Top 10 Stories of 2012 on Freehold Patch

A look back at the most viewed stories of 2012.

While 2012 had its ups and downs, the world did not end. From Supercell storms, to Hurricanes and art murals Freehold experienced it all. Here is a look back at the top 10 most popular stories on Freehold Patch in 2012.

10: PHOTOS: Freehold Mural Painted Over (Update)

The property, 63 E. Main St., is the site of a proposed 7-Eleven. The application by the property owner, HRS Investments LLC, is currently before the Freehold Borough Planning Board. HRS Investments received approval by the Freehold Borough Code Enforcement Office in late December to reopen the site as a gas station.

9: Discovery of 9-Year-Old’s Remains in Upper Freehold Yields Charges

The remains of 9-year-old Jon-Niece Jones needed a DNA test to identify her.

8: Hostage-Taker Identified as Convicted Robber and Parole Violator

Andres Garcia, 44, of Paterson, has been identified by authorities as the suspected shoplifter shot and killed by a Woodbridge police officer --Edward Barrett, Jr.-- after taking a female hostage at knifepoint at the Woodbridge Center Mall


JCP&L’s outage map shows that in Freehold alone there are 18,085 outages reported. Outages began in Freehold early Monday afternoon, and consistently continued throughout the day and night. Earlier Monday, some Freehold Borough residents got lucky when their power came back on for a few hours after it originally went out. 

6: Power Back in Areas of Freehold Township

After the first night of Hurricane Sandy, over 18,000 residences are without power in Freehold this morning.

5: Man Killed in Jackson Mills Road Crash

A three-car accident on Jackson Mills Road Tuesday afternoon killed one man and left two people injured.

4: Hurricane Sandy in Freehold

While Sandy nears, stick with Patch for up-to-date information that pertains directly to Freehold. We'll be updating throughout the storm on Patch, which will also update on our free mobile Patch app. Also be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter for even more up to the minute updates.

3: Four-Car Accident on Kozloski Road in Freehold

Four vehicles were involved in an accident at Kozloski Road and Center Street in Freehold Township shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday.


Violent thunderstorms blowing through Monmouth County late Saturday knocked out power to some 30,000 customers, according to Jersey Central Power and Light, and had left up to 3,600 outages in Freehold Borough and over 2,300 in Freehold Township still unrestored as of Sunday afternoon.

1: Update: 17-Year-Old Girl Ejected From Car Sunroof in Kozloski Accident

Four vehicles are totaled after a 17-year-old girl appeared to have run a red light at Kozloski Road and Center Street at 2:44 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by the Freehold Township Police Department


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