FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – As we start the new year, here’s a quick look at the top stories of 2022. From weather phenomena to high-profile crimes to the death of a beloved basketball star, People WANE 15 covered every major event that unfolded.
Below are the top five articles of the year as determined by page views on wane.com. Click the links to view previous coverage of each top story.
5. June Derecho
In June, a storm with winds of nearly 100 miles per hour (about 100 miles per hour) hit northeastern Indiana. Due to the widespread linear wind damage, the storm was officially classified as a Derecho.
Tens of thousands of power were lost, power outages lasted for days, trees felled and power poles snapped in half across the region. His last Derecho at Fort Wayne dates back to his August 2020, but the impact of this Derecho was similar, if not worse, than his June 2012 Derecho.
4th place: Mayor Henry’s arrest video release
In October, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry was arrested in OWI after police responded to a crash on Old Mill Road. He reached a plea bargain that included a 90-day license suspension, monetary damages, payment of a fine, and a year of sobriety for him.
WANE15 used the Freedom of Information Act to request police body camera footage three times, but the city refused each time. A state public access attorney then issued an opinion that the city was breaking the law by not releasing the video.
Multiple sources told WANE 15 that the mayor threatened officers during the arrest and felt it was important to watch the video to find out the truth for transparency and to hold public officials accountable. I got
On December 16, hours of body camera video were released, showing the mayor to be docile on multiple occasions, but repeatedly asked to speak to the police chief and other supervisors, I heard cops fearing for their jobs.
3rd place: Blizzard in December
Although there was not much snow cover, the extreme cold and high winds created blizzards and snow drifts that reduced visibility to levels that met official blizzard standards.
It was so cold that the snowplow had to be removed from the road because it stopped working.
The wind gusts were too strong for Glenbrook Dodge’s huge flagpole, snapping it in half and crushing some of the cars below.
The last time a blizzard was seen at Fort Wayne was in 2011.
2nd place: Development of the Delphi murder case
The 2017 deaths of Abbie Williams and Libby German have haunted the state for years as the case cools down. However, a major development this year led to the indictment of Richard Allen.
Newly unsealed court documents show an unused round ties Allen to the girls’ murders.
Attorneys requested a change of venue outside Carroll County for future court proceedings, and Allen County Judge Fran Gal was appointed special judge for the case.
1st place: Death of Caleb Swanigan
Basketball star Caleb Swanigan died suddenly at the age of 25 on June 20th.
A former Homestead High School basketball star, Indiana’s Mr. Basketball is a Purdue All-American and a first-round draft pick by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.
He spent three years in the NBA with the Blazers and the Sacramento Kings. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Swanigan decided not to play in his NBA bubble. After that, he pursued his music career.
Swanigan experienced homelessness as a child before being adopted and helped organize a fundraiser to fight homelessness.
The only one missing from the top five was The Warsaw Pastor’s Scandal.
In 15 Finds Out’s multi-month investigation into Pastor John B. Lowe II and New Life Church and World Outreach, several women came forward on WANE 15 charges of inappropriate sexual behavior and manipulation.
As of last confirmation with investigators, Lowe has not been charged with a crime.
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