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Spring Break was the big discussion point this week at the Mill. Talks of exciting plans with friends and family swept through the school in eager anticipation for a week away from school. However, the week before spring break was filled with tornadoes and fires. The Prowler has the stories.

Hot dogs vs. pet dogs (3/27)

An unknown criminal in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin is hurting dogs around the small town. The culprit is filling hotdogs with a poisonous substance and serving it to dogs around town. While the dogs are not dying from the injected, unidentified, filler, they are becoming severely ill. Police have warned residents to look out for the suspects strange activity.

The culprit is attacking in an unique way. He fills a cut up hot dog with the unknown chemical, and then wraps the meat in dental floss. The food is then placed in various people’s backyards, and the dogs consume it. The suspects intentions for the crime are unknown and police are still investigating, but in the meantime pet owners are on edge to keep their pets safe.

Tornado troubles(3/28)

Three storm chasers lost their lives while tracking a tornado, but their deaths were not weather related. Kelley Gene Williamson and Randall Delane Yarnall were chasing a Texas tornado when a Jeep driven by Corbin Lee Jaeger collided with the chaser’s Suburban. Williamson was driving the Suburban and Yarnall road passenger. While it is unknown who caused the crash, it is known the tornado was not responsible.

When the two cars collided the storm was off in the distance. The cause of the wreck was a blown stop sign. It is unknown who blew the stop sign, but all riders were killed at the scene. The chances of surviving the wreck proved low, especially for Williamson who was not wearing a seatbelt. More details on the crash are still developing.

The return of the miners (3/29)

Mining in West Virginia had almost failed entirely during the Obama administration. Regulations by the former president to protect the environment made coal production difficult and several mining towns were closed down. President Trump, however, is trying to rebirth coal extraction in America. New laws lessening environmental regulations are bringing back the once popular industry in the U.S. The return of coal may prove harder than first expected.

Towns that once housed coal mining are in ruin from the closure of mines. With the huge loss of funds, many are currently full of boarded up buildings and closed consumer services. Additionally, the environmental benefits of solar and wind energy have influenced many people not to return to coal extraction. With these issues in mind, some miners are still trying to stay true to their old craft and have turned to Trump to help increase the retired U.S. industry.    

A store clerk rejected her ‘dirty jar’ of pennies. She came back with guns.  (3/30)

On Thursday in Melbourne, Florida, a woman threatened to kill a store clerk. The woman who was dressed in black walked into a 7-Eleven around 1:30 a.m. According to the police, she picked up various items throughout the store and proceeded to show the clerk with a jar of pennies the police described as “dirty and gunked up.” The clerk informed the woman there were simply too many pennies for the store to accept.

The woman was enraged and proceeded to trash the store and threatened to kill the store clerk. According to the police, the woman in question, but soon returned with two firearms. The clerk only received minor injuries while all the witnesses received no harm. The woman left in a white four door sedan. The police are now searching for the woman who is charged with multiple accounts of over $1,000.

Interstate 85 bridge collapse in Atlanta effectively ‘puts a cork in the bottle’ for traffic

On Thursday, Atlanta was impacted by an enormous fire which caused the Interstate 85 bridge to collapse. The fire began around 6:30 p.m. causing the bridge to collapse approximately at 7 p.m. Nathan Deal, the governor of Georgia, declared a state of emergency following the collapse. On Friday, Deal indicated the cleanup and repair process will take at least several months after meeting with federal and state transportation officials.

Atlanta officials have recommended that commuters use the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for transportation as a way to help with the traffic issue. One MARTA spokesman has said MARTA will continue to work with the state to ensure all residents and visitors stay safe. MARTA also promised increased service to accommodate for the extra traffic. Expect the coming months to be filled with traffic.