The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

Metal Theft

Written by David Green.

Thefts of copper and other valuable metals would be drastically reduced under legislation passed by the Michigan Senate.

“Copper thieves have targeted the agricultural community with many farmers losing thousands of dollars in equipment,” said state representative Cameron Brown, a co-sponsor of the bill. “The 16th District in particular has been especially hard hit by damage to irrigation systems. It is time to get tough on those committing these crimes.”

Senate Bill 1114 would establish new penalties for stealing copper and other metals. Penalties would be assessed based on the value of the property stolen. This includes the replacement cost of the stolen metal, the cost of repairing the damage caused by the theft, or the total of both of these amounts, whichever is greatest.

SB 1358 would create the Nonferrous Metal Regulatory Act to establish requirements for dealers and sellers of valuable metals and prescribe penalties for violations.

Sellers would be required to present the dealer with a picture ID, allow the dealer to make a photocopy of it and also allow the dealer to make a thumbprint for identification and investigation purposes.

Under the legislation, dealers would be required to:

• Create an accurate, legible record of each purchase transaction and retain the database for at least a year;

• Register with or subscribe to an Internet-based database available to dealers, law enforcement agencies and general public that lists and tracks thefts of nonferrous metal and articles containing nonferrous metals; and

● Pay a seller by check, electronic transfer, ATM card or bar code, or other method capable of being traced from the dealer to the seller.

Buying or selling nonferrous metal articles, if it was known they were stolen, would be a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.

“These bills will make it that much harder for criminals to profit from stealing valuable metals and give law enforcement more tools to help deal with this growing crime,” Brown said.

The bills now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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