February 13, 2016




1. Judge James Burge under fire

Judge James Burge is escorted from court following his arraignment on Wednesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge has been under fire for most of the year, fighting off allegations of bias against prosecutors and now criminal public corruption charges. Burge, who took the bench in 2007, has had a long history of feuding with county Prosecutor Dennis Will, but this year elevated their long-running dispute Read More…

2. Teen dies from caffeine powder overdose

Logan Stiner

The death of LaGrange teenager, wrestler and popular Keystone High School student Logan Stiner in May rocked the small community to its core. But when an autopsy completed in June revealed that Stiner had died from ingesting powdered caffeine, the 18-year-old’s death reached even further. It began to make national and international headlines before forcing Read More…

3. Fatal drug overdoses plague Lorain County

The Project DAWN narcan kits include two doses of narcan as well as a demonstration on its use while at home. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Despite greater awareness, prescription pill and heroin fatal overdoses in Lorain County this year are expected to approach the record-setting 67 in 2013. More deaths would have occurred if a state law allowing public use of Narcan hadn’t passed in March, said Thomas Stuber, Lorain County Alcohol and Drug and Abuse agency CEO and president. Read More…

4. Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church destroyed in fire

Smoke from the fire at First Lutheran Church at Sixth and Washington in Lorain rises above the front of the church as the fire burns through the roof and it was collapsing into the sanctuary. An Amherst firefighter directs his crew as they were re-positioning trucks to fight the fire. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

A year ago, the faithful parishioners of First Evangelical Lutheran Church never imagined celebrating the Christmas holiday anywhere but their historic church home on Lorain’s Washington Avenue. Then, the morning of Aug. 28 happened. Parishioners were forced to watch as flames gutted the church, consuming its near priceless historic organ as it took the building Read More…

5. Ice creates widespread water outage

This photo shows the area of Avon Lake where the water intake facility is. The intake is under water and there is nothing on the surface to see. There are bands of ice and open water. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

The winter of 2013-14 that repeatedly plunged Northeast Ohio into one of the most bitterly cold winters on record also produced the first countywide emergency in more than five years. Intake pipes that normally draw water from Lake Erie for Avon Lake Municipal Utilities, which provides water for more than 200,000 people in a seven-county Read More…

6. Major rainstorm in May leads to widespread flood

Carol Roy of Paula Court, North Ridgeville,  pours water out of a bin that was under her childs bed. The basement rooms filled with deep water after flood waters and sewage came in during the storms in North Ridgeville. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Heavy rains in May measured at up to six inches an hour led to flooding headaches for many in Lorain County, particularly in North Ridgeville, where flood-weary residents repeatedly vented their anger and frustration to city officials as they demanded improvements to ease the situation. Many pledged to defeat any future tax issues until solutions Read More…

7. Teen recovering after car crash

Kyle Delligatti sits in his room at the Keystone Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

In February, 17-year-old star student Kyle Delligatti almost died. In November, he was sitting up, posing for pictures with his numerous Keystone High School friends and opening presents in honor of his 18th birthday. It has been almost a year of grief, hope and small milestones for the teenager, his mother, Wendy Murray, and the Read More…

8. Elyria faces financial cliff

Elyria Fire Chief Rich Benton, front, and Dean Marks, Elyria Fire Union President Local 474, watch election results for Issue 14 at Smitty's Place in Elyria on Nov. 4.  CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

The year 2014 was so long in the making for Elyria as the financial cliff it faced with the Fire Department started in 2010 with the awarding of a $3.6 million federal grant. The boost started the clock for Mayor Holly Brinda, giving her just two options to keep staffing in the safety forces stable: Read More…

9. Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing clients

Michael W. Fine

Although Sheffield lawyer Michael Fine has not been charged with a crime, allegations that he hypnotized clients and gave them sexual commands has led to an emergency suspension of his law license. The case against Fine, which is still under investigation, began after one of his clients secretly recorded meetings with him and shared those Read More…