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Jolene Shrock laughs at daughter Claire, 5, as her other two children Stella, 3, and Ben, 3, work on a puzzle Thursday afternoon at their home in Goshen. Shrock along with her husband Darin and Claire were onboard a flight from Ethiopia when it was hijacked earlier this week. (Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth)
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Posted on Feb. 20, 2014 at 10:36 p.m.

1. Goshen woman recounts experience onboard hijacked plane

When the oxygen masks on Jolene and Darin Shrock's flight from Ethiopia to Rome, the couple knew something was very, very wrong. Then a panicked voice came over the intercom system. Then the plane started jerking around.

Later, when the plane landed in Geneva, Switzerland, the couple learned their flight had been hijacked. Click here to see a video of our interview with Jolene Shrock about her family's experience.

2. Goshen car crash causes about 2,000 outages in Goshen, Millersburg and Middlebury

About 2,000 NIPSCO customers in Goshen, Millersburg and Middlebury lost their power after a car crashed into a pole on C.R. 40 in Goshen, knocking over power lines in the process.

As of 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, about 60 customers were still without power, NIPSCO spokeswoman Jill Perillo said. At that point, Perillo said it could take as long as eight hours to fix restore the customers' power.

3. Heather Gipperich charged with neglect of a dependent after incident involving drugs

Formal charges were filed against Heather Gipperich Thursday, Feb. 20, after she allegedly took her infant daughter with her to buy heroin in Elkhart.

Gipperich, 31, was charged with felony neglect of a dependant and taking a child to a nuisance, which is a misdemeanor. 

Gipperich was arrested Sunday, Feb. 16, and is incarcerated at the St. Joseph County jail. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, Feb. 21. 

4. Man arrested for dealing in cocaine during search warrant

Police arrested a man on suspicion of dealing cocaine following a search of a house south of downtown Elkhart on Thursday, Feb. 20. 

Christopher Frazier, 31, was arrested on a preliminary charge of dealing in cocaine. This is a Class A felony that could result in a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

Frazier remains in the Elkhart County Jail without a bond.

5. Local benefit planned for daughter of fallen soldier

When U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, he left behind a 6-year-old daughter, Madison.

Now, a benefit is being planned that will help Madison and her mother continue to make ends meet financially, as the child support Williams was sending them went away when he died.

The benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Fat Tomato. Click here to find out how you can participate.