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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.

Fayette year-end police report 02.02.2011

Written by David Green.

Fayette Chief of Police Jason Simon looked back over the past six years in a report presented to the village council Jan. 24.

Simon reported a 38.5 percent increase in calls to the department since 2005, but he sees little change in the incidence of major crime.

“With everything considered, I do not worry about the increase in the calls,” he said. “Looking across the six-year span, the number of thefts, burglaries, rapes and assaults have remained within 10 calls either way.”

The increase is attributed mostly to “general calls,” he said.

“These are the calls that demand a speedy response,” Simon said, “the calls that are just plain aggravating to our residents.”

Simon said the assignment of officers on duty has changed over the years. In 2005, the village used two full-time officers, eight part-time officers and two non-sworn officers.

In 2009 the number decreased from 12 to five, saving enough money to add a third full-time officer.

“With three full-time officers, the department’s day-to-day operations run smoother,” Simon said. “It brings better interaction with the courts and outside agencies.”

The same coverage is provided, he said, but more is done with fewer people.

2010

Aside from general calls, ordinance violations kept the Fayette department busy during 2010, with 230 logged among the total number of 1,284.

Open door reports were next at 78, followed by thefts at 64, complaints about animals at 62 and complaints about juveniles at 60.

Other year-end totals include domestic situations, 30; vandalism, 33; harassment, 41; assaults, 10; recovered property, 37; burglaries, seven; checks on well-being, 11; explosives, six; disturbing the peace, 47; narcotics, eight; trespassing, 14; sex offenses, four; civil matters, 46; deaths, three; suspicious situations, 29; alcohol-related incidents, 17; alarms, 22 and arson reports, five.

There were 420 reports logged as “general.”

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