• 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
  • Local artist releases new music video with powerful message

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Zandria and Taylor Zank aka T-Zank joined First News Saturday to talk about the new video for “Real.” Jessica Crozier from the police department also joined to talk about the message behind the video.
    Zandria is a Crush House Entertainment artist, who has become a staple in the Midwest music scene. She is a pop artist with over 350,000 YouTube view on her first two singles.
    Crush House Entertainment is a full service recording studio, artist manag
  • USF School of Creative Arts to present 1984

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is gearing up to present the Orwellian classic “1984”.
    Director Brad Beachamp and actor Caleb Meyer joined First News Saturday for a preview of the novel turned stage play.
    Catch the play February 23-25 and March 2-4, at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne.
    Tickets will be available through the ArtsTix Community Box Office (260-422-4226 or online)&
  • Man arrested for stalking after following woman to Warsaw

    WARSAW, Ind. (WANE)Police arrested a man in Warsaw Tuesday after a woman told police he had followed her in his car as she drove along U.S. 30 for approximately 70 miles.
    According to Warsaw police, the woman told them she was traveling east on U.S. 30 in the area of Valparaiso when she noticed a green car appeared to be following her.At one point the car pulled up beside her and the driver, later identified as Rodney W. Falls, 54, of Valparaiso, waved to her.The woman said she intentionally swi
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  • Reich names Eberflus defensive coordinator, adds 3 to staff

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich has officially named Matt Eberflus as his defensive coordinator and Nick Sirianni as offensive coordinator.
    He also hired Bubba Ventrone as special teams coordinator and Rusty Jones as director of sports performance.
    Eberflus was hired before Reich was named coach Monday. General manager Chris Ballard said the Colts would honor the contract with Eberflus, who was Dallas’ linebackers coach since 2011 and their passing game c
  • Korean Word of the Day for February 17

    The Korean Word of the Day for Saturday is “freezing.”
  • Columbus to host 2018 history preservative conference

    COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A statewide conference dedicated to preserving historic places will be held in Columbus this year.
    The Columbus Republic reports that the 49th annual “Preserving Historic Places” conference will be in the southern Indiana city from April 17 to the 20th.
    The event is put on by Indiana Landmarks, in partnership with Indiana University and the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.
    Conference officials say&nb
  • Mall of America stabber sentenced to 15 years for attack

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 20-year-old Minneapolis man who said he was inspired by the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking two brothers at the Mall of America.
    Mahad Abdirahman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack at the Bloomington mall.
    The Star Tribune reports Abdirahman declined to speak when the judge gave him the opportunity. When he pleaded guilty last month,
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  • Trump meets Florida shooting victims, first responders

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump came face-to-face Friday with hospitalized victims of the horrific school shooting in Florida and offered thanks to the doctors and nurses who helped the wounded, declaring “the job they’ve done is incredible.”
    Asked if he’d talked with victims, Trump added: “I did indeed, and it’s very sad something like that could happen.”
    After paying their respects to medical professionals at Broward Health Nor
  • Weather the Fort festival embraces winter for 3rd year

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – While many people are looking ahead to warmer days, one Fort Wayne festival is embracing winter for all of its beauty. It’s called Weather the Fort, and it’s back for the third consecutive year.
    The event will feature local bands, ice carvings, live fire dancing, and live paintings. There will also be a variety of food and beer.
    Six members of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana started Weather the Fort in 2016. They said they wanted to add an exciting
  • Northrop grad Brockhouse wins it for Ball State in season opener

    MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The 2018 baseball season opened in exciting fashion for Ball State as the Cardinals notched an 8-5 win over UMass Lowell Friday afternoon at Shipyard Park.
    Senior Colin Brockhouse provided the key hit, a two-out, three-run home run to deep right center field in the top of the eighth inning to put the Cardinals (1-0) ahead for good, 7-5. Junior Griffin Hulecki added an insurance run in the ninth with an RBI single.
    UMass Lowell (0-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the thir
  • Roy scores late as Komets secure 7th win in February

    WHEELING, W.V. (WANE) – Marc-Olivier Roy came through in the clutch.
    The Komets earn their seventh win in eight games in the month of February as they beat Wheeling, 4-3. Roy scored with just 33 seconds remaining to take the victory.
    The Komets are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Quad City Mallards at 7:30 at War Memorial Coliseum.
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  • 2/16 Fill It Up All-Stars: South Side’s Blum, Huntington North’s Daugherty

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the third year in a row Phil’s One Stop and Marathon are teaming up with the Highlight Zone to honor a girl and a boy each week that filled up the stat sheet and led their team to a win as “Fill It Up All-Stars.”
    This week’s winners are South Side’s Asher Blum and Huntington North’s Zach Daugherty.
    Blum scored 28 points in South’s 92-91 double-overtime win against Snider.
    Daugherty score 16 points – including sin
  • 2/16 Highlight Zone: Carroll Clinches SAC Title

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Carroll bested rival Homestead 55-45 in the Highlight Zone “Game of Week” as the Chargers clinched their first SAC title to headline area hoops on February 16.Carroll and Homestead both finished 8-1 in SAC play but the head-to-head win gives the tiebreaker to Carroll.At By Hey Arena Purdue head coach Matt Painter was on hand to watch Keion Brooks Jr. and North Side bested visiting Bishop Luers 83-45.Wayne’s Craig Young led the way with 23 points
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  • Slain officers remembered as heroes who helped community

    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two veteran officers shot and killed while responding to a 911 hang-up were true heroes because they spent their lives working for others and their community, a police chief told mourners Friday.
    Hundreds of officers and deputies in blue and black uniforms from around the country crowded into a church for the officers’ funeral. Many watched the services on television in an overflow gymnasium next door.
    Officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, were
  • Indiana ag leaders: NAFTA overhaul would devastate farmers

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of Indiana’s agriculture industry say President Donald Trump’s plan to either overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw the U.S. from the deal could be a dangerous blow to the state’s farmers.
    The Journal Gazette reports that the 1994 trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico has benefited American farmers who export corn and other products. But Trump has blamed the pact for a loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs.
  • Man facing 3rd trial in triple-killing seeks change of venue

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Attorneys for a northern Indiana man who’s facing his third trial in a triple-murder case want that trial moved to another county.
    Wayne Kubsch’s defense attorneys told a St. Joseph County judge Friday they’ll seek a change of venue. The judge gave them until March 16 to file that request.
    Kubsch was twice convicted and sentenced to death in the 1998 killings of his 31-year-old wife, Beth Kubsch; her 35-year-old ex-husband, Rick Milewski; and her 1
  • Police identify man killed in officer-involved shooting

    WABASH, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police have identified the burglary suspect killed in a police-involved shooting in northern Indiana.
    They say 29-year-old Travis Tucker of Kokomo died in the shooting Wednesday afternoon in Wabash County, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.
    Police say officers from the Wabash and Huntington county sheriff’s departments were responding to a tip about a man suspected in a Huntington County burglary when they found Tucker in a pickup truck in a fie
  • Police up presence at southern Indiana school after posts

    NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Police increased their presence at a southern Indiana high school while investigating what they called “concerning social media posts.”
    New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey said in a recorded phone call to New Albany High School parents Friday afternoon that additional officers were posted at school as a precaution. He went on to say that police and school officials don’t believe there’s “a viable threat toward the school” and that
  • Indiana flu-related deaths reached nearly 200 last week

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WANE) — State health officials say Indiana’s flu-related deaths rose to nearly 200 last week as the current severe flu season continued.
    Indiana’s weekly influenza report shows 195 people had died from flu-related illnesses as of Feb. 10. That’s up from 167 the previous week.
    The report says 150 of the deaths have involved people age 65 and older and 30 have been in the 50-64 age group.
    Nine deaths have been among people ages 25 to 49, five have been in t
  • FBI received tip on Florida suspect but did not investigate

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The FBI received a specific report in January that the suspect in the Florida school shooting could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate the tip, the agency said Friday.
    A person who was close to Nikola Cruz called the FBI’s public tip line on Jan. 5 and provided information about Cruz’s guns and his erratic behavior, including his expressed desire to kill people and his disturbing social media posts. The caller was concerned that Cruz c
  • 13 Russian nationals charged with meddling with US election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were charged Friday with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
    The indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Dem
  • Police: Woman tries to steal camera, hurls feces in escape

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a woman trying to steal a video camera from an Indianapolis store escaped after throwing feces at a security worker.
    Indianapolis police responded Tuesday to a Menards on the city’s east side and a loss prevention officer told them that he saw the shoplifting suspect remove the camera from its packaging and place it into a bag.
    The officer told police that when he tried to stop the woman from leaving she reached into her pants, pulled out a handful of f
  • INDOT: New system streamlines reporting of roadway problems

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials have launched a new system intended to make it easier for Indiana motorists to report roadway problems such as potholes.
    The Indiana Department of Transportation says its new INDOT4U system offers a statewide customer service center that gives motorists a single point of contact to pass on concerns about road conditions or to obtain information.
    That system allows motorists to access that center by telephone at 1-855-463-6848, a website, INDOT’s mo
  • It’s National Almond Day!

    Do you snack on almonds or use them in recipes? Here are a few facts about the tree nut to help you celebrate National Almond Day!
  • Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids despite criticism from child experts. The company launched Messenger Kids Wednesday on Android; the app landed on Amazon devices in January.
    Children’s advocates are pressing the company to shut it down, while others question Facebook’s financial ties with advisers who provided input.
    Facebook touts a team of advisers, academics and families who helped shape the app in the year before it launched.
    But a W
  • Vera Bradley donates totes, blankets to Parkview cancer patients

    Vera Bradley on Friday celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day by donating 150 totes and blankets to cancer patients at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Representatives from Vera Bradley delivered the items early Friday. Photos: Vera Bradley ‘kindness’ donationVera Bradley donated 150 totes and blankets to cancer patients at Parkview Regional Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day. Vera Bradley donated 150 totes and blankets to cancer patient
  • Indianapolis ending contract for electric vehicle fleet

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Indianapolis is ending a contract for an electric municipal vehicle fleet.
    WXIN-TV reports administration of Mayor Joe Hogsett has signed an agreement to wind down the Vision Fleet deal.
    The 2014 deal was signed by Hogsett’s predecessor Mayor Greg Ballard, who envisioned a 400-vehicle municipal fleet running on electricity or a hybrid-gasoline option. Now, the city will return 200 cars this year, keep 12 vehicles and pay $500,000 for charging stations
  • Person questioned in coach’s death ordered released

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man once considered a suspect in the shooting death of a Fort Wayne Community Schools educator and coach in May 2017 has been released from custody.
    An Allen Superior Court judge on Friday ordered Henry E. Underwood released from custody because state law requires defendants be brought to trial within six months. Underwood was arrested during a traffic stop in early June on and charged with false informing and carrying a firearm with a prior felony conviction. He’

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