WRITER: Lisa M Esquivel Long

Restaurant Notes extra: Rudy's celebrates 5 years of a developing downtown Fort Wayne neighborhood; Rudy Mahara returns from cigar-filled Gettysburg tour

Rudy's is celebrating its 5th birthday, but it's not just about a party, said owner Rudy Mahara, who returned this week from a Gettysburg trip that incorporated cigars. It's been five years of change for the area around its Brackenridge Street address, once filled with drugs, gangs and prostitution that's now a thriving spot with Parkview Field and CityScape Flats as Rudy's neighbors, Mahara said. Rudy's, 409 ...

Fort Wayne Police investigate armed robberies of pizza deliverer, Facebook poster and disabled woman

Fort Wayne Police are investigating the following armed robberies. According to police reports, the following occurred: A pizza delivery driver said she robbed while delivering a pizza at around midnight Tuesday to the 3300 block of Cheviot Drive. The delivery driver said that after she made the delivery she left through the door of the apartment building and was met by a male holding a black semiautomatic ...

Fort Wayne man's death after U.S. 30/33 altercation ruled a homicide

The man accosted by another driver Wednesday afternoon at U.S. 30 near U.S. 33 died as a result of a heart attack and his death has been ruled a homicide by the Allen County Coroner's Office. An autopsy showed that Orlando Fernandez, 60, of Fort Wayne, died from a heart attack caused by coronary atherosclerosis heart disease, according to a news release from the coroner's office. However, it occurred after a ...

Free food samples today at Fort Wayne's Johnnie Mae Farm stand

Free samples of foods made with vegetables that can be bought from the Johnnie Mae Farm stand will be available 4-7 p.m. today. The farm is in the Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood at 2518 Winter St. Staff from the Purdue Extensio–Allen County offices will prepare several recipes using vegetables such as zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes and cucumbers and offer samples to anyone who stops by the farm stand. ...

Woman claims she was stabbed by stranger in 'mean mug' incident, Fort Wayne Police told

A woman said she was hanging out with the friends late Wednesday night in the Villages of Hanna when a stranger stabbed her, although a witness described a different scenario. Police officers were dispatched at 11:21 p.m. to the 1300 block of Greene Street and learned that the victim had gone a hospital. There, they found the victim with cuts on her face, the left side of her head and right arm, and a ...

Death of man found on Thompson Avenue 'not criminal,' coroner's office

A man found early Saturday morning on a sidewalk in the 2100 block of Thompson Avenue did not die as a result of a crime, an Allen County deputy coroner said Wednesday. "It's definitely not criminal," said Christopher Meihls. However, toxicology results are still needed to determine what killed the man, who was found at around 3:10 a.m. Saturday by a passerby. He was taken to a local hospital where he was ...

4 escape Fort Wayne blaze in Leith Street home

Four people got out safely from a blaze Tuesday night in a West Leith Street home. The Fort Wayne Fire Department was called at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday to 221 W. Leith St. on a reported structure fire, according to a news release. The first unit found heavy smoke and fire coming from a window on the home's second floor. The first-floor residents had escaped the home before crews arrived. The fire was brought under ...

Driver killed in possible Fort Wayne road-rage incident at U.S. 30/33 interchange, police say

A Fort Wayne driver was fatally beaten by another driver who then drove away Wednesday afternoon from the U.S. 30/33 interchange, according to Fort Wayne Police. Officers responded to a report of a battery shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the area of eastbound U.S. 30 at the U.S. 33 interchange. 56hyuj=Officers were told a male driver got out of his vehicle and approached another vehicle, according to Mark A. ...

Restaurant Notes: Original Caliente and Empyrean Café closed; Who Cut the Cheese? looks for honor

When my co-worker said Caliente on East State Boulevard was closed, I thought I hadn't heard him correctly. Closed? The second location on West Wayne Street is now where all the action is – it received approval for a liquor license, underwent some kitchen renovations and a storage area is being turned into an alley-accessible bar. Now the Rodriguezes are one big happy family again in the same spot. ...

UPDATED: Free book bags and supplies available Wednesday, thanks to Fort Wayne Police Department, Victim's Assistance and donors

Editor's note: Details on the timing of this year's event and last year's giveaway have been added at the bottom. School-age children can get a free book bag filled with school supplies Wednesday evening at the Fort Wayne Police Department and Victim's Assistance Book Bag Giveaway. Children must be present to get the book bag while supplies last 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln Pavilion in Headwaters Park, ...

Restaurant Notes extra: Bird & Cleaver to open soon on Wells Street

John Cheesebrew pointed to a Cesar Chavez quote printed above the entry to the dining room of Bird & Cleaver Public House, the restaurant he and his wife, Lindsay, plan to open soon, as their business motto: "If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him … the people who give you their food give you their heart.” "Our main objective is to make people feel welcome," ...

Fort Wayne fire causes heavy damage to home during thunderstorm

An adult and two children escaped a blaze that caused heavy damage to a home during a thunderstorm Monday night. Fort Wayne Fire Department firefighters responded at 9:45 p.m. Monday to a reported house fire at 10917 Sherrelwood Court, according to a news release. Heavy rain and lightning were in the area at the time. Firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof area of the home. Three people ...

CORRECTED: And the name of Fort Wayne's Deep Rock Tunnel borer is ...

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the public tours are to see the MamaJo boring machine. More than 200 feet underground, a group of men worked Tuesday in the pleasant 55- to 60-degree conditions to create a concrete wall. Groundwater fell through hoses ringing the area, creating sounds like a visit to Niagara Falls that were punctuated by the shrieks of machinery. The smell of wet ...

Goshen Road exit from southbound I-69 closed for semi rollover

Emergency workers were shutting down access to Exit 309, the Goshen Road exit from southbound Interstate 69, after a semi rolled over Tuesday afternoon. The driver was removed with a possible head injury and was taken in serious condition to a local hospital after the crash occurred at around 4:15 p.m., according to scanner dispatch traffic.

Man found on sidewalk dies; Fort Wayne Police investigate

The Fort Wayne Police Department is awaiting autopsy results after a man found on a city sidewalk died early Saturday morning. Officers responded at 3:10 a.m. to the 2100 block of Thompson Avenue after a passerby saw a man down on the sidewalk, according to police spokesman Michael Joyner. Police, firefighters and medics found the unidentified to be unresponsive. He was taken to a local hospital where he ...

Robbers leave behind dog that was part of marijuana deal, Fort Wayne Police told

A man told a Fort Wayne Police officer he was robbed while trying to sell marijuana, throwing in his dog as part of the deal. However, he was left with the dog and a warrant for his arrest, but no marijuana or cell phone, according to a police report. The officer responded to a report of an armed robbery at 11:41 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of Wagner Street. According to the report, the following ...

Citilink taps Fort Wayne native for interim general manager position

Fort Wayne Citilink's new leader has returned to his hometown after working 25 years in public transit in Texas and California. John Haenftling took the position of interim general manager for the public bus system under a management contract with RATP Dev USA. RATP Dev started in Paris in 1900 and has been managing and operating transit systems throughout the U.S. since 1972. "I'm kind of assessing them," ...

Occupant, 4 cats safe from Fort Wayne house fire

One person escaped a house fire and Fort Wayne Fire Department firefighters rescued four cats Thursday evening from a Shore Drive home. Fire units responded at 5:32 p.m. to the report of a fire on a stovetop to the home in the 1000 block of Shore Drive, according to a fire department news release. Firefighters found smoke coming from the open front door and saw a blaze in the kitchen. The occupant was ...

John D. Miller, suspect in April Tinsley killing, scheduled for February murder trial in Fort Wayne

A man accused of the 1988 killing of April Tinsley has been scheduled for a February trial. John D. Miller, 59, of the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill, is scheduled for trial Feb. 11-22 on charges of murder and Class A felony child molesting. He was arrested July 15 in the April 1, 1988, abduction and killing of 8-year-old Tinsley. Her body was found three days after her disappearance in a ditch in the ...

New Electric Works public tours offered at former Fort Wayne General Electric site

Developers have scheduled another round of tours for the public to see the site of the proposed Electric Works project. Developers Jeff Kingsbury, Josh Parker and Kevan Biggs envision turning the former General Electric Broadway property into a thriving business-residential complex with a farmers market, offices, apartments, shops and other features on 39 acres that encompasses 18 buildings and 1.2 million ...