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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.

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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