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2010 saw tragedy and triumph in Lorain County

News happens every day, but much of it quickly fades into the mists of time. The annual top 10 stories, as selected by The Chronicle-Telegram’s editorial staff, are stories that linger on in the memory. Some are tragic, such as the death of a police officer or the loss of an entire family in horrific Read More…

No. 1: Elyria police Officer Jim Kerstetter killed in the line of duty

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March 15, the night gunshots rang out on 18th Street and Elyria police Officer James Kerstetter was killed, made history in Elyria by breaking a record many hoped would live on forever. The veteran officer became the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the city in 67 years. Kerstetter’s assailant, Read More…

No. 2: Daniel Kovarbasich murders Duane Hurley

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Daniel Kovarbasich never denied that he killed Duane Hurley on Jan. 22, beating the man with a pickle jar and stabbing him approximately 55 times in Hurley’s North Ridgeville home. The killing was a shocking act for a 16-year-old, but so was the reason Daniel, now 17, gave for committing the crime — he insisted Read More…

No. 3: President Barack Obama visits Lorain County

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A visit from a sitting U.S. president is a rare thing and President Barack Obama’s whirlwind Jan. 22 visit to Lorain County was no exception. The visit — the first time a president has come to the county since a whistlestop visit from Harry Truman in 1948 — thrust the county into the national spotlight. Read More…

No. 4: Brent Kandra is mauled by a bear

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The fatal mauling of 24-year-old Brent Kandra of Elyria on Aug. 19 by a bear belonging to exotic animal enthusiast Sam Mazzola brought an avalanche of criticism for the controversial Mazzola. He said he used a fire extinguisher to scare off the bear — which has since he euthanized — but it was too late. Read More…

No. 5: New Elyria High School opens

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The old Elyria High School was a crumbling deteriorating mess described by some as the worst educational structure in the state. When the doors opened in September on the first phase of the $71 million project, community leaders, residents and school officials collectively smiled. With more than $1million in donations from private individuals, state-of-the-art technology Read More…

No. 6: Crash claims entire Wellington family

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Tragedy has a way of making everyone stop and take stock of their own lives. And in a year of tragic deaths, the loss of a young family just starting out their lives together was a shock. The Cole family died Nov. 16 in a horrific two-vehicle accident on Baumhart Road in Camden Township. Gar Read More…

No. 7: Chronicle publisher Coop Hudnutt dies

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The death of A. Cooper Hudnutt, publisher of The Chronicle-Telegram and president of the company that runs the paper and other media properties in the Cleveland area, came unexpectedly. He was 57. Hudnutt, who died Nov. 23, left behind family, friends and a media company that he had guided through tough times in recent years. Read More…

No. 8: Plane crash kills 4, including inventor Don Brown

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Don Brown became wealthy and well-known in life as an inventor — his most famous invention was the drop ceiling — but his death in a Jan. 18 plane crash put him back in the headlines. The crash of the MU-2B plane, which is made by Mitsubishi, came when the pilot was making the second Read More…

No. 9: Republicans win commissioner, state Senate seats

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Lorain County’s politics mirrored the national blowback against Democrats on Nov. 2 when Republicans Tom Williams and Gayle Manning won office over a pair of veteran Democratic politicians. Williams, an electromechanical process engineer for Invacare, who takes office next month as a Lorain County Commissioner after beating state Rep. Joe Koziura, D-Lorain, a long-time politician Read More…