Public Safety and Crime

Council Capsule: September 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Above (left to right): Officer Sarah Campbell, Officer Shelby Humphries, Captain Larry Sparkes, and Chief Jeff Murphy of the ELPD at Council last night.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmember Ruth Beier.

Absent: Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

ASK ELi: Streetlights Out?

Friday, August 28, 2015

A reader asked us to find out: “What is the appropriate way to report street lights that are not working in East Lansing? On Spartan, between Albert and Synder there are 3-4 lights (all along the two block section) that are not working. What is the city doing about keeping streetlights working? How do street lights play into city's effort to keep residents safe in light of the recent break-ins?”

Who maintains the streetlights in East Lansing?

Home Invasions in EL Remain Unsolved

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Two separate incidents of home invasion and assault occurred in East Lansing in the early morning of Saturday, August 22. According to a press release issued by the City, the first incident occurred in the 300 block of M.A.C. Avenue at about 6 a.m., the second in the 500 block of Grove Street at approximately 7:30 a.m. Both homes were entered illegally, and in both cases the victims were assaulted after confronting the intruder.

EL Law Used to Suppress Political Speech is Set for Repeal

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Above: ELPD Sergeant Andrew Bouck telling City Councilmember Ruth Beier that she could not distribute a political handout protesting display of a confederate flag at the Folk Festival on August 9.

This week, East Lansing’s City Council moved to repeal a section of the City’s Code without anyone on Council ever mentioning what motivated the repeal: the use two weeks ago of that section by East Lansing Police officers to stop political speech.

Council Capsule: August 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Image: Artist’s rendition of what the alley off Ann Street Plaza could look like with art.

Note: This article was updated on August 19th, 2015 to indicate that the location of proposed condo development near Chandler and State Roads is Falcon Pointe, not Hawk's Nest as we originally reported.

The August 18 meeting of City Council was a “work session,” which means it was not videotaped or broadcast. You can listen to an audio recording by clicking here.

Updated: Trash Scavengers Alarm Residents

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Last Friday, August 14, a resident of East Lansing’s Glencairn neighborhood posted to a neighborhood Facebook group that a couple had been going through her trash and recycling, and appeared to be looking mostly at papers. Later that day, another individual was seen going through trash. The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) was called and the responding officer spoke to the man for several minutes. The Facebook post stated that ELPD had indicated that it was illegal to go through another person’s trash.

Wisdom of Rooftop Party Ordinance Debated

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Image: Patrick Rose (left) speaking to Council last week with City Attorney Tom Yeadon (middle) and City Manager George Lahanas in the background.

Can’t the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) legally order drunk people off unsafe roofs without City Council passing a special ordinance saying so? That is but one of the many questions that are being raised by local attorney Patrick Rose in his communications to Council on this matter.

EL Police Tactics at Protest Questioned

Monday, August 10, 2015

Above: Yesterday, ELPD officer telling Councilmember Ruth Beier and Terry Scharf they may not distribute flyers at the protest

The actions of East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) officers at yesterday’s protest downtown are now being questioned on several fronts, including why ELPD officers told protesters they could not hand out printed literature. Also in question is behavior by one white officer that was perceived as racist by the two women who were its subjects.

Scene Over Confederate Flag at Festival Heating Up

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Image: Ruth Beier (left) and Kendra Cabrera arguing this morning at the Zemer Homemade Rootbeer booth.

We reported this morning about Zemer’s Homemade Rootbeer stand displaying a confederate flag at the Great Lakes Folk Festival and the controversy ensuing. Since that report, tensions have been rising around the vendor’s booth, with protestors and supporters of Chris Zemer’s coming into conflict.

Council Capsule: August 4, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Image: East Lansing paramedic/firefighter Matt Sterling who last night received the Paramedic of the Year Award.

Present: All members of Council were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, Ruth Beier, and Susan Woods.

Fatal Accident at St. Thomas Parking Lot

Friday, July 24, 2015

UPDATE, Monday, July 27, 10 am: According to Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez of the East Lansing Police Department, "Due to the fact that a fatality occurred it's considered an open criminal investigation and will be sent to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office to review whether or not the driver is criminally culpable for the death. Due to these circumstances we can't release any further details on the incident until the prosecutor completes their review."

BWL Sues EL Homeowner Behind Tree-Defense Yard Sign Campaign

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Image: Richard Crittenden outside his home with one of the yard signs he had produced

The Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has filed a lawsuit against the East Lansing homeowner who initiated a yard sign campaign to push back against what that homeowner called an overly aggressive “vegetation management” campaign by the electric utility.