Lansing Ends 2014 With 10 Homicides

(WLNS) – Since taking office Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski hoped to reduce the number of homicides by 30 percent.

As it turns out Lansing didn’t reach its goal. Lansing had the same amount of homicides as last year, at 10, which over the course of the past decade or so is about average.

Lansing noticed its highest spike with 16 in 2007 and fewest of eight in 2011.

Now of the 10 homicides this year, here’s where those cases stand: four suspects have been arrested, two cases were murder suicides, so those cases are closed. Three cases remain unsolved and one case is still being reviewed by Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings.

It was pretty quiet year for the department, that is until May 4.

On May 4 police would find the body of a 42-year-old man behind Larch Street. The same day, someone shot and killed a 30-year-old in the 2700 block of Roosevelt.

Eight days later was arguably one of the biggest stories of the year with the killing of two people, a Rite Aid pharmacist and a man across the border in East Lansing.

A brief stand-off with suspect Ricard Taylor followed, before he gave up.

Then rounding out the end of the month was the tragic murder-suicide of Dr. Kristin Batdorf by her husband.

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