Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — A former Volkswagen senior manager sentenced to prison for his role in the company’s U.S. emissions scandal can be transferred to his native Germany to serve out the rest of his term. Oliver Schmidt agreed to the transfer during a brief hearing Thursday with U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford in Detroit. The U.S. and Germany have signed off, although the reason for the move hasn’t been publicly disclosed. In 2017, Schmidt was sentenced to seven years in prison for covering up a scheme to evade pollution limits on U.S. diesel vehicles. He had been scheduled to get out of prison in the U.S. in December of 2022.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan liquor regulators want an East Lansing bar to answer questions about a coronavirus outbreak that infected 186 people and was a factor in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to halt indoor service at establishments that chiefly sell alcohol. A hearing scheduled for next week could result in a license suspension or revocation for Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub, which currently is closed. But the purpose primarily is fact-finding. The outbreak occurred last month, shortly after bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen following a monthslong shutdown.
DETROIT (AP) — Police say they arrested at least 11 protesters who tried to block buses from picking up Detroit students. It’s the fourth day of demonstrations against voluntary summer classes during the coronavirus outbreak. The Detroit school district this week began offering online or in-person instruction to more than 1,500 students. Students and teachers must wear masks, and class sizes are smaller to reduce any virus risk. But a group of people has appeared each day since Monday to protest the program, saying officials are putting people at risk. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he’s serving familes and “adjusting to the new normal” with COVID-19.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced several child welfare changes after a 16-year-old boy died of cardiac arrest two days after being restrained at a youth facility. The facility has since had its license suspended, but the department announced Thursday that more changes are coming. Emergency rules set by the health department prohibit state-licensed child-caring institutions from using dangerous restraints that involve placing children face-down while they are being restrained, and any other restraint that restricts breathing. Families and the state must be be given timely notification when a restraint is used.