Each month Vienna Patch will list the stories readers found the most fascinating, as measured by page views.
Once you're done reviewing the list, let us know if you're surprised by this month's top stories. Which story had you talking to coworkers at the water cooler the next day?
10. What Happened to America's Dog?: Mutts Matter Rescue took a one-week break from telling readers about dogs looking for a home to write a piece about how pit bulls have become so maligned in our society. It not only garnered enough page views to just make the top 10 cut, but also received nearly 200 comments from readers.
9. Fairfax County Police Log: Aug. 9-15: Crime news always generates a high number of page views, but August saw two Fairfax County Police Logs crack the top 10. See also No. 6.
8. Cyclist Hit by Car Near W&OD Trail: A cyclist was struck by a car around Aug. 8 where the W&OD Trail crosses Park Street in Vienna.
7. Police Log: Man Leaps to Steal iPhone at Chipotle: The Vienna Police Department releases a log of reported incidents each week. This particular one that led with a Chipotle customer who jumped over a railing to take a left-behind iPhone had the most page views of them all.
6. Fairfax County Police Log: Aug. 2-8: Crime news always generates a high number of page views, but August saw two Fairfax County Police Logs crack the top 10. See also No. 9.
5. Police: Cyclist, Driver Argue in Motion on Maple Ave: A cyclist and a driver got into an argument as the two traveled along Maple Avenue on Aug. 16, police said. The driver, John Arthur Thorpe, of Bristow, was arrested for assault and aggressive driving after witnesses reported he allegedly intentionally struck the cyclist with his vehicle.
4. Bye for Now, Vienna Patch: Erica Hendry has stepped out of her role as Local Editor for Vienna Patch to become an assistant regional editor in Northern Virginia.
3. Police: Woman Sexually Assaulted in Merrifield: A woman was walking along the 7600 block of Lee Highway when a knife-yielding man forced her into some nearby brush around 11 p.m., police said.
2. Charges Against Former Madison Swim Coach Head to Grand Jury: In a probable cause hearing in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, a judge moved forward three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child while in a custodial or supervisory relationship against Noah Rucker, 39, of Bristow, a former Madison High swim coach.
1. Driver Arrested in Police Chase Near Leesburg Pike, I-495: Breaking news of a police chase along three major commuter roads toward the end of rush hour Aug. 29. Charles R Lawton, 44, of Washington, D.C., was arrested and charged with driving on a revoked licesnse, habitual offender, and failure to obey law enforcement officer's command to stop.