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Patrols Increase for MSU-Nebraska Game

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Police have increased patrols on I-96 since the serial shooter first struck over two weeks ago and they'll be adding even more before, during and after Saturday's Michigan State Football game.

The extra police presence is helping to keep the public safe, but it's also racking up a bill for the Ingham County Sheriff's Department, which they say is coming from a budget for overtime pay. The fund that was tight to begin with is being stretched even more.

The sheriff says he hopes to have at least some costs reimbursed by the federal government.

 

"We're hopeful. We don't know what it'll be, but we're hopefully that ATF is gonna reimburse us for some of our overtime as well. So there's a number of things going on. We don't know how that's gonna shake out we're done, though," said Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth.

He says he won't know the total cost of the extra patrols until they can be called off.

"Pick a number out of the air. I mean, we don't know. We don't know how long this is gonna last. We haven't calculated any of that yet."

The County Board of Commissioners says it's willing to help the sheriff cover some of the costs.

 

"You don't think of a random, crazed shooter on the interstate shooting at people. So that wasn't in the budget. So if there needs to be additional funds to deal with an emergency, we have the flexibility to deal with it," said Finance Chair Mark Grebner.

The sheriff says he's not worried about the money.

"This isn't about the budget. This is about keeping people safe. We've talked to the commissioners about it, they agree. The public needs to know this isn't about money, it's about keeping people safe and that's what we're gonna do," says Wriggelsworth.

If you have any information, you're asked to call 1-800-Speak-Up or CrimeStoppers at 517-483-Stop.

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