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Michigan Senate May Say “yes” to Concealed guns in schools; EL School Board Says “no”

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Members of Michigan’s Senate may decide as early as this week whether or not to let concealed weapons into Michigan’s “gun-free zones,” such as schools and universities. In mid-October, educators, alongside members of the public and state law-makers, discussed the proposed legislation at the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in which Senators voted 4-1 in favor of the Senate Bill 442.

Update: ELPD Investigates Sexual Assault in Glencairn Neighborhood

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Update 10/22: The ELPD has issued a second press release indicating that their Detective Bureau is still actively working the case and "has
made contact with several people who were with the victim throughout the day." They have also "followed up on several tips that were received

Staying Safe in East Lansing: Be Aware, Trust Your Instincts

Monday, October 19, 2015


Julia Liggett, a freshman at MSU, hardly worries about getting home safely, even at night.

“Yeah, I feel safe. Even by myself. There’s still people out at night. There’s people everywhere, if I was by myself or something, somebody would help me.”

Would they?

Unfortunately for Liggett, science argues she might not be as safe as she believes.

The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that occurs when a group of people realize someone or something is in need of help, but assume another witness will give aid.

City Changing Ordinance to Support Deer Hunt

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Image courtesy of USDA.

With plans in place to start killing deer in East Lansing starting late next month, City Council will be voting in November to change an ordinance to support the plan. Such a legal change may not really be necessary according to City Attorney Tom Yeadon. But Yeadon told City Council on Tuesday night that prudence suggests an amendment to the current ordinance involving restriction of firearms so that it will be straightforward in the future for the City or State to cull deer as necessary in the City of East Lansing.

Council Capsule: October 6, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Above: ELPD Officer Dave Dekorte and Crunchy’s, both subjects of Council’s work this week.

This week’s meeting of East Lansing’s City Council was videotaped. You can watch the meeting by clicking here. If there’s a particular item you are interested in, click on that item in the index shown below the video screen and the playback will jump to that part of the meeting.

City Hall and Court to Be Locked Down

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Image: Plan for the new security entry system to City Hall and 54-B District Court

East Lansing City staff are recommending to City Council that hundreds of thousands of dollars be spent creating a new security system for our City Hall and court building. Under the proposal, all visitors to City Hall and the court would have to go through a metal detector staffed by an officer, whether visitors are coming to attend public meetings, pay real estate taxes or parking tickets, or serve on a jury.

Home Invasion Attempted This Morning in Oakwood Neighborhood

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The East Lansing Police Department is currently looking for a suspect involved in an attempted home invasion that occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. today at a home near the intersection of Fern Street and Sunset Lane in East Lansing’s Oakwood neighborhood. According to an ELPD officer, a dog at the house confronted the individual, who seemed to be “unphased.”

What We Know about Fires and Arrests Last Weekend

Friday, September 18, 2015

Photo: Image of a mattress burned last weekend on Fern Street, near the City Attorney’s office

According to a press release from ELPD “Last week, after the MSU football win against Oregon, there were seven fires set in the City of East Lansing, primarily in student areas. These fires are extremely dangerous to bystanders in the area, but also to first responders that are called to extinguish them. Responding to these fires multiple times in a single night can also affect the response time to those in the community in need of medical attention.”

Updated: Consent Workshop for Teens Offers Education, Fun and Open Dialogue

Monday, September 14, 2015

Update: The following message was posted this morning on the ELHS Students for Gender Equality public Facebook page: "the event Party with a Purpose: A Call for Consent, is changing a bit. Originally the event was to be held at ELPL. However protesters have heard about the event and have been harassing the library, threatening to protest. (The library has been supportive of us, so no worries there.) However, in an effort to create a safe environment where everyone will feel comfortable we have to switch venues.

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.

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