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Updated: Trash Scavengers Alarm Residents

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Last Friday, August 14, a resident of East Lansing’s Glencairn neighborhood posted to a neighborhood Facebook group that a couple had been going through her trash and recycling, and appeared to be looking mostly at papers. Later that day, another individual was seen going through trash. The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) was called and the responding officer spoke to the man for several minutes. The Facebook post stated that ELPD had indicated that it was illegal to go through another person’s trash.

Wisdom of Rooftop Party Ordinance Debated

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Image: Patrick Rose (left) speaking to Council last week with City Attorney Tom Yeadon (middle) and City Manager George Lahanas in the background.

Can’t the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) legally order drunk people off unsafe roofs without City Council passing a special ordinance saying so? That is but one of the many questions that are being raised by local attorney Patrick Rose in his communications to Council on this matter.

EL Police Tactics at Protest Questioned

Monday, August 10, 2015

Above: Yesterday, ELPD officer telling Councilmember Ruth Beier and Terry Scharf they may not distribute flyers at the protest

The actions of East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) officers at yesterday’s protest downtown are now being questioned on several fronts, including why ELPD officers told protesters they could not hand out printed literature. Also in question is behavior by one white officer that was perceived as racist by the two women who were its subjects.

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.

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