15. Air Guard and Senator Jim Banks Deploy to the Middle East
To help combat ISIS, Fort Wayne’s 122nd Fighter Wing deployed 300 airmen to the U.S. Central Command Region in October. Indiana Senator Jim Banks from Columbia City was also deployed but is not part of the 122nd. In November, he took his oath of office via Skype from Afghanistan.
14. National Championships for Mad Ants and St. Francis Lady Cougars
It was a year of basketball champions in Fort Wayne. The Mad Ants finished the regular season with the best record (34-16) in the Development League and then went on to win the championship in April with a 119-113 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors. On the college level, the Saint Francis Women’s basketball team capped a perfect season with a 75-68 win over College of the Ozarks.
13. Helping the Homeless… Down and Out in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne saw an increase in homelessness in 2014. Many of them seek shelter in popular downtown landmarks. Fort Wayne’s Rescue Mission is on the front lines with outreach programs but its director fears these programs are not enough. In November, about a dozen homeless people were evicted from downtown property. As shelters bulge beyond capacity, the question remains where will the homeless seek shelter?
12. Big Year for the GOP in Fort Wayne and Indiana
2014 marked the first time ever that the Indiana Republican Convention was held outside of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne was chosen as the host city. Approximately 2,500 conventioneers gathered at the Grand Wayne Convention Center during the first weekend in June.
11. Kid to Killer – Colt Lundy Talks about Killing His Stepfather
Convicted killer 19-year old Colt Lundy grants his first and exclusive on-camera interview to News Channel 15’s Alyssa Ivanson to talk about why he murdered his 49-year old stepfather Phillip Danner at their home in Cromwell in 2010. Lundy was 15-years old at the time and is now serving a 25-year sentence at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.