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Mother of alleged hate crime victim speaks at downtown candlelight vigil Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- A candlelight vigil was held to honor the victims in Charlottsville, Virginia  and inspire unity at the Allen County Courthouse Wednesday. The event, hosted by the United Activists of Fort Wayne, hosted speakers like 3rd District Congressional Candidate, Courtney Tritch, Allen County Council Member, Sharon Tucker, and the mother of an alleged hate crime victim, Lakysha Gardner. Gardner's son, Jason, was allegedly lured to a creek near his home and w...

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Urban League CEO fears president harbors flawed attitudes about race Video included

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A leader in the local African American community says he's now deeply concerned that President Trump is a sympathizer with the views of notorious white supremacy groups. 

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Hall of Famers Video included

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There has been a school of engineering at Angola’s Trine University since 1902 and if you think a small-town college can't leave its mark on the world, think again.

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Could Trump's Virginia protest comments backfire? Video included

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Could President Trump's comments about both sets of protesters in Virginia become a political liability for him or possibly other candidates down the ticket?

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Convincing phishing scam targets Chase Bank customers

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Customers at one of the largest banks serving the ABC21 viewing area, take note: Scammers may be targeting you. 

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Southwest Allen County Schools first day

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For Southwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Phil Downs summer can leave him feeling empty. “You know our buildings are, the lights are usually off, it’s dark in the hallway, it’s echoey, it’s boring.” Just when it seems the day would never come. “All of a sudden, all these kids show up," said Downs, "the lights are one it’s energetic, it’s fun, it’s exciting. 

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Police arrest two people after smelling marijuana while investigating crash

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Police arrested two people Wednesday afternoon after they noticed the smell of marijuana in a nearby residence while investigating a crash.

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INDOT urging safety for eclipse travel

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is urging people to take precautions if they plan on traveling to watch the solar eclipse. 

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Auburn Police looking for burglary suspects

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The Auburn Police Department is investigating after a burglary early Tuesday morning. 

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AMBER Alert canceled for children out of Brownsburg

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UPDATE:  The Brownsburg Police Department canceled the AMBER Alert as of 12:31 pm.  

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More than spectacle: Eclipses create science and so can you

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Next week's stunning solar eclipse in the United States will generate as much science as oohs and aahs. More>>

A father speaks out after his son was found dead near IPFW Sunday Video included

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Terraile Jefferson was working at the barbershop on Monday when he got the call that his son was shot and killed.  "It was devastating, just devastating," said Jefferson.  27-year-old Jason Underwood  was found lying face down on the gravel boat ramp on the St. Joe River on the west side of IPFW's campus Sunday.  

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Honoring an officer killed 20 years ago Video included

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A solemn day for police officers in Allen County, as they honored one of their own who was shot and killed in the line of duty 20 years ago.

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13 people, including 2 Indianapolis men charged for alleged gang activity

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The federal government says 13 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang have been arrested and charged in Ohio and Indiana.

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Police look for suspect in eastside shooting Video included

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A stop at a gas station on Fort Wayne's near eastside Monday night turned into a frightening ordeal for one man. City police are trying to find a suspect who they believe tried to settle an argument with a gun.

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Luke Messer: conservative Hoosiers will help GOP oust Donnelly in senate race

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"A few weeks back the Republican-controlled United States Senate quit on us." That was a piercing criticism delivered Tuesday, not by a Democrat, but by a fellow Republican who wants to be elected to the senate. 

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Fort Wayne City Council hosting special meeting to address opioid crisis

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The Fort Wayne City Council is hoping to address the opioid crisis in Fort Wayne during a special meeting.

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New year & new look for students at St. Joseph Central

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Many old classrooms at St. Joseph Central Elementary in Fort Wayne are now new, and starting Tuesday, full of excited students, like 4th grader Carly Bair. “I just love school, school’s really fun!” 

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Experimental plane crash lands in Fulton County

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The FAA is investigating after an experimental airplane crash landed in Fulton County Monday evening. 

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UPDATE: Man in good condition after shooting on Wayne Street Video included

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UPDATE: We are getting more details on the shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of East Wayne Street Monday night. 

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IKEA sets opening date for first Indiana store

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One of the world's trendiest home furnishing concepts will soon be available in Indiana. The state's first IKEA store will open on Oct. 11, company officials have announced.

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Charlottesville driver previously accused of beating mother Video included

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An Ohio man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia will remain in jail - at least until he has an attorney. More>>

Candlelight vigil in Angola condemns violence in Charlottesville Video included

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 About 50 people gathered in downtown Angola to mourn the life lost in the Charlottesville car attack and pray for the other victims.    Folks who came out to the vigil say they're horrified by what happened over the weekend and  they're standing up to bigotry and hate. 

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FWCS to be 40 teachers short on first day of school Video included

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As the Fort Wayne Community School district kicks off its school season Tuesday, many of its students won't have a permanent teacher in the classroom. About 40 teacher positions as well as assistant and support positions remain unfilled at FWCS.

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Protests, vigils around US decry white supremacist rally

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Protesters decrying hatred and racism converged around the country on Sunday, saying they felt compelled to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia. More>>

Homicide victim Id'd: FWPD wants answers in boat ramp shooting Video included

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We now know the name of the man found shot to death this week-end on a boat ramp in north Fort Wayne. It has been ruled a homicide, and police are scrambling to find answers to other important questions.

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Protecting your eyes during the solar eclipse Video included

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A spectacular scene will soon have many across the country staring at the sun, for the total solar eclipse. A show many are excited for, but also one that comes with a serious risk to your eyes, one that can cause serious damage.

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Holcomb rolls out $24 million job training initiative

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is unveiling a jobs program that will pay tuition for workers who get trained in high-demand fields.

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Allen County wanted persons for the week of 8/14

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

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Mad Ants: Show us what you've got!

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Hoop dreams have a chance to become reality next month, when Fort Wayne's NBA G-League team hosts an open tryout for those wanting to play basketball at a professional level. 

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Bremen Post welcomes new K-9 unit

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An Indiana State Police trooper has a new four-legged partner. 

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Park patrol nets drug arrest in Mercer County

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Two people face preliminary charges after police found them allegedly drug impaired in a Mercer County park.

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Steuben County woman arrested after crash on I-69

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A Steuben County woman faces preliminary charges after a crash that injured three children.

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Coroner identifies man found dead near IPFW campus

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We now know the identity of the man found dead near IPFW's campus Sunday morning. 

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Death investigation launched after a man was found dead near IPFW campus

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A man was found dead with gunshot wounds near a boat ramp close to IPFW's campus Sunday morning.

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Taste the Better Life of Huntington Video included

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A glance at the varieties of wine produced here will tell you that this is far from a "run-of-the-mill" operation. Names like "Aglianico" and "Dolcetto" may not sound familiar, but bringing unique taste to the table is what Two-EE's Winery is all about. Owner Eric Harris says that advancements in modern winemaking technology help them give life to otherwise unknown grapes...

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DeVos say school vouchers part of tax overhaul discussions

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More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them. More>>

Fort Wayne pays RESPECT to legendary performer

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If you don't know who's playing Fort Wayne on Saturday night, you better think. Legendary performer Aretha Franklin brings her chart-topping list of hits to the Foellinger Theatre for a summer night's concert that is expected to feature soul, pop and blues numbers.

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Mad Ants to hold auditions for dance team

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The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are inviting area residents to try out for this year's dance squad. 

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Last splash: Final Fort Wayne city pool closing for season

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The last operating Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department swimming pool is closing for the season. 

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Trump: If North Korea attacks US, it 'will regret it fast' Video included

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With tensions high, U.S. and South Korean military officials plan to move ahead with exercises that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war. More>>

Health officials urge parents, schools to develop asthma action plan

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As students head back to school, health officials are urging parents and schools to have a plan to help students with asthma manage symptoms and stay in class.

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