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These were the biggest stories in 2019 in Cleveland

Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 18:30:23-05

CLEVELAND — As the year is coming to a close, News 5 reporter John Kosich reflected on the top stories in 2019.

Fred McLeod

Cleveland Cavaliers announcer Fred McLeod suddenly passed away in September.

RELATED: Watch: Cavs' play tribute video to Fred McLeod during home opener

Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market fire

An overnight four alarm fire destroyed a portion of the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market in Sugar Creek in August.

RELATED: Lightning strike caused massive fire that destroyed part of Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market

Social Insecurity

A 73-year-old grandmother from Richfield was forced to go back to work after her benefits were cut.

RELATED: 73-year-old grandmother forced to work after thousands are cut from her Social Security benefits

Popeye's chicken sandwich

Customers scrambled to find a Popeye's chicken sandwich in Cleveland.

RELATED: A city in crisis: Customers scramble to find coveted Popeyes sandwich in Cleveland

John Dorsey's trolls Steelers fan

In March, former Browns general manager John Dorsey came across a table of Browns fans and a lone Steelers fan at a bar.

RELATED: Browns GM John Dorsey meets Steelers fan in restaurant and hilarity ensues

Emma Pfouts

A 16-year-old cheerleader from Norton faced a life-threatening illness after collapsing at homecoming.

RELATED: 'We love you Emma!' — Norton 'roars' for cheerleader in coma