Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Ypsilanti Township Residents Angered By Police Incident That Became Violent Late Monday.

By Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Late Monday night/early Tuesday morning the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Dept responded to a situation that occurred in the Apple Ridge neighborhood located on the east side of Ypsilanti Township. Video of the incident was recorded by a person who appears to be a resident of the neighborhood.

The video of the incident shows at least six of what are appear to be Washtenaw County Police vehicles on the scene in a block of the neighborhood. Next, an officer is shown standing underneath the window of a home on the block. The officers appears to communicate with a person, or persons in the house. Soon, a couple other officers come into view who are approaching the house from the street. Next, two civilians are seen walking down the sidewalk from the right of the screen.

Soon, things become tense and violent. One of the individuals walking on the sidewalk approaching officers appears to say something to one of the officers. Suddenly, another officer is seen going after the other individual who is female on the sidewalk, and then picks the woman up and carries her a few feet. The officer is then seen striking the female individual several time on the face and or head.

At this point it seems that a sizable group of understandably angry and concerned people from the neighborhood were then on the street witnessing what had occurred.

Purple Walrus Press spoke with Ypsilanti Township Trustee Monica Williams Tuesday afternoon. Williams told Purple Walrus Press that she has called for an investigation. Williams added, "I expect a statement from the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department."

Purple Walrus Press contacted the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Dept, but as of  6:00 PM the sheriffs Department has not responded.

Full video of the incident can be seen in the original facebook live post here.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Michigan National Guard Assisting With Voluntary COVID 19 Testing for Long Term Care Facility Staff & Residents.

Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a press release from the State Emergency Operations Center, the Michigan National Guard has joined a collaborative effort with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and State Emergency Operations Center to assist with voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and residents at the request of long term care facilities across Michigan. 
To date: 
  • From May 7-4, the Michigan National Guard Michigan National Guard assisted the Upper Peninsula Health Department, DHHS, and SEOC by completing testing at seven long term care facilities in the Upper Peninsula.
  • From May 15-22, Michigan National Guard testing teams assisted in Oakland, Genesee, Kent, Muskegon, Washtenaw, Wayne, Ingham, Saginaw, and Macomb counties.   
  • Support to DHHS testing is expected to continue, based on DHHS priority, through the end of May with Kalamazoo, Calhoun, St. Clair, Ottawa, Berrien, Gratiot, Bay, Eaton, Grand Traverse and Livingston counties.    
According to the media release, “The Michigan National Guard is made up of men and women who strive to provide innovative solutions and performance excellence to the citizens of Michigan,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We look forward to continuing our support to communities, especially the most vulnerable populations.”

According to the statement, the Michigan National Guard has more than 60 trained testing teams ready to assist, 15 of which are currently assigned to support this long term care facility testing mission. Separate teams have recently supported Michigan Department of Corrections facilities throughout the state. These three-member teams include a certified medic to conduct the testing and two members to assist with paperwork, logistics, and non-medical tasks. Teams are equipped to perform testing, or to train staff members to perform testing at the discretion of the long term care facility.  

“Widespread testing will be the most crucial tool we have in protecting Michiganders from COVID-19 and lowering the chance of a second wave,” said Gov. Grethchen Whitmer. “Residents and staff in our long-term care facilities are uniquely vulnerable to the spread of this virus, and I’m proud to work with Maj. Gen. Rogers and our dedicated guard members to ensure people in these facilities can get tested easily. We will get through this together.” 

All team members have tested negative for COVID-19 and have been self-isolating in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to ensure health and safety and to protect Michigan communities. The teams wear personal protective equipment, including Tyvek suits, face shields, nitrile gloves, and face mask (N-95 or surgical, as appropriate).   
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available   at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronaviru. This according to the State Emergency Response Center.

Joe Biden Gaffs: By Purple Walrus Press Contributor Brooks Parola.

Folks, Joe Biden will continue to stick his foot in it. He’s only done it his entire political career, and he’s clearly not stopping now. That is a reality we must understand and learn to live with. Why? Because Biden’s occasional gaffs, are still far less offensive than the things Trump says on a daily basis. And Biden, as he did today, will at least apologize for it later, something Trump will never do.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Midland Michigan Flood: 20 State Trunkline and Local Bridges Impacted by Flooding.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
According to the Michigan State Police, at this time, more than 20 state trunkline and local agency bridges have been impacted by flooding and will require extensive inspections prior to reopening to the public. Many bridges have also suffered damage that will need to be repaired before reopening. MDOT will continue to monitor several high-water situations impacting roadways and bridges across the area. 

"We can't expect to see many of these bridges reopen in the next week," said MDOT Bay Region Engineer Robert Ranck, Jr. "However, our department is already establishing emergency contracts to begin inspections and repairs to structures as soon as water levels recede enough to allow that work. These efforts are underway, and we will continue to expedite this work safely and efficiently." This according to the Michigan State Police.

"We appreciate the swift action of our first responders and MDOT staff who have worked to safely close impacted roads across our region," said MDOT Bay Region Bridge Engineer Paul Schiefer. "We're asking the public to continue to follow any safety advisories issued and respect any road barricades you may encounter. Under no circumstances should anyone drive or walk around any barricades during these flooding concerns." 
MDOT is expecting more closures as water levels continue to rise through Saginaw County and is moving additional temporary barricades from other MDOT facilities and local road commissions to help stage those closures once necessary. This according MSP.

On May 19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County, helping to ensure federal aid availability for areas impacted by flooding.
ESSENTIAL WORK: Transportation workers in the field follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines to limit their risk of getting sick.                                                             

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Nessel Announces Summary Suspension Orders Issued Against Karl Manke's Barber and Barber Shop Licenses.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a press release Purple Walrus Press received from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessels office late Wednesday afternoon, May 13, Owosso barber Karl Manke’s professional license as well as the license for his barbershop were summarily suspended and an administrative licensing complaint was issued, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today in coordination with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). 

According to the press release, the Attorney General’s office issued an administrative licensing complaint on Tuesday, alleging several violations of the Michigan Occupational Code and administrative rules, including gross negligence and willful violations of the health and safety rules of a political subdivision.   

According to the statement, licensing actions follow Manke’s statements that he will continue to operate his barbershop despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders requiring closure of facilities offering non-essential personal care services. Local police recently cited Manke for violations of such orders.  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon issued an Imminent Danger and Abatement Order, requiring Manke to close his barbershop. He did not comply with that health order either.  

According to Wednesday's statement from Nessels office, “Mr. Manke’s actions in violating Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders as well as other health orders put the public at risk for contracting COVID-19,” Nessel said. “Anytime you have a barber or other professional providing services to numerous citizens in close proximity to each other and those citizens are then returning to their various residences, there is a risk of contracting and spreading the virus. It is paramount that we take action to protect the public and do our part to help save lives.”   

The Occupational Code allows LARA to summarily suspend a professional license if there is an imminent threat to the public health, safety and welfare. An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Occupational Code. This according to the press release.