LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A pawn shop owner in south Lansing caught a thief on-camera stealing more than $2,000 worth of diamond jewelry from his store, while the thief's three accomplices kept the storeget more >>
Surveillance video catches a suspected thief stealing more than $2,000 worth of diamond jewelry from a Lansing pawn shopget more >>
EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - East Lansing Police are looking for a man they believe sexually assaulted two Michigan State University students. The most recent incident happened around 8:30p.m. Thursdayget more >>
The most recent incident happened around 8:30p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Abbott Pointe Apartmentsget more >>
EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Three East Lansing High School teens accused of scratching swastikas into two other students' lockers could face criminal charges, but not for the content of controversialget more >>
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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Several former employees of a Lansing-based production company say for months, the business often skipped payday, and sometimes didn't pay at all. Five former employees of Lifeget more >>
Former employees of a Lansing-based production company say the business often skipped payday, and sometimes didn't pay at all.get more >>
Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan is asking for the public's help in one incident and locating two men wanted for felonies. On Thursday, March 7 around 11:30p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 blockget more >>
If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOPget more >>
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Three East Lansing high school teens could face criminal charges for scratching swastikas into two other student's lockers. East Lansing police say one of the victims was Jewish. The president of theget more >>
Three East Lansing high school teens could face criminal charges for scratching swastikas into two other student's lockers.
East Lansing police say one of the victims was Jewish.get more >>
A 5 month search for a Jackson County Felon has ended. In May, 53-year-old Ricky Wheeldon was accused of profiting from the acquisition of large amounts of stolen property, which police say he paid forget more >>
State Police Troopers from Jackson pulled over a vehicle just after midnight Wednesday morning with Wheeldon insideget more >>
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A former high school football coach in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for computer-related crimes that stretched to East Lansing. Joseph Ostrowski admittedget more >>
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They're dangerous, they're effective and they're spreading into Michigan prisons.
We're talking about tasers.
The weapon isn't being used by prisoners, it's being used by guards. The Department of Corrections is now using tasers to keep the peace.
Back in December the DOC started an experiment with tasers. They trained officers in 5 prisons around the state on how to use them, and in what situations.
Officials say the results so far have been very, very promising.
Typically officers would need to physically try and break fights up, but with tasers they can stop dangerous situations in seconds.
"Before we had these tasers to break up an altercation, or assault involved, our corrections officers getting involved in that, they had to get right in there, pull inmates apart and many times they would get injured, hurt, sometimes very seriously," said Russ Marlan, DOC spokesperson.
Marlan says even the threat of using a taser is enough to stop a fight or prevent it from starting in the first place. Since introducing them, the number of fights has gone down and the number of worker compensation claims has also dropped.
"[It's] like a total body cramp. Everything in your body locks up, you have no muscle control you just lock up and fall," said Marlan.
It's painful - but believe it or not - the prisoners themselves don't seem to mind the idea.
"What we're hearing from the prisoners is they kind of are fine with this as well because most of these issues are prisoner on prisoner assaults and so it stops these assaults earlier and I think the prisoners recognize that," said Marlan.
They also recognize that a 5 second shock - in the long run - is much less dangerous than getting tackled and detained by several guards.
"Anytime you go hands on with somebody, the likelihood for injury is very much increased as opposed to this type of device where your hands don't go on them until they're under control," said Brent Travelbee, Emergency Manager Coordinator.
So far there haven't been any health issues since the DOC started using the tasers. And the experiment has been so successful they're now planning to use them in every prison in the state, which will cost about $800,000.
In the long run the DOC says they'll actually be saving a lot more money because of fewer injuries.
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