Michigan State University Police reported a number of offenses occurring over the Valentines week including minor in possession or MIP and other incidents.
Thursday February 14 saw more motorists enjoying the holiday by going out to dinner with their significant other. While on Grand River Avenue between the hours of 8- 10 p.m., bystanders at local restaurants saw quite a significant number of traffic enforcements occurring. When questioned about the abundance of traffic violations MSU Police Inspector Kelly Beck explained, “There was nothing special about February 14th traffic enforcement. It was business as usual for us.” Valentines week also brought more serious offenses, including a fire in North Hubbard Hall around Noon on February 12. The fire, according to Sergeant McGlothian- Taylor, was an accidental. The fire was found in the trash compactor room on the north side of the building. The MSU Police and the East Lansing Fire Department were called to the scene to investigate. Resident of Hubbard, Cody Barz said, “I smelt a little smoke but didn’t think it was a big deal." The fire was confined to one trash bag that had nearly melted away. Police were able to find its owners by a delivery receipt found in the bag. Police investigated whether they put anything flammable in the bag. They found nothing within the bag that would have caused a fire, so the cause is still unknown. The cost in damage was around $5.00. There was a larceny from Wilson Hall cafeteria on February 12 between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A 21-year old female student employee reported her Apple Classic iPod had been taken from her coat pocket. The cost in losses is around $250.00 for the iPod. There are no suspects, but the employee believes it must have been someone who was working on her shift. Valentine’s Day saw less incidents occurring in and throughout campus then the two previous days. There was a reported domestic assault at Shaw Hall at 9:00 p.m. Other infractions of the day included one MIP, a person driving with a suspended license and a person stopped at the corner of Hagadorn Road and Mt. Hope who was arrested for possessing a controlled substance. Friday, February 15, was a relatively slower day for police then a normal weekend night. There were only five offenses reported throughout day. Three of those five were MIP’s reported throughout campus halls. The fourth infraction was driving while under the influence. The offender was stopped on Hagadorn Road at 1:50 a.m. The only other offense happened in Lot 20 when a student was found using a fake handicap permit. Saturday in this city is known as party and bar night, and the offenses that occurred were mostly alcohol related. There were six MIP infractions including two in the dorms, two in parking lots or street and one in the MSU Police Department. A person was found on Shaw Road in their motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol and ticketed with an open intoxication. A incapacitated person was found on Grand River Avenue. The only non-alcohol related infraction was a person driving with a suspended license. According to police records the second week of February was statistically on pace with past weeks as far as the number of incidents occurring within the campus perimeter. A number that has gone down is the amount of MIP given out. This is due in part to the new law on how police can not just randomly go up to people on the street and give them a breathalyzer test. The new law states that police must have reasonable cause, like a person is being extremely disorderly.