Top 10 shows readers prefer crime, geeks and hoons

A story about season four of reality TV show Beauty and the Geek was the most read story on The Observer website this year.
A story about season four of reality TV show Beauty and the Geek was the most read story on The Observer website this year.

WHAT do Gladstone residents love to read online?

Crime stories were popular on The Observer's website in 2012, but the top spot was taken out by an entertainment story.

Here's the top 10 stories list of the most read stories on our website for 2012:

1. In first place was a story about popular television reality show Beauty and the Geek.

Our story reported that a millionaire was among the top 10 geeks cast in the fourth series of the show.

 "This is a gentleman who certainly has made himself quite wealthy with what he does," host Bernard Curry said at the time.

"It has to do with computers and social networking. He's a little bit like Mark Zuckerberg in a way."

2. The second most read story was about a 19-year-old Gladstone man being charged with murder after a Bundaberg woman's body was found in bushland at Gladstone in June.

Horace Lorezo Jones was charged with one count of murder.

Gladstone police, homicide detectives and SES volunteers search bushland where a 38-year-old Bundaberg woman's body was discovered in June.
Gladstone police, homicide detectives and SES volunteers search bushland where a 38-year-old Bundaberg woman's body was discovered in June. Rebecca Danslow

The woman's body was discovered in a four-wheel drive about 200m from the intersection of Col Brown Ave and Don Young Dr.

3. Number three in our top 10 was our first story about the murder, reporting that Gladstone police, homicide detectives and SES volunteers had searched bushland where the 38-year-old Bundaberg woman's body was discovered.

Detective Inspector Cal Lynch said the body had been located inside a vehicle in bushland at Clinton.

"The woman's body was located inside a silver 1999 model Kia Sportage, approximately 200 metres from the intersection of Col Brown Ave and Don Young Dv," Insp Lynch said.

He said the woman had been a Gladstone resident previously and had only recently returned to the region.

4. Entertainment got back into the mix at number four, with a report about the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival on March 20, which featured Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Aussie Pete Denahy kicked things off at the festival before Americans Jedd Hughes and Tracy Lawrence played the main stage.

Aussie rocker Tex Perkins looked at home with his band The Dark Horses and their hour-long set broke up a day dominated by American artists.

A man died after his motorcycle collided with parked cars on the Dawson Highway near the hockey fields.
A man died after his motorcycle collided with parked cars on the Dawson Highway near the hockey fields. Tom Huntley

5. At number five was a report about a 30-year-old man who died after his motorcycle collided with parked vehicles.

Gladstone police Inspector Les Bulluss said the crash occurred at 5.45pm on September 1 as the man headed westbound on the Dawson Highway near the hockey fields.

"At this stage we are unsure why but he has lost control and collided with a sign and parked cars and then he has come off his bike completely and hit another parked car," Inspector Bulluss said at the time.

Ambulance officers attempted to revive the man but he died as a result of his injuries. 

6. The story at number six featured a topic lots of people were talking about, as new mobile phone laws came into effect in New South Wales.

On November 1 New South Wales authorities sent a blunt and expensive warning to drivers who simply rested their phones on their lap, in an attempt to crack down on dangerous driving habits.

Changes to the law in NSW meant drivers seen flouting the road rules in terms of even having access to their phones while driving could be fined $298 and lose three demerit points. 

Daniel Mason and Horotia Brennan with their first child.
Daniel Mason and Horotia Brennan with their first child.

7.  Our story at number 7 reported on the sad loss of a mother, daughter, sister and long-time friend.

Horotia Mahaki, 19, died on July 23 after her car ploughed into the path of a prime mover on the Bruce Highway.

Horotia, or Tia as she was affectionately known, left behind her partner Daniel Mason, 21, and daughter Tu Maui Sue Mason, six months.

"I love you so much baby, I miss you, don't know what I'm going to do without you," Daniel posted with an image of Tia and his daughter on a Facebook tribute page.

"She is a wonderful person that will live on in everyone's hearts."

8. Things went a little X-Files at number 8, with our report on January 10 that footage of a Gladstone UFO sighting had been analysed by expert Mary Rodwell, who said it could well have been an alien encounter.

Ms Rodwell, of Agnes Water, counsels people on sightings and encounters with extra terrestrial beings and devotes the rest of her time to studying the phenomena.

9. At number 9 was a not-so-happy holiday tale of 16 young men who were kicked off P&O cruise chip Pacific Dawn in Gladstone a day shy of the cruise ending in February.  

Sixteen young men were evicted from a P&O; cruise in Gladstone because of their behaviour.
Sixteen young men were evicted from a P&O; cruise in Gladstone because of their behaviour. Chris Chan

The NSW males, all between the ages of 18-23, were evicted off the ship as a result of an incident which took place at 1.30am.

One of the males was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a female crew member. He was detained at the Gladstone Watch House.

10. Rounding out the top 10 was the initial report about the tragic death of Horotia Mahaki on July 23.

The report said police investigations indicated a 19-year-old woman, who was the sole occupant of a sedan, died after her vehicle collided head-on with a prime mover north of Benaraby.

A man was transported to Gladstone Hospital with leg injuries. 

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