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Lansing will soon have more help fighting violent crime by joining a statewide program that's helped Detroit and Flint. 


Francine Hughes, the Dansville woman who killed her abusive ex-husband 40 years ago in what came to be known as the “Burning Bed” case, has passed away.

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UPDATE: The former Francine Hughes has died in Alabama at the age of 69. See related story.

Forty years ago Thursday, Francine Hughes of Dansville entered the Ingham County Jail and confessed to setting her house on fire with her sleeping ex-husband inside. James “Mickey” Hughes had long abused the mother of three. Asleep in bed when the fire started, he died of smoke inhalation.


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Three MSU football players remain suspended over the possibility of facing criminal charges of sexual assault. The suspensions have dominated talk of Spartan football during recent practices and heading into Saturday’s spring football game at Spartan Stadium.


A suspect is in custody after an alleged armed carjacking Thursday at the Meijer in Bath Township.

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According to the Michigan State Police, there were 516 individual acts of violent crime in Ingham County in 2015.  That’s the most recent year for which there’s available data.  A dozen of those incidents were homicides.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison.

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Efforts to build a memorial to fallen law enforcement officers is a step closer to reality with a large corporate donation.

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MA U.S. Attorney's Ofc

US authorities have seized $20m (£16m) in cash discovered in a bed frame under a mattress in a Massachusetts flat.

Charges in Meridian double homicide

Jan 24, 2017

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office has issued what it calls "numerous" charges against an East Lansing man in last weekend's double homicide in Meridian Township.

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