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Indiana prosecutor considers charging moms of drug-dependent babies

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An Indiana prosecutor is exploring an idea to help stop Madison County's drug crisis. 

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Saudi native deported following threats at Muncie store

A former Ball State University student accused of threatening shoppers at a Muncie Goodwill store unless they converted to Islam has been deported.

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Country Hearth Inn condemned by Allen County Building Department Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- The Allen County Building Department condemned the Country Hearth Inn on Goshen Road Thursday afternoon. Citing electrical wiring issues, including exposed wires, they shut down the hotel. 30 rooms were occupied at the time. County inspectors have found issues at the hotel before.  According to records, their most recent inspection was in April 2016. They noted 11 different issues that needed corrected. Among them were: -    &... More>>

Semi crash halts traffic on I-69

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A semi crash halted traffic on I-69 for several hours Thursday.

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Cause of death identified in butcher shop sewer pit death Video included

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The Adams County coroner now knows what killed a man working in the sewer pit of a popular Monroe, Indiana butcher shop. The incident also sent another man to the hospital in critical condition.

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Keeping healthy payroll growing challenge for employers Video included

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Finding workers. Business managers in Fort Wayne and across Indiana say it's one of their biggest headaches.

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Fort Wayne police arrest man in connection with 2015 homicide

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Police now have a suspect in custody in connection with the death of a 19-year-old in 2015.

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Rover app allows Fort Wayne man to become full-time dog sitter Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- Tracy Eller has spent the last three and a half years dog sitting through the website and mobile app Rover.com He says it has allowed him to see all sorts of breeds of dogs, including breeds he didn't know existed. "We've always loved dogs, and you have to if you're going to do this and have that many dogs, you know. It's absolutely a love for dogs. That's what keeps us going," said Eller. The questions is: would you allow someone you don...

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Ivy Tech to open law library Video included

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Area lawyers will have an additional resource soon. Ivy Tech's Fort Wayne Campus is opening a law library for the campus and community. 

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Best Events This Weekend: 6/22-6/25

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events happening around Fort Wayne.

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Fort Wayne Philharmonic to perform free concert

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The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will travel to the Ouabache State Park for a free concert.

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Fort Wayne Police looking for Family Dollar armed robbery suspect

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Police need your help identifying a suspect in a recent armed robbery. 

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Victims identified in Adams County industrial accident

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We now know the identification of the two men involved in Wednesday's industrial accident at Manley Meats.

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Fort Wayne woman sentenced for unemployment insurance fraud

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A Fort Wayne woman will spend the next three years on probation after fraudulently claiming unemployment insurance benefits. 

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Lane restrictions planned for Jefferson Boulevard

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People taking Jefferson Boulevard in and out of downtown should expect increased traffic Monday and Tuesday.

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DeKalb County man arrested for indecent exposure

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A Garrett, Ind. man faces preliminary charges after allegedly exposing himself to juveniles.

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Fort Wayne man sentenced to more than 87 years in girlfriend's murder

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A Fort Wayne man learned his sentence for the murder of his girlfriend. 

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Senate unveils health care plan

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The Republican's plan to repeal Obamacare was unveiled Thursday morning. A draft of the legislation shows Senate legislation would make major changes to the nation's health care system. 

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Ind. health officials launch site with birth and death data

Indiana health officials are announcing the launch of a website that makes it easier to search for statewide birth and death data.

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Missing kayaker found in Defiance County

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A kayaker has been found safe after being missing overnight. 

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Job fair hosted in Fort Wayne Thursday

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Looking for a new job? Check out this job fair opportunity taking place in Fort Wayne.

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UPDATE: Robbery suspect arrested in Indianapolis

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UPDATE: Tracy Lloyd was arrested in Indianapolis Wednesday. Police are no longer asking for help finding him.

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William Goshert chosen to complain remainder of Kosciusko County Sheriff term

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KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (ABC 21) -- Five rounds of voting led to William "Rocky" Goshert being chosen to stay on as Kosciusko County Sheriff for the remainder of Aaron Rovenstine's term on Wednesday. Goshert was serving as the interim sheriff after Rovenstine was convicted of intimidating another police officer. Rovenstine's term lasts until 2018. Goshert first said he won't run for sheriff, then said he's unsure if he'll run next year. "Ultimately, the vot...

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Digging Deeper: ABC21 appealing order barring broadcast of court testimony

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ABC21 announced today that it is appealing a court order preventing the station from broadcasting a trial court recording of a local physician's sentencing hearing -- a recording that is a public record pursuant to state law.

The appellate brief was submitted by attorneys representing the station to the Court of Appeals of Indiana, challenging the April 20 order by Huntington Circuit Court Judge Thomas M. Hakes.

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1 dead, another seriously hurt in industrial accident

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DECATUR, Ind. (WPTA)  - Police in Decatur, Indiana are investigating an industrial accident at Manley Meats located on 400 East in Adams Count this afternoon. Police say one person is dead and another is in very serious condition. The facility is a longtime staple in the community, dating back to the early 1960s.  We have a crew on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available. 

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People give honest opinions about the state of healthcare Video included

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Everyone in America is supposed to have healthcare by now. And everyone seems to have an opinion about it and about Senate Republicans who critics claim are crafting a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare behind closed doors, with no input from Democrats.

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Hit and run driver sought in case of critically injured cyclist Video included

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Fort Wayne police are trying to figure out who struck a bicyclist in the south part of the city Tuesday night, then took off, leaving the man badly injured in the street. It happened on South Calhoun Street near Killea Street a little after nine p.m.

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Columbia City Police need your help identifying people

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The Columbia City Police Department is looking for help identifying people in reference to an open investigation.

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One sent to hospital in critical condition after moped vs SUV crash

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One person is in critical condition after a crash Wednesday afternoon. 

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Rollover crash traps man on I-69

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A man was transported to the hospital after a rollover crash Wednesday.

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Fort Wayne Celebrates Music Video included

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Make Music Day is actually an international holiday, and in Fort Wayne they've been celebrating it the past five years with "Make Music Fort Wayne." Which is exactly what much of Fort Wayne did today.

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Two insurance carriers to leave Indiana's Obamacare exchange

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Indiana is down to two insurance carriers for the 2018 Obamacare marketplace.

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Columbia City man arrested after child molestation investigation

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A Columbia City man faces preliminary charges after allegedly molesting a 10-year-old. 

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Auburn woman arrested in connection with Penguin Point fire

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An Auburn woman faces preliminary charges after a fire at an Auburn restaurant Tuesday.

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ISTEP calculator mix-up under review at 20 Indiana schools

State officials are reviewing how students at 20 schools around Indiana were mistakenly allowed to use calculators on part of this year's ISTEP standardized math exams.

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Free music event takes place in Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne is celebrating the longest day of the year with a day-long free event. 

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Lane restrictions planned for US30 in Whitley County

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Be on the lookout for slowed traffic starting Tuesday if you are taking US 30. 

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Fundraiser for Women's Memorial takes place at Culver's restaurants Video included

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If you are looking for a way to support a good cause while eating lunch, here is your chance. 

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LIST: Find a Fourth of July fireworks display near you

Not looking forward to paying a lot for a fireworks display this July 4? We've compiled a list of area fireworks displays that won't break the bank.

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One critically injured in hit and run crash

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Police are investigating after a bicyclist was critically injured in a hit and run crash Tuesday night.

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Eliminating diesel school bus emissions Video included

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You've probably been stuck behind a school bus at some point. That diesel exhaust can be more than annoying -- it can be dangerous for people with some health problems.

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Roundabouts making traffic flow come full circle Video included

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Progress these days can feel a lot like you're going in circles, at least when it comes to road travel. That's because Fort Wayne and Allen County are building more roundabouts.

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City of Fort Wayne partners with IPFW to develop trail app

Planning on walking Fort Wayne's trails? Soon there will be an app for that. The City of Fort Wayne is working with IPFW to develop a mobile app for people using the city's greenways and trails.

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Police investigate arson at Auburn restaurant

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Police are investigating after someone apparently broke into an Auburn restaurant and intentionally set a fire.

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167 people paid it forward at a McDonald's on Father's Day

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One simple act of kindness can spark a chain reaction of charity -- and a McDonald's drive-thru in Indiana proved it on Father's Day.

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After 90 years Sunny Schick Closing its doors Video included

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After 90 years in business a popular Fort Wayne camera shop is now closing their doors. The Summit City staple will surely be missed by many, but the owner, Bill Christie, is looking forward to what will “develop” next. 

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Injured survivor found 2 days after fatal Ohio car crash

Authorities in Ohio say a seriously injured man was found alive two days after a car crash in a secluded area that killed another man but went unnoticed.

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Indiana's top doctor urges vigilance for spotted fever cases

Indiana's state health commissioner is urging physicians to check patients for signs of Rocky Mountain spotted fever following a young girl's recent death from the tick-borne disease.

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Indiana attorney general warns about tobacco settlement scam

Indiana's attorney general is warning about an online scam that aims to trick people into believing they can receive payments through the state's settlement with the tobacco industry.

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Angola woman dies in Indianapolis crash

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An Angola woman is dead after a wheel separated from a pickup truck and hit her vehicle. 

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UPDATE: Two dead after four vehicle crash in Kosciusko County Video included

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UPDATE: The Kosciusko County Coroner said the other teen involved in the crash on US 30 has died.

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City officials weigh in on downtown parking situation Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- Summertime in Fort Wayne means it's festival season, which, consequently, means more people downtown looking for parking spaces. "It's kind of hard to find parking," said Fort Wayne resident Allison Grime. "Of course, downtown seems like it's growing faster than maybe they're able to accommodate parking, but it seems like they're doing a pretty good job at it and trying to make it clear where you can park and where you can't." Th... More>>

Family loses almost everything in mobile home fire Video included

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A Columbia City family lost almost everything in a devastating mobile home fire over the weekend.  The Cordova family says their son and his girlfriend were home at the time of the fire.  They escaped, but their two, 5-week old puppies did not.  

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Inmates file federal lawsuit alleging sheriff denied them right to vote Video included

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The Allen County Sheriff is being sued by inmates who claim he violated their 14th Amendment rights by not allowing them to vote in last fall's presidential election.

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Faith leaders declare support for refugees seeking new homes in Fort Wayne Video included

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On the run from hunger, persecution and suffering. Thousands of refugees now call Fort Wayne home, but faith leaders in the city are concerned that America more and more is turning a cold shoulder to people seeking a safe haven from oppression and violence.

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UPDATE: Child dies after possible drowning on Fort Wayne's southeast side

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UPDATE: A young child is dead after a possible drowning over the weekend. 

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Victim in weekend crash identified as Monroeville man

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The Allen County Coroner identified the victim from Sunday afternoon's motorcycle crash. 

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Experts offer tips to avoid drowning Video included

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Summer and swimming seem to go hand and hand. As more people head to the pools, or open up their own pools for the season, the risk of drowning jumps dramatically. While public pools offer lifeguards for safety, at home, safety starts and ends with you. 

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Rawhide chews recalled due to possible chemical contamination

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Dog treats are being recalled after a chemical was found in the manufacturing process not approved in the US. 

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Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers looking for these wanted persons

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

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Three pets die in Fort Wayne fire

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Three cats are dead after a house fire Monday morning. 

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Avoid injuries this Fourth of July with these fireworks safety tips

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The State Fire Marshal is urging firework safety amid an increase in fireworks-related injuries.

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Opportunity Knocks: County Commissioner Nelson Peters discusses disability council Video included

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Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, also a board member of Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, is championing plans to create a Fort Wayne/Allen County Disability Council. The council will assist the city and county in becoming models for people with disabilities for employment, services, programs and other activities. More>>

Steuben County man arrested on domestic battery charge

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An Ashley, Ind. man faces preliminary charges after police were called to a home on a report of a domestic disturbance.

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Improved greenspace opens on Fort Wayne's south side

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Lafayette Street is set to welcome visitors traveling downtown from Southern Fort Wayne. 

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Riverfront boat tours offer history lesson through Fort Wayne's rivers Video included

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If you want to learn more about our city's heritage here is your chance. 

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Mayor, police chief to speak at rally supporting New Haven family

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The city's mayor and police chief are expected to speak at a "Stop the Hate" rally that follows the attack earlier this month on a 15-year-old boy. 

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Hobnobben Film Festival continues Friday with the "blocknobben" block party Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- In its second year, Executive Director of the Hobnobben film festival Jonah Crismore says the festival is seeing a lot of success. "A lot of people have told me that something like this wouldn't work out in Fort Wayne and this is our second year, and I think that we've proven everybody wrong," said Crismore. The festival goes from Thursday through Sunday this year. Friday night included  their local block party "blocknobben."...

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Kroger to slash prices on basics to compete for your dollars Video included

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Grocery store stocks plunged Friday after Amazon announced it will buy Whole Foods for more than $13 billion. The move comes just one day after Kroger executives decided to slash prices on foods like milk and eggs to remain competitive.

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Emergency crews respond to reported gas leak in downtown Fort Wayne

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Emergency crews responded to a reported gas leak in Downtown Fort Wayne Friday morning.

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"You missed a spot." Why spray sunscreens can leave a burn Video included

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Protecting your skin is critical when spending time outside or at a pool on a sunny day.   A mother in Canada claims her baby suffered second degree burns despite using sunscreen a couple weeks ago.  She thinks the sunscreen is to blame.  She used a Banana Boat Spray with SPF 50. It's not likely that second degree burns can happen because of any particular sunscreen under sun exposure.  That's a rare claim by the mother in Canada, which the dermatologist Dara...

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Adams Co. judge, auditor at odds in case heard by Ind. Supreme Court Video included

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A budget dispute involving elected officials in Adams County gets out of hand. Now, a court case must be settled by the highest court in Indiana. 

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Flooding clean up continues in West Lakes Video included

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Just weeks ago much of the West Lakes area of Rome City found itself underwater, and many residents forced to evacuate their homes. Although the water levels are receding, one West Lakes resident claims the work is far from over. 

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Fire breaks out at vacant home Friday

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Fort Wayne firefighters are trying to determine what sparked a fire that damaged a vacant home.

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Family member averts drowning of five-year-old

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Quick action by a relative may have saved the life of a Fort Wayne five-year-old who fell into a pool.

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Ted Nugent promises to dial down the rhetoric after congressional baseball team attack

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An outspoken rocker scheduled to perform in Fort Wayne later this summer says he's going to tone down the political rhetoric in light of an attack on the Republican congressional baseball team. 

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How to win a free bicycle for your child

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The For Wayne Police Department is teaming up with the Fort Wayne Fire Department and Cummins Diesel to get kids moving. 

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods in $13.7 billion deal

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Amazon is laying more brick and mortar. Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Inc. announced a merger agreement Friday. 

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Things to do this weekend in Fort Wayne Video included

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events happening around Fort Wayne.

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Varying weather is hurting farmers, which could hurt your wallet Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- President of the Allen County Farm Bureau Roger Hadley says the second wettest May ever in Fort Wayne and Allen County is hurting area farmers and their crops. "We set records for rain in May. We're probably going to set records for problems with our corn crop and possibly our soy bean crop for 2017," said Hadley. He says farmers generally want their corn planted by the last week of April or the first few days of May. All of the rain has ... More>>

Attorneys General looking to address opioid crisis

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A group of attorneys general is investigating to evaluate if manufacturers engaged in unlawful marketing and sale practices of opioids.

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James Hardy's mom: "He's with me, I can feel his love." Video included

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The family of James Hardy believes former teammates from Indiana University and the Buffalo Bills will be on hand Saturday for the football and basketball standout's funeral in Fort Wayne. We spoke Thursday with Hardy's mother, who is filled with pride from his accomplishments and filled with pain from his passing.

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Fort Wayne Police Department welcomes latest graduating recruits

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The next class of Fort Wayne Police is ready for duty.

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Mercer county man arrested on narcotics charge

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A Mercer County man faces preliminary charges after police say he was found in possession of methamphetamines. 

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Over a dozen cats found at New Haven trailer Video included

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Thursday the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control responded to a reported hoarding situation in New Haven. Over a dozen cats were alleged to be living in one trailer surrounded by fleas, feces and bed bugs. 

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New Haven Mayor addresses alleged assault

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Mayor Terry McDonald is addressing a recent assault involving several teenagers.

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Anglers looking for answers after fish kills

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A recent rash of fish kills in Kosciusko County is leaving residents and anglers looking for answers.

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Fort Wayne breaks ground on project to clean up river, protect neighborhoods Video included

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Fort Wayne will be digging down to clean up its rivers and protect residents from flooding. 

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Preventing a party foul in the pool Video included

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Pools are getting a lot of use now that we're well into the season.  But a pool contamination can ruin your plans.  In fact, that contamination can ruin a lot more than just your plans for the day if you become ill because of it.  That's why you need to have a certain level of responsibility when using a swimming pool.    A swimming pool contamination can be caused by a several different factors but the most common one found is by fecal matter.  The...

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How to get rid of your unwanted electronics Thursday

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If you have a few boxes of unwanted electronic equipment you are trying to dispose of properly, here is your chance. 

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Indiana girl who died after tick bite had spotted fever

The mother of a 2-year-old central Indiana girl who died after being bitten by a tick during a camping trip says lab tests confirmed she was infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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"My dad definitely has a drinking problem" -Daughter of FWPD detective arrested for OWI opens up Video included

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Fort Wayne police detective Stacey Jenkins was arrested early Wednesday morning on a drunk driving charge.  A probable cause affidavit shows Jenkins fell asleep on the side of the road... near Maplecrest and Georgetown north.  The report says his eyes were red and blood shot and he tested a blood alcohol content of .101 percent.

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Fort Wayne residents weigh in on whether or not they believe political rhetoric can lead to violence Video included

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Congressman Banks weighs in on tragic shooting in Virginia Video included

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The GOP majority whip in Congress is in critical condition, one of five people wounded by a gunman who opened fire in Alexandria Virginia Wednesday morning, as Republicans practiced for a charity baseball game. The gunman, 66-year old James Hodgkinson of Illinois, was shot to death.

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Fort Wayne man accused of robbing bank in Illinois

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A Fort Wayne man faces possible federal charges after he was arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Illinois.

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Former Grace College employee speaks out after being fired due to Facebook post Video included

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Evan Kilgore attended Grace College for four years, and upon graduation last year he took a job as a special projects coordinator for the college.  That all came to an abrupt end last Thursday when he found out he'd been fired. 

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Fort Wayne police officer arrested on initial OWI charge

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A Fort Wayne police officer is on administrative leave after being arrested.

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Liquidation sale planned for Fort Wayne Tilted Kilt

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People will have their opportunity to bring a part of a Fort Wayne restaurant home with them at an upcoming auction.

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Fort Wayne teen reels in win at Kentucky fishing tournament

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A Fort Wayne teen is continuing to bring in the big wins.

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Traffic in downtown Fort Wayne expected to be backed up for another week

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Traffic on two of downtown Fort Wayne's streets is expected to be restricted for another week.

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Fort Wayne Police Dept. retires emergency services vehicle, adds newer model

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The Fort Wayne Police Department has retired a 20-year-old vehicle that served the community when lives were on the line. The V150 Commando armored car had been in use since 1998, when the department introduced it to help officers resolve high risk situations, including standoffs and hostage situations. 

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Indiana lawmakers respond to shooting at Republican baseball practice

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Indiana's lawmakers are reacting after several people were shot at a baseball practice.

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Indiana lawmakers respond to removal of Lutheran Health Network CEO

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Members of the Northeast Indiana delegation are voicing their disappointment in the removal of Lutheran Health Network's CEO.

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Police: evidence of dismemberment in skeleton found in Celina park

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Police believe the body found in a park in Northwest Ohio was dismembered. It is a puzzle that started after a hiker in Northwest Ohio discovered bones in a wooded area of US RTE 127 near Coldwater Creek Road. 

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Fourth of July fireworks set for Fort Wayne

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It looks like downtown Fort Wayne will be the place to be for Fourth of July fireworks again this year.

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One dead after crash on State Road 15 Tuesday afternoon

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An Indiana State Police trooper was on the scene to witness a fatal car vs motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon.

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Fire crews respond to grain elevator fire early Wednesday morning

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An early morning fire destroys a grain elevator near Monroeville. 

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Didier: public hearings crucial to city council's decision on proposed income tax Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- City Councilman Dr. John Crawford's bill proposing a new local income tax increase by .15% to help pay for riverfront development and improved sidewalks and alleys was formally introduced to the council Tuesday night. City Council President Tom Didier says the proposal is not set in stone and they want to hear the public's opinions. "I'm keeping an open mind on what we need to do for Fort Wayne, Indiana to continue the momentum of where we've been g... More>>

Former Ravenscroft student says school could have prevented shooting Video included

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 8 days after the terrifying shooting at Ravenscroft Beauty College, former students say the school could have done more to prevent the tragedy.    

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A taste of the future? Local distillery begins expansion

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A local distillery has announced plans to expand its Fort Wayne footprint, with an addition that will include a tasting room. 

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Amber Pasztor charged in Allen County murder Video included

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Amber Pasztor now faces charges in Allen County.

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Electric Works developers solicit renovation ideas from artists, food entrepreneurs Video included

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What should the makeover of the General Electric campus south of downtown look and feel like? The developers Tuesday showed that they want input from the people who may live and work there.

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City Council addresses income tax proposal

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A new local income tax was proposed Tuesday night at the Fort Wayne City Council meeting. Earlier that day however, the Mayor and four councilmen held a press conference to address the coming proposal.

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Police investigating two robberies in New Haven Video included

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A busy morning for New Haven police, who are now investigating two armed robberies that happened within an hour.

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New ballistic vests donated to law enforcement

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After conversations about enhanced law enforcement safety, a Parkview Physician made a generous donation.

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Motorcyclist in fatal crash on State Road 3 identified

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We now know the identity of the person killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend. 

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Woodburn auto repair shop total loss after fire

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A Woodburn mechanic shop is a total loss after a fire Tuesday afternoon.

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Where to cool off this Summer in Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne residents have many ways beat the heat at the city's water attractions.

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Opportunity Knocks: Projections about the job market over the next decade Video included

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Rick Farrant with Northeast Indiana Works joined us in the studio to talk about the latest job growth projections for the next decade, 2017-2027. 

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Shooting at Fort Wayne gas station leaves a man in critical condition

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One person is in critical condition after a shooting Tuesday morning at a Fort Wayne gas station. 

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Hamilton man to complete daughter's unfinished bucket list after her passing Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- Brittany Moser grew up in Hamilton, Indiana but was most recently living in Colorado. In 2015, she was diagnosed with Addison's Disease. A condition where the adrenal glands produce an insufficient amount of hormones. There's no cure and it can last for an entire lifetime. The diagnosis led Moser to the idea of creating a bucket list. She found a BuzzFeed article that listed 20 "breathtaking" places in Colorado. She asked her father,... More>>

Lutheran Health Network, Dupont Hospital executives out

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The leadership of Lutheran Health Network and DuPont Hospital is changing.

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New Supreme Court justice's conservative credentials earn support from state leaders

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Reaction is coming in following the appointment on Monday of Wabash Superior Court Judge Christopher Goff to Indiana's highest court. Gov. Eric Holcomb made the announcement after a lengthy process to whittle down the field of candidates to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. 

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Bodies found in Fort Wayne home identified Video included

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We now know the identity of the two people found dead in a Fort Wayne home Saturday.

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NAACP leader seeks Justice Dept. probe into possible hate crime Video included

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The head of the NAACP branch in Fort Wayne wants federal authorities to look into an assault in New Haven, to see if it qualifies as a hate crime. It has one leader of the local African American community calling for a prompt response by law enforcement.

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Allen County Sheriff's Office looking for wanted persons

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

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Four juveniles arrested after breaking into Milford residence

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Four juveniles were taken into custody Friday after breaking into a Milford residence.  The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department said officers from the Milford Police Department responded to the residence in the 300 block of Williams Street on a report of people possibly breaking into the residence. When Police arrived, three suspects fled, but a juvenile girl was taken into custody inside the house. A canine unit was brought in and alerted to a vehicle that had alle... More>>

United Way receives $264K donation from GM

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General Motors is investing into the United Way of Allen County. The United Way announced Monday it received a $264,000 donation from General Motors.

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Urgent need for foster homes for Noble County cats

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The Humane Society of Noble County is reaching out for assistance as it is out of space for cats.

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Huntertown firefighters reunite ducklings with anxious mother

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A family of ducks is back together thanks to the efforts of the Huntertown Fire Department.

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Victim of Ohio Street fatal crash identified

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The victim of Friday evening's fatal motorcycle vs vehicle crash has been identified as a Fort Wayne man.

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Victim in vehicle vs motorcycle crash on Coliseum Blvd identified

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The victim in Saturdays fatal motorcycle vs vehicle crash has been identified as a Butler man.

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Indiana Attorney General: drug arrests beneficial in saving lives

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Indiana's Attorney General promoted the benefits of drug arrests during a presentation Wednesday.

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Gymboree files for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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Another brick-and-mortar store is facing financial difficulties. The Gymboree Corporation announced Sunday it filed for Chapter 11 petitions with the United States Bankruptcy Court.

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Two vehicle crash leaves one dead in Noble County

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A Fort Wayne man is dead after a pickup vs semi truck crash Sunday night.

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Two arrested in narcotics search Saturday afternoon

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Two people face preliminary charges after a narcotics search over the weekend.

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State senate candidate Gary Snyder says Indiana should legalize marijuana Video included

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A State Senate candidate from Huntington says Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has no place telling lawmakers not to legalize marijuana. Here's more on Gary Snyder's message for Hill and why he thinks legalization would be good for Indiana.  More>>

Police investigating after two found dead in Fort Wayne home

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Police are investigating after two bodies were found in a Fort Wayne home Saturday morning.

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The Summit at former Taylor University campus files 'use variance' proposal to Board of Zoning Appeals

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- The former Taylor University campus has been known as The Summit since 2011. They're a shared campus that has 20 on-site partners. They hose various organizations and events. Executive Director Melissa Dessaigne says they're attempting to grow and promote use in their buildings. The proposal is for the south part of the campus and doesn't involve rezoning any buildings. "Largely because our on-site partners are expanding into a lot of different ar... More>>

Breaking: one dead after motorcycle and car collide

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Fort Wayne, Ind. (WPTA) - Fort Wayne police say the driver of a motorcycle is dead after being hit by a car.   The crash happened at the intersection of Ohio St and Eliza St around 5 pm. 

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Freedom riders will hold fundraiser for Shepard's House

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - This Sunday, record crowds are expected for the fifth annual Freedom Riders Shepherd's House Ride will all of the proceeds going back to Shepherd's House, an organization helping those recovering from addictions. Since their beginnings, the Freedom Riders have teamed up with Shepherd's House, reaching into veterans in need. 

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Free sculpture tour kicks off in Decatur Video included

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It's not every day that you see a metal camel cruising down the street. But when you're in Decatur, the sight means it's time to kick off the city's sixth annual sculpture tour.

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UPDATE: two injured after three-vehicle crash on Coldwater Road

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UPDATE: One person is in critical condition and another in serious condition after a three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon.

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How to safely beat the heat this warm weekend

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This weekend and even into next week is set to be the hottest stretch of the year so far, with temperatures hitting in the 90’s multiple times. A number that brings with it a mixed reaction. “I don’t think I’ve ever been upset about the heat.” said Haylie Miller “I HAVE been upset about the heat.” responded her friend Megan Dini. 

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Football standout exhibited abnormal behavior before death, relatives say Video included

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 Fort Wayne police say former professional football player James Hardy was exhibiting erratic behavior in the days before he turned up missing in late May. The gridiron and basketball standout's body was discovered in the Maumee River earlier this week.

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DNR officials identify likely origin of Alligator Gar caught in Indiana river

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We are getting a better idea of where an Alligator Gar caught in Indiana's waters came from. 

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Entries sought for Fort Wayne events contest

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Businesses, organizations and individuals are being invited to submit their best ideas for events in Fort Wayne.

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Know the law before forcing entry into hot car with dog inside Video included

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A new law recently passed Indiana aims to give more protection for good samaritans who see a dog in need of help in a hot car.  It's a crucial moment that takes good judgement, and could save an animals life.  But before you act, know the law. Amy-Jo Sites, director for Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control says, "First thing they have to do is obviously call emergency responders." And that's if the signs are clear, car is off, no air blowing, and a dog in distress... More>>

Warsaw police catch attempted bank robbery suspect half block away from scene

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Warsaw police were able to quickly arrest a Syracuse man after an attempted bank robbery Friday morning. 

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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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Hoosier teens make national TV debut Thursday night

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Two teenagers from Greenwood make their national television debut -- and seek a shot at stardom -- Thursday night on ABC. Jon Klaasen and Andrew Butcher are among the 30 young singers competing on the show, "Boy Band." It premieres at 8 p.m., airing locally on ABC21. Judges on the program are Emma Bunton, Nick Carter and Timbaland. Rita Ora hosts the show.

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