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Top 10 Headlines of 2012 [Year in Review]

A police chase, a mother bear and her cubs and a new burger joint among year's most popular stories on Caldwells Patch.

The following are the most read stories on Caldwells Patch in 2012. 

1. Police Chase Ends Blocks From Walgreens Parking Lot

Helicopters were flying over West Caldwell on a February night after an incident in the township involving police that started at Walgreens.

2. Caldwell Man Charged With Posession of Child Pornography

A Caldwell man who worked as a substitute teacher at Washington Elementary School in West Caldwell in 2010 was charged for possession of child pornography, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

3. Brawl Ensues After High School Football Game

A local football rivalry turned ugly when teens from opposing high schools got in a brawl shortly after a close game.

4. Man Plays Historic Two Hole-In-One Round

A West Caldwell man made golf history in June when he made two hole-in-ones in the same round at the Donald Ross course at Mountain Ridge Country Club.

5. Student Removed From James Caldwell High School for Making List of Names

School officials removed a student from James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell in December after learning the boy kept a list of eight names in a notebook, according to the district. 

6. Exxon Strong-Arm Robbery Victim Hospitalized

A gas station attendant was in the hospital after he was apparently struck in the head during a robbery at the Exxon gas station in Caldwell.

7. What is the Name of Your Favorite Preschool?

Surely there is a preschool in your town that represents the wonderful experience of early childhood education.

8. Mother Bear and Cubs Foraging in West Caldwell

A mother bear and her three cubs were foraging in an area of West Caldwell known as the Gardens in September.

9. Say Hello to Five Guys Burgers and Fries 

The winner of the Best Burger category in Zagat's Fast Food Survey has a West Caldwell home. 

10. Washington School Locked Down While Police Investigate Report of Gunshot

School officials locked down Washington Elementary School in West Caldwell for about an hour on a December afternoon while police investigated reports of a possible gunshot in the area.

More Year in Review stories:

  • Businesses That Came—and Went—in 2012
  • Top Photos of 2012

What do you think is the most memorable story of 2012? Share it in the comments.

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