Williamston teacher in child pornography case to stand trial

By Meagan Beck
The Williamston Post

On Feb. 5, Williamston biology teacher James Preston, 45, who is facing child pornography charges, waived his preliminary hearing and will stand trial. The preliminary hearing would have determined there was enough evidence was present for a trial. Williamston police are currently unsure if any Williamston students are involved. Preston is being charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

Police station construction is in progress

By Katie Krall
Williamston Post

Construction for the new police station in downtown Williamston is on schedule, said City Manager Alan Dolley. It will be located next to City Hall, on the corner of Grand River Avenue and Cedar Street. Official groundbreaking was on Sept. 8 and the construction crew began moving dirt the same day. Almost a month later, Laux Construction has set the foundation for the building.

Williamstown Twp. trustees meeting voted on budget, police special assessment

By Kelsey Parkinson
Williamston Post staff writer

While most members of the board voted to approve the budget at the Williamstown Township Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, March 12, two members did not: trustees Rod Imhoff and Rick Williams.

The 2014-15 proposed budget totaled $1,229,559, as of Feb. 28. This is down from $1,357,475 from the 2013-14 budget. At the meeting, Imhoff said he had an issue with the number of fudge factors in the budget. “Every year we do not have a deficit, yet we show a deficit in our budget,” Imhoff said.

Police await sale of current building

By Matt Miller
Williamston Post Staff Writer

Police Chief Bob Young said, “there has been a signed purchase agreement, but there has been no closing,” regarding the sale of the old police station located at 1500 W. Grand River Ave. To Young, the current police station is functional, but he would prefer to be downtown so the police station is more accessible to the public. Young said the current police station is old and run down, but still meets the police force’s needs. However, he said that a police station should be located downtown, especially in a city the size of Williamston. The city is ready to build the new station, but construction cannot begin until the old building has been sold.

Library millage a concern in Bath

Bath Charter Township set forth a proposal for a new millage for a public library that went to a vote yesterday, Nov. 5. The millage, which will support an independent public library, is set to collect $89,000 each year of property taxes and is set to go through 2016. The millage will only support the functioning of the new public library. Bath held five polling locations throughout the town for yesterday’s vote.

Safe and sound in Williamstown

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.

Chandler Crossings: Where Do You Live?

For students who live in Chandler Crossings, the answer isn’t simple.  If you live on one side of the street, you are an East Lansing resident. Live on the other side, and you reside in Clinton County. I found out that I am a Clinton County resident when a small fire broke out in my kitchen of my apartment at The Club at Chandler Crossings. I asked my neighbor to call the East Lansing Fire Department for me. But when she did, the operator told her to call 911 in Bath Twp.

Man arrested in vehicle break-ins at apartments

Bath Township police answered several calls regarding multiple vehicle break-ins at the Village at Chandler Crossing apartment complex on Chandler Road on Sunday, April 7. Police officer Kip Harmon responded to a call at 7:45 a.m. from an individual reporting a vehicle break-in in the parking lot of the complex. Harmon said he spotted the culprit, who had broken into three other cars in the lot, and arrested him. Harmon said that the suspect was very resistant to the arrest, and tried to run from him.  “We got into a foot pursuit,” Harmon said.

Noise at Chandler Crossings draws police search

By Stephen Ingber Staff Reporter

Bath Twp.- In the early weeks of April multiple phone calls where made to the Bath Township Police Department concerning noise in the Chandler Crossings Apartment Complex. The calls were mostly made Thursday through Saturday. The police said the call have increased since MSU’s semester began. Officers of the departments have issued multiple citations.  

Chandlers is located on Chandler Road just three miles from Michigan State Universities campus is an apartment complex with three separate developments.

Breaking and entering subject at large after accomplice arraigned

By Zachary Peña, Staff Reporter

One suspect is in custody and another is being sought in connection with a Sunday night break-in at a DeWitt Township gas station.  

Officers responded to an alarm at Purity Cylinder Gas at 1035 Mak Tech Drive at about 11 p.m., said police Chief Brian Russell.  

An officer noticed a white van speed north on Old 27 just before the alarm sounded. The van’s driver pulled behind Domino’s Pizza on the corner of Old 27 and State St., where he and another male jumped out and fled north. A K-9 unit from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office tracked one of the suspects to the Moose Lodge northeast of Alma, where he was found hiding near the building, said Russell.