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Judge orders Owosso barber to 'lock and close' his barbershop

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A judge Friday ordered an Owosso barber to shut his doors.

Karl Manke reopened his barbershop earlier this month, saying he could no longer afford to stay closed. By cutting hair at his barbershop in Owosso, Manke has become a hero for those opposed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay at home order.

But this week, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of state regulators who suspended his license saying his business poised a threat to public health.

Manke is appealing the case to the Michigan Supreme Court.

But a Shiawassee County Circuit Court judgesays Manke must close his business and lock the doors.   Judge Matthew Stewart says the doors to the barbershop must remain locked until the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services rescinds its order.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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