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Battle Creek bus driver goes before magistrate on outstanding warrants

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A school bus driver, entrusted with the safety of children, faced a Calhoun County magistrate Tuesday.

46-year-old Kevin Frederick spent the night in jail after a minor crash involving his school bus yesterday. Police say Frederick was alone at the time of the accident. They soon found out he was driving on a suspended license and had several warrants out for his arrest.

Newschannel 3 has also learned Frederick has a lengthy history of traffic violations.

Our camera was in the courtroom today as a magistrate broke down five cases against Frederick.

Those cases including three outstanding warrants, involving a larceny, allowing a dog to stray and another driving on a suspended license. In all three cases the magistrate says Frederick had been ordered to pay the fines and the costs or spend time behind bars but he failed to do that.

Frederick was also arraigned for retail fraud in the third degree. The magistrate says he's accused of stealing property from Wal-Mart, of less than 200 dollars.

He was arraigned on the latest charge, driving on a suspended license, as well. Frederick pleaded not guilty; his bond was set at $500.

We did reach out to the Battle Creek School District once again to find out where its investigation stands and whether the district would be looking into its other drivers. We were told we'd need to speak with the superintendent and that she would be available on Wednesday.

This is another black eye for the school district. In early March, the district said another driver left a pre-school student on a bus. And, earlier in the school year, the district came under fire after a bus driver hit a parked car and the children on the bus were not checked out.