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

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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.

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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