August 08, 2013GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The mayor pro tem is free on $1,000 personal bond following his second arrest in three months for domestic violence, according to a court employee.
Daniel Schulte, 59, was arrested at his house at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, due an incident reported by his wife, 48, and involving an adult son.
During Schulte's arraignment the following afternoon by Grosse Pointe Shores Municipal Judge Matthew Rumora, he pleaded innocent to:
• assaulting, resisting or obstructing police,
• interfering with a crime report and
• domestic violence, according to court records.
Rumora scheduled a preliminary investigation at noon Wednesday, Aug. 21, according to court officials.
The location of the prelim may be elsewhere than Shores court because Rumora recused himself from further proceedings, according to court representatives.
Schulte didn't respond Friday morning, Aug. 9, to telephone and e-mail requests for comment.
His prior arrest for domestic violence occurred at home in May. Wayne County prosecutor's didn't file charges, citing a lack of evidence.
Last week, a public safety dispatcher deployed officers to Schulte's house regarding an "interrupted" 911 call from woman, later identified as Mrs. Schulte.
She reported "that her husband was attempting to prevent her and her (adult) son from leaving the house," said Sgt. James Wardowski in an initial incident report.
"She further explained that the anger issues are increasing and that she is concerned," said Detective Lt. Scott Rohr. "She further stated she is considering leaving the house prior to his release."
All Shores patrolmen responded to Schulte's house.
PSO Jason Rengert found a white GMC Acadia blocking a silver Trailblazer from exiting the garage.
"I noted (Schulte) running into the house," Rengert said. "(Mrs. Schulte) stated she was not injured."
Rengert later learned that Schulte used his vehicle to block his wife and adult son from leaving the property, according to his report.
Rengert obtained Mrs. Schulte's permission to enter the house.
"(Schulte) responded, 'Get out of my house unless you have a warrant,'" Rengert said. "(He) ran into a hallway and locked himself into an office."
Schulte reportedly called 911.
Rengert obtained Wardowski's permission to kick in the door.
"I made entry," Rengert said.
Officers said they corroborated Mrs. Schulte's complaint and arrested the councilman. They took him to headquarters in handcuffs.
Minutes before transferring Schulte to the Farms lockup for the night — the Shores is no longer outfitted to hold prisoners beyond the booking process — Schulte claimed to be ill and requested hospital attention, according to police.
Medics, accompanied by a patrolman, took Schulte to St. John Hospital and Medical Center.
The patrolman stood by until Schulte's discharge at 5:20 a.m., thereupon completing the transfer to the Farms.
Schulte remained incarcerated until arraigned in Farms court.
"(Mrs. Schulte) stated the incident started over an argument about travel plans for an upcoming family trip," Wardowski said.
"The argument was escalating to the point that (Schulte) appeared to come toward (his son, who) grabbed an old chair to put distance between himself and (his father)," Rengert said.
The son apparently swore at Schulte, Wardowski said.
"(Schulte) told (his son) to get out of the house," Wardowski said.
Mrs. Schulte said she was going to take the son elsewhere for the night, according to Rengert.
"Apparently, (Schulte) did not like the idea and blocked her with his vehicle," Rengert said.
Mrs. Schulte said she was going to call police, according to officers.
"(Schulte) told her to 'Go ahead and call them,' but then, in a fit of rage, he proceeded over her and with both hands grabbed ahold of (her) right wrist and twisted until (she) was no longer able to grip the phone," Wardowski said.
Photos "documented several abrasions on the right wrist of the victim," Rengert said.
He added, "Schulte denied all and stated he wanted to press charges against his wife. There was no evidence to support any charges."