With countless high points and low points, it's been a memorable year in Novato. As a review, we are counting down the Novato Patch stories that received the highest readership during 2012. Maybe you have vivid memories of them — or maybe you missed them completely. For folks new here, this is an overview of what's happened in your new town.
Dec. 22: Police Dog Sniffs Out 3 Pounds of Gift-Wrapped Pot
Officer Jeff Ames and police dog Metz found quite a stash during a traffic stop a few days before Christmas.
Sept. 28: Remembering Hailey
Family members in New Mexico shared photos of 12-year-old Hailey Ratliff, who had been struck by an SUV and killed the previous day.
Sept. 27: Girl Dies of Injuries After Being Struck by SUV
Tears flowed in Novato as word got out that seventh-grader Hailey Ratliff had died of her injuries.
Sept. 27: Child Taken to Hospital After Crash Involving Car and Bicyclist
This was the first story on the Hailey Ratliff incident when she was in critical condition and not yet identified by name.
Several officers were in front of the building when Rickey Lynn Brown made his crash landing near the flagpole.
Here are the other top stories: