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At least 50 people forced out of Abbot Manor apartments

(WLNS)  At least 50 people living in the Abbot Manor apartments are being forced to move out Wednesday. That’s due to unsafe living conditions. The apartment complex is in the 900 block of Abbot Rd. in East Lansing. Signs were posted on resident’s doors and an email was sent out notifying residents. The entire building will be locked at 5 p.m. Wednesday, whether or not all residents’ belongings are moved out or not.


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Dies at 46

0317_rob_ford_getty-2(TMZ) Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford -- who became world famous for his crack scandal while in office -- died Tuesday after a battle with cancer ... his reps confirm. 

Ford was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in 2014 after a tumor was found in his abdomen. He underwent surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but the cancer proved too strong. 

Ford -- who served as mayor from 2010 to 2014 -- was caught on video smoking crack on multiple occasions during his term. He admitted to using the drug though denied he was an addict.  

In 2014, Ford went to rehab to seek help for his "problem with alcohol" -- and after a 2 month stint, he returned to work to continue his term. 

He died at Mount Sinai hospital in Canada -- surrounded by his family. Ford is survived by his wife and 2 children.  



2 East Lansing Uber drivers face sexual assault charges

(LSJ) Two Uber drivers have been charged in connection with sexual assaults in East Lansing in January and February, East Lansing police said Friday in a news release.


Hassan Ibrahim turned himself in March 11 after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He was arraigned before Lansing 54B District Court by Judge Richard Ball on one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with an incident that occurred Feb. 14.


Salim Salem turned himself in March 11. He was arraigned before 55th District Court Magistrate Mark Blumer on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with an incident that occurred Jan. 16.


Both were released on $5,000 cash/surety bonds. Blumer's bond includes a condition that he not work as an Uber driver or taxi/cab driver in the future


Uber has been notified of both arrests, police said.


Say goodbye to House of ING


You have until March 31st to get your favorite dishes from House of ING On March 31st, House of ING closes after 50 years on Cedar Street.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Napolen Ching, owner of House of ING, is moving towards the expansion of their four INGcredible restaurants  
If you have House of ING gift cards you can still usse them at  at INGcredible locations.


Former Michigan State Spartan Mateen Cleaves facing sex assault charges

(WXYZ) Former Michigan State University and NBA player Mateen Cleaves is facing sexual assault charges. Although the charges have been filed in Wayne County, the case stems from an incident in Genesee County.


Cleaves has been charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Penetration, Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Third Degree.


Cleaves is set to turn himself in on the charges on Thursday.


Schuette: Dunnings paid for sex 'hundreds of times'

(LSJ)LANSING -- Stuart Dunnings III, Ingham County's prosecuting attorney for nearly two decades, paid for sex "hundreds of times" with multiple women between 2010 and 2015, according to information released this afternoon by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office.


Dunnings is facing 15 criminal charges in Ingham, Clinton and Ionia counties. Ten are misdemeanors of engaging services of a prostitute, according to court records, but one count in Ingham County's 54A District Court is for pandering — enticing another person to become a prostitute — a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The charges stemmed from a federal investigation into a human trafficking ring based in Michigan, Schuette's office said in a press release.


Tyrone Smith, the leader of that trafficking ring, pleaded guilty in federal court in November to three counts of sex trafficking girls and women and transporting them across state lines as part of an interstate prostitution ring.


Smith admitted to recruiting one woman in December 2012, providing her with heroin, marketing her for sex online and arranging for men to pay her for sex in Lansing, Chicago and other cities over a two-year period, according to the release. He admitted to doing the same to a 17-year-old girl in December 2014. He is slated for sentencing in April and faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison.

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth joined Schuette for a 1 p.m. media briefing to "provide brief remarks about the charges and arrest" of Dunnings, 63.

Wriggelsworth, Ingham County's long-time sheriff, said Dunnings' actions are a "huge betrayal of trust."


Mike Dillon, court administrator for 55th District Court, said the judges there have recused themselves and that Dunnings would be arraigned by Jackson County 12th District Court Judge Michael Klaeren.


The court computer for 54A District Court in Lansing shows seven criminal charges, including pandering, which is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Court records also show a charge of willful neglect of duty and five counts of engaging in the services of a prostitute.


The court computer for 55th District Court in Mason shows three criminal charges entered today: willful neglect of duty and two counts of engaging in services of a prostitute. Dunnings hasn't been arraigned yet, according to court records.

Officials at Ionia County's 64A District Court confirmed this morning that Dunnings faces two counts there: willful neglect of duty and engaging the services of a prostitute.


Dunnings, a Democrat, was first elected prosecutor in November 1996 and was most recently re-elected in 2012 to his fifth four-year term. He is a past president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.


He has presented himself in the past as a staunch opponent of prostitution.


In 2001, Dunnings took over prosecuting the city's prostitution-related crimes in hopes of getting tougher penalties for offenders. He began impounding johns' vehicles and charging prostitutes and their customers with felonies for third offenses. In the first two years alone, his prosecutors charged 19 people with felonies and impounded 53 vehicles.


Schuette is asking anyone who may have been a victim of Dunnings to contact the attorney general's office at (517) 241-6556.


Calvin Johnson retires: 'I have played my last game of football'

(ESPN) Calvin Johnson is hanging them up, the Detroit Lions announced Tuesday.


The most prolific wide receiver in franchise history and one of the most talented at the position in NFL history is retiring after nine professional seasons in which he accumulated over 11,000 receiving yards, seven 1,000-yard seasons and six Pro Bowl invitations.


By retiring after just nine seasons, Detroit star WR Calvin Johnson joins this list of illustrious athletes, including the Lions' Barry Sanders, who left fans wanting more.


As the face of the franchise, Calvin Johnson was the connection who kept the often-listless Lions relevant to the rest of the nation.
Johnson holds nearly every significant franchise record; the man nicknamed "Megatron" holds 15 NFL records, including the most receiving yards in a season with 1,964 in 2012.


In a statement released by the Lions, Johnson said he would not be having a news conference to discuss his decision.


"Let me begin by apologizing for making this announcement via a statement and not in person. While I truly respect the significance of this, those who know me best will understand and not be surprised that I choose not to have a press conference for this announcement.


After much prayer, thought and discussion with loved ones, I have made the difficult decision to retire from the Lions and pro football. I have played my last game of football.


Let me assure you that this was not an easy or hasty decision. As I stated, I, along with those closest to me, have put a lot of time, deliberation and prayer into this decision and I truly am at peace with it.


I also want you to know that I have the utmost respect and admiration for the game of football. It has provided so much for me and my family and I will be forever grateful to the game.


With the reality of my decision, I realize there are a lot of people I would like to thank. I must start with my family -- thank you for all your love and support.


I also want to especially thank Mrs. Ford and the Ford Family for all their support over the years. They are tremendous owners and I loved playing for them. I would also like to recognize Mr. Ford, who I was honored to know and play for before he passed away.


While it would be hard to name them all, I would also like to thank all of my teammates past and present. I also want to thank all of my coaches who I played for, in particular Coach Caldwell for his support, wisdom and guidance over the past two seasons. I loved playing for Coach Caldwell.


There are so many other people I would like to recognize and thank for what they have done for me throughout my career, but rather than risk forgetting someone, I will simply say "thanks" to everyone.


And finally, to the fans of Detroit and Michigan. I so appreciated your passionate support over the years and truly enjoyed playing for you. I loved playing in Detroit and will forever be a Lion. My biggest regret is that I wasn't able to help give our fans a championship. But I do believe the future of the Lions is bright and with the leadership from people like Rod Wood and Bob Quinn, who I have gotten to know over the past few months, I am confident that our fans will soon be rewarded with the championship you deserve. From the bottom of my heart I thank you all for everything."


The Lions announced Tuesday that Johnson filed his retirement papers with the NFL in advance of the start of the new league year on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.


Denzel Valentine is your AP Big Ten Player Of The Year

(ABC NEWS)  Denzel Valentine has done it all for Michigan State, and the senior is The Associated Press Player of the Year in the Big Ten.


Valentine was among three unanimous picks on the AP All-Big Ten first team announced Monday .


Valentine overcame a knee injury that cost him four games early in the season to stamp himself as perhaps the nation's most versatile player. The senior from Lansing, Michigan, finished the regular season first in the conference in scoring (19.6 ppg) and assists (7.5) and as the top rebounding guard (7.5). Since assists became an official NCAA statistic in 1983-84, no player has averaged as many points, rebounds and assists in the same season.


Valentine ended the regular season with his ninth double-double of the season with 27 points and a career-high tying 13 assists against Ohio State on Saturday.


Denzel Valentine Posts Heartfelt Message To Fans After His Final Home Game

(College Spun) Michigan State star Denzel Valentine has given fans plenty to cheer for during his time in East Lansing, and he’s not done yet.


The No. 2 team in the country just closed out its regular season schedule with a win at home against Ohio State, and now turns its attention to the Big Ten Tournament and ultimately the NCAA

Tournament. Valentine is focused on doing everything he can to help the Spartans make a title run, but first the senior wanted to thank the fans after playing his final game in East Lansing. On Sunday, he posted this heartfelt message to Instagram. It’s always cool to see players appreciate the fans and go out of their way to express that. Michigan State fans will love this.



Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies

(TMZ) Nancy Reagan has died The former first lady was living in Bel Air and has been in failing health in recent years.  She died from congestive heart failure at her home.


Mrs. Reagan married Ronald in 1952 and went on to became a First Lady who at first was severely criticized for her fancy taste -- particularly in china -- but went on to become beloved, along with her husband. She'll be buried next to her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.


Nancy was a former actress who starred in B movies, before meeting her future husband.She was fiercely loyal to Ronald and extremely protective, often getting in his ear about White House staffers she thought were less than loyal.

In one famous moment during Ronald Reagan's presidency, he was asked a difficult question and Nancy whispered an answer, "We're doing the best we can."


During her time as First Lady, she created the "Just Say No" to drugs campaign.


Bernie Sanders at MSU: 5 things to know

(LSJ) Ahead of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' free event at Michigan State University's Breslin Center this evening, here are five things people planning to attend need to know.


Expect long lines. Sanders drew more than 9,000 people last month in Ypsilanti and MSU organizers said they want to fill all of the more than 13,000 seats inside the Breslin Center. Doors open at 4 p.m, although attendees will likely have to arrive several hours ahead of time to get a favorable position in line


Bring comfortable shoes. Parking will cost $5 at the Breslin Center or several nearby lots. MSU Police will staff several lots and direct drivers to lots further away as closer ones fill, said MSU Police Lt. Shaun Mills. There are also several pay-to-park lots on campus, including on East Grand River Avenue, on Shaw Lane and on Trowbridge Road. Bus riders can get closest to the Breslin Center by getting off at the Brody Complex.


Expect tight security. MSU and East Lansing police will be on-hand. Metal detectors will screen attendees at the doors. Attendees should leave oversized items such as backpacks and cameras at home, organizers say.


RSVPs welcome, but not necessary. Anyone interested in attending the event is asked to RSVP ahead of time online, but those who don't will still be allowed inside.


Bring a book. There is a three-hour gap between doors opening and the event starting at 7 p.m. While Sanders' events are known for their eclectic music choices, attendees may want to bring something to pass the time.



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