JP's Top 10 Stories of 2012
The stories that shaped Jamaica Plain in the past year.
The following are the top 10 stories reported on Jamaica Plain Patch of the previous year, (in reverse chronological order):
10. At the end of August, police investigated a body found floating in Jamaica Pond. This story was the second in the series, which noted that investigators were not treating the death as a homocide.
8. A motorcycle driver died after a crash with a van in August.
7. This story in April about a man from Shrewsbury who was charged with the murder of his wife, and had allegedly eaten bits of her flesh, died in a hospital in Jamaica Plain in May was particularly well read.
6. The state drug lab crisis is centered around a now shut down lab in Jamaica Plain. Through the crisis, several of those convicted on drug charges have been released. Some have been re-arrested. One state official's spokesman said they'll all be arrested on new charges at some point.
5. The original story about a body floating in Jamaica Pond was well-read on JP Patch.
4. Police arrested several members of the Boylston Street gang in July. Relief spread through the area as the violent feud between the Boyston Street and Mozart Street gang had been going on for years.
3. The No. 3 story of 2012 is not exclusive to Jamaica Plain. It's simply a poll asking whether readers thought Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow last February.
2. The story of 2012 for much of the east coast was the second most well-read story on Jamaica Plain Patch: Hurricane Sandy tore down a billboard in Forest Hills at the end of October.
1. The story about Operation Rodeo, a police action that took down most of the member of the aforementioned Boylston Street gang, was the most well-read story on JP Patch in 2012.