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Top 10 Most Read Stories in 2012

Here are the stories that were most popular to Hopatcong-Sparta Patch readers this year.

Hopatcong firefighters rescued a woman who drove her car into Lake Hopatcong in November after she was trapped in her car for at least 15 minutes.

A month-long drug investigation, dubbed 'Operation Roxicong,' led to the arrest of more than two dozen people in Hopatcong and Roxbury in late October who were charged with offenses relating to heroin, marijuana and prescription drug distribution.

Outages Drop as JCP&L Adds More Manpower

Eleven days after Superstorm Sandy, JCP&L said they would restore most New Jersey outages by Saturday evening by adding 1,200 line workers to the nearly 7,000 workers already that were on the ground throughout the state.

UPDATED: Let Us Know When You Have Power

We created an interactive map for Hopatcong residents to keep track of who got their power back in the days after Hurricane Sandy.

Obituary: Doris Roberts a 'Treasure'

Jefferson's Doris Roberts passed away in late March at age 90. She was an active community member and a former 'Lake Hopatcong Breeze' advertising saleswoman who was remembered by residents as “a good person" who was "full of energy" and was "passionate" about the township.

UPDATED: Fire Rips Hopatcong Lakefront Home

No one was hurt when an inferno ripped through a three-story lakefront Hopatcong home early January. The fire on Pickerel Point Drive caused smoke to billow over Lake Hopatcong and surrounding homes. 

Drug Distribution Probe Busts Local Operation

The Hopatcong and Roxbury Police Departments released preliminary information about their month long drug operation, 'Operation Roxicong.' 

Exactly one week after Hurricane Sandy and a day after JCP&L falsey predicted 1,900 homes would get their power back, the OEM said the latest predictions for power restoration was two weeks, while the whole town still remained in the dark.

While the borough entered week two without power, Mayor Sylvia Petillo released her first of several communication updates, and said said she plans on having more updates on power restoration and communicating with residents daily.

Brian Howell, of Hopatcong, and Steven McCabe, of Budd Lake, were arrested in April after 40 empty bags used to contain heroin and a hypodermic needle were found in their car. They also allegedly struck a gas attendant with their four-door Saturn after robbing another Quick Chek gas attendant in Hopatcong that same day.

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