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Teammates serve as pallbearers for their friend Justin Patrick Johanson

Northside High students honor their Patriot baseball teammate and friend JP Johanson during his funeral at St. Luke United Methodist Church
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Northside High students honor their Patriot baseball teammate and friend JP Johanson during his funeral at St. Luke United Methodist Church

1. Former Auburn football player accused of rape: Former Auburn tight end Landon Rice is accused of first-degree rape in an incident report with the Auburn Police Department filed on July 27 by an unidentified 19-year old woman. The incident allegedly happened April 12. Coach Gus Malzahn announced Rice had left the football program following the team’s game on Sept. 10 against Arkansas State for “personal reasons.”

2. School district transportation director resigns day after he was hired: The Muscogee County School District’s transportation director has resigned — the day after he was hired. School Board chairman Rob Varner confirmed John Lyles’ sudden turnaround Wednesday afternoon. Varner said Lyles “was not happy about the way he was treated by a couple of board members and the media. I don’t have any other information.”

3. Classmate: Northside High School student’s death should be a warning: The sanctuary at St. Luke United Methodist Church was full of family, friends and other mourners full of sorrow and questions about the death of 15-year-old Justin Patrick “JP” Johanson, a popular Northside High School sophomore. Colton Joyner, who played baseball with JP at Northside, asserted there must be a lesson in this death. Too many good people are making bad decisions, Colton insisted — and we must heed the warning.

4. Some gas stations running dry in Columbus area: There was not a widespread shortage of gasoline in Columbus on Sunday afternoon, but there were clearly stations that are starting to run dry in the wake of a pipeline leak in neighboring Alabama. Fuel supplies in at least five states — Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas — were threatened by the spill.

5. Sheriff: Woman tried to convince deputies her husband’s death was a suicide: Lisa Brown of Fort Mitchell, Ala., has been arrested and charged with the murder of her husband, Daniel Brown. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Sept. 18 the 46-year-old woman had confessed to the crime. She had originally tried to convince deputies her husband’s death was a suicide. Taylor said the 44-year-old man was killed by a single gunshot to the head.

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