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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.

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.

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