December 28, 2012
FORT WAYNE, IN - The Fort Wayne Mad Ants acquired former Notre Dame standout and Cleveland Cavalier Luke Harangody in a trade with the Canton Charge. The Mad Ants traded JaJuan Johnson and their 2013 first round pick to Canton in exchange for Harangody and the Charge's third round pick in the 2013 D-League draft. "We are all very excited about bringing Luke on board with the team," said Mad Ants president Jeff Potter. "We feel his combination of rebounding and scoring will help get this team on the right track. It is difficult to have to part with JaJuan, but we feel that Luke addresses some of our needs and could not pass on this opportunity to acquire him. " Harangody - a three time First Team All Big East player at Notre Dame - was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played 27 games his rookie year with the Celtics and averaged 2.7 points and 2 rebounds before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his second season, he played 19 games in the D-League while assigned by the Cavaliers to the Canton Charge, and he averaged 18.9 points and 11.7 rebounds during that time. Harangody will make his debut for the Mad Ants tonight as Fort Wayne hosts the Texas Legends at 7:30 pm at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
September 17, 2011
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The Hollywood stunt pilot whose World War II-era fighter plane crashed at a Nevada air show, killing himself and at least eight spectators, grew up in Fort Wayne and developed an early fascination with flying. A woman who knew Jimmy Leeward in his youth tells The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne (http://bit.ly/pHH4XO ) she remembers the day the then 16-year-old Leeward got his private pilot's license at age 16. Eight-five-year-old Joan Knapp once worked for Leeward's father's Fort Wayne air business.
August 15, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A Fort Wayne man has been accused of torturing his girlfriend's kitten, which officials believe was dropped into a fire. Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Jerome was arrested Tuesday night and faces two felony charges of torturing or mutilating an animal and a misdemeanor count of cruelty. The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/RgnkYK) the kitten burned its paws and its whiskers were burned off in June. Court documents say Jerome's girlfriend told investigators he didn't want the cat. An affidavit says that Jerome told animal care officials he "could have burned the kitten's whiskers while flicking his lighter" and that he may have "bumped" the kitten into the fire.
December 6, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged the pastor of a Fort Wayne church with repeatedly molesting a young girl who was a foster child in his care. Allen County court documents say 50-year-old James Burton inappropriately touched the girl who was younger than 14 between June 2009 and early this year. Documents say the child told a school employee that her foster father had been molesting her and told investigators the molestations began when she was 6 or 7 years old. The Journal Gazette reports ( http://bit.ly/RaiFs1 )
January 22, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Fort Wayne firefighters have rescued five people from an apartment building fire. One of the persons rescued is in critical condition at a Fort Wayne hospital after firefighters pulled that person from the smoky building Sunday morning. The Fort Wayne Fire Department says the four others all were rescued from apartment balconies and told firefighters of the fifth person inside who needed to be saved. Firefighters say the blaze began with unattended food cooking on a stove.
November 16, 2011
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man's decomposing remains have been found in a Fort Wayne creek. WPTA-TV and WANE-TV report nearby residents discovered the remains and notified police Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say the body is that of a middle-aged male in an advanced state of decomposition. Police believe the body had been at the site for some time.
January 26, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Officials say a fetus found in a Fort Wayne sewer overflow house was 14 to 15 weeks in development. The Journal Gazette reported Wednesday ( http://bit.ly/A6dlLP ) that the Allen County Coroner's Office stated a fetus cannot survive outside the womb at that stage of development and is considered to be non-viable. Coroners could not determine the sex of the fetus and it had no deformities or obvious signs of trauma. Fort Wayne police spokeswoman Raquel Foster says a miscarriage likely occurred.
April 2, 2011
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Officials in Fort Wayne say some people in the northeast Indiana city are claiming Moorish citizenship. Allen County Recorder John McGauley tells WANE-TV his office has served at least 13 people since December who have brought in documents to be recorded proclaiming allegiance to the "Moorish Empire" and changing their names. Some of the documents are titled "The Moorish Divine and National Movement of the World. " McGauley calls the documents "interesting," but says none of them have any legal standing.
January 22, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana conservation officers say a 12-year-old Fort Wayne boy has died after driving a snowmobile into a tree in the yard of his home. Officers say the Connor Kitchen suffered severe head injuries in the crash Saturday afternoon. He died a few hours later at Parkview Hospital. Officers say the boy's father, 48-year-old Kyle Kitchen, was riding on the snowmobile helping his son operate the sled when the boy unexpectedly accelerated, throwing his father from the vehicle.
March 3, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Firefighters in oxygen masks and protective suits have removed 31 cats so far from a squalid house in Fort Wayne, authorities said. Fort Wayne animal control officer Brad Block told The Journal Gazette ( http://bit.ly/yvsie8 ) Friday that about 15 or more cats remained to be removed from the unoccupied one-story, two-bedroom home. He expected the rescue operation would last through Sunday. Firefighters were setting humane traps baited with cat food throughout the house to catch the animals, he said.