The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

  • Front.cheers
    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
  • Family.3.wide
    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.
  • Front.newpaper.2
    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.
  • Front.code.2
    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.
  • Front.gym.new
    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.
  • Front.lift
    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.
  • Front.library.books
    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.

Citizens help with police foot chase 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

What would you do if you looked up and saw a young man running by followed closely behind by a police officer? Stand and watch the show or give chase?

Three Morenci men decided last week to join in the chase—a good thing for Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks who  had already sprinted several blocks.

The incident began at the police station Thursday when Weeks was interviewing an 18-year-old domestic violence suspect. When it became apparent that the man was about to be arrested, he ran out the door and headed north up the alley toward Main Street.

From there he ran west and crossed the street and traveled up the alley adjacent to the library. That’s when he was spotted by three people in the city parking lot behind the Deli.

“This sort of thing doesn’t happen in Morenci,” one of them told Chief Weeks later. It took a little while for it all to sink in before he realized that he was watching an actual police chase.

The three, who wish to remain anonymous, gave chase and tackled the suspect after he ran through a yard and reached Locust Street. There he was subdued and hand-cuffed.

The chief stated his appreciation for what they did and noted that it’s possible he wouldn’t have been able to catch the suspect on his own.

At the same time, he said that he can’t recommend that citizens take that same approach for their own safety, particularly not knowing whether someone fleeing could be armed.

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