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

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:47 pm

IDs released of man killed in gunbattle, Fort Wayne Police officers

The Allen County coroner's office has released the name of a 22-year-old man shot and killed by police during a gunbattle in a Fort Wayne neighborhood Thursday. Meanwhile, the Fort Wayne Police Department has released the names of the officers involved. Ryan J. Koontz is the 17th homicide victim in Allen County this year. READ MORE

Fort Wayne companies earn kudos as Best Places to Work in Indiana

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked several Fort Wayne companies from the 2013 Best Places to Work in Indiana list released in February. READ MORE

Pet Peace of Mind program frees hospice patients of worry

For two days before David Johnson's longtime companion died of cancer a few years ago, the couple's dog, Opie, a West Highland terrier, refused to leave her side. Now Johnson, 71, has terminal cancer, but a new program through Visiting Nurse will ensure that he has peace of mind about the care of his dog, which will be able to stay with him, even when Johnson can no longer care for him. READ MORE

Vive Le Rouge goes on despite departure of AIDS Task Force executive director

Vive Le Rouge 2013 will go on as planned Saturday at Headwaters Park, despite the departure of AIDS Task Force of Northeast Indiana's leader, said its board president. The event is the largest annual fundraiser event for the agency. Last year the organization raised close to $60,000 from the event. READ MORE

Business is blooming at New Haven 'flower central'

Thousands of colorful varieties of bedding plants, perennials, annuals, shrubs and fruit trees greet customers' eyes as they enter Main's Flower Garden at 7300 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven. Vivid reds, pastel yellows, deep purples, dusty oranges and bright blues explode from every corner of the greenhouse and walkways. READ MORE

Better Business Bureau's Mike Coil passing the torch soon

Mike Coil got a bit of a shock at the unscripted part of Thursday's Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics. Emcee Melissa Long called the BBB president back to his seat onstage after he went to the award table to honor other people. The start of the program to praise students and business leaders who showed ethical decisions was dedicated to Coil, who will retire July 1. READ MORE

Photo gallery: Know your herbs

Do you want to start your own herb garden this spring? Do you know which herbs grow best? Do you need a little something different to freshen up your favorite salad or cookie? Check out our photo gallery to learn the basics about a variety of herbs and their uses. VIEW THE GALLERY