M.S.P. Hands Capri Report Over to Branch Co. Prosecutor

by Josh Colletta

The Michigan State Police has completed its investigation into the defiant May 15th reopening of the Capri Drive-In, and their report is now in the hands of Branch County Prosecutor Valerie White.

According to WTVB, White said she will review the report, but didn’t say when she’ll come to a decision on it.

The Capri opened that Friday night in clear violation of Michigan’s emergency orders, which in part prohibit any theaters from opening, including drive-ins. Owners Tom and Sue Magocs have stated that they will fight any ticket they receive for the opening, and insist that their operation was safe, complete with social distancing guidelines, limited services, and a list of rules for customers to obey. They also stated their intent to do it all again the following week, which would have been this past Friday night, and again this upcoming Friday.

Michigan’s stay-at-home order has been extended to June 12th, including the closure of theaters.

Branch County Central Dispatch received six or so calls about the opening on the 15th, and pictures on social media and MLive showed people mingling outside of their vehicles — clearly against even the rules that the Magocs had established.

No word yet on the contents of the report or what action, if any, the Michigan State Police are requesting.

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