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BREAKING: A Michigan restaurant owner was arrested Friday for violating state coronavirus orders, according to local media.
Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, the owner of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland, was arrested by Michigan State Police, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Pavlos-Hackney, a Polish immigrant, stayed open despite lockdown orders from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, comparing the restrictions and fines to the communism she fled.
“That’s dictatorship,” Pavlos-Hackney said. “I decide I’m going to fight for my constitutional rights.”
She was arrested without incident following a traffic stop on her way to work early Friday morning, WDIV reports.
“This owner has continued to willfully violate the state’s food laws, public health orders and the order of the court – a dangerous act that may have exposed dozens of diners and employees to the virus,” Nessel said.
After the arrest, Nessel tweeted she “can’t understand how or why this is controversial.”