WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health board hears about local health challenges

The discussion topic was called "Disturbing Public Health Trends and Call to Action," and Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health board members heard about a wide range of problems during their meeting Monday night at Citizens Square. Here are some of the highlights from the presentation by health department staff and people working at other local community organizations: • In 2015, researchers found ...

Fort Wayne-area law enforcement officials say hard work, perseverance led to arrest in April Tinsley murder case

Joy, a few watering eyes and a lot of gratitude filled the room today at the news conference regarding Sunday's arrest in the 1988 April Marie Tinsley murder case. Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards set the tone from the beginning, saying the purpose of the news conference was to thank all those who assisted with investigating the case, including the public and local and national media. "There has not ...

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 Magistrate David Zent also found probable cause for the preliminary murder and other charges filed against him. John D. Miller, 59, of the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill, was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges ...

Type of DNA genealogy research used in April Marie Tinsley case described as possible 'game-changer' in cold cases

The type of genetic genealogy research that helped identify a suspect in the April Marie Tinsley murder case has the potential to assist in a wide range of police investigations, one of the technique's pioneers said. "It definitely is a game-changer for cold cases, and it could be a game-changer for cases that are not that cold," genetic genealogy expert CeCe Moore said during a phone interview Sunday night ...

UPDATED: Grabill man arrested on murder, other charges in 30-year-old April Tinsley murder case

Editor's note: This story has been updated Sunday evening to correct information about another case solved using DNA and genealogy. The News-Sentinel regrets the error. The genetic genealogy researcher most noted for her work on adoption cases helped law enforcement officials develop a suspect and make today's arrest in the April 1988 murder of then 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley of Fort Wayne. A probable ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...