Most Read Local Stories Of 2016

December 30, 2016 5:00 AM

Freia in the 1980s (Image credit Charles River Center) and today (Image credit WBZ-TV)

It was a busy year with stories on a wide range of subjects grabbing headlines in 2016. Here is a look at the most read stories of the year on CBSBoston.com.
Duxbury High School (WBZ-TV)

Duxbury High School (WBZ-TV)

Nude Photos Of Nearly 50 Duxbury High Teens Found Online

Duxbury Police shut down a Dropbox page that included photos of up to 50 Duxbury High School students in “varying degrees of undress.” Police said the students “made a mistake” in uploading the photos while school officials added they hoped all of the students involved learned a lesson from the situation. Read More.

The too-tall driver (Image credit Hingham police)

The too-tall driver (Image credit Hingham police)

Tall Man Accused Of Driving While Standing Through Sunroof

Being tall can have its downfalls. One Hingham driver found that out the hard way over the summer. Police arrested a 6-foot-7-inch driver after he was operating his car while standing through the sunroof. The man was also driving with a suspended license. Read More.

(Screenshot from Medford Police Patrolmen's Association Facebook page)

(Screenshot from Medford Police Patrolmen’s Association Facebook page)

Medford Police Patrolmen’s Association Posts Photo Of Officers ‘Arresting’ Hillary Clinton

The contentious presidential campaign caused controversy in Medford in October when the Police Patrolman’s Association posted a picture on Facebook showing officers pretending to arrest a person in a Hillary Clinton mask and prison clothing. The association’s president later removed the post and said it was meant as a joke, but he apologized if anyone was offended. Read More.

Surveillance video shows several thieves who police say stole over $13,000 in iPhones from the Natick Mall Apple Store. (Natick Police Department)

Surveillance video shows several thieves who police say stole over $13,000 in iPhones from the Natick Mall Apple Store. (Natick Police Department)

Teens Steal Over $13K In iPhones From Natick Apple Store In ‘Flash Mob’ Robbery

A group of thieves stole iPhones worth over $13,000 from an Apple Store in the Natick Mall in October. Police said the group of seven teenagers was in the store for just under one minute, getting away with 19 phones. Security cameras captured the robbery, but the group was not identified. Read More.

(WBZ-TV graphic)

(WBZ-TV graphic)

FBI Warns Of Thanksgiving Terror Potential; Walsh Says No Specific Threat To Boston

As the holiday season began, law enforcement officials were on alert for potential terrorist attacks. The FBI alerted police around the country about a possible attack around Thanksgiving. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on the threats, saying there was no specific threat to Boston but a heavier police presence was dispatched to be safe. Read More.

Graffiti that was left on an Andover Donald Trump campaign sign. Offensive language has been blurred out. (Image Credit: Andover Police)

Graffiti that was left on an Andover Donald Trump campaign sign. Offensive language has been blurred out. (Image Credit: Andover Police)

Woman Charged With Vandalizing Trump Sign, Nearly Running Over Resident

The presidential election led to a confrontation between two Andover residents. A woman was arrested after she allegedly vandalized a man’s Donald Trump campaign sign, then nearly ran the man over while she tried to speed off. The woman was also suspected of vandalizing signs at the same property several times in previous months. Read More.

Within seconds the store was full of kids grabbing candy, drinks and snacks. (Surveillance image credit: Gloria Mantas)

Within seconds the store was full of kids grabbing candy, drinks and snacks. (Surveillance image credit: Gloria Mantas)

Flash Mob Robbery Caught On Video In Roslindale Store

Another “flash mob” robbery was caught on camera, this time in Roslindale. About 25 teenagers rushed into a convenience store and grabbed drinks, candy, ice cream and any other items they could get their hands on. The robbery lasted less than a minute, and the storeowner was too overwhelmed by the crowd to stop them. Read More.

Transit Police respond to Muslim couple praying at MBTA station in Medford (Image from Boston Herald)

Transit Police respond to Muslim couple praying at MBTA station in Medford (Image from Boston Herald)

Muslim Leader Says MBTA’s Response To Prayer Was ‘Understandable’

Guards with machine guns responded to an Orange Line MBTA station after a rider became nervous when they saw a Muslim couple praying on the platform. Muslim leaders said the reaction by police was “understandable” as people were on high alert since the incident came just days after the deadly shooting inside a gay nightclub in Orlando. Read More.

Freia in the 1980s (Image credit Charles River Center) and today (Image credit WBZ-TV)

Freia in the 1980s (Image credit Charles River Center) and today (Image credit WBZ-TV)

McDonald’s Worker With Down Syndrome Retiring After 32 Years

Freia David received a warm sendoff as she retired following 32 years working at McDonald’s in Needham. David, who has Down syndrome, was paired with the McDonald’s location through the Charles River Center. Read More.

(Photo Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

‘Pokemon Go’ Players Blamed For Damage At Historic Massachusetts Fort

Though “Pokemon Go” took over phones around the country this summer, it wasn’t good news for everyone. Caretakers at Fort Phoenix in Massachusetts said Pokemon Go players were responsible for damaging the historic site. A stone wall was taken apart with a crowbar and people were accused of digging up the ground at the fort, which was destroyed by the British in 1778 but later rebuilt. Read More.

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