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Lansing Township police are looking for a group of individuals who fired shots at an apartment building Saturday. Police said when they arrived at 2920 Woodruff Ave., between North Homer Street and Chester Road, the suspects had fled, leaving behind rifle and handgun bullet casings. No one was reported injured, and no suspects have been identified. The vehicles have also not been identified, but a witness said one of them was a small SUV. The case is still under investigation.

Rashad Trice pled guilty Friday to kidnapping and killing 2-year-old Wynter Cole-Smith last July after federal prosecutors and Trice’s attorneys filed notice that they had reached a plea agreement. He will be sentenced July 19 in Grand Rapids. Trice also faces criminal charges in state court for the kidnapping that began in Lansing and ended in Detroit, where police found Cole-Smith’s body. Trice admitted to taking her and strangling her with a cell phone cord, according to the plea agreement.

MSU announced plans Friday to remove classrooms at Berkey Hall and the dining area at the Student Union where students were shot in last year’s mass shooting. The Berkey Hall classrooms will be converted into an open area, while the Union’s former food court area will reopen in June without dining options, which may return in the future. Those directly impacted by the shooting were able to provide feedback on the plans. Construction at the Union, which will modernize the area while maintaining space for individuals to gather and socialize, began Monday. The Berkey renovation begins April 1. Details about the projects can be found at

Michigan State University has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit with Crystal Perry, former human resources administrator with its Police and Public Safety department. Perry claimed in a federal civil rights lawsuit that she was fired in retaliation for complaints she made of race and sex discrimination to MSU and state officials. MSU agreed to pay Perry $25,000 to compensate for her claimed non-economic mental and emotional distress damages, as well as attorney fees and costs. Perry agreed to dismiss the lawsuit and not file another, according to the settlement, and is not able to work at the university again.

Attorneys for MSU Trustee Rema Vassar have issued a response and summary that criticize the university’s investigation into ethics and misconduct allegations that led to her censure and a recommendation that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer consider removing her, the Lansing State Journal reported. Meanwhile, while the board waits for a decision from the governor, Vassar and Trustee Dennis Denno can attend board meetings and vote but have been stripped of committee assignments and will no longer be reimbursed for travel or receive free tickets to MSU sporting events.

Scott Keith resigned March 20 from the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority after 23 years with the organization, 14 as president and CEO. He will become general manager of the North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center in South Carolina with ASM Global. His departure is effective April 12. A nine-member board of commissioners and three ex-officio commissioners under the city of Lansing will search for his replacement.

Ingham County will not take action against fired Lansing Board of Water and Light internal auditor Frank Macciocca, Prosecutor John Dewane said Thursday. He added assistant prosecutors found the dispute, concerning Macciocca’s alleged misuse of a company credit card, was not “provable as a criminal charge.” BWL said it’s awaiting a decision on insurance coverage for the funds, but it will not result in a rate increase for customers. BWL hired a new internal auditor, Elisha Franco, in November.

Breeze Airways announced Tuesday it will offer new twice-weekly service from the Capital Region International Airport to Orlando and Fort Myers, Florida, starting in early October. The Orlando routes will be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, while the Fort Meyers flights will be Thursdays and Sundays. The airline has been operating since May 2021. Travel + Leisure magazine ranked it second in 2022 and fourth in 2023 among domestic airlines.

Public safety
A 41-year-old Lansing woman was arraigned Monday in 54A District Court on charges of discharging a firearm at a building, fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing police and carrying a concealed weapon after a shooting Sunday at a home on Christiansen Road in south Lansing. No one was injured, and the woman was arrested after her vehicle was spotted and she was chased down. … A 24-year-old man found Sunday at the Eldorado Event Center in south Lansing with a gunshot wound to the chest was hospitalized in stable condition. No arrests have been made, and an investigation is ongoing. … A 23-year-old woman is in stable condition after showing up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound following a shooting on Dakin Street in Lansing Sunday. Both she and the accused shooter had left the scene when police arrived.


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