Public Safety and Crime

East Lansing's Citizen's Police Academy Accepting Applications

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Every year the East Lansing Police Department conducts an 11-week academy aimed at educating residents about what the department does, including neighborhood watches, criminal investigations, active shooters and more. ELi's Somer Sodeman gives you the perspective of one recent participant, and tells you how you can sign up.

Council Looking to Revamp City's Recreational Marijuana Ordinance

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

East Lansing's City Council is discussing ways to adjust the City's recreational marijuana laws in light of the state's recent legalization of the substance. One discussion point at the last work session was whether smoking pot in public should be a criminal offense or a civil infraction. ELi's Brad Minor reports.

Fired by East Lansing, Whistleblower Keeps Pushing

Monday, March 18, 2019

Troy Williams says the City of East Lansing fired him because they knew he wasn't going to shut up. And with nothing left to lose, he's definitely not shutting up. In a new interview with ELi, Williams describes more of what he's seen, and what he's hoping Governor Whitmer's team will do.

Scooter Regulations and Fees Adopted in East Lansing

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Electric scooters will now be limited to 10 m.p.h. on sidewalks under a new law in East Lansing, although the police chief warns that rule is effectively unenforceable. What else did City Council decide about scooter regulation? ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

City Manager Did Not Seek to Track Mercury Spill

Thursday, February 21, 2019

What finally moved East Lansing's City Manager to ask what might have happened to mercury spilled at the City's wastewater treatment plant, a full year after it was revealed that the spill had been spread around town?

East Lansing Fireworks Rules Changed in Response to State

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fireworks can now legally be set off for a longer stretch around the July 4 holiday, due to a new rule from the State. State law has also raised the fine for illegal discharge from $500 to $1,000. East Lansing City Council Members aren't happy about State control of this issue.

Ask ELi: Walking Dogs Without Leashes?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Is it legal in East Lansing to walk a dog with just a "shock collar" on? ELi's Casandra Eriksen looks into the question and brings some thoughts on off-leash dogs from a member of City Council who has been concerned about the issue.

City Fires Health and Safety Whistleblower

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The City of East Lansing has fired the wastewater treatment plant worker who blew the whistle on a major mercury spill and asbestos dangers at the plant. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Update: Chronic Wasting Disease in Area Deer Population

Monday, February 4, 2019

No deer in the City of East Lansing have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, but the presence of affected deer in surrounding communities means it's still wise to take some precautions. ELi's Paige Filice explains.

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