April 23, 2014


1. Lorain County sees rash of overdoses

Elyria police Special Response Team members stand outside a residence at 217 Wolf Court, where a home was raided on Nov. 13 as part of the investigation into a rash of drug overdoses. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

The record-setting pace of fatal overdoses in Lorain County continued in 2013. At least 65 occurred from heroin, prescription pills, or both, through Dec. 22, according to Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. In 2012, there were 60 deaths, compared to 22 in 2011 and 22 in 2010. Total overdoses were expected to double from Read More…

2. Former day care worker accused of raping children

A former ABC Kidz Child Care employee and her fiance have been indicted in connection with the alleged rape of four young children. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Every parent’s worst nightmare appeared to come true in October when day care worker Heather Koon was accused of raping children she supposed to be keeping safe at ABC Kidz Child Care in Elyria. Koon wasn’t even the original target of the investigation that led to her facing criminal charges. Lorain County Sheriff’s deputies had Read More…

3. Shooting of kittens triggers public outrage

North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman addresses the large crowd who attended a City Council meeting on June 17. The crowd came to voice their opinions on the killing of five kittens by a North Ridgeville humane officer. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

It began as a furious barrage of online anger triggered by the June 10 shooting of five feral kittens by North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti. Before the furor died down some months later, online petitions signed by thousands around Ohio and beyond demanded Accorti’s firing, while animal rights groups threatened legal action against the city. Read More…

4. Nancy Smith avoids more jail time in Head Start case

Nancy Smith is led to an elevator by her attorney, Jack Bradley, after signing off on a sentencing agreement June 4 that ends her possibility of returning to prison. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

A deal with prosecutors reached in June means that Nancy Smith won’t be returning to prison in the controversial Head Start child molestation case. Smith, along with her codefendant Joseph Allen, has been free since 2009, when Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge concluded the pair had been wrongly convicted, but the threat of Read More…

5. County officials investigate sick time use

Lorain County auditor Mark R. Stewart CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

When former Lorain County Auditor Mark Stewart retired at the end of 2012, he left behind more 1,200 hours of unused sick time from his days before he became an elected official. But Stewart found a way to cash out that money, being hired by his hand-picked successor, Craig Snodgrass, to work on county Board Read More…

6. Oberlin College shuts down for acceptance rally

Students and members of the community rally outside of Wilder Hall on the campus of Oberlin College March 4 following incidents on the campus. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

  Oberlin College shut down on March 4 for a “Day of Solidarity” after a student reported seeing a person dressed in the white hood and robes of a Ku Klux Klan member near the college’s Afrikan Heritage House. Prior to the spotting, a series of racist, homophobic and anti-religious posters and fliers, including a Read More…

7. Fire causes millions of damage at Republic Steel

The Republic electric arc furnace in Lorain, shown here under construction in August, was fired up Nov. 25 for a test run. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

A Nov. 30 fire at the Republic Steel plant caused millions of damage, according to the Lorain Fire Department. Republic officials haven’t said exactly how much damage occurred at the plant where a new electric arc furnace was being tested and was about to go operational. The furnace is at the center of an approximately $85 Read More…

8. University Hospitals to take over EMH Healthcare

EMH Elyria Medical Center, seen here in June, will be absorbed into the University Hospital system. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Changes in the medical industry, the introduction of the Patient Protection Act and Affordable Care Act, and a need to stay financially solvent – these were among the reasons that Comprehensive Healthcare of Ohio, the parent company of EMH Healthcare, chose 2013 as the year to announce Cleveland-based University Hospitals would take over the Lorain Read More…

9. Amherst seniors make classmate’s dream come true

Chronicle-Telegram photographer Kristin Bauer is a finalist for best photographer, and her photo of Morgan Stock being crowned homecoming queen is a finalist for best general news photo. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

It was a story that was not supposed to happen, because the girl was not supposed to live. But Morgan Stock proved all her doctors and their grim predictions to her parents that their severally disabled child would not live past age 5 wrong. Morgan is now 17 and even with a host of medical Read More…

10. Elyria receives $3.4 million in unclaimed funds

For Elyria city officials, being the recipient of the largest amount of unclaimed funds in Ohio’s history – more than $3.4 million – was a very good problem to have in 2013. For months, Mayor Holly Brinda and City Council members pondered how to spend the windfall and by June a solid plan was put Read More…