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In brief: Anti-bullying rally held after hazing

From Wire Reports

SAYREVILLE, N.J. – Hundreds of people came out Sunday evening for an anti-bullying rally in a central New Jersey town that’s been rocked by allegations of sex-related hazing involving its high school football team, which prompted the cancellation of the rest of the season.

The rally was staged in a park across the street from the school, Sayreville War Memorial High. Organizers said the event was held to promote unity and healing within the community and to show support for the victims of bullying.

Participants were given balloons, ribbons, stickers and candles. They were asked to walk around the lake at Kennedy Park and release the balloons or show other forms of support.

Seven students face sex-crime charges stemming from the alleged hazing. District officials said Sunday that all seven have been suspended.

1 dead, 20 injured in hayride crash

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine – A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday.

Seventeen-year-old Cassidy Charette, of Oakland, died from her injuries after the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride wagon overturned Saturday night at a rural farm in Mechanic Falls, authorities said.

The crash “threw everyone off the trailer and into each other and into trees,” said Sgt. Joel Davis of the state fire marshal’s office. He said a mechanical problem prevented the SUV pulling the wagon from stopping.

About a half-dozen of those hurt remained hospitalized Sunday afternoon but their injuries did not appear life-threatening, Davis said.

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing and results will be forwarded to the district attorney to determine if there is criminal liability, Davis said.

Fallen firefighters added to memorial

EMMITSBURG, Md. – More than 100 names of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty have been added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland.

Among the 107 firefighters honored were 19 Arizona firefighters killed in a 2013 canyon fire and 10 first responders killed in a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas last year.

Two Maryland firefighters were honored at a national memorial ceremony for fallen firefighters in Emmitsburg.

Perryville Fire Capt. David Barr Jr. and Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter Gene Kirchner were honored on Sunday.

Barr died in 2013 after he was hit by a car while working the scene of an accident. Kirchner died in May after suffering critical injuries in a fire.

Gas prices average 12-cent drop

CAMARILLO, Calif. – A national survey of gas prices reports that Americans are paying 12 cents on average less than they were three weeks ago.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the average for regular grade gas is $3.26 per gallon, while midgrade averages $3.48 and premium $3.64. Retail diesel averages $3.74.

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