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Drug ODs, deaths are down Video included

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We are tracking overdoses in our community, which are a major problem. The new numbers suggest good news, but also uncover a new threat.

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Re-zoning approved for golf to housing project Video included

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A major step taken Thursday afternoon in the quest to convert a popular golf course into an upscale housing development in northern Allen County. We explain why the change is being pursued and why opponents may have one final shot at stopping the project.

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Summer solstice kicks off summer Thursday

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If you like sunshine, Thursday will be a happy day. That's because it's the longest day of the year.

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Current 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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One dead after crash on County Road 600 S in LaGrange County

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One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning.

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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo celebrating world giraffe day

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Thursday is World Giraffe Day, and if you've been to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, you've seen a giraffe or nine that call the facility home.

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Memorial Coliseum to get new video scoreboard

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Out with the old, in with the new. The video board in the arena of the Memorial Coliseum came down this week, making way for a newer, more updated version.

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How to stay safe at the pool this summer

Indiana health officials are urging swimmers to use caution now that warmer weather is here.

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New law addresses heat-related illness training for coaches

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With student-athletes hitting the field for summer sports, they are at risk of suffering heat-related illnesses. A new law is aiming at reducing the number of heat-related illnesses on the field by educating the coaches.

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Police looking for person of interest in Subway robbery

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Police are looking for help identifying a person of interest in a recent robbery.

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Man honored for helping Indiana officer subdue motorist

Taken from the dash-cam from the officer's vehicle, this shows Mr. Baum assisting HPD in securing a dangerous suspect. (Photo//Hammond Indiana Police Department) Taken from the dash-cam from the officer's vehicle, this shows Mr. Baum assisting HPD in securing a dangerous suspect. (Photo//Hammond Indiana Police Department)

A man is being honored for helping to subdue a motorist who was grappling with a police officer during a northwestern Indiana traffic stop.

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Ladders recalled due to fall hazard

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About 78,000 ladders are being recalled because they can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to the user. 

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The Longest Day brings awareness to Alzheimer's disease

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While many may argue that Mondays are the longest days, today is the longest day of the year.

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Cedar Creek rezoning plan up for vote

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Rezoning plans for the Cedar Creek golf course will come to a vote Thursday.

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Attorney General continues to express concern over needle exchange programs

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill continues to be concerned that needle exchange programs in the state need be more closely monitored.

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Police ask for help locating runaway Garrett teen

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The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating 16-year-old Marissa Thrush from Garrett. According to police, Thrush was last seen around 2:30 a.m. on Monday. The sheriff's department said she left her residence with an unknown person. The direction they went or where they were headed was not known. Police said Thrush has ties to Kendallville and has talked about going to Indianapolis in the past so she could be in either of those areas. She...

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Fort Wayne to become a TenPoint Coalition city Video included

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Fort Wayne is taking the next step to reduce violence and point out the importance of education, employment and community partnerships.

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Honduras native shares anxiety about immigration crackdown Video included

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The battles over immigration policy are spreading uneasiness across the country, especially for those whose quality of life depends on the outcome. A woman in Fort Wayne who knows the stress and strain that come with working to get a foot hold in this country shared her concerns about where we may be headed on this issue.

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Salmonella outbreak linked to Indiana food provider grows to include cases in 7 states

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An outbreak of salmonella illness connected to an Indiana foods distributor has grown to include cases in 7 states and at least 70 confirmed illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new cases were reported in Kentucky and Tennessee. 

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Downtown blooms with advancement of mural projects

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New murals are changing the look of downtown Fort Wayne, as the "Art This Way Activation Project" turns overlooked space into a canvas for creative expression. 

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Nick's Martini & Wine Bar announces closure, teases 'something new'

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A watering hole that evolved from the 1950s "Nick's Rib Bar" to become "Nick's Martini & Wine Bar" will soon be serving its last cocktail, but its owners are teasing something new that will take its place. 

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Three ejected following early morning crash in Steuben County

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Police in Steuben County think alcohol may be a factor in a crash that sent three people to the hospital Wednesday morning.

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Man accused of killing wife with machete learns trial date

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The man police say stabbed his wife to death with a machete was in court for a trial setting Wednesday.

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Crews respond to cut gas line in Fort Wayne Video included

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Utility crews are responding after a gas line was cut Wednesday morning.

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More than 100 workers arrested in Ohio ICE raids Video included

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More than 100 workers were arrested in Ohio Tuesday in ICE raids at meat supplier.

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Holcomb headed to Washington for economic summit

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is headed to Washington for an economic development summit.

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Senators praise return of soldiers' remains from Korea

Indiana's two senators are praising President Donald Trump efforts to recover the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.

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Manufacturing job fair coming to Fort Wayne Video included

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General Motors is now hiring. 

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Council demands proof of improvement as garbage collector appears before city council Video included

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Signs of frustration as Red River Waste Solutions appeared before the Fort Wayne City Council to address their pick-up problems.

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Fort Wayne man back in jail five years after clerical error released him Video included

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A Fort Wayne man mistakenly released from jail in 2013 has pleaded guilty to charges from a 2012 shooting.

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Fort Wayne dreamer weighs in on family separation immigration policy Video included

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As lawmakers scramble to agree on an immigration bill in Washington, a dreamer watches the immigration debate unfold from here in Fort Wayne.

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Area church leaders weigh in on contentious immigration fight Video included

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A different perspective on the immigration debate from those in Fort Wayne who see new arrivals in our nation in a unique way. Three church leaders shared strong feelings about how the U.S. government is addressing the issue.

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Parkview Field wins 'best ballpark' designation

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An annual showdown of ball fields ends with Parkview taking top honors. The downtown Fort Wayne stadium -- the home of the TinCaps -- defeated 31 other Low-A classification ballparks in a bracket-style competition hosted by Ballpark Digest. 

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Mystery dog recovering after suffering severe wounds

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A dog found in Noble County suffering from severe wounds is continuing to improve. 

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Citilink asking community about transit issues and ideas

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Citilink will be giving us a little taste of the future of public transit here in Fort Wayne.

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Gas prices to increase with gas tax

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Get ready to pay even more for gas. Increases prices at the pump will come from an increase in the state fuel tax.

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Indiana Department of Revenue annual public hearing Tuesday

The Indiana Department of Revenue says it will hold its annual public hearing Tuesday morning in Indianapolis.

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Indiana Nat'l Guard troops to lead Pacific Pathways training

About 1,400 members of the Indiana National Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will lead all units training this summer in a series of exercises known as Pacific Pathways.

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Active shooter training taking place in Mercer County

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Officers in Ohio will be training to respond to an active school shooting situation Tuesday.

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Disney tribute concert coming to Fort Wayne

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The Voices of Unity will be bringing the magic of Disney to Fort Wayne this weekend.

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Fire crews investigate Monday afternoon fire in Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne neighbors were rattled after a reported explosion Monday afternoon.

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Weekend rally planned to protest zero-tolerance border policy Video included

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The debate on immigration a hot topic in Washington Monday. U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions showed his support for the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" policy at the border. The policy, separates immigrant parents from their children if they are caught crossing the southern border illegally. Local activist Pablo Hurtado says there has to be another solution.

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PFW makes the change; Mastodon goes Black and Gold Video included

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Win or lose, fans of the Mastodons will no longer be feeling blue -- or at least, not as blue as in decades past. Black and gold -- with a touch of blue -- will take over the fields and arenas as IPFW formally converts to Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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New details released in shooting outside Fort Wayne mall Video included

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We now know the name of the man shot Friday evening just outside Fort Wayne's Glenbrook Mall. It is a story that raises questions about how safe the city's main shopping areas are. 

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Opportunity Knocks: discussing the employment outlook Video included

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A recently released national employment outlook survey says now is the time to land a job in manufacturing, healthcare and other industries.

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Dump truck catches on fire in Dupont construction zone Video included

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Fire crews responded to a vehicle fire on Dupont road Monday morning.

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Police arrest wanted person out of LaGrange County

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Police are asking for the public's help finding a man wanted for leaving the scene of an accident that caused bodily injury.

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Recycling site at Sam's Club temporarily closes

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People looking to drop off recyclables on their way into the store will have to find a new place for the next few weeks.

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I-69 widening, repaving work nears start in central Indiana

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Construction work should be starting soon on a project widening or repaving a 14-mile (22.5-kilometer) section of Interstate 69 northeast of Indianapolis.

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Consultant to detail findings on child welfare agency review

A consultancy group hired by Gov. Eric Holcomb to review Indiana's troubled child welfare agency is set to present its findings.

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Wrong-way driver causes crash that claims three lives

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Three people, including a 1-year-old and 12-year-old, are dead and four others are injured following a crash on the Indiana Toll Road Sunday evening.

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Nonprofit offering resources to deal with dangerous side of technology

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A new nonprofit is advocating for families who have a member who has fallen victim to online predators, cyberbullying or human trafficking.

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Vegetable trays recalled due to potential parasite infection

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Some vegetable trays are being recalled following 78 cases of an intestinal infection caused by a parasite. 

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Purdue Fort Wayne hosts summer entrepreneurship workshop

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Teenagers interested in starting their own business can explore entrepreneurship at a three-day summer workshop.

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Paid parental leave could come to Fort Wayne

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City employees could soon spend more time with their newborn or newly adopted child.

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Dozens of citations issued in two Northeasten Indiana counties during Click It or Ticket campaign

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Over 120 people in Steuben and DeKalb County have gotten a pretty stern reminder to buckle up.

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Bees and Brew to celebrate national pollinator week Video included

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The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is putting together a unique celebration of national pollinator week.

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Camp to teach people with disabilities how to ride a bike

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One summer camp is aiming at bringing increased independence to people with disabilities by teaching them how to ride a bike.

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Indiana State Police trooper getting national praise for pulling over slow driver

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An Indiana State Police trooper is getting some national praise after pulling over a slow driver.

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36 people to graduate 45th drug court program

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36 people are set to have their cases dismissed Monday as they graduate from the Allen County Superior Court's drug program.

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Indiana to study the possibility of interstate tolling

A state contractor is developing a plan that could clear the way for more tolling on Indiana's interstates.

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Arson suspected at bar where Zach Randolph's brother killed

Investigators have determined a fire likely was intentionally set at an Indiana bar, one day after the brother of NBA star Zach Randolph was fatally shot there.

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16,000 ducks float down St. Joe River to benefit SCAN Video included

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Thousands of rubber ducks took a dip in the Saint Joe River Saturday for Fort Wayne's annual Duck Race. But the best part? It's all for a good cause.  The event benefits SCAN which stands for Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.

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Over 1,000 fans attend Potterfest Saturday at ACPL's main branch Video included

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It's been almost 20 years since Harry Potter, "the boy who lived," first arrived in American bookstores and libraries. That's something thousands of fans in Allen County celebrated Saturday afternoon.

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'Young Entrepreneur' of the month: Alan Lemus 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 June, We introduced 17-year-old Alan Lemus and his business: L'a Customs.  Back when he was 14, a YouTube video inspired Alan to try his hand at customizing and restoring sneakers. After a year and a half of perfecting his craft, his step dad told him he should try to make some money off of it. "He started real...

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How police negotiators do their jobs Video included

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A seven-hour standoff in Fremont, Indiana this week ended with the peaceful surrender of the suspect. Key to that surrender was a highly-trained police negotiator.

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Man who attempted suicide tells remarkable survival story at Fort Wayne conference Video included

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Allen County health officials say it's time to get serious about efforts to slow down a growing crisis-- an increase in suicides. Sometimes, you can find answers in amazing stories of survival.

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Police investigate Thursday night shooting in Fort Wayne

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Police are investigating a shooting that injured at least one person Thursday night.

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ALLEN COUNTY: 'alarming increase' in suicide rates

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Local public health officials said they are seeing an alarming increase in suicides in Allen County. 

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CDC releases detailed list of stores that may have sold contaminated melon

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One week after it issued a multi-state recall because of contamination concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a list of all stores that are known to have stocked pre-cut melon products that may have carried the salmonella virus.

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Cereal recalled following reported illnesses

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Kellogg is recalling one of its cereals due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

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Four arrested following searches in neighboring apartments

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Four people face preliminary charges following two searches at apartments in the same building Thursday night.

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Fire destroys home near Lions Park Video included

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Fire crews responded to an early morning house fire in Fort Wayne early Friday morning.

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Electric Works public market survey deadline approaching

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The online survey will be available for resident input until June 17.

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Local Penny Pitch fundraiser receives national recognition

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One local fundraiser is being honored with a national award.

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Soarin' Hawk Releases Rehabbed Bald Eagle Video included

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Thursday afternoon, volunteers with Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation released a bald eagle that recovered months after its injury.

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Police investigate shots fired at officer called to Fremont motel

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Police are investigating after shots were fired at an officer responding to a call at a Travelers Inn.

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Attorney General comes to Fort Wayne to discuss immigration Video included

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The nation's top prosecutor was in Fort Wayne Tuesday to present the immigration priorities of the Trump administration.

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FULL TEXT: Attorney General Jeff Sessions on recent criticisms Video included

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The following is the full text provided by the United States Department of Justice from Attorney General Jeff Session's recent visit to Fort Wayne.

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Open Streets event returns to Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne is taking it to the streets again this summer for a community event.

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Students want school's legacy to live on Video included

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Students at one elementary school are making sure the legacy lives on after it shuts its doors.

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Bald Eagle to return to the skies Video included

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They're the symbol of our country and Thursday, a bald eagle will return to the skies.

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BBQ Ribfest returns to Fort Wayne Video included

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Another year of rocking blues, brews and barbeque is making its way to Headwaters Park.

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Officers injured while trying to save boy from fire

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Officers from the Indiana State Police, Steuben County Sheriff's Department and Angola Police Department were injured following a fire at a rural Angola residence Thursday morning.

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Water main break closes portion of Goshen Avenue Thursday Video included

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Traffic is being diverted after a water main broke in Fort Wayne Friday morning.

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Silver Alert issued for woman missing from northwestern Indiana

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Police are asking for help after a woman went missing from LaPorte County.

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Kids BackPack campaign kicks off in Fort Wayne Video included

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A campaign designed to help feed hungry children is taking place starting Thursday.

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Two arrested following warrant service Wednesday night

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Two people are in custody facing drug charges following a warrant service Wednesday night.

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Residents displaced by fire now desperate for housing Video included

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Fort Wayne residents say they need a place to live -- something they claim their apartment managers aren't providing.

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Change of venue denied in child beating death

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The trial for a Fort Wayne mother accused of contributing to the death of her 2-year-old boy will take place in Allen County.

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Proposal outlines funding proposal for Electric Works

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A new agreement outlines the potential for the city to provide millions to the Electric Works project.

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Annual duck race to take place in Fort Wayne

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This weekend, you might see about 19,000 plastic ducks floating down the St. Joseph River.

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Fort Wayne firefighters partner with Habitat for Humanity for women's build Video included

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Several members of the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters helped build a home Wednesday morning. 

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Police investigate theft from group raising money for charitable cause Video included

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Police are investigating after someone stole nearly $2,000 from a group in broad daylight.

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Wanted man arrested after visiting Ashley business

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A Fremont man is in custody following a traffic stop Wednesday morning.

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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo hosts animal care day event

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 Guests at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo can see how zoo staff take care for the animals Wednesday. 

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Fort Wayne International Airport receives funding for runway rehabilitation

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Fort Wayne International will be able to rehabilitate one of their runways thanks to more than $5-million in funding from the federal government.

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Remains found in LaGrange County identified as person missing since 2012

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Police have identified the skeletal remains found in a rural LaGrange County field.

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Fresh fruit produced in Indiana recalled due to potential salmonella contamination

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Fresh fruit produced out of an Indianapolis facility are being recalled following an outbreak of salmonella infections. 

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Mustard Seed furniture bank hosts Super Saturday at the Seed Video included

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A donation drive is in the works for a Fort Wayne charity that helps families looking to rebuild after suffering disaster.

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Lamps sold at Ashley Furniture Home stores recalled due to burn hazard

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Around 900 lamps are being recalled following reports of the power switch melting.

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Camp for children with cancer underway Video included

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A summer camp specialized for children living with cancer is underway.

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Man who had girls to write on bodies he owned them sentenced

A Chicago man who prosecutors say had girls write on their bodies that he owned them has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for child pornography.

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Child abuse investigation underway at Indianapolis day care Video included

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An abuse investigation is underway at an Indianapolis day care.

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Security upgrades announced for Noblesville school district Video included

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Less than three weeks after a 7th-grader opened fire inside a Noblesville middle school, the district is ramping up its security. 

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Governor Holcomb to visit Fort Wayne for opening ceremonies Video included

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Indiana's governor is planning a visit to the Summit City. 

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Comedy club claims fire behind shut-down; ABC21 uncovers eviction

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A Fort Wayne comedy club that closed down -- allegedly because of a fire -- was evicted by the owner of the building that housed it, ABC21 has learned. 

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Man accused of shooting DeKalb deputy out of hospital, in jail

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Indiana State Police said Joshua D. Mumma was taken to the DeKalb County jail, where he was booked on charges including attempted murder with a firearm, dealing in methamphetamine and disarming a law enforcement officer.

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Fort Wayne VA temporarily removes military flags to fly LGBT pride flag Video included

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Community members are asking questions after Fort Wayne's VA Hospital removed military flags to fly a LGBT flag in its place.  

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Nation's top law enforcement official to address touchy subject in Fort Wayne visit Video included

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One of President Trump's top cabinet members will roll into the city later this week, to talk about a delicate matter: immigration. It comes as the United States attorney general is riling critics in a ruling that makes it harder for asylum seekers to gain entry into the country. 

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City garbage contractor replaces regional manager, fined $65,000 for missing benchmarks

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The company contracted to collect garbage in the city of Fort Wayne has replaced their regional manager, according to a company spokesperson. Red River Waste Solutions took over the city's garbage collection services in January and for the past six months residents have complained about inconsistent service. Last week ABC21 spoke to Dave Bergeron, a resident of the historic Southwood Park Neighborhood, who said it had been weeks since his garbage was collected. His story is not ...

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Sessions to make Fort Wayne appearance, speak on immigration issues

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deliver a speech on immigration in Fort Wayne later this week -- an event that will be officially announced by the Department of Justice on Tuesday. 

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UPDATE: 5-day old child improving after being critically hurt Video included

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Fort Wayne Police say a child not even a week old was critically hurt on the city's south side Sunday.

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Small tornadoes blitz parts of Steuben County without warning Video included

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A pair of tornadoes came crashing down in Steuben County Saturday, and they came out of the blue. The storms touched off severe thunderstorm warnings from the National Weather Service, but no heads up that tornadoes were a problem.

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Allen County wanted persons for 6/11

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

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More than 1,800 responses so far to Electric Works public market survey, organizers say

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More than 1,800 people have completed an online survey about a proposed year-round market at the planned Electric Works development, organizers said on Monday. 

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Opportunity Knocks: starting or growing a business? SCORE is there to help Video included

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On this week's edition of Opportunity Knocks, we learned some tips and ideas about the best ways to start and grow a business.

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CDC monitoring salmonella outbreak; Indianapolis food company linked to contamination

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Federal health officials are monitoring an outbreak of salmonella poisoning first reported late last week and linked to an Indianapolis-based food provider. 

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Hobnobben film highlighting Burmese culture sells out three screenings Video included

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Fort Wayne's own Hobnobben film festival wrapped up on Sunday at the Cinema Center after screening a lot of amazing films. But for Fort Wayne's Burmese population, one film in particular, “Mudras Calling,” will stick with them for a lifetime.

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Dachshunds battle for bragging rights at National Wiener Dog Finals Video included

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Germanfest might be winding down in Fort Wayne, but not before the local favorite National Wiener Dog Finals. Officially known as dachshunds, wiener dogs originated Germany, and are a key part of the festival.

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Kroger, Walmart pull cut melon and fruit trays from shelves due to salmonella concern

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Two major grocers in northeastern Indiana have issued a recall and health advisory after dozens of people became sick from contaminated fruit.

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Mother talks about teen son's suicide Video included

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A Garrett mother says this week's apparent suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade triggered a wave of emotions. "It truly is a battle every single day to keep living after you have lost a loved one to suicide," Angie Hathaway says.

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Former city firefighter pleads guilty to stealing from charity Video included

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No jail time for a former Fort Wayne firefighter who pleads guilty to a theft charge, after prosecutors say he stole tens of thousands of dollars from a charity he was connected with for nearly two decades. We share what the one-time public safety leader was accused of doing, and what lessons it may offer to charitable organizations in general.

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Apartment fire extinguished at Tamara Gardens

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Fort Wayne Fire Department extinguished a fire on the city's south side Friday afternoon. 

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Driver sentenced to three years' home detention in deadly hit-and-run

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The driver who fled a deadly multi-vehicle accident last year has been sentenced to three years of house detention. Justin Votaw will also serve four years on probation for his role in the fiery crash on Jefferson Blvd. 

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Local families can take part in FWCS summer meal service; here's how

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Fort Wayne Community Schools is again sponsoring a program to help feed local children during the summer recess.

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Indiana health officials advise of summer swimming safety

Indiana health officials are urging swimmers to use caution now that warmer weather is here.

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FWPD sees crime fighting value from K9 unit

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Did you know the Greeks, Persians and Babylonians back in ancient times were among the first cultures to use dogs for policing?  In a special report titled, "To Protect and Serve", we focus on how the Fort Wayne Police Department "present day" is using the skills and talents of dogs to keep crime under control.

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Magistrate rejects motion to seal most evidence in lawsuit against Huntington County judge

A federal magistrate on Monday denied most of a motion seeking to seal evidence in a harassment lawsuit against a Huntington County judge. 

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By the numbers: Jay, Allen County hardest hit in Northeastern Indiana after Obamacare shakeup

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Two counties in Northeastern Indiana are expected to see a major hit after Thursday's health care shakeup.The Trump administration announced Thursday it would end cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers that operate on the federal health care m More>>

Science Central gears up for the Solar Eclipse

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A Fort Wayne organization is helping people prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse. 

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Pence returns to Indiana for official portrait unveiling

Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence traveled back to Indiana Friday to attend a luncheon and an unveiling of his official state portrait. 

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Cops Cycling for Survivors kicks off in Indianapolis

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Indiana police officers are riding to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana.

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Local winery up for USA Today '10 Best' honor

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Huntington's "Two EE's Winery" is getting some national attention, with its tasting room ranking among USA Today's "10 Best." 

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Police arrest two people in connection with series of vehicle break-ins

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A Kendallville man and Albion woman face preliminary charges after a rash of break-ins in Northern Indiana. The Avilla Police Department said the arrest comes after police believe over 20 vehicles in three counties were broken into in a short span of time.

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ABC21 Investigation: Child Translators

Fort Wayne Police are up against a language barrier. Officers are responding to a growing number of calls where victims - and suspects - don’t speak English.  When it happens,  they’re supposed to use a professional translation service, but police reports obtained but ABC 21 show officers sometimes rely on children to do the translating instead, putting them in the middle of a tense investigation. 

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