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Top 10 Redmond Patch Stories of 2012

Local news related to crime and controversy drew in the most readers this past year.

Here is a list of the top 10 most popular stories on Redmond Patch over the last year. We compiled the list based on number of page views. Some stories with multiple posts have been grouped together.

1. Redmond Community Pays Tribute to Jackson Roos at Candlelight Vigil: The entire Redmond community was shocked and saddened by the accidental death of 12-year-old Jackson Roos in September. Hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil in Hartman Park on Oct. 1 to honor the Evergreen Middle School student.

2. Redmond Police Arrest Prolific 'Movie Bandits' Tied to Nearly 30 Burglaries: In August, Redmond Police arrested a Bothell couple that was allegedly tied to dozens of car prowls and burglaries around the Seattle region. Police say the two suspects targeted movie theaters and other public places, where they broke into vehicles, stole registration info, and then proceeded to burglarize the owners' empty homes. After the arrests, police worked to return thousands of pieces of stolen property to victims.

3. Redmond Parent Arrested Following Dispute Over Daughter's Dance Attire: Many readers had an opinion about a dress-code violation that led to the arrest of a Redmond Junior High School parent back in June. Upset over a disciplinary incident involving her 15-year-old daughter, Life Hammond was arrested after she refused to leave school property.

4. Officer Reprimanded for Threatening Videotaping Cyclist With Arrest: A Redmond police officer came under fire this summer when a cyclist used a cell phone to record a traffic stop on Cleveland Street. The veteran officer received a written reprimand for threatening the cyclist with arrest during their interaction.

5. Cavalia Horse Show Comes to Marymoor Park: Thousands of horse lovers flocked to Marymoor Park early this year for a lavish show featuring acrobats, dancers, musicians and 45 horses from around the world. The show, created by Cirque du Soleil co-founder Normand Latourelle, was so popular with local audiences that organizers extended its Marymoor run several times.

6. 2012 General Election: Many people were drawn into our coverage of the general election, which sparked some heated debates in the comments section. Stories concerning the presidential election and Washington's statewide initiatives were especially popular.

7. Seattle Woman Fatally Shot in Redmond Home: Claire Thompson, a 2010 graduate of Eastlake High School, died after being shot at a house party on Education Hill in February. Cornelius De Jong of Redmond pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison in September.

8. Man Upset After Redmond Police Decline to Arrest Elderly Driver: Another controversial story that prompted many comments from our readers stemmed from a collision in a parking lot off Redmond Way. An asphalt worker alleged Redmond Police failed to take proper action when he was hit by an elderly driver. The driver was not arrested at the scene, which police said is standard procedure in similar incidents.

9. Report: Off-Duty Redmond Cop Was Ready to Intervene at Seahawks Game: The Bellevue Police Department found itself at the center of a high-profile controversy this year when a group of off-duty officers became intoxicated and exhibited boorish behavior at a Seahawks game. In December, a department report revealed an off-duty Redmond officer was a witness to the incident.

10. : Many people were affected by the death of Olympic equestrian Amy Tryon this spring. Tryon was a native of Redmond who lived in Duvall and had worked as a firefighter on the Eastside.

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