pensacola News Journal reported. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report identified Posey as the girl’s cousin.
    Paramedics and deputies responded to the family’s Pensacola home following a 911 call Saturday. Posey told deputie
  • Authorities: Man may be linked to 100 thefts, burglaries

    LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old man charged in a northwestern Indiana burglary that was thwarted by a homeowner may be linked to roughly 100 thefts and burglaries in the area.
    The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Charles Appleberry is charged with burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He’s being held at the LaPorte County Jail on a $50,000 bond pending an Oct. 20 hearing. Court records don’t list a lawyer for him.
    Sheriff’s spokesma
  • A new spectator sport for the TV superfan: ‘binge racing’

    NEW YORK (AP) — For a special breed of TV superfans, this isn’t streaming. This is a gusher.
    Behold the spectator sport known as “binge racing,” defined as plowing through a streaming-network series’ full season in less than 24 hours after the release of those episodes.
    Sure, any viewer may speak of bingeing on a chosen show, by which they may mean watching several episodes in two or three sittings. That’s not this! Binge racing is an extreme sport, a test of
  • Rape allegation makes Muslim teen’s death a capital case

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An already disturbing case about a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed as she walked to her mosque took another unsettling turn after an indictment alleged the victim was raped as well.
    The indictment Monday includes capital murder and rape charges and will allow prosecutors to pursue a death-penalty case against Darwin Martinez-Torres, 22, of Sterling.
    He is accused in the slaying of Nabra Hassanen of Reston, whose death back in June rattled northern Virginia’s Musli
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  • Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life.
    Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after leaving his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a rare charge that carries a potential life sentence.
    Because Bergdahl had no plea deal with prosecutors,
  • Me Too: Alyssa Milano elevates Harvey Weinstein conversation

    NEW YORK (AP) — With a single tweet, actress Alyssa Milano has motivated thousands of women to tell their stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment on social media.
    On Sunday night, she suggested on Twitter that women use the hashtag “Me Too” to indicate their status and they did just that in droves. Some shared details and others let the tag stand alone.
    Milano said Monday the idea was to elevate the Harvey Weinstein conversation, placing the emphasis on victims rather t
  • The 10 things to know going into this NBA season

    Happy New Year, NBA.
    The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors’ latest championship banner, and the march toward April will finally be underway.
    The offseason was loaded with changes. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George went to Oklahoma City, Gordon Hayward and Irving went to Boston, Isaiah Thomas got sent to Cleveland, Jimmy Butler is now in Mi
  • Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 10 policemen

    KABUL Afghanistan. (AP) — Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country’s south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen.
    In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in Andar district early on Tuesday morning triggered several hours of heavy fighting until the attackers were repelled.
    Zaman says the district compound has been d
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  • Dr. Seuss’ stepdaughter calls for mural to stay in museum

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — One of Dr. Seuss’ two stepdaughters is calling for a mural that was deemed offensive for its depiction of a Chinese character from one of the author’s books to remain on the walls of a Massachusetts museum.
    In a statement released Monday to The Republican , Leagrey Dimond says she wishes the images did not exist, but she feels they should remain in the museum. She says “there is no better place to begin the conversation.”
    The mur
  • Colts crumble late in 36-22 loss at Titans

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL’s longest active losing streak against one team.
    Mariota didn’t move around much on a cool night after missing a game with a strained left hamstring, but still managed to throw for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that
  • U.S. House Majority Leader speaks at Reagan Bean Dinner

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A lot of Republicans at the annual Reagan Bean Dinner at Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel are excited about where the party stands.They’re in the White House, and have the majority in Congress.
    However, some analysts believe there is still a divide in the GOP.
    “There’s always a divide of ideas because a party doesn’t tell you what to think, but if you take the principals of our party of more freedom or more liberty of less government that&rsqu
  • Businessman, councilman wants to be New Haven mayor

    NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) A New Haven businessman wants to be that city’s next mayor. Republican Steve McMichael announced his candidacy earlier today.
    He currently represents the 5th district on City Council.
    McMichael said New Haven needs a new direction, leadership, and focus – and that this is the right time.
    Current Mayor Terry McDonald has said he will not seek re-election.
    “I think after 20 years of the same administration, it’s time for a good, thorough look to make
  • Reigning state champs hit floor on first day of girls basketball practice

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Monday marked the first official day of practice for girls basketball teams in the state of Indiana and the defending 4A state champs of Homestead were hard at work.
    The Spartans won the state title last year with Indiana Miss Basketball Karissa McLaughlin, BGSU-bound Madisen Parker, Northern Kentucky signee Jazmyne Geist, and Lawrence Tech recruit Teryn Kline leading the way.
    With those players now in college the Spartans will turn to Concordia transfer Sylare St
  • Water main break cuts water to Allen County Jail

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A water main break in downtown Fort Wayne has disrupted the water supply inside the Allen County Jail.
    Early Monday, a 24-inch water main burst along South Clinton Street just south of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, near Headwaters Park. The break – moreso the repair work – snarled traffic along the busy corridor throughout Monday.
    The break also impacted operations at the nearby jail and lockup center.
    Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ste
  • Water flowing again in Allen County Jail

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A water main break in downtown Fort Wayne disrupted the water supply inside the Allen County Jail.
    Early Monday, a 24-inch water main burst along South Clinton Street just south of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, near Headwaters Park. The break – moreso the repair work – snarled traffic along the busy corridor throughout Monday.
    The break also impacted operations at the nearby jail and lockup center.
    Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve S
  • Indiana farmers anxious about possible CAFO changes

    GREENFIELD, Ind. (WANE) Pork farming is big business in Indiana, and it’s often controversial. But, have you ever stopped to think where the pork on your plate comes from?
    Fourteen billion dollars, and 13,000 jobs. That’s what Indiana Pork Producers say farmers contribute to the Hoosier economy. But, the rules might be changing after a committee meeting this week about CAFOs.Heather Hill and her family are pig experts. They own Hill Farms in Greenfield, where they’ve raised pig
  • Driver of deadly immigrant smuggling run pleads guilty

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a semitrailer packed with at least 39 immigrants, 10 of whom died, has pleaded guilty to making the deadly smuggling run.
    James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in San Antonio to one conspiracy count and a count of transporting the immigrants resulting in death. He faces up to life imprisonment when he’s sentenced on Jan. 22.
    Bradley could have faced the death penalty had he gone to trial.
    Authorities say at least 39 immigran
  • Ex-deputy pleads guilty in his neighbor’s shooting death

    WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former deputy sheriff who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man after a car chase pleaded guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a neighbor he said had asked him for a lesson on how to disarm someone.
    Former Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins pleaded guilty to a felony charge of reckless homicide in the December 2015 death of Jason Brady. Prosecutors dismissed other charges including involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evi
  • Louisville fires Rick Pitino amid federal investigation

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men’s basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe.
    The association, which oversees Louisville’s sports programs and is composed of trustees, faculty, students and administrators, voted unanimously to oust the longtime Cardinals coach following a board meeting Monday. The ULAA heard from
  • 10/16 Inside The Zone – Sectional Preview

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After nine weeks of regular season football the playoffs are here! Check in with The News-Sentinel’s Justin Kenny and WANE-TV’s Glenn Marini as they preview the first Friday of the postseason in this week’s edition of “Inside The Zone.”
  • Woman defends south-side neighborhood after more crime

    FORT WAYNE, (WANE) – After a double shooting early Monday left a man dead and a woman hurt outside a south side Fort Wayne bar, one neighbor is defending the side of town she grew up on and the bar where it happened. Sandra Thomas said Foster’s Pub isn’t a bad place and the the area of town didn’t always have a lot of crime. “This place used to remind me of a place very much like the Cheer’s television show.”
    She thinks other bars and businesses closing
  • Crash leads to fight, stun gun, arrests on Indiana racetrack

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Two racecar drivers have been arrested after getting into a fistfight following a crash on an Indiana racetrack that ended with a police officer using a stun gun on one of the drivers.
    A video posted online from Saturday’s race at Anderson Speedway shows one vehicle driving onto the second car’s hood following the initial crash.
    The driver of the second car exits the vehicle and punches the other driver who’s still in his car. An officer jogs onto t
  • GM workers at Canada factory ratify contract, end strike

    DETROIT (AP) — Auto Workers at a General Motors plant in Canada have overwhelmingly voted for a new contract, ending a strike that lasted almost a month.
    Unifor Local 88 President Dan Borthwick says nearly 86 percent of members voted in favor of the four-year deal. Production of the Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV will restart at 11 p.m. Monday.
    Exact vote totals were not available. Borthwick says 2,300 to 2,400 of the plant’s 2,500 union workers voted.
    The strike began Sept. 17 at the
  • Report of man with AR-15 prompts school lockouts

    COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) Schools in Whitley County enacted security measures late Monday morning after police received a report of a person with a gun in a neighborhood.
    Around 11 a.m. Monday, Columbia City Police received a report about a man walking along Line Street carrying what appeared to be a blue AR-15-style rifle. According to police, the man was wearing a dark hoodie.
    Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat O’Connor told NewsChannel 15 that as a result of the rep
  • Mastodons host annual Tip-Off Luncheon as opener nears

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The men’s basketball season is almost here for Fort Wayne as the Mastodons held their annual Tip-Off Luncheon downtown on Monday afternoon.
    The Dons open the season November 10 at Oakland.
    Fort Wayne is coming off a 20-13 season.
  • Fort Wayne’s Watts starts, plays full 90 minutes as US U17 team blanks Paraguay

    INDIA -Six days after the U.S. failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Americans’ Under-17 team reached the quarterfinals of its FIFA tournament for the first time since 2005.Tim Weah, a son of former world player of the year George Weah, scored three goals in a 5-0 rout of Paraguay on Monday at the Under-17 World Cup in India. Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent also scored in New Delhi for the Americans, who play England or Japan on Saturday in Goa.
    Fort Wayne native Akil Wat

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