February 13, 2016


Burge trial: Proceedings shift on judge’s testimony (VIDEO)

Judge James Burge and his attorney Michael Stepanik listen as they are admonished by visiting Judge Dale Crawford for their communications while Burge was on the stand Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge entered the fourth day of his corruption trial on a high — half of the 12 initial charges against him were dismissed, and the state’s case against him appeared to be faltering. Then he stepped to the witness stand to testify on his own behalf. During Read More…

VIDEO: Burge defends self as trial opens

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge shows the jury evidence Thursday regarding his alleged connections to Whiteacre North Ltd. in the courtroom of Visiting Judge Dale Crawford in the Lorain County Justice Center in Elyria. KRISTEN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Common Pleas Court Judge James Burge, a defense attorney before being elected to the bench, returned to that role Thursday to defend himself against charges that could end his long legal career. Burge, representing himself with the aid of attorney Michael Stepanik, told a five-man, seven-woman jury that he was innocent of the accusations filed Read More…

District Boys Basketball: Lorain needs 3 overtimes to outlast Brunswick, stay undefeated, move into district final (VIDEO)

Lorain's Eddie Williamson hangs in the air on the way to the hoop Wednesday during a 59-56 triple-overtime win over Brunswick. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Lorain coach John Rositano said his team needed a game like the one it had just played. The Titans had not had a game where they were in serious jeopardy of losing since Jan. 23, when they rallied in the final minute to knock off Bedford. Since then Lorain had won nine Read More…

Lorain church ruins demolished [Video]

Looking from the altar back into the church gives the last image taken of the inside of the historic church as demolition crews work from the back to the front. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Remnants of Lorain’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, destroyed by arson Aug. 28, were demolished Tuesday. The Rev. Jimmy Madsen, church pastor, said he was bittersweet about the demolition. While sad about the loss of the 90-year-old church, he said the demolition, which he compared to a burial, means the congregation are closer to getting a Read More…

VIDEO: A look back at the 2014-15 basketball season


As the 2014-15 high school basketball season winds down, take a look back at the season. Lorain County basketball expert Tim Alcorn, from WEOL AM 930, discusses the season’s highlights. Photos by Steve Manheim. Kristin Bauer, David Richard, Amanda Rundle, Ray Reidel, and Anna Norris.  

Lorain rallies to beat Warrensville Heights, finish regular season 22-0 (with Video)


WARRENSVILLE HTS. — In its final hurdle to a 22-0 season, Lorain trailed by eight at half Thursday night against Warrensville Heights — its largest halftime deficit of the year. So it was slightly surprising to see the Titans emerge after just two minutes of the halftime break. The message in that short locker room Read More…

Boys basketball: Lorain uses solid defense to rout Maple Heights (VIDEO)

Lorain High School senior Devon Andrews (5) takes the ball to the hoop as Maple Heights High School senior Maurice Wilson (3) attempts to block his shot on Friday night, Feb. 6.

LORAIN — The last Lorain County high school boys basketball team to win a state championship — the 1986 Oberlin Indians — were nicknamed “The Rim-Wrecking Crew” because of their array of powerful and athletic dunks. This year’s Lorain team — the fourth-ranked Division I team in the state and a state title contender — Read More…

VIDEO: Suspects steal ATM from Westlake Skyzone

Westlake Police say unidentified suspects stole an ATM from Skyzone after dislodging it from its foundation. COURTESY PHOTO

WESTLAKE – Police are seeking three unidentified suspects who stole an ATM from Skyzone early Wednesday morning. A snow plowing contractor discovered the front door to the business at 31500 Viking Parkway smashed in at 3:57 a.m., according to a release from Capt. Guy Turner. An investigation revealed that two suspects broke through the door Read More…

VIDEO: Lorain rape victim testifies at Dayton man’s sentencing


ELYRIA — A Dayton man linked to the 2001 rape of a Lorain woman through DNA was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison. Raymond Dennard, 47, pleaded guilty in November to rape, kidnapping and aggravated burglary in the case, which was filed in 2013 after DNA testing by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Read More…

Videos: Avon Lake athletes sign Letters of Intent

Maddie McQuiston, left, Max Seipel, Ben Oxley, Kyle Kuhar and Collin Lucas sign letters of intent for national signing day at Avon Lake High School on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Avon Lake was one of the few area schools that didn’t close due to the weather, and five athletes were able to enjoy an official signing ceremony for National Signing Day. Three Shoremen football players will be in Division I programs in the fall — Ben Oxley is headed to Northwestern, Kyle Kuhar signed with Read More…