FLINT, Michigan. – The Latest on the charges filed in the Flint water crisis (all times are local):
More charges are filed by the Michigan attorney general in the investigation into the cause of the tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, including against the two former state-appointed emergency managers.
Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday charged former emergency managers darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, with several 20-year-old crimes for their failure to protect the residents of Flint of the health hazards caused by polluted drinking water.
Schuette also charged Earley, Ambrose and Flint city employees Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson with misdemeanor counts of false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses in the issuance of bonds to pay for part of the water project that led to the crisis.
The Michigan attorney general is the announcement of more criminal prosecution in the Flint water research.
Nine people so far have brought in an investigation of a Flint lead-tainted water system and an outbreak of legionnaires ‘ disease. Of those nine, there are eight current and former state employees and a Flint water plant employee.
Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHU’-tee) has scheduled a press conference on Tuesday.
In October, a lawyer for Nick Lyon, the head of the Michigan health department, says that his client is a target of Schuette research. Lyon is still not charged and still leads the agency.
Flint’s water system was contaminated with lead because of the water from the Flint River was not treated against corrosion for 18 months. The water ate a protective coating on the inside of old pipes and fixtures, releasing lead.