October 21, 2014

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Lorain jail delayed again

This time, state official was called up to Iraq just before inspection, police say LORAIN — The calendar pages flipped past November, December and January, and still the new city jail didn’t open. Now, the city is hoping to at least get it running as a six-hour holding facility in a couple of weeks after Read More…

After award-winning ‘The War,’ writer digs up family skeletons

Oberlin author’s great-grandfather the swindler who bankrupted President Ulysses S. Grant OBERLIN — As a writer who has worked on nearly every project by famed historical documentary producer Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward knows all about history. IN PERSON Geoffrey C. Ward, the writer who worked with filmmaker Ken Burns on most of his projects, Read More…

VA employees rack up $2.6 billion in credit card charges for veterans care

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs employees last year racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in government credit-card bills at casino and luxury hotels, movie theaters and high-end retailers such as Sharper Image and Franklin Covey — and government auditors are investigating, citing past spending abuses. All told, VA staff charged $2.6 billion to their government Read More…

Charlton Heston, dead at 84, left political mark to rival cinematic legacy

LOS ANGELES — Nancy Reagan was heartbroken over Charlton Heston’s death. President Bush hailed him as a “strong advocate for liberty,” while John McCain called Heston a devotee for civil and constitutional rights. Even Michael Moore, who mocked Heston in his gun-control documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” posted the actor’s picture on his Web site to Read More…

Ga. man kills self 12 years after receiving heart from man who also committed suicide

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — A man who received a heart transplant 12 years ago and later married the donor’s widow died the same way the donor did, authorities said: of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No foul play was suspected in 69-year-old Sonny Graham’s death at his Vidalia, Ga., home, investigators said. He was found Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court to hear concealed gun arguments

COLUMBUS — Ohioans have the right to ban hidden guns from their homes and places of business, but if the landlord is a city or county, that right evaporates under a new section of Ohio law, a group that wants it overturned says. The Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments in the case on Wednesday — Read More…

Students bring the beer; police bring the tear gas

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Police used tear gas early Sunday to disperse a massive crowd partying near the Michigan State University campus after fights broke out and officers were pelted with bottles and cans. Police said in a statement that 3,000 to 4,000 people had gathered for the Cedar Fest party late Saturday. They said Read More…

Five arrested after fight at Wilkes Villa

ELYRIA — Police officers found themselves in the middle of a large fight at Wilkes Villa on Saturday afternoon, according to a police report. Five people were arrested after the fracas at 5 p.m., including a 17-year-old Elyria boy on charges of assaulting a police officer. Claudette Jackson, 34, and Sabrina Dozier, 28, both of Read More…

Mother, 2 children die in house fire

WEST JEFFERSON — Officials say a fire in central Ohio killed a mother and her two children early Sunday morning. The fire started just after midnight and quickly leveled the one-floor home. The fire killed Billi Romans, 51; her daughter, Ami Romans, 16; and her son, Caleb Romans, 12, according to the Madison County sheriff’s Read More…

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FUGITIVE?

Albert J. Hardy 5 feet, 7 inches tall 175 pounds A reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Albert J. Hardy, 38, of Elyria, who is wanted in connection to a hotel robbery last summer. Deputy U.S. Marshal David Siler said Hardy is believed to be the man who on July Read More…