Top Stories from Northeast Ohio in 2013

As the final days of 2013 wind down, we reflect on the year in local news.

Northeast Ohio has seen tragedy and heartbreak this past year, but we've also witnessed growth, development and even a miracle.

Hollywood invaded, an unlikely hero emerged, and then the impossible: The Miracle in Cleveland.

Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus proved to all of us that strength and determination can overcome even the darkest things in life.

Their story started long before Berry called 911 from outside a home on Seymour Avenue.

They survived an unimaginable hell.

Cleveland watched as three women broke free to reclaim their lives.

The Miracle in Cleveland is no doubt the most memorable story of the year. It's also one that gave people around the world hope.

Many of you responded to this story by helping to raise more than $1.2 million to help the survivors.

That's at least one positive part of this story -- knowing that the people of Northeast Ohio stepped in to support three of our own when they needed it most.


In October of 2012 Browns fans renewed their hope for a successful team as Jimmy Haslam purchased the franchise.

In 2013 after the FBI began investigating Haslam and the Pilot Flying J company, fans wondered if it would be a distraction.

While the investigation is not expected to impact Haslam's ownership of the Browns, the team struggled on the field.

After winning three of their first five games, we could feel the excitement starting to brew.

Then the injuries started to come one after another. Soon, the playoffs were unreachable. Still, Browns fans wear their colors with pride and look forward to next year.

Remember, the Browns get two first-round draft picks. Thank you, Trent Richardson.


Speaking of the playoffs, the Indians put together an amazing run to finish the season and bring playoff baseball back to Cleveland. Who could forget Jason Giambi's walk off home run on Sept. 24? Go ahead, watch it again.

Manager Terry Francona was even named the American League manager of the year. Good luck getting tickets to the home opener.


Unfortunately, the news wassn't always positive. In March, T.J. Lane appeared in court to be sentenced in the Chardon High School shootings. Lane wore a T-shirt with the word "killer" handwritten on the front.

He sat in court smirking at times as family members of the victims addressed the court. Lane also made a brief statement that shocked and appalled people of Northeast Ohio. He was given three life sentences in prison.


Also in March, Aliza Sherman, an infertility nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, was stabbed to death on a Sunday afternoon outside the Galleria at 75 Erieview Plaza.

Sherman, 53, was attacked just outside her divorce attorney's office. She died after being stabbed 11 times. The murder came the day before Sherman was to appear in court in the divorce.

Her murder has yet to be solved. In April police released this video, which police say is a person of interest in the case.

In July WKYC's Sara Shookman sat down with Sherman's brother, Edward Czinn. Czinn remembered his sister as a mother of four and a lover of children.

Czinn described her death as a sharp contrast from her life.


A police pursuit that ended in the death of two unarmed victims continued to impact the Cleveland Police Department. The incident happened in November 2012, but the "due process" continued throughout 2013.

In October, 64 patrol officers were disciplined for breaking departmental rules.

Collectively, the department handed out 178 suspension days, two written warnings and nine nondisciplinary letters of reinstruction to the officers. The longest suspension handed out was 10 days.

Prior to that one police supervisor was fired while 10 others faced discipline.


In November, a WKYC investigation revealed more than 150 doctors and medical workers that had faced discipline by the Ohio Medical Board in the past five years.

In our investigation, we found dozens of medical workers who were disciplined for things like substance abuse, sexual improprieties, criminal actions, and more.


We created an online directory making it easy for you to search for medical workers in our region. You can use this tool to find our if your doctor was disciplined for any reason.

Medical workers in our report faced things like permanent revocation of their license, suspension or reprimand.


Captain America.

Cleveland and the surrounding area played host to some of Hollywood's hottest stars with the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Commuters will remember the Shoreway shutdown, and 9th Street closures. City leaders approved permits allowing for extended closures during filming.

That gave onlookers the chance to see some of the filming in action.

We all saw more action when Marvel released the first official movie trailer. Watch this.

The movie is scheduled to be released in April of 2014. In case you didn't get to witness any of the action during the filming you can see photos from the filming here.


The Spirit of Goodyear has moved south. In October the blimp offered up a final voyage over the city of Akron for WKYC's Ryan Haidet.

Here's a few lines from his report.

WKYC was one of a few media outlets given permission to climb aboard for a ride before the blimp moves to its new home.

Once inside the cabin, which is about the size of a van, the captain equipped all four of us with headsets so we could communicate with one another throughout the duration of our one-hour journey.

With a couple tugs of controls, the pilot pushed us 1,200 feet into the crisp, autumn air.

It was the perfect day for a fond farewell as Mother Nature offered a goodbye kiss to the Spirit of Akron with plenty of sun-soaked skies.

SLIDESHOW: The Spirit of Goodyear

The flight took us from Wingfoot Lake to downtown Akron at approximately 30 mph.

Our return flight carried us at 10 mph because of headwinds. (READ MORE - Mobile Users -


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