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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Assault leads to arrests 3.5

Written by David Green.

Three arrests were made in connection with a fight at the Morenci Pub early in the morning of Feb. 24. A warrant  was issued for one other Morenci resident.

Five people are charged with disorderly conduct and three of them also face a charge of assault and battery.

When a Morenci police officer arrived on the scene at 2:04 a.m., he found a small group of people outside the back door of the Pub.

One person ran from the scene and the officer gave chase and apprehended Christopher Lee-Ryan Carden, 21, of Archbold, Ohio.

By this time the crowd had swelled and several members of the group were antagonizing the police officer, according to the report filed by the officer.

He called for backup from the Fulton County and Lenawee County sheriff departments and from Hudson. When other officers arrived, the scene stabilized and two assault victims were interviewed inside the Pub.

Brant Gorsuch and Ryan Powers, both of rural Fayette, reported they were assaulted.

Powers told police he pulled a friend’s sweatshirt over his head and was soon approached by Jeannette Sebring of Morenci who complained to Powers about picking on her son. Powers said it wasn’t her son that he had contact with.

“Based on our investigation, it was a misunderstanding,” said Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks. “She believed it was her son but it wasn’t.”

Sebring verbally confronted Powers and soon Todd Sebring and Carden became involved. Jeannette Sebring struck Powers and Gorsuch claims that Todd Sebring struck him in the face. When he was knocked to the floor, another Morenci resident, Jeremy Williams, began striking him.

Both of the victims had signs of facial injury, Weeks said, but neither required medical attention.

Reports by witnesses corroborated the assault charges.

Christopher Carden was charged with disorderly conduct and was arrested for an outstanding larceny warrant from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department.

Both of the Sebrings and Williams were arrested and released on bond with charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. A warrant was issued for Jamie Carden for disorderly conduct.

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