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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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    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.

Custody dispute ends in death 2013.06.05

Written by David Green.

Law enforcement officials continue to investigate an incident on the west side of Morenci that led to the death of a resident.

Morenci police were called at 6:18 p.m. Friday to 429 Lincoln St. to investigate the report of an assault. Officers found Ronald Michael Gaydosh, 26, of Morenci, lying in the road with serious head injuries.

The Hudson Area Ambulance service was called to fill in for the Morenci Area EMS ambulance that was out of the city on a transfer. The Morenci Fire Department was also called and chief Chad Schisler called for the Lifeflight helicopter shortly after he arrived at the scene. Gaydosh died during the night while hospitalized.

According to the police report, Gaydosh was reported to have been on the hood of a car driven by Jeremy Richard James, 30, of Tipton, who was at the house to pick up his children for a visitation through custody arrangements. A dispute about the care of the children arose between the two men and the mother, Tara Keene, who was married to Gaydosh.

Gaydosh reportedly fell from the car when James drove away. When James noticed that Gaydosh was lying in the street injured, he returned to the scene.

Emergency responders reported a strong smell of alcohol from Gaydosh, said Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks.

The sequence of events need to be reconstructed, Weeks said, before determining any culpability. Follow-up interviews must be completed, along with completion of the accident scene reconstruction by investigators from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department.

The autopsy report will also aid in determining how the event transpired, Weeks said, and that could take several weeks. When all information is collected, Weeks will turn his report over to the county prosecutor for review.

Chief Weeks said he was disturbed by the number of people who arrived at the scene with children.

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