Morning Rush: January 12, 2016

Good Morning!

Today is Tuesday, January 12th, the 12th day of 2016.

Here’s today’s highlight in history:

January 12th, 1904: Henry Ford sets a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. He was driving a four-wheel vehicle, dubbed the “999,” with a wooden chassis but no body or hood. Ford’s record was broken within a month at Ormond Beach, Florida, by a driver named William K. Vanderbilt; even so, the publicity surrounding Ford’s achievement was valuable to the auto pioneer, who in June of the previous year had incorporated the Ford Motor Company, which would eventually go on to become one of America’s Big Three automakers.

Here are your Morning Rush Headlines:

Police have made arrests in the December 16 shooting at the Riverwind Apartments where one man was killed and another injured.

20-year-old Jaleel Merritt and 19-year-old Jacorion Gary were arrested and charged with one count of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and two counts of criminal attempt armed robbery.

Also arrested was 25-year-old Darecco Merritt. He was charged with hindering the apprehension of fugitives.

After an investigation, police say the cause of the shooting was from an attempted armed robbery.

As News 3 has reported, 22-year-old Darwyn Taylor was pronounced dead back on December 16 outside the apartments on Riverland Drive. A 24-year-old man was shot and injured, but he has since been released from the hospital.

Police say they are seeking more suspects in the connection to the case.


Alabama may have won its fourth national championship in seven seasons, but for the students in Tuscaloosa the party never gets old.

Crowds of people poured out from bars onto University Boulevard after Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 on Monday to win the national title. They yelled the school’s chant, “Roll Tide!” and its league, “SEC!”

Tuscaloosa police were keeping an eye on the postgame crowd to make sure the party didn’t turn destructive or violent.

Clemson was playing for the national title for the first time in 34 years. Some students had tears in their eyes as they left bars there but also said they were proud of a team that won 14 games for the first time.

Both teams are set to head home from the game in Glendale, Arizona, on Tuesday.


The City of Auburn is hoping to bring the combination of new parking deck, hotel and grocery store to the downtown area just off of Gay Street.

News 3 spoke with Auburn City Manager Charlie Duggan on Monday. He says the City Council approved a term sheet that allows the city to work on a full contract with the developer. A vote on the project would come no sooner than April. He also added that none of the project would be for residential usage.

The new project would take up a little less than two acres. It would be situated in the area off Gay Street where the current Auburn Municipal Parking Deck stands. If approved, demolition would be in January of 2017. That deck was completed in 1986 and has a little less than 200 spaces. The new deck would have 730 spaces, with 430 of them being public. The city hopes to have part of the deck completed by Fall 2017.

Here’s Kurt’s News 3 First Alert Forecast:

TODAY: Sunny and cool, becoming breezy.  High: 54

TONIGHT: Clear and cold.  Low: 32

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and cool.  High: 52

Have a great day!

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