By Leslie Spector
Williamston Post staff writer
“No crimes seem to stand out in Williamstown,” said Police Chief David Hall in his opening statement of the police report. “This is a very good thing.”
Hall discussed two incidents at the township meeting on Oct. 8.
A resident in Williamstown Township was the victim of a home invasion on Oct. 5. The homeowner followed his barking dog to the back porch where he discovered an inebriated minor.
The Meridian Township Police Department (also serves Williamstown) took the 19-year-old Michigan State University student into custody and cited him for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
The second incident Hall talked about occurred Sept. 25. Police arrived to the Williamstown crime scene where a Pontiac Aztec was fully engulfed in flames.
“No one was present at the scene,” said Lt. Greg Frenger, “but we were able to link the stolen car to a home invasion that occurred three weeks ago in East Lansing.”
This crime is now being investigated by the East Lansing Police Department.
To ensure greater safety in the Williamstown area, two more police officers were recently hired. One of the new officers just “hit the road alone” and the other one is finishing his third month of training, according to Hall.
“We have one more vacancy and are looking to hire another officer,” said Hall. “We are in the process of doing a background check, which takes about a week, but we hope to have him join our team as soon as possible.”
After Hall finished his police report, Williamstown Township Trustee Michael Fielek said, “The residents of Williamstown greatly appreciate all the work your team does for our community.”
Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join the Meridian Township Police Department at their annual Halloween Open House on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Visit with McGruff the crime dog, sit in a patrol car, tour the police station, enjoy donuts and cider and go trick-or-treating throughout the station.
“The open house is geared toward kids, but anyone is welcome. We would love to see residents of Williamstown attend,” Hall added.