WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Court finds probable cause for the arrest of Grabill man accused in the abduction and murder of April Tinsley in Fort Wayne

The Grabill man accused of abducting and killing then-8-year-old April Marie Tinsley in April 1988 was ordered held without bond in the Allen County Jail during a court hearing today at which the judge also found probable cause for the charges against him. John D. Miller, 59, of the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill, was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of murder, child molesting and confinement in ...

Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy charter school moving to new Fort Wayne location

The Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy charter school has found a new location for the 2018-2019 school year and is investigating the concerns about school leadership voiced by parents at the academy's June 21 school board meeting, a board member said. The school signed a lease this past Monday for use of a new location for the upcoming school year, which begins in mid-August, said Sheila Moore, school board ...

Great memories, stories part of Fort Wayne man's nearly 50 years of volunteering with the Three Rivers Festival

Dave Auman has gone to the Three Rivers Festival for 48 years, but this Saturday will be the first time he sits down to enjoy an event. Saturday morning, Auman, 72, will get to see the festival parade — while he's waving and smiling at people from the seat of a convertible car in the parade. He and founding board member Tommie Manny will be honorary grand marshals for the event, which kicks off Fort Wayne's ...

Catching up after 'The Voice': Fort Wayne's Addison Agen, who performs Sunday at the Three Rivers Festival, is making her way as a musician

Addison Agen performed a benefit concert this past weekend in Gilman, Wis., population 400, and 700 people showed up. Gilman is her mom's hometown, and her grandparents live there. But she's received good receptions at other stops as she goes out on brief concert tours around the Midwest region. "It's been really fun," Agen, 17, said during a phone interview Monday with News-Sentinel.com. The Fort Wayne ...

Catching up after 'The Voice': For Fort Wayne's Christiana Danielle, singing Sunday at the Three Rivers Festival is another step toward a music career

After making it to the Top 10 on "The Voice," Christiana Hicks faced a decision about whether to pursue a career in music or go with her original plan of getting a master's degree and a doctorate in social work. Hicks, 23, who competed as Christiana Danielle on "The Voice," plans to do both. "I'm excited about both paths," the Fort Wayne native said during a phone interview Tuesday with ...

Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio students making a difference in Fort Wayne's Mount Vernon Park neighborhood

Teens participating in the Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio program unveiled their project plans and started putting them into place today on two vacant lots in the Mount Vernon Park neighborhood in southeast Fort Wayne. Teens participating in the five-week summer program learn about architecture, design, materials sustainability and problem-solving as they create projects to "reactivate" vacant lots in the ...

UPDATED: Fort Wayne public school districts unsure if they will accept Indiana's offer of free hand-held metal detectors to schools

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a new state program today that would provide hand-held metal detectors free to schools that want them. Fort Wayne public school districts said they need more details, however, before they can decide if it makes sense to participate. “Controlling what comes into our school buildings is just one important part of keeping our schools safe, and our efforts to assist school ...

Fort Wayne native Adrienne Jennings hopes to inspire girls, women to succeed through local event

Fort Wayne native Adrienne Jennings wants girls and women to know they don't have to do what everyone else is doing. "It's OK to think big and dream big," said Jennings, 33, who is pursuing a modeling career in Dallas. She hopes to encourage girls and women to think creatively and pursue their dreams during the “A Beautiful Girl’s Weekend” event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center ...

UPDATED: Planned Parenthood cites 'intimidation and harassment' as reason for closing office in Fort Wayne

The Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) office in Fort Wayne closed permanently today, and the organization blames the decision on "intimidation and harassment of PPINK patients, providers and supporters led by Allen County Right to Life (ACRL) in the Fort Wayne community." But PPINK also vows it will be back in Fort Wayne. "Our intent is to be back sooner rather than later," said Christie ...

New hikes await in Fort Wayne and Allen County for the 2018 Allen County Trailblazers program

Time to hit the trails: The Allen County Trailblazers community hiking program is open for another season of fun and adventures. The program encourages people to get out and enjoy the outdoors by hiking trails in parks and nature preserves throughout Fort Wayne, New Haven and Allen County. People who complete 10 of the 14 listed trails by Dec. 31 qualify for a 2018 Allen County Trailblazers medallion, which ...

'History Speaks' exhibit opening in Fort Wayne explores Abraham Lincoln's life through items that tell a story

When choosing items for a new exhibit on Abraham Lincoln, Allen County Public Library staff used two simple selection criteria: Is it cool? Is there a story associated with it? That latter factor resulted in the second part of the exhibit's title, "History Speaks: Stories from the Lincoln Collection," said Stephanny Smith, library system community engagement manager. The exhibit opens Monday in the Jeffrey ...

Adult story time a rewarding chapter for Fort Wayne librarian and participants

Rebecca Wolfe goes around the circle of students seated in chairs and greets each one with a fist bump. Moments later, she has them up jumping around and shaking hands and arms to high-energy, dance music. It's Monday morning story time at L.I.F.E. Adult Day Academy (LADA) in Fort Wayne, and smiles beam from the faces of adults young and old as they take part. "It is the best way to start the week," said ...

Anthony Wayne Lions Club helps veterans, their families through projects with VA hospital and DAV

The Anthony Wayne Lions Club in Fort Wayne completed its legacy projects with the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System by presenting a commemorative plaque Thursday to VA officials at the hospital in Fort Wayne. Last year, Lions Clubs worldwide celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of their service organization. As part of anniversary activities, Lions Clubs International asked each club to do a ...

In an active shooter situation, do you know what to do? Fort Wayne-area emergency officials share advice

You never think it will happen to you. You've gone to school or a festival, concert venue or shopping mall for years and have never had any concerns. Then, one day, gunshots ring out, and they seem to be getting closer and closer. Quick thinking and being prepared can make the difference between being a survivor or victim - for you, your family, friends or others, local health and emergency personnel ...

COST OF CHANGE: Transforming IPFW campus to Purdue, IU programs in Fort Wayne involves a major investment

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second day of a three-day series of stories about the transition of IPFW to separate Purdue University and Indiana University programs, effective Sunday. Tomorrow, we look at IU Fort Wayne. Jerry Lewis said it's sort of like magic: You can pass by a sign on the IPFW campus and, when you go by it a few hours later, it may be changed to Purdue University Fort Wayne. The visual ...

COST OF CHANGE: Alumni voice feelings about IPFW split into separate Purdue, IU programs

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second day of a three-day series of stories about the transition of IPFW to separate Purdue University and Indiana University programs, effective Sunday. Tomorrow, we look at IU Fort Wayne. Mary Jo Hardiman has only great memories of her four years of college. "My time at IPFW really was phenomenal," said Hardiman, who graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in human ...

New Haven-Adams Township Park board to consider longtime community 'wish list' project

The New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department board will be invited to take a big step toward a community dream when they meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the New Haven Community Center, 7500 Indiana 930 E. Park board members will be asked to approve a master plan for Havenhurst Park that includes putting all of the parks department's baseball and softball diamonds at Havenhurst, 211 N. Rufus St. Board ...

Concordia Lutheran High School makes a decision about its future in Fort Wayne

Concordia Lutheran High School will be staying at its current campus at Anthony Boulevard and St. Joe River Drive. The school had been studying the possibility of moving to a site near Parkview Regional Medical Center. But a case committee exploring that option provided a thorough report recommending the school can best serve its mission and the community from its present location, said Mark Webb, school board ...

Not much left of former Scott's grocery on North Anthony Boulevard in Fort Wayne

A concrete block wall that hasn't been visible in decades now forms the backdrop for the final cleanup work from the demolition of the former Scott's Food and Pharmacy store at Crescent Avenue and North Anthony Boulevard. Work started May 17 to tear down the grocery store, which had been operated by Kroger at the time it was closed because of structural problems in May 2012. Building and property owner Bill ...

Summer Book Sale a literary treasure hunt at downtown Allen County Public Library

You can choose from nearly 70,000 books at bargain prices during the Friends of the Allen County Public Library group's Summer Book Sale this Wednesday through Saturday in the first-floor meeting rooms of downtown branch, 900 Library Plaza. Paperbacks are 50 cents, and all hardback books are $1 each. On Saturday, you can bring as many bags as you want - and as big a bag as you have - and fill them with books ...