Roseville's top stories of 2012By: Michelle Carl, Managing Editor
These are the stories that captured your attention during 2012.
12. Roseville High School centennial: The “School on the Hill” celebrated 100 years in 2012 with a historic memory book, alumni picnics and its 100th graduating class in June.
11. Speedway death: Ron Pestana was driving in the spectator racing category on July 14 when his car hit the wall at All American Speedway in Roseville, where he was pronounced dead. It was the first fatality on the track in two decades.
10. SureWest sold/moves downtown: With beginnings in 1914 as the Roseville Telephone Company, SureWest Communications remained locally owned until February, when Illinois-based Consolidated Communications announced plans to buy the telecommunications company. In September, SureWest announced it would vacate its Industrial Avenue campus and return to the building it owns in downtown Roseville.
9. Anderson sisters claim Olympic medals: While the whole world was transfixed on the Olympic Games in London, Granite Bay residents had two special reasons to cheer. Granite Bay High School alumna Haley Anderson claimed silver in the women’s 10K marathon open-water swim while her sister, Alyssa, won gold as part of the women’s 4x200 freestyle relay.
8. Town Square construction begins: The city broke ground this summer on its new Town Square on Vernon Street. The outdoor gathering spot will include venues for live music, a water feature, seating and more. It’s the first of 13 projects to revitalize downtown for an estimated $37 million price tag.
7. Grizzlies win first state title: Granite Bay High School’s football squad traveled down to the L.A. area Dec. 14 to beat Long Beach Poly in the team’s first CIF Division I State Bowl title.
6. Sammy comes downtown: Red Rockers rejoiced at the news that Sammy Hagar was opening Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill in downtown Roseville. The rocker helped pack the Sept. 15 grand opening.
5. Contentious elections: From election signs to mailers to the use of e-mail lists, the campaign trail for Roseville City Council and the Eureka Union School District board was littered with what some saw as questionable tactics.
4. Sierra Gardens closes: Despite pleas from parents, the Roseville City School District board voted to close Sierra Gardens Elementary School on March 1. The vote means the campus will house sixth-grade Eich Intermediate School students as the school transitions to having sixth-through-eighth-graders.
3. Fleeing suspect kills pedestrian/victim mourned: Roseville resident Gregory De La Campa, 26, was killed Aug. 14 when Oleg Tarasuk allegedly led a brief pursuit with law enforcement to the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Main Street, where De La Campa was reportedly struck while on an evening stroll. De La Campa was remembered as a sweet, genuine person who had lost 220 pounds through his dedication to walking.
2. Entrepreneur’s son charged with murder: The nine-month investigation into who killed Skim X business owner Christopher Northam in 2011 resulted in an arrest Feb. 22 when the man’s son, Christopher Northam Jr., was charged with murder for financial gain.
1. Mom arrested in 2-year-old’s death/grandfather arrested on child porn charges: The community was shocked to learn of McKinley Wilder’s death at her grandfather’s home on April 4. The toddler’s mother, Denise McGrath-Wilder, was arrested on charges later reduced to felony child abuse. The sad story took another turn when it was revealed the girl’s grandfather, Daniel McGrath, was arrested for possessing child pornography at his home, where police detectives discovered the materials while investigating his granddaughter’s death.
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