East Lansing closes parks to kill deer
Several parks in East Lansing will be periodically closed weekday nights through March 31 to enable highly trained sharpshooters to kill off an unspecified number of deer that have overpopulated the city. Barricades and signs will be posted at park entrances.
Cops investigate ‘suspicious death’
A 61-year-old Lansing man was found dead in his apartment building on the 200 block of West Jolly Road from an apparent gunshot wound in the early morning hours of Wednesday (Dec. 22). The Lansing Police Department, which recovered a firearm at the scene, have not ruled out suicide, though the incident has been deemed “suspicious.” Those with information can call 517-483-4600.
Nonprofits take over Teen Challenge Center
A group of local nonprofits — the Advancement Corp. and MI Just Cause — have taken over the former Teen Challenge Center on Willow Street in Lansing with plans to turn it into a 50-person shelter to assist men with life skills and mentorship support, according to media reports. The building has been closed since 2017. Officials there reportedly hope that the provision of more supportive services for at-risk teenagers in the city will lead to a reduction in gun violence.
All employees at the automotive assembly plant in Delta Township will have an extended holiday vacation this year after GM announced plans to shut down the facility until late January. The three-week operational pause — one of several shutdowns set for 2022 — will allow the automaker to upgrade its production equipment, reportedly to help build GMC Acadia SUVs.
Man killed in crash on US-127
An unidentified 33-year-old man was killed after he crashed his car into a median on northbound US-127 near Dunckel Road about 3:30 p.m. Dec 21. Four children were listed in “stable” condition. The investigation is ongoing. Information can be reported to 517-483-4600.
Customer tips $1,000 at Okemos deli
The staff at Stateside Deli & Restaurant — for the second year in a row — will split a $1,000 holiday tip that was dropped off by a generous customer, reports the Lansing State Journal. The cash was divided evenly among its 18 staffers, which provided about $55 to each employee.
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, City Clerk Chris Swope and newly elected At-Large City Councilman Jeffrey Brown are scheduled to be sworn in for four-year terms at a ceremony at 11 a.m. New Year’s Day at Lansing City Hall. See it at youtube.com/cityoflansingmichigan.
Former state staffer jailed for embezzlement
Joseph Pettit, of Lansing, was sentenced to a year behind bars after he was convicted of embezzling more than $800,000 from the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Pettit reportedly diverted funds for mineral well drilling.
McLaren Foundation spreads holiday cheer
Nearly 50 local organizations teamed up to participate in the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation’s annual community tree program this year. Each group received a 3-foot artificial tree from the foundation and worked together to decorate and shop for items to share with a charity, family or individual. This year, trees and gifts were donated to about 20 different recipients — including Child & Family Charities, Operation Santa and Advent House Lansing.
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