2016-11-17 / News Briefs

In brief

Jury convicts police shooter

FLINT – A man who shot a Flint Township Police officer and fired on two Swartz Creek Police officers has been found guilty of 13 felony counts. A jury last week delivered a guilty verdict against Christopher A. Washington, 57, of Flint Township, in connection with the Jan. 23, 2015, shooting at the Hometown Inn on Miller Road in Flint Township. Washington was charged with assault with intent to murder for shooting Flint Township Officer Michael Schuyler. When Swartz Creek Officers Nick Paul and Terry VanKeuren Jr. responded to the scene, Washington rammed Paul’s patrol car and a gun battle ensued, resulting in Washington being struck six times. “I am very pleased with the conviction of this dangerous individual,” said Prosecutor David Leyton. Washington is scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Paul, VanKeuren and Schuyler have received multiple honors. – L.R.

CTPD hands out candy

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – Police Chief William Tucker assigned extra patrols to specific neighborhoods during Devil’s Night and Halloween. Officers were advised to interact with residents, maintain a high profile and pass out candy, which the officers purchased with their own money, Tucker said. – L.R.

SCAFD to get new copier

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – Clayton Township will invest $4,933 in a Ricoh copy machine for the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department.

By piggy-backing on a similar purchase, the township can obtain the equipment and a free, three-year maintenance agreement, said Supervisor Chris Gehringer. Fire Chief Brent Cole had earmarked $4,900 for a new copier in the 2017 budget, which has yet to be approved by the township Board of Trustees. Gehringer said the Fire Board, which oversees the fire department for the township and City of Swartz Creek, can repay the city’s share of the investment after the budget is approved. The City Council has already approved the 2017 budget. “I advocate buying this for the fire department this year … so we can take advantage of the maintenance plan,” said Gehringer. – L.R.

Ananich honored for work

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) has recognized State Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) as Public Official of the Year for his support of clean energy legislation. The award was presented jointly to Ananich and his colleague, Sen. Dale Zorn, at the Energy Innovators Gala in East Lansing November 10. “Clean, affordable energy makes our citizens healthier and economy stronger,” said Ananich. “We must continue pushing for more innovation and constant progress toward our renewable energy goals.” “The leadership and enthusiasm for clean energy in the public and private sectors is continuing to grow in the state of Michigan,” said Liesl Eichler Clark, president of the Michigan EIBC.

“Across the board we’re witnessing the companies and individuals who are working hard to make clean energy an attractive option for consumers, as well as public officials like Senator Ananich who are supporting those efforts.” – L.R.

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