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by the associated press • Jul 6, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Michigan girl, 1, dies after being pulled from family pool

THREE RIVERS (AP) — A toddler has died after being pulled from her family's swimming pool in southwestern Michigan.

State police said two girls, ages 1 and 2, were found in the water at about 6 p.m. Thursday in Three Rivers, north of the state line with Indiana.

A parent and an 11-year-old sibling were at the home when the two girls sneaked out to the pool. Police said the parent began cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived.

The 1-year-old girl later died at a hospital. The 2-year-old girl was not hurt.

Police said the children circumvented safety measures to get to the pool.

Anti-ICE graffiti spray-painted on Michigan Capitol

LANSING (AP) — Authorities are investigating anti-U.S. government vandalism to the Michigan Capitol.

The Detroit News reported someone spray-painted "STOP ICE" on the 140-year-old building early Thursday. It follows similar graffiti directed against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement twice found last month on the Michigan Republican Party headquarters.

The graffiti comes amid debate over a possible nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living in the country illegally.

Michigan State Police officials said security cameras monitor the Capitol, but they are pointed away from the building and didn't provide enough detail to identify anybody involved.

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley called the vandalism "pointless," noting on Twitter that state government has nothing to do with national immigration policy.

Standoff with man who fired at group lighting fireworks

ST. CLAIR SHORES (AP) — A man who opened fire at people shooting off fireworks barricaded himself in a suburban Detroit home Thursday and was shooting at police and a robot deployed to stop him on Friday.

Police and residents in St. Clair Shores said the man fired into a crowd Thursday evening and hit a 12-year-old in the arm and woman in her 60s in her calf. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

Neighbors said the man threatened children, who had been playing with sparklers on Independence Day.

Officers surrounded a home where the man was staying and deployed a robotic battering ram to knock down the door. Police said he has fired on officers as well as robots approaching and entering the home.

Police remained in a tense standoff Friday afternoon and told neighbors to stay in their homes. The man's condition wasn't immediately known.

Woman drunk, speeding on I-75 while towing 2 horses, police say

OTSEGO TWP. (AP) — Police said a woman suspected of drunken driving was traveling at 91 mph on I-75 while towing two horses in a trailer in northern Michigan.

State police said the horses were turned over to Otsego County animal control Thursday night until another driver could pick them up. Inside the pickup truck, troopers found two open beer cans.

The 38-year-old driver from Wayne in Wayne County was taken to the county jail.

3 men charged with involuntary manslaughter in fatal beating

WARREN (AP) — Three men have been charged in the July 4 fatal beating of a 24-year-old man in a parking lot several miles north of Detroit.

Christopher Twarowski, Nathan Domagalski and Christopher Zehnpfennig were arraigned Friday on involuntary manslaughter charges.

The victim was found lying on a road in Warren. He suffered a fractured skull and other injuries, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the attack was caught on surveillance cameras. Dwyer said the victim met the other three men at a house party in Troy, also north of Detroit. As they were driving to Warren, a fight started.

Twarowski, Domagalski and Zehnpfennig were ordered jailed. Their next hearing date is July 16.

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