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Monday, May 19,2014

North Precinct move

Landlord provides documents to rebut Bernero’s claim that developer didn’t provide clear offers

by Todd Heywood
MONDAY, May 19 — As the Lansing City Council prepares to vote tonight on the Lansing Police Department’s proposed move to the city’s south side, the landlord of the current North Precinct is rebutting Mayor Virg Bernero’s claim that he never made a clear offer.
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Saturday, May 17,2014

Council president hospitalized

Boles, now home, refuses comment, won’t say when she will return

by BECKY McKENDRY
FRIDAY, May 16 — Lansing City Council President A’Lynne Boles is home recuperating after being hospitalized, but she refused to comment or to say when she will return to City Hall.
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Saturday, May 17,2014

LPD Bridge card misuse

State Police investigated allegations of Bridge Card abuse by Lansing Police

by Todd A. Heywood
FRIDAY, MAY 16 — The Michigan State Police conducted an investigation into allegations that members of the Lansing Police Department Special Operations Unit misused Bridge cards provided by federal and state authorities with which to conduct investigations into the fraudulent use of the debit card-style food stamp program.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Crime and treatment

Ingham County´s Mental Health Court aims to keep sick offenders out of jail

by Lawrence Cosentino
Thomas Boyd has seen a lot of defendants, but the chief judge of 55th District Court in Ingham County can still picture one young man he sentenced a few years ago. "He was only 17, hadn´t even grown into his full adult male body, and he was already a big, gangly kid," Boyd said. The man heard voices others didn´t hear. He had already been in and out of mental hospitals, including Kalamazoo Psychiatric.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Rent-free LPD

Lansing Police Department landlord offers to let police stay rent free; Bernero rejects the bid

by BECKY McKENDRY
Landlord Harry Hepler offered Tuesday to allow the Lansing Police Department’s North Precinct to stay in his building rent free, which was promptly rejected as “11th hour bullshit tactics” by an angry Mayor Virg Bernero.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Knight vision

LCC is working on futuristic upgrades and preservation — in some cases through demolition

by BECKY McKENDRY
“It’s not your father’s LCC.” That’s how Lansing Community College President Brent Knight sums up the projects popping up around his campus. LCC just completed a $31 million overhaul of the Arts and Sciences Building that introduced futuristic upgrades in labs, classrooms and more.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Eyesore of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
As is too often true of old buildings, this home has been covered with synthetic siding. Such work is ostensibly performed as a maintenance reduction or energy-saving effort. However, when undertaken, the exterior is frequently stripped of any details that project from its elevations.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Bernero: BWL is ‘on me’

Mayor explains why he is standing by Lark as general manager. It’s not just loyalty.

by Mickey Hirten
The long knives are out for the Lansing Board of Water and Light´s general manager, J. Peter Lark. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero´s Community Review Team called for a culture change at the utility and doubted that Lark could manage it. The Lansing State Journal said in a long Sunday editor...
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Friday, May 9,2014

Public rejects LPD plan

Council committee supports move to south side

by BECKY McKENDRY
FRIDAY, May 9 – Miguel Ferreyra-Flores will have to make a serious decision about his family — and his design business — if the Lansing Police Department leaves his neighborhood.  “If the precinct moves, we will strongly consider moving out of Lansing,” h...
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Thursday, May 8,2014

BWL report

Community Review Team emphasizes no personnel changes

by BECKY McKENDRY
THURSDAY, May 8 – Despite strong criticism of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s performance during the December power outage, the Community Review Team is not recommending any personnel changes.
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