The top 10 stories of 2013 based on viewer votes

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The votes have been tallied, the flip flops have been dropped, and a new year has started. After collecting votes for two weeks, here are the 10 stories you deemed most important for the Lowcountry in 2013.

10. Rescue crews pull out submerged vehicle in Penny Creek, 3 deadIn September, three people died when the SUV they were in went off a bridge and became submerged in the water near St. Johns Yacht Harbor.

9. 7-foot alligator makes way to Ashley Phosphate RoadA creature in North Charleston seemed to choose Ashley Phosphate Road as its final resting place. The 7-foot-long gator was spotted in front of La Petite Daycare in the middle of Ashley Phosphate Road.

8. Deputies: At least 200 dead dogs found behind Goose Creek homeIn what some officials called the most horrific case of animal abuse they had ever seen, Berkeley County deputies found 40 emaciated and unhealthy dogs and the bodies of more than 200 others at a home in Goose Creek. Many of the dogs ended up being rehabilitated and adopted.

7. Stadium painted pink for Lowcountry Komen Race for the CureDuring one particularly busy weekend in October, thousands of people gathered at Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island to do their part to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer.

6. Capobianco attorney: Veronica 'safe, headed for South Carolina'After years of court battles and fighting to regain custody of their adopted daughter, a James Island couple finally won over the courts in several jurisdictions in September, letting them finally bring the 4-year-old home.

5. Rescue turns to recovery mission for 2 missing boatersIn May, search and rescue crews spent days searching the water near Dennis Boat Landing looking for the bodies of two missing boaters. It was one of a number of boating accidents that led to massive searches for people who did not surface.

4. 'Dog gone' good time at Riley Park dog races for Mary AshleyOn a humid morning in August, a crowd gathered in the outfield of Joe Riley Stadium in downtown Charleston to cheer for some dachshunds, laugh a lot, and bring awareness to a little girl in need.

3. 6 motorcyclists dead in 4 days along Grand StrandIn a particularly deadly string of days during a Bike Week event in Myrtle Beach, four people died in the course of four days. The deaths happened during the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest.

2. Police chief: Marley Lion 'did absolutely nothing' to be murderedTwo things happened in 2013 to bring Marley Lion's name surging back to the forefront in Charleston news. First, the men accused of killing him were sentenced to prison after making plea deals. And second, the Trayvon Martin case happened, which led to an image comparing the cases being created that fueled thousands of searches for more information about Lion.


And the biggest Lowcountry story of 2013 according to your votes is...

1. Flames rip through roof of downtown Charleston buildingIn April, a fire started on the second floor of an historic downtown Charleston building that destroyed four businesses and forced several nearby residents out of their home.


Here's to one great year full of moving and interesting stories going into the record books, and to a 2014 full of stories to get your attention and keep you tuned in. Happy New Year, Lowcountry!