Top 12 Stories of 2012
Here are the 12 most-read stories of 2012 on Largo Patch.
1. Man Goes to Jail For Having a Sandwich in His Pants. In September, a local man was accused of refusing to return a sandwich to a convenience store shelf and leaving the store with the sandwich in his pants, allegedly without paying for the merchandise.
2. Late Largo Soldier's Letter Changed Congressman's Mind on War. Fallen American Hero, Sgt. Matt Sitton, wrote to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young about his concerns regarding improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. In August, he was killed by one.
3. Feds: Largo Puppeteer Wanted to Cook, Eat Children. In July, a Largo man was charged with conspiring to kidnap kids and was found allegedly with images of child porn in his home, federal agents said.
4. Largo Boy Who Danced With Bucs Cheerleaders to Appear on 'Today' Show. In December, a 10-year-old Largo boy's "Gangnam Style" dance routine made the national news.
5. Feral Cats Pose Dilemma for Local Animal Agencies. In March, animal caregivers shared different perspectives on how to care for the county's feral cat population.
6. Buffalo Wild Wings Coming Soon to Largo. The community watched as a new sports bar was built on busy Ulmerton Road. The restaurant opened in October at the Largo Mall.
7. Sheriff Declares War on Car Stereo Noise. In January, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced a new program aimed at encouraging the community to report "excessively loud noise" from car stereos.
8. New Walmart Coming to Missouri Avenue in Largo. In September, Walmart shared plans with the community to build a new supercenter across the street from its existing location on Missouri Avenue North.
9. One Woman Dead, Another Injured in Largo Hotel Shooting. In November, authorities investigated a hotel shooting, which left one woman dead and another injured.
10. Authentic Italian Eatery Opens on Ulmerton Road in Largo. This summer a new Italian restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner opened
11. Three Wawa Stores Coming to the Largo Area. The popular northeastern fuel and convenience store plans Largo and Pinellas Park locations.
12. New Coffee and Yogurt Shop Opens on Walsingham. In July, Ready Set Yo opened. The shop offers a cool spot to unwind over a latte or a yogurt sundae.