Old Town Homicide Investigated

By: Lauren Zakalick Email
By: Lauren Zakalick Email

Lansing police are investigating the city's eleventh homicide this year. It is the second in three days.

Police responded to a 911 call at about 1PM Thursday and found a woman dead in the apartment building at 1017 N. Washington Avenue in Old Town.

Investigators are not saying how the victim died or if there was evidence of forced entry. They will say only that the death is absolutely a homicide and that the victim likely knew the killer.

Police are concerned about the number of homicides in Lansing already this year.

Police spokesman Lt. Bruce Ferguson says "Everyone is working overtime to figure out the cases. Everyone trying to give the detectives a hand."

This is the second homicide this week in Lansing. It is the fourth open homicide being investigated by Lansing police.

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  • by John Location: Lansing on Aug 9, 2007 at 04:16 PM
    The Mayor and Lansing Police claim these latest homicides are merely a "tick" or rare spike in crime. Poppycock! In 2005 violent crimes in Lansing increased 18.5% according to FBI data. Overall, Lansing had 1,406 reports of violent crime, up from 1,186 in 2004. Aggravated assaults alone rose by 197 and made up 1,029 of violent crimes reported. On Oct. 30, 2006, the State Journal ran an Associated Press story, which listed the nation's safest cities, based on crime rates and other factors. Lansing ranked #276 out of 371 cities. St. Louis was #371, followed by Detroit and Flint. Lansing's high crime rate is directly related to economic despair and the lack of jobs. One in 4 residents lives below the poverty level. As Lansing's leaders put more emphasis and money into downtown revitalization, tax abatements and upscale housing than into uplifting its people and neighborhoods, crime will increase as 1,000 residents/year continue to leaving Lansing for greener pastures anywhere.
  • by Fred Location: Lansing on Aug 9, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    Round up all the drug dealers in their fancy old cars with 20 inch wheels and get them the hell out of here. I'm sure that would go a long way in stopping the murders in the city. These folks are all worthless pieces of human debris.
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