Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Building That Stores Flint Water Docs ROBBED, Snyder Sends In The National Guard

By Brandon Hall
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Gov. Snyder's office has announced he will sign an Executive Order authorizing the National Guard to assist with the Flint water crisis.

According to Jonathan Oosting at the Detroit News:

"Gov. Rick Snyder plans to use the National Guard in helping with the Flint water crisis, a spokesman confirmed late Tuesday.

Press Secretary Dave Murray said the governor is drafting an executive order for the activation, the latest step in an effort to provide relief to Flint residents exposed to contaminated drinking water.

National Guard members are expected to arrive in Flint as soon as Wednesday, with additional members arriving by Friday. Their presence will allow American Red Cross volunteers who had been staffing water resource sites to join door-to-door efforts to distribute water filters, bottled water and testing kits, Murray said.

The decision comes after about 45 Michigan State Police troopers and other state workers began Tuesday distributing water and filters to residents without them because of the lead poisoning crisis that has put Flint in the national spotlight and even drawn comments from the White House."

This comes after news of a robbery shortly after Christmas at the building in Flint housing documents pertaining to the water controversy... Officials don't know what documents were stolen or if any are even missing.

According to the Flint Journal:

"Officials say a recent city hall break-in occurred in an office containing documents related to the city's water system.

Flint police previously reported a break-in at City Hall, 1101 S. Saginaw St. over the holiday break, but information released Monday, Jan. 11, confirmed the break-in happened at a vacant executive office in the mayor's suite that contained documents related to the city's water system.

"The office that was broken into is where some water files are kept," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. "However, at this point it's hard to tell if any files were taken. The only thing we know for sure was stolen is a TV."

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert said investigators were working to discover if any documents connected to the city's water system were taken.

The break-in was discovered Dec. 28 by an employee when they returned from work following the holiday break. No other offices were disturbed."


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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1 comment:

  1. Government buildings broken into.

    Documents stolen in the dead of night.

    Great shades of Watergate!

    {Insert "Plumbers" pun here}.