Livingston's 10 Most Read Stories of 2012

A look at Livingston's most read stories of 2012.

Livingston saw 2012 come in with a mild winter and will see it go out with now, snow, freezing rain and bad weather.

In between, Livingston had spring, summer and fall events to remember.

The 10 most-read stories on Livingston Patch this year are presented below.

Enjoy our look back at 2012!

27 Arrested Statewide in Child Pornography Sting

State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced the arrest of 27 people, including an 18-year-old Livingston resident, on child pornography charges.  At a morning press conference, Chiesa said the operation -- dubbed “Operation Watchdog” -- brought together the State Police and local police departments between April 9 and April 13 in sting operations aimed at disrupting peer-to-peer file-sharing sites. The state Division of Criminal Justice had been investigating and attaining warrants since January.

Livingston Home Invasion Sends Woman to Hospital

A woman working at a Livingston home was punched in the face and bound with duct tape after a man wearing a hard hat and vest pushed his way into the house in an apparent home invasion, according to Livingston Detective Sgt. Anthony Dippold.

Katie Holmes Hires Livingston-Based Lawyer for Cruise Divorce

Actress Katie Holmes is lawyering up to prepare for her divorce and she has selected one of Livingston’s best to represent her.  Following the announcement that her five year marriage with Tom Cruise was ending, Holmes has hired Jonathan Wolfe, a member of the Skoloff & Wolfe law firm in Livingston, to help her in what is sure to be a public and messy divorce. 

A West Orange resident is listed in serious condition after being hit by a car while crossing Route 10 in front of Mount Pleasant Middle School.  She was holding a toddler at the time.  Paramedics and the Livingston First Aid Squad responded to the scene and brought the two pedestrians to University Hospital, according to Livingston Det. Sgt. Anthony Dippold.

Carjacking at Livingston Gas Station Under Investigation

Police are investigating an alleged carjacking at a Northfield Road gas station.  At around 8:10 a.m., a man in his 20s, wearing a wool mask, allegedly pushed his way past a female driver using the air pump at the Livingston Autobahn Shell station, entered the driver's seat and drove away in her 2009 silver Mercedes Sport Utility Vehicle, according to Detective Sgt. Anthony Dippold. The woman was not injured.

Seymour's Luncheonette Closes After 52 Years

Seymour's Luncheonette, which has been serving customers since 1960, has shuttered its doors.  The restaurant, which Patch readers voted as having the best burgers in town, closed, according to owner Gary Korn.  Korn says he was forced to close because "not enough people were coming in."

Angry Dad Shoots Daughter's Laptop Over Facebook Rant

Our Montclair Patch editor was just with a bunch of fellow moms ... and what was everyone talking about? The YouTube video made by an angry father who, when fixing his daughter’s computer, came across her long Facebook rant about family life. He's so mad about her post that he spills his own rant, which he promises to post on his daughter's Facebook wall. For his grand finale, the dad pulls out a gun and shoots his daughter's laptop to pieces.

A Livingston man was arrested for allegedly filing hundreds of phony federal income tax returns.  Todd P. Halpern, 46, is accused of using the identity of a dead return preparer, whose business he bought in 2008.

Power Slowly Being Restored Following Sandy

Livingston Mayor Stephen Santola says that PSE&G has returned power to thousands of Livingston residents on Wednesday.  The power company has also set up a "satellite headquarters" at town hall.

Livingston Reports 12 Car Thefts In Five Days

Livingston residents are being urged to lock their cars following a string of thefts involving automobiles last week.


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