By ROBERT S. MERRILL
An adult male, arrested on Feb. 29 in conjunction with an aggravated battery in Preston, waived a preliminary hearing in Franklin County’s magistrate court Thursday and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 19 in District Court before Judge Mitchell W. Brown.
The alleged assault took place in Preston on Feb. 24.
Preston Police took Charles D. Hays, 23, address unknown, into custody and charged him with one count of aggravated battery, a felony. He is currently being held at the Caribou County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
Hays was arraigned in magistrate court in Preston on March 1. There have been two separate incidents involving assault in the Preston area in recent weeks. They are totally unrelated and involved four adult males in two separate altercations.
Preston Police Chief Val Sparrow said the first incident was reported on Feb. 15 and involved two male subjects at the corner of 200 So. 100 East.
The second incident occurred on Feb. 24 at approximately 100 So. 100 East, according to police reports, and again involved two adult males.
Sparrow said no muggings were involved and there is absolutely no indication of any type of gang activity.
“We want the public to know the streets of Preston are safe and there is no reason for alarm,” he said.
However, the police chief told The Citizen due to increased violence, not only in Preston, but also in surrounding cities large and small, the local department desires residents to be more vigilant and cautiously aware in their day-to-day lives.
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