Most popular stories on for 2013

Geismar plant explosion
Geismar plant explosion
Baker plane crash
Baker plane crash

(WAFB) - We took a look back at 2013 on and put together a list of what the most popular local stories were.

He was in the "wrong neighborhood" is just one reason a man gave as to why he was punched in the face in May. His wife and daughter were also hit. This story went viral and made national news.  In August, the man accused of attacking the family pleaded not guilty. He was charged with second degree battery.

In June a deadly explosion rocked Geismar, La. Two people were killed and 77 others were hurt as a result of the incident on June 13. Images from the plant and after-the-fact came pouring in. Click here to see those images:

A Beechcraft King Air plane went down June 7 along Rue Jennifer in Baker, LA, just minutes after takeoff from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Officials say when the plane went down it clipped one house and a tree. The plane then spun around and hit two more homes. The plane burst into flames and caught the two homes on fire.  The coroner reports that the pilot, 71-year-old John Fowler of Brookhaven, MS died from blunt force, thermal and inhalation injuries, according to the autopsy. They ruled his death an accident. Fowler was the only person on the plane when it crashed.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden unleashed a series of serious accusations against the city's police chief in February. Chief Carl Dabadie leads the department right now; coming into office after months of a messy dispute between Holden and White. Less than two years after leaving a 21-year- career with State Police to head up the Baton Rouge Police Department, Dewayne White was asked to resign. When he refused, he said he was fired by Mayor Holden's administration. For the next few months, the former chief and his attorney waged war against the city in a series of hearings. By April, White gave up attempts to save his job and then interim chief Carl Dabadie was promoted to chief.

East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office officials say they believe an 8-year-old intentionally pulled the trigger and killed an elderly woman in August right after playing 'Grand Theft Auto IV'. Although they believe it was an intentional crime, according to Louisiana law, the child will not be charged.

Police from multiple agencies converged on the Mall of Louisiana in January after several fights broke out inside the mall. The mall was evacuated and several arrests were made. While there were an estimated 200 juveniles in the area at the time, it was unclear how many people took part in the altercations.

14-year-old boy drowns at Cajun Lagoon in Watson in July. A park spokesman says the boy was with members of a youth church group and that he was found by others in the group alongside one of the lagoon's banks.

A deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was killed in a crash in September. Authorities said Deputy Dustin Hamilton, 24, of Central died in the wreck. He had been with the sheriff's office just under two years.

Also in September, guards at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola opened fire on a car after the driver allegedly accelerated through the gatehouse at the entrance of the maximum security facility, Angola spokesman Gary Young said. A vehicle with two small children, an 8 month old and a 2 year old, inside drove around a stop arm and into prison grounds, Young said. At least two guards then opened fire on the vehicle, but it continued through and was followed by a Department of Corrections investigator.

An Auburn University student is facing nearly a dozen charges after police said he tried to play out the video game "Grand Theft Auto" in real life in September in Baton Rouge.

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