The Most-Viewed Story Of The Year is...

A tragic story of a young Berlin woman losing here life in a car accident


Berlin Patch is celebrating the beginning of its third year in town after beginning Dec. 5, 2010.

In these final days on 2012, Berlin Patch has counted down the top 10 stories of the year. The top stories were calculated by the amount of page views they received from you the viewers.

Here are the top two.

Number Two: More Legal Charges Against St. Paul's Priest Michael Miller. 

The Berlin Police Department arrested Father Michael Miller of St. Paul's Church on three additional counts to the ones he is already facing in June. Miller was charged and arrested for obscenity, possession of child pornography and risk of injury to a minor.

For the original story, go here.

Miller pled not guilty to the charges. Since then he has had seven continuances in his case.

To read more, go here.

Number One: Berlin Woman Dies In Accident

The first story that detailed Berlin resident Stacey Dastoli was killed in a car accident in Rocky Hill on I-91 on Dec. 16 was just two sentences long. See it here. Despite being just teo sentences, the story had 4,500 more page views than any other story on Berlin Patch in 2012.

Dastoli was just 27, had a great family and group of friends and was an award-winning employee at Department of Children and Families in Springfield. People came to The Berlin Patch to see if it was, in fact, true. Despite their hopes it tragically was true.

The state police are still investigating the crash. See that story here. A friend of Dastoli's also sent in this poem to memorialize her friend.

Edwin January 02, 2013 at 01:05 AM
As Stacey's brother-in-law and a former Berlin citizen, I have never heard of the Berlin Patch. Although it appears to be a new publication, I appreciate the Berlin Patch for being the first and almost only news agency to report this tragic accident, even to this day. Despite only occurring two weeks ago, unfortunately this is the number one story for 2012. Thankfully there is a lot of interest and support in remembrance of Stacey's life and the wonderful person that she was.
Robert Mayer January 02, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Edwin, to me as the editor, the story just shows me how many people loved Stacey and how many lives she affected. Like I said in the story, people may have clicked on Patch in hopes that it wasn't true. Our condolences.


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