55-year-old Marlena Pavlos-Hackney was arrested at 5:45 a.m. this morning because of a warrant for contempt of court issued in Ingham County.
She is the owner of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland, MI, and has repeatedly been targeted by the state for operating her business as normal without Covid-19 guidelines.
Her license to operate was suspended on Jan. 20 and the suspension was continued on Feb 11. Pavlos-Hackney did not stop running her business and Michigan Stae Police contacted her on March 11 to inform her of the warrant and to turn herself in on Thursday. She did not surrender and was arrested the following day.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleged Pavlos-Hackney had been putting her clientele in danger, though all ate at the restaurant willingly. Nessel also implied a customer who tested for Covid-19 within two days of eating at the restaurant contracted it there.
Pavlos-Hackney is in the Ingham County jail awaiting further court proceedings.