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Fort Wayne roundup: The News-Sentinel's top 7 stories for Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Overnight storm buries Allen County with record snowfall

Some Allen County residents got up early Wednesday morning to head onto snow-clogged side streets, only to find themselves stuck in drifts. An overnight storm brought a record snowfall and police were busy with emergency calls, including a fatal snowmobile crash this morning in Whitley County. As of 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported 9 inches of snow at Fort Wayne International Airport – setting a record for the day – on top of 1 inch that was already on the ground. READ MORE

Fort Wayne works board OKs $27.6 million sewage project

Fort Wayne officials Wednesday approved a $27.6 million contract for improvements to the city's wastewater plant – a key facet of an ongoing federal mandate to reduce sewage overflows into local rivers. READ MORE

Fort Wayne man admits beating girlfriend to death with bat

A Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating his girlfriend in the head with a baseball bat in April, injuring her so badly she died eight days later. Anthony Ochs, who was 39 at the time of the beating, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to a single count of voluntary manslaughter in the April 21 death of 42-year-old Susan Lombardi. Under the terms of his plea agreement with prosecutors, Ochs faces up to 50 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 5. READ MORE

EACS will not name interim superintendent

East Allen County Schools will not name an interim superintendent to handle the duties of the departed Karyle Green, the board announced at its meeting Tuesday night. READ MORE

City Council OKs $1 million for Fort Wayne streets

A one-time infusion of $1 million into neighborhood streets and sidewalks won't fix Fort Wayne's $65 million backlog of unfunded projects – but it's a start, City Council members said Tuesday. The panel voted 9-0 to take $1 million of interest generated by the city's $75 million “Legacy” fund and put it toward neighborhood repairs this year in each of the six council districts. READ MORE

Video: Performers audition to sing – or yodel – national anthem at TinCaps games

For the past five springs, the TinCaps have auditioned area singers who would like to perform the national anthem during the season. Tuesday afternoon was the final round for this year. Between 4 and 6 p.m. the talent came and went, singing to a panel of three TinCaps judges who would make the call as to who sings and who doesn't. READ MORE

Regionals can be bittersweet for gymnasts

While there is always lots of happiness at the end of each state tournament gymnastics meet, there are also some tears. Athletes who may have started in their sport as soon as they could walk know there's nothing left for them once their senior seasons are complete. Athletes in almost any other sport can continue to participate after their varsity days are over, but very few high school gymnasts compete in college, and there's no chance of getting a balance beam or a parallel bars routine in at the YMCA. READ MORE