2008.12.26 Don Thompson: Rumors

Written by David Green.

I am writing to let everyone know that I am still here. None of the rumors are true. I have not been arrested as many of you may have heard. I used some vacation time, as I do every year, to enjoy the recent deer season. This is to the people who want to sit and talk at the restaurants or other places around town about me supposedly being arrested.

I have given 20 years to the City of Morenci as a police officer and raised my family here. I do not know what I have done to make you say such things, but I feel sorry for you. Do you have nothing better to do than spread lies about someone with complete disregard as to how this affects their family? How would you feel if you were the person these rumors were about?

I have seen what lies can do firsthand. If you hear something, don’t just perpetuate the lie, question its validity.

This story all started when we did a search warrant on a subject in Morenci. From there, the rumors began. Is this an excuse to cover something up? To get the spotlight off them and their family name?

I feel I have served this community with honor and don’t deserve the rumors that are being spread.

If you have any questions and wish to speak to me face to face, I still work here. Stop me on the street and ask. Don’t talk behind my back like a coward.

– Don Thompson

Morenci

 

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
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  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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