Public Safety and Crime

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.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Image: East Lansing City Council’s first of two meetings this week

This Tuesday, there were two Council meetings, one “work session” and a “regular session.” This Council Capsule combines the two.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Kathy Woods were present, with Beier arriving about ten minutes late to the work session. Councilmember Susan Woods was absent from both meetings.

Fatal Accident at Durand and Albert

Monday, July 6, 2015

Early in the morning of Saturday, June 20, a fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Durand Street and Albert Avenue, a residential section of the Bailey neighborhood. At the request of an ELi reader, I talked today with ELPD’s Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez to get more details.

July Fourth Fireworks: Like it Or Not, They're Back

Friday, July 3, 2015

The fourth of July marks the date when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in the United States, but over the years the holiday has become most closely associated with elaborate displays of fireworks.

Greater Lansing Taxi Authority Expanding

Friday, June 26, 2015

East Lansing City Council approved an amendment to the Greater Lansing Taxi Authority (GLTA) Partnership Agreement to add four townships and MSU to the Authority. The new townships include Delhi, Delta, Meridian, and Lansing; MSU will be added to GLTA as a non-voting member.

Council Capsule: June 23, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Image: Project proposed for the corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues.

Listen to Council: You can listen to an audiotape of this week’s City Council meeting for yourself by clicking here, going down to the section on “City Council Work Sessions,” and clicking on “audio” for the meeting of June 23, 2015. Because this was called a “work session” and not a regular meeting, it was not live-broadcast nor was it videotaped.

Murphy to Serve as Interim ELPD Chief

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Photo courtesy City of East Lansing

East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) Deputy Chief Jeff Murphy is set to take over as interim ELPD Chief on June 30, when Chief Juli Liebler retires. Murphy was recently named Interim Chief by City Manager George Lahanas whose job it is to choose the interim and permanent chief.

Trowbridge Developer Fixing Fire Suppression Issue

Friday, June 5, 2015

According to an email message yesterday sent from Tim Dempsey, Director of Planning for the City of East Lansing, to City Manager George Lahanas, a recent inspection of the new residential apartment building at Trowbridge Plaza turned up “insufficient fire separation between the commercial and residential spaces (first floor and second floor).”

Council Capsule: June 2, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Image: East Lansing's City Council last night

Watch Council: You can watch the video of yesterday’s Council meeting for yourself by clicking here. (You can skip right to the part you are interested in by clicking on the item of interest in the table of contents below the video.)

Council Capsule: May 26, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Hear this Council work session: You can listen to an audio recording of last night’s City Council work session by clicking on this link.

Present at Council: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods. Ruth Beier was absent.

ASK ELi: How Much TIF Is There?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Image: The new commercial and apartment building at Trowbridge Plaza, built with TIF support.

NOTE: Since this article was published, another $1.5 million TIF was approved; read more.

Today’s question for “Ask ELi to Investigate,” which arrived to us on May 6 from a reader, is: "Could someone please calculate how much revenue is lost to East Lansing each year due to prior TIF financing, and how this is different from welfare?"

2015 Ride of Silence Honors Byclists

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Ride of Silence is a global event going into its 12th consecutive year, and serves as a memorial for those who have been harmed or killed while riding a bike. The first Ride of Silence took place in Dallas and has stretched to 314 locations across the globe including 21 countries and every continent.

Cyclists legally share the road with motorists, but not all city officials, public safety departments and motorists are aware of this. “We’re not charging any money for this, it’s only to get the word out,” said event coordinator Lysne Tait.