Manalapan Patch has seen a rollercoaster of stories hit the front page - and this list of the top 10 most read stories of the year represents what interested Manalapan and Englishtown readers the most in 2012.
10. Tenure Charges Against Manalapan Principal Revealed
The three tenure charges filed against former Manalapan High School Principal Jeff Simon by the Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education were revealed in late February 2012. The charges included mishandling of student activity funds and endangering students.
In late May, a Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School district bus ran off of the road and struck a light pole and a tree. None of the 37 school children on the bus were injured. The driver, Kristy Tufte, was fired.
8. Manalapan Pharmacist and Nine Others Arrested in Multi-State Drug Bust
A pharmacist at Texas Road Pharmacy in Manalapan was arrested for allegedly dispensing oxycodone pills illegally. His arrest was part of a multi-state drug sweep that resulted in the arrest of two other New Jersey residents and seven South Carolina residents.
7. Manalapan Pics and Clips
This article is all about how users can upload pictures to Manalapan Patch to share with the community!
In mid-January, Manalapan resident Jennifer Mahoney had additional charges brought against her by the Manalapan Police Department which included child pornography, child endangerment and aggravated sexual assault.
In mid-November a Manalapan man and Freehold woman were hit by a car on Route 9 North in the early morning hours and they were both seriously injured. The victims were crossing the road in front of the Bagel World Shopping Plaza.
4. Black Bear Roaming in Manalapan and Englishtown
A black bear decided to take a stroll through Manalapan and Englishtown in mid-July! Englishtown police officers followed the bear until it made it's way out of the Borough.
3. UPDATE: Forked River Man ID’d as Electrocution Victim
Rich Grande, 20, of Forked River was electrocuted while working for Jersey Central Power & Light near the Rolling Thunder Horse Farm on Daum Road in Manalapan in August.
The explicit details of Jennifer Mahoney's child pornography case was revealed in January when Federal charges were filed against her. The complaint described the graphic details of how she sexually assaulted a young girl and then streamed the footage over the internet.
1. UPDATE: Manalapan Shooting Suspect Surrenders
The number one most read story of 2012 was about Robert Dunbar, a Manalapan man, who shot an off-duty New York Police Department officer inside of his Taylor Mills Road home.