Appeal Democrat's Top stories of 2012

 
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3. Which stories meant the most and least to you in 2012? Or, in the "Other" box, tell us the ones that were most and least important to you. Results will appear in print on Thursday, Jan. 3.
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New Years Eve homicide (January) - Seven people were convicted and received a variety of sentences in the death of Steven “Sam” Moore, 38, who was gunned down at a Marysville apartment complex.
- Veterans clinic opens (February) - Hundreds of local veterans are now able to receive medical services without leaving Yuba-Sutter with the opening of the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Yuba City.
- Police officer kills suspect - (February) - Yuba City police officer Chad Lizardo shot and killed murder suspect Steven George Williams on Valentines Day after chasing him down on B Street.
- Rideout hospital expansion (March) - Marysville’s skyline was altered dramatically as work started on the $225 million expansion project for the newly-named Rideout Regional Medical Center.
- Horrific Marysville accident (April) - Aaron Raul Furr was charged with vehicular manslaughter in an accident at 10th and F streets in which Terany “Tera” Vessey was killed and her fiance injured as they were standing on a corner.
- Chase Marta procession (May) - Thousands of people lined the route of a military funeral procession for Yuba City resident Chase Marta, one of three soldiers killed by an explosive device in Afghanistan.
- Dispute ends in death (May) - Gabriel Natal is facing a murder charge in connection with the May shooting death of Joseph Stancil Jr. and the alleged attempted murder of Stancil's fiancee, Rosie Wheeler, during a neighborhood dispute in Olivehurst.
- Houston loses appeal (August) - The state Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for Eric Houston, convicted in the 1992 killings of teacher Robert Brens and students Beamon Hill, Jason White and Judy Davis at Lindhurst High School.
- Yuba County casino approved (August) - Gov. Jerry Brown approved the tribal compact for Enterprise Rancheria’s casino and hotel near Sleeptrain Amphitheatre in Yuba County.
- Hostages at Big 5 (August) - A Yuba City sporting goods store was the site of a tense standoff, but happy ending, when Juan Carlos Alvarez, 39, allegedly took two hostages at Big 5 sporting goods store during an alleged botched robbery.
- Fatal boating accident (September) - Penn Valley mother and daughter, Cynthia Peterlin, 42, and Sophie Peterlin, 12, died from injuries when they were run into by another boat on Englebright Lake in Yuba County.
- Yuba College approves bonds (September) - Yuba College trustees expressed shock and said were unaware that a $4.6 million capital appreciation bond they approved for district improvements came with a $54 million pricetag in interest payments.
- Sheriff’s deputy killed (September) - Off-duty Sutter County sheriff’s deputy Rory Roguski of Yuba City was killed when the car he in which he was riding slammed into a rock wall in the Yuba County foothills.
- New Yuba College campus - (September) - An $18 million Yuba College campus in Sutter County opened off East Onstott Road north of Yuba City.
- Sutter County animal shelter (October) - Following longstanding political disputes, the go-ahead was finally given to start work on a new $5 million animal shelter to serve Sutter County, Yuba City and Live Oak.
- Daughter-in-law accused of murder (October) - A pregnant Yuba City woman, Baljinder Kaur, was arrested in the death of her mother-in-law, Baljit Kaur, 68, whose body was found in her Anthony Way home.
- Sikh Temple violence (November) - Two men were stabbed, a third was assaulted, more than a dozen were pepper-sprayed and several others injured in a November brawl outside the Tierra Buena Sikh Temple in Yuba.
- Popular recent graduate killed - The death of Kayla Lizama-Pierson in a car accident in which she was a passenger prompted an outpouring of grief and a public vigil for the recently-graduated River Valley High student.
- Local supervisors, councils grappling with medical marijuana (throughout year) - Local government boards continued over the past year to grapple with how to deal with a 2010 state ballot measure allowing the use of medical marijuana.
- Local economy improving (through year) - Yuba-Sutter housing prices went up and unemployment improved over the past year, though the local jobless rates remained among the highest in the state. Crop reports released this year also showed that Yuba and Sutter counties had record cop years in 2011.
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4. If you chose "Other" above, tell us which local stories were the most and least important to you in 2012.
5. Tell us any comments you have about stories we covered in 2012.
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