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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Top stories from this week

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Here are the top stories from this week.


Police identified the woman who died in a weekend mass-shooting in Ohio as a Huntington Woman. 22-year-old Autum Garrett died in the shooting at a gender reveal party. 8 people were injured and a woman lost her baby. As of Friday, the shooter or shooters remains on the run. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.

READ MORE: Woman killed in mass shooting in southern Ohio was from Huntington, Ind.

READ MORE: Colleagues mourn young Huntington mother fatally shot at Cincinnati party


Severe weather tore blew through northern Indiana, spawning multiple tornadoes. EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed in Cass and Miami counties. Tornadoes were also reported in Wabash and Huntington Counties. Cass and Mimi Counties mostly saw crop and tree damage, Wabash and Huntington Counties did not see any damage.

READ MORE: Severe storms, funnel clouds blow through northeast Indiana

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Fort Wayne City Council voted to raise taxes to help pay for riverfront development and improve sidewalks and alleys. The vote comes after a public hearing and lengthy council discussion. Allen County's income tax rate was increased to 1.48%. An amendment to the proposal prohibits any revenue being used for a downtown arena or event center.

READ MORE: City Council approves income tax hike

READ MORE: Group that fought tax hike calls approval 'another blow to Fort Wayne residents'


West Lakes residents met to look for solutions to their flooding at a standing room only meeting. More than 100 people packed into the fire department to ask how county officials how to make things better. Noble County EMA Director Michael Newton says while solutions are still in the works, people should be prepared

"Have a go kit. Be prepared is something happened whether it's a storm or a tornado. What do you need to survive out of your house for a few days."

READ MORE: West Lakes residents still asking for help after widespread flooding

READ MORE: West Lakes residents attend Call to Action meeting, hope for solutions to flooding


More than 416 defendants, including three in Fort Wayne, were indicted in what officials are calling the largest take-down in American history. The opioid epidemic was a major focus of the arrests of charges, with defendants charged in connection with prescribing and distributing dangerous narcotics. A Fort Wayne doctor and two pharmacists all face charges including drug charges and healthcare fraud.

READ MORE: 15 people, 2 companies indicted in over $1 million Medicaid fraud investigation

READ MORE: Dr. John Crawford says he used to refer patients to doctor accused in Medicaid fraud investigation


Fort Wayne commissioners hope to set an example for elected officials on time accountability. The commissioners voted unanimously to put in place a tracking system for how they use their time. The data will be submitted every payroll period and will be available in the County auditor's office.

READ MORE: Commissioners decide to log their work hours for public to see

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