Old Town criminal incidents are on track to be the lowest they have been in the past five years. According to the Lansing Police Department, last year there were 165 reported incidents that occurred in Old Town. That is a 14 percent decrease in reported incidents from the previous year.
As of June this year, there have been 70. Robert Merritt, public information officer at the Lansing Police Department, said via email that these reported incidents can range from trespassing to robbery. Preuss Pets’ owners have experienced crime first-hand.
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Every fall, the community of DeWitt partake in the Fall Leaf Pick Up Program. The Fall Leaf Pick Up Program is a citywide program that begins each year with a city wide sweep in early October and will continue until the final week of November. Even though it is not a mandatory program, however it’s encouraged for community members to get involved. If residents are looking to burn their leaves instead of leaving them on the curb of your house, it’s prohibited. The City’s Fire Prevention Code prohibits the open burning of grass clippings and leaves.
The city of DeWitt is a fortunate one. Not only do they have their very own police department downtown, but fall under the jurisdiction of the DeWitt Charter Township police as well. “DeWitt city is within the township, but it’s only the city limits they have their own police department and we have one as well,” said DeWitt Township officer, Trevin Bernat. “We have a wide variety of people in the community but for the most part, we are pretty well received.”
DeWitt Charter Township’s borders run north and south from Cutler Road to Sheridan Road, and east to west from Chandler Road to Airport Road. Nestled in the northeast corner of DeWitt Charter Township is the city of DeWitt itself.
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With a short agenda, the Oct. 10 East Lansing City Council meeting lasted only about 30 minutes. That made time during public comments to talk about why two police officers, each with a car, might be seen at even an apparently mundane incident.
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