Grand Blanc woman faces terrorism charge over threat against health officials

GRAND BLANC TWP. — A Grand Blanc Township woman is facing a charge of terrorism after Genesee County Health Department officials said they received death threats following the recent mask mandate.

Helaina M. Burt, 42, was arraigned Friday, Aug. 27, on one count of filing a false report or threat of terrorism, and two counts of malicious use of telecommunications services.

Investigators allege Burt threatened Genesee County Medical Health Officer Dr. Pamela Hackert and Health Department Deputy Director Kayleigh Blaney on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

The alleged threats reportedly stem from Hackert’s order that all students in kindergarten through 6th grade wear masks while in school.

Burt has denied the allegations.

Prosecutor David Leyton claims Burt used her cell phone to call in the threats. She allegedly identified herself as Rosa Parks and said she knows where Hackert and Blaney live.

Court records show that Burt has retained attorney Matthew L. Norwood to represent her.

Burt is scheduled to appear before District Judge Jennifer J. Manley for a probable cause conference at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.

In the meantime, Burt is prohibited from having contact with either Hackert or Blaney, or possessing dangerous weapons or ammunition. She also must abide by a curfew order between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., court records show.