News Highlights From The Last 7 Days: May 11, 2022


Lansing approves school bond proposal 

By a margin of 71%, Lansing voters approved a $130 million bond to rebuild four elementary schools, renovate J.W. Sexton High School and ensure every classroom across the Lansing School District has air conditioning. Voter turnout was about 13.4%. Most were absentee ballots. 

Ex-prosecutor pleads guilty to drunk driving 

Former Assistant Shiawassee County Prosecutor Christopher Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor operating while visibly impaired and possession of a firearm under the influence. As a result, his concealed pistol license was revoked and he was ordered to pay $1,500 in fines. 

Diversity shines at Lansing Fire Department 

Data collected by the Lansing State Journal from the state’s 25 largest cities showed that Lansing has the third-highest percentage of Black firefighters, at 20%. That compares to a Black population of about 23% in the city — reportedly making LFD among the best in the state when it comes to matching its staff diversity with demographics of the local community.  

Bike missing at Red Bike Delivery 

The most crucial element to Jeremy Hurt’s local Red Bike Delivery business — his red bike — has been reported stolen on Friday (May 6) from a bike locker at Capital City Market. Anyone with information about the bike’s whereabouts has been asked to call Hurt at 231-680-0501. 

Enrollment tanks at Cooley Law School 

Fewer than 700 students are attending Western Michigan University Cooley Law School this year — marking a significant decline from a peak of 3,931 students in 2010, reports the Lansing State Journal. The school did not admit a new class of students last fall because courses were entirely online. President James McGrath said he wasn’t too concerned about the latest trends. 

East Lansing welcomes ‘More Than Vintage’ 

A boutique that sells a hand-curated selection of vintage-inspired clothing and shoes opened at 108 Division St. in East Lansing. The store — aptly named “More Than Vintage” — also serves as a “creativity hub” where customers can buy, sell and trade clothing, purchase cups of self-serve espresso, grab vending machine snacks or challenge their friends to arcade games.  

Driver indicted on bank larceny charges 

Reginald Carman, 23, was indicted on 12 separate bank larceny charges after he was accused by federal authorities of stealing more than $1 million from several local banks last year as a former driver for Brinks’ armored transportation services, FOX 47 News reports. Several of the alleged thefts occurred in Lansing. Carman has reportedly returned most of the missing cash. 


Sheriff: Inmate attacks deputy at jail 

An unnamed inmate “suddenly attacked” a corrections deputy “without provocation” at the Ingham County Jail on Monday (May 9), according to a press release. The inmate allegedly put the deputy in a chokehold before backup arrived. No significant injuries were reported. The incident is being investigated as an assault and will be sent to prosecutors for further review. 

Okemos man arraigned from hospital 

The Michigan State Police are still investigating a “medical emergency” at the Lansing Police Department detention facility after Nicholas Andrew Jetton, 27, of Okemos, was seen by officers consuming a “voluminous and life-threatening” amount of suspected narcotics on April 29. Jetton was reportedly cleared by Sparrow Hospital staff and taken to city lock-up, where he had an adverse reaction to the drugs and then required “lifesaving measures” before again being hospitalized. From the hospital, Jetton was charged this week with possession of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon. The case is set to continue this week in 54-A District Court. 

Parking fines may climb in East Lansing 

The East Lansing City Council is set to explore an ordinance amendment this month that could ramp up local expired parking meter fines from $20 to $30 — and from $10 to $20 if tickets are paid during the next business day. The move is designed to dissuade drivers from eating the discounted parking tickets rather than paying $15 or $20 to park in a nearby city parking garage.  

Juvenile arrested in Friday night shooting 

Kalen Lesean Mathews, 19, of Lansing, was shot multiple times and killed on Friday (May 6) night near the 900 block of Bensch Street. An unidentified juvenile was detained at a local youth home and is set to face criminal charges in the incident. The case is set to continue this week. Matthews’ death marked the city’s ninth homicide of 2022 — down from 11 this time last year. 

New owner to demolish Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe 

A commercial real estate firm called Alrig USA has plans to demolish the now-closed sports bar on Lake Lansing Road and reconstruct two free-standing buildings in its place, reports the Lansing State Journal. The latest plans include a “casual” restaurant with a drive-thru lane and a medical office, which has been described by developers as “more of an urgent care concept.” 


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