Morenci annual police report 2.4

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s annual police report is more a story of what didn’t happen rather than a summary of what did.

No homicides. No kidnappings. No vehicle thefts. No gambling problems. No reports of prostitution.

The crimes that trouble larger communities don’t make the list in Morenci.

“We do a lot of work,” police chief Larry Weeks told city council Jan. 12, “but the severity of complaints remains very low.”

Police arrested 11 individuals for assault, but that was about average compared to recent years.

Eight arrests were made for marijuana possession, an increase of five over the previous year, and nine people were arrested for drunken driving.

Probation violations led to seven arrests and six drivers were arrested for driving with a revoked or suspended license.

Only one arrest was made for aggravated assault—an incident that requires medical treatment.

The overall crime report shows a significant increase in suspicious situation investigations and a decrease in found and lost property.

Property damage accidents rose from 21 to 35. Family abuse and neglect reports rose from one over the two previous years to five in 2008.

Total larcenies reached 68, 10 more than the five-year average.

Most other reports changed little from previous years.

“They remain fairly consistent,” Chief Weeks said, “and Morenci remains a very safe place to raise a family.”

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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