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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.

Fred Allen accused of vehicle theft 2012.03.14

Written by David Green.

An incident that started with a car stolen during a funeral in Morenci eventually involved three law enforcement agencies and ended with the driver in the hospital.

Former Morenci resident Frederick J. Allen, 23, is suspected of stealing a vehicle parked in front of the Eagle Funeral Home on Summit Street Saturday morning and leading a Fulton County Sheriff’s Department deputy on a chase into Lucas County.

The stolen car eventually hit a utility pole near Toledo Express Airport and Allen was ejected as the vehicle rolled over several times. He was transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Morenci police received a report of a stolen vehicle at 11:41 a.m. Saturday when the owner of the vehicle discovered it missing at the conclusion of the funeral service he was attending. The keys had been left in the ignition.

More than an hour later the Fulton County Sheriff’s office received a report of a reckless driver heading east on U.S. 20A between Delta and Swanton. When a deputy located the vehicle, he observed it weaving into the opposing lane of traffic.

A report from the Sheriff’s office indicated that a traffic stop was attempted, but after pulling over, the suspect vehicle suddenly sped off.

When the chase approached Lucas County, the deputy called for assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and that agency arrived just as the crash occurred. Allen apparently lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Garden Road and the car went off the right side of the highway.

Drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle—including spoons, a medicine dropper, and rolling papers—leading police to suspect that Allen’s erratic driving might have been caused by drug use.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks expects that charges will be filed from all three agencies: a stolen vehicle in Michigan, reckless driving and fleeing in Fulton County, and the crash in Lucas County.

Allen’s address is listed in Bryan, Ohio.

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