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By The Associated Press • Sep 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Teens, man arrested in handgun thefts from auction business

BYRON TWP. (AP) — Two 16-year-olds and a 23-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the theft of handguns from a property auction company in West Michigan.

Several people burglarized the Byron Township business Sunday, police said.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office said the 16-year-olds and the 23-year-old man were found in homes in Grand Rapids. Investigators are searching for a 15-year-old suspect who earlier escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Osceola County, north of Grand Rapids.

Only a small number of guns taken in the burglary have been recovered.

Son-in-law charged in deaths of Kent County couple

BOWNE TWP. (AP) — A son-in-law has been charged with murder in the deaths of a couple in the Grand Rapids area.

Theodore Syrek and Patty Syrek died from blows to the head Tuesday at their home in Kent County's Bowne Township. Their son-in-law, Nathan Board, appeared in court Friday. Board, 33, is married to their daughter, although they are separated.

Investigators from the Kent County Sheriff's Office say Board admitted to killing the Syreks during interviews this week. He said he had a "very bad month" and was no longer taking medication.

Board was arrested earlier this week on assault charges related to a confrontation with an officer who was investigating the homicides.

2 hurt in stabbing at homeless camp in Michigan, police say

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Police said two people were injured in a stabbing at a homeless camp in southwestern Michigan that's been a focus of recent protests seeking better resources for homeless people.

WWMT-TV reported Kalamazoo officers responded after a fight involving people staying at the camp in Bronson Park and one person was taken into custody.

The injuries were described as non-life-threatening. MLive.com reported a box cutter was used in the fight late Thursday.

Shane Williams said he and a fellow resident of the encampment were injured, but said he hadn't previously seen the man who was arrested.

Homelessness has been in the spotlight since a proposal to crack down on sleeping and camping in city parks drew criticism. Protesters have been demonstrating in Bronson Park since last month.

Michigan to share cost of matching funds for UP flood recovery

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan plans to help share the cost of providing matching funds for federal disaster relief to communities in the Upper Peninsula affected by severe flooding in June.

Gov. Rick Snyder's office announced Friday that he's authorized the state to match about $3.7 million of the 25 percent of matching funds local grant recipients are required to pay under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's public assistance program.

Snyder earlier declared a state of disaster for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties due to the flooding. A presidential disaster declaration was also declared.

A preliminary damage assessment determined public agencies in the counties sustained more than $29.8 million in damages eligible for public assistance relief. State and local grant recipients are responsible for matching 25 percent, or about $7.4 million.

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