Grosse Pointe ShoresAugust 9, 2013
City Council member arrested on domestic violence charges
By K. Michelle Moran
C & G Staff Writer
Grosse Pointe Shores City Council member Daniel Schulte, 59, was arrested at his home around 10:22 p.m. Aug. 7 following an alleged domestic violence assault that reportedly involved his wife, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Maria Miller, a spokesperson for the prosecutor, said the Shores Public Safety Department responded to a 911 call from the home, where police interviewed the victim and another family member.
Schulte was arraigned the evening of Aug. 8 on charges of resisting and obstructing, preventing a crime report and domestic violence, Miller said by email. Resisting and obstructing police carries a possible sentence of two years in prison, while preventing a crime report carries a possible one-year sentence and domestic violence carries a possible 93-day sentence.
A Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court official said Schulte was released on a $1,000 personal bond, but wasn’t allowed to return to his family home because the judge issued a no-contact order. That order will remain in place as long as the judge deems is necessary, according to the court.
Schulte’s attorney, Patricia Galvin, said she didn’t have any comment on the matter as of press time, and said she hadn’t even seen the police report yet.
“This all emanates from a family problem,” Galvin said. “I want to give the family the respect that they’re owed. … I know that they’re going to engage in family counseling.”
She said they’re hopeful the counseling might help to “resolve the issue.”
At press time, the Grosse Pointe Times was awaiting results of its Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the police report against Schulte. Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte — no relation to Daniel Schulte — was on vacation at press time and not available for comment.
Grosse Pointe Farms/Shores Municipal Court Judge Matthew Rumora has recused himself from the case, and the State Court Administrator was slated to assign another judge, according to the Prosecutor’s Office. Schulte was scheduled, at press time, to be back in court Aug. 21 for a preliminary examination on the charges, but it wasn’t known where the hearing would take place. State court officials are likely to select another court and judge within the next week or so, a Farms court official said.
Schulte, who has served on the City Council since 2009, is the Shores’ mayor pro tem and the council liaison to the Parks and Harbor Committee. He was the Republican nominee for the newly created District 1 State House of Representatives seat in 2011, but lost to Democrat Brian Banks.
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