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Senate passes Sunday alcohol sales bill; Holcomb set to sign it

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Indiana liquor stores, mini-marts and supermarkets will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages and mixers on Sunday in a matter of weeks. 

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Indiana education superintendent asks lawmakers to make school safety 'top priority'

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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick on Thursday sent a letter to the state's General Assembly and to its Congressional delegation urging lawmakers to act on school safety.

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Ind. Attorney General urging police, prosecutors to 'make full use' of state's Red Flag Law

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Indiana is generally known as a "Red State" -- one that has, over the years, provided a favorable environment for gun owners. But it is also one of just a handful of states to enact what is known as the Red Flag Law -- a measure empowering law enforcement agencies to take possession of firearms from those who may be dangerous. 

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Roads closed, pumps on as city fights rising water

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The City of Fort Wayne and Allen County Highway Department are continuing to protect residences from possible street flooding.

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One dead after shooting on Northcrest Drive

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Police have responded to a shooting near Northcrest Shopping Center earlier today.  

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EACS: No weapons found, police notified after student posts message online

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A spokesperson with East Allen County Schools said police are in contact with a student regarding an online post that prompted concerns among some parents and children. 

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Dream Factory Video included

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If you haven't heard of it you're probably not from Fort Wayne.

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MSD Steuben Co. says 'verbal threat' made by middle school student

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A verbal threat by a middle school student prompted officials with the Metropolitan School District of Steuben County to notify police, administrators told ABC21. 

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Van Wert student arrested after online threat

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A student in Northwest Ohio faces felony charges after a threat that closed schools district-wide.

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Kosciusko County officers filling sandbags for flooding

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Employees with several agencies in Kosciusko County are helping out with the flooding situation.

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Widespread flooding in northern Indiana could slowly recede

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Continued flooding across northern Indiana has caused widespread road closures and warnings that it could take several days for high waters to recede.

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Health department closes Liberty Diner; roof leak cited as major problem

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Citing a leak in the roof that allowed rain water to drip onto equipment and food preparation surfaces, the Allen County Health Department has temporarily closed the popular Liberty Diner in Fort Wayne. 

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Local activists call for immediate resignation of Allen County prosecutor

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Fed up with what they call a lack of progress in solving Fort Wayne homicides, a local activist group is calling for the prosecutor's resignation.

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No threat to Fort Wayne Community Schools after social media scare

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The Fort Wayne Community Schools system is reassuring parents after a social media post went around. 

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Police looking into report of possible abduction in Columbia City

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Police say there are no reports of a missing child after a reported abduction in Columbia City Tuesday evening.

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One arrested in Tuesday narcotics raid

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One person is in custody after a narcotics investigation in Fort Wayne.

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Coroner identifies Northcrest Drive shooting victim

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The Allen County Coroner has identified the man found shot to death near Northcrest Shopping Center.

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Police say man was driving more than 100mph before deadly crash Video included

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    Last month, 69-year-old Cornelius Key Junior stopped at a light.      That's when police say Donald Stump slammed into the back of Key's truck, ramming his truck into a light pole and a larger utility pole, killing key instantly.     Key's friends remember him as a man who served his faith and his country.  More>>

Family of homicide victim speaks out

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) - A family shaken to its core receiving news Monday they never thought they'd hear. "Everyone keeps asking are you okay, and you know it's okay to not be okay, and right now we're not okay." Their family member, 37-year-old Samuel Westlake, shot to death in a car outside the Extended Stay Motel on Coliseum. Westlake's sister, Chyanne West, says she can't figure out why someone would do this. "He had trouble when he was a young man, but he ...

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Police say two January 2017 unsolved homicides may have a connection Video included

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Fort Wayne police detectives are looking for your help in catching the killer of a wife and mother who died last year in a soggy alley. Investigators believe the deadly shooting has a connection to another violent crime that also remains unsolved. 

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City crews fighting never-ending pothole battle Video included

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With this soggy weather we've had, you might have some damage to your car if you've hit a pothole. They're popping up all over the city.

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One-car accident sends vehicle into guard rail, cable barrier on I-69

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A southbound vehicle on I-69 ran off the roadway veered into the median, striking the guard rail and a cable barrier, before coming to a stop.

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Dept. of Education: IU didn't mishandle sexual violence investigations

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A federal agency has completed its investigation into four Title IX sexual violence complaints against Indiana University. 

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FWCS: Honors-level coursework not going away

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Fort Wayne Community Schools will not be eliminating honors-level coursework and credits, the district said on Wednesday -- despite what officials describe as rumors that have spread widely of late on social media.

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Indiana men banned from hunting after killing Colorado bear

Two Indiana hunting instructors have been banned from hunting and possessing guns for two years after they were convicted of illegally killing a bear in western Colorado.

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Attorney wants confession in Colts player's death thrown out

A judge is being asked to throw out a confession from a Guatemalan man living illegally in the U.S. who's charged in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.

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Michigan Crime Stoppers looking for help identifying Fort Wayne suspect

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Police in Michigan are looking to identify a suspect from the Fort Wayne area.

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"Hearing The Call" team arrives in Guatemala Video included

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A team from the Fort Wayne area is overseas for a week-long humanitarian trip to bring the gift of hearing.

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Hearing the Call team tests children for hearing issues Video included

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"We shall never know all the good a smile can do," were words said by Mother Theresa, but the "Hearing the Call" team in Guatemala sure wants to find out.

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Indiana lawmakers debating switch to Central time zone

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Indiana lawmakers are discussing a resolution that would consider switching Indiana to a central time zone. 

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How to report damage caused by the recent flooding

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If you have flood damage the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is asking you to document it.

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National, Indiana leaders note the passing of Rev. Billy Graham

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Condolences are pouring in following reports of the passing of evangelist Rev. Billy Graham at the age of 99. 

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Evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; reached millions Video included

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The Rev. Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. More>>

TinCaps ticket sales open ahead of baseball season

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It's never too early to start thinking about baseball season. Single game tickets go on sale Wednesday ahead of the TinCaps season. 

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IPFW student organizes gun reform rally Video included

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A rally called "Fort Wayne Students Demand Action" is already anticipating more than 100 protesters.  IPFW student and rally organizer Brandon Blumenherst says Sunday's event is in direct response to the Florida high school shooting.  Blumenherst says last week's massacre was the tipping point, but his frustration began long before then.  "We're sick and tired of seeing you know a lack of action on the legislature's part," said Blumenherst.  ... More>>

Why are campaign ads already airing? Video included

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You may have been startled to see some political ads already running on TV and online, even when the candidates aren't facing any competition in the May primary. What could this signal as the campaign season ramps up, in the Senate race, which is widely considered to be a toss-up? 

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Bill to approve Sunday sales of alcohol at stores nears final passage

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With overwhelming support, a bill that would legalize the sale of packaged alcohol at Indiana stores passed through the full House of Representatives on Tuesday, bringing it one vote away from the governor's desk.

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Wiz of a Wiz Video included

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“There's no place like home,” says Katie Tuttle. “And that just that means a lot to me, that message.” Katie Tuttle remembers the exact moment her obsession was born. “I love every second of that movie from start to end,” she says, “every second of that movie captures me.” Capture is right. Since taken prisoner by the film 'The Wizard of Oz' at age three Katie Tuttle's been on a mission, to accumulate everything ever associated ... More>>

Dramatic fire rescue captured in body camera footage

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A newly released video shows a dramatic rescue from January's fire in Butler.

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SWAT team shares training, mission in special report "To Protect and Serve" Video included

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When police agencies want to carry out a dicey drug raid, put down a hostage threat, or take down an armed and dangerous suspect, they often turn to a Special Weapons and Tactics, or "SWAT" team, to get the job done. Members are highly trained and loaded for bear, but the Fort Wayne Police Department team values qualities beyond being aggressive and tough.

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Riverfront construction cancels staple event at Three Rivers Festival

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Riverfront construction is causing one staple event at the Three Rivers Festival to be postponed this year.

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Rain creates potential flooding hazard for motorists

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With the recent rainfall, police are warning people to be on the lookout for flooded roadways.

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Coroner identifies man found shot outside Fort Wayne hotel

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We now know the identity of the man found shot to death in a vehicle outside an extended stay hotel.

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Victim of fatal motorcycle crash identified

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The Allen County Coroner has identified the person who died during a weekend crash. 

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University of Saint Francis getting ready for 1984

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The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is getting ready to present its spring production.

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Republican Senate candidates to debate in Indianapolis

Candidates in Indiana's raucous Republican U.S. Senate primary are set to participate in their first debate.

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Group donates 90 defibrillators to Indiana State Police

A nonprofit group has donated 90 defibrillators to Indiana State Police that troopers can use to revive people suffering from cardiac arrest.

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Police investigate apparent shooting outside Fort Wayne hotel

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Police are investigating after a man was found dead at an extended stay hotel in Fort Wayne Monday.

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Historians find trove of documents about 2 Auburn leaders

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Historians in a northeastern Indiana city have unearthed a trove of documents about two Civil War veterans who helped shape the community a century ago.

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Fort Wayne Civic Theatre announces next season shows

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The official show list is out for the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.

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Social media post scares students and parents at Huntington North High School

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A threatening social media post had Huntington North High School parents on edge Monday night.  The school just posted on Facebook that there is no threat, but some parents are fuming, saying the school should have done more.  According to the school's Facebook page, the threat was not directed at them, but at a school in Kentucky.  Several parents commented, saying they were stunned by the fact Huntington North sent out a text about students being released early, bu... More>>

The Art of Living Video included

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Each of us has a story to tell, one that grows longer with age, about the people and places we've known, the people and places we've lost.

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Fort Wayne firefighters use new techniques in preparing for mass shooting scenarios Video included

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We hope Fort Wayne never gets hit with a mass shooting like the one that caused so much heartache last week in south Florida. The Fort Wayne Fire Department is better prepared now to respond, in case a nightmare scenario like that becomes reality in our backyard.

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Allen County Wanted Persons for the week of February 19

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

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Four Parkview hospitals named among states best employers

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Several area hospitals are being recognized among the best places to work in Indiana.

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Electric blankets recalled due to fire hazard

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A heated blanket is being recalled because it can overheat and catch on fire. 

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Indiana State Police accepting trooper applications

The Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for their 78th recruit academy.

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Two arrested after high-speed chase in Defiance County

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Two people face preliminary charges after police say they lead police on a chase exceeding 100 MPH over the weekend.

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Cancer Services of Northeastern Indiana to host comedy night fundraiser

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An upcoming fundraiser is looking to battle cancer with comedy.

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One rescued from weekend house fire

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One person was seriously injured after a fire over the weekend. 

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One arrested after tip leads to vehicle pursuit in Fort Wayne

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A Fort Wayne man faces preliminary charges after a vehicle pursuit over the weekend.

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Two injured after rollover crash in DeKalb County

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Two people were injured after the driver tried to avoid hitting an animal and hit a utility pole instead.

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State Police investigating after skeletal remains found in Auburn

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (ABC21) - Indiana State Police detectives are trying to figure out how human skeletal remains ended up in a wooded area behind an Auburn business.  Police say someone was out walking in a wooded area behind C&A Tool Engineering when the person spotted the remains.  Due to the level of decomposition, immediate identification of the person was not possible.   An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, February 19th to not only help deter...

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Senator Donnelly congratulates Hoosier labor leaders in visit to Fort Wayne Video included

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) addresses labor leaders at Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 Sunday Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) addresses labor leaders at Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 Sunday
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Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) addressed a crowd of Northeast Indiana labor leaders during a AFL-CIO meeting today hosted at Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 in Fort Wayne. He congratulated the workers in attendance for “keeping the Hoosier economy growing.” Donnelly says it's the labor industry that builds wealth for Indiana and helps create jobs in other sectors. "They're building Indiana,” Donnelly says. “And when you're building Indiana, you're building Ame...

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Fort Wayne Church remembers Florida shooting victims Video included

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FORT WAYNE, IN (WPTA 21) -- A powerful message at a Fort Wayne Church Sunday morning. Church members laying 17 white roses at the altar as each victim's name from the Florida school massacre was read out loud. Reverend Bill McGill with Imani Baptist Church says even though we are more than a thousand miles away from the tragedy, it still hits home in Fort Wayne. "There are 17 families in Florida who are grieving today, who instead of worshiping are burying their children, thei... More>>

Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

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The Trump administration considers replacing food stamps with pre-assembled boxes of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods. More>>

250 local kids treated to night at the movies Video included

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The new Marvel flick, “Black Panther,” is breaking records at the box office. Back here at home, 250 Fort Wayne kids got to see the film for free. Their popcorn for the evening was also provided for free thanks to the work of two local businesses. Tunnel Vision Entertainment and Hanning & Bean Enterprises bought out the entire 7:30 p.m. showing at the DuPont Road Carmike. They then distributed those tickets to kids at The Boys and Girls Club, City Life, My Brother'... More>>

Man arrested after police find over 90 grams of cocaine

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -- Fort Wayne Police say they arrested 35-year-old Arthur Williams after he ran from officers and was found with over 90 grams of cocaine Saturday. Authorities say the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit received a tip about a home on the 1500 block of Rudisill Blvd. They began to investigate. Detectives attempted a traffic stop on Williams after he left the house and committed a traffic violation, which resulted in a police chase. After a warrant...

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'Young Entrepreneur' of the month: Jade Henry Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -- Each month, ABC 21 partners with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana to showcase 'Young Entrepreneurs' in our area. For February, we introduced 10-year-old Jade Henry of Fort Wayne and her business: More than Just an Art. Henry started the business when she was nine. She makes rubber band bracelets and her own paintings and then sells them via word of mouth and at fairs around town. "She started making these bracelets and she went to town makin... More>>

IPFW students on edge after campus police alert, rumors of sex trafficking

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The e-mail alert from university police comes after speculations on social media that students may have been targeted as potential victims of sex trafficking. 

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Suspect in high-profile murder arrested in Mississippi Video included

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The suspect in the shooting death of the North Side High School assistant football coach is now in custody.

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Taking an Honor Flight via virtual reality Video included

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Poor health can rob us of some of the best times in life. But a group of ailing veterans in Marion Friday saw some of the most treasured military landmarks without leaving this area.

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Did the FBI miss a warning before Florida school shooting? Video included

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The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising questions about whether the FBI missed a warning that might have headed off a mass killing. More>>

Woman arrested after smuggling drugs into correctional facility

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A woman was arrested at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) after attempting to bring drugs into the facility.  

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Intelligence agencies issue warning about Chinese smartphones

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Top officials from US intelligence agencies are warning Americans about the potential threat that Chinese smartphone makers pose.

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IPFW warns students of suspicious activity around town

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is warning students about reports of suspicious activity happening around Fort Wayne.

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Elkhart man arrested after police chase on Indiana Toll Road in LaGrange County

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An Elkhart man faces numerous charges after a vehicle pursuit Thursday evening.

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Car crashes into Fort Wayne hearing center

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A car trying to get out of mud ended up running into the side of a building Thursday night.

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Huntington County sees 50 thefts from motor vehicles within 30 days

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The Huntington County police are looking for help after a string of thefts from motor vehicles in the area.

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New system streamlines reporting of Indiana roadway problems

State officials have launched a new system intended to make it easier for Indiana motorists to report roadway problems such as potholes.

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Norwell High School student dies after single-vehicle crash in Wells County

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The Northern Wells community is in grief after a junior died in a car crash Wednesday evening.

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One dead after industrial accident in Mercer County

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A Mendon man is dead after he slipped into a salt augur Thursday morning.

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Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes Video included

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High school shooting that claimed 17 lives plunges Florida city into mourning. More>>

"Flip This City" leaders say more prosecutions key to curbing violence Video included

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Some local people, members of a group who've been touched by violence in Fort Wayne, are closely watching the Florida events unfold. But the group doesn't want you to forget the violence that's affecting the Summit City.

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Combating school violence: students in Fort Wayne share ideas for attacking the problem Video included

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You may feel frustrated and confused about acts of violence like the south Florida school massacre, which rob us of a sense of safety.  We hit the streets of Fort Wayne, looking for suggestions on how to end the violence.

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Hope for the Future Video included

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Lazy, self-absorbed, noses always buried in their cellphones.

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Current weekend events

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The weekend is the perfect time to get together and have some family-friendly fun here in town.   

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Indiana governor directs lowering flags for Florida victims

Indiana's governor is directing that flags be lowered to half-staff across the state in honor of the Florida school shooting victims.

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Police investigate overnight shooting on Indianapolis highway

Indiana State Police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday evening on I-465.

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Victim identified in fatal crash on Indianapolis Road

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The Allen County coroner has identified the victim of a fatal two-vehicle collision.

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Cause of death identified for people found in icy pond

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We now know the cause of death for the two people found in a vehicle pulled from a vehicle that went into an icy pond in early February. 

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Fort Wayne one of two Indiana cities to receive New Markets tax credits

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The City of Fort Wayne is receiving $55 Million in tax credits to help revitalize and transform the community.

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Settlement reduces I&M rate hike by 63 percent

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A recent settlement would reduce the rate increase by more than $150 Million. 

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Indiana State Police investigating fatal officer-involved shooting in Wabash County

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The Indiana State Police is investigating after a Kokomo man died in a shooting involving an officer Wednesday afternoon.

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Mayor calls News Sentinel reporter Kevin Leininger a "dumbass" Video included

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News Sentinel reporter Kevin Leininger first broke the story about Mayor Henry's $100 ticket for his expired license plate.  In the recording released Wednesday, Henry calls the award-winning journalist a "dumbass." Mayor Henry: "And to get the pressure off of me from that dumbass Leininger." In the recording, the mayor claimed the clerk only ticketed him because Leininger was asking questions.  Mayor Henry: "We just let Lingering go. Leininger, ... More>>

Audio released in feud between mayor, city clerk Video included

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The feud between Fort Wayne's mayor and a city clerk is taking a new turn.

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Long explains decision to leave senate in sit down interview Video included

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Indiana state lawmaker David Long says he is at peace with his decision to retire from his powerful position in charge of the senate. We sat down for a one on one interview with Long, which reinforces the notion that northeast Indiana stands to lose influence because of the shakeup to come. 

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