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Allen County prosecutor reviewing ‘thousands of hours’ of video from Fort Wayne protests

Allen County prosecutor reviewing ‘thousands of hours’ of video from Fort Wayne protests

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing “thousands of hours” of video of protests in downtown Fort Wayne late May as it considers criminal cases against protesters who were arrested, amid widespread calls for charges to be dropped.In a Monday morning news conference, Prosecutor Karen Richards said she is treating the 108 misdemeanor cases and other felony cases that came out of May 29 and May 30 protests as she does with any other criminal case – with a thorough review. She said she will not make a “knee-jerk” decision on any.Richards said she has tasked...

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June 15, 2020
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Allen County councilman apologizes for saying protesters ‘unfortunately breed’

Allen County councilman apologizes for saying protesters ‘unfortunately breed’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Allen County Councilman Larry Brown appeared to call protesters “uneducated” and said “unfortunately they also breed” during an open meeting.The District 4 councilman’s comments came near the end of Thursday morning’s regular County Council meeting, while council members were engaged in a discussion about recent protests in downtown Fort Wayne.Brown questioned whether the body should make a public statement on the demonstrations against racism and police brutality. He said “we’re all being threatened with votes,” and encouraged the council to “stay unified.”After a...

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Jun 18
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Allen County councilman who said protesters ‘unfortunately breed’ resigns

Allen County councilman who said protesters ‘unfortunately breed’ resigns

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Allen County Councilman Larry Brown has resigned, days after he called protesters “uneducated” and said “unfortunately they also breed” during an open meeting.The District 4 councilman’s near the end of Thursday morning’s regular County Council meeting, while council members were engaged in a discussion about recent protests in downtown Fort Wayne.Brown questioned whether the body should make a public statement on the demonstrations against racism and police brutality. He said “we’re all being threatened with votes,” and encouraged the council to “stay...

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Jun 22
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Chiefs ban headdresses, American Indian-themed face paint from stadium

Chiefs ban headdresses, American Indian-themed face paint from stadium

The Kansas City Chiefs will no longer allow fans wearing headdress or American-Indian-themed face paint into games, among other changes before the upcoming season, according to a statement Thursday.The Chiefs organization said the policy changes resulted from an ongoing dialogue with local American Indian leaders that the NFL team started in 2014, and recently expanded with a “national organization that works closely on issues affecting American Indian people and tribes.”The statement says that the headdresses have been discouraged “for several years,” but are now banned from the...

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Aug 20
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Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo adds two new sea lions

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo adds two new sea lions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo added two new sea lions to their family.Valkyrie and Elektra arrived from SeaWorld Orlando in late June. Both have been quarantining for the past few weeks to make sure they aren’t carrying diseases or parasites. For the last month, they’ve spent spent their time getting acclimated to their new environment and meeting the zoo’s other sea lions.“Very spunky. Two year old sea lions have a lot of energy,” said Sarah Cox, Aquatics Supervisor at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. “They really keep the trainers on their toes when we’re out there...

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Corinne Moore
Aug 10
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Holcomb: ‘The State of Indiana is on fire’ as COVID-19 spread continues

Holcomb: ‘The State of Indiana is on fire’ as COVID-19 spread continues

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – One month after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced a county-by-county plan to slow the spread of COVID 19, some adjustments have been made to restrictions. Several other moves have been made as every county in the state has ‘red’ levels of community spread.“The state of Indiana is on fire,” Governor Eric Holcomb said Wednesday during his weekly update.Governor Holcomb and the state’s health commissioner addressed high numbers in every category of COVID-19 tracking.“All counties have high community spread,” Dr. Box said. “We do not have a single county with...

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Chris Darby
Dec 9
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Pandemic doesn’t slow county construction boom, investments top $1 billion for fourth year

Pandemic doesn’t slow county construction boom, investments top $1 billion for fourth year

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Work on big commercial projects and new residential subdivisions continued through 2020, crossing a major milestone for the fourth straight year. Construction projects that started in Allen County equaled more than $1 billion.The impressive investment stat has been tracked by the filing of commercial and residential permits. While down a bit compared to 2019, Allen County commissioners celebrated the feat being made during a global pandemic.According to the Allen County Building Department, the value of permits filed from January 1 to December 3 totaled $1.237...

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Chris Darby
Dec 7
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Purdue announces tuition cost will remain frozen for 10th straight year

Purdue announces tuition cost will remain frozen for 10th straight year

Purdue University announced Monday it will keep its West Lafayette campus tuition frozen — at 2012-13 levels — through at least 2022-23, marking 10 straight years of no tuition increase something the university says is unprecedented in higher education during modern times.President Mitch Daniels first announced that the university would not increase tuition in spring 2013, shortly after he became the 12th president of Purdue University. Before that, Purdue tuition had increased every year since 1976, and it rose an average of nearly 6% per year from 2002 through 2012.Since 2013, Purdue...

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Dec 14
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Update: Police found 3.4 pounds of pot in Caleb Swanigan’s vehicle following traffic stop

Update: Police found 3.4 pounds of pot in Caleb Swanigan’s vehicle following traffic stop

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) Caleb Swanigan, who led Homestead High School to an Indiana state basketball title in 2015 and was an All-American at Purdue before starting a career in the NBA is facing drug charges in Whitley County.Swanigan, 23, was arrested around 2:00 a.m. following a traffic stop by Columbia City police on U.S. 30 as he was driving east. Police found 3.4 pounds of marijuana in Swanigan’s vehicle as well as $3,415 in cash and some drug paraphernalia. He is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana according to the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office.Swanigan was...

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Dec 23
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Group calls for Rep. Banks to resign in wake of Capitol attack

Group calls for Rep. Banks to resign in wake of Capitol attack

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A group of activists have called for the resignation of U.S. Rep. Jim Banks for inflaming the rioters behind the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.United Activists of Fort Wayne gathered Thursday in front of the Federal Building in downtown Fort Wayne, calling for Banks to resign. They held signs that read, “Hey Banks, you lied again, more people died, resign now” and simply “Resign Jim Banks.”The group alleges Banks (R-3rd) played a role in inciting Wednesday’s that left and the .Earlier this week, Banks shared a post on social media that said he was...

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