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Fort Wayne City Council rebuffs mayor, passes ‘pay to play’ bill

In the face of a mayoral veto and an alternative proposal, a majority of City Council members Tuesday stuck by their original votes and ratified a bill intended to separate city contracts from financial influence. By a 6-3 vote, council passed a bill sponsored by Jason Arp., R-4th, and John ...

Man critically injured in possible domestic fight, Fort Wayne Police say

A man was found critically injured Tuesday evening on Coldwater Road after what Fort Wayne Police believe was a domestic fight. At around 6:36 P.m., officers responded to the intersection of Laddie Lane and Coldwater Road on a call of a personal injury accident, according to police spokesman ...

Fort Wayne Holiday Cab: Use it, don’t abuse it

Unless you want to join the numbers of people facing drunken driving charges, or worse, those involved in the hundreds of alcohol-related crashes each year, the Fort Wayne Holiday Cab partners say tipsy revelers should take a free ride not a drive. Holiday Cab will run 8 p.m.-2 a.m. ...

Fort Wayne’s new Franklin School Park dedicated

The successful collaboration between the city and neighborhoods that culminated in construction of the new Franklin School Park makes the project a model for future city projects, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Director Al Moll said during the park's dedication Wednesday. City ...

Longtime Fort Wayne neighborhood leader Bud Mendenhall honored for his service

The event was planned Wednesday as a dedication ceremony for the new Franklin School Park on St. Marys Avenue. It also became a bit of a surprise party. Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association President Bud Mendenhall stood in front of the audience with city and other officials speaking at the ...

New ‘pay to play’ proposal would replace cash limits with full disclosure

An alternative proposal to address the perception of "pay to play" in the awarding of contracts will be considered by City Council Tuesday in the same meeting in which they may instead decide to pass a previous bill despite Mayor Tom Henry's veto. The new bill is sponsored by Michael ...

Man dies after Monday crash at West Jefferson and Engle in Fort Wayne

The man involved in a two-vehicle crash at W. Jefferson Boulevard and Engle Road on Monday afternoon has died. The Allen County Coroner's Office announced Tuesday that 76-year-old Scott H. Putt was pronounced dead after he was taken to a local hospital following the crash. RELATED: Victim ...

Shan Gunawardena new Fort Wayne public works director

Shan Gunawardena has been promoted to director of the city of Fort Wayne’s Public Works Division. A city employee since 2007, Gunawardena has served as city engineer since 2012 and has held positions of traffic engineer and assistant city engineer. He also has experience as senior ...

Gunshot heard at vacant home; Fort Wayne Police find two bodies

Fort Wayne Police are investigating what happened in a South Calhoun Street vacant home before they went in to find two bodies Tuesday. Officers responded at 9:47 a.m. to 2423 S. Calhoun St. on a report of a suspicious person. The property owner called police after he heard noise coming from ...

Fort Wayne plans $30 million in neighborhood improvements in 2018

Although the city's project list for 2018 is still being finalized, corridor improvements to North Anthony Boulevard, State Boulevard and Dupont Road will take place next year, along with neighborhood improvements in Caribe Colony Community, Greater McMillen Park, Deerfield Estates, North ...

Allen County government releases 2018 state legislative agenda

Allen County government’s major legislative priorities for the 2018 include addressing jail overcrowding, seeking an increase in reimbursement from the state for housing low-level felony offenders and attacking the problem of substance abuse and addiction. County officials outlined their ...

Kosciusko County sheriff warns of return of IRS scam

Kosciusko County Sheriff William Rocky Goshert is warning the public of a scam that has returned to the area. Deputies are investigating a phone scam involving callers or automated callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid ...

WWII legacies: Gus Nagy – Army machine gunner in Europe

Upon being drafted into the U.S. Army in October 1943, Augustus ‘Gus’ Nagy of Fort Wayne fought against Hitler’s armed forces as part of the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion. He also witnessed one of the war’s most harrowing sites—the liberation of Dachau work camp. Born in August ...