It’s been a year of intense trials, four decades of athletic achievement and sharks. Here are some of the top trending stories on social media for News 12 Long Island in 2022.
Police. East Northport father fatally shot by stray bullet while visiting son at Marist College (Oct. 4)
The heartbreaking story of a Long Island father’s murder while visiting his son on a college family weekend has captivated viewers. Paul Kutz of East Northport was hit by a stray bullet when two homeless men opened fire on the hotel where he was staying.
News of Wegmans Food Market coming to Long Island had viewers excited. The popular chain will open a 100,000-square-foot store in DSW Plaza near Smith Haven Mall. Wegmans has 106 locations on the East Coast, but this will be the first on Long Island.
“It was difficult for everyone.” That’s what Judge William Condon said on sentencing day in the Thomas Valva murder trial. The father of an 8-year-old child was sentenced to 25 years of life imprisonment for the murder of his son. On the day of Thomas Valva’s death, the former NYPD officer dropped his son outside when he was hypothermic, yelled profanity-laced expletives at him and slapped him repeatedly as the child fell.
The Massapequa Coast Little League team turned all Long Island baseball fans on its head when they won the Metro Region championship. The 12-year-olds became the first Long Island team to reach the Little League World Series since 1978. They were shut out by Pennsylvania, but proved to be an inspiration to any Long Island boy who ever wants to play in the Little League World Series. .
This list is based on data from CrowdTangle. The local story posts with the most engagement year to date were then selected for the list.