Ingham County increases police presence in schools in wake of shootings elsewhere

School shootings have continued in the country, and there has been regular discussion and policies put into action to prevent further tragedies. In a report posted by the FBI, it was found that between 2000 and 2016 there were 220 active shooter situations in the US. Among those 220 situations, the second highest location was at educational institutions at 21.8 percent. Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth addressed the situation of school safety in response to the discussion, by increasing the police presence at the 19 school buildings within the county. The increased presence is a preventive measure to reducing violent acts in schools.

Roadkill apparent on Ingham County roadsides

Streets in Ingham County are seeing plentiful amounts of roadkill throughout. Some residents are tired of having to deal with the lifeless animals. “One, I don’t like it, because if I’m walking down any of those streets, using the park facility or whatever, you can smell the dead animals and I have a weak stomach,” said Ingham County resident Quantez Bell. Bell has noticed a high volume of road kill and has himself almost run into deer, possums, and raccoons. He mentioned that one of the highly affected areas he has noticed is by the library in Okemos, and all along Okemos Road.

Violent crime in Ingham County still prevalent

Violent crime totals have remained consistent in Ingham County, fluctuating higher and lower since 1998. According to a crime analysis report conducted by the Criminal Justice Information center, Ingham County was number seven on highest reported violent crime rates in Michigan compared to all 83 counties. “When we talk about violent crime, you’re often talking about persons who do it over and over again, so it’s not like it’s a bunch of different people who are committing violent crime,” said Dr. David Carter, a criminal justice professor at Michigan State University. Violent crime is defined by the FBI as “aggressive acts causing serious harm to an individuals and include aggravated assault, rape, robbery and homicide,” according to an Ingham County Health Department document. Since 1998, the totals have risen in violent crime offenses within the county to 2014, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics.

Harsh potholes continue to give residents of Ingham County problems

Austin Faulds was driving through Ingham County recently, where he saw the front tires of two different cars completely fly off. The reason for these motorists misfortune? The result of hitting a pothole. Faulds is a manager and delivery driver at Pita Pit in East Lansing, and is among several Ingham County residents who are tired of dealing with the poor road conditions. Jabreel Naser, an employee of a gas station in Ingham County, has encountered several instances where people have voiced their irritation with the roads.

Reactions to controversial freedom of speech discussion on campuses

Freedom of speech is one aspect of the First Amendment that frequently plays itself into controversy within the country. There has been a longstanding debate on what constitutes as fair or unfair in several different cases regarding the issue. A specific forum that has been targeted are college campuses. Response to prior events on college campuses have brought forth questions on whether or not a college can be regarded as a completely public forum. Technically, a public school is considered to be a public forum, but it does hold its limitations in some cases.

Ingham remains one of the most diverse counties in Michigan

Over the course of 16 years, many things tend to change. Ingham County has felt some of those changes, but fortunately for the county, its strong diversity within the state has stayed consistent. “The diversity is crazy, theres kids that are from India, China, Korea, Africa, Mexico, everywhere and that is one of the best parts … learning so much about different cultures,” said Nathan Bigham, an Ingham County resident who grew up in Lansing. As of 2016, the census shows in Ingham County whites make up 76.4 percent of the population.

Ingham County is looking to replace its aging jail

MASON — There is a long-overdue need for Ingham County to replace their deteriorating jail facility. The discussion is a standing item on the county commission agenda, as a plan is in the works to efficiently make the necessary moves to put it in motion. A significant part of the jail was built in 1964, making those areas 54 years old, and has never been closed once during that span. “We passed our MDOC (Michigan Department of Corrections) inspection last year without being cited, which according to the inspectors was a modern day miracle,” said county Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth. To put things in perspective, according to Wriggelsworth, the jail is the oldest large jail in Michigan, and is seventh-oldest overall, amongst the total 83 jails in the state.

Ingham County appoints new commissioner for District 10

MASON — The newest member for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners was announced on Tuesday this week. Democrat Dennis Louney was the applicant voted in to serve district 10 for the county. Prior to Louney, district 10 used to be occupied by former commissioner Brian McGrain. His resignation came as a disappointment to board members, including Chairperson Carol Koenig who admitted that “[board members] are sad to lose him,” according to the Ingham County website. McGrain is leaving the board, but still staying local as he currently serves as the Director of Economic Development and Urban Planning for the city of Lansing.