The Year That Was:’s Top Stories of 2018

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As authorities were in the middle of a three-day manhunt for 29-year-old John Williams after Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole was gunned down on April 25, 2018, NBC10 Boston learned that Williams had a previous gun arrest in Massachusetts.
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By abusing gabapentin, an anti-seizure and nerve pain medication, addicts have figured out how to mimic an opioid high. NBC10 Boston Investigators interviewed a user, dealer, doctor and district attorney about the impact.
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The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals asked for the public's assistance this holiday season to help the organization care for 36 German shepherds as their owner's animal cruelty case works its way through the justice system.
An NBC10 Boston Investigators' report on research that found potentially carcinogenic compounds used as an agent in most American firefighters' turnout gear resonated with readers and fire departments across the region.
By mid-March, many New Englanders are hoping for an early spring. Unfortunately, we had no such luck this year. readers were eager to learn if a nor'easter was going to miss the region - and at that point it didn't look like it was.
7/11 readers were definitely keen on the forecast on March 8, 2018, after a nor'easter that pummeled the region with snow, rain and wind brought more than 5 inches of snow in Boston and nearly a foot and a half of snow to parts of Worcester County.
A series of gas explosions an official described as "Armageddon" ignited dozens of fires across three communities in the Merrimack Valley and killed 18-year-old Leonel Rondon. More than 20 others were treated for injuries related to the explosions, and residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover are still trying to return to normalcy.
NBC Boston readers were aghast after learning about a dog attack in a Framingham, Massachusetts, state park that left another dog dead.
Another historical performance for Tom Brady wasn't enough to slow down the Philadelphia Eagles, who soared to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history with a 41-33 win over New England.
New England Patriots fans across the country had a hard time with the team's heartbreaking Super Bowl, but the fans at UMass Amherst took the loss in the wrong direction after fights broke out after the game ended.
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