2017-07-13 / News

Commissioner arraigned on charges

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

GRAND BLANC TWP. – Representing only a small corner of the township, Drew Shapiro, 6th District representative of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners was recently arraigned on charges of Reckless Operation of a vehicle and Indecent Language.

The incident occurred on May 27th at approximately 9:16 a.m., and Shapiro is accused of approaching a home via boat on Lake Fenton where he allegedly verbally harassed and made rude gestures to the complainant, John Zerka.

The incident was witnessed by Zerka and a neighbor, who made statements that Shapiro appeared to be intoxicated and driving back and forth in a pontoon on the lake in front of the house. Zerka stated Shapiro was swearing at him and making rude gestures.

The complainant added he used to be friends with Shapiro until he began dating Shapiro’s ex-fiance’.

The second witness, Michael Forystek was identified by police records as a friend to Zerka and an acquaintance of Shapiro and testified to the deteriorating relationship of the two over the past several months. Zerka stated he wanted something on record as he did not want the situation between him and Shapiro to escalate and that later he was having young children over and did not want them exposed to such behavior.

When reached for comment, Shapiro replied with the same statement he posted on his Facebook page: “I’ve heard for a long time that Genesee County politics are dirty. I suppose my outspoken views and recent victories are the reason that I am learning of this corruption first hand. What I am experiencing is nothing more than a politically motivated smear campaign. I suppose this comes with the territory when you are a Republican in Genesee County, Michigan.”

Shapiro added, “I won’t allow obviously biased claims from people with ulterior motives prevent me from doing my job.” Shapiro will appear before Judge Mark McCabe on July 27th on the charges.

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