The Year That Was: www.necn.com’s Top Stories of 2018

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Weymouth Police Department
Tragedy struck in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on July 15 when Officer Michael Chesna and innocent bystander Vera Adams were shot and killed by a suspect who had been allegedly vandalizing a home at the time. The deadly shooting was the second police officer line of duty death this year in Massachusetts.
A 26-year-old Revere man died from his injuries after he was attacked by a shark while boogie-boarding off of a Cape Cod beach on Sept. 15. The attack, the first fatal one in the Bay State since 1936, has since prompted community concerns about what to do regarding the shark and seal populations in the waters off of Cape Cod.
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
The first great white sharks of 2018 were detected in the waters off of Massachusetts on June 14, heralding the start of summer.
Paula Cuccurullo
A major winter nor'easter that coincided with a record-tying high tide resulted in devastating floods along coastal Massachusetts communities on Jan. 4, prompting several neighborhoods to be evacuated
The Patriots' crushing loss to the Eagles during the Super Bowl was heartbreaking for all die-hard Pats fans, but some attending UMass Amherst took things a little too far when they rioted after the big game. Six people were arrested and 12 others were injured.
A Boston Red Sox fan was attacked by Dodgers fans in Los Angeles just hours after the Sox won their latest World Series title.
TELEMUNDO 51 / Oficina del Sheriff de Broward
News of the now-former Rhode Island state senator's arrest on video voyeurism charges went viral.
Facebook/"Tom vs Time"
Our story on the first episode of Tom Brady's Facebook documentary series "Tom vs Time" was a big hit with our readers -- and it appears more relevant than ever after the team's tough back-to-back losses recently.
A wild scene unfolded on Interstate 93 in Boston on Feb. 24 when state police tried to catch bikers on ATVs and other off-road motorcycles, and www.necn.com readers loved the story.
A series of gas explosions an official described as "Armageddon" ignited dozens of fires across three communities north of Boston, killed at least one person and forced entire neighborhoods in the Merrimack Valley to evacuate on Sept. 13. Although much progress has been made in the recovery process, many affected by the natural gas disaster say there's a long road ahead.
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