WXYZ.com's 10 most popular stories of 2012: Bashara, Westland teens, I-96 shooter & ballot proposals

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It's a new year and we're taking a look back at the stories you read and watched more than any others on WXYZ.com in 2012. It's a fascinating list!

Sometimes the most popular stories on our website and apps aren't really the biggest news of the year. Still, we know they help show just what caught Detroit's attention in 2012.

Here they are:

WXYZ.com's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2012

Lottery winner who was charged with welfare fraud found dead - The story of Amanda Clayton of Lincoln Park who was cutoff from state food assistance after it was revealed that she had won $1,000,000 in the Michigan Lottery. She died of an apparent drug overdose.


LIST: Victims named in Newtown, CT school shooting - Detroit mourned the Sandy Hook Elementary School students and staff who were shot and killed earlier this month.


INTERVIEW: Pastor Marvin Winans carjacked and robbed in Detroit - Pastor Winans' story garnered national attention shortly after he had delivered the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral .


What Michigan voters need to know about the 6 ballot proposals - Even in a presidential election year, Michigan voters were most focused on the ballot proposals we were asked to decide on in November.


Chopper 7 video shows scary moment, roof collapses below fighters - Every day, we see metro Detroit's first responders working in heroic ways. We were able to share this video of firefighters battling a Dearborn fire.


Officer Patrick O'Rourke's wife speaks with 7 Action News about her husband - Amy O'Rourke spoke with us just one day after her husband Patrick was killed in the line of duty as a West Bloomfield police officer. This was a very powerful video.


Police believe two bodies found are missing Westland teens -  Jourdan Bobbish and Jacob Kudla were missing for several days. Both were found murdered in a field near Detroit's City Airport.


Police investigate apparent murder of Grosse Pointe woman, body found in Detroit inside her Mercedes - The story of Jane Bashara has captured the attention of metro Detroit throughout all of 2012. Murdered in January, a wild story would unfold involving her husband Bob and a handyman named Joe Gentz who would later say he was paid to kill Jane by her husband.


43-year-old Wixom man arrested in connection with I-96 corridor shootings - After more than 20 shooting incidents, many in Michigan were on edge and hesitant to drive along I-96. We broke this particular story as police arrested Raulie Casteel. He was recently arraigned on terrorism charges .


Mother angry after daughter vaccinated without her permission - Sighle Kinney is fuming after her 14-year-old daughter was given four shots by the school nurse at Marcus Garvey Academy without her permission. One of these was the HPV vaccination.


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