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By The Associated press • Apr 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Officers fatally shoot man who threatened them near Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO (AP) — Police officers fatally shot a man who threatened them during an attempted arrest near Kalamazoo.

Michigan State Police said 37-year-old Thomas Verile Jr. of Scotts was shot Thursday morning at a home outside Kalamazoo after he threatened officers, saying he had a weapon. Police said in a news release that preliminary information indicated several officers fired shots at Verile, who was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police said officers had been looking for the man for several days.

The officers trying to arrest the man were with the state police, Battle Creek Police Department, Michigan Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service.

No officers were injured.

Police said Verile was wanted for parole violations and also had outstanding warrants against him.

Suspects in Ford gravesite defacing case turned themselves in, police say

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM-TV) — The Grand Rapids Police Department said two people suspected of defacing the gravesites of the late President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford last month have come forward.

According to police, the incident happened at around 4 p.m. March 27. Police were able to secure and release two photos from surveillance footage.

On Thursday, the police department said the two subjects in the surveillance footage came forward and are working with investigators. The suspects have not been named yet, but police said they both are living in Michigan and one is originally from Indiana.

Police said the letter 'e' was stolen from the grave maker, but it will be returned to the Ford Museum. The suspects said they didn't know the site was a grave.

GRPD said the case will be sent to the Kent County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Detroit settles with family of girl killed in police raid

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit reached an $8.25 million settlement Thursday with the family of a 7-year-old girl accidentally killed by a police officer during a 2010 raid.

Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia announced the settlement with the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones four days before a civil trial was to begin.

The girl was shot in the head while she slept on a couch.

Joseph Weekley, a member of an elite police unit, was the first officer through the door of her home during a chaotic search for a murder suspect. He said he accidentally fired his gun during a struggle with Aiyana's grandmother.

The family's attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said the settlement should allow the family, the city and Weekley to move on from the tragedy.

Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but a judge dismissed that charge during a second trial in 2014.

Lawmakers seek treatments for veterans exposed to chemicals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans with health problems caused by exposure to toxic chemicals known as PFAS would be eligible for federal health care services under legislation proposed in Congress.

The bill introduced Thursday would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover treatment for ailments related to PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

The chemicals are used widely as a water, stain and grease repellent. They're also a key ingredient in firefighting foams used for training exercises on military bases. Experts say they are linked to cancers and numerous other illnesses.

Among lawmakers sponsoring the bill are Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan. They say many veterans have been exposed to the chemicals, along with people living near bases who may have drank contaminated water.

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