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Police asking for help ID'ing purse snatching suspect

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The Fort Wayne Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man who stole a woman's purse at a local Kroger. 

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Grabill community reflects 48-hours after arrest in April Tinsley case Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) - ABC 21, checked back in with residents of Grabill in the neighborhood where the suspect lived. Those residents struggling to keep their emotions in check, some 48-hours later. Imagine how those days have been for people who live right down the street from the man police call a killer. It's something all of us would have difficulty dealing with, so ABC 21 went back to the neighborhood we visited Sunday afternoon right after news of the arrest h... More>>

Retired detective 'elated' about Tinsley suspect arrest Video included

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Sergeant Dan Camp, a retired Fort Wayne detective, worked the April Tinsley case tirelessly for years, keeping her picture in his wallet until the day he retired.

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'How many times has he watched my daughter?' Parents worry April Tinsley suspect lived near children Video included

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One detail about where police found John Dale Miller - the place where he allegedly sexually assaulted and choked April Tinsley - the same place he called home for 30 years after that crime - grabbed the attention of many of our viewers.  That detail was across the street: a girl's softball field. 

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Police, prosecutor speak on Tinsley case for first time since arrest Video included

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Police Chief Steve Reed and  Prosecutor Karen Richards will speak at a press conference today to discuss the April Tinsley investigation for the first time since the suspect's arrest. 

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Man accused of killing April Tinsley makes first court appearance Video included

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John D. Miller, the Grabill man charged with the rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley back in 1988, made his first court appearance on Monday. Miller heard the preliminary charges against him during his appearance at the Charles "Bud" Meeks Criminal Justice Center. 

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Suspect arrested, charged with murder of April Tinsley Video included

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More than 30 years after the killing, a Grabill man was taken into custody and charged with the murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley. The Allen County Prosecutor's Office announced the major development Sunday afternoon -- hours before the premiere of an Investigation Discovery examination of the region's most haunting unsolved case. 

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April Tinsley's mom says suspected killer "Will get what he deserves."

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -"I would like him to explain himself," April Tinsley's mother Janet wants to know why, why anyone would abduct, rape, and murder her daughter. Three decades of waiting for answers, Janet says hearing the news left her speechless. "I was shocked, but then again I was happy." Happy, that John D. Miller is behind bars. "It's like you got that chill feel that goes from the top of your head down your toes. You wan... More>>

A look inside the minds of child killers Video included

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So many people, including April Tinsley's mother, are asking why? Why would someone kidnap, rape, and murder an 8-year-old girl?

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Sharing her heart: Janet Tinsley talks about dizzying changes in daughter's murder case Video included

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After 30 years of waiting, the mother of April Tinsley talks about the shocking developments in the case of her murdered daughter. She's finding a "new normal", three days after police put handcuffs on a Grabill man, who is now charged in the case that went unsolved for decades. 

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Ted Nugent bans guns from Va. concert, venue claims; Nugent calling it 'fake news'

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Rocker and staunch gun rights advocate Ted Nugent barred firearms from a Tuesday night concert in Roanoke, Va. -- a decision that appeared to have been communicated to the public just before the event and one that caught some attendees off guard. 

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Curtis Hill planning to file defamation lawsuit

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill -- accused of sexual misconduct and under pressure to resign -- plans to file a defamation lawsuit against the still-to-be-determined individuals who he believes are responsible for certain statements in a memo regarding Hill's alleged conduct.

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City trying out LED lighting on Barr Street overpass

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Let there be lights? It's something the City of Fort Wayne is considering for the Barr Street railroad overpass downtown. New -- temporary -- LED lighting in being demonstrated on that Norfolk-Southern crossing just north of Freimann Square. 

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Law enforcement celebrates 'score' with arrest in Tinsley murder Video included

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A day to say "thank you" to the law enforcement agencies that helped get an arrest in the April Tinsley murder case. Things became emotional during a news conference Tuesday at Fort Wayne police headquarters downtown, including for investigators who retired, never knowing if the case would be solved.

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Opportunity Knocks: how to be an invaluable employee Video included

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On this week's edition of Opportunity Knocks, Rick Farrant with Northeast Indiana Works talked about positive and easy things an employee can do to increase job security and become an invaluable member in their workplace. Those include having a strong work ethic and a positive attitude.   More>>

Fort Wayne organization offering attire, interview tips for job fair

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A Fort Wayne organization is hoping to help people get prepared for an upcoming job fair.

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Authorities: Paramedic stole painkiller from ambulances Video included

Authorities say a central Indiana paramedic stole vials of the painkiller fentanyl from ambulances that were intended for patient use.

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Allen County Wanted Persons for the week of July 17

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Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers is looking for your help finding these wanted persons. 

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April Tinsley's cousins share emotions about suspected killer Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) - "She can rest in piece knowing that the person is caught," April Tinsley's cousin, James Tinsley reacts to the news of a 30-year-old cold case, finding a new breakthrough.  John D. Miller, the suspect in police custody for the rape and murder of 8-year-old Tinsley in April of '88. Elizabeth Tinsley, who is James wife, "He [Miller] deserves way more than just a sentence." The family talks about when they first heard news abo... More>>

DIGGING DEEPER: Brother of April Tinsley murder suspect says 'my brother died' yesterday Video included

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In an exclusive interview on Monday, the brother of child murder suspect John D. Miller said he's "done" with him. The younger sibling, whose name ABC21 has agreed to withhold, learned about Miller's arrest when he received a call shortly after police arrived at a Grabill mobile home park to take the 59-year-old into custody.

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Tinsley's aunt describes murder defendant as a 'monster' Video included

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She expected a "monster" and believes the man she saw fit the description to a "T". That's what a relative of April Tinsley said Monday, after witnessing the initial court appearance for the alleged killer in the high-profile murder case.

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Indianapolis to host 2026 Men's Final Four

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Lucas Oil Stadium will be the site of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Final Four in 2026, the collegiate sports association announced on Monday. It will be the second such honor for Indianapolis in the coming decade. 

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Cause of death identified for woman murdered in Fort Wayne hotel

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The cause of death for a woman found dead inside a Fort Wayne hotel room has been identified.

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Coroner identifies victim of Sunday shooting

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The Allen County Coroner has identified the person who died after a drive-by shooting in Fort Wayne Sunday night.

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DIGGING DEEPER: Former coworker describes April Tinsley suspect as 'reclusive,' prone to 'outbursts'

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A man who worked alongside the suspect charged in connection with the rape and murder of April Tinsley describes John D. Miller as a reclusive and problematic employee. 

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Master Spas announces major expansion, 100 new jobs

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A locally based spa manufacturing firm announced on Monday that it will build a major addition to its Fort Wayne operations and will add more than 100 jobs over the next four years.

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Police investigate burglary at Fort Wayne gas station

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Fort Wayne police are looking for two men who burglarized a north side gas station.

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Suspect in fatal drunk driving crash to appear in court

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The man police say was behind the wheel when a crash fatally wounded his girlfriend is set to appear in court Monday.

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Suspect in high-profile shooting to appear in court

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The man arrested in connection with the death of a North Side High School assistant football coach is set to appear in an Allen County courtroom Monday morning.

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Trump dismisses Coats' findings on Russian meddling; Banks weighs in

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In a joint news conference Monday with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Pres. Donald Trump rejected the findings on election tampering that were given to him by former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, who now serves as Director of National Intelligence. 

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One dead, police investigating drive-by shooting with multiple victims

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Fort Wayne police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that killed one person and has injured at least one additional person and possibly others. The incident was reported about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, in the 200 block of E. Masterson Avenue near South Clinton Street.  Police tell ABC21 that one person was critically injured and another was seriously hurt.  The man in critical condition has since died at the hospital.  Police also tell us two other...

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8-year-old's lemonade stand proceeds to go to good cause Video included

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We'd like to introduce you to a young entrepreneur with what his mother calls "a servant's heart." It's a classic sign of summer: a lemonade stand on the side of the road, run by a young salesperson eager to entice new customers. Eight and a half year old Ian Ludwig is trying his best.

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Three Rivers Festival Chalk Walk: get to know a local artist Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) - Color us impressed, we'll chalk this up for a good time. Several folks made their way to Main Street in Downtown Fort Wayne for the Chalk Walk event. ABC 21 spoke with several artists at the event and one in particular who say he looks forward to this event every year. From drawn ideas to blank canvases, bringing their artwork to the pavement. "It's super, super awesome for all stages of artists," said local artist Jake Knoke. From the chalk ...

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McDonald's pulls salads from some Indiana restaurants after illness outbreak

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McDonald's is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness.

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Indiana among states affected by cereal salmonella outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg’s cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states, including Indiana.

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