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NewsOK's most viewed news galleries of 2016

Shawnee grocery store owner Frank Oliver probably never guessed he'd be featured in a feature length film. But that's what happened in 2011 as Oliver played a small role in the film Yellow directed by Nick Cassavetes. Even though these photos were shot five years ago, the gallery was viewed 39,047 times in 2016.

An Oklahoma City counseling center owner and four others were charged with Medicaid fraud in 2016. The gallery of their mugshots was viewed more than 50,000 times.

Brianna Florer, 2, of Jay, died on December 28, 2015 six days after she ingested a button-sized battery. Her photo gallery was viewed 59,000 times over the last year.

Two small children in northeast Oklahoma City died in March when their home caught fire. The boys were aged three and four years. Their mother suffered burns trying to save them. The gallery of the tragedy was viewed 78,257 times.

The manhunt for accused child molester Michael Vance in October drew state and national attention. Vance killed two people and shot two police officers during the week-long manhunt. He was finally killed in a shootout with highway patrol troopers following a high-speed chase in western Oklahoma. A gallery featuring Vance was viewed nearly 80,000 times.

When a tornado struck Moore on May 19, 2013 it destroyed homes and leveled Plaza Towers Elementary School. Seven students at the school were among more than 20 fatalities caused by the storm. Three years later, a gallery featuring the victims was viewed 93,699 times.

Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon was killed in a car wreck in early March, a day after he had been indicted for rigging bids on oil and gas leases in Oklahoma. The gallery featuring McClendon through the years and the scene of his death was viewed 105,093 times over nine months.

Crime stories often engage readers, especially those that are off-beat or outside the norm. That's what happened this year when The Oklahoman ran a story about the "Irish Mob" trafficking in drugs inside Oklahoma prisons. The gallery was viewed 152,478 times.

The Michael Vance story was among the biggest in Oklahoma last year. And while many people viewed an initial gallery of photos featuring Vance, it was a gallery that accompanied the video of his shootout with law enforcement that was viewed more than 172,000 times.

In July, University of Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor spoke to The Oklahoman about her experiences in the aftermath of her 2014 assault at the hands of Sooner football player Joe Mixon. The gallery accompanying the story was viewed 280,350 times.

Photos that accompanied a story showing the surveillance video shot at a Norman restaurant of a violent encounter between OU football player Joe Mixon and OU student Amelia Molitor was among the most-looked-at galleries of the year, drawing 323,557 views in a matter of days.

Weather is always a big story in Oklahoma. Whether it's tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the spring, or snow storms in the winter, Oklahomans are interested in what's happening outside. A gallery featuring weather photos taken by readers was viewed 376,318 times in 2016.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›