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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

John Skelton heading back to district court 03.16.2011

Written by David Green.

John Skelton’s movement through the court system is slowing as he goes back to district court for a hearing regarding kidnapping charges.

Skelton, charged with kidnapping and imprisoning his three sons, spent only a couple minutes in circuit court last Wednesday.

He appeared in Judge Margaret Noe’s courtroom for a pretrial hearing, but his public defender, John Glasser, requested the case be sent back to district court where Skelton would be arraigned on new charges filed last month.

Skelton, 39, has been in jail facing parental kidnapping charges after his three boys, Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5, disappeared during an arranged Thanksgiving visitation. Skelton claims he is not guilty of those charges. Instead, he said, he gave the boys to an unnamed organization.

Further evidence provided by the Morenci Police Department led county prosecutor Jonathan Poer to add kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment charges. The new charges could bring life imprisonment if Skelton were found guilty.

A hearing is scheduled March 28 in Judge James Sheridan’s court. At that time Skelton could request a preliminary examination, forcing the prosecution to show evidence the children were kidnapped.

Poer told the Adrian Daily Telegram that he’s willing to present evidence if Skelton chooses that path.

In a video conference Friday with Judge Sheridan, Skelton learned during his arraignment that his bond was increasing to $90 million—$10 million for each of the six new charges plus the original $30 million.

Skelton is scheduled to appear in district court at 8:15 a.m. Friday for a pre-trial hearing in the divorce case. An additional date regarding the sale of marital property is scheduled April 4.

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