Rebecca Green

News Director

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.

A South Bend native, she is a graduate of Taylor University and resident of northeast Indiana since the late 1990's. Rebecca has covered everything from homicides to hurricanes, and the small stories in between that make up the fabric of a community. She is passionate about the importance of local news in guarding a strong democracy, and tries to instill that belief in her students as an adjunct instructor of journalism at Huntington University. 

In her spare time, Rebecca trains and handles a human remains detection dog, Helo, as a volunteer with Indiana Search and Response Team, a search and rescue organization. 

Community Memorial Hospital

Dr. Vasavi Reddy is a family physician at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville, Ohio. Defiance County has a total of six individuals confirmed infected with the coronavirus, and two remain hospitalized.

 

Dr. Reddy spoke with WBOI on Monday about how her little group of physicians prepared for the arrival of the pandemic in their community. This is the first part of their conversation. 

 

We will be checking in with Dr. Reddy periodically about their efforts to combat the virus in Defiance County.

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 Allen County has seen another increase in the number of patients testing positive for the coronavirus. That number, as of Thursday afternoon, is at 51. Two deaths have been reported.

 

According to the Indiana Department of Health, just over 16,000 Hoosiers have been tested for the disease. Three-thousand and 39 residents have tested positive, and 78 have died.

 

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Four more Allen County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 30. All northeast Indiana counties have now reported positive tests.

 

Over the weekend, LaGrange County reported two cases, and Kosciusko County reported four cases, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

 

Huntington County is also reporting two cases. Steuben County reported its first case late last week. 

 

The House is debating and then voting on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that the Senate passed earlier this week. Watch the floor proceedings live. 

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Update at 10:20 Friday, March 27:   

Allen County reported 22 positive tests for the coronavirus Friday morning, up from 10 cases a day before.

 

Only one fatality has been reported in the county. 

 

Additional cases have been reported in northeast Indiana: in Adams, Wells, Noble and DeKalb counties.

 

Allen County Sheriff's Department

The Allen County Superior Court’s criminal division ordered the early release of a number of inmates serving misdemeanor sentences in the Allen County Jail.

According to Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux, the Allen Superior Court’s criminal division ordered about 20 to 25 individuals to be released prior to the end of their sentences.

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Area medical groups are creating respiratory clinics for those who suspect they are infected with the coronavirus.

 

Parkview Physicians Group announced their clinics Thursday afternoon. These respiratory clinics offer a way to safely screen individuals with symptoms of the virus, and direct them to appropriate care.

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Fort Wayne police detectives arrested a 33-year-old woman in Wisconsin late Tuesday night in connection with the 2002 stabbing death of a 17-year old Fort Wayne girl.

According to a press release, Holly Boisvert was arrested on a single charge of murder. She is accused of the fatal stabbing of Stacy Degrandchamp. The case had been under review for more than a year, with witnesses and the suspect interviewed and forensic evidence tested.

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 In an effort to help those who depend on work to cover their living and education expenses while at Purdue Fort Wayne, the university has started a relief fund to help its students impacted by COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Purdue Fort Wayne officials announced a Student Relief Fund and donations can be made of any amount to help students at this time.

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You can watch Gov. Eric Holcomb's Tuesday press conference regarding ongoing efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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