Public Safety and Crime

ELPD Answers Questions about Rideshare Services

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

In the midst of research I conducted for yesterday’s “Ask ELi” report on the safety of rideshare services like Uber compared to traditional taxi services that are regulated under the Greater Lansing Taxi Authority, I encountered a diverse set of perceptions about how the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) views and treats rideshares. Yesterday I spoke with ELPD spokesperson Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth to get a better sense of the scene.

MSU Students Report Unwelcome Sexual Advances from Rideshare Drivers

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) yesterday announced it had opened an investigation into “two reports of Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) involving drivers with a Transportation Network Company, commonly known as a rideshare service.” The Police are not giving many details, but indicate in the announcement that, “In both cases, the victims were female Michigan State University Students who were picked up near downtown East Lansing by a rideshare driver and, in both cases, the victims reported that the driver made unwelcome sexual advances towards them.”

New Initiative Lets EL Citizens Dispute Parking Tickets Online

Monday, February 8, 2016

The process of disputing parking tickets has just become a lot easier. East Lansing’s 54B District Court has added an online platform for review of parking tickets.

Historically, an unfair parking ticket was often grudgingly paid due to the unwillingness to withstand what might be a lengthy court process. Paying the fine often seemed worth the price to avoid the hassle. On the flip side, a citizen unwilling to pay for an undeserved parking ticket might have been unable to make it to court and faced increasingly severe penalties as deadlines passed.

Lead Persists at Glencairn School Despite Fix

Thursday, February 4, 2016

East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Superintendent Robyne Thompson notified parents yesterday that in spite of replacement of plumbing suspected of leaching lead at Glencairn Elementary School, water coming to one sink is still testing positive for high levels of lead.

Balancing Road Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The photo above shows our City’s Department of Public Works (DPW) snow and ice team—the people who clear and salt our roads when winter storms turn them dangerous. As Ron Lacasse, DPW’s Infrastructure Administrator explains, “the staff in this picture includes all areas of DPW related to the effort, including staff that plows parking lots and sidewalks as well as mechanics who keep everything serviced and repaired during a storm event. All are important pieces of the puzzle that keeps us successful.”

Council Capsule: January 19, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All members present: Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. (Woods left after the consent agenda.)

Lead in Glencairn Elementary Faucet Causes Concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Photo of Glencairn Elementary School, courtesy East Lansing Public Schools

The Flint Water Crisis has led to elevated awareness in Michigan—and around the nation—about lead exposure and lead poisoning. Today, a letter sent home by East Lansing Public School’s superintendent Robyne Thompson is contributing to local concern. Here we report on the letter (view it here) and also cover some of what you might want to know about lead.

Armored Police Vehicles in East Lansing?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Above: ELPD Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth

A news story out of WLNS has a number of ELi readers asking about whether and why the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) would want an armored assault vehicle. According to WLNS’s story, “East Lansing is one of fourteen agencies in the state expressing an interest in getting armored vehicles from the federal government.” To find out more, I put a call into ELPD’s Detective Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth.

Jeff Murphy Named EL Police Chief

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Photo: Jeff Murphy today in front of historical ELPD photos at the department.

Jeff Murphy, who has been serving for the last six months as interim Chief of Police for the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD), has been officially named as ELPD’s new Chief of Police according to an announcement today from City Manager George Lahanas.

Armed Robbery at East Lansing Pizza Hut

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Armed Robbery at Pizza Hut

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) reported tonight that there was an armed robbery at Pizza Hut near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Hagadorn Road at 8:45 p.m. tonight.

According to ELPD Chief Jeff Murphy, no one was injured in the robbery. He tells ELi that the ELPD is using a tracking dog as well as officers to try to track the suspect.

Spartans celebrate with fire following Saturday’s big win

Monday, December 7, 2015

Crowd at Cedar Village, image from Twitter

Saturday night was a big win for the Michigan State Spartans, but not all students ended the evening on a positive note. Eight students were arrested in Cedar Village for alcohol-related violations after students flooded the streets and lit couches on fire to celebrate the Big Ten Championship victory.

ELPD’s Lt. Wriggelsworth said thirteen fires took place Saturday night after the game. The fires occurred in predominantly student-rental areas of East Lansing, including Cedar Village as well as North Harrison.