It's been a crazy year. Palos Verdes Patch writers were busy writing about vandalism at the local high school, a missing diver and panga landings, among other topics. Here are the Nos. 9 and 10 stories of the year, chosen by popularity and editorial discretion.
7-Eleven Robbery Suspects Crash in PVE (No. 10)
Two men suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven in Redondo Beach eluded capture Dec. 12 after crashing their motorcycle at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive North and Via Valmonte in Palos Verdes Estates after a brief pursuit, despite efforts from local law enforcement.
Officers from the Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Estates police departments searched the area around the crash, aided by police dogs and helicopters; however, the search was called off at about 7:20 a.m.
Several hours later, police reinstated the search near Ernie Howlett Park after someone spotted one of the suspects. Nobody was found.
- Full story: 7-Eleven Robbed; Suspects Crash in PV
Police Chase Ends in Rolling Hills Estates (No. 9)
Kip Arnold, a Southeast Middle School physical education teacher suspected of committing lewd acts against a 14-year-old girl, led police on a high-speed chase July 10 that ended when he swerved off Crenshaw Boulevard between Silver Spur and Indian Peak roads and soared over the embankment.
Arnold pleaded guilty Nov. 26 to two counts of committing a lewd act on a child and one count of evading an officer. He was sentenced Dec. 17 to four years and four months in prison.
- UPDATED: CHP Chase Ends in Rolling Hills Estates
- LAUSD Teacher in RHE Police Chase Charged
- Teacher in RHE Police Chase to Appear in Court
- Teacher in RHE Police Chase Appears in Court
- Teacher in RHE Police Chase Pleads Not Guilty
- Teacher in RHE Police Chase Changes Plea
- Teacher in RHE Police Chase Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison
For more top stories from this year, click here.