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Most-Read Madison Patch Stories of 2012

Ten stories that were viewed the most.

1. 3 Madison Men Charged in Cook Plaza Assault

Three Madison men were arrested Thursday morning and charged with aggravated assault in connection with an alleged assault that seriously injured three other borough residents early Sunday morning, police said. (May 24) (The case has not yet been presented to a grand jury.)

2. Codey Ousted as Borough Administrator

In a shocking move its backers said was rooted in the budget and its opponents said reeked of politics, the Madison Borough Council on Monday night voted 4-2 to fire longtime Borough Administrator Ray Codey and consolidate his job responsibilities with Assistant Borough Administrator Jim Burnet. (Feb. 28) (Codey later was reinstated after a public outcry.)

3. Madison Lawyer Admits Role in Buying Home in Dead Man's Name

An attorney from Madison on Monday became the last of five defendants to plead guilty for their roles in a scheme led by a Hudson County woman to defraud a mortgage lender of $431,2000, the Office of the Attorney General announced this week. (May 23) (Paul DiGiacomo was sentenced in September to seven years in state prison. His attorney said the one-time youth sports coach participated in the scheme as his real estate law practice was struggling and he was trying to support his family with four children.)

4. Transcript: Police Chief's Orders 'Unbelievable'

Madison police Officer Anthony Maccario noticed during the summer of 2010 that fellow Officer Anthony Kaspereen was losing weight. He attributed it to Kaspereen patrolling Madison by foot for nine hours at a time. The patrol is at the center of a lawsuit filed by Kaspereen, who has since retired, against the borough and Police Chief John Trevena. (May 1) (The lawsuit was settled for $600,000. Trevena retired on Aug. 1 after a nearly 30-year career in law enforcement shortly before the settlement details were released.)

5. Boro Councilman Charged With Prescription Fraud

Vincent Esposito, a local doctor and Madison councilman, was arrested Thursday for alleged prescription drug fraud. (Feb. 17) (Esposito denied the charges, finished his term, and is expected to attend the reorganization meeting Jan. 1. The case has not yet been presented to a grand jury.)

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One person was hospitalized after being rescued from the second floor of a multi-family home on Park Avenue Saturday morning. (Nov. 17)

7. Family's Home for 23 Years 'Total Loss' After Fire

Michelle Davis and her family have lived in their house on Hunter Drive in Madison for 23 years and, with the help of a friend who is a carpenter, they focused on a different remodeling project each year. (Nov. 28)

8. Madison High Coach Loses Battle With Cancer

Robert Chandler, a coach and teacher at Madison High School for three decades known for holding students to high standards and earning their respect, died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (July 13)

9. Madison Begins Cleanup After Waking to 'War Zone'

Madison schools remained closed Wednesday for a third day and Halloween trick-or-treating in the Rose City was postponed as the borough recovers from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 31)

10. Acting Police Chief Mantone to Retire

Acting Madison Police Chief Jerry Mantone has decided to retire after 34 years of service, the mayor said Monday. (Sept. 24)

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