I thought it'd be important to track some of more major crime stories in the area, since crime pretty directly relates to local economic development. As of today, the City of Lansing is up to at least six homicides, and possibly eight if the LPD can figure out where one of the two happened, and for the other whether it was a homicide or not.
While overall crime is down from the year before, so is the population. Lansing's been fortunate to have kept crime down despite problems that plague very similar industrial cities, but I've noticed that the criminals are getting bolder. We've had two or so drive-bys which fortunately haven't resulted in any injuries or death, but we just don't have drive-bys in Lansing like this.
Anyway, the latest murder:
Lansing Police Investigate Homicide
Derek Wallbank and Kevin Grasha • firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com • July 22, 2008 • From LSJ.com
UPDATED 5:05 PM - A 32-year-old Lansing man was found dead inside an apartment at 212 W. Barnes St. about 9:30 p.m. Monday in what police said is an apparent homicide.
The victim, Jason Kenneth Cook, was found in the upstairs of a single family home that was converted to upstairs and downstairs apartments.
“I’m just lost and miserable,” said the victim’s wife, Tera Cook, 35. “He was amazing with his kids. All he wanted to do was work hard enough to own a business and leave something behind for them.”
Jason Cook leaves behind three children ages 5, 9 and 10.