WRITER: Kevin Leininger

KEVIN LEININGER: At some point even children stop crying; when will Justice Kavanaugh opponents do the same?

When our son Adam was a baby he would cry and carry on when he wasn't happy. As any good parent would, Maribeth or I would get up in the middle of night to feed, change and comfort him — until we figured he was old enough to sleep until morning without our help. It didn't take Adam long to realize his wailing would not have the desired affect, and the resulting silence allowed all of us to live much more ...

Councilman: Funding for 'The Landing' in jeopardy if city moves ahead with $1.4M 'streetscape' plan

Some City Council members are warning crucial funding for the $35 million redevelopment of an historic downtown block will be jeopardized by plans to spend another $1.43 million in public funds on new sidewalks, lights, benches and other "streetscape" improvements. "We're looking down a dark tunnel, and we shouldn't go there," said Russ Jehl, R-2nd, who at a morning news conference with Paul Ensley, R-1st, ...

Pizza Hut headquarters could be yours for $3.9 million

When Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne announced plans to sell its corporate office earlier this month, the listing price was not disclosed. But the 17.6 wooded acres and lavish 23,370-square-foot building can be yours for $3.9 million. According to the brochure prepared by the Zacher Co., the building at 7100 W. Jefferson contains more than 11,500 square feet on each of its two stories and has an assessed value of ...

UPDATED: New plan aims to improve trash service; collection schedules could change

A change in strategy could help improve much-maligned trash and recycling service for Fort Wayne residents. City and Red River Waste officials hope so, at least. Under a plan to be announced Tuesday, Red River will concentrate collections in one sector of the city at time instead of spreading its resources over larger areas, City Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, said. “One-fifth of the city will be done on ...

Diocese adds two more names to list of priests 'credibly accused' of sexually abusing minors

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has added the names of two priests to the list it released last month of 18 priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The two priests who have served in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and have been credibly accused of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor are Michael Paquet, osc, and Bruce A. Schutt. Two more allegations have ...

City Council asks: Did Indianapolis visit violate economic development group's no-lobbying pledge?

Two years ago, City Council temporarily withheld half of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.'s annual $250,000 subsidy until officials with the economic development organization made it clear they did not use public funds to lobby government officials — and would not do so in the future. Tuesday, however, council members are expected to question GFW representatives about a recent meeting in Indianapolis between GFW's ...

Village at Anthony Boulevard to host open house Oct. 17

Lutheran Life Villages has completed the final phase of major renovations to The Village at Anthony Boulevard retirement community in southeast Fort Wayne. To celebrate the event, the facility at 6701 S. Anthony Blvd. will host an open house Oct. 17th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the event is open to the public. The $2.3 million project, named Project Connect & Renew, began in ...

Sweetwater Sound buys Aunt Millie's Bakery in downtown Fort Wayne

Confirming a News-Sentinel report last Friday, the former Aunt Millie's Bakery in downtown Fort Wayne will be sold to Sweetwater Sound, Inc., Aunt Millie's announced Monday. The properties include the former bakery and office building and approximately eight acres of other buildings and parking lots. Aunt Millie’s corporate offices and approximately 125 jobs will remain at the current facility at 350 Pearl ...

KEVIN LEININGER: Lakeside Golf Club was hurt by flooding; perhaps its imminent demise will help prevent it elsewhere

Friday dawned drizzly, dreary and downright dank, so as Bud Beard sat in the Lakeside Golf Club office the deserted course outside the window hardly came as a surprise. Soon, however, the empty landscape will be rule, not the exception. And not just this season, but forever. Sixty years after his late father Robert designed the initial nine-hole par three course that was paired with a traditional 18-hole ...

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church a victim of time, change, expense — and, soon, the wrecking ball

Fifteen years after hosting its final congregational mass, the century-old St. Andrew Catholic Church is slated for demolition. "It's in need of repair, the bricks and steeples, and there are safety concerns. Repairs would cost about $2.1 million, and with no parish there, obviously, it makes no sense," said the Rev. Mark Gurtner, vicar general for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Erected in 1911, ...

Announcement coming on redevelopment of former Aunt Millie's Bakery site in downtown Fort Wayne; Chuck Surack may be involved

The Aunt Millie's Bakery at 350 Pearl St. closed in April but is apparently being targeted for redevelopment. "There's something coming, and it will be good. You'll be pleased. There will be an announcement Monday," said company President John Popp. Popp said a deal has been reached with a party he declined to name, but a source indicated Sweetwater Sound founder Chuck Surack may be involved. Citing a ...

KEVIN LEININGER: Growth of local corporate leadership is good for Fort Wayne, as Sweetwater proved again this week

The $76 million, 1,000-employee expansion announced this week by Sweetwater Sound could have happened in Las Vegas, California or any other trendy locale looking for a lot of glitzy entertainment-related jobs with a lot of money to spend. Instead, Fort Wayne will be the beneficiary — in large part this is home for company founder and President Chuck Surack, and he intends to keep it that way. "We get offers ...

Memorial Coliseum issues heavy-traffic alert for Friday evening

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is alerting motorists to the possibility of heavy traffic on Coliseum Boulevard, Parnell Avenue and other roadways surrounding the complex on Friday, Oct. 5 for the sold-out Thomas Rhett concert. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. The Coliseum encourages concert-goers to arrive early and leave plenty of time for travel and to get ...

Price of Casad Depot was too much for New Haven, but not for Fort Wayne developer

The federal government's asking price was way to too high for New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald, but not for one of Fort Wayne's commercial and industrial developers. And as a result of its apparently successful $3.075 million offer, Hanning & Bean Enterprises will soon be the new owner of the 259-acre former Casad Depot. In an auction conducted by the U.S. General Services Administration that ended last ...

Allen County's 35th, 36th homicide victims identified

Two recent homicide victims have been identified by the Allen County Coroner's office. On Sept. 12 Lee Caldwell, 68, suffered thermal burns at her home in the 5600 block of Harrison Street. She was transported to a local hospital, where she remained until her death Sept. 28. Cause of Death has been determined to be respiratory and renal failure due to the burns, and the death was ruled a homicide. Lizzie Lee ...

KEVIN LEININGER: Latest Supreme Court drama is just the latest act in a very tired and childish play

I've enjoyed my share of drunken parties, and although I don't think I ever gave the impression of inadvertently trying to kill someone while ripping her clothes off, some things have gotten a bit fuzzy after all these years. If I am ever nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, no doubt someone will refresh my memory. Is Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist at Palo Alto University, ...

KEVIN LEININGER: Naming abusive priests is fine, but is enough being done to protect the public from them?

When I reported 16 years ago next month how Michelle Bennett was allegedly molested in the 1950s by the same New Haven priest who administered her wedding vows in the same room a decade later, then-Bishop John D'Arcy said he would seek the truth by "talking to older priests and sisters who were there at the time . . . and students who were there at the time if necessary." Less than a month later he made good ...

UPDATED: Search for public cash for Electric Works begins as developers win support for $10 million from city's Legacy fund

With a development agreement now in place, the quest for $62 million in local funds for the Electric Works project began in earnest Thursday as the Legacy Joint Funding Committee supported developers' request for $10 million. The committee, which makes recommendations to City Council concerning use of an account created by the sale of Fort Wayne's former municipal electric utility, in May declared the $250 ...

Lutheran disputes claim exclusive city employee health contract with rival Parkview is best for taxpayers

Lutheran Health Network is disputing claims a taxpayers will be best served through an exclusive city employee health care contract with rival Parkview Health. Although the city and some media accounts have indicated savings of about $4.5 million annually, a memo sent to Lutheran employees Thursday insists savings under Lutheran could have been even more. In a memo sent to employees Thursday, Lutheran states ...

Allen County Council to hear more than $1 million in budget appeals but has millions more in reserve; looks to spend $500,000 on opioid program

As Allen County Council prepares to consider requests that would add about $1.05 million to its proposed 2019 budget, any "no" vote will be based on principle — not a lack of cash. Five departments are expected to appeal their original 2019 budget allocations Thursday, with Sheriff Dave Gladieux topping the wish list at $678,598 and Prosecutor Karen Richards seeking $513,765. But with anticipated revenue from ...