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Burning Ban Effective Immediately in the City of East Lansing

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Due to dry conditions,the City of East Lansing’s Fire Department has imposed a ban on open burning until further notice. 

According to a press release issued by ELFD, “it is currently not safe for recreational/open burning due to the extremely dry weather. The Department of Natural Resources has issued a Very High Fire Danger for Lansing and surrounding areas."

Police Investigate Break-In at Bailey Home

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Above: ELPD’s Captain Larry Sparkes

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) is investigating a break-in that occurred in a home in the Bailey neighborhood early this morning.

According to ELPD’s Captain Larry Sparkes, a young woman who lives in a house in the area of the intersection of Burcham Road and Cornell Avenue discovered a man breaking into her home at about 3:50 a.m. today.

Vigil at The Rock for Orlando Victims

Sunday, June 12, 2016

About sixty people gathered at 8 p.m. tonight at “the rock” near the MSU Auditorium to pay tribute to those murdered at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early this morning in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Dee Hurlbert, the Director of MSU’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center, told the people gathered that she appreciated “the gift of coming together with total strangers” at a time like this.

Anti-Drone Ordinance Causes Controversy

Thursday, April 14, 2016


On February 16, 2016, East Lansing’s City Council passed an anti-drone ordinance that has since become controversial. Ordinance 1369 restricts ordinary citizens’ ability to fly drones within city limits, especially around police and fire activity.

MSUPD Introduces Anti-Bias & Inclusion Unit

Monday, March 7, 2016

Shown above: Dr. NiCole Buchanan leading a training session on Implicit Bias.

The Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) announced on February 8 that it has formed an “Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit” to “proactively [address] police and community-related issues associated with bias.” MSU is the first university in the nation to create such a unit, according to Sergeant Florene McGlothian-Taylor a 26- year veteran of the department who heads the new unit. “We’re in the forefront on this,” says McGlothian-Taylor.

Accident-Heavy Intersections Getting More Police Attention

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Following the discovery that East Lansing has the most accident-prone intersection in Ingham County, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) started a new “Traffic Safety Initiative” on February 22. The initiative is aimed at increasing police presence and police enforcement at accident-prone intersections in East Lansing in the hope of reducing crashes.

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.

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