Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Public safety officials say three family members are dead in southwestern Michigan after an early morning apartment fire. Officers with the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety responded to a fire at a duplex just before 5 a.m. Sunday. The second floor collapsed to the first floor and three members of a family were killed. The victims were a 30-year-old mother, 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. The father is only survivor and was being treated for smoke inhalation. The names of the victims were not released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say officers fatally shot a 42-year-old man who was allegedly holding a woman hostage at gunpoint. Police Chief James Craig said Saturday that the woman was the man’s girlfriend and had told a hostage negotiator that she believed her life was in danger. Police say a sniper fired a single shot wounding the man and allowed the woman to flee. He later died at a hospital. Police were called to the home on Detroit’s east side on Friday afternoon. Detroit police have responded to nearly 30 two barricaded gun situations this year.
WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Some experts say police brutality, the coronavirus pandemic, and other issues around race have increased anxiety levels among African Americans. Suburban Detroit resident Eddie Hall says he was already on edge when racist graffiti was scrawled on his pickup and shots were fired into his home after his family placed a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window in September. A 24-year-old white neighbor eventually was arrested and charged with ethnic intimidation and other crimes. University of Michigan sociology professor Alford Young Jr. says the anxiety seems more pronounced among Black professionals, who feel frustrated that these kinds of issues are still surfacing.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 2.6 million Michigan voters have turned in their absentee ballots and the state is still waiting on almost 700,000 absentee ballots that had been sent out and yet to be returned with only days before Tuesday’s election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging voters to drop off their ballots in-person to ensure mail delays don’t cause their ballots to not be counted, though voting in-person on Election Day remains an option. Due to changes made in 2018 to voter laws and now growing public health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, more Michigan residents are voting absentee than ever before.