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Workers clean up an oil spill on the Grand River in downtown Lansing, Mich., Monday afternoon, June 30, 2014. Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski says he's treating the oil spill in the Grand River as a criminal investigation. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Greg DeRuiter) NO SALES (Greg DeRuiter)
Police treat Lansing oil spill as possible crime
Authorities probe oil spill in Grand River in Lansing as possible crime; Source still unknown

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 2, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing’s police chief says he’s treating an oil spill in the Grand River as a criminal investigation.

An oily substance was spotted about a week ago near a fish ladder in Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood. The Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1mGSr8W ) says officials believe less than five gallons got into the Grand River, but a precise amount is unknown.

Chief operating officer Chad Gamble says city inspectors will search for evidence of illegal discharges from sewers. Tests detected mercury, arsenic lead and other metals in the substance.

Police Chief Mike Yankowski says the case is being investigated by officers.

Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com