Originally created 11/07/02

Across the southeast



Deputy kills escapee in fleeing vehicle

HAINES CITY, Fla. -An escaped convict was killed as he attempted to flee from deputy U.S. marshals.

Juan Castellanos, who had been serving a six-year sentence for conspiracy to import cocaine, was in a sport utility vehicle with two other men Tuesday when two undercover deputies tried to arrest him.

When Mr. Castellanos tried to drive away, a deputy fired a shot through the vehicle's rear passenger window and struck him in the back, Polk County sheriff's spokeswoman Michal Shanley said.

The incident remained under investigation, U.S. marshals spokesman Ed Hurley said. Marshals can fire on suspects or fugitives if they pose a danger to the marshal, a fellow deputy or another person, he said.

Mr. Castellanos had escaped from the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp at Forrest City, Ark., in April 1998.

Storms kill 2, hurt 25 in southern Alabama

ABBEVILLE, Ala. -Violent storms rolled through southern Alabama on Tuesday, killing at least two people and injuring 25, authorities said.

The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down in Abbeville, doing serious damage to a high school and several homes.

Probate Court Judge Lamar Turner said the tornado temporarily knocked out power in the courthouse and damaged a National Guard armory where voters had come to cast ballots in Alabama's general election.

Judge Turner, who is responsible for elections, said police immediately closed roads in the area and commissioners had to go out and pick up the ballots at polling places. A few ballots had to be counted by hand because of the power outage, he said.

Georgia singer leads Country Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Alan Jackson, who led all nominees in this year's Country Music Awards with a record 10 nominations, wasn't just competing against other musicians on Wednesday night. He also had to worry about himself.

Two of his songs - Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) and Drive (For Daddy Gene) - were nominated for best single, song and music video, which meant his supporters could split their vote.

Mr. Jackson, who is from Newnan, Ga., also was nominated for the entertainer of the year award, which he won in 1995. Other nominees in that category were Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and George Strait.