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News in brief

ANNISTON, ALA—An ABC Beverage store was “haunted” by a man dressed as a ghost Wednesday, Oct. 16. The creepy crook broke through the windows of the store around 6 a.m. He ran through the aisles and entered the back storage area of the store. Security footage caught the man in action, but his get-up eluded identification. According to the owner, he took no spirits with him.

TUSCALOOSA, ALA—Former sheriff’s deputy shot and killed his wife and her lover, later killing himself. Taylor Mclaurin Powell, 52, found his wife, Melanie Neal Powell, at the home of Ronald Larry Hydrick either late night on Saturday, Oct. 19 or early the following morning. An argument and car chase ensued. Hydrick and Melanie Powell eventually ran off the road and crashed into a ravine. According to police, the pair were killed instantly. Powell surveyed the wreck and shot himself once in the head with a revolver.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA—Two convicted killers escaped from a Florida jail after using forged documents signaling an early prison release date. Joseph Jenkins and Carl Walker are both serving life sentences at the Franklin Correctional facility in the Florida panhandle. Jenkins was suddenly released on Sep. 27. Walker was released on Oct. 8. After a brief stint of freedom, both men were rearrested on Oct. 19. Authorities are currently investigating how these forged documents were formed and approved.

N.J.—Same sex marriage is now legal in the state of New Jersey. The decision came the morning of Monday, Oct. 21 after Governor Chris Christie dropped his appeal to the State Supreme court after it made an attempt to declare same sex marriage constitutional. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner denied Christie’s claim, citing that banning same sex couples in New Jersey the right to marry means they are “deprived of the full rights and benefits the state constitution guarantees.” Couples were promised legal marriage laws by Monday at midnight, but Christie went ahead and dropped his appeal Monday morning.

SPARKS, NEV.—A shooting at Sparks Middle school ended with two dead and two wounded early Monday, Oct. 21. A 12–year–old student at the middle school took his parent’s handgun and opened fire before the first bell rang. Math teacher Michael Landsberry was shot and killed. Two students, possibly friends of the shooter, were wounded and are in stable condition as of Monday night. The gunman eventually shot and killed himself as police and rescue workers arrived on the scene.

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