The year that was: The 5 most read PVPost stories of 2015

New Year’s Eve is a great day for countdowns, so we thought we’d get things off on the right foot early this morning. Yesterday we brought you numbers ten through six on our list of the most read stories of 2015. Today, the top five:

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5. Shia LaBeouf films scene in Mission Hills. We’re starting to see why celebrity websites have such high traffic… A short bit we posted after a reader tipped us off that actor Shia LaBeouf was spotted in Mission Hills filming a scene for the movie “American Honey” drew more than 10,000 page views. [Actor Shia LaBeouf spotted in Mission Hills Tuesday filming ‘American Honey’]

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4. VanTrust, JoCo, PV seal deal to bring park to Meadowbrook land. The rumors had been floating for a month or so in February when representatives from VanTrust Real Estate, Johnson County Park and Recreation District and Prairie Village held a press conference in February to announce a deal that would create a new 80-plus acre park on the grounds of Meadowbrook Country Club. [It’s official: VanTrust, Johnson County and Prairie Village working to turn Meadowbrook into 88 acre park]

Officer Mark Engravalle with Sarah Robinson.
Officer Mark Engravalle with Sarah Robinson.

3. Roeland Park officer lends assistance to woman caught shoplifting. Roeland Park Police Officer Mark Engravalle’s move to buy diapers and shoes for a mother caught shoplifting at Walmart in July drew national attention, with his act of generosity featured on national television shows. In the wake of Engravalle’s act, support poured in for the mother, Sarah Robinson, and her kids. However, Robinson was arrested on charges of intent to distribute methamphetamine from 2014 a month later. [Roeland Park officer’s compassion shines through in response to shoplifting family at Walmart]

2. SM East student charged with rape had assaulted fellow student earlier. News that the Shawnee Mission School District had allowed Kessler Lichtenegger, who was charged earlier this year with sexually assaulting a minor, to remain at SM East after he’d assaulted a special needs classmate in 2011 prompted an outcry from the community. [Shawnee Mission refused to remove Lichtenegger from SM East despite request from victim’s family]

1. Paul Rudd still loves being a Viking. Paul Rudd made a joke about the Lancers in pubic. We made a joke about his comments. Lots of people read. [Paul Rudd said hurtful things about the Lancers in public last night]