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Indiana chief justice to lead national drug task force

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta H. Rush was selected to co-chair a national opioid task force to find solutions and make recommendations to address the opioid epidemic's ongoing impact on the criminal justice system. The initial meeting takes place Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. The task ...

1 ‘critical’ after bicycle crash

A Warsaw man is in critical condition following a motor vehicle-bicycle trash Friday night in Warsaw, according to a police report. Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputies and emergency personnel responded at 10:52 p.m. Friday to the crash on Old Road 30 West at Riverwood Ranch Road. A ...

Commissioners extend Allen County needle exchange for another 2 years

Allen County Commissioners approved extending Allen County’s needle-exchange program for two more years at their meeting Friday morning. The program began last November in response to the recent increases in opioid overdoses and deaths from overdoses. Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. ...

Shopping for hurricane victims

As U.S. citizens struggle in Puerto Rico after the most recent devastating hurricane, more Fort Wayne and area churches and groups are continuing to help survivors of earlier Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Donna Smith and her friend Laurie Hammond shopped Friday afternoon at J.C. Penney in ...

Sweetwater to become national sponsor for children’s music education program

Fort Wayne-based music company Sweetwater will take another step in its efforts to expand music programs offered in schools. Company founder and President Chuck Surack announced this afternoon that Sweetwater has become the national sponsor for Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit in Verona, N.J., ...

Downtown firm’s relocation will create 20 jobs

A $2.6 million expansion will create 20 new high-paying jobs at a downtown software development and marketing firm. Aptera Inc., currently at 201 W. Main St., plans to relocate into and renovate the building at 113 W. Berry St. that most recently served as Allen County's Courthouse Annex, ...

Boy dead after being pulled from lake

A 13-year-old Elkhart boy was pronounced dead after he was pulled Friday night from Lake Wawasee, according to a police report. The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department responded at 11:53 p.m. Friday to the report of a missing child suffering from autism in Syracuse. After searching for the ...

Proposed city budget would bring 46 more police and firefighters in 2018

Twenty-four new police officers and 22 new firefighters are the top changes for Fort Wayne that Mayor Tom Henry promoted on Thursday as part of the proposed 2018 city of Fort Wayne budget. The core city budget supported by property tax totals $159.2 million requested next year, up from $155.3 ...

Fort Wayne man charged with allegedly molesting 13-year-old girl

Jalen J. Lyons, 20, of the 4500 block of Southwest Anthony Wayne Drive, was charged Friday in Allen Superior Court with two counts of child molesting for allegedly having sex with a girl who reportedly had told him she was age 13. The incident reportedly happened between June 1 and Aug. 1 ...

I&M to use drone, helicopter for transmission line work

Indiana Michigan Power plans to use a drone beginning Monday to inspect transmission lines and poles in Allen, Grant and Delaware counties, a news release said. The inspections will continue for about four weeks. Locally, the drone will be used in northeast Fort Wayne and eastern Allen County, ...

Fort Wayne woman formally charged with knife attack on pregnant woman

A woman who allegedly stabbed a pregnant woman in the back at a party Sunday has been formally charged with aggravated battery and two counts of battery. The charges were filed Friday in Allen Superior Court against Shiqualla Wright, 28, of the 7600 block of Hope Drive. Wright, who allegedly ...

New IPFW chancellor will come from University of Texas at Arlington

A Purdue alumnus with deep background in both academia and business will become the chancellor of IPFW, as well as the first chancellor of Purdue University Fort Wayne. Ronald Elsenbaumer, most recently a special advisor on entrepreneurship and economic development to the president of the ...

New downtown Fort Wayne hospital won’t bring job cuts

A new hospital in downtown Fort Wayne will not bring a cut in hospital employment downtown, the CEO of Lutheran Health Network said in an interview Wednesday. About 750 people now work at St. Joseph Hospital, located at the corner of Broadway and Main Street. “There will be at least that ...

St. Joseph Hospital has a long history of care

This timeline provides a glimpse of St. Joseph Hospital's long presence in Fort Wayne. The information came from the hospital's website, www.stjoehospital.com/history: * 1869: St. Joseph Hospital opens in the former Rockhill House hotel, which was constructed about 1838. It is operated by the ...

Signs to preserve memory of Fort Wayne’s S.F. Bowser company

People can review draft designs of signs that will commemorate the S.F. Bowser & Co. and its founder, Sylvanus Freelove Bowser, during a meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA teen room, 2323 Bowser Ave. The completed signs will be located in Bowser Park at ...

Lutheran Health will replace St. Joseph Hospital with new facility downtown

Lutheran Health Network today announced plans to build a replacement facility for the current St. Joseph Hospital, which has been in the same location since 1869. This will be the first time in more than a century a new hospital will be built in the central city. “As Fort Wayne continues ...

Klutz starting campaign for Indiana auditor in Fort Wayne

Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz, CPA, will start her campaign for state auditor this evening at Parkview Field. Klutz was Allen County auditor before being appointed to her current position by Gov. Eric Holcomb. She was sworn in Jan. 9 to fill the vacancy left by Suzanne Crouch, who was ...

Fort Wayne firefighter injured

A Fort Wayne firefighter was injured while battling a blaze Tuesday night. Neighbors called 911 when they saw smoke and flames on the rear of a home at 2211 Greythorn Drive at 9:28 p.m., according to a news release. They also alerted the two adults and one child inside the house and they ...