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Schadenfreude or something else? Mug shots among fave photos of 2016

Posted December 30, 2016

Image galleries of recent arrests again topped the list on in 2016. Whether looking for a friend or neighbor or simple curiosity, you checked out mug shots almost 100 million times in the year just passed.

As 2016 comes to a close, here's a look at what YOU looked at most. Tap or click each image for more.

Tarboro Flooding

A more widespread tragedy – Hurricane Matthew – makes up the second spot on the list. As the storm approached, we saw millions of views to the forecast track, and as it came and went, you shared hundreds of photos to help us tell the story of how your neighborhood was effected.

We started 2016 with a winter storm event, and the possibility for snow drew millions of views in late January.

Hedingham Jan. 23, 2016

Gusty thunderstorms in February brought damage to Granville, Vance and parts of Wake counties.

Durham storm damage

While weather worries always drive views, you also love to check out your neighbors in costume. The annual Homegrown Halloween celebration in Chapel Hill and Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh both prove sources of popular photos.

Homegrown Halloween 2016

Krispy Kreme Challenge 2016

Rounding out the top 10 visual stories of 2016 are:

The shooting of Akiel Denkins by a Raleigh police officer

Vigil for man killed by Raleigh officer

A raid of a Hoke County animal shelter

The Haven raid

The Clear the Shelters event that found new homes for hundreds of animals

Clear the Shelters

Summer fun photos sent in by our audience

Hurricane beach photos

You can always share your photos – of pets, people, weather and newsworthy events – with WRAL by searching "Report It" on or in the WRAL News app!


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