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Official hopes charges in Flint water case help return trust

Official hopes charges in Flint water case help return trust

Five officials in MI, including the head of the state's health department, were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter, marking the first time investigators have drawn a direct link between the acts of government officials in Flint's water contamination crisis and the deaths of residents that followed.

Prosecutors also brought charges against the state's chief medical officer, Dr. Eden Wells, 54, who is accused of obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator.

Liane Shekter-Smith, former supervisor at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, who was previously charged with misconduct and willful neglect related to inaction on Legionnaires' and lead issues in Flint.

"The health crisis in Flint has created a trust crisis for MI government, exposing a serious lack of confidence in leaders who accept responsibility and solve problems", said state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who said his probe is moving to the trial phase and signaled that Snyder, who has apologized for his administration's failures that led to and prolonged the crisis, may not be charged. Both pleaded not guilty. Hopes have been dashed many times in the three years since the fateful switch from the Detroit water system to the Flint River in a bid to save money. "That is not justice for Flint, nor for those who have been charged". Schuette, a fellow Republican who is expected to run for governor next year as Snyder's term expires, said there was insufficient evidence.

HOWARD CROFT - As Director of Public Works for the City of Flint, Croft had the ability to mandate changes to the treatment processes at the WTP to ensure proper disinfection was occurring, or switch back to DWSD. "I'm just doing my job", Schuette said in a phone interview Wednesday.

In this January 11, 2016 photo, Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan's chief medical executive, smiles as she listens to Gov. Rick Snyder speak publicly for the first time in Flint, six days after he declared a state of.

In addition to that, Lyon allegedly participated in covering up the source of Genesee County's Legionnaires' disease outbreak by repeatedly trying to prevent an independent researcher from investigating the cause of the outbreak. Even now, officials recommend that only filtered tap water be consumed, and many residents say they can trust only bottled water, given false assurances they once received from state and local officials.

The head of the MI health department has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint's lead-tainted water crisis.

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March 23, 2016: A governor-appointed panel concludes that the state of MI is "fundamentally accountable" for the crisis because of decisions made by environmental regulators.

Two of the highest health officials in the state turned themselves into a Flint court Thursday morning. And a very serious charge.

The charging documents said that Lyon's "acts and failure to act resulted in the death of at least one person".

Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia with severe symptoms.

But the Flint water crisis persists, now in its third year, because of poor leadership from the top of the House of Cards.

During a meeting, Dr. Paul Kilgore, an associate professor at Wayne State University, stressed the necessity of the research, stating that more people would die.

Her attorney said Thursday that "it's entirely appropriate that she continue to be able to carry out her public health job" despite the charges against her.

Four current and former state and Flint officials were also charged with involuntary manslaughter.