Michigan strikes back by suspending elderly barber’s license

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Karl Manke, 77, waves to people gathered just before a press conference on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Karl Manke’s Beauty & Barber Shop in Owosso, Mich. Manke has defied the governor’s order not to conduct business. (Sarahbeth Maney/The Flint Journal via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — State regulators have suspended the license of a Michigan barber who insists on cutting hair despite an order to stay closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

Karl Manke has pledged to keep his shop open “until Jesus comes.” A judge declined the state’s request to shut down his shop Monday without first holding a hearing.

Regulators then took a different path by suspending his barber license and his shop license. Manke’s attorney says it’s an “abuse of power.”

Manke reopened his shop in Owosso on May 4, saying an extension of business shutdowns during the coronavirus had knocked him to his knees.

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