Men attack reporter at anti-mask event, criminal complaints filed

Criminal complaints have been filed against two northern Michigan men accused of attacking a newspaper reporter at an anti-mask event.

Court records show misdemeanor assault or assault and battery complaints were authorized against two men, Michael Adams, 55, of Kingsley and Joseph Welsh, 51, of Traverse City.

The newspaper reporter, Brendan Quealy, said he was punched in the face on August 26 while covering an anti-mask event in Garfield Township, just outside Traverse City. Citizens Liberating Michigan organizer Heather Cerone can be heard on an audio recording challenging the reporter’s presence and telling attendees to block him off.

Quealy said he was punched in the face when he refused to leave.

The charges were authorized Friday, September 10, by the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor.