Channel 4 sues for documents 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

Search warrant documents relating to the disappearance of the three Skelton children from Morenci will remain out of public view while the investigation continues.

An attorney from Detroit’s Channel 4 sued for release of the documents, claiming they were of newsworthy value, but a judge has authorized continued suppression of the material.

After John Skelton failed to return his three sons to their mother, Tanya, following a Thanksgiving visitation, police searched Skelton’s Congress Street home for clues to the disappearance of the children.

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday that Lenawee County Prosecutor Jonathan Poer submitted a request to suppress the documents because the investigation is on-going. District Court Judge James Sheridan signed the order.

The search documents will be “suppressed pending the conclusion of the investigation or until further order of the judge, or 180 days after the date of the suppression order, whichever comes first.”

Skelton claimed he gave the boys to a woman he met on the internet before he attempted suicide. The woman was to return the boys to their mother. He later said the boys are with an organization that he refused to name.

Police have doubted his claims and continue to pursue tips that come in from various locations.

Skelton is to appear in Circuit Court Friday  on a contempt of court charge in regard to his failure to return the children to their mother following the Thanksgiving visit. In February he is scheduled to appear in court regarding parental kidnapping charges.

  • Front.splash
    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.drum
    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
  • Front.art.park
    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016