Charges dropped against Owosso barber who reopened during the pandemic


OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) – A lawyer says misdemeanor charges are being dropped against a Michigan barber who defied Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and reopened his shop during the coronavirus pandemic.

Karl Manke says it’s “definitely a weight” off his shoulders. Barbershops and salons were closed for months until June 15.

But the 77-year-old Manke reopened in early May, declaring that “government is not my mother.”

Attorney David Kallman says the Shiawassee County prosecutor is dropping the case because of a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision about the governor’s powers.


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