The human remains found in a wooded area close to Yoder Wednesday afternoon have been identified by the Allen County Coroner’s Office as Thomas David Kiester, 59, from Fort Wayne. Investigators still aren’t certain if the death involves any sort of foul play.
Though nothing is a certainty yet, Democrat Tom Henry told Fort Wayne’s NBC Wednesday, city garbage customers may have to endure a rate increase after a new trash collection contractor gets hired later this year. The mayor’s comments come after city attorney Tim Haffner told city council Tuesday night that residents should expect Red River Waste Solutions will keep providing service for up to six more months.
Missed trash pickups by Red River Waste Solutions are a familiar source of frustration for city garbage customers. Now they have a new reason to get irritated. There are so many calls to the 311 center that at times those complaints are overwhelming the system. Mayor Tom Henry’s administration is offering advice on how to work around the crush of reports.
Demonstrations are taking place across the country over the struggle in Congress to expand voting rights. In Fort Wayne on Martin Luther King Day, advocates for minorities, the poor and others gathered to demand action from elected officials on two key pieces of voting rights legislation.
The City of Fort Wayne is conducting a survey asking residents for input on which phrases from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on June 5, 1963 should be put on the Pillars of Hope and Justice monument.
The Indiana Senate is dropping a contentious Republican-backed bill that supporters said was aimed at increasing parental input over classroom instruction after the proposal drew national attention and widespread opposition.