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Auburn High School Walk-Out

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This morning Auburn High School will join schools throughout the nation in the National School Walkout movement to protest inaction from the government against gun violence.  Students throughout the country will walk out of their classrooms in honor of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. They will then take 13 seconds of silence to honor the 12 students and one teacher killed at Columbine. There are more than 2,100 walkouts planned, at least 1 in every state. This walkout will mark the 2nd in which Auburn High School has participated. The March 14th walkout, held 1 month after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, lasted for 17 minutes, 1 min for each of the 17 lives lost. The nationalschoolwalkout.net website, says the protest has 3 goals: to hold elected officials accountable, to promote solutions to gun violence and to demystify & engage students in the political system.

Auburn Athletes make SEC Academic Honor Roll

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-A total of 67 Auburn student-athletes were selected to the Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Honor Roll includes basketball, equestrian, gymnastics and swimming & diving. It is based on grades from the 2018 Spring, Summer and Fall terms. Student-athletes must have either a GPA above 3.00 for the preceding academic year or a cumulative GPA above 3.00. Auburn swimming & diving lead the way with 29, the equestrian team totaled 18. Gymnastics finished with 8 women’s basketball had 7, and men’s basketball had 5.

The Auburn Police Dept Asking for Assistance

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 …in identifying 2 individuals connected to the unlawful breaking and entering of an auto and fraudulent use of a credit card investigation. The incident was reported to police on April 13, 2018, after someone unlawfully entered a vehicle parked at a residence on South ridge Court and stole a wallet.  the suspect(s) used the stolen cards at various businesses in Auburn. video surveillance of the two individuals shows what appears to be a black 4 door sedan. These suspects purchased several televisions, a game system & multiple games. The suspects attempted to conduct a fraudulent transaction at a business in Montgomery as well. If you have any information on the case please contact the anonymous tip line at (334) 246-1391.

Auburn Police Make Arrest

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Auburn Police have arrested Rodriques O’Neal Pitts, age 20 from Auburn, on warrants charging him with two counts of B&E Auto, Theft of Property 4th Degree, Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement and Failure to Appear.  At about 2:30 a.m., Auburn Police responded to an auto burglary in progress at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Commerce Drive. Once on scene, officers located Pitts, at which point he fled and was taken into custody after a brief chase. Officers located various property taken from a 2014 Nissan Altima and a 1991 BMW 735IL in Pitts’ possession, as well as keys for a Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata was located nearby and had been stolen hours earlier from an apartment complex in the 800 block of Bedell Avenue. Pitts was initially taken into custody on a Failure to Appear warrant and later charged with B&E Auto (two counts), Theft of Property 4th Degree, Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude. Pitts was transported to the Lee County Jail. 

SIGNS VANDALIZED

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— Obscene images have been found spray-painted on more than 20 stop signs in the Alabama city of Arab. The city must now find money and manpower to replace the 22 signs found defaced this week. Officials did not describe the images found on the signs. Rian Almond with the Arab Street Department says Arab is a small town, with limited resources and now other jobs have to be postponed to replace the signs. It costs the city about $40 to fix each sign. That’s a total of about $900 the city could’ve used another way. Almond says there’s no way to clean the images, so the signs must be replaced. City officials say they’re offering a $250 reward for any information that may lead to an arrest.

Wire Road Bridge to be Replaced

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A reminder that Wire road will have a significant detour beginning this Monday. That’s  when the contractor plans to close the affected portion of Wire Road,” “The detour for the project is going to involve the interstate.” The Bridge could be closed for 3 to 4 months depending on weather.

Wire Road Closing

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The Lee County commission voted unanimously to replace a bridge on Wire road and will construct a detour beginning Monday, April 16th. That’s  when the contractor plans to close the affected portion of Wire Road,” “The detour for the project is going to involve the interstate.” The Bridge could be closed for 3 to 4 months depending on weather.

Reminder from City of Opelika

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As campaign season gears up, City of Opelika officials would like to remind citizens, it is illegal to place signs in the right-of-way. The right-of-way is generally between the street and utility pole or water meter. Signs should be placed on the house side, away from the street, sidewalk, utility pole and water meter.  Signs will be removed if they are placed in yards or on streets illegally. For more questions, please call the City of Opelika Code Compliance Office at 334-705-5161.

Auburn Students Win Over 24 Other Universities

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Auburn has been named the winner of an on-line contest to snag the world premiere of “Life of the Party,” starring Melissa McCarthy, this spring. A spokeswoman mentioned April 30th as a possible date for the premiere, but said the date has not yet been solidified.

The contest began March 8 at lifeofthepartypremeire.com, To enter, students had to take a photo capturing their school spirit and upload it to the website. Auburn students beat out 24 other universities,. “Starring the eternally youthful Melissa McCarthy, ‘Life of the Party’ tells the story of longtime dedicated housewife Deanna who, when her husband dumps her, turns regret into re-set by going back to college – alongside her daughter. The film is scheduled to hit theaters May 11th.

Murder Suspect Still At-Large

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Opelika police have identified a suspect in the March 30th murder of Nathaniel Gibson. Opelika Police  said in a press release Monday. Moses “Moe” Marques Edwards, 34, is wanted in connection with Gibson’s murder. Edwards should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police. He is a 6-4 black male,  about 200 pounds. Police caution citizens not to approach Edwards, but to immediately contact law enforcement with any information on his whereabouts.