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Embezzling Scam and Overcoming Tragedies: Oak Forest's Top Stories in 2013

What headlines captured readers' attention? Find out as we list this year's top 10 most-viewed articles on Oak Forest Patch.

Oak Forest Patch's top stories in 2013: Charles and Michelle Sopko indicted for embezzling (top); Julia Janes (bottom left); and Jim "Jimmy" Czyznikiewicz. | Credit: File Photos
Oak Forest Patch's top stories in 2013: Charles and Michelle Sopko indicted for embezzling (top); Julia Janes (bottom left); and Jim "Jimmy" Czyznikiewicz. | Credit: File Photos
It's time to pull down the curtain on 2013. 

But before we start running the opening credits for 2014, let's take one last look at the Oak Forest Patch stories people were talking about this year. The following are the site's most-viewed stories of 2013. In some cases, I've grouped articles that covered the same incident or topic together, placing the overall ranking in parentheses. 

  1. Oak Forest Fire Deputy Chief, Wife Arrested for Alleged Embezzlement, Dec. 19 (1); Probable Weekend in Jail for Oak Forest Couple Accused of Embezzling, Dec. 20 (7); Bail Set at $100K for Oak Forest Couple Accused in Embezzlement Scheme, Dec. 23 (12)
  2. Parents Crushed by Son's Suicide Turn Tragedy Into Inspiration, Nov. 4 (2)
  3. Oak Forest Mourns Passing of OFHS '11 Grad Julia Janes, Nov. 16 (3)
  4. A Marine Corp Mom's Love for a Son Lost to Combat, April 26 (4)
  5. Reservoir Suicide Victim Identified as Midlothian Firefighter, June 5 (5); Police Investigating Apparent Suicide at Midlothian Reservoir, June 4 (8)
  6. Tinley Park Man Fatally Shot in Argument in Store Parking Lot, March 21 (6)
  7. Ku Klux Klan Recruiting in Oak Forest?, Nov. 20 (9)
  8. 2 Strange Men Pester Oak Forest Family, Dec. 2 (10)
  9. Man Paralyzed in Prime of His Life Never Stops Following His Passion, May 14 (11)
  10. No Sign of Criminal Activity in Death of 7-Year-Old Oak Forest Girl: Police, Oct. 4 (13)

YOUR TURN: Are these the Oak Forest stories and events you'll think about when you think of 2013? Tell us what other stories were big in '13 by sharing your suggestions in the comments section.

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