October 31, 2014


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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Iraqi Kurds head to fight militants in Syria  The 150 peshmerga troops crossed into Turkey on their way to help their Syrian brethren in their battle with the Islamic State group in the besieged border town of Read More…

Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

This image taken from video provided by NASA TV shows Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blowing up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Va., just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities. (AP Photo/NASA TV)

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials. Crews planned to hit Read More…

Driver in Westlake bar crash pleads not guilty

Brandon Pawlak

AVON LAKE — A man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed what police say was a stolen truck into a Westlake bar pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple charges. Brandon Pawlak, 26, of Cleveland, the driver of a 2002 Ford F-250 that crashed through the front of Dover Read More…

Motorcycle crash victim a family man

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CARLISLE TWP. — Fatal motorcycle crash victim Donal Davis Jr. was remembered as a loving brother and father by his sisters Tuesday. Davis, a 54-year-old lifelong Grafton resident, was the youngest of five children. Davis, the father of a 26-year-old daughter, Lindsey Davis, worked for Alco Manufacturing Corp. in Elyria, a screw machine product supplier, Read More…

Alleged sex offender’s retrial continues

Joel Covender

ELYRIA — After Joel Covender’s former stepdaughter wrote an affidavit saying she had no memory of being molested by Covender, her aunt wore a police wire in the hope that her niece would admit she was lying. The aunt, who took the stand Tuesday during the second day of Covender’s retrial on charges of gross Read More…

NRG revaluation denied, has 30 days to appeal

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ELYRIA — The Lorain County Board of Revision on Tuesday dismissed a request to significantly reduce the value of an Avon Lake power plant because the company filed the request under a company name that wasn’t yet registered with the state. NRG Energy Inc. in March filed a 2012 property valuation with the Lorain County Read More…

A dreamy birthday wish for two Elyria High School students

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ELYRIA — Celena Torres and Emily Kelly are best friends. They like the same music and have birthdays close to one another. Tuesday, they got the same birthday surprise at the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center. Pop star Francesco Yates had just finished giving students a short acoustic performance when Celena and Emily took Read More…

Sheriff’s sergeant pleads to lesser charges

Lorain County Sheriff's Sgt. Donald McCurry is shown during his plea hearing Tuesday. BRAD DICKEN/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of assault and dereliction of duty for striking a friend of his daughter’s in the head with a flashlight last year. McCurry, 48, originally was charged with felonious assault in the Aug. 12, 2013, incident that sent Joe Reiger to a Read More…

Nordson Corp. revives rail cars for Lake Shore Railway Association

AMHERST — Three historic rail cars that have remained unchanged for 43 years will become part of the Lake Shore Railway Association courtesy of The Nordson Corp. Lake Shore Railway Association President Jack Siffert said he’s had the opportunity to explore the cars extensively over the years, and he looks forward to making them a Read More…

Nurse who had Ebola being released from hospital

Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, right, embraces Emory University Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Ribner, as she leaves a press conference after being discharged from the hospital Tuesday in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (AP) — Amber Vinson, a nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient in Dallas, is now virus-free, and was celebrated Tuesday by her caregivers as courageous and passionate before getting out of the hospital. Another nurse who was held for days against her will in Read More…