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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 police to bring prisoner back 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Fayette police will fly to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., to bring a prisoner back to Fulton County for sentencing.

Fayette village council members voted 5-0 Wednesday, with Paula Ferguson absent, to allow police chief Jason Simon and one other officer to fly by private airplane to pick up a prisoner for a court appearance and then return him to the federal facility.

Chief Simon told council that it should cost about $200 less to be flown by Brad Merillat rather than drive a patrol car. The driving time was estimated at five and a half hours each way, during which time another officer would have to be on duty in Fayette. Federal prison regulations require that two officers are involved in the transfer of the prisoner.

Chief Simon said the prisoner sold meat to elderly residents in Fayette and some of the meat was bad. He said the county won’t pursue the issue because the man was charged with a misdemeanor, but he wants the individual brought to court.

“We might have to run him back the next day,” Simon said, depending on what action the judge takes.

The judge might suspend the sentence, which in effect places the individual on probation. The suspended sentence could be imposed later if the individual doesn’t meet conditions placed by the judge.

“It’s going to cost us this much money for a suspended sentence?” ask Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt.

“I don’t know what the judge will do,” Simon answered.

Councilor Mike Maginn also questioned the action.

“We’re paying to go down and get him, bring him up here and it might get thrown out?”

Simon assured him that it won’t get thrown out. Simon said this is the first time that he’s gone through the process and he’s not sure just how it’s going to work.

If the individual gets sentenced in Fulton County, Simon said, he will still first have to return to the federal facility to complete that sentence.

MONTHLY REPORT—Fayette police issued two criminal citations in April and 25 traffic citations in the month ending May 25.

One citation was given for disorderly conduct and another for child endangerment. Six citations were issued for traffic accidents and five for speeding. Two people were cited for operating an ATV on village streets.

Single citations were given for failure to display license plates, a suspended operator’s license, failure to control a vehicle, operating a vehicle while impaired, traveling the wrong way on a one-way street, failure to use a seatbelt, operating an unsafe vehicle, operating an overweight vehicle, failure to yield, a permit violation and a headlight violation.

Police gave 12 assists to other departments and cited 10 people for ordinance violations. They responded  to seven complaints about animals, six about juveniles, four suspicious situations, eight civil situations, seven open doors, two theft reports, two alarms, one harassment report, three reports of domestic violence, four reports of disturbing the peace, one breaking and entering, one report of vandalism and one alcohol problem.

One warrant was issued and police reported four property recoveries. They responded to 23 traffic-related incidents during the month.

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