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Funeral services set for Jordan Fussman

Funeral services have been set for Jordan Patrick Fussman, age 16 of Tecumseh, who passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as the result of an automobile accident.

Fussman was a junior at Tecumseh High School where he played outside linebacker for the Indian’s football team.

Funeral services for Jordan will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 11, at Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian, with Envoy Terry Gaster officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the service.

Those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Jordan may direct their gifts to www.gofundme.com/rbwpk3u to assist his family with expenses.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.wagleyfuneralhome.com

See the full obituary at http://www.tecumsehherald.com/content/jordan-patrick-fussman

Teenage driver dies in morning accident on Billmeyer Hwy.

A one-car crash on Billmeyer Highway near Shull Road, involving two Tecumseh High School students, took the life of Jordan Fussman, 16, of Tecumseh, early Wednesday morning, April 8. Noah Nimer, 17, of Tecumseh, was a passenger in the vehicle and survived.

Fussman was pronounced dead at the scene while Nimer was transported to Toledo ProMedica with what were then believed to be non-life threatening injuries, according to a press release from the Raisin Township Police Department Wednesday.

Nimer received stitches to the face, no broken bones, hairline-fractures to the spine and was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday afternoon with a back brace, according to Raisin Township Police Chief Kevin Grayer.

The Raisin Township Police Department, along with the Raisin Township Fire Department, responded to the personal injury accident at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Grayer arrived at the scene and confirmed two people were pinned inside the vehicle, and that the passenger of the vehicle was responsive and talking with police and medical staff as they arrived, according to the press release.

The accident is still under investigation by the Raisin Township Police Department and the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Accident Investigation team. It is believe that speed was a factor in this accident, according to the release. Anyone with information pertaining to the accident is asked to contact Grayer at the Raisin Township Police Department at 424.4615, ext. 127.

Tecumseh High School Principal Griff Mills said Tecumseh High School would have counselors on hand at the school from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 9, for students, family and community members that would like to speak with someone.

Airport explains decision to deny skydiving

A press release from attorney Charles H. Gross, representing Al Meyers Airport Corp. owner, manager and president Andrew Aalto, states that Aalto plans to expand business operations and private flights from the airport after informing Skydive Tecumseh in January it would no longer be able to operate from that location. Skydive Tecumseh filed a lawsuit against the airport on February 28, which is still pending.

A total of 20 planes will be stored at the airport, according to the release, with Heinen Avionics, an avionics repair center, scheduled to operate from the property this year. The facility is also undergoing renovations for Biomaterialize LLC, an established medical device development and consulting firm, which plans to initiate operations at the airport facility in May 2015.

According to the press release, “Aalto has determined after a review of airport suitability for various activities and incorporating inputs from community members, area pilots, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that the airport’s parachute landing area, or drop zone, previously accessed via a monthly fee arrangement by Skydive Tecumseh, is closed for 2015 and future years.”

“Many Tecumseh residents have voiced noise and safety concerns associated with the skydiving aircraft to us; some have also contacted the FAA directly,” said Aalto in the release. “Also, area pilots wanting to base their aircraft here and other pilots wanting to use our airport to access local businesses, family and friends, or recreation have been hesitant to do so because of the challenges associated with maintaining safe distances from skydiving traffic — which includes both the parachutists and the skydive airplane — to avoid collisions.”

Skydive Tecumseh in legal dispute with owner of Al Meyers Airport

On January 7, Skydive Tecumseh received a letter from Al Meyers Airport Corp. that the parachuting business is no longer able to operate from the airport. Skydive Tecumseh filed a lawsuit against the airport on February 28.

The substance of the letter is not known at this time as it was not present in the court case’s file.

In early 2014, former Al Meyers Airport Corp. President Keith Diver sold shares of the company to Andrew Aalto, now president, according to court documents.

According to the written motion presented by Skydive Tecumseh’s lawyer, David Stimpson, Diver assured Skydive Tecumseh it would be able to continue using the airport after the share transfer, of which the company did until the aforementioned letter was received earlier this year.

According to news reports, report, Stimpson requested a temporary court order allowing Skydive Tecumseh to use the airport while the case is in court. The hearing was adjourned two weeks after Aalto appeared in court without an attorney.

Stimpson wrote in his motion that the airport is critical to Skydive Tecumseh’s business and that the entire community would suffer from the loss of the business.

Franz Gerschwiler has owned Skydive Tecumseh since 2008 and owns it through his corporation, Bad Ideaz, LLC. Gerschwiler said he needed to contact his lawyer, Stimpson, before discussing the pending court case.

Both Aalto and Gerschwiler said they are preparing public statements on the matter.

Police seek hit and run driver

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Wednesday, April 1, troopers from the Michigan State Police, Monroe Post, were dispatched to investigate a hit and run personal injury crash on Matthews Hwy. near Staib Rd. The crash occurred around 3 p.m.

From the at-scene investigation, troopers determined Zaniel Aikens, 33, of Clinton, was operating his moped traveling north on Matthews Hwy. on the extreme right of the roadway. A passenger car traveling in the same direction attempted to pass Aikens.

As this vehicle passed Aikens traveling northbound, the right front bumper of the vehicle struck the moped, causing Aikens to fall from his moped and crash. The vehicle causing this crash failed to stop at the scene, and continued north on Matthews Highway.

Troopers are attempting to identify the operator of the second vehicle. The suspect vehicle is described as a BMW four-door sedan or similar body style, blue in color, driven by a white male, age 18-19, wearing a baseball hat with the letter “T” on the front of the hat.

As a result of the crash, Aikens suffered minor injuries and was released from the scene. “Troopers are seeking assistance in identifying and locating the driver responsible for this crash,” said First Lieutenant Tony Cuevas, Commander of the Monroe Post of the Michigan State Police, in an emailed press release. “From the description of the suspect driver, it could be a Tecumseh High Student.”

The investigation is on-going and anyone having information is asked to call the Michigan State Police Monroe Post at 734.242.3500.

Crowdfunding campaign begins for Movies in the Park project

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Tecumseh announced on Wednesday a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will support the city in bringing free outdoor movies to Adams Park.

If the Movies in the Park project reaches its crowdfunding goal of $14,650 by April 30, MEDC will provide a $14,650 matching grant.

“Tecumseh is a close-knit community and the goals of this project demonstrate that,” said Community Assistance Specialist Nate Scramlin. “We look forward to partnering with city leaders, residents, businesses, and others, on a successful campaign.”

The city of Tecumseh has shown a dedication to family-oriented activities and experiences. Years ago, the city sponsored free outdoor movies at Tecumseh Park, where the response of the community was overwhelmingly positive, according to Paula Holtz, Tecumseh’s Economic Development Director.

“The success of this endeavor will allow family and friends to gather together in our downtown park to rediscover outdoor movies, much like the drive-in theaters of the past,” said Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker.

Now, with the help of this campaign, the City of Tecumseh wants to purchase its own projector and 20’ inflatable screen to begin running movies again. The new setting for the Movies in the Park program will be at Adams Park, a park that’s easily accessible from downtown and surrounding areas. The park has ample open space and public restrooms for moviegoers.

“Having a vibrant arts and culture scene is one of the many things that help people fall in love with their communities,” said Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League.

“This crowdfunding initiative in Tecumseh will not only help enhance the community’s existing arts scene, but it will also provide a sense of pride and investment among those who contribute to the effort.”

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