September 20, 2014

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Pakistani opposition leader Bhutto killed at campaign rally

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Moments after a euphoric crowd stretched its arms toward Benazir Bhutto, moments after the charismatic former prime minister made herself vulnerable by saluting her followers through a car’s sunroof, the street was awash with blood.    And in that chaotic instant, a dangerous world became even more dangerous. Efforts to restore democracy Read More…

Frank Woods, Jr.

Frank Woods, Jr., 80, of Elyria, died Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at his home. He was born October 27, 1927 in Drakes, Ohio. He had been a resident of Elyria most of his life and had also lived in West Salem for 12 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Read More…

Man outside vehicle crushed to death in 3-car crash

CARLISLE TWP. — An 84-year-old man was killed Wednesday after he was crushed between two cars on state Route 57. JASON MILLER / CHRONICLE A chain-reaction accident killed one man and injured as many as four others Wednesday on state Route 57 south of Grafton Road. Robert Fike of Leipsic, Ohio, died at EMH Regional Read More…

Prosecutors say Daniel Petric told his parents he had ‘surprise,’ then shot them

Petric ELYRIA — Just before he killed his mother and wounded his father, 16-year-old Daniel Petric told them to close their eyes because he had a surprise for them, prosecutors said in court documents filed Wednesday. He then shot his father, the Rev. Mark Petric, 45, in the left side of the head and turned Read More…

Celebration of Kwanzaa begins

ELYRIA — The Christmas holiday may have just ended, but the Kwanzaa celebration has officially begun. The African-American holiday celebrating family, culture and the year’s harvest in Africa runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year. It was started in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, an activist and professor at California State University, Long Beach. Read More…

On the day after Christmas, shoppers fix Santa’s mistakes

ELYRIA — C’mon Santa, get it together. It was a bifold wallet that George Petrisko in Elyria wanted, not a trifold.  CHUCK HUMEL / CHRONICLE A clerk takes returns at Best Buy in Elyria. And Santa, remember little Justin Dean, 13, of Parma? That version of “Guitar Hero III” you left beneath the Christmas tree Read More…

Sheffield mayor ends 14 years in office

SHEFFIELD — The stack of papers kept growing as Mayor Darlene Ondercin cleaned out her desk. In four days, she will leave an office she has held for the last 14 years. John D. Hunter, a retired union man, will replace her after taking 56.6 percent of the vote to her 43.3 percent. CHUCK HUMEL Read More…

Building official escapes discipline

LORAIN — The city’s chief building inspector will not be disciplined for telling an apartment building owner it was OK to remove a fire escape ladder. Safety-Service Director Andrew Winemiller said Wednesday he’s had several informal meetings with Bill Desvari, head of the city’s Building Department, and has determined that Desvari was not at fault Read More…

Mansfield police officer killed in shooting

EPWORTH — An off-duty Mansfield city police officer was one of two dead and his older brother was in custody following a shooting early Wednesday in central Ohio’s rural Richland County, authorities said. Brian Evans, 37, a 14-year veteran of the Mansfield police force, was found dead after 1 a.m. by officers responding to a Read More…

Police: Couple charged $11k on stolen cards

AVON — Police are looking for a man and woman whom they say racked up more than $11,000 in purchases on credit cards stolen from a Lakewood woman while at the Avon Commons shopping center. The victim was ordering a cup of coffee at Panera Bread on Dec. 21 when her wallet was stolen from Read More…