Carroll County residents were reading about everything from superstorm Sandy to fatal car accidents to shooting stars in 2012.
The following headlines are from some of the most read stories on Westminster Patch in 2012. Do any of these surprise you?
Deer Park Road Car Accident Kills 17-Year-Old
Seventeen-year-old Michael McVerry, a passenger in a friend's car, was killed in this two-car accident in November. The drivers of both cars were sent to Shock Trauma.
Geminids 2012 May Coincide with a Brand New Meteor Shower
A cosmic light show in mid-December featured up to 120 meteors (or shooting stars) an hour.
Update: Path of Hurricane Sandy and Weather Outlook
A cold front coming from the West and a hurricane coming up the coast had Carroll County hunkered down for a storm that ended up hitting hardest in states north of Maryland in late October.
Eldersburg Car Accident Leaves One Dead
35-year-old Leif Erik Foerter died after his Jeep was hit by a car on Piney Ridge Parkway in Eldersburg in September.
Hurricane Sandy: Carroll County Road Closures
Hurricane Sandy caused road closures throughout the county due to flooding.
Readers' Choice Winner: Thrive Fitness
In March, Patch users voted Thrive Fitness as a favorite workout facility in Westminster.
(Update) Police Identify Body of Man Found in Finksburg
The body of 20-year-old Justin Ogle of Elkridge was found along the side of a quiet road in Finksburg in late July.
Teenager Dies in Single Car Accident
A 16-year-old female from Westminster was killed April 2 after crashing into a tree on Poole Road.
Family Raises Funds to Build Playground in Son's Honor
The community rallied to raise money to build a playground at Mechanicsville Elementary in memory of Kindergartner Nathan "Nate" Baker who died on Sept. 2.
Westminster's Main Street 'Icon' Dies From Heart Attack
Westminster's Economic Development Administrator Stan Ruchlewicz, an ardent proponent of the success of Main Street, died from a heart attack in early June.
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