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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Fire chief under fire part 2

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Fire Chief David Ringer does not have an emergency medical tech or responder certification - and as we found out - he isn't the only fire chief in Allen County without one. 
 

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Fire chief under fire

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Is it a public safety concern or a petty fight between local candidates? ABC21 is Digging Deeper into claims the St. Joseph Township Fire Chief - who is running for trustee - isn't qualified to do his current job. The chief says the only thing his opponent is worried about is winning the election. 

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Judge stands by order barring broadcast of courtroom recording Video included

A criminal court judge has rejected an ABC21 Motion to Reconsider regarding his order barring the broadcast of an audio recording made during the sentencing of a Huntington doctor on sex crime charges.

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: 100 letters sent to judge before sentencing of Dr. John Mathew

New details about what led up to the sentence of no jail time for a prominent Huntington doctor who pleaded guilty to felony sex crimes.

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Digging Deeper: ABC21 appealing order barring broadcast of court testimony

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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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Court officer sues Huntington County judge for 'sex-based harassment, discrimination' Video included

A lawsuit charging discrimination, harassment and retaliation has been filed against a Huntington Circuit Court Judge who was a central figure in an ABC21 Digging Deeper series of reports earlier this year. 

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Case against Huntington judge moved to federal court; motion filed to seal evidence

A lawsuit that accuses a Huntington County judge of harassment and retaliation against a courthouse employee will be heard in federal court.

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Lead prosecutor in Dr. Mathew case replaces Judge Hakes Video included

Governor Eric Holcomb has announced his appointment to the Huntington County Circuit Court.

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Digging Deeper Update: Gov. Holcomb expected to name new Huntington Co. judge shortly

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A replacement for Huntington County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hakes, who is leaving the bench before the end of his term, should be named within the next few weeks, a spokesperson for the governor told ABC21 on Friday.

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Ditched

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ABC21 is Digging Deeper into the Norland Park project in Auburn, that left some homeowners feeling ditched.

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Deadbeat Discount

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Deadbeat parents go weeks - even months - without paying a dime. Then right before their court hearing, they offer a small chunk of change and get to walk out of court a free woman or man. We call it the "Deadbeat Discount."

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Parents Who Don’t Pay

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Prosecutors and deputies spend a lot of money, time and resources - not on solving and preventing violent crimes - but on collecting child support. In fact, hundreds of millions of dollars in child support is owed to single parents just in northeast Indiana alone - money that law enforcement officials say you ultimately front some of the bill for. 

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Indefensible

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Imagine you’re accused of a crime, but without the money to hire a lawyer to keep you out of jail, or protect your rights. In that case, you’re likely to wind up with a public defender. But in the state of Indiana, the very officials in charge of making sure the system is in check say public defense is underfunded, public defenders are overworked and there is little to any oversight. 

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Lead prosecutor in Huntington doctor sexual battery case "disappointed" with sentence Video included

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For the first time since the criminal investigation into a prominent Huntington doctor began last year, we hear from the lead prosecutor. 

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Bad Medicine Video included

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Two weeks ago today, former Huntington doctor John Mathew pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual battery. A judge sentenced him to two years probation, plus he has to register as sex offender for the next 10 years. He won't spend any time in prison. Now a Fort Wayne woman says Mathew also assaulted her, and her employer, Southern Care Hospice, looked the other way.

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: The Price of Power

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On Tuesday the only local public hearing is set to take place regarding a $274 million plan to upgrade an Indiana Michigan Power coal-burning plant. Last year, that plant landed on a list of the 100 worst polluters in the country. ABC21 Digs Deeper into what's at stake.

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Digging Deeper: Professor Claims Indiana Michigan Power Plant in Rockport is causing health problems

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Indiana Michigan Power spokesman Brian Bergsma says despite concerns from some folks in southern Indiana who allege emissions from the Rockport plant are making them sick, Bergsma claims the plant is doing nothing wrong.  

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Child Services official who closed 2011 investigation into Amber Pasztor now in charge of Northeast Indiana

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The Indiana Department of Child Services recently announced a new name in charge of Northeast Indiana.  James Pippin brings 10 years of DCS experience to his new title. He now oversees the largest Child Services district in the state. But an ABC21 Digging Deeper investigation has one family upset about what he didn't do some six years ago. 

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: System Under Stress

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The crime shook our community: Two Fort Wayne children, both under age 8 suffocated to death. Prosecutors say they died at the hands of their own mother. A heart wrenching tragedy for sure, but could it have been prevented? 

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ABC21 Digging Deeper: Courting Cash

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Should attorneys general take campaign cash from companies they're tasked with taking to court? ABC21 is Digging Deeper in an exclusive interview with former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

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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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