Five Viral Newport Beach Stories in 2013

(L) Joshua Allen Robey (R) Hoag Hospital protest (Patch file photos)
(L) Joshua Allen Robey (R) Hoag Hospital protest (Patch file photos)
It's been a busy news year in Newport Beach, here are the stories that captured the attention of the most readers.

OC Dad Allegedly Caught on Camera Torturing Infant Son

Joshua Allen Robey, 26, went on trial over the summer after being caught on a hidden camera swinging his 2-month-old son by the neck with a blanket, then punching, strangling, shaking and trying to suffocate the infant. He was convicted of attempted murder, torture and child abuse. Robey was sentenced in September to 13 years to life in state prison.

2. Doctor Shot to Death at Hoag Medical Office

Dr. Ronald Gilbert, a 52-year-old urologist, was shot to death inside a medical office near Hoag Hospital in January, and an elderly patient was quickly arrested and later charged with his murder.

3. Newport Beach Teacher Arrested in Alleged Sexual Abuse of 20 Students

A 57-year-old elementary school teacher from Newport Beach was arrested in Los Angeles in January on suspicion of sexually abusing 20 students.

4. Elective Abortions Banned at Hoag Hospital

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced its decision to ban elective abortions in May. The hospital's decision resulted in pro-choice and pro-life groups protesting in front of Hoag Hospital.

5. Pricey Cats Stolen from Russo's

Two cats worth more than $3,000 were stolen in September from Russo's Pet Experience at Fashion Island. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

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