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Wednesday, February 4,2015

BWL control, and questions

Bernero´s inspector general proposal a ´midway measure´

by Todd Heywood
Mayor Virg Bernero’s struggle with governing the Lansing Board of Water & Light is on slow motion repeat — a "Groundhog Day" measured in years, rather than hours. In July 2006, the BWL was on the hunt for a new general manager (eventually resulting in the choice of Bernero’s candidate, J. Peter Lark). First-term Mayor Virg Bernero had clear ideas about whom that new leader should report to: him, according to an op-ed piece by then BWL Commissioner Joseph Graves Jr. in the Lansing State Journal. He alleged the independence of the board was “under assault” by Bernero.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Register of deeds race

Koenig transferred tax debts two weeks before primary election

by Todd Heywood
Carol Koenig, one of three finalists to be Ingham County register of deeds, was ramping up for the final two weeks of her primary campaign to retain her seat as a county commissioner last July when she transferred responsibility for overdue taxes through property transfers, records show. She did so by selling the properties to James Boucher, co-resident and co-owner with her of a home in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

New Register of Deeds

Quinney selected as new Register of Deeds

by Todd A. Heywood
WED., FEB. 4 – Derrick Quinney was selected as Ingham county’s new Register of Deeds this afternoon. Quinney was one of three finalists for the position, vacated when Curtis Hertel, Jr. was elected to the state senate in November. Quinney was appointed effective immediately.
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Tuesday, February 3,2015

Justifiable deadly force

Dunnings: Lansing Township police killing of Minier justified

by Belinda Thurston
TUESDAY, FEB. 3 — On Dec. 8 a Lansing Township police officer shot and killed Randall Minier, 27, of Lansing, during a traffic stop. Officer Eric Lapham fired one shot striking Minier, in the face. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings today found Lapham had legal authority to use lethal means in self-defense.
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Monday, February 2,2015

Register of deeds race

Koenig transferred tax debts two weeks before primary election

by Todd A. Heywood
MONDAY, FEB. 2 —Carol Koenig, one of three finalists to be Ingham County register of deeds, was ramping up for the final two weeks of her primary campaign to retain her seat as a county commissioner last July when she transferred responsibility for overdue taxes through property transfers, records show.
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Friday, January 30,2015

Register of deeds

Koenig tells panel she was tardy on taxes

by Todd A. Heywood
FRIDAY, JAN. 30 — Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, who is seeking the register of deeds post, said Thursday she has been late or delinquent at times on property taxes.
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Thursday, January 29,2015

Register of deeds race

Koenig delinquent on Lansing property tax payments

by Todd A. Heywood
THURSDAY, JAN. 29 — Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, a finalist for register of deeds, may have unpaid property taxes on three properties she used to own in the city of Lansing.
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Time to talk to George

When a big fish is canned, attorney George Brookover is on the case

by Lawrence Cosentino
In January 1954, George Brookover was perched on his dad´s shoulders, watching the big political fish go by on their way to the second-term inauguration of Michigan Gov. G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams. "Hiya, Soapy!" 4-year-old George shouted to the governor. Williams walked over and patted him on the shoulder. "Hiya, feller."
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Leota and Talbert Adams were inspired to build this mid-century home while traveling abroad. During a flight over the Atlantic, they spied the shadow of their plane in the clouds below. Upon their return, the Adams'euro;', who were both licensed pilots, decided to create a home shaped like an airplane.
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Comedy of errors?

BWL resolution exposes anew City Council’s failure to communicate

by Mickey Hirten
The firing of J. Peter Lark as head of Lansing Board of Water and Light neatly sets the theme for the dramatic comedy that will play out in City Hall over the coming year. The first act certainly had its Shakespearean overtones. The king, Lark, is deposed. A princeling drawn from the ranks — Dick Peffley — ascends to the throne, interim CEO. His first act? Kill the queen. He fires Lark´s second in command, chief administrative officer Sue Devon. The King´s council — BWL´s Board of Commissioners — is riven with intrigue and factions. The City Council feels slighted and is preparing for battle. This isn´t Shakespeare, it´s “Game of Thrones.”
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