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Charges dropped for 8 people in the Flint water scandal

June 13, 2019
FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, Nick Lyon, Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services director, looks to the judge during Lyon's preliminary examination in Genesee District Court in Flint, Mich. Prosecutors say they're dismissing all criminal charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal and starting the investigation over again. The eight people include former Michigan health director Nick Lyon. He was accused of failing to timely inform the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease when Flint was using improperly treated water from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015. The outbreak occurred at the same time that the city's water system was contaminated with lead. Lyon was the highest-ranking official to be charged in the investigation. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, Nick Lyon, Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services director, looks to the judge during Lyon's preliminary examination in Genesee District Court in Flint, Mich. Prosecutors say they're dismissing all criminal charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal and starting the investigation over again. The eight people include former Michigan health director Nick Lyon. He was accused of failing to timely inform the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease when Flint was using improperly treated water from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015. The outbreak occurred at the same time that the city's water system was contaminated with lead. Lyon was the highest-ranking official to be charged in the investigation. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen people were charged in an investigation of how Flint’s water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

Seven people pleaded no contest earlier to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. Charges were dropped against the other eight Thursday when prosecutors announced they were restarting the investigation.

The eight and the charges they faced:

— Nick Lyon, former director of the state health department. Involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office.

— Dr. Eden Wells, former Michigan chief medical executive. Involuntary manslaughter, obstructing justice, lying, misconduct in office.

— Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott of the state health department. Misconduct in office, conspiracy.

— Patrick Cook of the Department of Environmental Quality. Misconduct in office, conspiracy.

— Gerald Ambrose, former Flint emergency manager. Conspiracy, misconduct in office, false pretenses.

— Darnell Earley, former Flint emergency manager. Involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, misconduct in office.

— Howard Croft, former director of Flint public works. Involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy.

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