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News in Robinson and Moon: Most Popular Stories of 2012

View our list of the most clicked-on news stories of 2012. The stories below are the twelve most popular posts on our Robinson-Moon Patch this year, based on page views.

1. UPDATE: Mitt Romney Lands in Moon Township in Final Hours of Election Day

In the final hours of the 2012 election, GOP candidate Mitt Romney makes a last-minute campaign stop in Moon Township. 

Romney, whose visit was announced just hours before he landed on the runway at Pittsburgh International, waved to supporters gathered outside the hangar before boarding a motorcade bound for his Green Tree campaign office. 

 

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A Moon Township woman and former daycare owner is charged with dozens counts of child abuse and possession of child pornography. 

49-year-old Pamela Smallis was charged in September with possessing photos and videos depicting nude minors engaged in sexual activity, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.

A formal arraignment on the charges is scheduled for Jan. 3. 

 

3. Former RMU Quarterback Finds Hope After Leg Amputation

In June, Patch was the first to bring you the story of Camdin Crouse, a former Robert Morris University quarterback and recent grad recovering from a full leg amputation.

 

4. Former Daycare Worker Charged with Using Children to Sell Drugs

In April, Moon Police first arrest 49-year-old Pamela Smallis and charge the former daycare owner with using her children to sell drugs from her Stocker Drive home and other offenses. 

 

5. RMU Student Dies in Residence Hall

Marco Giovengo, a 22-year-old senior at Robert Morris University, is found dead in March in his Lexington Hall dorm room. 

The student, who friends recalled as an inspiration to others on campus, suffered from muscular dystrophy. 

 

6. Update: Moon Area School District Furloughs 10 Staffers

The Moon Area School Board furloughs, and later recalls, faculty members as a cost-cutting measure. Patch provided live updates from the meeting. 

 

7. Moon Area Grad Found Dead in Pacific Ocean

Lawrence Kenneth Booth, 34, a 1996 Moon Area High School graduate, is found dead in August, floating near San Diego's Ocean Beach Pier.

 

8. Prowler Charged with Lurking Outside of Women's Apartments

A Mercer County man is charged with acting as a peeping tom at Moon Township apartment complexes. 

Brian Williams, 39, of Greenville, is charged by police with watching women in states of undress from outside their apartment windows. A non-jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 14. 

 

9. Sex Offender Watch: A Map of Homes in the Robinson-Moon Area

Patch compiles a map of where registered sex offenders in Robinson and Moon reside. 

 

10. Officials Report Renewed Interest in Moon Township Commercial Development

The development of a military commissary and upcoming Walmart super store rekindles interest in Moon-area commercial development, officials say. 

 

11. More than 60 Charged with Moon Prostitution Crimes in 2011

Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy discusses his department's efforts to deter prostitution in Moon Township. 

 

12. Man Loses Finger in Fight at Ditka's in Robinson

A family birthday party-gone-wrong ends when a man bites his brother-in-law's finger off, according to Robinson Police. 


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