Public Safety and Crime

Tree Protection Ordinance Debated, Deferred

Friday, December 4, 2015

Above: The old white oak tree on Spartan Avenue, on the site of the proposed “White Oak Place” development.

The third and by far longest of three public hearings at this week’s City Council meeting centered on Ordinance No. 1363, the so-called tree protection ordinance. If it were to pass as proposed, it would protect certain trees within the City of East Lansing by requiring permits before anyone trims or cuts a tree that has been designated “protected.”

Dangerous Buildings Demolition Ordinance Passes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Image: Back of vacant, blighted building at Grand River and Evergreen Avenues, just east of the Peoples Church memorial garden.

Last night, East Lansing’s City Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance 1360, which makes it easier for the City to decide to tear down a dangerous building when “the cost of the repairs would exceed 100 percent of the true cash value of the structure as reflected on the city assessment tax rolls.” The ordinance’s passage could ultimately lead to the City moving to demolish dangerous vacant buildings.

Deer Debate Heats Up

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Public debate on how (and whether) to manage deer in East Lansing heated up last night at City Council’s meeting, with the new Council deciding not to take any formal action on the matter until at least February. The plan had been to have the culls in the two East Lansing parks start this month, but Council elected last night to put off the cull. Their interest is in part to try to see, from results of the legal hunt this year, how many deer around the area are actually shown to have chronic wasting disease. (Hunted deer are supposed to be tested before people eat them.)

New Council Moving Quickly on Blight, Rentals Issue, Campaign Contributions’ Ethics, and Protected Trees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Image: Some of the blighted buildings downtown that may be demolished if a new "dangerous buildings" ordinance passes.

The new East Lansing City Council meets for the first time this evening, and their first agenda indicates this Council intends to move quickly on a number of politically hot issues, including blighted vacant buildings downtown, the ethics of campaign contributions, and a question of whether the City or the State should have say over whether landlords can make certain changes to nonconforming rental houses.

Michigan Senate May Say “yes” to Concealed guns in schools; EL School Board Says “no”

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Members of Michigan’s Senate may decide as early as this week whether or not to let concealed weapons into Michigan’s “gun-free zones,” such as schools and universities. In mid-October, educators, alongside members of the public and state law-makers, discussed the proposed legislation at the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in which Senators voted 4-1 in favor of the Senate Bill 442.

Update: ELPD Investigates Sexual Assault in Glencairn Neighborhood

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Update 10/22: The ELPD has issued a second press release indicating that their Detective Bureau is still actively working the case and "has
made contact with several people who were with the victim throughout the day." They have also "followed up on several tips that were received

Staying Safe in East Lansing: Be Aware, Trust Your Instincts

Monday, October 19, 2015

 

Julia Liggett, a freshman at MSU, hardly worries about getting home safely, even at night.

“Yeah, I feel safe. Even by myself. There’s still people out at night. There’s people everywhere, if I was by myself or something, somebody would help me.”

Would they?

Unfortunately for Liggett, science argues she might not be as safe as she believes.

The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that occurs when a group of people realize someone or something is in need of help, but assume another witness will give aid.

City Changing Ordinance to Support Deer Hunt

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Image courtesy of USDA.

With plans in place to start killing deer in East Lansing starting late next month, City Council will be voting in November to change an ordinance to support the plan. Such a legal change may not really be necessary according to City Attorney Tom Yeadon. But Yeadon told City Council on Tuesday night that prudence suggests an amendment to the current ordinance involving restriction of firearms so that it will be straightforward in the future for the City or State to cull deer as necessary in the City of East Lansing.

Council Capsule: October 6, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Above: ELPD Officer Dave Dekorte and Crunchy’s, both subjects of Council’s work this week.

This week’s meeting of East Lansing’s City Council was videotaped. You can watch the meeting by clicking here. If there’s a particular item you are interested in, click on that item in the index shown below the video screen and the playback will jump to that part of the meeting.

City Hall and Court to Be Locked Down

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Image: Plan for the new security entry system to City Hall and 54-B District Court

East Lansing City staff are recommending to City Council that hundreds of thousands of dollars be spent creating a new security system for our City Hall and court building. Under the proposal, all visitors to City Hall and the court would have to go through a metal detector staffed by an officer, whether visitors are coming to attend public meetings, pay real estate taxes or parking tickets, or serve on a jury.

Home Invasion Attempted This Morning in Oakwood Neighborhood

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The East Lansing Police Department is currently looking for a suspect involved in an attempted home invasion that occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. today at a home near the intersection of Fern Street and Sunset Lane in East Lansing’s Oakwood neighborhood. According to an ELPD officer, a dog at the house confronted the individual, who seemed to be “unphased.”

What We Know about Fires and Arrests Last Weekend

Friday, September 18, 2015

Photo: Image of a mattress burned last weekend on Fern Street, near the City Attorney’s office

According to a press release from ELPD “Last week, after the MSU football win against Oregon, there were seven fires set in the City of East Lansing, primarily in student areas. These fires are extremely dangerous to bystanders in the area, but also to first responders that are called to extinguish them. Responding to these fires multiple times in a single night can also affect the response time to those in the community in need of medical attention.”

Updated: Consent Workshop for Teens Offers Education, Fun and Open Dialogue

Monday, September 14, 2015

Update: The following message was posted this morning on the ELHS Students for Gender Equality public Facebook page: "the event Party with a Purpose: A Call for Consent, is changing a bit. Originally the event was to be held at ELPL. However protesters have heard about the event and have been harassing the library, threatening to protest. (The library has been supportive of us, so no worries there.) However, in an effort to create a safe environment where everyone will feel comfortable we have to switch venues.

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