The following, in order of popularity, are the most viewed Buckhead Patch stories for 2012. Check out the list–which includes two suicides, a high school sexual assault, and the announced closure of one of Atlanta's most beloved restaurants– see if you missed any of our most popular articles from the past year. Click on the headline to read the full story:
10. Waffle House CEO Accused of Forcing Assistant to Perform Sex Acts- The Atlanta Police Department is investigating allegations that Waffle House CEO Joe W. Rogers Jr. of Buckhead repeatedly forced an Acworth woman to perform sex acts on him during her time as Rogers' personal assistant. Rogers admitted to having a consensual relationship with the woman he described as his house manager and has accused of attempted extortion. She allegedly taped their sexual encounters.
9. Pace Teacher Arrested for Child Porn- A fine arts teacher at Pace Academy was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography in connection with a multi-year federal investigation.
8.- F&B Atlanta, just north of Phipps Plaza on Peachtree Road, opened its doors in mid-2012. The restaurant serves contemporary French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
7. Body Identified as Stacey English- Atlanta Police confirmed that a body found in southwest Atlanta in January was that of Buckhead resident Stacey English, who had gone missing just after Christmas. The initial autopsy of her body showed no signs of trauma, but police hadn't ruled out the possibility of foul play.
6. Dante's Owner Opens Up about Closing the Beloved Restaurant -Dante Stephenson's a legendary restauranteur and beloved by many Atlantans, who love to hear his stories and will miss seeing him at his iconic restaurant, Dante's Down the Hatch, scheduled to close later this year.
5. Dante's Down the Hatch Closing Its Doors to Make Way for High-Rise- Of course, this story made our Top 10 list. The news announced in November that the iconic Atlanta restaurant would be closing its doors for good saddened many in Atlanta, who have fond memories of the unique establishment and its beloved owner Dante Stephensen, which is why a brief snippet of Buckhead Patch's interview with him was another top story. (Buckhead Patch will continue to run parts of that interview throughout January.).
4. Should the President Have Attended Concert Featuring Rapper Who Once Sang Anti-American Song?- Buckhead Patch asked readers for their feedback on President Barack Obama's attendance of a traditional Christmas concert, which included an appearance by PSY, the Korean "rapper" whose Gangnam Style song made him an international sensation. Many Americans were outraged that Obama attended the concert since PSY had sung anti-American lyrics back in 2004, following a non-guilty verdict in an American court for the two American men charged with killing two 14-year-old South Korean girls after hitting them with a 50-ton tank and also after a South Korean missionary was beheaded by Iraqi militants after South Korea sent 3,000 troops there. Read what Buckhead Patch readers had to say.
3. Man Commits Suicide at Buckhead Apartment Complex- A man killed himself Monday morning at luxury apartments on Kingsboro Road. Atlanta Police found the man dead in his apartment at 3443 Kingsboro Road with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February.
2. Woman Leaps to Death in Buckhead- Atlanta Police officers responded to a suicide call in March and discovered a 25-year-old woman lying dead on the cement walkway leading up to Buckhead Grand condos at 3338 Peachtree Road, after jumping from the 28th floor of the high-rise apartment building.
1. Westminster Student Charged with Sexual Assault of Fellow Classmate- A 17-year-old football player at Westminster School was arrested and charged for aggravated sexual battery after turning himself into police. It was reported that the student, William Jackson Houk, had allegedly sexually assaulted one of his teammates in the gym showers in October.