Public Safety and Crime

Details Emerge about ELPD Phone Scam

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) issued a warning today about a phone scam involving the ELPD’s non-emergency phone number, saying the department’s non-emergency number “has been compromised.” But according to ELPD’s Lt. Steve Gonzalez, it now appears the scammers are simply using an online trick to make it look like they are calling from ELPD’s number.

Ask ELi: Knowing What "Secure in Place" Means

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Image: ELPD's Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez, courtesy ELPD

This past week, East Lansing experienced two “secure in place” orders from the local police, including one on Monday involving the East Lansing Public Schools and another on Tuesday at MSU. What trips these orders? What do “secure in place” and “lockdown” orders really mean?

To find out, I talked to Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez of the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD).

What does it mean when ELPD or MSU Police recommends people “secure in place”?

Monday's "Secure in Place" Order Shows Need for Improving Emergency Communication

Friday, November 28, 2014

Image: ELPD's Captain Jeff Murphy, courtesy of ELPD

On Monday, an online threat to schools triggered a “secure in place” order at the East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS). ELi Twitter follower Ross Fort asked us to find out why the order went only to the public schools and not the private schools in East Lansing.

The answer has been provided to us by Captain Jeff Murphy of the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD).

East Lansing Schools Experience Brief "Secure in Place"

Monday, November 24, 2014

Parents of children in the East Lansing Public Schools were notified by email today of a "secure in place" order occurring throughout the district. Residents subscribed to the local emergency notification system, NIXLE, were also alerted. The order began at 11:45 am and lasted for about 45 minutes.

ELi ON EARTH: De-Icing Solutions

Monday, November 24, 2014

In response to the recent snows and freezing rain, East Lansing residents brought out shovels and de-icing agents to clear their walks and driveways. ELi on Earth (EoE) has already covered the creation of ice in the form of hail, and this week EoE is going to look at using salt to melt ice on your sidewalk and driveway, including which product to choose if you’re conscious of the environment in East Lansing.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 18, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Each week, ELi provides a "capsule" of what happened at City Council.

Present: Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Absent: Mayor Nathan Triplett.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ELi’s weekly Wednesday feature, “Council Capsule,” gives you a quick run-down of happenings of note at City Council the night before.

Last night's meeting was a work session. Next week’s meeting will be on Wednesday because Tuesday is Election Day.

Roll Call: All five Council members were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett , Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Urban EL Neighborhood Landlords and Homeowners Meeting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

On Monday, October 27, at 7 pm, homeowners from five East Lansing urban neighborhoods and landlords who rent out houses in those neighborhoods will meet officially for the second time to discuss possible changes to property regulation in those neighborhoods. They will discuss a draft list of recommendations that may then be revised and sent “up” for discussion and approval by City government.

Mercury Contamination Investigation at Hannah Community Center Leads to Selective Notification of Citizens

Friday, October 24, 2014

The City is selectively notifying some East Lansing residents of an investigation at Hannah Community Center related to a mishap involving a mercury spill. An email message has gone out from the City addressed to “East Lansing Hannah Community Center Visitors.” The letter advises recipients that a vacuum hose that had previously been wrongly used to clean up a mercury spill at the water treatment plant was then also wrongly used at Hannah Community Center.

Enterovirus Is Here

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Enterovirus is sweeping across the Midwest – and according to a local pediatrician, it may now have reached the East Lansing area. We are in the middle of enterovirus season, which runs largely unnoticed each year from July through October despite millions of infections, but the presentation of one particular strain of enterovirus has been garnering the attention of many East Lansing-area experts and laypersons alike for the volume of cases and severity of symptoms being attributed to it.

BWL Changes Approach to East Lansing

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Apparently in response to numerous complaints by East Lansing homeowners, the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has decided to change its approach to tree-cutting along its wires in East Lansing's Glencairn, Chesterfield Hills, and Oakwood neighborhoods. BWL is the electric utility provider to these neighborhoods.

With Deer Come Tick-Borne Diseases

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A field team associated with Dr. Hickling collects and analyzes ticks

This is an interview between Alice Dreger for ELi and Dr. Graham Hickling, an ecologist at the University of Tennessee who specializes in emerging wildlife diseases and their interface with humans and domestic animals. Hickling is a former resident of East Lansing and he continues to collaborate with faculty and students from Michigan State University to conduct annual fieldwork in Michigan. This interview, conducted by email, has been lightly edited for clarity with the final version approved by the interviewee.

Sunset Lane Traffic Study: A Work in Progress

Monday, November 26, 2012

Residents of Sunset Lane between Clarendon and Marshall streets have been working with Todd Sneathen, the City’s Director of Public Works, and his staff, to address neighborhood concerns about cut-through traffic, speeding, and safety. Concerns regarding Sunset Lane traffic were first expressed during the public comment period at a Transportation Commission meeting in Summer 2011 and further analyzed and discussed in subsequent meetings with Mr. Sneathen in 2011 and 2012.

One set of Sunset Lane traffic count and speed data has already been gathered, and additional traffic monitoring on Sunset Lane is expected to start soon. A comparative set of data will also be gathered for Northlawn Avenue between Abbot and Harrison roads. Results will be evaluated, in part, by applying the guidelines developed by the Transportation Commission titled “Action Plan for Addressing Neighborhood Speeding & Non-Resident Traffic Issues.” Once the data are analyzed, an update and announcement of a meeting date with City staff will be provided in the near future.

Duck Walks Off; Mate Wants It Back

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Have you seen this duck? Lately? If so, call the East Lansing Police Department to report your sighting.

The duck, which had been located in Fountain Square  in the Children's Sculpture Garden (just outside the Marriott), has gone missing. Made of bronze, the sculpture is worth $2500. The remaining duck is said to be missing its mate. ELi has been unable to confirm whether the bronze frog, turtle, and young girl also miss the errant bird.

Unfortunately the fowl of interest left no tracks upon departure, leading police to assume it had foul human assistance. Presumably someone pretty buff, because it weighs a lot.

According to a press release from the City, East Lansing Arts Commission Chairperson Kevin Epling has said, “It would be considered an act of good faith for the person who stole this treasured public art piece to return it safely to the sculpture garden enjoyed by children - young and old."

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