1. Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen dies from traffic wreck: The Auburn community was rocked June 29 when news broke that former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen died in a one-vehicle wreck early that morning outside of LaGrange, Ga. The driver, Joseph "Ian" Davis, who once tried out for the University of Georgia's baseball team, also died. Officials believe alcohol may have played a role. Lutzenkirchen wasn't wearing a seat belt.
2. Robbery suspect flees police custody, drowns in Chattahoochee River: The body of 19-year-old Amere Ryshod Powell was pulled from the Chattahoochee River Wednesday around lunchtime after Powell escaped police custody earlier that morning. He was wanted in connection with a March 10 burglary that occurred on Calvin Drive. His body was pulled from the river near the old City Mills just north of the TSYS campus.
3. Phenix City boy, 12, dies in three-wheel motorcycle crash: The Russell County Coroner's Office is still waiting for autopsy results in the death of 12-year-old Christopher Allen Haywood, a Phenix City boy who died after a three-wheel motorcycle crashed June 27 on Bayview Drive. The coroner said this week he doesn't believe the boy was wearing a helmet with the throttle stuck, forcing the driver and passenger to jump from the vehicle.
4. Aflac co-founder Paul Amos dies: Paul Amos was the last surviving link to a three-brother team that built Aflac from a fledgling insurance company headquartered in Columbus to a Fortune 500 company worth more than $28 billion. Amos, 88, died Wednesday night at Doctors Hospital in Columbus. His funeral service Saturday was at St. Luke United Methodist Church.
5. Five local domestic violence deaths highlight need for help: Jessica Osborne, a 28-year-old mother of three, was shot to death June 17 at the couple's newly purchased home at 4304 Forrest Road. Her fiance was charged in connection with the homicide. The case shocked many in the community. Of the 11 homicides committed in Columbus during the first six months of 2014, five have been attributed to domestic violence. Two of the victims were women, two were men and one was a baby.