FOX 55's top stories of 2018

2018 was a big year for the region. National news outlets actually came to town more than once this year.

Posted: Dec 31, 2018 10:22 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2019 8:30 AM

(WFFT) - Here is a look at the top five stories of 2018.

Number 5: President Donald Trump visits Fort Wayne

Thousands of people filled the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum November 5.

Trump was campaigning for now Senator-elect Mike Braun in a closely watched election.

Trump was the first sitting president to visit the Summit City since Ronald Regan during the flood of 1982.

Number 4: Riverfront Development

Construction began on the first phase of the new promenade park downtown.

A design team is in place for phases two and three.

"We should be cutting the ribbon on June 21," said Mayor Tom Henry.

Number 3: Electric Works

The former GE campus is closer to getting new life.
This year, Electric Works developers struck a deal with the city and county to put $65 million toward the project, that includes $10 million from the legacy fund.

But developers still need to hold up their end of the agreement.

"There's a lot of hurdles that they have to go over as well. Once all that is completed, then the public money comes in," said Henry.

Number 2: Red River Waste Solutions

Red River Waste Solutions has had nothing but problems since it began collecting trash in January.

The company has been fined more than $300,000 for missing thousands of people in six months ... including mayor Henry.

In November, routes were changed and about half the city now has new trash days.

"We understand there were significant amount of problems but those problems appear to be being over come now. I think we are on the right track," said Henry.

Number 1: April Tinsley's murderer caught

"What he did was so violent and so depraved and so senseless and so awful. It just defies even words," said Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards.

In July, police arrested the man who killed April Tinsley in 1988.

Police were lead to John D. Miller using new DNA matching technology used in genealogy.

In December, the Grabill was sentenced to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

"In a way, April really didn't get the justice that she deserves. But right now, it's a start. We're never going to forget her. Her names going to be out there," said Janet Tinsley, April's mom. "We're glad the case is solved and has come to closure a little bit."

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