Farmer finds body south of Palmyra

PALMYRA – A farmer spreading lime in a Palmyra Township field Friday afternoon made the gruesome discovery of a partially decomposed body behind a dilapidated wooden barn.

Lenawee County Sheriff’s detectives were on the scene before 2 p.m. According to Lenawee County under sheriff James Anderson, a partially decomposed body of what they believed to be a woman was found near the back corner of barn in the 6000 block of Scott Highway.

The barn is about 50 yards off the road on the east side about 100 yards north of Station Road. Anderson could not positively say the body was that of a female or what age or race the person was. Police could not confirm foul play Friday evening due to the condition of the body. But they believe it has been there for some time.

Six very large spools of yellow field tile sat in front of the barn near the road that had been dropped off possibly a week ago, Anderson said. Another trailer with some tile material was on the south side of the barn.

The body was discovered near the north end on the back side. In the field next to the barn, a tiling machine also stood. There were no homes close to the vicinity where the body had been dumped. There was a field drive back to the barn, but the property in front of it was overgrown with grass and weeds. There was also another aging wooden structure to the south of the barn.Approximately seven members of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s personnel were on the scene as well as a trooper from the Michigan State Police.

Anderson said there would likely not be much information to tell until after the autopsy reports came back and if and when the person was identified.

The Michigan State Police mobile crime lab from Lansing arrived on the scene just before 5:30 p.m. to assist with the investigation.

Sheriff Jack Welsh said detectives were looking into the possibility the body could be of a woman reported missing from Sylvania Township in mid-September. Sylvania Township detectives were dispatched to the scene and local officials were waiting for their arrival at 6:30 p.m.

The missing woman had reportedly been visiting relatives in Sylvania Township, but hasn’t been seen or heard from since she allegedly left to go home on Sept. 18. Her vehicle was found abandoned days later in a Sylvania Township park just south of Monroe Street near the Starlite Shopping Plaza.

– By Melissa Burnor, The Advance. Please see the Nov. 14 edition of The Advance for this story and more. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications.

Local voters go to the polls Nov. 6

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Lenawee and Monroe County residents will join the rest of the United States in the democratic process by electing representatives next Tuesday, Nov. 6, from the grassroots level right up to the U.S. president. In today’s Advance, please find a Voting Guide to provide information on candidates and issues at the state and national level. Here, we have information on local elections. Candidates were provided with a questionnaire. Their answers follow:)

Blissfield Twp.
Blissfield Township residents will elect a new supervisor and will also choose a candidate for township clerk and two trustees in the General Election. Only treasurer Karen Baldwin is unopposed after winning the Republican primary election in August.
After winning the Republican primary against two other candidates including incumbent supervisor Lew Bowman, Adolio “Al” Navarro faces off against Democrat Mark Burgermeister for the supervisor position. Both men currently serve as trustees on the Blissfield Village Council. Navarro’s term expires in November, while Burgermeister’s would expire in 2014.
Four candidates are running for two trustee positions on the board. Incumbent Reed Mapstone did not run for reelection after serving nearly four decades on the township board.
Orrin Gregg, who was appointed in March to fill out the remainder of Jason Fischer’s term on the board is running as an independent candidate. Also running are Pat Laberdee, also an independent, and two Republican candidates, Devon Gilson-Pitts and Kris Ruhl.
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Main Street candidate list shaved to three

A slate of 15 candidates for the Blissfield DDA/Main Street manager position has been narrowed down to three finalists who will face public interviews this evening (Wednesday) at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library. The DDA/Main Street board may have two additional members take part in the interview process as well.
Blissfield Village Administrator Jim Wonacott said it is likely the DDA/Main Street board will interview two men and one woman for the position now open due to the resignation of former manager Michael Sessions.
Village president Michael Gunter who is also part of the board was not quite certain at the village council’s Monday night meeting whether or not all three candidates had been notified yet that they were in the final running for the position.
The village council approved…

Robertson series presents Baker on ‘green building’

The Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield, will present homebuilder, engineer, and environmental advocate Frank Baker, founder of Riverbend Timber Framing and Insulspan, Inc., as part of its Phyllis Robertson Program Series at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Baker will speak on “Green Building,” a construction practice which seeks to minimize the environmental impact of both the process and the finished structure.
All library programs are free and open to the public.
Through Baker’s career as an engineer at General Motors, founder/owner of Riverbend Timber Framing and Insulspan and currently as he is representing PFB Corporation on a number of national and international trade associations and non-profits, there has been a common thread, concern for the environment. Frank was building “Green” before the term “Green Building” came into common use to describe homes built to minimize the impact on our environment. He has also worked at the community level in Blissfield to encourage Green practices in many local endeavors. Frank and his wife, Brenda, recently completed a Certified Green Cottage in Lakeside, Ohio and built a very green home in Blissfield nearly 20 years ago, as well as a previous green home 32 years ago before there were Green Certification programs. Riverbend and Insulspan have produced thousands of green homes over the last 33 years and continue to do so today.
The library’s Phyllis Robertson Lecture Series was made possible by a gift from the estate of Phyllis Robertson, a local writer and photographer, as well as a long-time benefactor to and advocate of the library. Programs this fall will include a mediation workshop and a holiday card making workshop.