September 1, 2014

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Kipton officer faces theft charges

NORWALK — A Kipton police lieutenant who earlier this year investigated his own police chief for theft allegations was himself arrested Friday night on a Huron County grand jury’s secret indictment for theft from an elderly person, Huron County officials said. Robert Wolfkill, 46, a Kipton police lieutenant who investigated Kipton Police Chief Pablo Cruz Read More…

Iraq’s power grid near collapse

 BAGHDAD — Iraq’s power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage of infrastructure, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, officials said Saturday.    Electricity Ministry spokesman Aziz al-Shimari said power generation nationally is only meeting half the demand, and there had Read More…

As search continues, Bush pledges to rebuild fallen bridge

MINNEAPOLIS — Divers spent a third fruitless day searching for victims of a deadly bridge collapse, finding no bodies inside a crushed car pulled earlier Saturday from the murky Mississippi River waters.    Authorities said they had been unable to check at least one other car lying beneath another vehicle on the river bottom. They Read More…

Brownfield-based vineyard ready to expand

FAIRPORT HARBOR — Walking across chalky ground on a hot day at a large industrial brownfield, grape researcher Imed Dami points with pride to rows of green, leafy vines at a small, experimental vineyard. Can this brownfield — monitored by environmental regulators due to a history of chemical hazards — really produce potable red (Cabernet Read More…

Summer’s ending at Elyria’s parks … the fun is not

It might not feel like it outside, but the summer season is slowly coming to an end. And folks at the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department are celebrating a successful season and hoping for similar success with programs this winter. CHUCK HUMEL / CHRONICLE East Rec lifeguard and instructor Abbey Tyrell, 15, of Elyria, shows Read More…

Bridge collapse opens old wounds in W.Va.

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The horror from that day 40 years ago when the Silver Bridge tumbled into the Ohio River came rushing back for Emma Boswell with the collapse of an interstate bridge in Minneapolis. Worn by years of corrosion and neglect, a crucial joint in the 39-year-old Silver Bridge’s suspension system snapped and Read More…

Mom’s letters gave no warning of her plan to kill kids, herself

CINCINNATI — Letters to family members sent by a woman a week before she shot two of her four children through the heart and then killed herself gave no indication that she was contemplating suicide or murder, authorities said. Mary Ann Wittich’s letters were “about a caring, loving family,” said Delhi Township Police Lt. Ric Read More…

More men may be involved in Ohio terror cell

COLUMBUS — Government investigators are tightlipped about the possibility that they’ve identified more people involved in a terrorist cell investigation that has already yielded two convictions, but lawyers for the pair of men say they believe the cell may have contained up to 10 members. “A lot more than three performed in their jihadist group,” Read More…

Joyce E. Tschaekofske

Joyce E. Tschaekofske (nee: Minch), 79, of Elyria, died August 3, 2007, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain. She was born August 20, 1927, in Elyria, where she lived most of her life. She was employed by the Elyria Public Schools for 18 years, retiring in 2001. She enjoyed arts and crafts. Read More…

Donald William Wilkerson

Donald William "Donny" Wilkerson, 31, of Lorain, died Friday at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief illness. He was born May 26, 1976, in Amherst, and lived his entire life in Lorain. He was a 1994 graduate of Lorain High School. He worked as a nurse’s aide at Avon Oaks Nursing Home. He enjoyed working Read More…