• Worker seriously hurt in industrial accident

    NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) A factory worker is hurt following an industrial accident Friday morning. Emergency responders were called at about 6:15 a.m. to the 2100 block of Summit Street in eastern New Haven.
    The worker was trapped under a large amount of cardboard. The employee was transported to a hospital in serious condition, according to Fort Wayne Allen County dispatchers.
    Corrugated Supplies Company is listed as the facility at the address. The company makes and distributes corrugated sheets
  • Harding grad, Dallas Cowboy Rod Smith talks football at Courageous Luncheon

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Euell A. Wilson Center honored five standout community members on Wednesday at the fifth annual Courageous Luncheon with Dallas Cowboys football player Rod Smith as the event’s keynote speaker.
    Smith, who graduated from Harding High School and played college football at Ohio State, just finished his second season with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.
    Smith says he signed a two-year contract with the Cowboys after the season, and is planning to switch posit
  • Swanigan picked NABC first-team All-District

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue National Player of the Year candidate Caleb Swanigan was named a National Association of Basketball Coaches first-team All-District 7 honoree, the organization announced today. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players and coaches across America.
    Swanigan, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is joined on the first team by Maryland’s Melo
  • Purdue’s Symone Black named Big Ten Track Athlete of Week

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two Boilermakers were honored by the Big Ten after the opening week of the outdoor season the conference office announced Wednesday. Symone Black was named the women’s Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Eric Blackman was tabbed the men’s co-Field Athlete of the Week.
    Black, a junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana, ran the nation’s top time in the 400-meter hurdles to win by 3.20 seconds. Her time of 57.71 seconds is 0.63 of a sec
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  • Inmate found dead in Elkhart jail cell

    ELKHART, Ind. (WANE) An inmate at the Elkhart County Jail was found dead in his cell Tuesday.
    Early Tuesday, jailers found 60-year-old Harry J. Ross II unresponsive in his cell at the Elkhart County Jail. A jail staff nurse and officers attempted to revive Ross, but he was pronounced dead.Ross, who was found sitting up in his bed, was housed in his cell alone. Jailers responded to his cell after he failed to pick up his daily medication around 3:40 a.m.
    An autopsy will be performed to determine
  • Teen girl hit, killed while riding bike

    LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A 13-year-old girl was killed early Wednesday when she was struck by a passing vehicle as she rode her bicycle west of LaGrange.
    Police and medics were called just before 8 a.m. Wednesday to a stretch of C.R. 050 North near C.R. 250 West on a report that a vehicle crashed with a bicycle. Responders arrived to find 13-year-old Lovina Schwartz down.
    Schwartz was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital, where she died.
    Investigators said a 2011 GMC driven by 37-year-old Benj
  • Komets waive Beaupre, Mulvey

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Komets announced Wednesday that defenseman Gabriel Beaupre has been activated from injured reserve and placed on waivers.  Also, forward Colin Mulvey have been placed on waivers.
    Beaupre appeared in 11 games before sustaining an injury leading to being placed on injured reserve. The defenseman scored two goals and 14 penalty minutes.
    Mulvey scored two goals, five points and two penalty minutes in 15 games after the Komets acquired him in a trade with Idaho Feb.
  • Area high school team wins “Big Wally” eating contest

    WARSAW, Ind. (WANE)A team of Tippecanoe Valley High School students once again ate their way to the top spot in Penguin Point’s 38th Annual Big Wally Eating Contest.
    The contest was held March 21 at the Penguin Point restaurant on Detroit Street in Warsaw. A team of three TVHS students competed, eating a total of 19 Big Wally sandwiches. Junior Michael Paseka ate eight sandwiches, senior Jerrid Edmonson ate six and senior Noah Prater ate five.The team of three that eats the most sandwiches
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  • Lawmakers remove call for prayer at school events from bill

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel has stripped a House bill of a contentious provision calling for a time for prayer at school events such as sports games and assemblies.
    That part of Rep. John Bartlett’s bill would have required school districts to adopt a policy allowing for a “limited public forum” for prayer. The Indianapolis Democrat has said the bill would put prayer back in schools and positively impact children.
    Lawmakers two weeks ago clashed on the ide
  • Ball State issues “Shelter in Place” notice, cancels it minutes later

    MUNCIE, Ind. (WANE)A “shelter in place” notification was issued by officials at Ball State University just after 2 p.m. Wednesday after a male was reported carrying a long rifle near Bracken and Woodworth.Shelter in place.Possible armed suspect on campus.
    — Ball State Alert (@ballstate_alert) March 22, 2017
    The Twitter notification was followed up several minutes later by an “all clear” tweet.Update: No ongoing threat. University police have issued the all clear. Re
  • Mayor Henry voices concern over proposed federal budget

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Mayor Tom Henry of Fort Wayne held a news conference with several community leaders Wednesday afternoon to discuss the potential impact of the proposed federal budget.
    During the news conference Mayor Henry gave several examples of how if passed in its current form the budget might negatively impact citizens:
    Potential loss of $1.8 million yearly in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $775,000 yearly in HOME Investment Partnerships Program dollars to suppor
  • ‘A Streetcar Naked Desire’: Wheel of Fortune contestant’s guess goes wrong

    Kevin Haas thought he solved the puzzle. During Tuesday night’s episode of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ Haas had but one letter to turn over.
    Haas bought a ‘K.’
    Host Pat Sajak paused a moment before simply saying, “No.”
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  • After fight, Indiana receives ‘atheist’ license plate

    ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A Goshen man who was initially denied a personalized Indiana license plate reading “atheist” has received the plate after filing an appeal.
    The Elkhart Truth reports the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles denied Chris Bontrager’s initial request in February.
    The agency didn’t cite a specific reason it the denial letter it sent Bontrager. But it noted the agency could deny a personalized plate if it has a connotation offensive to good taste or dece
  • After fight, Indiana man receives ‘ATHE1ST’ license plate

    ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading “ATHE1ST” now has the personalized plate.
    The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles denied Chris Bontrager’s first request in February without citing a specific reason. The bureau’s denial letter to Bontrager noted the agency could refuse a personalized plate if it had a connotation offensive to good taste or decency, was misleading or deemed improper.
    Bontrager believed the decision was
  • PETA offers $5K reward for info about deer set on fire

    ROCHESTER, Ind. (WANE) – Animal advocacy group PETA has offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for setting a deer on fire after it was struck and injured by a vehicle in northern Indiana last month.
    PETA offered the award contingent on an “arrest and cruelty-to-animals conviction” related to the Feb. 16 incident near Rochester. Early that morning, a passerby called police after coming across a deer along the side of the road.
  • Wanted sex offender captured by US Marshals

    STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  A woman wanted for failing to register as a sex or violent offender in Steuben County was taken into custody Wednesday morning by the U.S. Marshals Service.
    Tricia Lyn Benhower, 47, was found in the 10000 block of West CR 605 N in Milgrove Township.
    Benhower had been wanted on an outstanding warrant  after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department determined she had not reported the required information within a lawful time frame.
    She faces one count of
  • Chance the Rapper to play Lollapalooza in Chicago hometown

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper is planning a return to his hometown of Chicago this summer to headline the Lollapalooza music festival.
    Other headliners announced Wednesday morning on Lollapalooza’s website include The Killers, Lorde, Arcade Fire, Muse and blink-182. The four-day festival will run Aug. 3-6 in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park.
    Lollapalooza called Chance the Rapper’s headlining act a “hero’s homecoming.” He’ll t
  • Official says welder sparked massive Kansas apartment fire

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A fire that leveled a multimillion-dollar apartment building under construction and spread to about two dozen homes in suburban Kansas City started when a welder accidentally ignited wooden building materials, fire officials said.
    More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze at the CityPlace development in Overland Park on Monday and three were treated for minor injuries. The fire destroyed the four-story apartment building, heavily burned a second and rained bur
  • At least 2 dead in car rampage, knife attack in London

    LONDON (AP) — A vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others with injuries described as catastrophic. Around the same time Wednesday, a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain’s Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown. Authorities said they were treating the attacks as a terrorist incident.
    The threat level for international terrorism in the U.K. was alre
  • 4 dead in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament

    LONDON (AP) — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Four people were killed, including the attacker, and about 20 others were injured in what authorities called a terrorist incident.
    Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police within the
  • PO Box blamed for Jeopardy snafu

    (WANE)  Many area residents were puzzled by a clue regarding the Johnny Appleseed Festival that appeared on the Monday edition of Jeopardy which airs at 7:30 p.m. on WANE-TV.
    The clue read, “Pies are abundant at this Huntertown, Indiana festival that could also be called the John Chapman Festival.”
    The correct answer in the form of a question is of course, “What is the Johnny Appleseed Festival.”  However, the festival is in Fort Wayne, not Huntertown.
    WANE reac
  • Ohioans seek residency requirement for marijuana cultivation

    REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohioans wanting to start a medical marijuana business are urging regulators to add a residency requirement, at least initially, for businesses getting the state’s few lucrative cultivator licenses.
    The Ohio Department of Commerce currently plans to award up to 12 large grow licenses and 12 small grow licenses statewide based on criteria including a company’s business plan, security measures and experience. The rules now don’t require that gr
  • Ex-Central coach cares for wife with dementia

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — It’s a little after 9 a.m. on a Wednesday, and the receptionist at Morrison Woods Health Campus is confused. Five minutes pass, then 10.
    Finally she says, “It’s not normally like Mr. Rowe to be so late. Let me call him.”
    Berlin Rowe has walked through the doors at this assisted living facility every day for the last nine months at 9 a.m. — or sometimes a little after, evidently — and God-willing, the 87-year-old will continue to do so
  • Kroger opening store at Dupont and Tonkel; add 300 jobs

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Kroger will open a new store on Fort Wayne’s north side, a planned $26 million development that will add 300 jobs to the area.
    Kroger will build a 100,000 square foot store at Dupont and Tonkel roads, east of Parkview Regional Medical Center, company spokesman Eric Halvorson confirmed Wednesday. Kroger already operates a Kroger Marketplace store five miles east, at Dupont and Coldwater roads.
    Halvorson said the growth in Fort Wayne’s north side demands a new s
  • ‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” ”The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87.
    Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris’ family.
    Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with “The Dating Game,” hosted b
  • Vehicle crashes into barn, 1 dead

    HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WANE) One person is dead after a vehicle slammed into a barn in Huntertown early Wednesday morning.
    Emergency responders were called just after 5:30 a.m. to the 3100 block of McComb Road between Hand and Lima Roads. The vehicle crashed into a barn on private property in the area.
    Initially, Fort Wayne-Allen County dispatchers said one person was in very critical condition. Later, officials on the scene confirmed the person died.
    According to Cpl. Adam Griffith of the Allen Coun
  • Vehicle crashes into barn, 1 critically hurt

    HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WANE) A vehicle slammed into a barn in Huntertown early Wednesday morning.
    Emergency responders were called just after 5:30 a.m. to the 3100 block of McComb Road between Hand and Lima Roads. Fort Wayne-Allen County dispatchers confirmed one person was in very critical condition.
    No other details were immediately available.
    NewsChannel 15 has a crew headed to the scene. This story will be updated when more information is available.
  • Firefighters find flames shooting from floor of vacant home

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Firefighters put out flames inside an empty home off of Hessen Cassel Road late Tuesday night. The Fort Wayne Fire Department responded to a 911 call of smoke in a basement.
    When crews arrived at about 11:30 p.m. to 2925 Schaper Drive, they found smoke in the basement and flames coming from the floor between the basement and the first floor.
    No one was inside the home at the time of the fire. The department said the home was vacant or abandoned.
    The cause of the fire is u
  • Fire sparks in floor of Fort Wayne home

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Firefighters put out flames inside an empty home off of Hessen Cassel Road late Tuesday night. The Fort Wayne Fire Department responded to a 911 call of smoke in a basement.
    When crews arrived at about 11:30 p.m. to 2925 Schaper Drive, they found smoke in the basement and flames coming from the floor between the basement and the first floor.
    No one was inside the home at the time of the fire. The department said the home was vacant or abandoned.
    The cause of the fire is u
  • Baby born with extra legs thriving after surgery

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — Doctors say a baby girl from Africa who’s recovering from a risky surgery at a Chicago-area hospital should be able to lead a normal life.Ten-month-old Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast with a not-fully-developed conjoined twin. Doctors performed surgery on March 8 to remove two legs and a second spine that protruded from her back.
    More than 50 doctors and nurses are now caring for her at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Her fost

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