In brief

Public invited to prize raffle, holiday luncheon fundraiser

FLINT TWP. — A pair of diamond earrings will be given away as the grand prize at the 12th annual Holiday Scholarship Fundraiser sponsored by the West Flint Business Association, starting at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Old Country Buffet on Miller Road. A $15 donation at the door includes lunch and two raffle tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at two for $5. Prize drawings will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. to give away more than 75 donated items including gift certificates to local businesses such as Old Country Buffet, Cracker Barrel, Applebee’s, Genesee Valley Center, Bob Evans, Red Robin, the White Horse, Italian Gardens, Meijers, Olive Garden and Logan’s Roadhouse. Also to be given away are two $100 cash prizes, Michigan Warrior season tickets for 2 ($200 value), a two-night stay at Bay Mills Resort & Casino ($325 value) in Brimley and many more. Proceeds will benefit WFBA’s annual scholarship fund which awards $2,500 each to three worthy students in Genesee County. No reservations are necessary and the public is invited to attend the raffle to support a good cause and maybe win a prize. At last year’s event, WFBA gave away more than 90 prizes valued at over $4,500. — R.S.

Fire and crime reports

FLINT TWP. — Police officers and firefighters kept busy during the past month, as reported by department heads at the township board meeting Monday night. In November, firefighters responded to four vehicle fires, two calls for EMS assistance, six electric power line situations, structure fires including an apartment, two garages and two houses and four calls for the Jaws of Life extraction at accident scenes, a carbon monoxide call and five mutual-aid responses to other fire departments, said Fire Chief John Ringwelski. They also assisted at Bishop Airport after the crash of a small plane on Nov. 16. Police Chief George Sippert reported in the past two weeks, officers responded to 1,036 calls and conducted 324 business and residence checks and field interviews. Of those calls, 98 were traffic accidents, 84 for property damage, 14 involved injuries and 60 were domestic disturbances. The Black Friday shopping weekend had no major incidents, he said. The department had extra personnel on duty and contracted with some stores to provide officers for added security. Sippert also gave an accounting of events surrounding a double homicide on Nov. 26 at Clovertree Apartments. He said investigators worked at the scene until late in the night gathering evidence. On Sunday, they located Marcus D. Lanes, a person of interest, at the East Village Inn in downtown Flint. When officers knocked on the door and identified themselves as police officers, Lanes said he had a gun and two hostages and would kill any officer who came through the door. The Incidence Response Team was called in and the perimeter cordoned off during a five-hour standoff that ended when police kicked in the door after hearing the suspect assaulting the hostage. Sippert said. Police recovered significant evidence at the scene that linked Lanes to the homicides, he said. Lanes was taken into custody without injuries and has since been arraigned on murder and robbery charges. Sippert said he was proud of the way officers conducted themselves in a situation that could have turned out a lot worse. — R.S.

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