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Jeremy Lewis 91499 2nd period Situated between majestic Great Lakes and the marshes Ortonville is much like any other small northern Michigan town It was election day looking forward to a visit to the ice cream shop I accompanied my grandpa as he drove the fifteen-mile tripe into town Country life offered little excitement but that day an air of uneasiness replaced the usual contentment I felt while passing aged buildings their drabness contrasted sharply by a few colorful modern improvements Having spent the first of my teen years here it was easy to detect any change in the towns mood I pondered the worried expression on the faces of the few people we saw on the streets It seemed everyone was in a hurry There were not the usual groups gathered to exchange local gossip Most noticeable was the absence of kids playing in the near by parkAs my grandpa messed with the radio in our rusted out Chevy we approached the traffic light greeted-not by flashing red yellow or green but by uniformed police men armed with guns and appearing much out of place in such peaceful surroundings As our vehicle slowed to a stop I was shocked as I saw before me a huge machine gun pointed in our direction A young officer walked slowly to the truck and explained what was going on Sorry Sir but well have to search your truck just routine procedure As the car was being searched we learned the reason for such drastic precautionary measures A man whom we knew and who was a candidate for the sheriffs office had been brutally murdered in the presence of his wife and daughter It was rumored that the opposing party was responsible for the fatal shotgun blast and other rumors stated that explosives would be brought into town to bomb the courthouse As this unbelievable information was being given I sat petrified trying
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